Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2014-12-29

The Cloud

IBM has opened its first Cloud data centre with SoftLayer in Japan, located in Tokyo. This opening comes on the heels of recent SoftLayer Cloud data centre launches in Melbourne and Paris and represents the next step in IBM's $1.2 billion investment to expand its global Cloud footprint. Read further...
Oracle has signed an agreement to acquire Datalogix, an industry-recognized expert at connecting offline consumer spending to digital marketing that helps marketers increase the effectiveness and measurability of their advertising. Read further...

Desktop Grids

UMass Dartmouth has taken the lead in an ongoing international cryptography contest, thanks to the power of Dr. Gaurav Khanna's extremely low-cost supercomputer, built using 176 Sony PlayStation 3 (PS3) gaming consoles. The PS3 cluster generates 50 billion keys per second. Its performance is comparable to nearly 3,000 processor-cores of a typical laptop or desktop. The supercomputer was constructed by Dr. Khanna, an associate professor of physics, working with a team of graduate and undergraduate students. Read further...

EuroFlash

CERN Director-General Rolf Heuer and the Chairman of the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission, Ansar Parvez, have signed in Islamabad, in the presence of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, a document admitting the Islamic Republic of Pakistan to CERN Associate Membership, subject to ratification by the Government of Pakistan. Read further...
Researchers in Spain have discovered that if lead atoms are intercalated on a graphene sheet, a powerful magnetic field is generated by the interaction of the electrons' spin with their orbital movement. This property could have implications in spintronics, an emerging technology promoted by the European Union to create advanced computational systems. Read further...
In the same way as we now connect computers in networks through optical signals, it could also be possible to connect future quantum computers in a 'quantum internet'. The optical signals would then consist of individual light particles or photons. One prerequisite for a working quantum internet is control of the shape of these photons. Researchers at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) and the FOM foundation have now succeeded for the first time in getting this control within the required short time. These findings are published inNature Communications. Read further...
EGI.eu is opening 5 positions with a deadline for application on January 30th: 1 Customer, User Support & Technical Outreach Manager; 1 Technical Outreach Expert; 1 Strategy & Policy Officer; 1 Strategy & Policy Officer / Quality Assurance & Risk Management; and 1 Communication Officer. Read further...
About 95 percent of the more than 10,000 bird species known only evolved upon the extinction of dinosaurs about 66 million years ago. According to computer analyses of the genetic data, today's diversity developed from a few species at a virtually explosive rate after 15 million years already. Karlsruher Institute for Technology (KIT) scientists designed the algorithms for the comprehensive analysis of the evolution of birds. To obtain the results that are now presented in theSciencejournal, a computing capacity of 300 processor-years was required. (DOI 10.1126/science.1253451) Read further...

USFlash

The University of Hawaii (UH) has put a Cray CS cluster supercomputer into production. The new Cray system is the university's first centralized high performance computing system, and will be located on the UH Manoa Campus in a new state-of-the-art 8,000 square foot, Silver LEED Certified data centre. Read further...
Two prestigious scientific magazines have awarded the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) with Editors' Choice awards for the Peregrine high-performance computer and the groundbreaking research it made possible. Read further...
The Department of Defense (DoD) has awarded SGI a second $30 million contract as part of its High Performance Computing Modernization Programme (HPCMP). The contract is for an SGI ICE X supercomputer with SGI InfiniteStorage and is part of the DoD's ongoing initiative to improve high performance computing (HPC) resources. The system will bolster the compute capabilities of the DoD Supercomputing Resource Center (DSRC) at the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio. The HPCMP's first award was announced in October, also part of the annual Technology Insertion programme, and will provide a supercomputer to the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) located in Vicksburg, Mississippi. Read further...
Three Princeton University researchers have been granted a total of 345 million hours of processing time on two powerful supercomputers as part of the 2015 Innovative and Novel Computational Impact of Theory and Experiment (INCITE) awards from the U.S. Department of Energy. Read further...
A team of researchers from the University of California, San Diego have demonstrated a way to emit and control quantum light generated using a chip made from silicon - one of the most widely used materials for modern electronics. The UC San Diego researchers recently described their new device's performance online in the journalNature Communications, available via Open Access. Read further...
Dr. Sigal Gottlieb, professor of mathematics, is a champion of scientific computing: the development and implementation of computational methods to solve complex scientific problems. She is the founding director of UMass Dartmouth's Center for Scientific Computing and Visualization Research (CSCVR), the university's hub for computational research. Read further...
The first findings of the Avian Phylogenomics Consortium are being reported nearly simultaneously in 28 papers - eight papers in a December 12 special issue ofScienceand 20 more inGenome Biology,GigaScienceand other journals. The full set of papers inScienceand other journals can be accessed at avian.genomics.cn Read further...