Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2015-01-12

Special

Scientists developing a prototype quantum hard drive have improved storage time by a factor of more than 100. The team's record storage time of six hours is a major step towards a secure worldwide data encryption network based on quantum information, which could be used for banking transactions and personal e-mails. Read further...

The Cloud

As part of its $1.2 billion investment to expand its global Cloud footprint, IBM has opened its first Cloud data centre with SoftLayer in Germany. Located in Frankfurt, the new facility provides customers with a local Cloud centre to help them meet Germany and Europe's strict security and data privacy regulations, improving application performance by lowering latency for local customers. Read further...
The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) educates more health care professionals than any other health-related institution in Texas. With a growing network of clinical and teaching hospitals, UTHealth needed to supplement its core human resources system with solutions to improve talent management and reduce manual processes. The institution implemented Oracle Human Capital Management Cloud to provide an easy-to-use system for employees, school administrators, the human resources department, and IT. Read further...
The Cloud for Europe project has published the tender for the joint pre-commercial procurement (Joint PCP) for research and development on Cloud computing services for public administrations. The purpose is to research and demonstrate solutions to overcome obstacles for the adoption of Cloud computing by the public sector. Read further...
Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, has selected Mellanox CloudX platform based on Mellanox's SwitchX-2 SX1036 Open Ethernet switches, ConnectX-3 NICs and Mellanox's LinkX cables to provide the fabric for its new Cloud data centre. The Cloud utilizes Mellanox end-to-end 10, 40, and 56Gb/s Ethernet solutions as part of a nationwide initiative to create an open and global Cloud infrastructure. Monash selected Mellanox's RDMA-capable Ethernet technology due to its performance scalability and cloud efficiency improvements. Read further...
IBM has received a record 7,534 patents in 2014 - marking the 22nd consecutive year that the company topped the annual list of U.S. patent recipients. Read further...

Desktop Grids

Crowd science is making possible research projects that might otherwise be out of reach, tapping thousands of volunteers to help with such tasks as classifying animal photos, studying astronomical images, counting sea stars and examining cancer cell images. Also known as "citizen science", these efforts to involve ordinary people in research projects have attracted interest from policy makers, scientific agencies and others. Read further...
A NASA-sponsored website designed to crowdsource analysis of data from the agency's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) mission has reached an impressive milestone. In less than a year, citizen scientists using DiskDetective.org have logged 1 million classifications of potential debris disks and disks surrounding young stellar objects (YSO). This data will help provide a crucial set of targets for future planet-hunting missions. Read further...

EuroFlash

Allinea Software and NCSA, the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, are enabling software heavily used in industry to run faster and it is creating competitive advantages for some of the nation's largest companies. Read further...
Mellanox Technologies Ltd.'s industry-leading 40 Gigabit Ethernet solutions have been deployed by EMGS, the Norway-based market expert in electromagnetic (EM) technology, who uses its proprietary technology to support oil and gas companies in their search for offshore hydrocarbons. EMGS is utilizing Mellanox SwitchX SX1036 40GbE switches, ConnectX-3 40GbE NICs and cables to more efficiently acquire, process, visualize and interpret high-quality marine CSEM data at much greater speeds. Read further...
With a surprising discovery, an international team of scientists from Radboud University, Switzerland and Japan demonstrates the feasibility of selective magnetization switching inside a microstructure by using laser light. Their findings open opportunities for very-high-density information storage media. Read further...

USFlash

Intersect360 Research is conducting its seventh annual HPC Budget Map survey. Your input will provide the industry with insights on the HPC market. The objective of this survey is to identify how HPC budgets are distributed on a percentage basis, among and within categories such as hardware, software, facilities, staff, and services. Responses must be from qualified, end-user respondents and received by end of day on January 16th, 2015. Read further...
The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has announced the next phase in the agency's efforts to increase supercomputing capacity to provide more timely, accurate, reliable, and detailed forecasts. By October 2015, the capacity of each of NOAA's two operational supercomputers will jump to 2.5 petaflops, for a total of 5 petaflops - a nearly tenfold increase from the current capacity. Read further...
CoolIT Systems, a global expert in Direct Contact Liquid Cooling (DCLC) technologies, has been named one of the provinces fastest growing businesses, ranking 38th in Alberta Venture magazines Fast Growth 50 list. Now in its 15th year, the Fast Growth 50 programme is the most prominent ranking of Albertan businesses with significant growth in revenue, assets, capital expenditures and employees over a three-year period. Produced byAlberta Venturemagazine with the assistance of KPMG, this programme is one of the most recognized business rankings in the province. Read further...
Cray Inc. has issued selected preliminary 2014 financial results. The 2014 anticipated results are based on preliminary financial data and are subject to change until the year-end financial reporting process is complete. Based on preliminary results, total revenue for 2014 is expected to be about $560 million. Based on these results, the company expects to be solidly profitable on both a GAAP and non-GAAP basis for 2014. Read further...
CoolIT Systems' Demand Liquid Alliance (DLA) industry group, initially established by CoolIT Systems in 2012 to address the growing support for liquid cooling in the data centre, has amalgamated with The Green Grid Association to establish an open Liquid Cooling Group. This move was initiated by the desire of the DLA members to centralise its advocacy work under a broader organisation with appropriate guidelines for the betterment of the industry. Read further...