Primeur weekly 2014-06-30

Special

Innovative HTC facilities needed to support computational genomics at the application and data level ...

HPC-assisted cell-based immunotherapy successful in curing melanoma ...

Restless hearts are simulated with real-time modelling at IBM Research in Zurich ...

A live report from the Adapteva A-1 "smallest supercomputer in the world" launch at ISC'14 ...

The Cloud

HP launches Helion Managed Services for optimizing Cloud storage workloads ...

Oracle unveils next generation Virtual Compute Appliance ...

Desktop Grids

ATLAS@Home crowd computing project launched at CERN ...

EuroFlash

a.s.r. uses ADVA Optical Networking's GNOC for critical network monitoring and maintenance ...

ADVA Optical Networking launches new era of data centre connectivity with Big Data transport solution ...

KTH wins from crystal clear insight into application performance with Allinea Performance Reports ...

Neurological simulation milestone reached after UCL embraces Allinea's tools on UK's largest supercomputer ...

Bright Computing is building on its success in data centres across Europe ...

UK Atomic Weapons Establishment launches SGI supercomputer ...

Spectra Logic tape library to archive the UK's fastest supercomputer ...

Physicists find way to boot up quantum computers 72 times faster than previously possible ...

In the fast lane: Mediatec uses Calibre UK LEDView530 scalers at FIA World Endurance Championships ...

The upcoming cybernetic age is one of intellectual capital ...

International Supercomputing Conference moves to Frankfurt, Germany in 2015 ...

USFlash

DataDirect Networks helps EMSL speed climate, energy and bioscience discoveries with high performance and massively scalable storage ...

Spectra and the Tandy Supercomputer shorten calculation rates from days to minutes, saving time and lives ...

New A*STAR-SMU centre combines high-powered computing and behavioural sciences to study people-centric issues ...

Scheduling algorithms based on game theory makes better use of computational resources ...

National Renewable Energy Laboratory supercomputer tackles power grid problems ...

Simulations helps scientists understand and control turbulence in humans and machines ...

Stampede supercomputer enables discoveries throughout science and engineering ...

Supercomputing simulations crucial to the study of Ras protein in determining anticancer drugs ...

Stampede supercomputer powers innovations in DNA sequencing technologies ...

Stampede supercomputer helps researchers design and test improved hurricane forecasting system ...

NSF-supported Stampede supercomputer powers innovations in materials science ...

D-Wave and predecessors: From simulated to quantum annealing ...

HPC server market shrinks -9.6% in the first quarter of 2014, according to IDC ...

University of Maryland's Deepthought2 debuts in global supercomputer rankings ...

Nine ways NSF-supported supercomputers help scientists understand and treat the disease ...

CAST releases wysiwyg R33 ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2014-06-30

Special

In the session on HPC in Life Sciences at ISC'14 in Leipzig, C. Victor Jongeneel from the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, talked about the role of HPC in sequencing technology and genomic biology. He said that traditional HPC facilities can be leveraged to do computational genomics but this takes some effort and technical savvy. There is a real need to design and build HTC facilities, designed specifically to support computational genomics. Read further...
In the session on HPC in Life Sciences at ISC'14 in Leipzig, Olivier Michielin from the University of Lausanne, the Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics (SIB), and the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research talked about HPC-supported therapy development in oncology. He told the audience that there have been some recent clinical successes of immunotherapy in melanoma using a rational TCR design programme. Read further...
In the session on HPC in Life Sciences at ISC'14 in Leipzig, Matthias Reumann from IBM Zurich, talked about the simulation of drug-induced arrhythmias. HPC is used in this cardiologic area to perform real-time modelling of human heart ventricles at a cellular resolution. Read further...
The Adapteva A-1 "smallest supercomputer in the world" was launched at ISC'14. Primeur followed the unveiling of the machine 'live' and also had an interview with Adapteva founder Andreas Olofsson. Read further...

The Cloud

HP has introduced HP Helion Managed Services, a managed Cloud storage offering that helps organisations save money and increase operational efficiency by leveraging the capacity they need, when they need it. Read further...
. Oracle's Virtual Compute Appliance allows companies to streamline critical tasks with a single, integrated system designed to run virtually any application and support Cloud services. With the Virtual Compute Appliance, customers get a converged infrastructure solution that can consolidate nearly all of data centre workloads into a powerful, fault tolerant platform that is easy to use, grow and manage. Read further...

Desktop Grids

ATLAS@Home is a new volunteer crowd project from the ATLAS experiment at CERN. Their current app simulates the creation and decay of supersymmetric bosons and fermions. Participants will need to install VirtualBox. Read further...

EuroFlash

a.s.r. is using ADVA Optical Networking's Global Network Operations Center (GNOC) for network monitoring and the provision of real-time performance insights. With multiple billions in annual revenues and over 4,000 employees, a.s.r. is one of the largest insurers in the Netherlands. As such, its transportation of mission-critical data is vital. a.s.r. requires the most robust network monitoring solution possible. Any network intrusion, data loss or downtime could have significant operational and bottom line repercussions. ADVA Optical Networking's GNOC team is working alongside trusted partner, TrueCom, to provide a.s.r. with rapid onsite support and proven 24x7 support. Read further...
ADVA Optical Networking has launched its Big Data Transport (BDT) solution. Designed specifically to transport enormous amounts of data in the most efficient, scalable and secure way possible, BDT will help to define a new era of data centre connectivity. Fully integrated into the ADVA FSP 3000, BDT has been jointly developed with the world's leading data centre and storage area networking enterprises. It's these enterprises that have requested a single product that can channel increasingly enormous amounts of data between an ever growing number of geographically dispersed data centres. BDT is the most scalable solution on the market capable of doing this in the most cost-efficient and secure way possible. Read further...
Allinea Software's latest product, Allinea Performance Reports, has proven its worth within weeks. The PDC Center for High-Performance Computing for the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden began using the performance tool in May and report it has already transformed the throughput of workloads running on their systems. Read further...
Researchers at University College London (UCL) modelling intracranial blood flow have been able to reach a major milestone by using development tools from Allinea Software. A massive simulation using 50,000 processor cores on the UK's largest supercomputer, ARCHER, became possible after solving an application crash that only occurred at this high scale. Read further...
Bright Computing's European customer list has grown to 200 customers. Building on its success in providing cluster management solutions to European organisations in many industries, the company is expanding its go-to-market activities across Europe. Bright is actively building its partner network with an emphasis on a new product line that enables the company to meet the market's growing needs for managing Hadoop clusters and OpenStack private Clouds. Read further...
The UK Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) has concluded a complete acceptance of three SGI ICE X systems. A formal ceremony today at AWE signifies the full operational status of the systems. AWE manufactures and maintains warheads for the UK's nuclear deterrent, Trident. This encompasses the entire life cycle of nuclear warheads, from initial concept, assessment and design through component manufacture and assembly, in-service support, decommissioning and then disposal. Read further...
The University of Edinburgh's Parallel Computing Centre (EPCC), has selected the company's T380 tape library to archive a 1367 Tera-FLOPs1, Cray XC30 system, the fastest supercomputer in the UK. This deployment is in support of the ARCHER - Advanced Research Computing High End Resource - project, the newest UK National Supercomputing Service and the nation's leading high-performance computing service for academic research. Read further...
Press the start button, switch on the monitor, grab a cup of coffee and off you go. That is pretty much how most us experience booting up a computer. But with a quantum computer the situation is very different. So far, researchers have had to spend hours making dozens of adjustments and fine calibrations in order to set up a chip with just five quantum bits so that it can be used for experimental work. One quantum bit or 'qubit' is the quantum physical equivalent of a single bit in a conventional computer. Any small errors in the adjustment and calibration procedure and the chip would not work. Read further...
Mediatec Solutions UK, the UK division of the Mediatec Group, uses Calibre UK LEDView530 scalers as part of its entire LED display rental and staging hire fleet. Mediatec Solutions UK boasts the largest inventory of mobile LED units in Europe. It supplies LED screens ranging in sizes from 15sqm to 88sqm, consisting of both mobile and modular configurations. Read further...
GMV made history on June 12, 2014, celebrating its 30th anniversary with a forward-looking conference. Michio Kaku, Daniel Sieberg, Bas Lansdorp and Doctor Julio Mayol looked ahead at how new technologies are going to change and influence our lives over the next 20 years or so. Read further...
When the International Supercomputing Conference convenes next year for its 30th annual global HPC meet, it will take place in the international city of Frankfurt. The next conference and exhibition will be held July 12-16, 2015. Read further...

USFlash

To help the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) reduce dependence on foreign oil and accelerate discoveries to preserve the environment, the Environmental Molecular Science Laboratory (EMSL), a national scientific user facility located at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), has implemented DataDirect Networks (DDN) high performance block and file storage solutions to provide a storage foundation for ongoing alternative energy research projects. Read further...
The Tandy Supercomputing Center (TSC) selected a Spectra nTier Verde disk-based file storage system to increase its work flow performance and shorten calculation rates from days to minutes. Spectra's solution enabled TSC to seamlessly boost data access speeds for multiple users by moving lower-priority, lower-performance operations from a primary storage tier to an affordable, flexible, high-capacity file storage system. Read further...
The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) and the Singapore Management University (SMU) will establish a Centre for Technology and Social-Behavioural Insights (CTSBI) to tap on high performance computing technology, Big Data analytics and behavioural sciences to study people-centric issues and human behaviour including how people think, feel and act in different settings. Such information can be used to enhance planning and address issues in different areas such as retail, logistics, urban planning, education and community development. Read further...
Grid computing is a powerful form of distributed computing wherein a network of loosely coupled and geographically separated computers, typically of different computational powers, work together to perform data-intensive calculations. The technology uses numerical simulations to help investigate a variety of challenging scientific problems, including the subatomic world revealed by particle accelerators like the Large Hadron Collider. Read further...
"Big Data" is playing an increasingly big role in the renewable energy industry and the transformation of the USA's electrical grid, and no single entity provides a better tool for such data than the Energy Department's Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF) located on the campus of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Imagined by NREL leaders who foresaw the possibilities for high performance computing (HPC), the ESIF's HPC data centre is fulfilling the goal of handling large and complex datasets that exceed traditional database processes. Read further...
Aerospace engineers from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign are using the National Science Foundation-supported Stampede supercomputer to explore how jets in general, like those on modern aircraft and inside the human body, generate noise. Read further...
Sometimes, the laboratory just won't cut it. After all, you can't recreate an exploding star, manipulate quarks or forecast the climate in the lab. In cases like these, scientists rely on supercomputing simulations to capture the physical reality of these phenomena - minus the extraordinary cost, dangerous temperatures or millennium-long wait times. Read further...
Supercomputer simulations have shown that clusters of a protein linked to cancer warp cell membranes, according to scientists at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) Medical School. This research on these protein clusters, or aggregates as scientists call them, could help guide design of new anticancer drugs. Read further...
Aleksei Aksimentiev, a professor of physics at the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign, used the National Science Foundation-supported Stampede supercomputer to explore a cutting-edge method of DNA sequencing. The method uses an electric field to drive a strand of DNA through a small hole, or "nanopore", either in silicon or a biological membrane. Read further...
Working with researchers at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Fuqing Zhang and a team of weather modelers at Penn State University have created an improved method of hurricane forecasting that incorporates high-resolution airborne radar observations from the inner core of the storms. This approach has shown great promise for hurricane systems, but requires significant additional computation. Read further...
Cornell University researchers are using the Stampede supercomputer at the Texas Advanced Computing Center to help explain a nanoscale mystery: How can a colloidal gel - a smart material with promise in biomedicine - maintain its stability? Read further...
The D-Wave computer is currently the latest link of a long chain of computers designed for the solution of optimization problems. In what sense does it realize quantum computation? Eliahu Cohen, School of Physics and Astronomy Tel-Aviv University Israel, and his colleagues describe the evolution of such computers and confront the different views concerning the quantum properties of the D-wave computer. Read further...
Worldwide factory revenue for the high performance computing (HPC) technical server market decreased -9.6% in the first quarter of 2014 (1Q14) to $2.3 billion, down from $2.5 billion in the same period of 2013, according to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide High-Performance Technical Server QView. Unit shipments were relatively steady in the quarter, growing 0.4% year over year on shipments of 33,577 units. Read further...
A University of Maryland (UMD) supercomputer for the first time has been ranked among the most powerful supercomputers in the world, according to the 43rd edition of the closely watched list released twice yearly by TOP500.org. Deepthought2, launched in May 2014 to support advanced research activities, ranks no. 14 among U.S. universities, making the high-performance computing system one of the nation's fastest in an academic setting. Read further...
HIV/AIDS has caused an estimated 36 million deaths, according to the World Health Organization, and remains a major menace worldwide. Today, approximately 35 million people are living with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), including more than a million individuals in the United States. The tendency of HIV to mutate and resist drugs has made it particularly difficult to eradicate. Some treatments have shown progress in slowing or even stopping the progress of the virus, but no cure or vaccine has been discovered that can truly stamp out the disease. In the last decade, scientists have begun using a new weapon in the fight against HIV: supercomputers. Read further...
CAST Software has released its wysiwyg version R33, the most power packed release with more than 10 new features, giving lighting designers, multimedia and production professionals the ability to create and previsualize amazing new lighting design like never before. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2014-06-30

Special

Innovative HTC facilities needed to support computational genomics at the application and data level ...

HPC-assisted cell-based immunotherapy successful in curing melanoma ...

Restless hearts are simulated with real-time modelling at IBM Research in Zurich ...

A live report from the Adapteva A-1 "smallest supercomputer in the world" launch at ISC'14 ...

The Cloud

HP launches Helion Managed Services for optimizing Cloud storage workloads ...

Oracle unveils next generation Virtual Compute Appliance ...

Desktop Grids

ATLAS@Home crowd computing project launched at CERN ...

EuroFlash

a.s.r. uses ADVA Optical Networking's GNOC for critical network monitoring and maintenance ...

ADVA Optical Networking launches new era of data centre connectivity with Big Data transport solution ...

KTH wins from crystal clear insight into application performance with Allinea Performance Reports ...

Neurological simulation milestone reached after UCL embraces Allinea's tools on UK's largest supercomputer ...

Bright Computing is building on its success in data centres across Europe ...

UK Atomic Weapons Establishment launches SGI supercomputer ...

Spectra Logic tape library to archive the UK's fastest supercomputer ...

Physicists find way to boot up quantum computers 72 times faster than previously possible ...

In the fast lane: Mediatec uses Calibre UK LEDView530 scalers at FIA World Endurance Championships ...

The upcoming cybernetic age is one of intellectual capital ...

International Supercomputing Conference moves to Frankfurt, Germany in 2015 ...

USFlash

DataDirect Networks helps EMSL speed climate, energy and bioscience discoveries with high performance and massively scalable storage ...

Spectra and the Tandy Supercomputer shorten calculation rates from days to minutes, saving time and lives ...

New A*STAR-SMU centre combines high-powered computing and behavioural sciences to study people-centric issues ...

Scheduling algorithms based on game theory makes better use of computational resources ...

National Renewable Energy Laboratory supercomputer tackles power grid problems ...

Simulations helps scientists understand and control turbulence in humans and machines ...

Stampede supercomputer enables discoveries throughout science and engineering ...

Supercomputing simulations crucial to the study of Ras protein in determining anticancer drugs ...

Stampede supercomputer powers innovations in DNA sequencing technologies ...

Stampede supercomputer helps researchers design and test improved hurricane forecasting system ...

NSF-supported Stampede supercomputer powers innovations in materials science ...

D-Wave and predecessors: From simulated to quantum annealing ...

HPC server market shrinks -9.6% in the first quarter of 2014, according to IDC ...

University of Maryland's Deepthought2 debuts in global supercomputer rankings ...

Nine ways NSF-supported supercomputers help scientists understand and treat the disease ...

CAST releases wysiwyg R33 ...