Primeur weekly 2014-12-15

Focus

eSALSA team to visualize how the oceans behave ...

Dutch COMMIT/ Programme to perform world-class ICT research for scientific and industrial applications ...

The City of Almere is working together with the eScience Center to tackle Big Data issues ...

Scott Lusher to evaluate successful Second National Dutch eScience Symposium ...

Platform for eScience and data research created at a European level ...

The added value of the eScience Center is in its role as overarching platform ...

The Cloud

Report on the public consultation for H2020 Work Programme 2016-17: Cloud Computing and Software now available ...

Using analytics to optimize Cloud computing performance and cost savings ...

Oracle's new Cloud Development Center in Canada reiterates company's commitment to Cloud innovation ...

EuroFlash

Altair announces 8th European Altair Technology Conference in Paris, France ...

Boosting UK competitiveness using cognitive computing and Big Data ...

High-end connection for rapid large-volume data transfer at CSCS in Switzerland ...

Energy efficient Austrian supercomputer uses Bright Cluster Manager ...

Composite materials can be designed in a supercomputer 'virtual lab' ...

NEC supplies supercomputer to University of Ulm in Germany ...

Nanoscale resistors for quantum devices ...

USFlash

Interstellar mystery solved by supercomputer simulations ...

TACC first ever team to claim three-peat in Student Cluster Competition ...

TACC and Mellanox pilot summer high school STEM programme ...

Computer scientists at UT Austin crack code for redrawing bird family tree ...

Qatar University's research infrastructure highlighted at Oman event ...

University of Wyoming faculty have until December 30 to apply for supercomputer use next summer ...

HP expands Network Functions Virtualization solutions ...

Air Force scientific research office funds Virginia Tech materials studies ...

OpenPOWER Foundation announces First OpenPOWER Summit ...

Cisco unveils analytics strategy to help customers access, analyze and act on data - from the Cloud to the data centre to the network's edge ...

Researchers demonstrate new way to plug 'leaky' light cavities ...

Altera Quartus II software v14.1 enables TFLOP performance in industry's first FPGA with hardened floating point DSP blocks ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2014-12-15

Focus

At the Second National Dutch eScience Symposium, held in Almere on November 6, 2014,Primeur Magazinehad the opportunity to interview Jason Maasen, eScience Engineer at the Netherlands eScience Center about the eSALSA project that is dealing with climate modelling, and in particular ocean modelling. In the eSALSA project, an international team is studying the effects of climate change. It uses four interconnected supercomputers. The project won the Enlighten Your Research Global Award. Read further...
At the Second National Dutch eScience SymposiumPrimeur Magazinehad the opportunity to interview Henri Bal, Professor in the Department of Computer Science, Computer Systems section in the High Performance Distributed Computing Group at the Free University Amsterdam. Henri Bal is one of the partners in the COMMIT/ Programme, a very large national programme in the Netherlands. It is a collaboration between scientists, profit and non-profit organisations. The goal of COMMIT/ is to perform world-class ICT research. Read further...
At the Second National Dutch eScience SymposiumPrimeur Magazinehad the opportunity to interview Henk Weyschedé, Managing Director of the Economic Development Board in Almere and co-founder of the Big Data Value Center in Almere. The aim and job of Henk Weyschedé is to stimulate the economy in Almere and turn it into a city in which it is very nice to live and work. Read further...
At the Second National Dutch eScience SymposiumPrimeur Magazinehad the opportunity to interview Scott Lusher, Director Applied eScience and Head of Communications at the Netherlands eScience Center. The Second National Dutch eScience Symposium brought together a lot of people from different groups, different organisations but also from different backgrounds including scientists, academics, and people from industry. Read further...
At the Second National Dutch eScience Symposium,Primeur Magazinehad the opportunity to interview Patrick Aerts, Director Strategic Alliances at the Netherlands eScience Center. Terms like eScience and Big Data are around 15 years old but only in pretty recent times they are really taking off. We can now see happening in different countries and certainly in different places in the Netherlands that eScience and data research centres are coming up. The Netherlands eScience Center was established around 2011. Shortly afterwards, data research centres were coming at the Universities of Groningen, Eindhoven, Leiden, etc. Read further...
At the Second National Dutch eScience Symposium,Primeur Magazinehad the opportunity to interview Wilco Hazeleger, Director, Netherlands eScience Center. The Netherlands eScience Center is three years old. It was recognized at the time that there was a gap between e-infrastructure, hardware, high performance computing, and the actual science that is making use of it. Wilco Hazeleger is a climate scientist which means that he is already using computers and data for quite a while. Wilco Hazeleger noticed that scientists can make much better use of the data if they have digital scientists helping them out. That is how the Netherlands eScience Center started and what the reason for its existence is. Read further...

The Cloud

On November 4, 2014, the European Commission organized a post-consultation workshop on the H2020 Work Programme 2016-17 for Cloud Computing and Software. Previously, from September 10 to October 17, 2014, an open web-based public consultation was held on the research and innovation challenges for the Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2016-17. On December 4, 2014, a report, written by David Griffin about the workshop has been delivered and is now available for reading. Read further...
IBM inventors have patented a technique that uses analytics to increase Cloud computing performance and reduce costs by dynamically moving workloads - between or within Cloud centres - based on an automatic analysis that determines the most efficient and effective use of available resources. Read further...
Oracle has opened its latest, cutting-edge Cloud development facility in Toronto's downtown tech centre. The company aims to increase its Toronto Cloud software development team by 30 percent, with a focus on advancing Oracle Marketing Cloud. The new centre will debut with a HackerX recruitment event tailored for Cloud developers to meet like-minded innovators and explore opportunities at Oracle. Read further...

EuroFlash

Altair will host the 2015 European Altair Technology Conference from September 29 - October 1, 2015 at Cité Des Sciences & de l'Industrie in Paris, France. The 8th European ATC will cover the complete spectrum of Altair offerings and customer presentations, from the application of simulation and optimization technology to partner solutions and high-performance and Cloud computing, highlighting the latest trends and developments in these domain areas. Read further...
Government investment of GBP113 million in new high performance computing capability is expected to give UK business a two-year head start over international competitors, Science Minister Greg Clark has said. The investment, announced in the Autumn Statement on 3 December, will substantially expand the data-centric cognitive computing research capabilities of STFC's Hartree Centre at Sci-Tech Daresbury, through enhanced collaboration with IBM. Read further...
The Swiss National Supercomputing Centre (CSCS) has become Switzerland's first service provider for the scientific community to offer a high-performance, 100 gigabit per second network connection. Now, up to five times as much data can be transmitted in the same length of time, significantly speeding up the transfer of data between users and the computing centre. Read further...
The Vienna Scientific Cluster (VSC-3) uses Bright Cluster Manager for configuring, installing, monitoring, and managing their cluster. The newly built Austrian supercomputer is known for its efficient power utility, cooling the servers in a bath of mineral oil. Read further...
University College London (UCL) scientists have shown how advanced computer simulations can be used to design new composite materials. Nanocomposites, which are widely used in industry, are revolutionary materials in which microscopic particles are dispersed through plastics. But their development until now has been largely by trial and error. The 'virtual lab' developed using supercomputer simulations greatly improves scientists' understanding of how composite materials are built on a molecular level. They allow the properties of a new material to be predicted based simply on its structure and the way it is manufactured, which the team behind the project say is a holy grail of materials science. Read further...
NEC Deutschland GmbH has delivered a supercomputer utilizing NEC's scale-out server, the Express5800/E120f-M, featuring the new Intel Xeon E5-2600 v3 Product Family, to the University of Ulm, a state university in Germany offering high performance computing services for theoretical chemistry researchers. Read further...
Researchers from the London Centre for Nanotechnology have made new compact, high-value resistors for nanoscale quantum circuits. The resistors could speed the development of quantum devices for computing and fundamental physics research. The researchers describe the thin-film resistors in an article in theJournal of Applied Physics, from AIP Publishing. Read further...

USFlash

An interstellar mystery of why stars form has been solved thanks to the most realistic supercomputer simulations of galaxies yet made. Theoretical astrophysicist Philip Hopkins of the California Institute of Technology (CalTech) led research that found that stellar activity - like supernova explosions or even just starlight - plays a big part in the formation of other stars and the growth of galaxies. Read further...
Continuing their two-year winning streak, Team Texas won first place in the 9th annual Student Cluster Competition at this year's Supercomputing Conference (SC14) in New Orleans. The team is coached by staff of the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at the University of Texas at Austin. Read further...
As part of Computer Science Education Week, which ran December 8-14, the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) announced CODE @ TACC, a new summer programme designed to prepare high school juniors and seniors for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) careers by teaching the principles of high performance computing through a life sciences lens. Read further...
A new computational technique developed at the University of Texas at Austin has enabled an international consortium to produce an avian tree of life that points to the origins of various bird species. A graduate student at the university is a leading author on papers describing the new technique and sharing the consortium's findings about bird evolution in the journalScience. Read further...
Vice President for Research at Qatar University (QU) Dr. Hassan Al-Derham represented Qatar at the 4th International Platform on Integrating Arab e-Infrastructure in a Global Environment (e-AGE 2014), in Muscat, Oman on December 10 and 11, providing insight into the university's research infrastructure. Read further...
University of Wyoming (UW) faculty members who are interested in using the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)-Wyoming Supercomputing Center (NWSC) in Cheyenne for their computational research this coming year have until December 30 to submit an on-line application to request a large core-hour allocation on the powerful machine. Read further...
At TM Forum Live! Digital Disruption, HP launched new solution capabilities to help communications service providers (CSPs) adopt Networks Functions Virtualization (NFV) that reduce infrastructure and capital operational costs while providing a more agile network environment to innovate and rapidly deliver applications and services. Read further...
Giti Khodaparast, an associate professor in the Department of Physics in the College of Science at Virginia Tech, has been awarded $1,199,998 over three years by the U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research to probe "Nonlinear and Terahertz Studies of Electro-Optic and Magneto-Electric Materials". The multi-disciplinary and multi-university project involves Shashank Priya, a professor of mechanical engineering in the College of Engineering, as well as the University of Colorado in Boulder, the University of Florida, and Texas A&M University. Read further...
The OpenPOWER Foundation, an open development community dedicated to accelerating data centre innovation for POWER platforms, has announced its first OpenPOWER Summit. The Summit will be held March 17-19, 2015, at the San Jose Convention Center in California. Read further...
Cisco has launched a comprehensive data and analytics strategy and solutions portfolio. The Cisco Connected Analytics for the Internet of Everything portfolio will help customers extract value from data generated by a rapidly expanding ecosystem of connected people, processes, data and things that together forms the Internet of Everything (IoE). The portfolio includes easy-to-deploy software packages that bring analytics to data regardless of its location. Read further...
Engineers at the University of California, San Diego have demonstrated a new and more efficient way to trap light, using a phenomenon called bound states in the continuum (BIC) that was first proposed in the early days of quantum wave mechanics. Boubacar Kanté, an assistant professor in electrical and computer engineering at UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering, and his postdoctoral researcher Thomas Lepetit described their BIC experiment on-line in the rapid communication section of journalPhysical Review B. The study directly addresses one of the major challenges currently facing nanophotonics, as researchers look for ways to trap and use light for optical computing circuits and other devices such as tiny switches. Read further...
Altera Corporation has released its Quartus II software v14.1 featuring expanded support for Arria 10 FPGAs and SoCs, the FPGA industry's only devices with hardened floating point DSP blocks and the industry's only 20 nm SoC FPGAs that integrate ARM processors. Altera's latest software release provides immediate support for the hardened floating point DSP blocks integrated in Arria 10 FPGAs and SoCs. Users can choose between three unique DSP design entry flows and achieve up to an industry-leading 1.5 TFLOPS of DSP performance. The software also includes several optimizations that improve designer productivity by accelerating Arria 10 FPGA and SoC design time. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2014-12-15

Focus

eSALSA team to visualize how the oceans behave ...

Dutch COMMIT/ Programme to perform world-class ICT research for scientific and industrial applications ...

The City of Almere is working together with the eScience Center to tackle Big Data issues ...

Scott Lusher to evaluate successful Second National Dutch eScience Symposium ...

Platform for eScience and data research created at a European level ...

The added value of the eScience Center is in its role as overarching platform ...

The Cloud

Report on the public consultation for H2020 Work Programme 2016-17: Cloud Computing and Software now available ...

Using analytics to optimize Cloud computing performance and cost savings ...

Oracle's new Cloud Development Center in Canada reiterates company's commitment to Cloud innovation ...

EuroFlash

Altair announces 8th European Altair Technology Conference in Paris, France ...

Boosting UK competitiveness using cognitive computing and Big Data ...

High-end connection for rapid large-volume data transfer at CSCS in Switzerland ...

Energy efficient Austrian supercomputer uses Bright Cluster Manager ...

Composite materials can be designed in a supercomputer 'virtual lab' ...

NEC supplies supercomputer to University of Ulm in Germany ...

Nanoscale resistors for quantum devices ...

USFlash

Interstellar mystery solved by supercomputer simulations ...

TACC first ever team to claim three-peat in Student Cluster Competition ...

TACC and Mellanox pilot summer high school STEM programme ...

Computer scientists at UT Austin crack code for redrawing bird family tree ...

Qatar University's research infrastructure highlighted at Oman event ...

University of Wyoming faculty have until December 30 to apply for supercomputer use next summer ...

HP expands Network Functions Virtualization solutions ...

Air Force scientific research office funds Virginia Tech materials studies ...

OpenPOWER Foundation announces First OpenPOWER Summit ...

Cisco unveils analytics strategy to help customers access, analyze and act on data - from the Cloud to the data centre to the network's edge ...

Researchers demonstrate new way to plug 'leaky' light cavities ...

Altera Quartus II software v14.1 enables TFLOP performance in industry's first FPGA with hardened floating point DSP blocks ...