Primeur weekly 2014-07-28

Special

DDN's Molly Rector and Paul Nowoczynski explain latest in HPC data storage developments at ISC'14 ...

The Cloud

EGI to host Autumn Conference in Amsterdam, the Netherlands ...

New guidelines to help EU businesses use the Cloud ...

California Department of Technology and IBM announce CalCloud, the next generation technology service ...

Oracle customers and partners continue to drive business results with Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud ...

New Oracle Exadata Database Machine optimized for large-scale in-memory and database Cloud workloads ...

Desktop Grids

International Desktop Grid Federation to host Crowd Computing 2014 event in Almere, the Netherlands ...

EuroFlash

BSC-Microsoft Research Center announces launch of project to optimize the performance of Big Data infrastructure ...

Scientists find way to maintain quantum entanglement in amplified signals ...

Unleashing the power of quantum dot triplets ...

EPSRC calls for partners to develop Alan Turing Institute ...

USFlash

Semiconductor Energy Laboratory chooses SGI Japan for large-scale research and development ...

USAA and IBM join forces to serve military members ...

IBM expands High Performance Computing capabilities in the Cloud ...

K computer runs largest ever ensemble simulation of global weather ...

Supercomputer makes it possible to predict the evolution of the large-scale atmospheric circulation of tropical storms ...

The first supercomputer simulations of 'spin–orbit' forces between neutrons and protons in an atomic nucleus ...

Researchers use TACC's Stampede supercomputer to study a common link between addiction and neurological disease ...

DataDirect Networks joins Global Alliance for Genomics and Health ...

Quantum leap in lasers at Dartmouth brightens future for quantum computing ...

Mellanox expands LinkX family of cables to add flexibility to data centre connectivity ...

The Darter supercomputer is helping researchers understand the biophysics of red blood cells ...

The world's first photonic router: Weizmann Institute scientists take another step down the long road toward quantum computers ...

Supercomputers reveal strange, stress-induced transformations in world's thinnest materials ...

Highly charged ions ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2014-07-28

Special

At ISC'14 in Leipzig,Primeur Magazinetalked to Molly Rector, DDN's Chief Marketing Officer, and Paul Nowoczynski, Engineer at DDN, about DataDirect Networks' Infinite Memory Engine technology for HPC and Big Data. DDN is the leading performance provider for HPC storage in the market. For 15 years now, DDN is offering all the best capacity options for HPC as far as the high ops, the performance, the throughput, and the application optimization that it really takes to make an HPC workload run well. According to Molly Rector, DDN does this magically. Read further...

The Cloud

The European Grid Infrastructure (EGI) is hosting its Autumn Conference in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The event will take place on the 24-26th September at Science Park and will be co-located with the fourth plenary meeting of the Research Data Alliance. The theme of the Conference will be "Challenges and Solutions for Big Data Processing on Cloud". Read further...
Guidelines to help business users save money and get the most out of Cloud computing services have been presented to the European Commission. Cloud computing allows individuals, businesses and the public sector to store their data and carry out data processing in remote data centres, saving on average 10-20%. Read further...
The California Department of Technology and IBM have launched CalCloud, a new technology model powered by Cloud computing to build and deliver more innovative government services and savings. Read further...
To date, many hundreds of customers across 52 countries and 21 industries are using Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud to help reduce the cost and complexity of deploying, consolidating and virtualizing their enterprise applications. Recent customers to adopt Oracle Exalogic include NCR, VRSG, Sascar, UL, and Asiana Airlines. Read further...
Supporting large database workloads used to require large numbers of high-end servers and storage arrays. Now, with Oracle's new Exadata Database Machine X4-8, workloads that previously required dozens of racks of equipment can run dramatically faster on a single engineered system. Read further...

Desktop Grids

In the Big Data Value Centre in Almere, in the Amsterdam Metropolitan region, the International Desktop Grid Federation is organising the Crowd Computing 2014 event, September 23-25, 2014. Crowd Computing 2014 brings together a community that is interested in several aspects of the field. The event kicks off with a one-day tutorial, followed by a technical meeting of the International Desktop Grid Federation. A workshop about Citizen Science Technology Platforms concludes the three-day event. Read further...

EuroFlash

The Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC)-Microsoft Research Center has launched Project Aloja, a joint research project with the goal of providing automated optimization for the performance of Hadoop infrastructure deployments. Hadoop is an open source software system which is experiencing rapid adoption growth and is used for the processing of extremely large data sets. Read further...
Physicists Sergei Filippov, MIPT and Russian Quantum Center at Skolkovo and Mario Ziman, Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic, and the Institute of Physics in Bratislava, Slovakia have found a way to preserve quantum entanglement of particles passing through an amplifier and, conversely, when transmitting a signal over long distances. Details are provided in an article published in the journalPhysical Review A. Read further...
Quantum computers have yet to materialise. Yet, scientists are making progress in devising suitable means of making such computers faster. One such approach relies on quantum dots - a kind of artificial atom, easily controlled by applying an electric field. A new study demonstrates that changing the coupling of three coherently coupled quantum dots (TQDs) with electrical impulses can help better control them. Read further...
In the 2014 Budget Statement, Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, announced that the UK government would provide GBP 42 million, over 5 years, to fund The Alan Turing Institute. The Institute will build on the nation's strengths and help position the UK as a world leader in the analysis and application of Big Data. The government has now asked the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) to act as a key partner in establishing the Institute and realising this ambition. Read further...

USFlash

SGI Japan Ltd., part of the global trusted expert in high performance computing, SGI, has installed a new, large-scale system at Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd. (SEL). The system, which will be used to facilitate the research and development of semiconductor technologies, combines SGI's large-scale shared-memory UV 2000 server and ICE X blade-type cluster server into a unified, large-scale system. Read further...
The cognitive capabilities of IBM Watson technology are now available to USAA members. USAA is the first to commercialize the use of Watson as a consumer-facing application. USAA, a financial services provider for the military community, is offering IBM's Watson Engagement Advisor in a pilot to help serve military men and women as they transition from military to civilian life. By accessing Watson, USAA members will be able to ask questions related to the transition experience. IBM Watson analyzed and understands more than 3,000 documents on topics exclusive to military transitions, enabling members to ask and receive answers to separation-related questions. Read further...
IBM is making high performance computing (HPC), as part of technical computing, more accessible through the Cloud for clients grappling with Big Data and other computationally intensive activities. A new option from SoftLayer, an IBM company, will provide industry standard InfiniBand networking technology to connect SoftLayer bare metal servers. This will enable very high data throughput speeds between systems, allowing companies to move workloads traditionally associated with HPC, such as oil and exploration and data analytics to the Cloud. Read further...
Ensemble forecasting is a key part of weather forecasting today. Computers typically run multiple simulations, called ensembles, using slightly different initial conditions or assumptions, and then analyze them together to try to improve forecasts. Now, using Japan's flagship 10-petaFLOPS K computer, researchers from the RIKEN Advanced Institute for Computational Science (AICS) have succeeded in running 10,240 parallel simulations of global weather, the largest number ever performed, using data assimilation to reduce the range of uncertainties. Read further...
To accurately predict weather and climate, scientists need to simulate the large-scale patterns that exist in global atmospheric circulation. One of the largest circulation patterns, the Madden–Julian Oscillation (MJO), is associated with heavy rainfall and drought across the tropics. Due to the sheer size and complexity of the MJO, however, researchers have so far struggled to perform sufficiently detailed simulations over a broad enough area to accurately predict this oscillation. Read further...
Protons and neutrons are held together at the centre of an atom by powerful nuclear forces. A theory that can describe the interaction between just two of these subatomic particles could potentially be extended to predict the existence and properties of more exotic particles, but simulations of such systems using conventional approaches are computationally intensive and have been hampered by a lack of available computing power. Read further...
Recent published research in theJournal of Clinical Investigationdemonstrates how changes in dopamine signaling and dopamine transporter function are linked to neurological and psychiatric diseases, including early-onset Parkinsonism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Read further...
DataDirect Networks (DDN) has joined the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health, an alliance working to accelerate world-wide efforts to responsibly share and analyze large amounts of genomic and clinical information with the research and health care communities. Read further...
Dartmouth scientists and their colleagues have devised a breakthrough laser that uses a single artificial atom to generate and emit particles of light. The laser may play a crucial role in the development of quantum computers, which are predicted to eventually outperform today's most powerful supercomputers. The study appears in the journal Physical Review B. Read further...
Mellanox Technologies Ltd., a supplier of high-performance, end-to-end interconnect solutions for data centre servers and storage systems, has made available Direct Attach Cables (DACs) with coloured jackets and coloured pull tabs, supporting interconnect speeds of 10, 40 and 56Gb/s for both Ethernet and InfiniBand data centre networks. The new coloured version reduces the chance of error in connecting server, switch and routing ports, shortens cluster installation time, and simplifies interconnect debugging and network management. Read further...
The spleen, a small organ located behind the ribs on a person's left side, plays an important role in the human body's immune system, performing various protective functions but primarily serving as a mechanical blood filter that removes worn out and pathological red blood cells (RBCs) (erythrocytes). Using the Darter supercomputer at the National Institute for Computational Sciences, a team of researchers is modelling the biophysics of RBCs to understand their behaviour in the spleen, with the aim of finding cures to diseases. Read further...
Weizmann Institute scientists have demonstrated for the first time a photonic router - a quantum device based on a single atom that enables routing of single photons by single photons. This achievement, as reported inSciencemagazine, is another step toward overcoming the difficulties in building quantum computers. Read further...
Interested in an ultra-fast, unbreakable, and flexible smart phone that recharges in a matter of seconds? Monolayer materials may make it possible. These atom-thin sheets - including the famed super material graphene - feature exceptional and untapped mechanical and electronic properties. But to fully exploit these atomically tailored wonder materials, scientists must pry free the secrets of how and why they bend and break under stress. Read further...
The world is mostly neutral. That is, most of the atoms in our environment are electrically neutral. The number of electrons in the outer parts of atoms equals the number of protons at the centres of atoms. As one or more electrons are plucked away from the atoms, the remaining electrons feel a much stronger positive pull from the nucleus. This enhanced pull, causing the atoms to shrink in size, ensures that those electrons are less vulnerable to the distractions of their environment, making them potentially valuable for next-generation atomic clocks, for quantum information schemes - where the loss of quantum coherence in qubits is a paramount danger, and for experiments trying to detect slight variations in the fine structure constant, the parameter that sets the overall strength of the electromagnetic force. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2014-07-28

Special

DDN's Molly Rector and Paul Nowoczynski explain latest in HPC data storage developments at ISC'14 ...

The Cloud

EGI to host Autumn Conference in Amsterdam, the Netherlands ...

New guidelines to help EU businesses use the Cloud ...

California Department of Technology and IBM announce CalCloud, the next generation technology service ...

Oracle customers and partners continue to drive business results with Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud ...

New Oracle Exadata Database Machine optimized for large-scale in-memory and database Cloud workloads ...

Desktop Grids

International Desktop Grid Federation to host Crowd Computing 2014 event in Almere, the Netherlands ...

EuroFlash

BSC-Microsoft Research Center announces launch of project to optimize the performance of Big Data infrastructure ...

Scientists find way to maintain quantum entanglement in amplified signals ...

Unleashing the power of quantum dot triplets ...

EPSRC calls for partners to develop Alan Turing Institute ...

USFlash

Semiconductor Energy Laboratory chooses SGI Japan for large-scale research and development ...

USAA and IBM join forces to serve military members ...

IBM expands High Performance Computing capabilities in the Cloud ...

K computer runs largest ever ensemble simulation of global weather ...

Supercomputer makes it possible to predict the evolution of the large-scale atmospheric circulation of tropical storms ...

The first supercomputer simulations of 'spin–orbit' forces between neutrons and protons in an atomic nucleus ...

Researchers use TACC's Stampede supercomputer to study a common link between addiction and neurological disease ...

DataDirect Networks joins Global Alliance for Genomics and Health ...

Quantum leap in lasers at Dartmouth brightens future for quantum computing ...

Mellanox expands LinkX family of cables to add flexibility to data centre connectivity ...

The Darter supercomputer is helping researchers understand the biophysics of red blood cells ...

The world's first photonic router: Weizmann Institute scientists take another step down the long road toward quantum computers ...

Supercomputers reveal strange, stress-induced transformations in world's thinnest materials ...

Highly charged ions ...