Primeur weekly 2014-03-24

Special

Crowd computing takes a closer look at the social life of molecules ...

Exascale supercomputing

Dongarra calls for renewed focus on research into high-end math ...

The Cloud

HP expands testing for mobile and Cloud-based application delivery ...

Kamal Osman Jamjoom Group LLC transforms performance management system with Oracle HCM Cloud ...

EuroFlash

HPC performance insight improves usage at Cardiff University ...

Early-Bird registration opens for International Supercomputing Conference ...

Europe's most powerful supercomputer cleared for users ...

Bright Computing expands product line to manage HPC, OpenStack, and Apache Hadoop clusters ...

World-renowned computational biophysicist, Klaus Schulten to deliver ISC'14 keynote ...

Innovative computer under scrutiny ...

Plans for world class research centre in the United Kingdom ...

2nd International Workshop on OpenCL full technical programme is now available ...

Excelian offers a fully managed compute Grid solution with pay-as-you-go infrastructure costs ...

Prêt-à-fabriquer: Real-time simulation of textiles ...

Follow the ant trail for drug design ...

CFAED presents the new microchip 'Tomahawk 2' at the DATE'14 in Dresden ...

USFlash

Cray to install China's first Cray XC30 supercomputer at Hong Kong Sanatorium and Hospital ...

Dot Hill storage products drill down to support oil & gas applications ...

The New York Genome Center and IBM Watson Group announce collaboration to advance genomic medicine ...

SDSC's Gordon supercomputer assists in whole-genome sequencing analysis under collaboration with Janssen ...

HP delivers powerful system with faster analytics engine for SAP HANA environments ...

Southern Methodist University announces name for new supercomputer: ManeFrame ...

Oregon physicists use geometry to understand 'jamming' process ...

NIST chips help BICEP2 telescope find direct evidence of origin of the universe ...

University of Idaho researchers gain new advantage with one of the nation's most powerful computers ...

Study finds forest corridors help plants disperse their seeds ...

Computer analyzes massive clinical databases to properly categorize asthma patients ...

Start-up focuses on reliable, efficient cooling for computer servers ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2014-03-24

Special

At the eInfrastructure Information Days in Brussels,Primeur Magazinehad an interview with Alexandre Bonvin, WeNMR co-ordinator and Professor Computational Structural Biology at the University of Utrecht. His research is dealing with understanding and modelling the interactions between biomolecules. Read further...

Exascale supercomputing

The Department of Energy recently released a report co-chaired by University of Tennessee (UT) Distinguished Professor Jack Dongarra in which he stresses the importance of prioritizing research into high-end mathematics to help keep the United States on the cutting edge of computing. Read further...

The Cloud

HP has launched new offerings to accelerate mobile and Cloud-based testing and improve user experience while increasing cost savings and quality for the delivery of business-critical applications and services. Read further...
Kamal Osman Jamjoom (KOJ) has deployed Oracle Talent Management Cloud, part of Oracle Human Capital Management (HCM) Cloud, to help move from a paper-based performance management process to a fully paperless solution. Read further...

EuroFlash

A new tool from Allinea Software is allowing users and supercomputer owners to see clearly what is happening within their HPC system - and ensure optimum performance from their applications. Read further...
Advance registration at reduced rates is now open for the 2014 International Supercomputing Conference (ISC'14), which will be held June 22-26 in Leipzig, Germany. By registering now, ISC'14 attendees can save over 25 percent off the onsite registration rates at the Leipzig Congress Center. You can combine this discount with the improvements and additions to this year's programme and there is even more incentive now for planning to attend ISC'14. Read further...
On March 21, 2014 Fritz Schiesser, the president of the ETH Board, Ralph Eichler, the president of ETH Zurich, and guests from research, politics and industry convened in Lugano to inaugurate "Piz Daint". The new supercomputer at the Swiss National Supercomputing Centre (CSCS) named after one of the highest mountains in Val Müstair, Grisons, is currently the most powerful computer in Europe and the flagship of supercomputing in Switzerland. Read further...
Bright Computing, a provider of management solutions for clusters and Clouds, plans to roll out a new line of products designed to manage High Performance Computing (HPC) clusters, Apache Hadoop clusters, and OpenStack private Clouds. The first product in the new line-up - Bright Cluster Manager 7 for HPC - will ship on March 26, 2014. Focused on the technical computing customer, Bright Cluster Manager 7 features enhanced dynamic Cloud provisioning capabilities that use Amazon Web Services (AWS) resources more efficiently to reduce customer costs. It also has a software image revision-control feature, and full support for Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) servers. Read further...
Dr. Klaus Schulten, a computational biophysicist and professor of physics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will discuss "Large-Scale Computing in Biomedicine and Bioengineering" as the opening keynote address at the 2014 International Supercomputing Conference. ISC'14 will be held June 22-26 in Leipzig, Germany. Read further...
D-Wave - a special computing machine with this name has been getting computer scientists and physicists talking for a number of years now. The Canadian technology company of the same name is advertising the machine as a quantum computer. However, whether or not the machine does in fact use quantum effects is the subject of controversial debate amongst experts in the field. If it does, then this would make D-Wave the world's first commercially available quantum computer. Read further...
The British government is creating a world-class research institute specialising in data science dedicated to British WW2 code-breaker Alan Turing. The Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, made the announcement in his Budget 2014 statement. The Alan Turing Institute for Data Science will benefit from a GBP 42 million government investment over 5 years that will strengthen the UK's aims to be a world leader in the analysis and application of Big Data. It will also ensure that the UK is at the forefront of data-science in a rapidly moving, globally competitive area, enabling first-class research in an environment that brings together theory and practical application. Once operational, this will be a world-leading institute, attracting the best talent and investment from across the globe. It will provide a fitting memorial to Alan Turing. Read further...
The Second International Workshop on OpenCL (IWOCL) full technical programme is now available. The full technical programme for IWOCL 2014 is now on-line, and registration is open for this two-day event to be held in Bristol, United Kingdom, on 12 and 13 May 2014. Read further...
Excelian, an award-winning technology consultancy specialising within the financial services and commodities sectors, has introduced its Grid as a Service (GaaS) offering on the Windows Azure Cloud platform. The new solution offers a fully flexible Grid capability with an infrastructure running on the Windows Azure Cloud platform. The solution allows full control of the Grid dynamically, as well as the ability to integrate the solution with an on-premises application. Read further...
It is very costly to present textiles interactively on a computer screen. Until recently, this process often took several days to weeks. Using recently engineered simulation software, now this process takes just seconds. Designers, pattern makers and tailors can create their clothes in real time. Just as they do in reality. Besides needle and thread, the computer mouse is increasingly turning into one of their most indispensable tools. A few clicks suffice to make just the right adjustments to colour, material and cut pattern. Shadowing, optical and mechanical qualities of various materials, folds and pleats, diverse lighting and reflections can all be realistically displayed in 360º panorama images. Just like in the normal creative process - only faster. The simulation software retrieves design data and materials from conventional CAD programmes. Read further...
The path to developing new drugs is a long one. If a target is identified for a new active agent - for instance a particular protein that plays a key role in a disease - an active molecule that binds to the target must then be developed. Pharmaceutical companies trawl through their collections of chemicals for substances that act on the target protein in the desired fashion. However, these compounds are often just the starting point for a long process of adjustment and testing. Chemists use computer simulations to design new molecules to yield innovative compounds with the desired properties; however, undesirable effects often come to light only after the active agent has been synthesised and tested, and in the worst-case scenario only during the clinical trials. Read further...
The Center for Advancing Electronics Dresden (CFAED) presents its new microchip 'Tomahawk 2' at the DATE'14 Conference in the International Congress Center Dresden from March 24 to 28, 2014. The new Tomahawk is extremely fast, energy-efficient and resilient. It is a heterogeneous multi-processor which can easily integrate very different kinds of devices. The researchers of the Cluster of Excellence for micro-electronics of Technische Universität Dresden use the new prototype to prepare the so-called 'tactile internet'. With this, very Big Data volumes shall be transmitted with high end-to-end latency and allow completely new applications, e.g. vehicles that are able to react automatically to any obstacles on the road. Read further...

USFlash

Cray Inc. has been awarded a contract to provide the Hong Kong Sanatorium & Hospital (HKSH) with a Cray XC30 supercomputer - the first XC30 system in China. One of the largest private hospitals in Hong Kong, HKSH will use its Cray XC30 system to further medical research in the areas of bioinformatics and next generation sequencing (NGS). Read further...
Dot Hill Systems Corp., a provider of SAN storage solutions, has developed a reference platform, in conjunction with Intel and Mellanox, to better support the industry-specific needs of geologists and geophysicists for exploration and production applications. Read further...
The New York Genome Center (NYGC) and IBM have launched an initiative to accelerate a new era of genomic medicine with the use of IBM's Watson cognitive system. IBM and NYGC will test a unique Watson prototype designed specifically for genomic research as a tool to help oncologists deliver more personalized care to cancer patients. Read further...
A recent whole-genome sequencing (WGS) analysis project supported by the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California, San Diego has demonstrated the effectiveness of innovative applications of "flash" memory technology to rapidly process large data sets that are pervasive throughout human genomics research. Janssen Research and Development LLC, in collaboration with SDSC and the Scripps Translational Science Institute (STSI), recently launched a project to conduct whole-genome sequencing of 438 patients with rheumatoid arthritis to better understand the disease, as well as explore genetic factors of patient response to a biologic therapy discovered, developed, and currently marketed by Janssen in the United States. Read further...
HP has unveiled HP ConvergedSystem for SAP HANA, a portfolio of integrated systems that are purpose-built to deliver clients a fast path to value when using the SAP HANA platform. Organisations are adopting the in-memory computing (IMC) technologies of SAP HANA to build next-generation data management platforms that unlock operational efficiencies and turn large amounts of data into real-time, actionable business insights. Read further...
Southern Methodist University (SMU) has unveiled its new supercomputer, the ManeFrame, during ceremonies March 19, and awarded a Dell laptop computer to the student who named it, sophomore Chase Leinberger. Read further...
University of Oregon physicists using a supercomputer and mathematically rich formulas have captured fundamental insights about what happens when objects moving freely jam to a standstill. Read further...
The view back in time - way back to the origins of the universe - just got clearer. Much clearer. A team of U.S. cosmologists using the BICEP2 telescope at the South Pole have discovered the first direct evidence of the rapid inflation of the universe at the dawn of time, thanks in part to technology developed and built by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Read further...
A new University of Idaho computer nicknamed "Big-STEM" isn't much larger on the outside than your average computer tower. But what's inside puts everyday PCs - and most other computers - to shame. When Big-STEM goes fully on-line this Summer, it will be one of the most powerful computers of its kind in the United States. Read further...
A forest in South Carolina, a supercomputer in Ohio and some glow-in-the-dark yarn have helped a team of field ecologists conclude that woodland corridors connecting patches of endangered plants not only increase dispersal of seeds from one patch to another, but also create wind conditions that can spread the seeds for much longer distances. The idea for the study emerged from modern animal conservation practices, where landscape connectivity - the degree to which landscapes facilitate movement - is being used to counteract the impacts of habitat loss and fragmentation on animal movement. Read further...
So many variables can contribute to shortness of breath that no person can keep them all straight. But a computer programme, capable of tracking more than 100 clinical variables for almost 400 people, has shown it can identify various subtypes of asthma, which perhaps could lead to targeted, more effective treatments. Read further...
In a dark, windy room on the top floor of Engineering Hall on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus, racks of computers are processing information for a college that relies, like all technical fields, on massive computing power. The noise comes from multiple fans located inside each computer case and from the large air conditioner that drives currents through the room to remove waste heat from the processors. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2014-03-24

Special

Crowd computing takes a closer look at the social life of molecules ...

Exascale supercomputing

Dongarra calls for renewed focus on research into high-end math ...

The Cloud

HP expands testing for mobile and Cloud-based application delivery ...

Kamal Osman Jamjoom Group LLC transforms performance management system with Oracle HCM Cloud ...

EuroFlash

HPC performance insight improves usage at Cardiff University ...

Early-Bird registration opens for International Supercomputing Conference ...

Europe's most powerful supercomputer cleared for users ...

Bright Computing expands product line to manage HPC, OpenStack, and Apache Hadoop clusters ...

World-renowned computational biophysicist, Klaus Schulten to deliver ISC'14 keynote ...

Innovative computer under scrutiny ...

Plans for world class research centre in the United Kingdom ...

2nd International Workshop on OpenCL full technical programme is now available ...

Excelian offers a fully managed compute Grid solution with pay-as-you-go infrastructure costs ...

Prêt-à-fabriquer: Real-time simulation of textiles ...

Follow the ant trail for drug design ...

CFAED presents the new microchip 'Tomahawk 2' at the DATE'14 in Dresden ...

USFlash

Cray to install China's first Cray XC30 supercomputer at Hong Kong Sanatorium and Hospital ...

Dot Hill storage products drill down to support oil & gas applications ...

The New York Genome Center and IBM Watson Group announce collaboration to advance genomic medicine ...

SDSC's Gordon supercomputer assists in whole-genome sequencing analysis under collaboration with Janssen ...

HP delivers powerful system with faster analytics engine for SAP HANA environments ...

Southern Methodist University announces name for new supercomputer: ManeFrame ...

Oregon physicists use geometry to understand 'jamming' process ...

NIST chips help BICEP2 telescope find direct evidence of origin of the universe ...

University of Idaho researchers gain new advantage with one of the nation's most powerful computers ...

Study finds forest corridors help plants disperse their seeds ...

Computer analyzes massive clinical databases to properly categorize asthma patients ...

Start-up focuses on reliable, efficient cooling for computer servers ...