Primeur weekly 2014-08-18

Special

HPC computing based on the working of the human brain ...

Exascale supercomputing

NERSC, Intel, and Cray team up to prepare users for transition to exascale computing ...

The Cloud

Made in IBM Labs: Governing geographically dispersed Cloud data ...

IBM acquires Cloud security services provider Lighthouse Security Group ...

IBM opens first SoftLayer data centre in Canada ...

EuroFlash

European Commission to launch public survey on Net Innovation for the Work Programme 2016-2017 ...

SysFera joins ETP4HPC ...

Iberdrola stars work on construction of 66 megawatt Pier II wind farm in Mexico ...

Quantum simulators explained ...

USFlash

University of Michigan computer scientist reviews frontier technologies to determine fundamental limits of computer scaling ...

Finalists compete for coveted ACM Gordon Bell Prize in High Performance Computing ...

Florida Polytechnic University, Flagship Solutions Group and IBM announce supercomputing centre ...

Vancouver Film School selects HP Z workstations with AMD FirePro professional graphics ...

TACC's Stampede and Lonestar systems aid microbiome research of gum disease, diabetes, and Crohn's disease ...

CacheBox application acceleration software increases on-line transactions per second by 56x while reducing latency by 98% ...

Data-visualization tool identifies sources of aberrant results and recomputes visualizations without them ...

Penguin Computing's new line of Arctica Ethernet switches featuring x86 application compatibility now available ...

Altera releases Quartus II software Arria 10 edition v14.0 ...

IBM to receive approval for selling x86 supercomputer business to Lenovo ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2014-08-18

Special

The closing keynote at ISC'14 in Leipzig, Germany, was presented by Karlheinz Meier of the Ruprecht-Karls University of Heidelberg. He talked about the achievements and challenges of brain derived computing beyond von Neumann by showing a few remarkable efforts in current high performance computing and by comparing the working of the human brain with the processing of HPC systems and by trying to figure out how the two can support each other mutually in order to build more energy-efficient, yet more powerful HPC architectures. Read further...

Exascale supercomputing

With the promise of exascale supercomputers looming on the horizon, much of the roadmap is dotted with questions about hardware design and how to make these systems energy efficient enough so that centres can afford to run them. Often taking a back seat is an equally important question: will scientists be able to adapt their applications to take advantage of exascale once it arrives? The Department of Energy's (DOE) National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC), located at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, is working to address this gap with the NERSC Exascale Science Applications Programme (NESAP), a robust application readiness effort launched to support NERSC's next-generation supercomputer, Cori. Read further...

The Cloud

IBM inventors have patented a technique that helps clients automatically analyze and manage the location where their public and private Cloud data is stored, thereby enabling companies to comply with regulations governing where data can be stored in different countries and continents. The patented IBM invention - Geographic governance of data over Clouds: U.S. patent #8,676,593 - allows users to dynamically choose or change the location where Cloud data resides, ensuring that businesses adhere to local or regional compliance and security regulations. Read further...
IBM has acquired the business operations of Lighthouse Security Group LLC, a premier Cloud security services provider. Lighthouse Security Group's Gateway platform protects identity and data in an increasingly complex IT environment where more company information is being stored in the Cloud and accessed from mobile devices. Lighthouse Security Group is a subsidiary of long-time IBM Business Partner Lighthouse Computer Services Inc. Financial terms were not disclosed. Read further...
IBM has opened a new SoftLayer data centre in Toronto to meet the growing demand for hybrid Cloud solutions that encompass open integration, data control and unique industry expertise. The data centre follows recent launches in London and Hong Kong, and is part of IBM Cloud's broader $1.2 billion investment aimed at extending its Cloud services capabilities in Canada and throughout the world. Read further...

EuroFlash

The European Commission is launching a public survey on Net Innovation. This survey is related to the definition of the new Work Programme 2016-2017 for Horizon 2020. To prepare the new Work Programme, the Commission is updating its vision for the Net Innovation area, identifying key technological challenges and research priorities, and establishing a research and innovation agenda for the coming years. The questionnaire is aimed at gathering the opinions of all interested in Net Innovation topics that are to be covered under the 2016-2017 Work Programme. This consultation is open from 12th August till 30th September 2014. Read further...
SysFera is now a full member of ETP4HPC, an association led by European industries and research centres to further the development and usage of high performance computing technologies across Europe. SysFera's involvement will help advance the ability of non-technical users to directly access hybrid resources and enable smaller business units to productively integrate HPC resources. Read further...
Iberdrola has commenced the construction work for the Pier II wind farm, with an installed capacity of 66 megawatts (MW), in Mexico. It is set to be the company's fourth renewable facility in the country. Pier II will be located in the municipality of Esperanza. It will be equipped with 33 Gamesa G97 wind turbines, each with a unit capacity of 2 MW. The wind farm will be located in Puebla state in the south of the country, one of the windiest regions in Mexico. Read further...
Everything you ever wanted to know about quantum simulators has been summed up in a new review fromEPJ Quantum Technology. As part of a new Thematic Series on Quantum Simulations, the open access journalEPJ Quantum Technologyhas just published an overview of just what a quantum simulator is, namely a device that actively uses quantum effects to answer questions on model systems. This review, published by Tomi Johnson and colleagues from the Centre for Quantum Technologies in Singapore and the University of Oxford, UK, outlines various approaches used in quantum simulators. Read further...

USFlash

From their origins in the 1940s as sequestered, room-sized machines designed for military and scientific use, computers have made a rapid march into the mainstream, radically transforming industry, commerce, entertainment and governance while shrinking to become ubiquitous handheld portals to the world. This progress has been driven by the industry's ability to continually innovate techniques for packing increasing amounts of computational circuitry into smaller and denser microchips. But with miniature computer processors now containing millions of closely-packed transistor components of near atomic size, chip designers are facing both engineering and fundamental limits that have become barriers to the continued improvement of computer performance. Have we reached the limits to computation? Read further...
With five technical papers contending for one of the highest honoured awards in high performance computing (HPC), the Association for Computing Machinery's (ACM) awards committee has four months left to choose a winner for the prestigious 2014 Gordon Bell Prize. The winner of this prize will have demonstrated an outstanding achievement in HPC that helps solve critical science and engineering problems. The committee will officially release the announcement of the Gordon Bell Prize winner at the 26th annual Supercomputing Conference (SC) awards ceremony this November in New Orleans. Financial support of the $10,000 award is provided by Gordon Bell, a pioneer in high-performance and parallel computing. Read further...
Florida Polytechnic University, Flagship Solutions Group, and IBM have established a new supercomputing centre at the University composed of IBM high performance systems, software and Cloud-based storage, to help educate students in emerging technology fields. Read further...
Vancouver Film School (VFS), Canada's premier post-secondary entertainment arts institution has installed 775 HP Z420 workstations with AMD FirePro W7000 professional graphics. Read further...
Bacteria inside your mouth drastically change how they act when you're diseased, according to research using supercomputers at the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC). Scientists say these surprising findings might lead to better ways to prevent or even reverse the gum disease periodontitis, diabetes, and Crohn's disease. Marvin Whiteley, professor of molecular biosciences and director of the Center for Infectious Disease at the University of Texas at Austin, led the study published in April 2014 in the journalmBio. Read further...
CacheBox Inc. has added Seagate's 1200 SSD to the company's Hardware Compatibility List. A 12G SAS drive, the 1200 SSD joins other enterprise SSDs that CacheBox has qualified for use with CacheAdvance, CacheBox's unique application acceleration software that enables significant improvements in application throughput and processing with no disruption to a company's compute or storage infrastructure. Read further...
In the age of Big Data, visualization tools are vital. With a single glance at a graphic display, a human being can recognize patterns that a computer might fail to find even after hours of analysis. But what if there are aberrations in the patterns? Or what if there's just a suggestion of a visual pattern that's not distinct enough to justify any strong inferences? Or what if the pattern is clear, but not what was to be expected? Read further...
Penguin Computing, a provider of high performance, enterprise data centre and Cloud solutions, has made available the new Arctica 4806xp open network switch based on the Broadcom StrataXGS Trident II chipset. Penguin Arctica 4806xp is the first 10/40 Gigabit Ethernet Top-of-Rack (ToR) open switch using an x86 control processor, which provides a flexible platform for Software Defined Networking and customer defined applications. Read further...
Altera Corporation has released Quartus II software Arria 10 edition v14.0, the industry's most advanced 20 nm FPGA and SoC design environment. Altera's proven Quartus II software delivers the fastest compile times and enables the highest performance for 20 nm FPGA and SoC designs in the industry. Customers can further accelerate their Arria 10 FPGA and SoC design cycles by using the broad portfolio of 20 nm-optimized IP cores included in this latest software release. Read further...
IBM has received notice from the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) of the successful conclusion of the committee’s review of the divestiture of its x86-based server business to Lenovo. The clearance by CFIUS of this transaction is good news for both IBM and Lenovo, and for the customers and employees. The parties now look forward to closing the transaction. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2014-08-18

Special

HPC computing based on the working of the human brain ...

Exascale supercomputing

NERSC, Intel, and Cray team up to prepare users for transition to exascale computing ...

The Cloud

Made in IBM Labs: Governing geographically dispersed Cloud data ...

IBM acquires Cloud security services provider Lighthouse Security Group ...

IBM opens first SoftLayer data centre in Canada ...

EuroFlash

European Commission to launch public survey on Net Innovation for the Work Programme 2016-2017 ...

SysFera joins ETP4HPC ...

Iberdrola stars work on construction of 66 megawatt Pier II wind farm in Mexico ...

Quantum simulators explained ...

USFlash

University of Michigan computer scientist reviews frontier technologies to determine fundamental limits of computer scaling ...

Finalists compete for coveted ACM Gordon Bell Prize in High Performance Computing ...

Florida Polytechnic University, Flagship Solutions Group and IBM announce supercomputing centre ...

Vancouver Film School selects HP Z workstations with AMD FirePro professional graphics ...

TACC's Stampede and Lonestar systems aid microbiome research of gum disease, diabetes, and Crohn's disease ...

CacheBox application acceleration software increases on-line transactions per second by 56x while reducing latency by 98% ...

Data-visualization tool identifies sources of aberrant results and recomputes visualizations without them ...

Penguin Computing's new line of Arctica Ethernet switches featuring x86 application compatibility now available ...

Altera releases Quartus II software Arria 10 edition v14.0 ...

IBM to receive approval for selling x86 supercomputer business to Lenovo ...