Primeur weekly 2014-05-19

The Cloud

IBM named no. 1 preferred provider of IaaS Cloud by enterprises ...

IBM closes acquisition of Silverpop ...

Introducing IBM Cloud Manager with OpenStack ...

South Korean Agency turns to IBM mainframe Cloud to better engage and serve South Korean citizens ...

Bright Computing announces an integrated OpenStack solution at the OpenStack Summit in Atlanta ...

Desktop Grids

Mass number-crunching may help crack Alzheimer's disease code ...

EuroFlash

PRACE Annual Report 2013 now available ...

DKRZ chooses Bull for its first Petaflops-scale supercomputer and for co-operation on climate research in Germany, as part of an initial contract worth 26 million euro ...

Barcelona hosts 500 experts in advanced computing ...

The turbulent birth of stars in galactic collisions ...

Using nature as a model for low-friction bearings ...

USFlash

Carnegie Mellon will test Internet architecture in vehicular network and for on-line video ...

IBM unveils software defined storage technology for era of Big Data ...

PSC and Hopkins computer model helps Benin vaccinate more kids at lower cost ...

University of Maryland launches new supercomputer to expand high-performance computing for research ...

HP reinvents data back-up with predictive, social-enabled data protection ...

IBM Research sets new record for storing massive amounts of Big Data ...

IBM reveals new companies developing Watson-powered apps ...

Pawsey Supercomputing Centre second stage details released ...

Fast and curious: Electrons hurtle into the interior of a new class of quantum materials ...

HP helps customers speed design, deployment of applications and services ...

IBM Research discovers new class of industrial polymers ...

National Institutes of Health funding to help expand data storage capacity at UC Riverside ...

EMC inaugurates Big Data R&D centre in Brazil ...

Raritan unveils fast and intelligent rack power transfer switch at Cisco Live ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2014-05-19

The Cloud

Businesses across the US have ranked IBM the no. 1 Cloud computing provider, according to an IDC survey of US market preferences for infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS). Enterprises ranked Amazon 7th, behind Google (5th) and Microsoft (6th). The rankings are based on responses from more than 400 US-based companies with more than 1,000 employees. Read further...
At its annual Smarter Commerce Global Summit event, IBM has completed the acquisition of Silverpop, a privately held software company based in Atlanta, Georgia. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Silverpop empowers marketers with Cloud-based capabilities that deliver personalized customer engagements that scale for any sized business. Silverpop's automated platform reduces the complexity of omnichannel marketing and makes it easier to personalize each customer interaction in real time. By providing deep customer insights and an intuitive engagement engine, Silverpop enables exceptional experiences for customers across the entire brand journey. Read further...
IBM has announced at the OpenStack Summit that it is expanding its support of open technologies by providing advanced OpenStack integration and Cloud virtualization and management capabilities across IBM's entire server portfolio with IBM Cloud Manager with OpenStack. Read further...
IBM will build a new open-source Cloud platform designed to help the Anti-Corruption and Civil Rights Commission (ACRC) in South Korea to streamline operations and consolidate numerous national public service phone numbers into one integrated call centre. Read further...
Bright Computing, a provider of management solutions for clusters and Clouds, has released Bright Cluster Manager for OpenStack. This add-on for version 7 of Bright enables customers to deploy OpenStack private Clouds on bare metal servers, providing a complete OpenStack solution with full life-cycle management. Read further...

Desktop Grids

By lending a little computer power, people can join a new George Mason University project and help crack the Alzheimer's disease code. George Mason is teaming with Reston-based Parabon Computation to ask volunteers to install software on their personal computers that will crunch numbers when the computer isn't in use. Notable projects from Stanford University and the University of California, Berkeley, such as Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, have used similar approaches. Read further...

EuroFlash

At the occasion of PRACEdays14, the Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe will launch the 2013 edition of its Annual Report. The report is available for on-line reading and download. Printed editions can now also be ordered. Read further...
The German computing centre for climate research - Deutsches Klimarechenzentrum (DKRZ) - and Bull have signed a contract for the delivery of a petaflops-scale supercomputer, as well as co-operation on climate research simulation. The contract worth 26 million euro covers the delivery of all the key computing and storage components of the new system. Read further...
About 500 highly qualified computing scientists will visit Barcelona in May to participate in three technical events that will take place around the Barcelona Supercomputing Center - Centro Nacional de Supercomputación (BSC-CNS). The meetings will be held from between 9 and 23 May and have the common objectives of progress of research in advanced computing and how to maximize its utility to science and industry. Read further...
Using very high-resolution numerical simulations, astrophysicists at the CEA and CNRS, led by Florent Renaud, have, for the very first time, achieved a detailed analysis of the effects of turbulence generated when two galaxies collide. These numerical simulations, in which the disordered motions of the gas contained in galaxies are seen at extremely small-scale resolutions, at last explain a phenomenon that astrophysicists have observed but which they have been unable to understand until now: that of "starbursts" of star formation when galaxies collide. A process of compressive turbulence helps to explain such starbursts, and why some galaxies form more stars than others. These results are published inMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society Letters, May 2014. Read further...
Lubricants are required wherever moving parts come together. They prevent direct contact between solid elements and ensure that gears, bearings, and valves work as smoothly as possible. Depending on the application, the ideal lubricant must meet conflicting requirements. On the one hand, it should be as thin as possible because this reduces friction. On the other hand, it should be viscous enough that the lubricant stays in the contact gap. In practice, grease and oils are often used because their viscosity increases with pressure. Read further...

USFlash

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) and three other institutions will test a next-generation Internet architecture they've developed in a vehicular network in Pittsburgh and in delivering on-line video on a national scale. These deployments of the eXpressive Internet Architecture (XIA) are made possible by a two-year, $5 million award from the National Science Foundation's Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE). It is one of three new awards announced by the NSF that will allow research groups funded through NSF's Future Internet Architectures (FIA) programme to extend the research they started in 2010 and move their architectures from the design stage to piloted deployments. Read further...
IBM has unveiled a portfolio of software defined storage products that deliver improved economics at the same time they enable organisations to access and process any type of data, on any type of storage device, anywhere in the world. Read further...
The HERMES Logistics Modelling Team, consisting of researchers from Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC), the University of Pittsburgh School of Engineering and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, have used HERMES, their modelling software, to help the Republic of Benin in West Africa determine how to bring more lifesaving vaccines to its children. The team reports its findings this month in the journal Vaccine. Read further...
The University of Maryland (UMD) has unveiled Deepthought2, one of the nation's fastest university-owned supercomputers, to support advanced research activities ranging from studying the formation of the first galaxies to simulating fire and combustion for fire protection advancements. Developed with high-performance computing solutions from Dell, Deepthought2 has a processing speed of about 300 teraflops. Read further...
HP Autonomy has launched several groundbreaking innovations to its line-up of Adaptive Backup and Recovery solutions, designed to meet the dynamic demands of the modern enterprise. Read further...
IBM researchers have demonstrated a new record of 85.9 billion bits of data per square inch in areal data density on low-cost linear magnetic particulate tape - a significant update to one of the computer industry's most resilient, reliable and affordable data storage technologies for Big Data. Read further...
Technology entrepreneurs wake up every morning with the goal of creating innovations that can change the world. IBM has introduced a new class of innovators that are making their visions a reality, by creating apps that are fueled by Watson's cognitive computing intelligence. Read further...
iVEC has announced the final details of the second stage of the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre hardware that will be installed later this year. The second stage upgrade will see the Pawsey Centre become a petascale supercomputing facility, with the supercomputer "Magnus", a Cray XC30, delivering processing power in excess of a petaflop (one quadrillion floating point operations per second). Read further...
As smartphones get smarter and computers compute faster, researchers actively search for ways to speed up the processing of information. Now, scientists at Princeton University have made a step forward in developing a new class of materials that could be used in future technologies. They have discovered a new quantum effect that enables electrons - the negative-charge-carrying particles that make today's electronic devices possible - to dash through the interior of these materials with very little resistance. Read further...
HP has introduced new offerings that accelerate the design and deployment of a customer’s applications, infrastructure and Cloud-based services, improving time to value and quality of service delivery, while decreasing costs. The adoption of mobility and Cloud computing is accelerating the application life cycle and increasing pressure to take a user-centric approach to design and delivery. The challenge is to increase the speed of application delivery across both traditional data centers and cloud environments, while ensuring regulatory and operational compliance. Read further...
Scientists from IBM Research have successfully discovered a new class of polymer materials that can potentially transform manufacturing and fabrication in the fields of transportation, aerospace, and micro-electronics. Through the unique approach of combining high performance computing with synthetic polymer chemistry, these new materials are the first to demonstrate resistance to cracking, strength higher than bone, the ability to reform to their original shape (self-heal), all while being completely recyclable back to their starting material. Read further...
Scientists at the University of California, Riverside (UCR) work on a variety of research topics critical to human health, such as genome biology, biomedical sciences, chemistry and computational biology. Next-generation sequencing and other high-throughput technologies routinely used in researching these topics generate vast amounts of data, increasing the need for high-performance computing. Read further...
EMC Corporation has inaugurated the permanent headquarters of its Big Data research & development centre, the "Richard J. and Maureen E. Egan Research Center" in Brazil. The state-of-the-art building, located in the Rio Technology Park on Fundao Island in Rio de Janeiro, is part of EMC's 2011 $100 million investment in Brazil, and will be the company's innovation hub for the oil and gas industry. Read further...
Raritan, a provider of data centre infrastructure management (DCIM) and rack power distribution solutions, has introduced the Intelligent Rack Transfer Switch (PX3TS) to help keep data centre equipment operating through power failures. When the new switch senses power loss, it provides fast and seamless power load transfers from one power source to another without interrupting operations. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2014-05-19

The Cloud

IBM named no. 1 preferred provider of IaaS Cloud by enterprises ...

IBM closes acquisition of Silverpop ...

Introducing IBM Cloud Manager with OpenStack ...

South Korean Agency turns to IBM mainframe Cloud to better engage and serve South Korean citizens ...

Bright Computing announces an integrated OpenStack solution at the OpenStack Summit in Atlanta ...

Desktop Grids

Mass number-crunching may help crack Alzheimer's disease code ...

EuroFlash

PRACE Annual Report 2013 now available ...

DKRZ chooses Bull for its first Petaflops-scale supercomputer and for co-operation on climate research in Germany, as part of an initial contract worth 26 million euro ...

Barcelona hosts 500 experts in advanced computing ...

The turbulent birth of stars in galactic collisions ...

Using nature as a model for low-friction bearings ...

USFlash

Carnegie Mellon will test Internet architecture in vehicular network and for on-line video ...

IBM unveils software defined storage technology for era of Big Data ...

PSC and Hopkins computer model helps Benin vaccinate more kids at lower cost ...

University of Maryland launches new supercomputer to expand high-performance computing for research ...

HP reinvents data back-up with predictive, social-enabled data protection ...

IBM Research sets new record for storing massive amounts of Big Data ...

IBM reveals new companies developing Watson-powered apps ...

Pawsey Supercomputing Centre second stage details released ...

Fast and curious: Electrons hurtle into the interior of a new class of quantum materials ...

HP helps customers speed design, deployment of applications and services ...

IBM Research discovers new class of industrial polymers ...

National Institutes of Health funding to help expand data storage capacity at UC Riverside ...

EMC inaugurates Big Data R&D centre in Brazil ...

Raritan unveils fast and intelligent rack power transfer switch at Cisco Live ...