Primeur weekly 2015-01-26

Exascale supercomputing

BSC and Intel extend research collaboration on systems behaviour analysis and prediction at Exascale R&D Lab ...

NASA scientist joins groundbreaking UK supercomputing start-up ...

Second European Exascale Software Initiative, EESI2, is organizing its final international conference ...

The Cloud

Anthem teams with IBM to strengthen IT operational performance ...

The European Space Agency builds a private Cloud platform with Red Hat ...

AccelOps' latest release delivers interactive security and performance analytics plus Cloud monitoring ...

Oracle Voice brings a mobile, speech-enabled virtual assistant to the Oracle Sales Cloud in Release 9 on smart phones ...

EuroFlash

New Head of Astroparticle Physics European Consortium appointed ...

REF signals deep impact as EPSRC announces GPB30 million for Impact Acceleration Accounts ...

New laser for computer chips ...

Graphene brings quantum effects to electronic circuits ...

Square Kilometre Array: The Cosmology Engine ...

Computer scientists from Saarbruecken improve the privacy of the Internet currency Bitcoin ...

Graphene enables all-electrical control of energy flow from light emitters ...

USFlash

DataDirect Networks again dominates as world leader in 2014/2015 TOP500 global supercomputing list ...

DataDirect Networks Storage Fusion Xcelerator (SFX) flash cache technology wins Storage Visions Award ...

UCSD study shows why protein mutations lead to familial form of Parkinson's disease ...

UC San Diego physicist Frank Würthwein joins SDSC ...

SDSC supercomputers to assist UC San Diego's 'Extreme Events' Center ...

SDSC announces UC Graduate Summer Fellowship programme ...

New wind-farm computer simulations unlock increased power generation ...

The City University of New York selects SGI to power major research projects ...

Air Force Research Laboratory's Department of Defense Supercomputer Resource Center (DSRC) to receive new supercomputer ...

Supercomputer simulations yield method for predicting behaviour of new concrete formulas ...

Oracle tackles data centre cost and complexity with next-generation engineered systems ...

A 3D view of the Greenland Ice Sheet opens window on ice history ...

Dedicated Computing joins the Intel Cluster Ready programme to offer high-performance computing cluster solutions for bioinformatics research ...

Researchers get $1.4 million to advance 'Big Data' for genomic research ...

Optimizing optimization algorithms ...

Scientists set quantum speed limit ...

New signal amplification process set to transform communications, imaging, and computing ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2015-01-26

Exascale supercomputing

Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) and Intel have renewed their collaboration research agreement at the Intel and BSC Exascale Laboratory in Barcelona until September 2017. The Intel and BSC Exascale Lab is located at the BSC and focuses on software and extraordinary levels of parallelism which will be needed to utilize future Intel-architecture based supercomputers. The Intel and BSC Exascale Lab is a member of Intel's European research network - Intel Labs Europe. Read further...
Former NASA Johnson Space Center scientist, Dr. Richard Juday, has joined the UK based supercomputing start-up, Optalysys Ltd, as a technical advisor. Optalysys is days away from launching a prototype optical processor with the potential to realise Exascale levels of processing power on a desktop sized computer at a fraction of the energy consumption and cost of conventional supercomputers and HPC technology. Read further...
The second European Exascale Software Initiative, EESI2, is organizing its final international conference on May 28-29, 2015 in Dublin. Read further...

The Cloud

IBM has signed a new strategic technology services agreement with Anthem Inc., one of the major health benefits companies in the U.S. IBM has been selected to provide operational services for Anthem's mainframe and data centre server and storage infrastructure for the next five years. Among the benefits of the relationship, Anthem has the ability to leverage IBM Cloud solutions that will help increase the ease, availability and speed of adding infrastructure to support new business requirements. Read further...
The European Space Agency (ESA) has developed an on-premise, private Cloud infrastructure that offers advanced IT services for the agency's user communities. The infrastructure partially uses Red Hat Enterprise Linux, and has proven to be flexible and reliable - critical for ESA's environment. After seeing exceptional results, ESA has finalized the implementation of a similar infrastructure for another data centre. Read further...
AccelOps, an IT operations analytics platform for the modern data centre, has released major new capabilities in AccelOps 4.3. This latest release makes it even easier for enterprise IT to manage security, performance and compliance, all from a single platform. Read further...
A Sales system is only as good as the sales data it holds, and most of this data comes from field sales representatives who are expected to enter it on their laptops and desktops. But typical reps spend 32% of their time traveling and waiting for meetings. During these times, the only device available may be a smart phone. No surprise then that current sales data may be delayed getting into sales systems, impacting sales leaders' visibility into sales activity. Read further...

EuroFlash

On January 9, 2015 the General Assembly of the Astroparticle Physics European Consortium, APPEC, elected Frank Linde, director of the Dutch National Institute for Subatomic Physics (Nikhef) from 2004 to 2014, as its new Chair. He is taking over from Stavros Katsanevas, director of the French Laboratoire Astroparticule et Cosmologie (APC), who was chairing APPEC since November 2012. Thomas Berghöfer from the Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY), was reappointed as General Secretary. Both appointments will be effective for the coming two years. Read further...
The recently published results of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) show that the impact of research funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) has been both deep and long lasting. Of the case studies covering engineering and physical sciences, 85 percent of them involved EPSRC-supported researchers. Read further...
Scientists from Forschungszentrum Juelich and the Paul Scherrer Institute in Switzerland in co-operation with international partners have presented the first semiconductor consisting solely of elements of main group IV. As a consequence, the germanium-tin (GeSn) laser can be applied directly onto a silicon chip and thus creates a new basis for transmitting data on computer chips via light: this transfer is faster than is possible with copper wires and requires only a fraction of the energy. The results have been published in the journalNature Photonics. Read further...
Research by scientists attached to the EC's Graphene Flagship has revealed a superfluid phase in ultra-low temperature 2D materials, creating the potential for electronic devices which dissipate very little energy. At the atomic and molecular scales, the world can be a very strange place, with everyday notions of temperature, energy and physical coherence thrown into disarray. With reality at the quantum level we must talk of statistical likelihood and probability rather than simple billiard ball cause and effect. Read further...
An international team of scientists have joined forces to lay the foundations for an experiment of truly astronomical proportions: putting together the biggest map of the Universe ever made. The experiment will combine signals from hundreds of radio dishes to make cosmic atlas. In a series of papers on the arXiv.org astrophysics pre-print website, an international team of researchers set out their plans for the mammoth survey. The cosmologist Professor Dr. Dominik Schwarz from Bielefeld University in Germany is one of these researchers. Read further...
"Within the research community, it is well-known that the anonymity of Bitcoin can be broken", explained Aniket Kate of Saarland University, who leads the independent research group "Cryptographic Systems" at the Cluster of Excellence "Multimodal Computing and Interaction". Experts like him associate two ideas with the term "Bitcoin": Firstly, there is the on-line payment system. It consists of people using special computer programmes, so-called Bitcoin clients. As a whole, they form a network in which every transaction is registered and recorded. In this manner, neither a central banking institution nor restrictions due to national borders are necessary. Secondly, there is the currency. In the last few years, Bitcoin not only attracted media attention, but also increased unprecedentedly in value. At present, one Bitcoin, abbreviated as BTC, is worth over 200 US-dollars. The anticipated anonymity of this virtual currency relies on the so-called Bitcoin addresses. "They are pseudonyms through which users perform and publicly record transactions. If those pseudonyms can be tracked back to the real initiators, the anonymity of Bitcoin is broken", explained Aniket Kate. In collaboration with his PhD students Tim Ruffing and Pedro Moreno-Sanchez, the computer scientist has now developed a method that protects the user's anonymity, prevents fraud and can be easily incorporated into current Bitcoin programmes. Read further...
At the heart of lasers, displays and other light-emitting devices lies the emission of photons. Electrically controlled modulation of this emission is of great importance in applications such as optical communication, sensors and displays. Moreover, electrical control of the light emission pathways opens up the possibility of novel types of nano-photonics devices, based on active plasmonics. Read further...

USFlash

For the sixth consecutive year, DataDirect Networks (DDN) continues its proven leadership of the TOP500.org global supercomputer rankings with more than two-thirds of identifiable sites among the world's 500 fastest computers relying on DDN storage infrastructure solutions, according to the most recent TOP500 rankings list. Read further...
DataDirect Networks (DDN) kicks off 2015 with industry accolades for product innovation as its Storage Fusion Xcelerator (SFX) flash caching technology is honoured with a Storage Visions Visionary Product Award in the Professional Class System Category. Read further...
Researchers at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), have shown for the first time why protein mutations lead to the familial form of Parkinson's disease. The study, available on-line in prepublication inACS Chemical Neuroscienceand partially funded by the National Institutes of Health, focuses specifically on alpha-synuclein (asyn), a protein whose function in healthy tissue is unknown but which represents the major structural component of Lewy bodies - protein clumps found in the brains of individuals with Parkinson's disease and other neurological disorders. Read further...
University of California, San Diego Professor Frank Würthwein, an expert in high-energy particle physics and advanced computation, has joined the university's San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) to help implement a high-capacity data cyberinfrastructure across all UC campuses. Read further...
A new centre at the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering, focused on developing new ways to protect buildings and infrastructure as well as the human body from extreme events such as blasts from terrorist attacks or high-impact collisions, is joining forces with the university's San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC), to provide data-intensive supercomputer simulations. Read further...
The San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California, San Diego, has announced its inaugural UC Graduate Student Summer Fellowship programme, providing opportunities for graduate students throughout the University of California system to learn about SDSC's expertise and utilize the Center's wide range of resources to advance their own research. Read further...
Researchers at Johns Hopkins University (JHU) have developed high-resolution computer simulations, done on the Trestles supercomputer at the San Diego Supercomputer Center at the University of California, San Diego, that take into account how the air flows within and around a wind-farm in unprecedented detail. Read further...
The City University of New York (CUNY) has selected SGI to support the university's interdisciplinary research and educational activities through SGI's platinum partner Comnetco Inc. As the third largest university system in the United States, CUNY provides high-quality, accessible education for more than 269,000 degree-credit students and 247,000 adult, continuing and professional education students at 24 campuses across all five boroughs of New York City. The University is an integrated system of senior and community colleges, graduate and professional schools, research centres, institutes and consortia. Read further...
The Air Force Research Laboratory's Department of Defense Supercomputer Resource Center (DSRC) will receive a new supercomputer as a result of a $30 million award to Silicon Graphics International (SGI). Read further...
Just because concrete is the most widely used building material in human history doesn't mean it can't be improved. A recent study conducted by researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the University of Strasbourg and Sika Corporation using Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science supercomputers has led to a new way to predict concrete's flow properties from simple measurements. Read further...
At a live event, Oracle Executive Chairman of the Board and CTO Larry Ellison outlined Oracle's strategy for reducing customer costs and increasing value with a new generation of engineered systems, including Oracle's new Virtual Compute Appliance X5, Oracle FS1 Series Flash Storage System, and sixth-generation Oracle Exadata Database Machine X5. Read further...
Scientists using ice-penetrating radar data collected by NASA's Operation IceBridge and earlier airborne campaigns have built the first comprehensive map of layers deep inside the Greenland Ice Sheet, opening a window on past climate conditions and the ice sheet's potentially perilous future. Read further...
Dedicated Computing, a global technology company, is participanting in the Intel Cluster Ready programme to deliver integrated high-performance computing (HPC) cluster solutions to the Life Sciences market. Read further...
Clemson University researchers Alex Feltus and Kuang-Ching Wang are part of a team of scientists that received a $1.4 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to help meet the growing needs of the data-driven genomic science community. The Tripal Gateway project will build on existing cyberinfrastructure to enhance the capacity of genomic databases to manage, exchange and process "Big Data". The project, led by Washington State University (WSU), is one of 17 grants, totaling $31 million, awarded by the NSF Data Infrastructure Building Blocks (DIBBs) programme. Read further...
Optimization algorithms, which try to find the minimum values of mathematical functions, are everywhere in engineering. Among other things, they're used to evaluate design tradeoffs, to assess control systems, and to find patterns in data. One way to solve a difficult optimization problem is to first reduce it to a related but much simpler problem, then gradually add complexity back in, solving each new problem in turn and using its solution as a guide to solving the next one. This approach seems to work well in practice, but it's never been characterized theoretically. Read further...
University of California, Berkeley, scientists have proved a fundamental relationship between energy and time that sets a "quantum speed limit" on processes ranging from quantum computing and tunneling to optical switching. The energy-time uncertainty relationship is the flip side of the Heisenberg uncertainty principle, which sets limits on how precisely you can measure position and speed, and has been the bedrock of quantum mechanics for nearly 100 years. It has become so well-known that it has infected literature and popular culture with the idea that the act of observing affects what we observe. Read further...
Signal amplification is ubiquitous to all electronic and opto-electronic systems for communications, imaging and computing - its characteristics directly impact device performance. A new signal amplification process discovered by a team of University of California, San Diego researchers is now poised to fuel new generations of electrical and photonic devices - transforming the fields of communications, imaging and computing. In the journalApplied Physics Letters, from AIP Publishing, the team describes their work behind this discovery. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2015-01-26

Exascale supercomputing

BSC and Intel extend research collaboration on systems behaviour analysis and prediction at Exascale R&D Lab ...

NASA scientist joins groundbreaking UK supercomputing start-up ...

Second European Exascale Software Initiative, EESI2, is organizing its final international conference ...

The Cloud

Anthem teams with IBM to strengthen IT operational performance ...

The European Space Agency builds a private Cloud platform with Red Hat ...

AccelOps' latest release delivers interactive security and performance analytics plus Cloud monitoring ...

Oracle Voice brings a mobile, speech-enabled virtual assistant to the Oracle Sales Cloud in Release 9 on smart phones ...

EuroFlash

New Head of Astroparticle Physics European Consortium appointed ...

REF signals deep impact as EPSRC announces GPB30 million for Impact Acceleration Accounts ...

New laser for computer chips ...

Graphene brings quantum effects to electronic circuits ...

Square Kilometre Array: The Cosmology Engine ...

Computer scientists from Saarbruecken improve the privacy of the Internet currency Bitcoin ...

Graphene enables all-electrical control of energy flow from light emitters ...

USFlash

DataDirect Networks again dominates as world leader in 2014/2015 TOP500 global supercomputing list ...

DataDirect Networks Storage Fusion Xcelerator (SFX) flash cache technology wins Storage Visions Award ...

UCSD study shows why protein mutations lead to familial form of Parkinson's disease ...

UC San Diego physicist Frank Würthwein joins SDSC ...

SDSC supercomputers to assist UC San Diego's 'Extreme Events' Center ...

SDSC announces UC Graduate Summer Fellowship programme ...

New wind-farm computer simulations unlock increased power generation ...

The City University of New York selects SGI to power major research projects ...

Air Force Research Laboratory's Department of Defense Supercomputer Resource Center (DSRC) to receive new supercomputer ...

Supercomputer simulations yield method for predicting behaviour of new concrete formulas ...

Oracle tackles data centre cost and complexity with next-generation engineered systems ...

A 3D view of the Greenland Ice Sheet opens window on ice history ...

Dedicated Computing joins the Intel Cluster Ready programme to offer high-performance computing cluster solutions for bioinformatics research ...

Researchers get $1.4 million to advance 'Big Data' for genomic research ...

Optimizing optimization algorithms ...

Scientists set quantum speed limit ...

New signal amplification process set to transform communications, imaging, and computing ...