Primeur weekly 2014-10-06

The Cloud

Oracle unveils latest Cloud applications at Oracle OpenWorld ...

Fujitsu and Midokura strengthen partnership to jointly develop global Cloud business ...

EuroFlash

Altera Programmable Logic inspires innovation at 2014 Maker Faire Europe ...

Human Brain Project (HBP) Pre-Commercial Procurement under way ...

UberCloud to host NICE software solutions in the UberCloud marketplace ...

Quantum environmentalism ...

Atos to initiate buyout offer followed by a squeeze-out on Bull's shares ...

USFlash

CoolIT Systems liquid cools Intel 'Cherry Creek' supercomputer for UNLV deployment at SUPERNAP to boost scientific research ...

Altera and ARM expand strategic partnership for SoC development tools ...

New report explores the value of government leadership in supercomputing for industrial competitiveness ...

Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology to roll out supercomputer ...

Iowa State physicists among teams preparing for new Energy Department supercomputer ...

Four projects headed by University of Wyoming researchers selected for supercomputer use ...

ICL becomes the newest Intel Parallel Computing Center (IPCC) ...

Laying the groundwork for data-driven science ...

Cray launches next-generation supercomputer and cluster systems ...

DataDirect Networks introduces industry's first enterprise-class scale-out parallel file system appliance, making customers’ Big Data deployments effortless and infinitely scalable ...

Indiana University boots up new supercomputer ...

SDSC granted $1.3 million award for 'SeedMe.org' data sharing infrastructure ...

Brain cell linker dependence shown by XSEDE/TACC supercomputer simulations ...

A deep dive into plasma ...

University of Virginia's new $2.4 million computing cluster to enhance and facilitate Big Data research ...

Carnegie Mellon leads new NSF project mining educational data to improve learning ...

A new approach to on-chip quantum computing ...

Princeton scientists observe elusive particle that is its own antiparticle ...

HP extends benefits of ARM architecture into the data centre with new servers ...

IBM provides clients superior alternative to x86-based commodity servers ...

Oracle announces Exalytics In-Memory Machine X4-4 ...

Oracle introduces Oracle Virtual Networking support for OpenStack ...

National Institute of Biomedical Genomics (NIBMG) deploys DataDirect networks storage to achieve significant oerformance improvement in world-class genomics research and collaboration for oral cancer ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2014-10-06

The Cloud

At Oracle OpenWorld, Oracle introduced Oracle Cloud Applications Release 9, including significant additions and updates to its full portfolio of software-as-a-service (SaaS) offerings. Oracle offers a modern Cloud that is personalized, connected, and secure to deliver complete, best-of-breed functionality in the Cloud that helps its customers succeed in a digital world. Oracle provides modern business practices for every function in the enterprise and a practical path to the Cloud to help customers to achieve business goals. Read further...
Fujitsu Limited and Midokura have launched details of an agreement to collaborate on the international development of their businesses in the virtual networking field, and to strengthen business ties to jointly build global Cloud business. Based on their relationship, the two companies aim to collaboratively grow their businesses, bringing together Fujitsu's strength as a major global player in IT services with Midokura's groundbreaking network virtualization technology, leveraging their respective capabilities and activities in regional markets. Read further...

EuroFlash

Altera Corporation, a semiconductor company headquartered in San Jose, California, in collaboration with ipTronix, a design house and Altera Design Services Network (DSN) partner headquartered in Rome, Italy, have displayed FPGA-based solutions at the 2nd annual Maker Faire Europe, held at the Rome Auditorium on October 3-5. In the demonstration ipTronix engineers were on hand in the Expo Hall to showcase the flexibility, performance and versatility of FPGAs. Read further...
A pre-commercial procurement of research and development services on "interactive supercomputers" has been launched. Interactivity will be a key feature of a future high-performance computing infrastructure for brain research. Three bidding consortia comprising leading providers of HPC solutions have each been awarded with a contract. Read further...
UberCloud, a Cloud computing marketplace allowing engineers, scientists and their service providers to implement end-users applications in the Cloud, and NICE Software, a company dedicated to providing Technical Cloud Products and Solutions to customers worldwide, have developed Cloud-enabled NICE software solutions for the UberCloud marketplace. The announcement was shared at the annual ISC Cloud Conference, an event organizing 200 researchers, engineers and consultants to discuss the latest innovations in Cloud computing. In this collaboration, both companies will offer Cloud-enabled NICE DCV and EnginFrame, an advanced commercial grid portal used in a variety of industries. The two will offer professional support and integrate with application software vendors, such as ANSYS, in the Cloud. Read further...
Where are the quantum computers? Aren't they supposed to be speeding up decryption and internet searches? After two decades of research, you still can't find them in stores. Well, it took two decades or more of research dedicated to semiconductors and circuit integration before we had digital computers. For quantum computers too it will take technology more time to catch up to the science Read further...
Following the settlement and delivery of the reopened friendly tender offer on Bull's shares at 4.90 euro per share and at 5.55 euro per OCEANEs - bonds convertible and/or exchangeable into new or existing shares, and the acquisitions of shares made at the same price after the announcement of the result of such offer, Atos has crossed upwards the 95% threshold of the share capital and voting rights of Bull and now holds 116,993,469 shares representing 95.56% of the share capital and voting rights of Bull and holds 11,871 Bull's OCEANEs, representing 20.25% of outstanding Bull's OCEANEs. Read further...

USFlash

Technology industry experts Intel and Switch SUPERNAP have partnered to bring Cherry Creek, one of the world's most powerful supercomputers that's liquid cooled by CoolIT Systems to the University Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV). Read further...
ARM TechCon-Altera Corporation and ARM have signed a long-term agreement to expand their strategic partnership for best-in-class embedded software development tools for SoC FPGAs. In 2012, Altera and ARM created the ARM Development Studio 5 (DS-5) Altera Edition, which pioneered the invention of FPGA-Adaptive Debugging for SoC FPGAs. Read further...
The Council on Competitiveness has released "Solve. The Exascale Effect: the Benefits of Supercomputing Investment for U.S. Industry". As the federal government pursues exascale computing to achieve national security and science missions, Solve examines how U.S.-based companies also benefit from leading edge computation and new technologies first funded by government. The report also explores what actions are likely to unleash greater industrial competitiveness. Read further...
The University of Queensland is one step closer to developing better mobile phone battery life, understanding the engineering of vaccines and creating stem cell therapies for Parkinson's disease. The University's Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (AIBN) has bought a $275,000 high performance parallel computer cluster that will support research stretching from the development of advanced materials for clean fuel, through to the engineering of new vaccines to develop anti-cancer drugs. Read further...
A team of Iowa State University nuclear physicists is preparing to scale up its computer codes for Cori, the next-generation supercomputer being developed by the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center. Iowa State's Pieter Maris and James Vary want to use the supercomputer to study the basic physics of the burning sun and exploding stars. Those studies could one day lead to safer, more efficient forms of nuclear power. Read further...
Carbon sequestration, planet formation and two projects that focus on water are the subjects of research University of Wyoming (UW) faculty members are conducting with the assistance of the supercomputer in Cheyenne. Four UW research projects recently were awarded computational time and storage space on the NCAR-Wyoming Supercomputing Center (NWSC). Each project was critically reviewed by an external panel of experts and evaluated on the experimental design, computational effectiveness, efficiency of resource use and broader impacts - such as how the project involves both UW and NCAR researchers, strengthens UW's research capacity, enhances UW's computational programmes or involves research in a new or emerging field. Read further...
The Innovative Computing Laboratory (ICL) at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville became the newest Intel Parallel Computing Center (IPCC). The objective of the ICL's IPCC is the development and optimization of numerical linear algebra libraries and technologies for applications, while tackling current challenges in heterogeneous Intel Xeon Phi coprocessor-based High Performance Computing. In collaboration with Intel's MKL team, the IPCC at ICL will modernize the popular LAPACK and ScaLAPACK libraries to run efficiently on current and future manycore architectures, and will disseminate the developments through the open source MAGMA MIC library. Read further...
The ability to collect and analyze massive amounts of data is rapidly transforming science, industry and everyday life, but what we have seen so far is likely just the tip of the iceberg. Many of the benefits of "Big Data" have yet to surface because of a lack of interoperability, missing tools and hardware that is still evolving to meet the diverse needs of scientific communities. Read further...
Cray Inc. has launched the Cray XC40 supercomputer and the Cray CS400 cluster supercomputer - the next-generation models of the company's high-end supercomputing systems and cluster solutions. The complete line of Cray XC40 and Cray CS400 systems feature the new Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 v3 product family, formerly code named "Haswell", and provide users with a 2x improvement in performance over previous Cray XC and Cray CS systems. Read further...
For enterprise analytics, data-intensive rich media and technical computing customers who require a cost-effective turnkey appliance to help solve their Big Data challenges, DataDirect Networks (DDN) has introduced the GS7K appliance, the industry's first scale-out parallel file system solution complete with enterprise-class features, NAS access and Cloud tiering capabilities. Read further...
A new supercomputing cluster at Indiana University (IU) will help researchers secure federal grants to fund discoveries, create jobs in the state, and keep sensitive data safe from cybersecurity threats. Karst is a high throughput computing cluster that will be accessible to anyone at IU - faculty members, undergraduate and graduate students, and departments. High throughput computing delivers large amounts of processing capacity over long periods of time, which is ideal for researchers in fields like physics, polar research, and drug discovery. As a smaller companion to IU's Big Red II supercomputer, Karst will be used mostly for computing jobs that take just a few processors, not the very large jobs that run on Big Red II. Read further...
Researchers at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California, San Diego have received a three-year, $1.3 million award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop a web-based resource that lets scientists seamlessly share and access preliminary results and transient data from research on a variety of platforms, including mobile devices. Read further...
Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, and schizophrenia are associated with malfunctions of NMDA brain receptor. It all begins in the brain as a flood, tens of millions of neurotransmitters handed off from one neuron to another in just a fraction of a second. Read further...
Studying the intricacies and mysteries of the sun is physicist Wendell Horton life's work. A widely known authority on plasma physics, his study of the high temperature gases on the sun, or plasma, consistently leads him around the world to work on a diverse range of projects that have great impact. Read further...
Its name is Rivanna, and it's the University of Virginia's new $2.4 million Cray computing cluster, a high-performance machine - really a combination of linked high-power computers (hence, "cluster") - designed to greatly enhance and establish computationally intensive and data-intensive research at the University. Read further...
Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) will lead a five-year, $5 million early implementation project sponsored by the National Science Foundation to improve educational outcomes and advance the science of learning by creating a large, distributed infrastructure called LearnSphere that will securely store data on how students learn. Read further...
Commercial devices capable of encrypting information in unbreakable codes exist today, thanks to recent quantum optics advances, especially the generation of photon pairs - tiny entangled particles of light. Now, an international team of researchers led by professor Roberto Morandotti of INRS-EMT in Canada, is introducing a new method to achieve a different type of photon pair source that fits into the tiny space of a computer chip. Read further...
Princeton University scientists have observed an exotic particle that behaves simultaneously like matter and antimatter, a feat of math and engineering that could yield powerful computers based on quantum mechanics. Using a two-story-tall microscope floating in an ultralow-vibration lab at Princeton's Jadwin Hall, the scientists captured a glowing image of a particle known as a "Majorana fermion" perched at the end of an atomically thin wire - just where it had been predicted to be after decades of study and calculation dating back to the 1930s. Read further...
HP has launched two ARM-based servers, including the first enterprise-class 64-bit ARM-based server, for customers that value choice in their compute strategy. Additionally, HP is making available a production-ready platform to enable software developers to develop, test and port applications to the 64-bit ARM-based server. Read further...
IBM has introduced a new range of systems capable of handling massive amounts of computational data faster at nearly 20 percent better price/performance than comparable Intel Xeon v3 Processor-based systems - providing clients a superior alternative to closed, commodity-based data centre servers. Read further...
Oracle has introduced Exalytics In-Memory Machine X4-4, designed to deliver high-performance analytics for business intelligence and enterprise performance management applications. The new release features upgraded hardware powered by four Intel Xeon E7-8895 v2 series processors, customized by Intel for Oracle Engineered Systems. This processor has the ability to dynamically scale the frequency and number of cores with Oracle software to maximize performance to address business analytics workloads that require faster single threaded performance as well as large levels of parallelism. Read further...
Oracle Virtual Networking now supports OpenStack. The Oracle Virtual Networking OpenStack Neutron plug-in, launched at Oracle OpenWorld, is based on the OpenStack Icehouse release and enables all of Oracle's software-defined networking (SDN) and network fabric capabilities to be created, provisioned and managed by the OpenStack framework. Read further...
As the first research institution in India devoted to genome-based research for human health and disease, the National Institute of Biomedical Genomics (NIBMG) is taking a bite out of oral cancer with its world-class research into the most common cancer among males in India with the help of state-of-the-art solution comprising block, file and object storage solutions from DataDirect Networks (DDN). Read further...

Primeur weekly 2014-10-06

The Cloud

Oracle unveils latest Cloud applications at Oracle OpenWorld ...

Fujitsu and Midokura strengthen partnership to jointly develop global Cloud business ...

EuroFlash

Altera Programmable Logic inspires innovation at 2014 Maker Faire Europe ...

Human Brain Project (HBP) Pre-Commercial Procurement under way ...

UberCloud to host NICE software solutions in the UberCloud marketplace ...

Quantum environmentalism ...

Atos to initiate buyout offer followed by a squeeze-out on Bull's shares ...

USFlash

CoolIT Systems liquid cools Intel 'Cherry Creek' supercomputer for UNLV deployment at SUPERNAP to boost scientific research ...

Altera and ARM expand strategic partnership for SoC development tools ...

New report explores the value of government leadership in supercomputing for industrial competitiveness ...

Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology to roll out supercomputer ...

Iowa State physicists among teams preparing for new Energy Department supercomputer ...

Four projects headed by University of Wyoming researchers selected for supercomputer use ...

ICL becomes the newest Intel Parallel Computing Center (IPCC) ...

Laying the groundwork for data-driven science ...

Cray launches next-generation supercomputer and cluster systems ...

DataDirect Networks introduces industry's first enterprise-class scale-out parallel file system appliance, making customers’ Big Data deployments effortless and infinitely scalable ...

Indiana University boots up new supercomputer ...

SDSC granted $1.3 million award for 'SeedMe.org' data sharing infrastructure ...

Brain cell linker dependence shown by XSEDE/TACC supercomputer simulations ...

A deep dive into plasma ...

University of Virginia's new $2.4 million computing cluster to enhance and facilitate Big Data research ...

Carnegie Mellon leads new NSF project mining educational data to improve learning ...

A new approach to on-chip quantum computing ...

Princeton scientists observe elusive particle that is its own antiparticle ...

HP extends benefits of ARM architecture into the data centre with new servers ...

IBM provides clients superior alternative to x86-based commodity servers ...

Oracle announces Exalytics In-Memory Machine X4-4 ...

Oracle introduces Oracle Virtual Networking support for OpenStack ...

National Institute of Biomedical Genomics (NIBMG) deploys DataDirect networks storage to achieve significant oerformance improvement in world-class genomics research and collaboration for oral cancer ...