Primeur weekly 2014-09-22

The Cloud

FEI releases RemoteViz, the 3D SDK for Cloud and mobile applications ...

IBM introduces powerful analytics for everyone ...

Red Hat to acquire FeedHenry and adds enterprise mobile application platform ...

Nokia Networks and Red Hat extend collaboration to deliver OpenStack-powered telco Cloud ...

HP powers fast, quality application delivery with new Cloud-based load testing ...

Shinra Technologies to be established ...

NJIT computer scientists win a major grant to network mobile devices in the Cloud ...

EuroFlash

Altair to showcase oil and gas simulation technology in Houston ...

European Commission to host workshop on research e-infrastructures and innovation clusters ...

Cray awarded supercomputer contract from Sweden's KTH Royal Institute of Technology ...

Juan Yacht Design teams up with PRACE SHAPE to make faster sailboats ...

Advanced OpenCL training ...

PRACE Scientific and Industrial Conference 2015 to issue Call for Posters ...

RSC creates 1.1 PFLOPS supercomputer for St. Petersburg State Polytechnical University on the basis of newest Intel Xeon E5-2600 v3 processor and Intel Xeon Phi coprocessor ...

Human Brain Project to hold Annual Summit ...

USFlash

IDC reports modest second-quarter decline in worldwide market for HPC technical servers ...

Satoshi Matsuoka recognized with 2014 IEEE Computer Society Sidney Fernbach Award ...

Gordon Bell, 'father of the minicomputer', named recipient of 2014 IEEE-CS Seymour Cray Computer Engineering Award ...

Switch SUPERNAP and Intel partner with UNLV to boost scientific research and economic development ...

NCSA adds 20PB storage capacity to world's largest file repository ...

Red Hat announces general availability of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.11 ...

TGen and Dell provide critical tools for child-cancer research to NCI ...

NSF computing network grant will bolster research at UT Arlington ...

3rd annual Golden Goose award ceremony honours 8 researchers; unusual work had big results ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2014-09-22

The Cloud

FEI has released RemoteViz for Open Inventor, a software development framework for interactive remote 2D and 3D visualization. At RSNA 2014, FEI will present Open Inventor 9.4, the latest release of their leading Software Development Kit, introducing a new essential extension for Cloud and mobile application development: RemoteViz. The RemoteViz SDK enables application developers to build web-based applications that deliver high-quality 2D and 3D interactive visualization on any browser-enabled device. Read further...
IBM has launched Watson Analytics, a breakthrough natural language-based cognitive service that can provide instant access to powerful predictive and visual analytic tools for businesses. According to analysts, only a small fraction of business people use powerful analytics tools as part of their decision making today. Watson Analytics is designed to make advanced and predictive analytics easy to acquire and use. Read further...
Red Hat Inc. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire FeedHenry, an enterprise mobile application platform provider. FeedHenry expands Red Hat's broad portfolio of application development, integration, and Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) solutions, enabling Red Hat to support mobile application development in public and private environments. Read further...
Nokia Networks and Red Hat Inc. have extended their collaboration to enable mobile operators to create a more efficient and flexible telco Cloud infrastructure. The agreement bundles Nokia Networks' carrier-grade virtualized core applications and Cloud application management products with Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform. Read further...
HP has expanded the HP Performance Testing Suite with a new software solution focused on helping Agile development teams accelerate application quality and delivery via a simple, intuitive and scalable Cloud-based platform. HP StormRunner Load joins HP's existing performance testing solutions, which include HP LoadRunner and HP Performance Center. Read further...
Shinra Technologies Inc. has been established as a revolutionary new Cloud gaming company. Shinra intends to change the game industry ecosystem by offering new types of game experiences through Shinra's proprietary Cloud technologies. Furthermore, as a precursor to service launch, beta tests are intended for both the United States and Japan, beginning in early 2015. Read further...
A team of computer scientists at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) has won a multi-year grant from the National Science Foundation to come up with a platform that would allow mobile devices to interact with each other with help from the Cloud. The technology they are developing is designed to support collaborative applications in areas such as health care, safety, and social interaction, potentially benefiting millions of users. Read further...

EuroFlash

Altair will host a technical seminar on simulation and high-performance computing (HPC) solutions for the oil and gas industry, September 24 in Houston. Scheduled customer presentations from Chevron, Wood Group Kenny, ConocoPhillips, Baker Hughes, and Sundrop Fuels will provide an overview of computer-aided engineering (CAE) methods and best practices for mechanical earth modelling, subsea and offshore design and analysis, reliability-based design optimization, equipment performance simulation, and more. Read further...
The European Commission is hosting a workshop on research e-infrastructures and innovation clusters. The workshop will take place on October 3rd 2014, between 9am and 4pm in the premises of the European Commission at Avenue de Beaulieu, 25 - Room 0/S1, Brussels. The overall objective of the workshop is to explore the collaboration opportunities between European Innovation clusters and European research e-infrastructure providers to facilitate access to and use of research e-infrastructures by SMEs. Read further...
Cray Inc. has been awarded a contract valued at more than $13 million to provide the PDC Center for High Performance Computing at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden with a next-generation Cray XC30 supercomputer with 1,676 nodes and a memory of 104.7 terabytes. The new system will operate at a peak performance of nearly 2 petaflops, which will make it six times faster than the university's current supercomputer, Lindgren. A single petaflop is equal to one thousand million (1015) floating-point operations per second. And like Lindgren, the new computer will be named after yet another renowned Swedish children's author - in this case, Elsa Beskow. Read further...
Juan Yacht Design, a Spanish SME specialised in the design of cruising yachts and racing boats especially for America's Cup and the Volvo Ocean Race, received an allocation via the PRACE SME HPC Adoption Programme for Europe (SHAPE) as part of the 15th cut-off of PRACE Preparatory Access. This will allow them to implement Large Eddy Simulations (LES) models to simulate flow around sails to replace the Reynolds Averaged Navier Stokes (RANS) models that are standard in the industry. Read further...
Researchers Simon McIntosh-Smith, James Price, Dan Curran and Mike Boulton presented an Advanced OpenCL tutorial for the Mont-Blanc project in Bristol, September 15th/16th, just before the Face-to-face meeting. Read further...
From 26 to 28 May 2015, PRACE will organise its Scientific and Industrial Conference - the second edition of the PRACE days - under the motto "Enable Science Foster Industry" in Dublin, Ireland. The conference will bring together experts from academia and industry who will present their advancements in HPC-supported science and engineering. PRACE invites interested parties to present the results of their research or innovation in a poster. Submissions should take the form of an extended abstract (one page), detailing the novelty or originality of the science or research project and the need for HPC to accomplish the results. The forward-looking achievements should demonstrate scientific discoveries, innovation in industry or address society's grand challenges. The number of selected posters will depend on their scientific excellence. Applicants selected for a poster will receive a free conference pass. Travel and accommodation will not be reimbursed. The standard conference fee is 60 euro. The deadline for submission of contributions is 1 March 2015, 12:00 (noon) CET. Read further...
RSC Group, a developer and integrator of innovative solutions for HPC segment and data centres in Russia and CIS region, has launched the project to create the most innovative and one of the most powerful supercomputing centres in Russia for St. Petersburg State Polytechnical University (SPbSPU) with peak performance over 1.1 Petaflops. It is the first project in CIS based on the newest Intel Xeon E5-2600 v3 server processor. Supply and testing of equipment for the project will be completed by the end of 2014 and the official launch of the new SPbSPU supercomputer centre is planned for 2015. Read further...
Having completed its first year of research, the European Human Brain Project (HBP) will hold its annual summit from 29 September to 1 October 2014. The HBP Summit will take place at Heidelberg University and is being organised by the Kirchhoff Institute for Physics. Attending the event will be members of the executive committee, the leaders of the 13 subprojects and principal investigators as well as representatives of the collaborating partners. More than 360 participants from Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Great Britain, Israel, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and others will present their key results in neuroscience, medicine and computing and also discuss the future challenges facing global collaborative brain research. The summit this year is directed by Heidelberg physicist Prof. Dr. Karlheinz Meier, a member of the HBP Board of Directors and co-leader of the Neuromorphic Computing subproject. Read further...

USFlash

Worldwide factory revenue for the high performance computing (HPC) technical server market declined modestly year over year by -2.6% to $2.45 billion in the second quarter of 2014 (2Q14), down from $2.51 billion in the same period of 2013, according to the newly released International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide High-Performance Technical Server QView. The results were announced at the 54th meeting of the IDC-operated HPC User Forum in Seattle, where attendees heard talks on high performance computing and data analysis markets and emerging trends in accelerators and co-processors. Read further...
Satoshi Matsuoka, a professor at Tokyo Institute of Technology, has been named recipient of the 2014 IEEE Computer Society Sidney Fernbach Award. Satoshi Matsuoka was recognized "for his work on software systems for high-performance computing on advanced infrastructural platforms, large-scale supercomputers, and heterogeneous GPU/CPU supercomputers." Read further...
Gordon Bell, known as "the father of the minicomputer", has been named the recipient of the 2014 IEEE Computer Society Seymour Cray Computer Engineering Award for his work in designing computer systems that significantly changed high-performance computing. Read further...
Tech industry experts Switch SUPERNAP and Intel are working together with University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) to bring one of the world's most powerful supercomputers to Las Vegas. UNLV was recently awarded the use of the Intel "Cherry Creek" supercomputer, which ranks among the world's fastest and most powerful supercomputers for its combination of speed, power, and energy efficiency. Housed in Switch's Las Vegas SUPERNAP data centre and available to UNLV researchers through SUPERNAP's unique connectivity network, the "Cherry Creek" supercomputer gives the university and its research partners access to world-class computing power and will act as a catalyst for scientific discovery, the modernization of applications, and regional economic development efforts. Read further...
The National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) has increased the capacity of the Spectra tape libraries that support the Blue Waters project, which is one of the world's largest, most powerful supercomputers. The NCSA expanded its tape active archive capacity with the recent addition of 20 petabytes, and cited Spectra's high performance, ease of use, affordability, scalability and excellent support received during the organisations' two-year partnership. Read further...
Red Hat Inc., a global provider of open source solutions, has made available Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.11, the final minor release of the mature Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Platform. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.11 reiterates Red Hat's commitment to a 10-year product lifecycle for all major Red Hat Enterprise Linux releases and offers a secure, stable, and reliable platform for critical enterprise applications. Read further...
Dell, Terascala and the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) are installing state-of-the-art computing and programing specialized for human genome investigations at the National Cancer Institute (NCI). As part of a formal collaboration, Dell is providing the Dell Genomic Data Analysis Platform, designed to deliver fast analysis of the billions of data points required when sequencing, or decoding, aspects of the human DNA and other genomic data. Read further...
The University of Texas (UT) at Arlington has received a $500,000 National Science Foundation grant to provide networking capacity that is 10 times faster to campus researchers using massive amounts of data. The funding from the NSF Division of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure will support UT Arlington's role in high-energy physics discoveries being made at the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, Switzerland. It also will boost UT Arlington's capacity in a wide variety of science and engineering investigations, such as linking chronic disease with features of the human genome, building better civil infrastructure through data collection and tracing the path of past climate change events. The project will provide dedicated pathways for academic research. Read further...
Eight researchers from several disciplines were celebrated at the third annual Golden Goose Award ceremony for their roles in improving the health of premature infants and in paving the way for the telecommunications and supercomputing revolutions. The researchers, whose work was supported by the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health and the former Atomic Energy Commission, were honoured at a ceremony at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. A bipartisan group of Members of Congress were on hand to help present their awards. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2014-09-22

The Cloud

FEI releases RemoteViz, the 3D SDK for Cloud and mobile applications ...

IBM introduces powerful analytics for everyone ...

Red Hat to acquire FeedHenry and adds enterprise mobile application platform ...

Nokia Networks and Red Hat extend collaboration to deliver OpenStack-powered telco Cloud ...

HP powers fast, quality application delivery with new Cloud-based load testing ...

Shinra Technologies to be established ...

NJIT computer scientists win a major grant to network mobile devices in the Cloud ...

EuroFlash

Altair to showcase oil and gas simulation technology in Houston ...

European Commission to host workshop on research e-infrastructures and innovation clusters ...

Cray awarded supercomputer contract from Sweden's KTH Royal Institute of Technology ...

Juan Yacht Design teams up with PRACE SHAPE to make faster sailboats ...

Advanced OpenCL training ...

PRACE Scientific and Industrial Conference 2015 to issue Call for Posters ...

RSC creates 1.1 PFLOPS supercomputer for St. Petersburg State Polytechnical University on the basis of newest Intel Xeon E5-2600 v3 processor and Intel Xeon Phi coprocessor ...

Human Brain Project to hold Annual Summit ...

USFlash

IDC reports modest second-quarter decline in worldwide market for HPC technical servers ...

Satoshi Matsuoka recognized with 2014 IEEE Computer Society Sidney Fernbach Award ...

Gordon Bell, 'father of the minicomputer', named recipient of 2014 IEEE-CS Seymour Cray Computer Engineering Award ...

Switch SUPERNAP and Intel partner with UNLV to boost scientific research and economic development ...

NCSA adds 20PB storage capacity to world's largest file repository ...

Red Hat announces general availability of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.11 ...

TGen and Dell provide critical tools for child-cancer research to NCI ...

NSF computing network grant will bolster research at UT Arlington ...

3rd annual Golden Goose award ceremony honours 8 researchers; unusual work had big results ...