Primeur weekly 2014-09-15

The Cloud

Cutting the Cloud computing carbon cost ...

HP acquires Eucalyptus to accelerate hybrid Cloud adoption in the enterprise ...

Cloud-computing revolution applies to evolution ...

UTSA awarded $500,000 National Science Foundation grant to study Cloud computing ...

IBM and Intel bring new security features to the Cloud ...

New IBM x86 M5 servers offer higher security, efficiency and reliability for enterprise workloads and Cloud environments ...

HP introduces industry's first application self-protection As-a-service Solution ...

Aspera, an IBM company, unveils expanded on demand transfer platform for Big Data ...

EuroFlash

BP, Chevron, Technip and more showcase product development in the energy sector using Altair technology ...

European Commission to organize Public Consultation on Cloud Computing and Software ...

PRACE 10th Call for Proposals for Project Access is now open ...

European Commision to launch Open Consultation for the next priorities in FIRE ...

New method to detect prize particle for future quantum computing ...

New species of electrons can lead to better computing ...

The sound of an atom has been captured ...

PRACE to organize Autumn School in HPC Programming Techniques ...

Early Bird Rate for ISC Cloud and ISC Big Data Conferences to end soon ...

The quantum revolution is a step closer ...

Squeezed quantum communication ...

USFlash

Cray appoints supercomputing veteran Steve Scott to senior vice president and chief technology officer ...

SGI again captures performance world record with latest Intel Xeon processor ...

Mayo Clinic and IBM task Watson to improve clinical trial research ...

Pawsey Supercomputing Centre goes petascale ...

SDSC joins the Intel Parallel Computing Centers programme ...

New family of materials for energy-efficient information storage and processing ...

Nanyang Technological University partners with international universities to build a global network of citizen oceanographers ...

The search for Ebola immune response targets ...

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Edition: weekly - Issue: 2014-09-15

The Cloud

Cloud computing involves displacing data storage and processing from the user's computer on to remote servers. It can provide users with more storage space and computing power that they can then access from anywhere in the world rather than having to connect to a single desktop or other computer with its finite resources. However, some observers have raised concerns about the increased energy demands of sustaining distributed servers and having them up and running continuously, where an individual user's laptop might be shut down when it is not in use or the resources utilization of the server is less than the lower threshold , for instance. Read further...
HP has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Eucalyptus, a provider of open source software for building private and hybrid enterprise Clouds. After the transaction closes, Eucalyptus Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Marten Mickos, a respected expert in the Cloud industry and a longtime advocate of open source, will join HP as senior vice president and general manager of the Cloud business, reporting to Meg Whitman, chairman, president and chief executive officer of HP. Read further...
A $1.1 million National Science Foundation grant to two Rice University computer science groups will allow them to build Cloud-computing tools to help analyze evolutionary patterns. With the three-year grant, Christopher Jermaine and Luay Nakhleh, both associate professors of computer science, will develop parallel-processing tools that track the evolution of genes and genomes across species. Read further...
Ram Krishnan, assistant professor of electrical engineering in the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) College of Engineering, and Ravi Sandhu, Lutcher Brown Distinguished Chair in Cyber Security in the College of Sciences and director of the UTSA Institute for Cyber Security, have been awarded a $500,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to improve the security of Cloud-based infrastructures. Read further...
SoftLayer will be the first Cloud platform to offer its customers bare metal servers powered by Intel Cloud Technology that provides monitoring and security down to the microchip level. Intel Trusted Execution Technology (Intel TXT) provides hardware monitoring and security controls that help assure businesses that a workload from a known location on SoftLayer infrastructure is running on trusted hardware. This assurance provides an essential level of confidence - and even compliance certification - for organisations moving sensitive and mission-critical operations to the Cloud. Read further...
IBM has introduced its M5 portfolio of x86 servers, delivering new innovations in security, efficiency and reliability that clients need for mission-critical applications. The new M5 servers combine high performance with built-in security, efficiency, and reliability, supporting a wide range of enterprise workloads and computing environments, from infrastructure basics to Cloud computing to Big Data and analytics. The portfolio includes highly configurable models of rack and tower servers, dense systems, blades and integrated systems to help clients address pressing business challenges in the data centre and in the office. Read further...
HP has introduced HP Application Defender, the first Cloud-managed application self-protection service that provides immediate visibility and actively defends production applications against attacks. Read further...
Aspera, an IBM company and creator of technologies that move the world's data at maximum speed, has expanded its unique software platform for moving Big Data and media with new capabilities that allow media enterprises to efficiently transfer, synchronize and stream content of any type, resolution and size across distributed Cloud and on premises systems, even at global distances. Read further...

EuroFlash

Altair UK's "Reducing Risk and Increasing Reliability" Seminar attracted engineers and simulation experts across the energy industry to Aberdeen to see renowned companies of the branch showcase examples of designs optimised using Altair's innovative technology. Read further...
DG Connect (Unit E2) launches a web-based Public Consultation with a view to defining future research priorities in Cloud Computing and Software, ahead of the H2020 ICT Work Programme 2016-17. All interested stakeholders including industry, research centres, academia, SMEs and users, are invited to contribute. The consultation will run from September 10th until October 10th 2014. Read further...
The 10th Call for Proposals for PRACE Project Access (Tier-0) is open from 10 September 2014, 12:00 (noon) CEST, until 22 October 2014, 12.00 (noon) CEST. This Call for Proposals targets large-scale, computationally intensive projects that would not be possible or productive without access to PRACE resources. Read further...
The European Commission needs the views and contributions of interested parties on the direction of Future Internet Research and Experimentation (FIRE) in the Work Programme 2016-17 of Horizon 2020. For that purpose, the European Commission has launched a public survey in order to obtain these views. Input is very important to the Commission and will be kept strictly confidential, used only for the purposes of consultation for this survey. Read further...
Quantum computing relies on the laws of quantum mechanics to process vast amounts of information and calculations simultaneously, with far more power than current computers. However, development of quantum computers has been limited as researchers have struggled to find a reliable way to increase the power of these systems, a power measured in Q-Bits. Read further...
In a research paper published inScience, the collaboration led by MIT's theory professor Leonid Levitov and Manchester's Nobel laureate Sir Andre Geim report a material in which electrons move at a controllable angle to applied fields, similar to sailboats driven diagonally to the wind. The material is graphene - one atom-thick chicken wire made from carbon - but with a difference. It is transformed to a new so-called superlattice state by placing it on top of boron nitride, also known as 'white graphite', and then aligning the crystal lattices of the two materials. In contrast to metallic graphene, a graphene superlattice behaves as a semiconductor. Read further...
Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology are first to show the use of sound to communicate with an artificial atom. They can thereby demonstrate phenomena from quantum physics with sound taking on the role of light. The results will be published in the journalScience. Read further...
PRACE, the Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe, organizes an Autumn School in HPC Programming Techniques on 25-28 November 2014 in Athens, Greece. The deadline for applications is 3 October 2014. There is a maximum of 50 participants. Read further...
On September 20 the early-bird pricing for the ISC Cloud and ISC Big Data registrations will be replaced with regular registration fees. With the regular rates, the passes will cost 100 euro more for each conference, and the combined conference ticket, which allows attendees to participate in both events, will cost 150 euro more. Thus the organizers encourage attendees to register within the next five days to benefit from the current savings. Read further...
Theories show how computing devices that operate according to quantum mechanics can solve problems that conventional (classical) computers, including supercomputers, can never solve. These theories have been experimentally tested for small-scale quantum systems, but the world is waiting for the first definitive demonstration of a quantum device that beats a classical computer. Read further...
It could be difficult for the NSA to hack encrypted messages in the future - at least if a technology being investigated by scientists at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light in Erlangen and the University Erlangen-Nürnberg will be successful: quantum cryptography. The physicists are now laying the foundation to make this technique, which can already be used for the generation of secret keys, available for a wider range of applications. They are the first scientists to send a pulse of bright light in a particularly sensitive quantum state through 1.6 kilometres of air from the Max Planck Institute to a University building. Read further...

USFlash

Steve Scott has rejoined the company as senior vice president and chief technology officer. With more than two decades of supercomputing experience at Cray, NVIDIA and Google, Scott returns to Cray to help define the technology that will drive the company's next generation of supercomputing and Big Data solutions. Read further...
SGI, a global expert in high performance solutions for compute, data analytics, and data management, has made available the new Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 v3 product family across SGI's industry-leading server line for high performance computing. SGI also achieved performance world records for Intel's newest processor, which is SGI's fourth title for new Intel releases. Featured on SGI ICE X, SGI InfiniteData Cluster and SGI Rackable servers, E5-2600 v3 processors further increase performance, energy efficiency, and security to enable greater innovation and insight for SGI's broad range of customers. Read further...
Mayo Clinic and IBM have launched plans to pilot Watson, the IBM cognitive computer, to match patients more quickly with appropriate clinical trials. A proof-of-concept phase is currently underway, with the intent to introduce it into clinical use in early 2015. Read further...
The Pawsey Supercomputing Centre has installed the final stage upgrade of the supercomputer, 'Magnus', ushering in a new era of Australian research, powered by world-class technology. The Pawsey Centre, which has been operating since November 2013, is an internationally significant supercomputing centre hosting the facilities and expertise to support Australia's high-end scientific research. Read further...
The San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California, San Diego, is working with semiconductor chipmaker Intel Corporation to further optimize research software to improve the parallelism, efficiency, and scalability of widely used molecular and neurological simulation technologies. Read further...
Switching the polarity of a magnet using an electric field - magneto-electric memory (MEM) effect, can be a working principle of the next-generation technology for information processing and storage. Multiferroic materials are promising candidates for the MEM effect, due to the co-existence of electric and magnetic orders. Read further...
Nanyang Technological University (NTU) is working with other international universities to build a global network of 'citizen scientists' on a free-to-access database for oceanographic data. While much attention is placed on mammals and fish in the sea, it is the tiny, marine microbes that supports the nutrient cycle and forms the foundation of the food web. Known as the marine microbiome, they are the most abundant organisms in the ocean but also the least understood. Read further...
The effort to develop therapeutics and a vaccine against the deadly Ebola virus disease (EVD) requires a complex understanding of the micro-organism and its relationship within the host, especially the immune response. Adding to the challenge, EVD can be caused by anyone of five known species within the genus Ebolavirus (EBOV), in the Filovirus family. Now, researchers at the La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology, La Jolla Institute, and the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) are assisting the scientific community by running high-speed on-line publications of analysis of EBOV-related epitope data being curated in the Immune Epitope Data Base (IEDB), and predicting epitopes using the IEDB Analysis Resource. Sebastian Maurer-Stroh of Bioinformatics Institute, A*STAR, Singapore is also assisting with analysis of the latest outbreak sequences of Ebola proteins. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2014-09-15

The Cloud

Cutting the Cloud computing carbon cost ...

HP acquires Eucalyptus to accelerate hybrid Cloud adoption in the enterprise ...

Cloud-computing revolution applies to evolution ...

UTSA awarded $500,000 National Science Foundation grant to study Cloud computing ...

IBM and Intel bring new security features to the Cloud ...

New IBM x86 M5 servers offer higher security, efficiency and reliability for enterprise workloads and Cloud environments ...

HP introduces industry's first application self-protection As-a-service Solution ...

Aspera, an IBM company, unveils expanded on demand transfer platform for Big Data ...

EuroFlash

BP, Chevron, Technip and more showcase product development in the energy sector using Altair technology ...

European Commission to organize Public Consultation on Cloud Computing and Software ...

PRACE 10th Call for Proposals for Project Access is now open ...

European Commision to launch Open Consultation for the next priorities in FIRE ...

New method to detect prize particle for future quantum computing ...

New species of electrons can lead to better computing ...

The sound of an atom has been captured ...

PRACE to organize Autumn School in HPC Programming Techniques ...

Early Bird Rate for ISC Cloud and ISC Big Data Conferences to end soon ...

The quantum revolution is a step closer ...

Squeezed quantum communication ...

USFlash

Cray appoints supercomputing veteran Steve Scott to senior vice president and chief technology officer ...

SGI again captures performance world record with latest Intel Xeon processor ...

Mayo Clinic and IBM task Watson to improve clinical trial research ...

Pawsey Supercomputing Centre goes petascale ...

SDSC joins the Intel Parallel Computing Centers programme ...

New family of materials for energy-efficient information storage and processing ...

Nanyang Technological University partners with international universities to build a global network of citizen oceanographers ...

The search for Ebola immune response targets ...