Primeur weekly 2014-05-12

The Cloud

HP launches HP Helion portfolio of Cloud products and services ...

New EMC Hybrid Cloud solution helps speed IT delivery ...

Pivotal and VMware accelerate enterprise application time to market with hybrid Cloud Platform-as-a-Service ...

SAP and VMware announce SAP HANA for production use on VMware vSphere 5.5 ...

Desktop Grids

Citizen science portal launches crowdfunding campaign ...

EuroFlash

Calibre brings real-world innovation to InfoComm 2014 ...

Top global weather service selects Altair for petascale workload management ...

Altair announces keynote presentations and detailed agenda for the 7th European Altair Technology Conference in Munich ...

Still time to save on ISC'14 registration - Register online by May 15 ...

Cosmic simulation using GADGET on a supercomputer ...

Toshiba Research Europe, BT, NPL and ADVA explore 'quantum leap' in encryption technology ...

3D modelling of the Sun: from the core to the surface ...

USFlash

UTSA Cloud and BigData Laboratory launches one of the largest open Clouds in academia ...

Astronomers create first realistic virtual universe ...

SDSC resources and expertise used in genomic analysis of 115 year-old woman ...

Teen mentored by UC San Diego professors wins $250,000 in science prizes ...

First-of-a-kind supercomputer at Lawrence Livermore available for collaborative research ...

Seven of the USA's leading technology institutions unveil cognitive computing courses leveraging IBM Watson ...

Computer scientists develop tool for uncovering bot-controlled Twitter accounts ...

Molecular, neural and bacterial networks provide insights for computer network security, Carnegie Mellon researchers find ...

HP extends industry-leading Z Workstation family into virtualization realm ...

Collaborative 'metasurfaces' grant to merge classical and quantum physics ...

EMC to acquire DSSD Inc. and extends Flash storage leadership ...

Superconducting qubit array points the way to quantum computers ...

Graphene for real-world devices ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2014-05-12

The Cloud

HP has introduced HP Helion, a portfolio of Cloud products and services that enable organisations to build, manage and consume workloads in hybrid IT environments. HP Helion incorporates existing HP Cloud offerings, new OpenStack technology-based products, and professional and support services under a unified portfolio to help meet customers' specific business requirements. Read further...
EMC Corporation has launched the EMC Hybrid Cloud solution. IT organisations are wedged between two binary choices: the speed and agility of public Cloud services and the control and security of private Cloud infrastructure. Read further...
Pivotal and VMware Inc. have introduced the first enterprise-class hybrid Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) on VMware vCloud Hybrid Service. VMware vCloud Hybrid Service will support the latest release of Pivotal CF, a global enterprise PaaS powered by the Cloud Foundry platform, to deliver a well-managed, agile development and operator platform for mobile and next generation web applications that leverage VMware environments across public, private and hybrid Clouds. Read further...
To empower customers to innovate, simplify and move toward a software-defined data centre architecture, the SAP HANA platform on VMware vSphere 5.5 for production use has been released to customers. By combining the power of SAP HANA with VMware vSphere 5.5, a foundational component of VMware vCloud Suite, customers can innovate and simplify their data centres by achieving faster time-to-value, higher service levels and lower total cost of ownership (TCO). Read further...

Desktop Grids

Scikick.org, a proposed non-profit portal for citizen science, has launched a crowdfunding campaign. Read further...

EuroFlash

Calibre UK, the creator of multiple award-winning scalers and processors for the professional audio visual market will exhibit at InfoComm 2014, 18-20th June, Las Vegas Convention Centre. The booth will be co-branded Calibre and Kramer Electronics in recognition of the two companies' strategic partnership launched in 2013. Read further...
One of the world's premier numerical weather prediction centres, Germany's national meteorological service Deutscher Wetterdienst (DWD), has selected Altair's PBS Professional for workload management on its two Cray XC30 supercomputing systems. Read further...
Altair has announced further agenda details for the 7th European Altair Technology Conference (ATC), which is being held at the Dolce Munich Unterschleissheim in Munich, Germany, from June 24-26, 2014. The 2014 conference agenda will contain more than 100 keynote and technical presentations from various industries, highlighting topics such as Lightweight Design, Lead Time Reduction, Crash & Safety as well as Impact Simulation, Multiphysics & CFD, Design for Additive Manufacturing, System Simulation, Architectural Design, and Noise & Vibration. Read further...
The early bird registration period for the 29th annual International Supercomputing Conference, being held June 22-26, 2014, will close Thursday, May 15, thus bringing the opportunity for attendees to save 25 percent off the on-site registration rates to an end. The organizers encourage participants not to wait until the last minute to register. Once again to be held in historical Leipzig, Germany, the ISC'14 Conference and Exhibition anticipates an attendance of 2500 participants from around the world. So far close to 150 companies have signed up to exhibit, and the organizers continue to receive co-exhibitor registrations, pointing to a hopeful total of 170 exhibitors on the 2014 show floor. Read further...
To map the entire known Universe, including the "web" of spiral and disc-galaxies, Prof. Springel used new finite-volume hydrodynamics code called AREPO, which he wrote himself. In 2012 he used a PRACE Preparatory Access Type B allocation - 200.000 core-hours on Curie Thin Nodes @ GENCI@CEA, France, and 50.000 core-hours on Hermit @ GCS@HLRS, Germany - to improve hybrid parallelisation of this code as well as his parallel cosmological Tree/SPH code called GADGET, which is publicly available. Prof. Volker Springel and his team at the Max-Planck-Institute for Astrophysics in Garching, Germany, have been using an allocation of 20 million core hours on the French Tier-0 system CURIE for. Read further...
Toshiba Research Europe, BT, ADVA Optical Networking and the National Physical Laboratory (NPL), the UK's National Measurement Institute, have performed the first successful trial of Quantum Key Distribution (QKD) technology over a live 'lit' fibre network. The trial paves the way for more advanced research into QKD, the next frontier of data encryption technology, which will deliver even greater levels of network security. Read further...
A team at the Astrophysics, Instrumentation and Modelling Laboratory (CEA/CNRS/Université Paris Diderot) has successfully modelled, in 3D, the effects of gravity waves in an extremely comprehensive simulation of the Sun, from its nuclear core to its convective surface. The results make very highly precise information accessible and provide a rigorous and unprecedented description of the Sun's internal dynamics. This research, published inAstronomy and Astrophysics, should make it possible to substantially refine theoretical models and to plan future space missions (Solar-Orbiter, Plato) to observe solar-like stars more efficiently. Read further...

USFlash

The Cloud and BigData Laboratory in the University of Texas San Antonio (UTSA) College of Sciences is launching one of the largest Open Clouds in academia with initial 6600 COREs utilizing OpenStack software, co-founded by Rackspace, and Open Compute hardware, founded by Facebook, to support advanced computing and Big Data analytics research. Read further...
Astronomers have created the first realistic virtual universe using a computer simulation called "Illustris". Illustris can recreate 13 billion years of cosmic evolution in a cube 350 million light-years on a side with unprecedented resolution. Read further...
A team of researchers investigating the genome of a healthy supercentenarian since 2011 has found many somatic mutations - permanent changes in cells other than reproductive ones - that arose during the woman's lifetime. Led by Erik Sistermans and Henne Holstege from the VU University Medical Center in Amsterdam, the team recently published its findings in the journalGenome Researchas reported byGenomeWeb. Read further...
A 17-year-old senior at Canyon Crest Academy in San Diego's North County recently won not one, but three major science competitions after being mentored by two University of California, San Diego professors in a project that combined supercomputer modelling with experimental research to speed up the discovery of influenza virus inhibitors. Read further...
Catalyst, a first-of-a-kind supercomputer at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), is available to industry collaborators to test Big Data technologies, architectures and applications. Developed by a partnership of Cray, Intel and Lawrence Livermore, this Cray CS300 high performance computing (HPC) cluster is available for collaborative projects with industry through Livermore's High Performance Computing Innovation Center (HPCIC). Read further...
IBM is partnering with the USA's leading technology universities to launch cognitive computing courses that give students unprecedented access via the Cloud to one of the Company's most prized innovations: Watson. For the first time, enrollment is now open for fall 2014 cognitive computing courses at Carnegie Mellon University, New York University (NYU), The Ohio State University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), University of California, Berkeley, University of Michigan and the University of Texas in Austin. Read further...
Complex networks researchers at Indiana University have developed a tool that helps anyone determine whether a Twitter account is operated by a human or an automated software application known as a social bot. The new analysis tool stems from research at the IU Bloomington School of Informatics and Computing funded by the U.S. Department of Defense to counter technology-based misinformation and deception campaigns. Read further...
The robust defenses that yeast cells have evolved to protect themselves from environmental threats hold lessons that can be used to design computer networks and analyze how secure they are, according to computer scientists at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). Read further...
HP has introduced a virtual workstation solution that provides secure, remote access to workstation-class applications from a variety of devices including thin clients, notebooks and tablets. The new HP DL380z Virtual Workstation brings together HP's industry-leading server technology, NVIDIA virtualization technology and Citrix virtualization technology - and delivers it all via HP's highly secure, industry-leading workstation ecosystem. Read further...
The Air Force Office of Scientific Research has selected the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) to lead a multi-disciplinary effort that will merge research in classical and quantum physics and accelerate the development of advanced optical technologies. Read further...
EMC Corporation has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire privately-held DSSD Inc. Menlo Park-based DSSD is the developer of an innovative new rack-scale flash storage architecture for I/O-intensive in-memory databases and Big Data workloads like SAP HANA and Hadoop. The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of 2014, subject to customary closing conditions. Financial terms were not disclosed. The transaction is not expected to have a material impact to EMC GAAP or non-GAAP EPS for the full 2014 fiscal year. Read further...
A fully functional quantum computer is one of the holy grails of physics. Unlike conventional computers, the quantum version uses qubits (quantum bits), which make direct use of the multiple states of quantum phenomena. When realized, a quantum computer will be millions of times more powerful at certain computations than today's supercomputers. Read further...
Graphene, a one-atom-thick form of the carbon material graphite, has been hailed as a wonder material - strong, light, nearly transparent, and an excellent conductor of electricity and heat. But a number of practical challenges must be overcome before it can emerge as a replacement for silicon and other materials in microprocessors and next-generation energy devices. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2014-05-12

The Cloud

HP launches HP Helion portfolio of Cloud products and services ...

New EMC Hybrid Cloud solution helps speed IT delivery ...

Pivotal and VMware accelerate enterprise application time to market with hybrid Cloud Platform-as-a-Service ...

SAP and VMware announce SAP HANA for production use on VMware vSphere 5.5 ...

Desktop Grids

Citizen science portal launches crowdfunding campaign ...

EuroFlash

Calibre brings real-world innovation to InfoComm 2014 ...

Top global weather service selects Altair for petascale workload management ...

Altair announces keynote presentations and detailed agenda for the 7th European Altair Technology Conference in Munich ...

Still time to save on ISC'14 registration - Register online by May 15 ...

Cosmic simulation using GADGET on a supercomputer ...

Toshiba Research Europe, BT, NPL and ADVA explore 'quantum leap' in encryption technology ...

3D modelling of the Sun: from the core to the surface ...

USFlash

UTSA Cloud and BigData Laboratory launches one of the largest open Clouds in academia ...

Astronomers create first realistic virtual universe ...

SDSC resources and expertise used in genomic analysis of 115 year-old woman ...

Teen mentored by UC San Diego professors wins $250,000 in science prizes ...

First-of-a-kind supercomputer at Lawrence Livermore available for collaborative research ...

Seven of the USA's leading technology institutions unveil cognitive computing courses leveraging IBM Watson ...

Computer scientists develop tool for uncovering bot-controlled Twitter accounts ...

Molecular, neural and bacterial networks provide insights for computer network security, Carnegie Mellon researchers find ...

HP extends industry-leading Z Workstation family into virtualization realm ...

Collaborative 'metasurfaces' grant to merge classical and quantum physics ...

EMC to acquire DSSD Inc. and extends Flash storage leadership ...

Superconducting qubit array points the way to quantum computers ...

Graphene for real-world devices ...