Primeur weekly 2014-10-13

The Cloud

Bull and CustomerMatrix launch a Big Data-Cloud solution to optimize CRM as part of a global partnership ...

EuroFlash

The Transinsight BioASQ Award for Semantic Intelligence 2014 goes to the NCBI team ...

Fabio Gallo appointed Vice President and General Manager of HPC Business Unit ...

A glimpse into the 3D brain - How memories form novel technology: computer simulation of the hippocampus ...

Large Finnish corporations received almost 73 million euro in EU funding - CSC most successful ...

Mining Big Data yields Alzheimer's discovery ...

Researchers turn computers into powerful allies in the fight against AIDS ...

Pressing the accelerator on quantum robotics ...

Survey of computing platforms for engineering simulation ...

USFlash

SGI DMF for Lustre adds limitless scalability to high-performance file storage ...

SGI Japan delivers large-scale shared-memory server to the Foundation for Promotion of Material Science and Technology of Japan ...

New computational approach finds gene that drives aggressive brain cancer ...

PSC to provide HPC resources and expertise to University of Pittsburgh biomedical Big Data project ...

Flow Science releases FLOW-3D/MP v6 ...

World's fastest computer network coming to New Orleans ...

Brown Dog: A search engine for the other 99 percent of data ...

Micron's Automata Processor continues to drive industry adoption with launch of software development kit ...

HP to separate into two new industry-leading public companies ...

Seriously ill children given new hope thanks to groundbreaking paediatric genomic research and Translational Precision Medicine Institute ...

IBM Watson accelerates global expansion ...

IBM unveils new start ups and Ecosystem Partners delivering Watson-powered apps in the Cloud ...

Using computers to develop new AIDS drugs ...

UCLA awarded $11 million to lead NIH Center of Excellence for Big Data computing ...

IBM sees software defined storage as tipping point in taming Big Data deluge ...

SC14 announces new Plenary to focus on the importance of supercomputers in society ...

IBM delivers new analytics offerings for the mainframe to provide real-time customer insights ...

Digital travel pioneer Terry Jones launches WayBlazer, powered by IBM Watson ...

New NIH Big Data to Knowledge center of excellence ...

University of Illinois and Mayo Clinic collaborate to revolutionize genomic data analysis ...

Big data sharing for better health ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2014-10-13

The Cloud

Bull, an Atos company, and CustomerMatrix have launched - as part of their global partnership - a new joint offering to accelerate the adoption of Big Data and Cloud by large enterprises, capitalizing on their existing CRM solutions. Through this strategic partnership, Bull will deliver a cognitive intelligence offering to enhance customer relationships and accelerate sales. This joint offering is based on the CustomerMatrix cognitive intelligence and Big Data engine and Bull's Cloud infrastructure. It also includes an end-to-end approach to consultancy and data science. Read further...

EuroFlash

BioASQ, a project aiming to get closer to the vision of machines that can answer our questions aims to bring together the best of the best in automated semantic indexing and question answering in the biomedical domain. It started in October 2012 and it is funded by the European Commission as a support action. BioASQ's major goal is to foster the development and application of computer-based semantic intelligence technologies to help researchers and medical doctors get answers to medical questions faster and more precisely. Read further...
Eurotech, an expert in green supercomputing technology, has appointed Fabio Gallo as Vice President and General Manager of the High Performance Computing (HPC) strategic business unit. Under this role, Mr. Gallo will lead the supercomputing division of the Group with a stronger focus on business development and operating efficiency. Read further...
People who wish to know how memory works are forced to take a glimpse into the brain. They can now do so without bloodshed: researchers from the Ruhr_Universität Bochum (RUB) have developed a new method for creating 3D models of memory-relevant brain structures. They published their results in the trade journalFrontiers in Neuroanatomy. Read further...
CSC was the most successful large Finnish corporation in the EU's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7), as measured in terms of the number and monetary value of projects. Research Framework Programmes (FP) are the European Union's most important instrument for steering and funding European research and development activities. Read further...
Scientists at the University of Manchester have used a new way of working to identify a new gene linked to neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's. The discovery fills in another piece of the jigsaw when it comes to identifying people most at risk of developing the condition. Read further...
The battle against AIDS cannot be won in the laboratory alone. To fight the potentially deadly virus that 34 million people are suffering from we need help from computers. Now research fron University of Southern Denmark turns computers into powerful allies in the battle. Read further...
Quantum computing will allow for the creation of powerful computers, but also much smarter and more creative robots than conventional ones. This was the conclusion arrived at by researchers from Spain and Austria, who have confirmed that quantum tools help robots learn and respond much faster to the stimuli around them. Read further...
How many firms are using Cloud computing? Is the use of High Performance Technical Computing in engineering simulation set to grow in the next 5 years? Will tablet PCs be powerful enough to run my application? What do my competitors, customers and suppliers think? Read further...

USFlash

SGI, a global expert in high performance solutions for compute, data analytics, and data management, has made available highly scalable tiered data management capabilities that expand the functional capabilities of Intel Enterprise Edition for Lustre software and enable increased storage efficiency for organisations' parallel computing needs. Read further...
The Foundation for Promotion of Material Science and Technology of Japan (MST) selected the SGI UV 2000 to enhance its basic research regarding materials, analysis and evaluation services. Read further...
Using an innovative algorithm that analyzes gene regulatory and signaling networks, Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) researchers have found that loss of a gene called KLHL9 is the driving force behind the most aggressive form of glioblastoma, the most common form of brain cancer. The CUMC team demonstrated in mice transplants that these tumours can be suppressed by reintroducing KLHL9 protein, offering a possible strategy for treating this lethal disease. The study was published in the on-line issue ofCell. Read further...
The National Institutes of Health has awarded the University of Pittsburgh an $11 million, four-year grant to lead a Big Data to Knowledge Center of Excellence, an initiative that will help scientists capitalize more fully on large amounts of available data and to make data science a more prominent component of biomedical research. The Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center will provide HPC resources and expertise to support the effort. Read further...
Flow Science has released FLOW-3D/MP v6, the high-performance computing version of its flagship CFD software, FLOW-3D. FLOW-3D/MP v6 is fully synced with the latest developments in FLOW-3D version 11, including the addition of Flow Science’s state-of-the-art postprocessor, FlowSight. Read further...
From November 16th-21st, New Orleans will host the annual Supercomputing Conference (SC14). Supercomputers are the world's largest and fastest computers that have 10,000 times the processing capability of a home computer, and are capable of performing quadrillions of calculations per second. Read further...
We've all experienced the frustration of trying to access information on websites, only to find that we can't open the files. "The information age has made it easy for anyone to create and share vast amounts of digital data, including unstructured collections of images, video and audio as well as documents and spreadsheets", stated Kenton McHenry, who along with Jong Lee lead the Image and Spatial Data Analysis division at the National Center for Supercomputing Application (NCSA). "But the ability to search and use the contents of digital data has become exponentially more difficult." Read further...
Micron Technology Inc., a global provider of advanced semiconductor solutions, has made available the evaluation version of the Automata Processor (AP) software development kit (SDK). With the new SDK, developers can design and test advanced applications in areas such as bioinformatics, video/image analytics, and network security, which require high performance, computational efficiency and highly parallel processing capabilities. Read further...
HP plans to separate into two new publicly traded Fortune 50 companies: one comprising HP's market-leading enterprise technology infrastructure, software and services businesses, which will do business as Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, and one that will comprise HP's market-leading personal systems and printing businesses, which will do business as HP Inc. and retain the current logo. Immediately following the transaction, which is expected to be completed by the end of fiscal 2015, HP shareholders will own shares of both Hewlett-Packard Enterprise and HP Inc. The transaction is intended to be tax-free to HP's shareholders for federal income tax purposes. Read further...
Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong joined Phoenix Children's Hospital to announce the formation of a visionary institute, the Chan Soon-Shiong Children's Precision Medicine Institute at Phoenix Children's Hospital. The new partnership brings together the medical expertise and resources of renowned surgeon and health care technology visionary Patrick Soon-Shiong, MD, with Phoenix Children's commitment to genomic research and access to a large paediatric patient base. The institute will transform the paediatric health care landscape by applying state-of-the-art genomic and proteomic technology to identify precision diagnoses, treatments and cures for young patients facing serious illnesses. Read further...
IBM is planning significant milestones fueling adoption of Watson and cognitive computing Cloud capabilities on a global scale. Watson is a groundbreaking platform that represents a new era of computing based on its ability to interact in natural language, process vast amounts of Big Data to uncover patterns and insights, and learn from each interaction. Read further...
Next generation leaders push themselves everyday to answer this key question: How can my organisation make a difference? IBM is helping deliver the answer with new apps that are powered by Watson from Ecosystem Partners to improve the quality of life - from better managing health and enriching the customer experience, to enabling new research and education. Read further...
Ron Levy, an internationally renowned AIDS drug researcher, was clearly excited. "It's a really well-designed space for doing first-rate science", he stated about his new spot on the top floor of the new Science Education and Research Center at Temple University. Ron Levy, Laura H. Carnell Professor of Biophysics and Computational Biology, directs the Center for Biophysics and Computational Biology (CB2) - one of seven new research centres that, over the past year, have doubled the number of College of Science and Technology (CST) research centres, creating a collaborative, critical mass of nationally and internationally renowned researchers. Read further...
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) have awarded the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) $11 million to form a Center for Excellence for Big Data Computing. Part of an initial $32 million outlay for the $656 million Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) initiative, the UCLA centre will develop new strategies for mining and understanding the mind-boggling surge in complex biomedical data sets known as Big Data. Read further...
In a keynote speech at IBM Enterprise, Jamie Thomas, General Manager, Storage and Software Defined Systems at IBM, unveiled a bold strategy for the company's storage business. Building upon the Software Defined Storage portfolio announced last May, IBM is focusing its storage business on a new model for enterprise data storage that is optimized for interoperability across hardware and software solutions. This new model will provide greater flexibility around how customers can receive, consume and explore different options for data storage, which will ultimately allow customers to better harness their data for greater business insights. Read further...
Supercomputing 2014 (SC14) is planning a new "HPC Matters" plenary that will examine the important roles that high performance computing (HPC) plays in every aspect of society from simplifying manufacturing to tsunami warning systems and hurricane predictions to improving care for cancer patients. Read further...
Building on client demand to integrate real-time analytics with consumer transactions, IBM has introduced new capabilities for its System z mainframe. The integration of analytics with transactional data can provide businesses with real-time, actionable insights on commercial transactions as they occur to take advantage of new opportunities to increase sales and help minimize loss through fraud prevention. Read further...
Industry pioneers in travel and technology are launching WayBlazer, a company that uses leading edge technology to redefine the way consumers dream, plan, personalize and purchase travel. The company is led by Terry Jones, founder of Travelocity and founding chairman of Kayak.com, who serves as chairman; Manoj Saxena, former General Manager of the IBM Watson Group, is co-founder and early investor. Read further...
National Institutes of Health director Dr. Francis Collins has launched a new national initiative, the National Center of Excellence for Mobile Sensor Data-to-Knowledge (MD2K), focused on developing computational tools to facilitate the collection and analysis of large-scale health data generated by mobile and wearable sensors. Computer scientists Deepak Ganesan and Benjamin Marlin will co-lead the centre at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, one of 12 institutions sharing $10.8 million over four years. Read further...
Today's researchers, working with the advantages of new, sophisticated laboratory technology, have unleashed a river of valuable biomedical data - much more, in fact, than many of them have the tools to properly analyze, or the capacity to store. In 2012, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) created the Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) initiative to enable efforts to harness the potential of this flood of information. As part of the first wave of BD2K funding, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Mayo Clinic have now received a $9.34 million, 4-year award to create one of several new Centers of Excellence for Big Data Computing. Read further...
Researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have been awarded a $9.2 million grant to help modernize and transform how researchers share, use, find and cite biomedical datasets. The 3-year project, a collaboration with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, is part of a federal initiative to increase the utility of biomedical research data, launched by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) through its Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) programme. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2014-10-13

The Cloud

Bull and CustomerMatrix launch a Big Data-Cloud solution to optimize CRM as part of a global partnership ...

EuroFlash

The Transinsight BioASQ Award for Semantic Intelligence 2014 goes to the NCBI team ...

Fabio Gallo appointed Vice President and General Manager of HPC Business Unit ...

A glimpse into the 3D brain - How memories form novel technology: computer simulation of the hippocampus ...

Large Finnish corporations received almost 73 million euro in EU funding - CSC most successful ...

Mining Big Data yields Alzheimer's discovery ...

Researchers turn computers into powerful allies in the fight against AIDS ...

Pressing the accelerator on quantum robotics ...

Survey of computing platforms for engineering simulation ...

USFlash

SGI DMF for Lustre adds limitless scalability to high-performance file storage ...

SGI Japan delivers large-scale shared-memory server to the Foundation for Promotion of Material Science and Technology of Japan ...

New computational approach finds gene that drives aggressive brain cancer ...

PSC to provide HPC resources and expertise to University of Pittsburgh biomedical Big Data project ...

Flow Science releases FLOW-3D/MP v6 ...

World's fastest computer network coming to New Orleans ...

Brown Dog: A search engine for the other 99 percent of data ...

Micron's Automata Processor continues to drive industry adoption with launch of software development kit ...

HP to separate into two new industry-leading public companies ...

Seriously ill children given new hope thanks to groundbreaking paediatric genomic research and Translational Precision Medicine Institute ...

IBM Watson accelerates global expansion ...

IBM unveils new start ups and Ecosystem Partners delivering Watson-powered apps in the Cloud ...

Using computers to develop new AIDS drugs ...

UCLA awarded $11 million to lead NIH Center of Excellence for Big Data computing ...

IBM sees software defined storage as tipping point in taming Big Data deluge ...

SC14 announces new Plenary to focus on the importance of supercomputers in society ...

IBM delivers new analytics offerings for the mainframe to provide real-time customer insights ...

Digital travel pioneer Terry Jones launches WayBlazer, powered by IBM Watson ...

New NIH Big Data to Knowledge center of excellence ...

University of Illinois and Mayo Clinic collaborate to revolutionize genomic data analysis ...

Big data sharing for better health ...