Primeur weekly 2014-11-10

Special

Explicit Vector Programming with OpenMP 4.0 SIMD Extensions ...

Focus

BIG project develops roadmaps to respond to Big Data opportunities in Europe ...

Embassy Cloud is bringing bio-informatic data analysis to computing and data services infrastructure ...

ANSYS to introduce engineering simulation applications in the Cloud ...

The Cloud

ConPaaS team to release ConPaaS 1.4.2 ...

IBM unveils industry's first intelligent Cloud security portfolio for global businesses ...

EuroFlash

ISC 2015 programme to offer greater diversity ...

Saving lots of computing capacity with a new algorithm ...

New research lights the way to super-fast computers ...

University of Edinburgy - EPCC to issue Call for Participation for the Exascale Applications and Software Conference ...

Two photons strongly coupled by glass fiber ...

HP and Wind River partner to create carrier grade HP Helion OpenStack solutions for NFV ...

Bull to issue Q3 financial results ...

USFlash

Chematria launches search for new Ebola treatments using artificial intelligence ...

HP delivers Flash Storage performance and efficiency without complexity of rip-and-replace ...

Industry collaboration drives 100G foundation for supercomputer infrastructure ...

TACC to expand with $20 million new building in 2016 ...

NVIDIA announces financial results for third quarter fiscal 2015 ...

Stream Integration Announces Availability of the Stream Grid Workbench ...

Oracle announces latest release of Oracle Database Appliance software ...

Eurocom's mobile supercomputer now supports the most powerful graphics, NVIDIA GTX 980M in SLI ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2014-11-10

Special

Modern CPU and GPU processors with on-die integration of SIMD execution units for achieving higher performance and power efficiency have posed challenges to use the underlying SIMD hardware (or VPUs, Vector Processing Unit) effectively. Wide vector registers and SIMD instructions - Single Instructions operating on Multiple Data elements packed in wide registers such as AltiVec [2], SSE, AVX [10] and MIC [9] - pose a compilation challenge that is greatly eased through programmer hints. While many applications implemented using OpenMP [13, 17], a widely accepted industry standard for exploiting thread-level parallelism, to leverage the full potential of today's multi-core architectures, no industry standard has offered any means to express SIMD parallelism. Instead, each compiler vendor has provided its own vendor-specific hints for exploiting vector parallelism, or programmers relied on the compiler’s automatic vectorization capability, which is known to be limited due to many compile-time unknown program factors. Read further...

Focus

At the ISC Big Data'14 Conference in Heidelberg,Primeur Magazinehad the opportunity to interview Edward Curry, a research scientist from Insight, the Centre for Data Analytics at the National University of Ireland (NUI) in Galway, about the BIG project. The project team aims to develop a roadmap for Big Data in Europe. Edward Curry is involved in the project's technical working groups. Read further...
At the ISC Cloud'14 Conference in Heidelberg,Primeur Magazinehad the opportunity to interview Steven Newhouse, Head of Technical Services for Technology and Science Integration at EMBL, based at Hinxton in the United Kingdom, about the EMBL-EBI Embassy Cloud. The EMBL-EBI Embassy Cloud is a collaborative computing and data services infrastructure that was set up at Hinxton to enable the team to support collaboration between expert partners in bio-informatics. Read further...
At the ISC Cloud'14 Conference in Heidelberg,Primeur Magazinehad the opportunity to interview Wim Slagter, Lead Product Manager at ANSYS, based in The Netherlands, about the Best Practice Enterprise Cloud for Engineering Simulation. ANSYS is a CAE engineering simulation provider. At ISC Cloud, Wim Slagter shared with the audience best practices for moving engineering simulation in the Cloud and experiences with customers and Cloud partners. The experience ANSYS has learned is that, in order to bring simulation into the Cloud, you better leave your engineering data in the Cloud, in a secured environment. For this, it is good to have a Cloud provider who has both compute facilities as well as storage solutions for that matter. Read further...

The Cloud

The ConPaaS team has released ConPaaS-1.4.2. Contrary to the 1.4.0 and 1.4.1 release, this one is a stable version. Users of ConPaaS-1.3.1 are strongly encouraged to upgrade to use this new release instead. Read further...
IBM has built the industry's first intelligent security portfolio for protecting people, data and applications in the Cloud. Built on IBM's investments in Cloud, security and analytics software and services, the new offerings are designed to protect a business's most vital data and applications using advanced analytics across their enterprise, public and private Clouds and mobile devices - collectively known as the hybrid Cloud model. Read further...

EuroFlash

Celebrating their 30th conference anniversary, the organizers of ISC High Performance have announced that the 2015 technical content will be strikingly broad in subject matter, differentiated and timely. Over 2,600 attendees will gather in Frankfurt, from July 12-16, 2015, to discuss their organisational needs and the industry's challenges, as well as learn about the latest research, products and solutions. The conference will be supported by a comprehensive exhibition, hosting over 160 vendors and international research organisations covering all areas of HPC. Read further...
The control of modern infrastructure such as intelligent power grids needs lots of computing capacity. Scientists of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust (SnT) at the University of Luxembourg have developed an algorithm that might revolutionise these processes. With their new software the SnT researchers are able to forego the use of considerable amounts of computing capacity, enabling what they call micro mining. Their achievements, which the team headed by Prof. Yves Le Traon published in the International Conference on Software Engineering and Knowledge Engineering, earned the scientists a Best Paper Award during this event. Read further...
New research published in the journalNature Communications, has demonstrated how glass can be manipulated to create a material that will allow computers to transfer information using light. This development could significantly increase computer processing speeds and power in the future. Read further...
EPCC at the University of Edinburgh, in co-operation with SIGHPC, will organize the Exascale Applications and Software Conference, April 21-23, 2015 in Edinburgh, United Kingdom. The aim of this conference is to bring together all of the stakeholders involved in solving the software challenges of the exascale - from application developers, through numerical library experts, programming model developers and integrators, to tools designers. The deadline for paper abstract submission is January 15, 2015. Read further...
Two photons in free space do not interact. Light waves can pass through each other without having any influence on each other at all. For many applications in quantum technology, however, interaction between photons is crucial. It is an indispensable prerequisite for transmitting information through tap-proof quantum channels or for building optical logic gates. At the Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien), scientists have now succeeded in establishing a strong interaction between two single photons. This opens up completely new possibilities for quantum optics. The experimental results have now been published in the journalNature Photonics. Read further...
At the OpenStack Summit, HP has signed a partnership with Wind River to develop solutions with HP Helion OpenStack technology to enable carrier grade network functions virtualization (NFV) capabilities. The addition of proven carrier grade technologies from Wind River into HP Helion OpenStack is designed to provide communications service providers (CSPs) with an open source based Cloud platform that meets their demanding reliability requirements and accelerate their transition to NFV deployments. Read further...
Bull has issued its third-quarter 2014 revenues. Revenues for the third quarter 2014 were 248.3 million euro, down year-on-year by (5.3%) on a like-for-like basis. This quarter is once again marked by the weakness of the activity in France, notably for traditional IT infrastructure projects, but also by the strong growth captured in Cloud computing. Order intake came lower this quarter, at 223.5 million euro, which brings the year-to-date order intake growth to +2.6%. Read further...

USFlash

Chematria Inc. and the University of Toronto have launched an initiative to search for new treatments for the Ebola virus using artificial intelligence. Deploying a groundbreaking research technology that learns and thinks like a human chemist, the team will use Canada's most powerful supercomputer to simulate and analyze millions of potential medicines in a matter of weeks. Like software used to design airplanes and computer chips in simulation, this new system can predict the possible effectiveness of new medicines, without the need for costly and time-consuming physical synthesis and testing. Read further...
HP has made several enhancements to HP 3PAR StoreServ Storage that allow customers to take advantage of the performance and efficiency benefits of flash-based capacity while preserving current infrastructure investments. With the price of usable flash storage capacity now equal to that of high-performance spinning disk drives, customers want to use flash to accelerate the speed and agility of mainstream applications. However, to protect existing investments, organisations need access to the performance gains and operational savings offered by flash storage without the complexity and cost of having to rip-and-replace existing infrastructure. Read further...
As the supercomputing industry retools for new architectures to meet the ExaScale challenge of building a supercomputer that can deliver 1 million, million, million calculations per second, Singapore's Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) Computational Research Centre has brought together Obsidian Strategics, Tata Communications and an expert team of optical network and technology partners to rewrite history on distributing computational work over globally dispersed sites. Read further...
The Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at the University of Texas at Austin has received approval from the UT System Board of Regents to expand its facilities. TACC's facilities are home to computing, data, and visualization resources as well as expert staff that support cutting-edge scientific research on such topics as predicting hurricanes and developing new energy sources. Read further...
NVIDIA has reported revenue for the third quarter ended October 26, 2014, of $1.23 billion, up 16 percent from $1.05 billion a year earlier and up 11 percent from $1.10 billion the previous quarter. Revenue for the first three quarters of fiscal 2015 was a record $3.43 billion, up 15 percent from $2.99 billion a year earlier. GAAP earnings per diluted share for the quarter were $0.31, up 55 percent from $0.20 a year earlier and up 41 percent from the previous quarter. Non-GAAP earnings per diluted share were $0.39, up 50 percent from $0.26 a year earlier and up 30 percent from the previous quarter. Read further...
Stream Integration has released the Stream Grid Workbench, an application that works with IBM Platform LSF and IBM InfoSphere Information Server software to efficiently manage data processing requests in a Grid environment. Read further...
Oracle has made available the latest Appliance Manager software for Oracle Database Appliance. Delivering a highly available database platform, Oracle Database Appliance is an engineered system comprising hardware and software designed to simplify the deployment, maintenance, and support of database solutions, helping to save customers time and money. It also enables customers to create a solution-in-a-box, facilitating the efficient allocation of resources to databases and applications running on the same physical server. Read further...
The EUROCOM Panther 5 mobile supercomputer now supports NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M graphics in SLI. Eurocom customers can now combine NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M or 970M in single and SLI with 32 GB DDR3-1600 memory, Intel Core i7 Extreme Processors and up to 8 TB of high capacity storage via four drives for unbeatable performance and capability. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2014-11-10

Special

Explicit Vector Programming with OpenMP 4.0 SIMD Extensions ...

Focus

BIG project develops roadmaps to respond to Big Data opportunities in Europe ...

Embassy Cloud is bringing bio-informatic data analysis to computing and data services infrastructure ...

ANSYS to introduce engineering simulation applications in the Cloud ...

The Cloud

ConPaaS team to release ConPaaS 1.4.2 ...

IBM unveils industry's first intelligent Cloud security portfolio for global businesses ...

EuroFlash

ISC 2015 programme to offer greater diversity ...

Saving lots of computing capacity with a new algorithm ...

New research lights the way to super-fast computers ...

University of Edinburgy - EPCC to issue Call for Participation for the Exascale Applications and Software Conference ...

Two photons strongly coupled by glass fiber ...

HP and Wind River partner to create carrier grade HP Helion OpenStack solutions for NFV ...

Bull to issue Q3 financial results ...

USFlash

Chematria launches search for new Ebola treatments using artificial intelligence ...

HP delivers Flash Storage performance and efficiency without complexity of rip-and-replace ...

Industry collaboration drives 100G foundation for supercomputer infrastructure ...

TACC to expand with $20 million new building in 2016 ...

NVIDIA announces financial results for third quarter fiscal 2015 ...

Stream Integration Announces Availability of the Stream Grid Workbench ...

Oracle announces latest release of Oracle Database Appliance software ...

Eurocom's mobile supercomputer now supports the most powerful graphics, NVIDIA GTX 980M in SLI ...