Primeur weekly 2014-08-25

The Cloud

HP to provide HP Helion Cloud services in China ...

Clemson part of $10 million project to advance Cloud-computing technologies ...

VMware introduces the VMware vCloud Air Network ...

VMware acquires CloudVolumes, pioneer of real-Time application delivery technologies ...

China Telecom and IBM team to deliver Cloud computing to the Chinese market ...

IBM taps global network of innovation centres to fuel Linux on power systems for Big Data and Cloud computing ...

Enabling a new future for Cloud computing ...

New CloudLab will help researchers test new Cloud architectures ...

Ujjivan Financial Services adopts IBM infrastructure managed services and Cloud for business continuity and enhanced customer service ...

University of Wisconsin-Madison chosen for federally funded Cloud computing research ...

Oracle enhances Oracle Social Cloud with next-generation user experience ...

Westpac NZ selects IBM to support transformation to NZ's leading digital bank ...

Frost & Sullivan applauds Oracle for meeting tangible business needs with its managed Cloud services ...

EuroFlash

SGI opens new German subsidiary as an SGI Center of Excellence ...

DESY and IBM develop Big Data architecture for science ...

Successful completion of Atos' tender offer on Bull's shares ...

Evolution of the Bull group governance ...

USFlash

Unlocking the potential of simulation software ...

New courses open door to powerful computing techniques ...

Bureau of Meteorology's data link paves the way for new supercomputer ...

Parallel computing delivered to the masses ...

New energy-efficient data centre will propel OHSU into 'Big Data' research ...

Firefly Space Systems announces collaboration with Texas Advanced Computing Center and ANSYS Inc. in creating revolutionary small satellite launch vehicle ...

First indirect evidence of so-far undetected strange baryons ...

UC San Diego's WIFIRE project helps firefighters get a jump on wildfires ...

SDSC mourns the loss of J. Freeman Gilbert ...

Rogue Wave Software releases new versions of two flagship products ...

Raritan awarded patent for psychrometric charts with environmental envelope used in its DCIM solution to manage data centre cooling ...

HP enables rapid adoption and deployment of storage for the software-defined data centre ...

Electrical engineers take major step toward photonic circuits ...

Veda partners with IBM and prepares for next phase of growth ...

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Edition: weekly - Issue: 2014-08-25

The Cloud

HP has signed an agreement with Beijing UnionRead Information Technology Ltd., a content distribution network service provider and hybrid Cloud operator, to build and operate community Clouds for enterprise customers in China. UnionRead will be the first service provider in China to deploy HP Helion solutions based on OpenStack technology since HP introduced the HP Helion portfolio earlier this year. The agreement is a significant step that will enable HP to meet customers' growing demand for Cloud services in one of the fastest-growing Cloud markets in the world and demonstrates momentum for the HP Helion portfolio. Read further...
Clemson University is part of a consortium of universities that will receive $10 million to fund the development of a flexible scientific Cloud architecture that will support the national research community. The National Science Foundation-funded project, "CloudLab: Flexible Scientific Infrastructure to Support Fundamental Advances in Cloud Architectures and Applications", is designed to be a large-scale, distributed facility that can support hundreds of different experimental Cloud environments for researchers simultaneously. Further, this environment is designed to be a testing and proving ground for researchers who will ultimately develop the next generation of Cloud architectures. Read further...
VMware Inc. has launched the VMware vCloud Air Network to provide greater choice and flexibility to businesses looking to capitalize on the advantages of hybrid Cloud. As the world's largest network of validated Cloud services based on VMware technologies with more than 3,800 VMware Service Provider partners in more than 100 countries, the VMware vCloud Air Network represents an evolution and expansion of the company's VMware Service Provider Programme (VSPP). Read further...
VMware has acquired CloudVolumes, a provider of real-time application delivery technology that enables enterprises to easily deliver native applications to virtualized environments on-demand. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed. The transaction is expected to be immaterial to VMware's financial results. Read further...
China Telecom Corporation Limited and IBM have entered into a three-year agreement to help small and medium businesses (SMBs) implement secure, cost-effective and scalable SAP Cloud-based applications. Read further...
At the LinuxCon North America conference, IBM announced it is tapping into its global network of over 50 IBM Innovation Centers and IBM Client Centers to help IBM Business Partners, IT professionals, academics, and entrepreneurs develop and deliver new Big Data and Cloud computing software applications for clients using Linux on IBM Power Systems servers. Read further...
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has launched two $10 million projects to create Cloud computing testbeds--to be called "Chameleon" and "CloudLab" - that will enable the academic research community to develop and experiment with novel Cloud architectures and pursue new, architecturally-enabled applications of Cloud computing. Read further...
Computer systems engineers Michael Zink and David Irwin at the University of Massachusetts Amherst recently received a three-year, $390,000 National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to help create a new instrument for the national research community known as a "Cloud laboratory". Dubbed CloudLab, it will among other things allow scientists to run huge or very complex experiments on an enormous and flexible new shared network of reliable, secure and fast computers. Read further...
Ujjivan Financial Services, a microfinance company in India, has selected IBM's private Cloud resilience services to ensure continuous business operations for its clients' critical financial transactions. Under the terms of the agreement, IBM's private Cloud will help create a dedicated and robust infrastructure for its primary set-up. The Cloud based Virtualized Server Recovery (VSR) solution will provide the company with a fully managed, around-the-clock solution designed to support application continuity, reduce business expenses and data loss. Read further...
Cloud computing, which allows users of technology to tap into remote, shared infrastructure and services, is a major facet of today's world. Whether or not we realize it, countless aspects of our daily lives - from social media to drug discovery - are now enabled by Cloud computing. The University of Wisconsin-Madison has been chosen to be part of a National Science Foundation-funded project called CloudLab - a joint effort of university and industry teams for the development of Cloud infrastructure and fostering the high-level research that it supports. Read further...
Today’s enterprise must meet the technology standards of today's consumer. According to a recent IDG Enterprise report, enterprises that invest in consumerized, easy-to-use technologies experience a 56 percent increase in employee productivity and a 46 percent increase in customer satisfaction. In order to deliver that simple and intuitive experience across even the most advanced social management capabilities, Oracle has introduced Social Station, an innovative new workspace within Oracle Social Cloud's Social Relationship Management (SRM) platform. With Social Station, users benefit from a personalized and intuitive user experience that helps increase both the productivity and performance of social business practices. Read further...
Westpac New Zealand, part of one of the world's largest financial services institutions, has selected IBM's private Cloud technology to support its goal to be New Zealand's leading digital bank. The new five year agreement is part of an extensive services and technology contract which includes Westpac migrating some of its business critical IT systems into IBM's state-of-the-art Auckland data centre, enabling enhanced customer service. Read further...
Based on its recent analysis of the managed Cloud services market, Frost & Sullivan recognizes Oracle with the 2014 North American Frost & Sullivan Award for Customer Value Leadership. Oracle's suite of managed Cloud services offers customers a highly secure, reliable, yet dynamic infrastructure that addresses the entire Cloud stack, with performance metrics that are customizable for each customer. The service's balance between automated orchestration and manual process refinement offers customers a unique environment in which to deploy their Oracle applications and workloads. Read further...

EuroFlash

SGI, a trusted expert in high performance computing, has opened a new subsidiary called SGI GmbH that will operate as an SGI Center of Excellence in Heidelberg, Germany as part of a strategic move to more closely support SAP solution-based initiatives. Read further...
IBM and Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY), a national research centre in Germany, have started a collaboration to speed up handling and storage of massive volumes of X-ray data. The planned Big Data and analytics architecture can handle more than 20 Gigabyte per second of data at peak and help scientists worldwide gain faster insights into the atomic structure of novel semiconductors, catalysts, biological cells and other samples. Read further...
Atos, an international information technology services company, and Bull, a trusted partner for enterprise data, together successfully completed the tender offer launched by Atos for all the issued and outstanding shares in the capital of Bull. The transaction represents a key milestone in the creation in Europe of a world leader in Cloud, Cyber security, and Big Data. Read further...
The Board of Directors of Bull, a trusted partner for enterprise data, met on August 19th 2014 further to the success of the friendly tender offer launched by Atos, the international information technology services company, for all the issued and outstanding shares and all the bonds convertible in existing or new shares (OCEANEs) of Bull, and decided certain changes related to the evolution of the governance of the group. Read further...

USFlash

With a method known as finite element analysis (FEA), engineers can generate 3D digital models of large structures to simulate how they'll fare under stress, vibrations, heat, and other real-world conditions. Used for mapping out large-scale structures - such as mining equipment, buildings, and oil rigs - these simulations require intensive computation done by powerful computers over many hours, costing engineering firms much time and money. Now MIT spinout Akselos has developed novel software, based on years of research at the Institute, that uses precalculated supercomputer data for structural components - like simulated "Legos" - to solve FEA models in seconds. Read further...
Clemson University has been named a CUDA Teaching Center by NVIDIA, a world expert in visual computing. As a CUDA Teaching Center, Clemson University plans to expand course offerings in cutting-edge computing techniques that could help researchers tackle a variety of challenges, from finding new cures to diseases and developing more fuel-efficient cars to better understanding how the galaxy formed. Read further...
One of Australia's fastest data links is now giving weather forecasters better access to vital weather information. The Bureau of Meteorology has upgraded its data link to more than twice the speed of its previous link, allowing the agency to now move vast amounts of data at the speed of light. Bureau of Meteorology Director, Dr Rob Vertessy, said the new data link will enable the Bureau to further improve the accuracy and timeliness of its weather forecasts and warnings, and increase the agency's Information and Communication Technology (ICT) resilience. Read further...
During the past few years, Virginia Tech's Wu Feng has built upon a National Science Foundation (NSF) / Microsoft grant from the "Computing in the Cloud" programme, and synergistically complemented it with subsequent collaborative grants, including a $6 million award from the Air Force on "big computing" for mini-drones and a $1 million award from NSF and the National Institutes of Health on "Big Data" for the life sciences. Read further...
An Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) technology expert designed a centre with geodesic dome, other features, making it one of the most efficient data centres in the country. It is a data centre unlike any other. It looks a bit like a lost spaceship, settled on a chunk of land at the edge of Beaverton, Oregon. Read further...
Firefly Space Systems, ANSYS Inc. and the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at the University of Texas at Austin, home to the Stampede supercomputer, team up in the design of next-generation of rockets. Firefly Space Systems is building the world's lowest-cost, small satellite delivery system. Firefly's initiative with ANSYS and TACC will enable Firefly to accurately and rapidly progress through its engineering development process as it moves closer to its first launch. Read further...
New supercomputing calculations provide the first evidence that particles predicted by the theory of quark-gluon interactions but never before observed are being produced in heavy-ion collisions at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC), a facility that is dedicated to studying nuclear physics. These heavy strange baryons, containing at least one strange quark, still cannot be observed directly, but instead make their presence known by lowering the temperature at which other strange baryons "freeze out" from the quark-gluon plasma (QGP) discovered and created at RHIC, a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science user facility located at DOE's Brookhaven National Laboratory. Read further...
In recent years, the number and scale of wildfires in the U.S. has risen, threatening cities and forests, and at times forcing large-scale evacuations. Now, thanks to a multi-year, $2.65 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the University of California San Diego, and the University of Maryland have been building a cyberinfrastructure to better monitor, predict, and mitigate wildfires in the future. Read further...
In addition to being a Distinguished Professor Emeritus of geophysics with the Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO) for more than 53 years, James Freeman Gilbert is being remembered by those at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) for playing an integral role in securing a National Science Foundation (NSF) award to establish SDSC on the UC San Diego campus almost 30 years ago. Read further...
Rogue Wave Software, a large independent provider of cross-platform software development tools and embedded components, has launched new releases of two flagship products - TotalView and SourcePro. These releases echo Rogue Wave's ongoing commitment to help software developers accelerate great code. Read further...
Raritan, a provider of data centre infrastructure management (DCIM) and rack power distribution solutions, was awarded patent US 8782213: System and method for the application of psychrometric charts to data centres. The system and method is used in Raritan's Power IQ DCIM Monitoring solution and enables data centre operators to easily check the health of their data centre's environment on a psychrometric chart. A data centre cabinet that is too hot can cause downtime, too cold wastes energy, too humid can cause condensation problems and too dry can cause static electrical discharge that can damage computing devices. Read further...
HP has introduced new storage offerings for the software-defined data centre (SDDC) that simplify deployment of scale-out storage for Cloud computing and virtual server environments.The company also introduced a new entry-level all-flash array to enable affordable application performance acceleration. Read further...
The invention of fibre optics revolutionized the way we share information, allowing us to transmit data at volumes and speeds we'd only previously dreamed of. Now, electrical engineering researchers at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada are breaking another barrier, designing nano-optical cables small enough to replace the copper wiring on computer chips. This could result in radical increases in computing speeds and reduced energy use by electronic devices. Read further...
IBM has signed a five-year multimillion dollar agreement with Veda, a provider of credit information and analysis in Australia and New Zealand. The agreement extends Veda's existing strategic outsourcing relationship with IBM, which continues to provide Veda with a highly reliable and resilient infrastructure, and now includes Cloud services. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2014-08-25

The Cloud

HP to provide HP Helion Cloud services in China ...

Clemson part of $10 million project to advance Cloud-computing technologies ...

VMware introduces the VMware vCloud Air Network ...

VMware acquires CloudVolumes, pioneer of real-Time application delivery technologies ...

China Telecom and IBM team to deliver Cloud computing to the Chinese market ...

IBM taps global network of innovation centres to fuel Linux on power systems for Big Data and Cloud computing ...

Enabling a new future for Cloud computing ...

New CloudLab will help researchers test new Cloud architectures ...

Ujjivan Financial Services adopts IBM infrastructure managed services and Cloud for business continuity and enhanced customer service ...

University of Wisconsin-Madison chosen for federally funded Cloud computing research ...

Oracle enhances Oracle Social Cloud with next-generation user experience ...

Westpac NZ selects IBM to support transformation to NZ's leading digital bank ...

Frost & Sullivan applauds Oracle for meeting tangible business needs with its managed Cloud services ...

EuroFlash

SGI opens new German subsidiary as an SGI Center of Excellence ...

DESY and IBM develop Big Data architecture for science ...

Successful completion of Atos' tender offer on Bull's shares ...

Evolution of the Bull group governance ...

USFlash

Unlocking the potential of simulation software ...

New courses open door to powerful computing techniques ...

Bureau of Meteorology's data link paves the way for new supercomputer ...

Parallel computing delivered to the masses ...

New energy-efficient data centre will propel OHSU into 'Big Data' research ...

Firefly Space Systems announces collaboration with Texas Advanced Computing Center and ANSYS Inc. in creating revolutionary small satellite launch vehicle ...

First indirect evidence of so-far undetected strange baryons ...

UC San Diego's WIFIRE project helps firefighters get a jump on wildfires ...

SDSC mourns the loss of J. Freeman Gilbert ...

Rogue Wave Software releases new versions of two flagship products ...

Raritan awarded patent for psychrometric charts with environmental envelope used in its DCIM solution to manage data centre cooling ...

HP enables rapid adoption and deployment of storage for the software-defined data centre ...

Electrical engineers take major step toward photonic circuits ...

Veda partners with IBM and prepares for next phase of growth ...