Primeur weekly 2014-06-10

Special

Better software for companies ...

The Cloud

Fogbow 0.1.0 has just been released ...

Appistry launches Cloud-based service for genomics testing ...

Appistry teams with Personal Genome Diagnostics to offer CancerSelect test through Appistry CloudDx ...

HP debuts private Cloud for public sector ...

Oracle joins OpenDaylight Project and plans to integrate OpenDaylight SDN capabilities into Oracle Solaris ...

Nefelus selects Aspera, an IBM company, to accelerate the transfer of Big Data to speed computer chip design ...

EuroFlash

Call for EGI-Engage Competence Centres is open ...

Altair 2014 Global ATC/ATCx Series offers advanced topics in simulation and optimization ...

PRACE presence at ISC'14 ...

Turing Test success marks milestone in computing history ...

Ben van Werkhoven's Work Honoured at International Computing Symposium ...

USFlash

CoolIT Systems announces issuance of new patent that protects CoolIT's industry-leading split flow design ...

Zippy supercomputer helps University of Alabama in Huntsville solar scientists answer questions ...

University of Houston awarded $2 million for new engineering professor ...

DataDirect Networks announces the world's highest-density storage solution with capacity exceeding 5 Petabytes in a single rack ...

HP helps clients transform their business with the largest SAP-certified solution for SAP HANA ...

HP delivers expanded, faster, more cost-effective Big Data analytics ...

SGI to preview in-memory appliance at SAPPHIRE NOW ...

Supermicro announces new NVMe server solutions delivering up to 6x IOPS with new Intel Solid-State Drive PCIe family ...

Supermicro server, storage and networking solutions raise industry standards for performance, energy efficiency and density at Computex 2014 ...

Rush a light wave and you'll break its data, according to NIST scientists ...

Pitt physicist earns $3 million grant to study fundamental particle ...

University of Arizona to launch new supercomputer, El Gato ...

Billion inserts-per-second data milestone reached for supercomputing tool ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2014-06-10

Special

Employees have to use more and more often software selected by the company, and their own work performance is dependent on them. For this reason, the functionality and usability of the software significantly affects the company's performance. Read further...

The Cloud

The first release of Fogbow has been launched. Fogbow is an umbrella for Cloud-related projects, that, together, enable a federated and oppostunistic Cloud. Read further...
Appistry Inc., a provider of tools, software, and services that bring the power of genomics to next-generation medicine, has launched Appistry CloudDx, a Cloud-based service for ordering genomics tests. By collecting established laboratory-developed tests (LDTs) in a single, easy-to-access environment and streamlining the processes associated with delivering clinically relevant results to physicians, Appistry CloudDx aims to place the genomically enhanced medicine now practiced at academic medical centres within the reach of community physicians and regional hospitals. Read further...
Appistry Inc. has signed an agreement with Personal Genome Diagnostics (PGDx) to include the company's CancerSelect panel in Appistry's recently released Appistry CloudDx genomics testing service. PGDx, a provider of CLIA-compliant genomics services to oncology researchers, drug developers, clinicians, and patients, is among the first organisations to offer lab-developed tests (LDTs) through Appistry's Cloud-based service that makes LDTs from leading diagnostic test providers available to physicians across the United States. Appistry CloudDx was launched at the 2014 ASCO Annual Meeting held in Chicago May 30–June 3, 2014. Read further...
HP Enterprise Services has launched a secure private Cloud solution designed to help governments and public sector agencies accelerate their journey to the Cloud, resulting in improved service delivery, quicker time to value and reduced IT costs. As public sector agencies transition to the New Style of IT, a Cloud solution is their first step toward meeting mission-critical workloads more efficiently and effectively. To meet these demands, agencies need a Cloud delivery model that provides increased levels of security, agile performance, robust service levels and tight integration to outsourced operations. Read further...
Oracle has joined the OpenDaylight Project as a Silver Member. The OpenDaylight Project is a community-led and industry-supported open source platform to advance SDN and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV). Oracle intends to integrate OpenDaylight SDN into Oracle Solaris 11.2, which melds efficient virtualization, application-driven software-defined networking (SDN) technology and a full OpenStack distribution with an enterprise-class OS to provide a highly efficient, compliant, secure, open and affordable software platform for Cloud computing. Read further...
Nefelus, a provider of integrated circuit (IC) design tools, has selected Aspera, an IBM company and creators of software that moves the world's data at maximum speed, to speed the transfer of extremely large design files to, from and through the Cloud. This enables IC designers to quickly and securely move proprietary files - which can exceed 10 gigabytes in size - to the Nefelus Cloud platform, where they can access powerful third-party tools to accelerate semiconductor and chip design projects. Read further...

EuroFlash

EGI has opened a call for Competence Centres proposals. Competence Centres will be one of the instruments of EGI to foster user engagement and integration activities at pan-European level from 2015. The deadline for submission is July 4, 2014 - 24h00 CEST. Read further...
Altair has introduced its 2014 Global Altair Technology Conference (ATC) and ATCx Series. ATC events will continue to cover a wide array of topics, industries, and computer-aided engineering domain areas, and last for two to three days. Read further...
At ISC14, to be held 22-26 June in Leipzig, Germany, PRACE will highlight its 6 systems and the science and industrial R&D done on those, the PRACE training offer, Open R&D and SHAPE. At the Opening Session of ISC14, PRACE will present the PRACE-ISC Award. PRACE hosts an invited session to analyse the European HPC ecosystem from the angle of technology, service, and applications. Read further...
An historic milestone in artificial intelligence set by Alan Turing - the father of modern computer science - has been achieved at an event organised by the University of Reading. The 65 year-old iconic Turing Test was passed for the very first time by supercomputer Eugene Goostman during Turing Test 2014 held at the renowned Royal Society in London on June 7, 2014. 'Eugene', a computer programme that simulates a 13 year old boy, was developed in Saint Petersburg, Russia. The development team includes Eugene's creator Vladimir Veselov, who was born in Russia and now lives in the United States, and Ukrainian born Eugene Demchenko who now lives in Russia. Read further...
The paper "Performance Models for CPU-GPU Data Transfers" authored by Ben van Werkhoven, Jason Maassen, Frank Seinstra, and Henri Bal was selected as one of two runners-up for the Best Paper Award at CCGrid 2014 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. CCGrid is one of the major international forums for sharing recent research results in the fields of high-performance and distributed computing. Read further...

USFlash

CoolIT Systems Inc., a global expert in Direct Contact Liquid Cooling (DCLC) technologies for HPC, Cloud and Enterprise markets, has announced the issuance of Patent No. 8,746,330, which covers the company's Split Flow Heat Exchanger technology. Read further...
Talk about a mathematics hot rod - how does 13 quadrillion calculations per second grab you? A scalable computer code developed at the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) that efficiently uses supercomputing power, plus important areas of UAH scientific inquiry, landed scientists at the Department of Space Science and Center for Space Plasma and Aeronomic Research (CSPAR) in the driver's seat for a highly sought chance to run complex equations on a blisteringly fast supercomputer. Read further...
Cancer imaging expert David Mayerich will join the University of Houston's Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering this fall. David Mayerich, who has been a Beckman Fellow at the University of Illinois since 2009, will help boost the department's expertise in biomedical research, particularly in the fields of high-performance computing and biomedical imaging, said Badri Roysam, chairman of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Read further...
DataDirect Networks (DDN), an innovation expert for HPC and Big Data, has delivered another industry first with the availability of the world's densest storage solution with capacity of more than 5 PBs in a single rack. Read further...
HP has expanded its HP ConvergedSystem portfolio for SAP HANA, delivering the largest SAP-certified solution for SAP HANA platform-based workloads, helping clients reduce costs and improve response time to business demands. Read further...
HP has launched the next release of the HP Vertica Analytics Platform - HP Vertica Dragline - providing organisations new and innovative ways to serve, explore and store more data in a faster and more cost-effective way to more users. Read further...
SGI, a trusted expert in high performance computing and Big Data and a SAP global technology partner, has previewed a single-node appliance at the SAPPHIRE NOW conference, held June 3-5 in Orlando, Florida. Building on SGI's in-memory computing leadership and SGI's January development announcement for the SAP HANA platform, the forthcoming solution is expected to enable real-time business at extreme scale and high availability, without complexity. Read further...
Super Micro Computer has introduced NVMe servers supporting the new Intel Solid-State Drive PCIe family at Computex in Taipei, Taiwan. Supermicro has early qualification and optimization of Intel's SSD PCIe family on its 1U WIO, 2U Data Center Optimized (DCO), 2U EX DP 32 DIMM, 2U TwinPro, 3U 11x PCI-E slot and 4U FatTwin SuperServers providing a range of NVMe solutions to meet the demands of the most data intensive applications for VDI, Very Large Database (VLDB) and Hyperscale Computing applications. Read further...
Super Micro Computer Inc. has showcased its expansive lines of server, storage and networking solutions optimized for Virtualization, Cloud and Enterprise environments as well as Data Center and Big Data at Computex in Taipei, Taiwan. Highlights of Supermicro's new innovations in system architecture and power efficiency include MicroBlade, the extreme low power, ultra high density 6U 112-node Intel Atom C2000 based microserver with four Ethernet Switch modules featuring SDN functionality, the 4U 4-Way, 6TB 96x DIMM SuperServer supporting Intel Xeon E7-8800/4800 v2 processors, a 4U FatTwin 2-node 12x GPU and new leading edge Titanium Level high efficiency (96%) digital power supplies. First-to-market, industry leading I/O accelerated solutions incorporating the latest PCIe NVMe, 12Gb/s SAS3 and blazing fast ULLtraDIMM technologies were also on display. Read further...
Quantum information can't break the cosmic speed limit, according to researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the University of Maryland's Joint Quantum Institute. The scientists have shown how attempts to "push" part of a light beam past the speed of light results in the loss of the quantum data the light carries. The results could clarify how noise might limit the transfer of information in quantum computers. Read further...
University of Pittsburgh physicist Sergey Frolov has received a $3 million Office of Naval Research Basic Research Challenge grant to explore ways of transforming quantum computing through the use of an unusual particle. Sergey Frolov will be the primary investigator for the study on the Majorana fermion, a long-posited but elusive elementary particle that Sergey Frolov and colleagues discovered in 2012. Read further...
A new generation of supercomputing has arrived at the University of Arizona (UA) with "El Gato", one of the world's fastest computers, allowing UA faculty to venture into new realms of complex scientific challenges. Were it not for the flurry of blinking lights, "El Gato" wouldn't appear much more exciting than a row of three refrigerator-sized racks sitting in a warehouse. But underneath its black metal case lies a powerful universe. Three things are required to access it: a user account, a password and a big idea - like, what does it take for a supernova to blow up? Or, what is the cosmos made of? Read further...
At Los Alamos, a supercomputer epicentre where "Big Data set" really means something, a data middleware project has achieved a milestone for specialized information organisation and storage. The Multi-dimensional Hashed Indexed Middleware (MDHIM) project at Los Alamos National Laboratory recently achieved 1,782,105,749 key/value inserts per second into a globally-ordered key space on Los Alamos National Laboratory's Moonlight supercomputer. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2014-06-10

Special

Better software for companies ...

The Cloud

Fogbow 0.1.0 has just been released ...

Appistry launches Cloud-based service for genomics testing ...

Appistry teams with Personal Genome Diagnostics to offer CancerSelect test through Appistry CloudDx ...

HP debuts private Cloud for public sector ...

Oracle joins OpenDaylight Project and plans to integrate OpenDaylight SDN capabilities into Oracle Solaris ...

Nefelus selects Aspera, an IBM company, to accelerate the transfer of Big Data to speed computer chip design ...

EuroFlash

Call for EGI-Engage Competence Centres is open ...

Altair 2014 Global ATC/ATCx Series offers advanced topics in simulation and optimization ...

PRACE presence at ISC'14 ...

Turing Test success marks milestone in computing history ...

Ben van Werkhoven's Work Honoured at International Computing Symposium ...

USFlash

CoolIT Systems announces issuance of new patent that protects CoolIT's industry-leading split flow design ...

Zippy supercomputer helps University of Alabama in Huntsville solar scientists answer questions ...

University of Houston awarded $2 million for new engineering professor ...

DataDirect Networks announces the world's highest-density storage solution with capacity exceeding 5 Petabytes in a single rack ...

HP helps clients transform their business with the largest SAP-certified solution for SAP HANA ...

HP delivers expanded, faster, more cost-effective Big Data analytics ...

SGI to preview in-memory appliance at SAPPHIRE NOW ...

Supermicro announces new NVMe server solutions delivering up to 6x IOPS with new Intel Solid-State Drive PCIe family ...

Supermicro server, storage and networking solutions raise industry standards for performance, energy efficiency and density at Computex 2014 ...

Rush a light wave and you'll break its data, according to NIST scientists ...

Pitt physicist earns $3 million grant to study fundamental particle ...

University of Arizona to launch new supercomputer, El Gato ...

Billion inserts-per-second data milestone reached for supercomputing tool ...