Primeur weekly 2014-09-29

The Cloud

IBM opens new Cloud resiliency centre ...

Luxury mobile phone manufacturer Vertu selects Altair’s HyperWorks Unlimited plug-and-play private Cloud solution for computer-aided engineering ...

Boston University receives NSF grant to develop 'smart city' Cloud platform ...

NetApp introduces software-defined object Storage for the hybrid Cloud ...

EuroFlash

PRACE-3IP PCP project to launch execution phase 1 of whole-system design for energy efficient HPC ...

Bull launches its new novascale gcos enterprise servers to support data centre transformation for the Cloud and Big Data ...

Final proof for optimal encoding strategies in optical communication ...

ISC 2015 is now open for submissions and other participation opportunities ...

From diamonds to supercomputers ...

Unique maritime co-operation around MARIN's new fast CFD facility ...

USFlash

Curtiss-Wright unveils its lightest and most powerful 4th gen Intel Core i7 rugged mission computer ...

HP offers no-cost VSA software with Intel Xeon processor E5 v3–based servers and single-click installation on new HP ProLiant Gen9 Server models ...

NSF grants $1 million to Missouri University to expand supercomputer equipment and expertise ...

Eurocom Panther 5 has broken the 8 TB storage barrier ...

Utah engineers unlock potential for faster computing ...

With NIH grant, Cedars-Sinai helps bring Big Data to neuro disease research ...

Putting the squeeze on quantum information ...

Cray awarded $26 million supercomputer contract from the Department of Defense High Performance Computing Modernization Programme ...

Lenovo set to close acquisition of IBM's x86 server business ...

Syracuse's new cooling system heats up physics research ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2014-09-29

The Cloud

IBM has opened its new Cloud resiliency centre in Research Triangle Park (RTP), North Carolina. The new Cloud resiliency centre provides state-of-the-art business continuity capabilities in the Cloud to protect companies from potential costly disruptions. Read further...
World-renowned English luxury mobile phone manufacturer Vertu has invested in and deployed Altair's complete range of technology and services through the company's new HyperWorks Unlimited (HWUL) appliance. HWUL is a fully managed, state-of-the-art private Cloud solution for computer-aided engineering (CAE), with fully configured high-performance computing (HPC) hardware and software, offering unlimited use of all Altair HyperWorks engineering applications. Read further...
Boston University's Rafik B. Hariri Institute for Computing and Computational Science & Engineering has received funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop a "smart-city" Cloud platform designed to streamline and strengthen multiple municipal functions. Called SCOPE: A Smart-city Cloud-based Open Platform & Eco-system, the project is designed to improve transportation, energy, public safety, asset management, and social services in the City of Boston and across Massachusetts. Read further...
Billions of mobile devices, users, and applications create a massive amount of data every day. NetApp has released NetApp StorageGRID Webscale object-storage software that helps organisations leverage the hybrid Cloud to manage massive data-sets with reduced cost and secure data management. The new release of StorageGRID Webscale adds seamless integration of Cloud applications with Amazon S3 support. It also enables IT organisations to store up to 100 billion objects in a single elastic container that can be distributed in data centres worldwide. Read further...

EuroFlash

Within the PRACE 3rd Implementation Project (PRACE-3IP) PRACE started the process for a Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) on Whole-System Design for Energy Efficient HPC. On 9 September 2014, the signing of contracts with 4 bidders launched the 1st Execution Phase of this PCP. Read further...
Bull has launched novascale gcos 7015, its new range of enterprise servers for critical environments. The new solutions enable organisations to tackle the explosion of data to be processed and the massive number of new applications in the data centre. When it comes to gcos applications, the novascale gcos 7015 facilitates unprecedented performance and ensures that they are sustainable in the long term. Read further...
The massive transfer of data over the Internet that is vital to today's economy in our information society would not be possible without the crucial role played by fibre optics communication. Every time a node of the Internet sends information, it encodes a sequence of digital bits composing the message into light pulses. These light pulses are later sent through an optical fibre to a receiving node that converts the light signal back to the original sequence of bits. The increase demand for higher data transfer raises the natural question on what are the fundamental physical limits to the information transmission rate over optical links. Raul García-Patrón, former member of the Theory Division of Professor Ignacio Cirac at the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics (MPQ), with collaborators from Pisa, Brussels and Moscow, has recently answered this question inNature Photonicsof 21 September 2014, concluding a research programme that started during his Humboldt postdoctoral fellowship at the MPQ between the years 2011 and 2013. Read further...
The ISC High Performance conference, formerly known as the International Supercomputing Conference, is now open to various submission opportunities. Whether your interest lies in workshops, tutorials, birds-of-a-feather (BoF) sessions, research papers, research posters or in the student volunteer programme, ISC is welcoming proposals from all members of the high performance computing (HPC) community. Read further...
By exchanging specific atoms inside the mineral structure, quantum bits, required to process complex operations faster, could be stabilized. Gustavo López Velázquez, researcher at the University of Guadalajara (UDG), proposes to construct a new quantum computer, able to perform multiple operations in a few seconds, which is based on the diamond structure to process information similarly to regular computers but with their own units of information called qubits that allow much faster data processing, equal to one thousand computers working simultaneously. Read further...
MARIN has announced the formal investment of 2 million euro in a large and fast Bull computer cluster of 4000 computational cores. This supercomputer complements MARIN's extensive model basins, simulators and full-scale monitoring tools. MARIN's President Bas Buchner stated: "Computational Fluid Dynamics plays an increasingly important role in the optimisation of ships and offshore structures. Together with our own CFD code ReFRESCO this new cluster forms a new virtual facility: The Maritime Cluster." Read further...

USFlash

Curtiss-Wright Corporation's Defense Solutions division has introduced the Parvus DuraCOR 80-41, the lightest, highest performance small form factor rugged mission computer that the company has released to date. This size, weight, power & cost (SWaP-C)-optimized subsystem redefines the extent of performance and features that customers can obtain from a compact, lightweight rugged mission computer. Read further...
HP is providing a 1-terabyte (TB) HP StoreVirtual Virtual Storage Appliance (VSA) license at no cost to all purchasers of Intel Xeon processor E5 v3-based servers, including servers from Dell, IBM and Lenovo as well as new HP ProLiant Generation 9 (Gen9) Server models, which now feature single-click VSA deployment. Read further...
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded $1 million in two grants to the University of Missouri (MU) to install a supercomputer enabling data-intensive research and education at MU in fields such as bioinformatics, geoinformatics, high performance computing and engineering applications. The grants also will fund the position of a cyberinfrastructure (CI) engineer at MU. Together, the equipment and expert personnel will lead a network of data analysis capabilities at MU that will be shared with other campuses within the University of Missouri System. Read further...
The Eurocom Panther 5 has broken the 8 TB storage barrier in a notebook with four Samsung Spinpoint M9T 2 TB storage drives. Eurocom has expanded the storage capacity and custom options of the Panther line of Mobile Supercomputer Workstations with the addition of the highest storage density hard disk drive for mobile products. The 8 TB of RAID 0/1/5/10 total storage can be accomplished with four 2 TB Samsung Spinpoint M9T Hard Drives. Read further...
University of Utah engineers discovered a way to create a special material - a metal layer on top of a silicon semiconductor - that could lead to cost-effective, superfast computers that perform lightning-fast calculations but don't overheat. Read further...
Investigators at the Cedars-Sinai Board of Governors Regenerative Medicine Institute have received a grant from the National Institutes of Health to participate in a consortium taking the study of motor neuron disorders - such as Lou Gehrig's disease and spinal muscular atrophy - to a new, comprehensive perspective. Read further...
Researchers of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) have shown that information stored in quantum bits can be exponentially compressed without losing information. The achievement is an important proof of principle, and could be useful for efficient quantum communications and information storage. Read further...
The Department of Defense (DoD) High Performance Computing Modernization Programme (HPCMP) has awarded Cray a $26 million supercomputer contract for a next-generation Cray XC supercomputer and a Cray Sonexion storage system. The systems will be placed at the HPCMP's DoD Supercomputing Resource Center (DSRC) located at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL). Read further...
Conditions for Lenovo's acquisition of IBM's x86 server business have been satisfied and the parties anticipate they will begin closing the transaction effective on October 1, 2014. The acquisition will make Lenovo the third-largest player in the $42.1 billion global x86 server market. Read further...
A physicist in Syracuse University's College of Arts and Sciences has received a major grant to support ongoing work in quantum information science. Britton Plourde, associate professor of physics, is the recipient of a $230,000 Defense University Research Instrumentation Programme award from the Army Research Office (ARO). The award enables him to acquire a cryogen-free adiabatic demagnetization refrigerator (ADR) for the College's Department of Physics. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2014-09-29

The Cloud

IBM opens new Cloud resiliency centre ...

Luxury mobile phone manufacturer Vertu selects Altair’s HyperWorks Unlimited plug-and-play private Cloud solution for computer-aided engineering ...

Boston University receives NSF grant to develop 'smart city' Cloud platform ...

NetApp introduces software-defined object Storage for the hybrid Cloud ...

EuroFlash

PRACE-3IP PCP project to launch execution phase 1 of whole-system design for energy efficient HPC ...

Bull launches its new novascale gcos enterprise servers to support data centre transformation for the Cloud and Big Data ...

Final proof for optimal encoding strategies in optical communication ...

ISC 2015 is now open for submissions and other participation opportunities ...

From diamonds to supercomputers ...

Unique maritime co-operation around MARIN's new fast CFD facility ...

USFlash

Curtiss-Wright unveils its lightest and most powerful 4th gen Intel Core i7 rugged mission computer ...

HP offers no-cost VSA software with Intel Xeon processor E5 v3–based servers and single-click installation on new HP ProLiant Gen9 Server models ...

NSF grants $1 million to Missouri University to expand supercomputer equipment and expertise ...

Eurocom Panther 5 has broken the 8 TB storage barrier ...

Utah engineers unlock potential for faster computing ...

With NIH grant, Cedars-Sinai helps bring Big Data to neuro disease research ...

Putting the squeeze on quantum information ...

Cray awarded $26 million supercomputer contract from the Department of Defense High Performance Computing Modernization Programme ...

Lenovo set to close acquisition of IBM's x86 server business ...

Syracuse's new cooling system heats up physics research ...