Primeur weekly 2014-05-26

Special

The N4S Programme is building new infrastructure for industrial software applications ...

The Sprint-model in large projects ...

Interview with David Wallom about the launch of the Federated Cloud as a production service ...

David Wallom to recommend the EGI Federated Cloud as a production IaaS infrastructure for the European Economic Area ...

The Cloud

Fujitsu enhances suite of private Cloud platform products with support for OpenStack ...

Oracle Managed Cloud Services earns elite status for federal deployments ...

SoftLayer helps Mankind Pharma drive business growth ...

EuroFlash

Bull aims at delivering operational excellence for IT Departments ...

Computer models helping unravel the science of life? ...

Improved computer simulations enable better calculation of interfacial tension ...

Atos to acquire Bull to create a European global leader in Cloud, Cybersecurity, and Big Data ...

USFlash

TDC provides core video expertise for largest-ever light festival Vivid Sydney ...

Scientists study biomechanics behind amazing ant strength ...

The University of Tsukuba in Japan puts additional Cray CS300 cluster supercomputer into production ...

Mellanox collaborates with DataON to provide Cluster-in-a-Box storage appliance ...

Supermicro announces storage solutions optimized for extreme scale-out object-storage applications ...

Don't blink: NIST studies why quantum dots suffer from 'fluorescence intermittency' ...

Red Hat delivers powerful new capabilities in OpenShift Enterprise 2.1 ...

Inventors of Analytics System forerunner inducted into National Inventors Hall of Fame ...

UChicago to lead quantum engineering research team ...

New analysis eliminates a potential speed bump in quantum computing ...

Advance brings 'hyperbolic metamaterials' closer to reality ...

NIWA supercomputer back on-line ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2014-05-26

Special

The Finnish Need for Speed (N4S) Programme creates new business models and methods for accelerating service development and production of software-intensive products. The digital economy requires that services are created in nearly real time - while continuously listening to the customer. The digital transformation in economy has been intense. Digital commodities are instantly available to everyone, at any time of day. The challenges of real-time services do not concern merely small and agile gaming companies or mobile application producers. The transformation has an impact on traditional industries as well. Managing and analyzing the data collected about products and customers is also critical. This is the reason why the partners co-operating in the N4S Programme are IT companies and large industrial companies, whose business is increasingly relying on software. Read further...
When there are many organisations involved in a project, the danger is increasing bureaucracy and unnecessary work performances. The Finnish Need for Speed (N4S) Programme utilises the principles of good software design also in the management of the entire project. In software design, it is essential to grasp the factors that hinder the project's progress. The aim of agile and lean methods is to quickly obtain concrete and usable intermediate results, to reduce futile bureaucracy and improve the quality of the work. The aim is that the software and its sub-areas gradually change to become more correct and complete during several rounds of implementation, i.e. sprints. N4S Programme Co-ordinator Dr. Tua Huomo was involved in the 4-year Cloud Software Programme, where these principles were tested for the first time in the management of a research project. Read further...
At the European Grid Initiative (EGI) Community Forum (CF) in Helsinki, Finland,Primeur Magazinehad the opportunity to talk with David Wallom from the University of Oxford. David Wallom is the Chair of the Federated Clouds Task Force within EGI. He announced the launch of the Federated Cloud as a production service. Read further...
At the EGI Community Forum in Helsinki, Finland, David Wallom from the University of Oxford and EGI Chair of the Federated Cloud Tasks Force, in a keynote talk, recommended the EGI Federated Cloud to the audience as a production IaaS infrastructure for the European Economic Area. The Federated Cloud started out in 2011 with 20k researchers in gLite and a few related use cases. Currently, the Federted Cloud is used by 2 million researchers who already introduced many diverse use cases. Read further...

The Cloud

Fujitsu is offering private Cloud products and services that support OpenStack, the open Cloud environment, to meet diverse customer Cloud needs in the era of Cloud computing. To support an open Cloud environment, Fujitsu is offering a private Cloud platform product based on OpenStack technology and an integrated service catalogue management portal product for hybrid Cloud environments that combine private and public Clouds. The company is also offering support services for building and operating Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform, the OpenStack distribution from Red Hat Inc. Read further...
Oracle Corporation has been approved to deliver a sophisticated new type of highly secure managed Cloud services to federal customers that will help them rapidly and confidently comply with "Federal Cloud First" initiatives. Three federal agencies - the Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, and General Services Administration - plus an outside company participated in the rigorous review of solutions from technology vendors. Having met those stringent requirements, Oracle's Managed Cloud Services was granted a provisional authority to operate under the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Programme, or FedRAMP. Read further...
Mankind Pharma, a pharmaceutical company in India, has selected SoftLayer's Cloud platform to support its business growth and expansion. SoftLayer, an IBM company, will enable Mankind Pharma to significantly improve the performance of its business critical applications and scale the use of these applications across multiple locations. Read further...

EuroFlash

Bull has launched its new 'Service Assurance' offering, designed to help IT Departments guarantee the quality of the services they are delivering. To achieve operational excellence, IT Departments need to guarantee that they can fulfil their service delivery commitments, manage the associated risks and, most importantly, anticipate their own needs in terms of IT resources so they are always ready to support the changes required by the business, in a secured environment. That is why Bull has established a dedicated organisation, based around its Service Assurance Center: an industrial-scale platform for the new offering providing a secured high-availability infrastructure, unified monitoring capabilities, automated processes, technical expertise and consulting capabilities, all operating 24x7. Read further...
Scientists have developed a sophisticated computer modelling simulation to explore how cells of the fruit fly react to changes in the environment. The research, published in the science journalCell, is part of an on-going study at the Universities of Manchester and Sheffield that is investigating how external environmental factors impact on health and disease. Read further...
Computer simulations play an increasingly important role in the description and development of new materials. Yet, despite major advances in computer technology, the simulations in statistical physics are typically restricted to systems of up to a few 100,000 particles, which is many times smaller than the actual material quantities used in typical experiments. Researchers therefore use so-called finite-size corrections in order to adjust the results obtained for comparatively small simulation systems to the macroscopic scale. A team of researchers from Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) has now succeeded in better understanding how this technique works when it is used to assess interfacial tension, thus enabling more accurate predictions. Read further...
Atos, an international information technology services company, and Bull, a trusted partner for enterprise data, together announced the intended public offer in cash by Atos for all the issued and outstanding shares in the capital of Bull. Atos offer is set at 4.90 euro per Bull's share in cash, representing a 22% premium over the Bull's closing price (4.01 euro) on Friday May 23rd, 2014, the last trading day before this announcement, and a 30% premium with respect to the 3 month volume weighted average share price (3.77 euro).The offer will also target the outstanding Bull's OCEANEs at 5.55 euro per OCEANEs. Read further...

USFlash

TDC has deployed the full range of its professional and technical expertise in providing core technology and services to Destination NSW for the sixth annual Vivid Sydney festival running from 23 May to 9 June. Read further...
A recent study into the biomechanics of the necks of ants - a common insect that can amazingly lift objects many times heavier than its own body - might unlock one of nature's little mysteries and, quite possibly, open the door to advancements in robotic engineering. A small group of engineers at the Ohio State University combined laboratory testing and computational modelling conducted at the Ohio Supercomputer Center to determine the relationship between the mechanical function, structural design and material properties of the Allegheny mound ant (Formica exsectoides). Their results were recently published in an article, "The exoskeletal structure and tensile loading behaviour of an ant neck joint", in theJournal of Biomechanics. Read further...
The Center for Computational Sciences (CCS) at the University of Tsukuba in Japan has put another Cray CS300 cluster supercomputer into production - the second Cray CS300 system unveiled at the University in the last six months. Read further...
Mellanox Technologies Ltd.'s ConnectX-3 10/40Gb RDMA over Converged Ethernet (RoCE) and FDR 56Gb/s InfiniBand Network Interface Cards (NICs) power DataON Storage Cluster-in-a-Box (CiB) appliances. The Mellanox-DataON collaboration provides Microsoft customers with improved I/O, hot-tiered data storage performance, higher efficiency with ultra-low latency and with dramatic CapEx and OpEx savings. Read further...
Super Micro Computer Inc., a global expert in high-performance, high-efficiency server, storage technology and green computing, has launched complete server and storage rack solutions configured with Inktank Ceph at the OpenStack Summit in Atlanta. Inktank was acquired by Red Hat in April 2014. Read further...
Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), working in collaboration with the Naval Research Laboratory, have found that a particular species of quantum dots that weren't commonly thought to blink, do. So what? Well, although the blinks are short - on the order of nanoseconds to milliseconds - even brief fluctuations can result in efficiency losses that could cause trouble for using quantum dots to generate photons that move information around inside a quantum computer or between nodes of a future high-security internet based on quantum telecommunications. Read further...
Red Hat has made available OpenShift Enterprise 2.1, the next generation of its award-winning, on-premise Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) offering. Enhancements in OpenShift Enterprise 2.1 are aimed to further enable DevOps practices through the delivery of new capabilities within the PaaS platform that bring development and operations closer together. Read further...
The National Inventors Hall of Fame has inducted three IBM engineers for their invention of the Automatic Sequence Controlled Calculator (ASCC), which was developed more than 70 years ago to rapidly and accurately perform high-speed, complex mathematical calculations, and which paved the way for today's cognitive computing systems like IBM Watson. Read further...
The University of Chicago's Institute for Molecular Engineering will lead a team of researchers from five universities in an ambitious five-year, $6.75 million project to create a new class of quantum devices that will allow communication among quantum computers. Compared to binary computing, the use of quantum states of matter to communicate and store information could radically increase computing memory and speed and completely change how society thinks about information. Recent dramatic advances in this field have prompted researchers to begin considering quantum computing as a realistic possibility. Read further...
A quantum particle can search for an item in an unsorted "database" by jumping from one item to another in superposition, and it does so faster than a classical computer ever could. This assertion assumes, however, that the particle can directly hop from any item to any other. Any restriction on which items the particle can directly hop to could slow down the search. Read further...
Researchers have taken a step toward practical applications for "hyperbolic metamaterials", ultra-thin crystalline films that could bring optical advances including powerful microscopes, quantum computers and high-performance solar cells. New developments are reminiscent of advances that ushered in silicon chip technology, according to Alexandra Boltasseva, a Purdue University associate professor of electrical and computer engineering. Read further...
The National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) in New Zealand has confirmed there were unauthorised attempts to access its supercomputer. As a precaution, NIWA took the supercomputer offline and immediately undertook a series of tests with the assistance of IBM. NIWA is able to confirm that the unauthorised attempts to gain access to the supercomputer were unsuccessful. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2014-05-26

Special

The N4S Programme is building new infrastructure for industrial software applications ...

The Sprint-model in large projects ...

Interview with David Wallom about the launch of the Federated Cloud as a production service ...

David Wallom to recommend the EGI Federated Cloud as a production IaaS infrastructure for the European Economic Area ...

The Cloud

Fujitsu enhances suite of private Cloud platform products with support for OpenStack ...

Oracle Managed Cloud Services earns elite status for federal deployments ...

SoftLayer helps Mankind Pharma drive business growth ...

EuroFlash

Bull aims at delivering operational excellence for IT Departments ...

Computer models helping unravel the science of life? ...

Improved computer simulations enable better calculation of interfacial tension ...

Atos to acquire Bull to create a European global leader in Cloud, Cybersecurity, and Big Data ...

USFlash

TDC provides core video expertise for largest-ever light festival Vivid Sydney ...

Scientists study biomechanics behind amazing ant strength ...

The University of Tsukuba in Japan puts additional Cray CS300 cluster supercomputer into production ...

Mellanox collaborates with DataON to provide Cluster-in-a-Box storage appliance ...

Supermicro announces storage solutions optimized for extreme scale-out object-storage applications ...

Don't blink: NIST studies why quantum dots suffer from 'fluorescence intermittency' ...

Red Hat delivers powerful new capabilities in OpenShift Enterprise 2.1 ...

Inventors of Analytics System forerunner inducted into National Inventors Hall of Fame ...

UChicago to lead quantum engineering research team ...

New analysis eliminates a potential speed bump in quantum computing ...

Advance brings 'hyperbolic metamaterials' closer to reality ...

NIWA supercomputer back on-line ...