Primeur weekly 2015-01-19

The Cloud

IBM opens first Cloud centre in Mexico ...

Desktop Grids

7th International Workshop on Science Gateways to issue Call for Papers ...

University of Westminster in search of two Research Associates for European CloudSME project ...

EuroFlash

Gridwise acquired by Red Stack Tech ...

PRACE to collaborate with Women in HPC on camera and cover ...

Michael M. Resch was awarded title of professor honoris causa ...

ANSYS partners With Leading European Supercomputing Center ...

Horizon 2020 - Call 2 Information Day and Networking event for 'Future Internet' ...

Calibre releases new LEDView325DS digital signage LED videowall scaler ...

Shaping the Future of Digital Social Innovation in Europe ...

Bright Computing is chosen to manage the world's most powerful supercomputer dedicated to life sciences research ...

1000th researcher subscribed to TraIT platform ...

GEANT Association signs contract with new Certificate Authority ...

Bright Computing boosts investment in EMEA ...

Galactic 'hailstorm' in the early universe ...

USFlash

Atomic placement of elements counts for strong concrete ...

Supercomputing Frontiers 2015 Conference to issue Call for Participation ...

IDC MarketScape names DataDirect Networks a leader in object-based storage market ...

IBM launches z13 mainframe ...

ANSYS power noise and reliability solutions adopted by Fujitsu for high-performance processor designs ...

RDA/US and CENDI announce partnership to promote innovations in data sharing and exchange ...

New report says no technological replacement exists for bulk data collection ...

Rice-sized laser, powered one electron at a time, bodes well for quantum computing ...

Shining a light on quantum dots measurement ...

New analyst report cites IBM as the leading Hadoop provider among developers ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2015-01-19

The Cloud

As part of its $1.2 billion investment to expand its Cloud services, IBM has opened its first Cloud centre in Mexico. Located in Querétaro, near Mexico City, the new facility strengthens IBM Cloud's presence in Latin America by offering data residency within the region, even more redundancy in the Americas, and the complete SoftLayer platform, enabling customers to create their ideal fully integrated, scalable Cloud computing environment in Mexico. Read further...

Desktop Grids

The 7th International Workshop on Science Gateways - IWSG 2015 - will be organized June 3-5, 2015 in Budapest, Hungary. The workshop aims to bring together researchers and scientists from different scientific domains, along with science gateways developers, to discuss problems and solutions in the area, to identify new issues, to shape future directions for research, foster the exchange of ideas, standards and common requirements and push towards the wider adoption of science gateways in e-Science. The deadline for paper/abstract submission is 16 March 2015. Read further...
The Centre for Parallel Computing (CPC) at the University of Westminster is looking for two Research Associates to carry out research in Distributed Computing Infrastructures (DCI's), particularly in Cloud, desktop and service Grid infrastructures used in European and UK research projects, and implement technical solutions that manage applications and workflows in these DCIs at the Centre for Parallel Computing. Successful candidates will be expected to contribute to management, operational support and technical development of DCIs. Read further...

EuroFlash

On 18th December 2014, Gridwise got acquired by the British group Red Stack Tech. 11 years after inception, Gridwise developed into a well known, reputable data analytics and database service provider. Together with the staff, clients and partners, the company created a growing healthy business. Read further...
In 2015 PRACE in collaboration with Women in HPC will publish 2 magazines entirely dedicated to Women in HPC: the first one in the run-up to PRACEdays15 in May 2015 where a special satellite event with Women in HPC will be organised, and the second one as a special edition of the PRACE Digest to be launched at SC15 in Austin in November 2015. Read further...
On the occasion of his 50th birthday, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr. h. c. Michael M. Resch, Director of the High Performance Computer Center Stuttgart (HLRS) and of the Institute for High Performance Computing of the University of Stuttgart, was awarded the title professor honoris causa by the Sibirian branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences in Akademgorodok/Novosibirsk. The award was delivered by the member of the Academy Prof. Yuri Shokin who praised Prof. Resch for his exemplary co-operation with Russian scientists during the last 12 years. Read further...
Researchers from academic institutions across Europe will soon be able to perform some of the most sophisticated simulations imaginable thanks to a new partnership between ANSYS and the High Performance Computing Center (HLRS) of the University of Stuttgart in Germany. Read further...
On February 6, 2015, the European Commission, DG CONNECT, Net Futures, is organizing a Net Futures Information Day on H2020 ICT-2015 at the Conference Centre Albert Borschette (CCAB) in Brussels. The Directorate "Net Futures" organises this Information Day presenting the topics in the area of Future Internet in the second ICT call H2020-ICT-2015 published in October 2014. The deadline for submission of proposals is 14 April 2015. There is no fee to attend the workshop but advance registration is mandatory. Read further...
Calibre announces the release of its latest model in the highly successful LEDView range of LED videowall optimised image scalers. Read further...
In the morning of 17 February 2015, the European Commission will gather leading European practitioners, funders, academics and policy makers from EU, national, regional and local governments working on Digital Social Innovation to discuss lessons from the research and the future of Digital Social Innovation (DSI) in Europe. The event will take place at the Charlemagne Building - de Gasperi Room, 170 rue de la Loi, B-1049 Brussels, Belgium. Read further...
Bright Computing, an expert in high performance infrastructure management solutions for Cloud, Big Data and HPC, has unveiled the important role it has played in the launch of Denmark's most powerful supercomputer dedicated to life sciences. Read further...
The 1000th researcher has subscribed to process their research results in the TraIT project. TraIT is an IT-platform of, and for, operational biomedical research projects with substantial databases (Big Data). TraIT offers an easy-to-use and accessible way to gather, analyze, archive, spread and secure data, thereby speeding up innovation in medical care, eventually resulting in better health care at lower costs. TraIT is a Dutch public private collaboration with thirty partners. Read further...
Following a tendering process that started in early 2014, GEANT Association has selected DigiCert to be its new Certificate Authority (CA) provider for at least the next two years. DigiCert, a US-based company, will power the popular TERENA Certificate Service (TCS). Read further...
Bright Computing, a provider of infrastructure management solutions for Cloud, Big Data, and HPC, has unveiled its growing commitment to the Europe, Middle East and Africa markets by announcing a significant investment into the EMEA division of the organisation. In recent years, Bright Computing has seen the EMEA market grow considerably; European customer acquisition is on the rise and the region is making an increasingly significant contribution towards the company's overall revenues. Bright Computing has responded by investing in a European team to support its growing customer base. Read further...
Two teams of astronomers led by researchers at the University of Cambridge have looked back nearly 13 billion years, when the Universe was less than 10 percent its present age, to determine how quasars - extremely luminous objects powered by supermassive black holes with the mass of a billion suns - regulate the formation of stars and the build-up of the most massive galaxies. Read further...

USFlash

Even when building big, every atom matters, according to new research on particle-based materials at Rice University. Rice researchers Rouzbeh Shahsavari and Saroosh Jalilvand have published a study showing what happens at the nanoscale when "structurally complex" materials like concrete - a random jumble of elements rather than an ordered crystal - rub against each other. The scratches they leave behind can say a lot about their characteristics. Read further...
The Supercomputing Frontiers Conference will be organized by the A*STAR Computational Resource Centre in Singapore, March 17-20, 2015. Keynote speakers include Jack Dongarra, University of Tennessee/Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA; Robert Harrison, Brookhaven National Laboratory, USA; Scott Klasky, Oak Ridge Natonal Laboratory, USA; Thomas Sterling, Indiana University, USA; John Gustafson, Ceranovo Inc., USA; William Harrod, DOE Office of Advanced Scientific Computing Research, USA; Satoshi Matsuoka, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan; and Rick Stevens, Argonne National Laboratory, USA. Read further...
DataDirect Networks (DDN) has been named a leader in the recent IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Object-Based Storage 2014 Vendor Assessment, doc #253055, December 2014. This latest report assessed the ability of vendors in the object-based storage (OBS) market to deliver object-based storage offerings and compete effectively in the market. According to IDC, "As businesses move toward petabyte-scale data storage, OBS solutions are turning out to be the right choice for balancing scale, complexity, and costs." Read further...
IBM has launched the z13. One of the most sophisticated computer systems ever built, it delivers scale and economics together with real-time encryption and analytics to help meet the expectations of consumers for speed and safety for trillions of transactions in the mobile economy. The z13 system culminates a $1 billion investment, five years of development, exploits the innovation of more than 500 new patents and represents a collaboration with more than 60 clients - underscoring IBM's singular commitment to providing higher-value, innovative technologies to clients. Read further...
Fujitsu Limited is using ANSYS' power noise and reliability solutions to create three-dimensional integrated circuits to meet performance requirements for next-generation high-performance central processing units. Read further...
The Research Data Alliance/United States (RDA/US) and CENDI Federal Information Managers Group have signed an agreement to jointly sponsor events related to the advancement of data management innovation. RDA/US and CENDI will also share information about ongoing and planned activities at each organisation. With a shared interest in effective data infrastructure, this alliance will particularly benefit CENDI membership and US members of RDA, as well as the entire international data sharing community. Read further...
No software-based technique can fully replace the bulk collection of signals intelligence, but methods can be developed to more effectively conduct targeted collection and to control the usage of collected data, according to a new report from the National Research Council. Automated systems for isolating collected data, restricting queries that can be made against those data, and auditing usage of the data can help to enforce privacy protections and allay some civil liberty concerns, the unclassified report says. Read further...
Princeton University researchers have built a rice grain-sized laser powered by single electrons tunneling through artificial atoms known as quantum dots. The tiny microwave laser, or "maser", is a demonstration of the fundamental interactions between light and moving electrons. Read further...
Due to their nanoscale dimensions and sensitivity to light, quantum dots are being used for a number of bioimaging applications including in vivo imaging of tumour cells, detection of biomolecules, and measurement of pH changes. When quantum dots are introduced in biological media, proteins surround the nanoparticles and form a corona. The formation of the protein corona changes the sensitivity of the quantum dots to light. Read further...
IBM has been cited as an industry leader for making Hadoop more accessible, scalable and reliable for developers in a new analyst survey. In a survey of more than 1,000 Big Data developers, analyst firm Evans Data Corporation found that IBM is the leading provider of Hadoop among developers, with more than 25 percent of respondents identifying IBM's Hadoop as their principle distribution. The survey also focused on key growth areas such as machine learning and streaming analytics, where 18 percent of developers cited IBM InfoSphere Streams as their preferred application for machine learning, making it the second most popular choice in the category. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2015-01-19

The Cloud

IBM opens first Cloud centre in Mexico ...

Desktop Grids

7th International Workshop on Science Gateways to issue Call for Papers ...

University of Westminster in search of two Research Associates for European CloudSME project ...

EuroFlash

Gridwise acquired by Red Stack Tech ...

PRACE to collaborate with Women in HPC on camera and cover ...

Michael M. Resch was awarded title of professor honoris causa ...

ANSYS partners With Leading European Supercomputing Center ...

Horizon 2020 - Call 2 Information Day and Networking event for 'Future Internet' ...

Calibre releases new LEDView325DS digital signage LED videowall scaler ...

Shaping the Future of Digital Social Innovation in Europe ...

Bright Computing is chosen to manage the world's most powerful supercomputer dedicated to life sciences research ...

1000th researcher subscribed to TraIT platform ...

GEANT Association signs contract with new Certificate Authority ...

Bright Computing boosts investment in EMEA ...

Galactic 'hailstorm' in the early universe ...

USFlash

Atomic placement of elements counts for strong concrete ...

Supercomputing Frontiers 2015 Conference to issue Call for Participation ...

IDC MarketScape names DataDirect Networks a leader in object-based storage market ...

IBM launches z13 mainframe ...

ANSYS power noise and reliability solutions adopted by Fujitsu for high-performance processor designs ...

RDA/US and CENDI announce partnership to promote innovations in data sharing and exchange ...

New report says no technological replacement exists for bulk data collection ...

Rice-sized laser, powered one electron at a time, bodes well for quantum computing ...

Shining a light on quantum dots measurement ...

New analyst report cites IBM as the leading Hadoop provider among developers ...