Primeur weekly 2014-12-08

The Cloud

University of Chicago to establish Genomic Data Commons ...

IBM signs Cloud agreement with ABN AMRO ...

IBM and Docker announce strategic partnership ...

IDC MarketScape names IBM a leader in U.S. Government private Cloud IaaS ...

Musimundo moves to the IBM Cloud to secure its e-commerce application ...

Nubity Inc. launches hybrid Cloud management tool on the IBM Cloud ...

WPP extends its partnership with IBM to accelerate its digital transformation and global leadership ...

Oracle advances data integration portfolio with major enhancements to Oracle GoldenGate 12c ...

Desktop Grids

Volunteers can now help scientists seek Ebola cure in their (computer's) spare time ...

Fighting crime through crowdsourcing ...

EuroFlash

Brain inspired data engineering ...

The diversity and richness of the different European research systems are a strength, according to Science Europe ...

Electron pairs on demand ...

Possible read head for quantum computers ...

USFlash

Cray appoints Ryan Waite to Senior Vice President of Products ...

Raritan enhances DCIM solution to provide full data centre monitoring and facilitate data centre moves ...

Lab researchers awarded time on top computers to advance science ...

Oracle unveils flagship Oracle ZFS Storage ZS4-4 NAS system with extreme performance and innovations for Oracle database 12c ...

IARPA launches programme to develop a superconducting computer ...

University of Minnesota engineers make sound loud enough to bend light on a computer chip ...

IBM Watson Analytics Beta now open for business; helps transform the way people work by bringing analytics to everyone ...

Penn engineers efficiently 'mix' light at the nanoscale ...

Dot Hill Systems and RAID Inc. sign OEM agreement ...

A piece of the quantum puzzle ...

'Topological insulators' promising for spintronics and quantum computers ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2014-12-08

The Cloud

The University of Chicago is collaborating with the National Cancer Institute to establish the nation's most comprehensive computational facility that stores and harmonizes cancer genomic data generated through NCI-funded research programs. The establishment of the NCI Genomic Data Commons (GDC) will expand access for scientists around the country, speeding up research and, in turn, leading to faster discoveries for patients. The GDC will provide an interactive system for researchers, making the data easier to use; it also will provide resources to facilitate the identification of subtypes of cancer as well as potential therapeutic targets. Read further...
IBM and ABN AMRO have signed a 10-year, multibillion-dollar services agreement to manage the IT infrastructure that supports the bank's operations globally. The agreement includes the implementation of a private IBM Cloud together with further standardization and simplification of the existing IT landscape, from mobile computing to mainframe infrastructure. Read further...
IBM and Docker Inc. have signed a strategic partnership that enables enterprises to more efficiently, quickly and cost-effectively build and run the next generation of applications on the IBM Cloud and on prem via the Docker open platform for distributed applications. Enterprises can use the combination of IBM and Docker to create and manage a new generation of portable distributed applications that are rapidly composed of discrete interoperable Docker containers, have a dynamic lifecycle, and can scale to run in concert anywhere from the developer's laptop to hundreds of hosts in the Cloud. Read further...
IBM has been named a leader by the IDC MarketScape: U.S. Government Private Cloud Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) 2014 Vendor Assessment. The report recognized IBM as a leader in providing the right mix of private, public and hybrid Cloud capabilities that are ideal for federal agencies with unique requirements compared to the private sector. According to the report, "this sets IBM SoftLayer up to play a leading role in serving the 'hybrid/mixed' Cloud requirements of government entities which, to date have shied away from leveraging public Cloud-only offerings." Read further...
Musimundo, a sales provider of entertainment appliances in Argentina with over 200 stores in the country, deployed its e-commerce platform on the IBM Cloud to meet increased customer demand on Cyber Monday in Argentina. As it prepared for Cyber Monday 2014, Musimundo's greatest challenge was to address the number of entries of people to its website per second, and it needed to manage load balance and security levels in accordance with regulatory requirements. At the same time, the company had to streamline its check-out response. Read further...
Nubity Inc. has grown from a start-up in Mexico City to a global provider of Cloud services by partnering with IBM as part of the SoftLayer Catalyst programme. The Catalyst programme, which is currently being integrated into the IBM Cloud Global Entrepreneur Programme, helps start-ups like Nubity Inc. by providing access to open, secure, scalable cloud infrastructure, executive mentorship and a robust ecosystem of partners and clients. Read further...
IBM is building on its long-term relationship with WPP, the world's largest communications services group. The agreement will enable WPP to innovate new digital services that will be run and managed within a global hybrid Cloud infrastructure. Read further...
Data volumes are growing at unprecedented rates, making it more complex for organisations to effectively use that information to make strategic business decisions and gain a competitive advantage. To drive greater value from their data and take advantage of emerging technology trends such as Cloud computing and Big Data, companies must have the ability to move data across highly diverse IT environments and firewalls with very low latency. With Oracle GoldenGate 12c, customers can implement real-time data integration and transactional data replication between on-premises and Cloud environments and across a broader set of heterogeneous platforms, achieving faster time to value and a greater return from their data assets. Read further...

Desktop Grids

Although some medical therapies show promise as treatments for Ebola, scientists are still looking urgently for a definitive cure. For the first time, anyone with access to a computer or Android-based mobile device can help scientists perform this critical research - no financial contribution, passport or PhD necessary. In fact, volunteers can be asleep, traveling or on a coffee break when they help researchers search for an Ebola cure. Read further...
Crowdsourcing utilizes the input of a crowd of online users to collaboratively solve problems. To advance this emerging technology, researchers at the University of Miami are developing a computing model that uses crowdsourcing to combine and optimize human efforts and machine computing elements. The new model can be used to efficiently perform the complex tasks of face recognition - a method used in law enforcement. It's a new approach to using social networks as a formal part of the criminal investigation process, explained computer scientist Brian Blake, vice provost for Academic Affairs and dean of the Graduate School at the University of Miami (UM). He is also principal investigator of the project. Read further...

EuroFlash

What if next-generation ICT systems could be based on the brain's structure and its cognitive and adaptive processes? A groundbreaking paradigm of brain-inspired intelligent ICT architectures is being born. With the advent of Big Data and the resulting need to increase computing and networking power to manage the vast amount of information available, a new generation of ICT systems inspired by the operating principles of the brain has emerged. Novel solutions toward improved information processing in computer networks/hardware are being addressed from a multidisciplinary approach, using knowledge from neuroscience and applying it to computer and network architecture. Stemming from the premise that the brain is an ideal model for information processing, in recent years we have witnessed multiple examples of bio-inspired systems, which have eased progress in different ICT areas. Some examples are neuronal networks for learning systems or ant algorithms used to trace optimal paths in communication networks. Read further...
As the European Commission and the EU Member States are reviewing the current Commission's approach to the European Research Area (ERA) and preparing an 'ERA Roadmap' for 2015, Science Europe has released a position commenting on ERA policy and offering some suggestions for improvement. Read further...
In quantum optics, generating entangled and spatially separated photon pairs - e.g. for quantum cryptography - is already a reality. So far, it has, however, not been possible to demonstrate an analogous generation and spatial separation of entangled electron pairs in solids. Physicists from Leibniz University Hannover and from the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB) have now taken a decisive step in this direction. They have demonstrated for the first time the on-demand emission of electron pairs from a semiconductor quantum dot and verified their subsequent splitting into two separate conductors. Their results have been published in the current online issue of the renowned journalNature Nanotechnology. Read further...
Ideally, diamonds consist of pure carbon. But natural diamonds always contain defects. The most researched defects are nitrogen-vacancy centers comprising a nitrogen atom and a vacancy. These might serve as highly sensitive sensors or as register components for quantum computers. However, until now it has not been possible to extract the optically stored information electronically. Read further...

USFlash

Cray Inc. has named Ryan Waite senior vice president of products. With more than 20 years of experience in Big Data, supercomputing and software at Amazon Web Services and Microsoft, Ryan Waite will be responsible for leading Cray's products division, which manages the company's line of compute, storage and big data analytics solutions. Read further...
Raritan, a provider of data centre infrastructure management (DCIM) and rack power distribution solutions, has unveiled a new DCIM software release that provides monitoring of white space and critical facilities systems. The release also features new capabilities to facilitate data centre audits and moves. The announcement was made at the Gartner Data Center, Infrastructure & Operations Management Conference. Read further...
As part of the Department of Energy's Innovative and Novel Computational Impact on Theory and Experiment (INCITE) programme, eight Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) researchers have been awarded nearly 800 million core hours on two of America's fastest supercomputers dedicated to open science - Mira, an IBM Blue Gene/Q system located at Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), and Titan, a Cray XK7 system located at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). Read further...
Oracle's latest-generation NAS storage system, Oracle ZFS Storage ZS4-4, enables customers to significantly accelerate application performance and dramatically improve operational efficiencies. Co-engineered with Oracle Database 12c, Oracle ZFS Storage ZS4-4 is the industry's only storage system with analytics for pluggable databases. It doubles previous generation performance to enable faster time to actionable intelligence and smarter, more competitive business decisions. Oracle ZFS Storage ZS4-4 also provides high-level protection against security breaches with its fine-grained, simple, cost-efficient encryption capabilities. Read further...
The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA), within the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), has embarked on a multi-year research effort to develop a superconducting computer. If successful, technology developed under the Cryogenic Computer Complexity (C3) programme will pave the way to a new generation of superconducting supercomputers that are far more energy efficient. Read further...
During a thunderstorm, we all know that it is common to hear thunder after we see the lightning. That's because sound travels much slower (768 miles per hour) than light (670,000,000 miles per hour). Now, University of Minnesota engineering researchers have developed a chip on which both sound wave and light wave are generated and confined together so that the sound can very efficiently control the light. The novel device platform could improve wireless communications systems using optical fibers and ultimately be used for computation using quantum physics. The research was recently published inNature Communications, a leading research journal. Read further...
Watson Analytics, a breakthrough natural language-based cognitive service that can provide instant access to powerful predictive and visual analytic tools for businesses, is available in beta. IBM Watson Analytics automates the once time-consuming tasks such as data preparation, predictive analysis, and visual storytelling for business professionals. Offered as a Cloud-based freemium service, all business users can now access Watson Analytics from any desktop or mobile device. Since being announced on September 16, more than 22,000 people have already registered for the beta. The Watson Analytics Community, a user group for sharing news, best practices, technical support and training, is also accessible starting today. Read further...
The race to make computer components smaller and faster and use less power is pushing the limits of the properties of electrons in a material. Photonic systems could eventually replace electronic ones, but the fundamentals of computation, mixing two inputs into a single output, currently require too much space and power when done with light. Read further...
Raid Incorporated has adopted the Dot Hill AssuredSAN 4004 series as its next-generation storage platform to further develop its capabilities in the high-performance computing storage market. Dot Hill AssuredSAN 4004 storage systems will be used to power RAID Inc.'s end-to-end customized solutions for clients in the high performance, technical computing and Big Data sectors. RAID Inc.'s technical computing solutions incorporate parallel file systems, storage, interconnect and compute clusters. Read further...
While the Martinis Lab at UC Santa Barbara has been focusing on quantum computation, former postdoctoral fellow Pedram Roushan and several colleagues have been exploring qubits (quantum bits) for quantum simulation on a smaller scale. Their research appears in the current edition of the journalNature. Read further...
Researches have uncovered "smoking-gun" evidence to confirm the workings of an emerging class of materials that could make possible "spintronic" devices and practical quantum computers far more powerful than today's technologies. The materials are called "topological insulators". Unlike ordinary materials that are either insulators or conductors, topological insulators are in some sense both at the same time - they are insulators inside but always conduct electricity via the surface. Specifically, the researchers have reported the clearest demonstration of such seemingly paradoxical conducting properties and observed the "half integer quantum Hall effect" on the surface of a topological insulator. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2014-12-08

The Cloud

University of Chicago to establish Genomic Data Commons ...

IBM signs Cloud agreement with ABN AMRO ...

IBM and Docker announce strategic partnership ...

IDC MarketScape names IBM a leader in U.S. Government private Cloud IaaS ...

Musimundo moves to the IBM Cloud to secure its e-commerce application ...

Nubity Inc. launches hybrid Cloud management tool on the IBM Cloud ...

WPP extends its partnership with IBM to accelerate its digital transformation and global leadership ...

Oracle advances data integration portfolio with major enhancements to Oracle GoldenGate 12c ...

Desktop Grids

Volunteers can now help scientists seek Ebola cure in their (computer's) spare time ...

Fighting crime through crowdsourcing ...

EuroFlash

Brain inspired data engineering ...

The diversity and richness of the different European research systems are a strength, according to Science Europe ...

Electron pairs on demand ...

Possible read head for quantum computers ...

USFlash

Cray appoints Ryan Waite to Senior Vice President of Products ...

Raritan enhances DCIM solution to provide full data centre monitoring and facilitate data centre moves ...

Lab researchers awarded time on top computers to advance science ...

Oracle unveils flagship Oracle ZFS Storage ZS4-4 NAS system with extreme performance and innovations for Oracle database 12c ...

IARPA launches programme to develop a superconducting computer ...

University of Minnesota engineers make sound loud enough to bend light on a computer chip ...

IBM Watson Analytics Beta now open for business; helps transform the way people work by bringing analytics to everyone ...

Penn engineers efficiently 'mix' light at the nanoscale ...

Dot Hill Systems and RAID Inc. sign OEM agreement ...

A piece of the quantum puzzle ...

'Topological insulators' promising for spintronics and quantum computers ...