Primeur weekly 2014-08-04

Special

Adaptive's Wolfgang Dreyer talks about Moab 8.0 and Nitro products, and mutual collaboration with partners ...

New PRACE Council Chair Sanzio Bassini to unfold future plans for Europe's advanced research infrastructure ...

Exascale supercomputing

UK business set to revolutionise supercomputing with prototype optical processor ...

The Cloud

PSSC Labs CloudOOP 12000 certified compatible with Cloudera Enterprise 5 ...

New eResearch Cloud is NeCTAR of the gods to Tassie scientists ...

New tools help neuroscientists analyze 'Big Data' ...

Oracle customers plug into the Cloud with Oracle Database 12c ...

Breakthrough elastic Cloud-to Cloud networking unveiled by AT&T, IBM Research and ACS ...

Oracle Solaris 11.2 now generally available ...

Oracle buys TOA Technologies ...

National Instruments transforms global HR with Oracle HCM Cloud ...

Desktop Grids

IBM to make free supercomputing power available to sustainability scientists ...

EuroFlash

Bright Computing raises $14.5 million Series B to accelerate its HPC, Hadoop and OpenStack business ...

PRACE 9th Call for Proposals connects the international HPC ecosystem ...

Computational biologists from Saarbrücken simplify diagnosis for hereditary diseases ...

Bull to issue 2014 half-year results ...

Bull launches IT bulletin, an on-line news review dedicated to IT expertise ...

IBM acquires CrossIdeas to expand security offerings with identity intelligence ...

Spin-based electronics: New material successfully tested ...

USFlash

Cray reports second quarter 2014 financial results ...

Spin diagnostics: MRI for a quantum simulation ...

Big Data confirms climate extremes are here to stay ...

Steering quantum evolution and using probes to conduct continuous error correction in quantum computers ...

AMD announces the availability of 64-bit ARM Opteron developer kits ...

Red Hat launches ARM Partner Early Access Programme for partner ecosystem ...

CoolIT Systems announces strategic OEM and distribution agreement with CES Group ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2014-08-04

Special

At ISC'14 in Leipzig, Germany,Primeur Magazinehad the opportunity to interview Wolfgang Dreyer, EMEA Director at Adaptive Computing about Moab 8.0 and the collaboration with Bright Computing. Adaptive Computing is an innovator in HPC software since the first appearance of Adaptive Computing in the TOP500 list. The world's top systems like Titan, Cascade, Hopper, BlueWaters and in Europe, the systems hosted at HLRS and HLRN are the top customers of Adaptive Computing. The innovative software is patent-protected. At present, Adaptive Computing has over 50 patents and more are still in the pipeline. Adaptive Computing is backed up by top investors including Intel Capital and many others. The Moab product is very known in the market. Read further...
At ISC'14 in Leipzig, Germany,Primeur Magazinehad the chance to interview Sanzio Bassini, Director of the Supercomputer Department at CINECA and PRACE's new Council Chair, about the future plans of the European supercomputer organisation. Sanzio Bassini stated that he was very proud to have been elected Chairman of the PRACE Council. PRACE has been a very successful story. PRACE is one of the research infrastructures that goes through all the stages, from the preparatory phase to the implementation process. Currently, PRACE is a very established organisation of 25 member states, represented by delegates of the ministries of research of the different member states that constitute the Council of PRACE. Read further...

Exascale supercomputing

Cambridge, UK-based start-up Optalysys has revealed that it is only months away from launching a prototype optical processor with the potential to deliver Exascale levels of processing power on a standard-sized desktop computer. The company will demonstrate its prototype, which meets NASA Technology Readiness Level 4, in January of next year. Read further...

The Cloud

PSSC Labs' purpose built CloudOOP 12000 Big Data server is certified compatible to run Cloudera Enterprise 5. This announcement comes just days after PSSC Labs deployed a 3+ PByte Cluster designated to run Cloudera Enterprise 5 to a prominent New York based Ad Tech company. Read further...
Tasmania continues a 20-year tradition at the crest of the nation's research computing capacity with the launch of the Tasmanian eResearch Cloud. The Cloud will store important scientific data collections and also allow researchers to access enormous computing power from a standard desktop PC. The $8.75 million project is the result of a collaboration between the University of Tasmania, CSRIO and Australian Antarctic Division. It is supported by both State and Federal governments. Read further...
New technologies for monitoring brain activity are generating unprecedented quantities of information. That data may hold new insights into how the brain works - but only if researchers can interpret it. To help make sense of the data, neuroscientists can now harness the power of distributed computing with Thunder, a library of tools developed at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute's Janelia Research Campus. Read further...
In today's fast-paced, technology-driven business environment, organisations face an ever-growing volume of enterprise data to manage and analyze. To effectively deliver enhanced customer experiences, analytical insights, and efficient operations, companies around the world are adopting Oracle Database 12c, including key options such as Oracle Multitenant and Oracle Database In-Memory. Oracle Multitenant is helping customers to more easily consolidate and manage multiple databases as one, resulting in improved efficiency and simplified management with maximum availability. Additionally, the newly available Oracle Database In-Memory option transparently extends the power of Oracle Database 12c to enable organisations to discover business insights in real-time while simultaneously increasing transactional performance. Read further...
Scientists from AT&T, IBM and Applied Communication Sciences (ACS) have introduced a proof-of-concept technology that reduces set up times for Cloud-to-Cloud connectivity from days to seconds. This advance is a major step forward that could one day lead to sub-second provisioning time with IP and next generation optical networking equipment and enables elastic bandwidth between clouds at high connection request rates using intelligent Cloud data centre orchestrators, instead of requiring static provisioning for peak demand. Read further...
Now generally available, Oracle Solaris 11.2 accelerates your ability to deploy enterprise Cloud computing with an efficient, secure, compliant, open, and affordable Cloud platform. Engineered for Cloud and deeply integrated with Oracle Database, Java, and Oracle Applications, Oracle Solaris 11.2 is more than an operating system (OS). It combines a complete OpenStack distribution, application-driven software-defined networking (SDN), zero-overhead virtualization, enterprise-grade disaster recovery, and high availability with an enterprise-class OS to simplify and secure the delivery of mission-critical Cloud services. Oracle Solaris is a strategic element in Oracle's growing systems business. Read further...
Oracle has signed an agreement to acquire TOA Technologies (TOA), a provider of Cloud-based field service solutions that manage and optimize the last mile of customer service for enterprises by co-ordinating activities between dispatchers, mobile employees and their customers. Read further...
National Instruments (NI) equips engineers and scientists with tools that accelerate productivity, innovation, and discovery to meet not only grand but also daily engineering challenges in an increasingly complex world, and continues to experience growing demand for its technology. To help meet that demand and scale its business, NI selected Oracle Human Capital Management (HCM) Cloud to better identify and leverage top talent from across its global organisation. By standardizing on Oracle HCM Cloud for core HR functions, NI is better equipped to unify HR information, manage employees and candidates, and maximize the efficiency of critical HR processes. Read further...

Desktop Grids

In support of the updated Climate Data Initiative of the announced by the US government White House, IBM will provide eligible scientists studying climate change-related issues with free access to dedicated virtual supercomputing and a platform to engage the public in their research. Each approved project will have access to up to 100,000 years of computing time at a value of $60 million. The work will be performed on IBM's philanthropic World Community Grid platform. In response to President Obama's call to action on the Climate Data Initiative, the World Community Grid invites scientists studying climate change issues to submit proposals for accessing massive supercomputing power to advance their research. Read further...

EuroFlash

Bright Computing, a provider of cluster management software, announced a $14.5 million Series B financing co-led by Draper, Fisher, Jurvetson (DFJ) and DFJ Esprit with participation from Prime Ventures and existing investor ING Corporate Investments. As part of the funding round, DFJ Partner Bill Bryant, Prime Ventures Partner Alexander Ribbink, DFJ Esprit Partner Richard Marsh, and ING CISO Rob Bening will be joining Bright's board of directors. Read further...
The 9th PRACE Regular Call for Proposals yielded 128 eligible proposals of which 43 were awarded for a total of close to 1.2 thousand million core hours. This brings the total awarded projects to 346 and the total awarded core hours to 9.2 thousand million. The 43 awarded projects are led by principal investigators from 13 different European countries. This Call also welcomed scientists and researchers from Australia, India, the Republic of South Korea, Turkey and the Unites States as collaborators in several projects. Read further...
In the case of a cough or a sore throat, the doctor can usually diagnose a common cold immediately. However, the diagnosis of hereditary illnesses like cystic fibrosis, which affects the metabolism, or Huntington's disease, which leads to cognitive decline, is much more complex. A patient may suffer from a multitude of symptoms, pointing to several different diseases. This can now be remediated using a programme developed by bioinformatics experts from Saarbrücken, which is now also available as an app. With the aid of this application, physicians can discover patients' afflictions quickly and without great research effort. The computing method that the programme is based on compares different patterns of hereditary diseases from an extensive on-line database and weights them by their likelihood. Read further...
The Board of Directors of Bull met on 28 July 2014 to examine and approve its interim consolidated financial statements reviewed by the company's auditors. Read further...
European supercomputer manufacturer Bull has launchedIT bulletin, an on-line news review dedicated to IT. Produced and published by Bull,IT bulletinaims to share expertise in the key areas of digital technology. The IT bulletin app is available now on Google Play and soon on App Store and Windows Store. Read further...
IBM has acquired CrossIdeas, a privately held provider of security software that governs user access to applications and data across on-premise and Cloud environments. Financial terms were not disclosed. Read further...
Spintronics is an emerging field of electronics, where devices work by manipulating the spin of electrons rather than the current generated by their motion. This field can offer significant advantages to computer technology. Controlling electron spin can be achieved with materials called 'topological insulators', which conduct electrons only across their surface but not through their interior. One such material, samarium hexaboride (SmB6), has long been theorized to be an ideal and robust topological insulator, but this has never been shown practically. Publishing inNature Communications, scientists from the Paul Scherrer Institute, the IOP - Chinese Academy of Science - and Hugo Dil's team at EPFL, have demonstrated experimentally, for the first time, that SmB6 is indeed a topological insulator. Read further...

USFlash

Cray Inc. has issued financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2014. All figures are based on U.S. GAAP unless otherwise noted. A reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP measures is included in the financial tables. Given the nature of the business, the company's results can fluctuate dramatically quarter-to-quarter. Read further...
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), which is the medical application of nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, is a powerful diagnostic tool. MRI works by resonantly exciting hydrogen atoms and measuring the relaxation time - different materials return to equilibrium at different rates; this is how contrast develops, i.e. between soft and hard tissue. By comparing the measurements to a known spectrum of relaxation times, medical professionals can determine whether the imaged tissue is muscle, bone, or even a cancerous growth. At its heart, MRI operates by quantum principles, and the underlying spectroscopic techniques translate to other quantum systems. Read further...
In a paper published on-line in the journalScientific Reports, published byNature, Northeastern researchers Evan Kodra and Auroop Ganguly found that while global temperature is indeed increasing, so too is the variability in temperature extremes. For instance, while each year's average hottest and coldest temperatures will likely rise, those averages will also tend to fall within a wider range of potential high and low temperate extremes than are currently being observed. This means that even as overall temperatures rise, we may still continue to experience extreme cold snaps, according to Evan Kodra. Read further...
One of the famous examples of the weirdness of quantum mechanics is the paradox of Schrödinger's cat. If you put a cat inside an opaque box and make his life dependent on a random event, when does the cat die? When the random event occurs, or when you open the box? Read further...
AMD has made available the AMD Opteron A1100-Series developer kit, which features AMD's first 64-bit ARM-based processor, codenamed "Seattle". AMD is the first company to provide a standard ARM Cortex-A57- based server platform for software developers and integrators. Software and hardware developers as well as early adopters in large data centres are eligible. Read further...
Red Hat has launched the Red Hat ARM Partner Early Access Programme to enhance partner collaboration and facilitate partner-initiated system designs based on the 64-bit capable ARMv8-A architecture that include Red Hat software. The programme will be aimed at silicon vendors, independent hardware vendors (IHVs), original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), and original design manufacturers (ODMs), and launches with participation and support from several ARM ecosystem experts, including AMD, American Megatrends Inc., AppliedMicro, ARM, Broadcom, Cavium, Dell, HP and Linaro. Read further...
CoolIT Systems Inc., a global expert in Direct Contact Liquid Cooling (DCLC) technologies and CES Group LLC, a subsidiary of Nortek Group, announced their worldwide alliance by signing a global OEM and Distribution Agreement. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2014-08-04

Special

Adaptive's Wolfgang Dreyer talks about Moab 8.0 and Nitro products, and mutual collaboration with partners ...

New PRACE Council Chair Sanzio Bassini to unfold future plans for Europe's advanced research infrastructure ...

Exascale supercomputing

UK business set to revolutionise supercomputing with prototype optical processor ...

The Cloud

PSSC Labs CloudOOP 12000 certified compatible with Cloudera Enterprise 5 ...

New eResearch Cloud is NeCTAR of the gods to Tassie scientists ...

New tools help neuroscientists analyze 'Big Data' ...

Oracle customers plug into the Cloud with Oracle Database 12c ...

Breakthrough elastic Cloud-to Cloud networking unveiled by AT&T, IBM Research and ACS ...

Oracle Solaris 11.2 now generally available ...

Oracle buys TOA Technologies ...

National Instruments transforms global HR with Oracle HCM Cloud ...

Desktop Grids

IBM to make free supercomputing power available to sustainability scientists ...

EuroFlash

Bright Computing raises $14.5 million Series B to accelerate its HPC, Hadoop and OpenStack business ...

PRACE 9th Call for Proposals connects the international HPC ecosystem ...

Computational biologists from Saarbrücken simplify diagnosis for hereditary diseases ...

Bull to issue 2014 half-year results ...

Bull launches IT bulletin, an on-line news review dedicated to IT expertise ...

IBM acquires CrossIdeas to expand security offerings with identity intelligence ...

Spin-based electronics: New material successfully tested ...

USFlash

Cray reports second quarter 2014 financial results ...

Spin diagnostics: MRI for a quantum simulation ...

Big Data confirms climate extremes are here to stay ...

Steering quantum evolution and using probes to conduct continuous error correction in quantum computers ...

AMD announces the availability of 64-bit ARM Opteron developer kits ...

Red Hat launches ARM Partner Early Access Programme for partner ecosystem ...

CoolIT Systems announces strategic OEM and distribution agreement with CES Group ...