Primeur weekly 2014-03-17

Exascale supercomputing

Addressing the Big Data challenge in radio astronomy ...

The Cloud

VMware launches VMware Horizon DaaS to enable simple and flexible delivery of desktops in the Cloud ...

Oracle showcases next-generation Cloud applications user experiences in Europe ...

EuroFlash

More secure communications thanks to quantum physics ...

Signal control with light frequencies ...

International research into controlled nuclear fusion (ITER project), gets more compute resources with expansion of the Helios supercomputer ...

The SKA takes off with GBP119 million contribution from the UK ...

USFlash

Big Data tackles tiny molecular machines ...

Cirrascale announces support for Intel Xeon processor E5-4600 v2 product family with VB2400 and RM2400 product lines ...

Technologies developed for providing flexible wide area networks with SDN, a global first ...

NEC wins SEA-ME-WE 5 Contract to strengthen ultra-broadband undersea connectivity between Singapore and France NEC will deploy the segment from Singapore to Sri Lanka and co-contractor Alcatel-Lucent the segments from Sri Lanka to France ...

NEC's latest SDN release increases scalability 10x with new Unified Network Coordinator (UNC) ...

VMware announces general availability of VMware Virtual SAN ...

Terascala releases latest version of groundbreaking high performance data movement solution ...

Supermicro announces Cluster-in-a-Box storage solution running Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 standard edition ...

Supermicro spotlights extreme density, ultra low power 6U 112-node microblade and advanced computing technologies ...

'Ultracold' molecules promising for quantum computing and simulation ...

Quantum physics secures new cryptography scheme ...

Mellanox Announces LinkX the most comprehensive product family of cables and transceivers for data Centre infrastructures ...

Industry leaders introduce OpenOptics multi-source agreement ...

Wipro partners with SGI for rapid growth in India ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2014-03-17

Exascale supercomputing

The big science questions facing the international radio astronomy community are extensive and profound. They range from exploring the evolution of the universe before the first stars were formed to studying spinning neutron stars (pulsars) that distort space-time for testing general relativity. The scientific enquiry is driving the development of state-of-the-art radio telescopes leading to an unprecedented barrage of data of the order of exabytes (1018 bytes) per day. Read further...

The Cloud

VMware Inc. has launched VMware Horizon DaaS, a new Cloud-based desktop service that delivers cost-effective enterprise-class virtual desktops running on VMware vCloud Hybrid Service. Read further...
Oracle is providing a look at its User Experience (UX) strategy at the European debut of the Oracle Applications User Experience (OAUX) Expo. The OAUX Expo takes place in Europe on March 18, 2014, at the AMIS Services BV offices in Nieuwegein, The Netherlands. Attendees will witness the new strategy first-hand, along with the comprehensive Oracle technologies that power these new experiences. In addition, attendees will see a range of user experience demonstrations of innovative new concepts for enterprise applications. Read further...

EuroFlash

One of the recent revelations by Edward Snowden is that the U.S. National Security Agency is currently developing a quantum computer. Physicists aren't surprised by this news; such a computer could crack the encryption that is commonly used today in no time and would therefore be highly attractive for the NSA. Read further...
Light waves have the potential to boost the efficiency of conventional electronics by a factor of 100,000. In a review article that appears inNature Photonicson March 14th, Prof. Ferenc Krausz of the Laboratory for Attosecond Physics (LAP) at the Max-Planck-Institut für Quantenoptik and the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München and his co-author Prof. Mark Stockman of Georgia State University (GSU) in Atlanta describe how this vision may one day come true. Read further...
The French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) - working on behalf of F4E2 to implement and run the data centre for nuclear fusion at Rokkasho in Japan - is expanding the power of the Helios supercomputer by equipping it with additional bullx nodes featuring Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors. Read further...
The UK Science Minister, the Rt Hon David Willetts announced funding of GBP100 million (120 million euro) for the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project, speaking ahead of an event at Jodrell Bank Observatory. The emblematic observatory hosts the headquarters of the SKA Organisation, which leads the project. The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) also confirmed that it is investing GBP 19 million over the next four years in the SKA project. Read further...

USFlash

Open, feed, cut. Such is the humdrum life of a motor molecule, the subject of new research at Rice University, that eats and excretes damaged proteins and turns them into harmless peptides for disposal. The why is obvious: Without these trash bins, the Escherichia coli bacteria they serve would die. And thanks to Rice, the how is becoming clearer. Read further...
Cirrascale Corporation, a premier developer of build-to-order, independent blade-based computing and storage data centre infrastructure for conventional and modular data centres, has launched the next generation of its VB2400 Series blade servers and RM2400 Series rackmount servers capable of supporting the newly released Intel Xeon processor E5-4600 v2 product family - formerly codenamed "Ivy Bridge". Read further...
NEC Corporation, Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation, NTT Communications Corporation, Fujitsu Limited and Hitachi Ltd. have developed technologies that enable Software-Defined Networking (SDN) compatibility for wide area networks, including platforms for comprehensively integrating and managing multiple varieties of wide area network infrastructure and general-purpose network control applications used with those platforms. Read further...
NEC Corporation has signed a contract with the South East Asia-Middle East-Western Europe 5 (SEA-ME-WE 5) consortium, comprising of 15 leading telecom operators to deploy a new 100 gigabit per second (Gbit/s) undersea cable system. The SEA-ME-WE 5 system will span 20,000 km from Singapore to Europe, and will deliver ultra-broadband capacity and faster access to consumers and businesses. Read further...
NEC, a provider and integrator of advanced IT and communications solutions, and a pioneer in OpenFlow-based Software-defined Networking (SDN), and NEC Corporation in Japan have launched Version 5.1 of the award-winning ProgrammableFlow Networking Suite, which introduces a new OpenFlow-based, software-defined data centre interconnect solution - the Unified Network Coordinator (UNC). Read further...
VMware Inc., a global expert in virtualization and Cloud infrastructure, has made available VMware Virtual SAN, VMware's first Software-Defined Storage product. Read further...
Terascala has made available the latest version of their Intelligent Storage Bridge (ISB). Since its introduction in the fall of 2013, companies have been using the ISB to enhance the throughput and reliability of large data transfers, thereby increasing fast scratch efficiency and overall application workflow performance. The latest version of the ISB includes vendor-agnostic support of Lustre solutions, allowing organisations to bring together a wider range of HPC and enterprise storage solutions. Read further...
Super Micro Computer9 announces new 2U/3U Cluster-in-a-Box (CiB) storage solutions certified and pre-installed with Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 Standard Edition. Base configurations feature fully redundant hardware optimized for high capacity, expandability and low latency performance. Read further...
Super Micro Computer has launched its latest innovations in computing technology addressing a diverse range of workloads in Hannover, Germany. As demand grows for greater energy efficiency in lightweight, scale-out workloads for the Enterprise, data centres and Cloud, Supermicro is leading the industry with new server platforms optimized for low power consumption and ultra high density with support for Intel Atom C2000 Xeon E3 single and E5 dual processor families. Read further...
Researchers have created a new type of "ultracold" molecule, using lasers to cool atoms nearly to absolute zero and then gluing them together, a technology that might be applied to quantum computing, precise sensors and advanced simulations. Read further...
The way we secure digital transactions could soon change. An international team has demonstrated a form of quantum cryptography that can protect people doing business with others they may not know or trust - a situation encountered often on the internet and in everyday life, for example at a bank's ATM. Read further...
Mellanox Technologies has introduced its LinkX comprehensive product portfolio of cables and transceivers supporting interconnect speeds of 10, 40 and 56 gigabit per second for both Ethernet and InfiniBand data centre networks. Read further...
Mellanox Technologies and Ranovus have founded an industry consortium to standardize Wavelength Division Multiplexing (WDM) for an interoperable 100G WDM standard for 2 kilometer reach, covering today's and tomorrow's large Cloud data centre interconnectivity requirements. The OpenOptics multi-source agreement (MSA) combines 1550 nm WDM laser and silicon photonics for QSFP-based solutions enabling the lowest cost, highest density, and highest bandwidth single mode fiber (SMF) connectivity, significantly improving terabit-scale data centre infrastructure ROI. Read further...
Wipro and SGI have signed a strategic partnership to expand market presence in India. SGI has appointed Wipro as its master Authorised Service Provider (ASP). This partnership will enable SGI customers and partners based in India to access enhanced support and maintenance services. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2014-03-17

Exascale supercomputing

Addressing the Big Data challenge in radio astronomy ...

The Cloud

VMware launches VMware Horizon DaaS to enable simple and flexible delivery of desktops in the Cloud ...

Oracle showcases next-generation Cloud applications user experiences in Europe ...

EuroFlash

More secure communications thanks to quantum physics ...

Signal control with light frequencies ...

International research into controlled nuclear fusion (ITER project), gets more compute resources with expansion of the Helios supercomputer ...

The SKA takes off with GBP119 million contribution from the UK ...

USFlash

Big Data tackles tiny molecular machines ...

Cirrascale announces support for Intel Xeon processor E5-4600 v2 product family with VB2400 and RM2400 product lines ...

Technologies developed for providing flexible wide area networks with SDN, a global first ...

NEC wins SEA-ME-WE 5 Contract to strengthen ultra-broadband undersea connectivity between Singapore and France NEC will deploy the segment from Singapore to Sri Lanka and co-contractor Alcatel-Lucent the segments from Sri Lanka to France ...

NEC's latest SDN release increases scalability 10x with new Unified Network Coordinator (UNC) ...

VMware announces general availability of VMware Virtual SAN ...

Terascala releases latest version of groundbreaking high performance data movement solution ...

Supermicro announces Cluster-in-a-Box storage solution running Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 standard edition ...

Supermicro spotlights extreme density, ultra low power 6U 112-node microblade and advanced computing technologies ...

'Ultracold' molecules promising for quantum computing and simulation ...

Quantum physics secures new cryptography scheme ...

Mellanox Announces LinkX the most comprehensive product family of cables and transceivers for data Centre infrastructures ...

Industry leaders introduce OpenOptics multi-source agreement ...

Wipro partners with SGI for rapid growth in India ...