Primeur weekly 2015-02-02

The Cloud

Shinra Technologies partners with NTT and Techorus and announces launch date of Japanese technical beta ...

UTSA and Indiana University partner on $6.6 million NSF Cloud-based advanced computing systems grant ...

Independent research firm ranks HP private Cloud a leader in China ...

Desktop Grids

Grant for Nerdalize for heating houses with computing power ...

EuroFlash

Business Secretary Cable announces partners in the Alan Turing Institute in the UK ...

Schools in Wales challenged to break the world land speed record of 1,000mph ...

PUZZLECLUSTER: The first reuse application of the PUZZLEPHONE ...

Chemists control structure to unlock magnetization and polarization simultaneously ...

MEP Awards 2015 - Shortlisted nominees for ICT announced ...

DIADEMS - finding the sensor behind the sparkle ...

Entanglement on a chip: Breakthrough promises secure communications and faster computers ...

USFlash

NERSC seeks industry partners for collaborative research ...

Exascale Hearing Testimony in Congress highlights CS research accomplishments ...

D-Wave Systems raises an additional $29 million, closing 2014 financing at $62 million ...

MAGMA MIC 1.3.1 for Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors released ...

Dot Hill announces general availability of the Ultra56 AssuredSAN Hybrid storage array ...

New climate change projections for Australia ...

SGI reports financial results for the second quarter of fiscal 2015 ...

Researchers identify materials to improve biofuel and petroleum processing ...

Supercomputing the evolution of a model flower ...

Obsidian unveils plans for 400G-capable enhanced InfiniBand services platform at EmTech Singapore 2015 ...

New supercomputer allows for massive data analysis in less time ...

IBM Research to lead company's advanced computer chip R&D at SUNY Polytechnic Institute ...

Building trustworthy Big Data algorithms ...

Parallelizing common algorithms ...

New pathway to valleytronics ...

Nanoscale mirrored cavities amplify, connect quantum memories ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2015-02-02

The Cloud

Shinra Technologies Inc., Nippon Telegraph and Telephone East Corporation (NTT) and Techorus Corporation have started the supercomputer Cloud gaming technical beta test partnership in Japan for three months, starting on February 17th, 2015. Shinra positions this technical beta test as the first step toward the launch of its supercomputer Cloud gaming platform. Read further...
The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) is partnering with Indiana University on a $6.6 million National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to build Cloud-based advanced computing systems for the science and engineering community. In 2013, the UTSA Cloud and Big Data Laboratory was established to support Cloud computing and Big Data research and development. The laboratory, supported in large part by industry, helps the international business community improve its computing platforms through open-source hardware and Cloud and Big Data technologies such as Open Compute, OpenStack and Software Defined Network. Read further...
Forrester Research Inc. has recognized HP as a leader in private Cloud solutions in China. According to "The Forrester Wave: Private Cloud Solutions in China, Q1 2015", HP leads for its high level of competence across all major criteria, as well as the strength of its executive team working with local partners to provide Cloud services to Chinese customers. Read further...

Desktop Grids

The Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science have granted the so-called STW grants. Eight start-ups received a sum of 250.000 euro each to turn their scientific ideas into commercial success. Technology Foundation STW realises the transfer of knowledge between the technical sciences and users. It does this by funding excellent technical scientific research and by bringing researchers and users together in each project. Crowd computing company Nerdalize did get one of the larger grants. It builds HPC services out of servers that are installed in residential houses as heaters. Read further...

EuroFlash

The five universities selected to lead the Alan Turing Institute have been announced by Rt. Hon. Dr Vince Cable, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills. The Institute will build on the UK's existing academic strengths and help position the country as a world leader in the analysis and application of Big Data and algorithm research. Its headquarters will be based at the British Library at the centre of London's Knowledge Quarter. Read further...
In a bid to break the world land speed record of 1000 miles an hour, based on the Bloodhound Supersonic Car (SSC), HPC Wales is challenging schools in Wales with the ultimate science project. A number of selected schools will put forward teams to participate in the competition based on the Bloodhound SSC design, exploring a number of variables and working with teachers and engineers to test and modify their designs through the national supercomputing network. Prizes will be awarded during an event to the teams who achieve the fastest result and the best presentation. Read further...
There is life even afterlife. At Circular Devices the team believes that a product's life cycle can be extended beyond its initial planned usage, thereby delaying its obsolescence. With electronic waste becoming an increasing threat for our planet, the company took it upon itself to find an alternative to the inevitable disposal of your device. Read further...
Scientists at the University of Liverpool have controlled the structure of a material to simultaneously generate both magnetisation and electrical polarisation, an advance which has potential applications in information storage and processing. Researchers from the University's School of Physical Sciences demonstrated that it is possible to unlock these properties in a material which initially displayed neither by making designed changes to its structure. Read further...
The 2015 edition of the MEP Awards will take place in Brussels on 18 March 2015. PRACE is sponsor of the Award for ICT. Each year,The Parliament Magazinepresents Awards to Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) who have made special efforts or achieved outstanding results in their portfolio(s). Each Award has a specific topic and is sponsored by an organisation (NGOs and international associations) that is active in that specific field or has a special interest in the topic. Read further...
Diamonds - highly desirable lumps of carbon. But while their use to jewellers is well known, their hidden secrets are being revealed by the DIADEMS project. By modifying the structure of a diamond crystal, the project creates a new material that could be used in applications, from the creation of smart medicines to the next generation computers. The EU project is helping Europe stay at the forefront of research into atomic scale sensors. Read further...
Unlike Bilbo's magic ring, which entangles human hearts, engineers have created a new micro-ring that entangles individual particles of light, an important first step in a whole host of new technologies. Entanglement - the instantaneous connection between two particles no matter their distance apart - is one of the most intriguing and promising phenomena in all of physics. Properly harnessed, entangled photons could revolutionize computing, communications, and cyber security. Though readily created in the lab and by comparatively large-scale optoelectronic components, a practical source of entangled photons that can fit onto an ordinary computer chip has been elusive. Read further...

USFlash

The National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has launched a private sector partnership programme (PSP) to make its computing capabilities available to industry partners working in key technology areas. Led by David Skinner, NERSC's Strategic Partnerships Lead, the PSP is intended to give commercial technology developers working in energy, advanced manufacturing, renewable energy sources and transportation access to NERSC's supercomputers, customer support and data management expertise. Participating companies will be able to use these resources for modelling, simulation and data analysis to aid in product design, development, quality control and data analytics. Read further...
On January 28, the Energy Subcommittee of the House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space and Technology held a hearing on Supercomputing and American Technology Leadership. Among those giving testimony was Roscoe Giles, professor of computer science at Boston University and chairman of the Advanced Scientific Computing Advisory Committee, which reports to DOE's Office of Science. Read further...
D-Wave Systems Inc., a quantum computing company, has closed $29 million in funding from a large institutional investor, among others. This funding will be used to accelerate development of D-Wave's quantum hardware and software and expand the software application ecosystem. This investment brings total funding in D-Wave to $174 million (CAD), with approximately $62 million raised in 2014. Read further...
MAGMA MIC 1.3.1 is now available. This release provides implementations for MAGMA's one-sided (LU, QR, and Cholesky) and two-sided (Hessenberg, bi- and tridiagonal reductions) dense matrix factorizations, as well as linear and eigenproblem solver for Intel Xeon Phi Coprocessors. Read further...
The Dot Hill Ultra56 AssuredSAN hybrid storage array is now shipping through its distribution channels. The Ultra56 is a hybrid storage array based on an ultra-density chassis that supports both NEBS Level 3 carrier and MIL-STD government requirements and up to 1.34 petabytes (PB) of raw capacity in only 7 inches or 4U of rack space. This high-density AssuredSAN array includes high performance 4004 controllers, affording up to 6400MB/s of sustained read performance. Dot Hill has the only high density storage product on the market today that meets the extremely demanding requirements of telecommunications carriers, service providers and tactically deployed government installations. Read further...
CSIRO and the Bureau of Meteorology have released climate change projections for Australia that provide updated national and regional information on how the climate may change to the end of the 21st century. The projections are the most comprehensive ever released for Australia and have been prepared with an emphasis on informing impact assessment and planning in the natural resource management sector. Information has been drawn from simulations based on up to 40 global climate models. Read further...
SGI, a global expert in high performance solutions for compute, data analytics, and data management, has reported financial results for its fiscal second quarter 2015 ended December 26, 2014. Total revenue for the fiscal second quarter was $138 million, an increase of 24% from $112 million in the previous quarter and an increase of 19% from $116 million in the second fiscal quarter of 2014. Read further...
Using one of the largest supercomputers in the world, a team of researchers led by the University of Minnesota has identified potential materials that could improve the production of ethanol and petroleum products. The discovery could lead to major efficiencies and cost savings in these industries. Read further...
Scientists using supercomputers found genes sensitive to cold and drought in a plant help it survive climate change. These findings increase basic understanding of plant adaptation and can be applied to improve crops. The computational biology study on the flowering mustard weed Arabidopsis thaliana appeared in the journalMolecular Biology Evolutionin September 2014. The iPlant Collaborative and the supercomputers Stampede, Lonestar and Ranger of the Texas Advanced Computing Center aided in the research. Study funding came from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Read further...
Global network traffic now exceeds two exabytes per day and continued growth will be fueled in part by new models such as Cloud computing and internationally distributed data-intensive science programmes. To address ongoing and future data transport infrastructure challenges, Obsidian Strategics is planning a new platform that will complement its existing 10 and 40Gbits/s product offerings. Read further...
The University of Houston (UH) is adding a new, state-of-the-art supercomputer to its arsenal of research tools. Used primarily for scientific and engineering work, this powerful, high-performance computing system will have the computing power of more than 450 conventional desktops, which more than doubles the current computing power at UH. Read further...
IBM and SUNY Polytechnic Institute (SUNY Poly) announced that more than 220 engineers and scientists who lead IBM's advanced chip research and development efforts at SUNY Poly's Albany Nanotech campus will become part of IBM Research, the technology industry's largest and most influential research organisation. The move supports Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's public-private partnership model for innovation and economic development and is part of IBM's $3 billion investment in chip R&D over the next five years. These efforts will push the limits of chip technology needed to meet the emerging demands of Cloud computing, Big Data, and cognitive computing systems. Read further...
Much of our reams of data sit in large databases of unstructured text. Finding insights among e-mails, text documents, and websites is extremely difficult unless we can search, characterize, and classify their text data in a meaningful way. One of the leading Big Data algorithms for finding related topics within unstructured text - an area called topic modelling - is latent Dirichlet allocation (LDA). But when Northwestern University professor Luis Amaral set out to test LDA, he found that it was neither as accurate nor reproducible as a leading topic modelling algorithm should be. Read further...
Every undergraduate computer-science major takes a course on data structures, which describes different ways of organizing data in a computer's memory. Every data structure has its own advantages: Some are good for fast retrieval, some for efficient search, some for quick insertions and deletions, and so on. Today, hardware manufacturers are making computer chips faster by giving them more cores, or processing units. But while some data structures are well adapted to multicore computing, others are not. In principle, doubling the number of cores should double the efficiency of a computation. With algorithms that use a common data structure called a priority queue, that's been true for up to about eight cores - but adding any more cores actually causes performance to plummet. Read further...
A potential avenue to quantum computing currently generating quite the buzz in the high-tech industry is "valleytronics", in which information is coded based on the wavelike motion of electrons moving through certain two-dimensional (2D) semiconductors. Now, a promising new pathway to valleytronic technology has been uncovered by researchers with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab). Read further...
The idea of computing systems based on controlling atomic spins just got a boost from new research performed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory. By constructing tiny "mirrors" to trap light around impurity atoms in diamond crystals, the team dramatically increased the efficiency with which photons transmit information about those atoms' electronic spin states, which can be used to store quantum information. Such spin-photon interfaces are thought to be essential for connecting distant quantum memories, which could open the door to quantum computers and long-distance cryptographic systems. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2015-02-02

The Cloud

Shinra Technologies partners with NTT and Techorus and announces launch date of Japanese technical beta ...

UTSA and Indiana University partner on $6.6 million NSF Cloud-based advanced computing systems grant ...

Independent research firm ranks HP private Cloud a leader in China ...

Desktop Grids

Grant for Nerdalize for heating houses with computing power ...

EuroFlash

Business Secretary Cable announces partners in the Alan Turing Institute in the UK ...

Schools in Wales challenged to break the world land speed record of 1,000mph ...

PUZZLECLUSTER: The first reuse application of the PUZZLEPHONE ...

Chemists control structure to unlock magnetization and polarization simultaneously ...

MEP Awards 2015 - Shortlisted nominees for ICT announced ...

DIADEMS - finding the sensor behind the sparkle ...

Entanglement on a chip: Breakthrough promises secure communications and faster computers ...

USFlash

NERSC seeks industry partners for collaborative research ...

Exascale Hearing Testimony in Congress highlights CS research accomplishments ...

D-Wave Systems raises an additional $29 million, closing 2014 financing at $62 million ...

MAGMA MIC 1.3.1 for Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors released ...

Dot Hill announces general availability of the Ultra56 AssuredSAN Hybrid storage array ...

New climate change projections for Australia ...

SGI reports financial results for the second quarter of fiscal 2015 ...

Researchers identify materials to improve biofuel and petroleum processing ...

Supercomputing the evolution of a model flower ...

Obsidian unveils plans for 400G-capable enhanced InfiniBand services platform at EmTech Singapore 2015 ...

New supercomputer allows for massive data analysis in less time ...

IBM Research to lead company's advanced computer chip R&D at SUNY Polytechnic Institute ...

Building trustworthy Big Data algorithms ...

Parallelizing common algorithms ...

New pathway to valleytronics ...

Nanoscale mirrored cavities amplify, connect quantum memories ...