Primeur weekly 2014-11-03

Focus

Internet of Things meets two challenges: life cycle management and handheld mobile tool integration ...

Cloud licensing models and UberCloud experiments in the picture at the ISC Cloud'14 Conference ...

Linked open data and HPC based analytics essential ingedients to make Big Data useful for companies ...

The Cloud

EMC redefines hybrid Cloud for the enterprise ...

DataDirect Networks launches new S3 gateway to WOS object storage for private or hybrid Clouds ...

HP Helion Continuity Services bring disaster recovery to the Cloud ...

Broad Institute and University of California team awarded NCI Cancer Genomics Cloud Pilot contract ...

EuroFlash

Bright Computing brings E4 Computer Engineering into its reseller network ...

Bitcoin mining supercomputers ...

GBP97 million supercomputer makes UK world leader in weather and climate science ...

EXASOL appliance supercomputer breaks records and sets new standards in cost-performance, named "Datanator" ...

European research funding organisations launch funding instruments for the Flagship initiatives on Graphene and Human Brain - including High performance Computing ...

PRACE tp issue Newsletter 13 ...

RIST and PRACE conclude MoU on information exchange concerning promotion of shared use of supercomputers ...

USFlash

A comprehensive look at High Performance Parallel I/O ...

Intel selects Innovative Computing Laboratory as computing centre ...

NASA's Pleiades supercomputer upgraded, getting one Petaflops boost ...

Team from Iowa State wins 2014 MemoCODE Design Contest using Convey HC-2ex ...

Internet2 announces first full-production virtual Internet network architecture ...

SGI awarded contract to advance Department of Defense supercomputing capabilities ...

Cray reports third quarter 2014 financial results ...

SGI reports financial results for first quarter of fiscal 2015 ...

Twitter and IBM form global partnership to transform enterprise decisions ...

IBM and Cleveland Clinic use Watson to advance genomic research for cancer care pilot ...

Indiana University computer scientists receive $5 million to empower U.S. researchers with new data analysis tools ...

IBM unveils cognitive exploration to drive better business outcomes ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2014-11-03

Focus

At ISC Big Data'14 in Heidelberg,Primeur Magazinehad the opportunity to interview Dirk Slama, Director of Business Development at Bosch Software Innovations, about the Internet of Things. Most people know Bosch as a large multinational engineering conglomerate. Bosch Software Innovations is working at the forefront of enabling Internet of Things (IoT) business models for Bosch customers and for Bosch Group as well. Read further...
At ISC Cloud'14 in Heidelberg, Primeur Magazinehad the opportunity to interview Wolfgang Gentzsch, Chair of the ISC Cloud'14 Conference, held on September 29-30, 2014. He shared his views, looking back at this year's conference. Read further...
At ISC Big Data'14 in Heidelberg, Primeur Magazinehad the opportunity to interview Stefan Wrobel, Director at the Fraunhofer Institute for Intelligent Analysis and Information Systems (IAIS) in Sankt Augustin and Professor of Computer Science at the University of Bonn. Stefan Wrobel is heading the Fraunhofer Alliance Big Data 25 Institutes that are focusing on the issues of Big Data and which span the arena from computer science, information technologies, all the way to the application areas including production, logistics and life science. Read further...

The Cloud

EMC Corporation has made available its EMC Enterprise Hybrid Cloud Solution that integrates hardware, software and services from EMC and VMware to unite the strengths of private and public Cloud. The EMC Enterprise Hybrid Cloud Solution enables IT-as-a-service (ITaaS) in as few as 28 days. Organisations no longer will have to make trade-offs between the speed and agility of public Cloud services and the control and security of private Cloud infrastructure. Read further...
DataDirect Networks (DDN) has expanded its accessibility programme for WOS object storage with the introduction WOS S3, which adds support for the industry standard Amazon S3 API. Read further...
HP Enterprise Services made enhancements to the HP Helion Continuity Services offering, a Cloud-based Disaster Recovery-as-a-Service (DRaaS) solution, that substantially decrease the downtime, data loss and cost impact of a system outage while expanding availability to additional markets. Read further...
A team from the Broad Institute, the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of California, Santa Cruz, was awarded one of three National Cancer Institute (NCI) Cancer Genomics Cloud Pilot contracts with the goal of building a system that will enable large-scale analysis of The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) and other datasets by co-locating the data and the required computing resources in one Cloud environment. This co-location will enable researchers across institutions to bring their analytical tools and methods to use on data in an efficient, cost-effective manner, thereby promoting democratization and collaboration across the cancer genomics community. Seven Bridges Genomics Inc. and The Institute of Systems Biology, in collaboration with Google, are the two other awardees. Read further...

EuroFlash

E4 Computer Engineering, a supplier of customized solutions for High Performance Computing and Enterprise data centres, is joining the reseller network of Bright Computing, provider of management solutions for clusters and Clouds. This new partnership gives E4 the opportunity to use Bright Cluster Manager to build HPC clusters and Cloud infrastructure for their customers. E4 customers will be provided with a high quality cluster management solution for monitoring, managing and scaling their HPC clusters and Clouds. Read further...
Bitcoin Brothers introduces Massive Super-Efficient Machines (MSEM) as the future computing platform of profitable Bitcoin Cloud Mining and blockchain transactions. The supercomputers at over 6 petahash each are built on the first 3D 16nm FinFET ASICs designed by - and exclusive to - Bitcoin Brothers. Read further...
The weather's volatility has long been a popular British conversation topic - but the Government's plans for a new GBP97 million supercomputer will cement the UK's position as a world leader in weather and climate prediction. Cray Inc. has been awarded a contract to provide the Met Office in the United Kingdom with multiple Cray XC supercomputers and Cray Sonexion storage systems. Consisting of three phases spanning multiple years, the $128 million (GBP97 million) contract expands Cray's significant presence in the global weather and climate community, and is the largest supercomputer contract ever for Cray outside of the United States. Read further...
In an effort to beat the records of the Transaction Processing Performance Council's industry standard TPC Benchmark (TPC-H) for decision support systems, EXASOL AG built an in-memory, analytic database supercomputer appliance with its EXASolution Appliance blades. What the company didn't realize was that it wasn't just building the fastest analytic database system, it was also building the most cost-effective analytic database supercomputer appliance ever. Read further...
The research funding organisations gathered in FLAG-ERA kick-start their support instruments to the FET Flagships. The FLAG-ERA Consortium launched a dedicated joint call for proposals worth 18.5 million euro in support of transnational research in synergy with the FET Flagships 'Graphene Flagship' and 'Human Brain Project' on 27 October 2014. In parallel, FLAG-ERA announced the launch of Association Mechanisms for integration of nationally and regionally funded research into the Flagships work plans. FLAG-ERA gathers 37 research and innovation funding agencies, research councils and ministries (NRFOs) from 26 countries within the EU and beyond, all working together to create an environment that enables the coordination of national and regional funding to support the Flagships. As such, FLAG-ERA coordinates the national investments in the Flagships; encourages their actual development and take up of their results and aims to widen their impact. HPC, supercomputing is one of the items called for the Human Brain Project. Read further...
The 13th issue of the PRACE Newsletter is now available online. This issue covers a wide range of topics, including an in-depth scientific piece on Petascale Direct Numerical Simulation, alongside interesting reports on how HPC is being applied in Alzheimer's Disease research and in designing better and faster yachts in the SHAPE project for SMEs. This issue also includes a list of upcoming training and industry events, an overview of PRACE's new multi-year access model and other current announcements. Read further...
On 30 October 2014, the Research Organization for Information Science and Technology (RIST) with President Masahiro Seki and the Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe (PRACE) with Managing Director Sergi Girona signed the memorandum of understanding (MoU) on information exchange concerning promotion of shared use of supercomputers. This helps for RIST and PRACE to perform their projects on promotion of shared use of supercomputers more effectively and efficiently. Read further...

USFlash

In the 1990s, high performance computing (HPC) made a dramatic transition to massively parallel processors. As this model solidified over the next 20 years, supercomputing performance increased from gigaflops - billions of calculations per second - to petaflops -quadrillions of calculations per second - generating a tsunami of data along the way. In this era of "Big Data", high performance parallel I/O - the way disk drives efficiently read and write information on HPC systems - is extremely important. Yet, the last book to summarize best practices in this area was written more than 10 years ago. To fill the void, Prabhat of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Quincey Koziol of the HDF Group brought together leading practitioners, researchers, software architects, developers and scientists to contribute their insights for a new book called "High Performance Parallel I/O". Read further...
University of Tennessee's (UT) Innovative Computing Laboratory (ICL) received even more acclaim recently as software giant Intel named it the latest Intel Parallel Computing Center. The ICL, part of the College of Engineering, joins thirty-nine other such centres around the world at leading institutions including Harvard University, Stanford University, and the University of Edinburgh. Each location is focused on a different aspect of high-end computing. Read further...
NASA's flagship supercomputer, Pleiades, was recently upgraded with new, more powerful hardware in order to help meet the agency's increasing demand for high-performance computing resources. Read further...
A team from Iowa State University won first place in the 2014 MemoCODE Conference design contest. Using a Convey HC-2ex, the team's solution achieved the highest overall performance in the contest - more than 14 times faster than the second place finisher. Read further...
The Internet2 community has achieved a fundamental advance in network architecture, demonstrating the first nationwide, multi-tenant SDN-powered virtualized network capability. A fundamental networking advancement, virtualization allows a user to subdivide a network to operate as multiple discrete, private networks. Virtualized networks allow multiple applications to access the scale and innovations of the physical Internet2 Network in isolated "slices", removing prohibitive barriers of building and operating individual physical network infrastructures. Read further...
The Department of Defense (DoD) has awarded SGI a supercomputer contract as part of a technology insertion for their High Performance Computing Modernization Programme (HPCMP). The contract, part of the DoD's ongoing initiative to improve HPC resources, is intended to bolster the compute capabilities of the DoD Supercomputing Resource Center (DSRC) at the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC), to improve mission-critical research and drive innovation throughout the United States Armed Forces. Read further...
Cray Inc. has issued financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2014. All figures are based on U.S. GAAP unless otherwise noted. A reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP measures is included in the financial tables. Given the nature of the business, the company's results can fluctuate dramatically quarter-to-quarter. Revenue for the quarter was $159.4 million, compared to $54.4 million in the third quarter of 2013. The company reported net income for the quarter of $7.4 million, or $0.18 per diluted share, compared to a net loss of $11.0 million, or $0.29 per diluted share in the prior year period. Non-GAAP net income was $10.0 million, or $0.25 per diluted share for the quarter, compared to a non-GAAP net loss of $13.5 million, or $0.35 per diluted share for the same period last year. Read further...
SGI, a global expert in high performance solutions for compute, data analytics, and data management, has reported financial results for its fiscal first quarter 2015 ended September 26, 2014. Total revenue for the fiscal first quarter was $112 million, which compares with $142 million in the previous quarter and $148 million in the first fiscal quarter of 2014. Read further...
Twitter and IBM have signed a landmark partnership that will help transform how businesses and institutions understand their customers, markets and trends - and inform every business decision. The alliance brings together Twitter data that distinctively represents the public pulse of the planet with IBM's industry-leading Cloud-based analytics, customer engagement platforms, and consulting services. Read further...
IBM has launched a new initiative to accelerate the adoption of genomic based medicine at Cleveland Clinic. Researchers at Cleveland Clinic will use IBM Watson technology in the area of genomic research to help oncologists deliver personalized medicine by uncovering new cancer treatment options for patients. Read further...
A team of Indiana University (IU) Bloomington computer scientists working to improve how researchers across the sciences empower Big Data to solve problems have been awarded $5 million by the National Science Foundation. Led by IU Distinguished Professor of Computer Science and Informatics Geoffrey Fox, the team will address one of the leading challenges in tackling some of the world's most pressing issues in science: the ability to analyze and compute large amounts of data. Hampered by the ever-increasing volume, variety and velocity of data, scientists are expected to embrace a project that will design, develop and implement building blocks that enable a fundamental improvement in the ability to support data-intensive analysis on a wide range of cyberinfrastructure. Read further...
IBM has made available a cognitive-infused Watson Explorer, a powerful combination of data exploration and content analytics capabilities. Typical organisations only use 12 percent of their data - leaving a wealth of untapped information across the enterprise that could be leveraged to make smarter decisions. Watson Explorer equips users with the information and analytics capabilities which can help them to deliver better performance and real-time results. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2014-11-03

Focus

Internet of Things meets two challenges: life cycle management and handheld mobile tool integration ...

Cloud licensing models and UberCloud experiments in the picture at the ISC Cloud'14 Conference ...

Linked open data and HPC based analytics essential ingedients to make Big Data useful for companies ...

The Cloud

EMC redefines hybrid Cloud for the enterprise ...

DataDirect Networks launches new S3 gateway to WOS object storage for private or hybrid Clouds ...

HP Helion Continuity Services bring disaster recovery to the Cloud ...

Broad Institute and University of California team awarded NCI Cancer Genomics Cloud Pilot contract ...

EuroFlash

Bright Computing brings E4 Computer Engineering into its reseller network ...

Bitcoin mining supercomputers ...

GBP97 million supercomputer makes UK world leader in weather and climate science ...

EXASOL appliance supercomputer breaks records and sets new standards in cost-performance, named "Datanator" ...

European research funding organisations launch funding instruments for the Flagship initiatives on Graphene and Human Brain - including High performance Computing ...

PRACE tp issue Newsletter 13 ...

RIST and PRACE conclude MoU on information exchange concerning promotion of shared use of supercomputers ...

USFlash

A comprehensive look at High Performance Parallel I/O ...

Intel selects Innovative Computing Laboratory as computing centre ...

NASA's Pleiades supercomputer upgraded, getting one Petaflops boost ...

Team from Iowa State wins 2014 MemoCODE Design Contest using Convey HC-2ex ...

Internet2 announces first full-production virtual Internet network architecture ...

SGI awarded contract to advance Department of Defense supercomputing capabilities ...

Cray reports third quarter 2014 financial results ...

SGI reports financial results for first quarter of fiscal 2015 ...

Twitter and IBM form global partnership to transform enterprise decisions ...

IBM and Cleveland Clinic use Watson to advance genomic research for cancer care pilot ...

Indiana University computer scientists receive $5 million to empower U.S. researchers with new data analysis tools ...

IBM unveils cognitive exploration to drive better business outcomes ...