Primeur weekly 2014-09-08

Exascale supercomputing

The future of ultrascale computing under study ...

The Cloud

Springer to request contributions for special issue on Large Scale Distributed Cooperative Environments on Clouds and P2P ...

HP helps organisations realize Open Source Cloud benefits with HP Helion OpenStack professional services ...

AMAX Cloud, Big Data, HPC, storage and appliance platforms upgraded with powerful Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 v3 product family ...

EuroFlash

750,000 euro in funding for new Competence Center for HPC in the Natural Sciences at Mainz ...

European Commission to organize survey on Mathematics and Digital Science ...

ARCHER upgrade is a step closer ...

Asetek wins Frost & Sullivan award for their revolutionary data centre cooling solution ...

HEFCE funding for Jisc national data centre ...

Total relies on high performance computing with SGI and SUSE ...

Research Data Alliance Europe to organize Workshop about Data Sharing and Interoperability on 17th October 2014 in Brussels ...

University of Amsterdam launches research into Big Data ...

USFlash

Momentum builds for the next generation of ARM processors ...

National Science Foundation awards University of Arkansas competitive grant to purchase 'supercomputer' ...

Next generation Cray supercomputers to include the new Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 V3 product family ...

Univa Corporation releases new version of Grid Engine ...

Kramer brings expertise in high performance computing and closer ties to NCSA ...

New catalyst converts CO2 to fuel ...

Hummingbird hovers for supercomputer ...

Atomically thin material opens door for integrated nanophotonic circuits ...

Titan's protégé helps students learn concepts of parallel computing ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2014-09-08

Exascale supercomputing

Ultrascale systems combine the advantages of distributed and parallel computing systems. The former is a type of computing in which many tasks are executed at the same time co-ordinately to solve one problem, based on the principle that a big problem can be divided into many smaller ones that are simultaneously solved. The latter system, in both Grid and Cloud computing, uses a large number of computers organized into clusters in a distributed infrastructure, and can execute millions of tasks at the same time usually working on independent problems and Big Data. Read further...

The Cloud

The SpringerPeer to Peer Networking and Applications Journal(PPNA) issues a Call for Papers for a special issue on Large Scale Distributed Cooperative Environments on Clouds and P2P. The submission deadline is November 1, 2014. Read further...
HP has formed a new professional services, HP Helion OpenStack , practice whose charter is to help enterprises implement OpenStack technology–based Clouds, meeting customers' need for OpenStack expertise. Read further...
AMAX, a provider of Cloud/IaaS, Big Data, HPC and server appliance platforms, has announced its diverse product line, including the award-winning CloudMax Converged Cloud solution and PHAT-Data Hadoop cluster, are available integrated with the latest Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 v3 family. Read further...

EuroFlash

The Carl Zeiss Foundation will be providing a total of 750,000 euro over four years to fund the Competence Center for HPC in the Natural Sciences at the Institute of Computer Science of Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU). The proposed competence centre for high performance computing (HPC), which will be headed by Professor Bertil Schmidt, General Manager of the Institute of Computer Science, and Professor André Brinkmann, Director of the JGU Center of Data Processing, will promote interdisciplinary collaborations between the natural sciences and computer science at Mainz University over the long term. Read further...
DG CONNECT of the European Commission, more precisely the Unit e-infrastructures in Directorate Excellence in Science in DG CONNECT, has launched a "consultation" on mathematics. The aim is to give input for a workshop on mathematics and for its main focus areas. This Workshop will take place on 6 November 2014. It will in turn feed into the WP2016-2017 especially in the area of Excellence in Science. Read further...
The UK's ARCHER Cray XC30 petascale supercomputer is now one step closer to a major GBP 10 million upgrade following a consultation exercise with users. The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), as funders of the service, have recently undertaken a multi-stage consultation process with users to determine future requirements for the ARCHER service. Read further...
Based on its recent analysis of the data centre cooling solutions market, Frost & Sullivan recognizes Asetek with the 2014 Global Frost & Sullivan Award for New Product Innovation Leadership. Asetek's RackCDU employs a warm water, server-level, direct-to-chip, liquid cooling system for servers. This ground-breaking solution reduces the energy required for the cooling of data centre IT equipment by 60-80 percent and total data centre energy consumption by 30 percent. In addition to the award, Frost & Sullivan has released their research report on Asetek's RackCDU. Read further...
A new data centre, funded with GBP 900,000 from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), will open up high-performance computing at a reasonable price to a consortium of universities and research institutes under a five-year agreement. Read further...
As new oil and gas reserves become more elusive, companies like Total rely increasingly on high performance computing (HPC) to find opportunities in an ocean of seismic data. With SUSE Linux Enterprise Server as the operating system for its new SGI supercomputer, Total now has an optimal combination of performance, price and efficiency. The solution - called "Pangea" - delivers 10 times the computing capacity of the system it replaced, helping Total identify and exploit new reserves more effectively. Read further...
The Research Data Alliance (RDA) Europe is organizing a workshop which will take place on 17th October 2014 in Brussels. RDA is a global initiative to improve data sharing and interoperability and was first presented to the European Strategy Forum for Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) project initiatives at the 3rd CoPoRi EoE workshop on 5th December 2013, Brussels. Read further...
The University of Amsterdam has started research into how Big Data is used by businesses, government organisations, and other institutions. In collaboration with ORTEC Consulting Group, an extensive survey has been set up to compile information on the acceptance and implementation of Big Data by businesses. Read further...

USFlash

ARM is celebrating the signing of the 50th licensing agreement for its ARMv8-A technology, which includes support for 64-bit computing. A total of 27 companies have signed agreements for the company's ARMv8-A technology as industry momentum builds for greater compute capability across a wide range of applications. Read further...
The National Science Foundation has awarded the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR) a $291,908 grant for the purchase of a high-performance data storage system that will be a first at this scale for higher education and research in Arkansas. Read further...
Cray's next generation Cray XC supercomputers and Cray CS cluster supercomputers will feature the new Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 v3 product family, formerly code named "Haswell". With a higher core count per processor, improved memory latency and bandwidth, and faster performance, the new Intel Xeon processors will be available in the complete line of Cray XC and Cray CS products, including both air and liquid-cooled models. Read further...
Univa Grid Engine is prepared to meet the needs of tomorrow for the HPC and Big Data communities. The company released version 8.2.0 of Univa Grid Engine, the most widely distributed resource management software platform. Read further...
William Kramer joins CS @ ILLINOIS as a research professor this year. Since 2008, he has been with the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) on the University of Illinois campus, where he is the director and principal investigator of the Blue Waters petascale supercomputer project. Read further...
Scientists from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) have synthesized a catalyst that improves their system for converting waste carbon dioxide (CO2) into syngas, a precursor of gasoline and other energy-rich products, bringing the process closer to commercial viability. Read further...
Hummingbirds can hover so well they seem to float in mid-air. With the help of a supercomputer, Vanderbilt University mechanical engineer Haoxiang Luo has fleshed out some of the secrets of how hummingbirds hover, flight that's more similar to that of an insect than the typical bird. Haoxiang Luo and his colleagues published their results June 2014 in theJournal of the Royal Society Interface. They hope this research can be used to help develop both micro and unmanned aerial vehicles. Read further...
A new combination of materials can efficiently guide electricity and light along the same tiny wire, a finding that could be a step towards building computer chips capable of transporting digital information at the speed of light. Reporting in The Optical Society's (OSA) high-impact journalOptica, optical and material scientists at the University of Rochester and Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich describe a basic model circuit consisting of a silver nanowire and a single-layer flake of molybendum disulfide (MoS2). Read further...
For students learning about multicore computers like Titan, the second-most powerful computer in the world, Tiny Titan can make the task a bit more manageable. The sub-$1,000 classroom computer can help middle and high school students explore the fundamental concepts of parallel computing, which is the key to Titan and its 299,008 cores. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2014-09-08

Exascale supercomputing

The future of ultrascale computing under study ...

The Cloud

Springer to request contributions for special issue on Large Scale Distributed Cooperative Environments on Clouds and P2P ...

HP helps organisations realize Open Source Cloud benefits with HP Helion OpenStack professional services ...

AMAX Cloud, Big Data, HPC, storage and appliance platforms upgraded with powerful Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 v3 product family ...

EuroFlash

750,000 euro in funding for new Competence Center for HPC in the Natural Sciences at Mainz ...

European Commission to organize survey on Mathematics and Digital Science ...

ARCHER upgrade is a step closer ...

Asetek wins Frost & Sullivan award for their revolutionary data centre cooling solution ...

HEFCE funding for Jisc national data centre ...

Total relies on high performance computing with SGI and SUSE ...

Research Data Alliance Europe to organize Workshop about Data Sharing and Interoperability on 17th October 2014 in Brussels ...

University of Amsterdam launches research into Big Data ...

USFlash

Momentum builds for the next generation of ARM processors ...

National Science Foundation awards University of Arkansas competitive grant to purchase 'supercomputer' ...

Next generation Cray supercomputers to include the new Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 V3 product family ...

Univa Corporation releases new version of Grid Engine ...

Kramer brings expertise in high performance computing and closer ties to NCSA ...

New catalyst converts CO2 to fuel ...

Hummingbird hovers for supercomputer ...

Atomically thin material opens door for integrated nanophotonic circuits ...

Titan's protégé helps students learn concepts of parallel computing ...