Primeur weekly 2015-02-16

Special

Cloud standards demonstrated in real-world settings at 15th Cloud Plugfest ...

Focus

Procurement 20 Petaflop/s TSUBAME3 supercomputer in Japan ...

The Cloud

HP accelerates enterprise Cloud adoption with new HP Helion workload configurations ...

Cloudscape VII - Quality People for real insights ...

IBM teams with more than 300 colleges and universities to educate new generation of innovators ...

Red Hat launches Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.5 with increased scalability, management, and integration with OpenStack ...

Desktop Grids

Zennet - the public supercomputer - is no more: It's Tau-Chain now ...

EuroFlash

PRACE 11th Call for Proposals has opened 9 February 2015 ...

Asetek selected for $3.5 million USD project for two major California data centres ...

Correlations of quantum particles help in distinguishing physical processes ...

The director general of universities and research visits IMDEA Networks ...

Breakthrough may lead to industrial production of graphene devices ...

USFlash

Cray reports full year and fourth quarter financial results ...

UC San Diego and SDSC study advances brain cancer research ...

SDSC participates in CalWater Extreme Precipitation project ...

Exotic states materialize with supercomputers ...

Researcher receives $1 million NSF grant to devise new supercomputing model ...

DataDirect Networks joins the OpenPOWER Foundation ...

OpenMP Architecture Review Board announces ARM as new member ...

Pinpointing the magnetic moments of nuclear matter ...

Kraken allowed new views of the ocean that could transform climate models ...

IBM and SoftBank Alliance to bring Watson to all of Japan ...

New design tool for metamaterials ...

UTSA and Silicon Informatics develop high performance computing software tools ...

Overset Grid Assembly in latest Pointwise release ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2015-02-16

Special

At the Cloud Plugfest December 2014 in London,Primeur Magazinehad the opportunity to interview Alan Sill from Texas Tech University. Alan Sill is Director of the National Science Foundation Cloud and Autonomic Computing Center in the USA. The Utility and Cloud Computing Conference which was held December 11-12, 2014 in London, is a multi-dimensional and multi-topic conference on Cloud computing, running the interoperability demo days and Cloud Plugfest. This event is oriented towards hands-on demonstrations of real-world interoperability in significant settings implementing standards and software in a modern Cloud setting. Read further...

Focus

The Tokyo Institute of Technology has issued a Request for Information (RFI) for the TSUBAME3 supercomputer to be operational in 2016. The system to be procured and built, the TSUBAME3, is an evolution of the current TSUBAME2 supercomputer at the Global Scientific Information and Computing Center, at the Tokyo Institute of Technology, which became the first petaflops supercomputer in Japan. It is part of the Japanese national HPCI (High Performance Computing Infrastructure) programme. Read further...

The Cloud

HP has expanded its portfolio of workload-focused configurations delivered in a standardized solution for HP Helion Managed Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) that simplifies and accelerates customers' transition to the Cloud. Read further...
Cloudscape VII, 9-10 March 2015 in Brussels, is the venue which leaves you with new knowledge on emerging trends, what's hot in Cloud computing, and who and what are the leading innovations in 2015. Hard to find elsewhere, participants will come away with a much clearer understanding of the technology thinking driving our industry today, and what solutions will come from the Cloud ecosystem. Read further...
IBM's Power Systems Academic Initiative (PSAI) has achieved a major milestone by enrolling more than 300 colleges and universities around the globe in the programme, providing these institutions with access to IBM Power Systems technology and helping to arm students with skills to handle new workloads like Big Data, Cloud, mobile and social, that are crucial in today's job market. Read further...
Red Hat Inc., a provider of open source solutions, has made available Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.5, enabling organisations to deploy an IT infrastructure that services traditional virtualization workloads while creating an enterprise-grade foundation for Cloud infrastructure. Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.5 delivers standardized services for mission critical workloads, and offers IT organisations greater visibility into provisioning, configuring and monitoring of their virtualization infrastructure, all based on open standards. Read further...

Desktop Grids

About a year ago, the Zennet public supercomputer was announced. A Crowd computer to which everyone could contribute and from which everyone could profit. It included a system to get paid for delivering computing time. Read further...

EuroFlash

On 9 February 2015 at 13:30 CET, PRACE has opened its 11th Call for Proposals. This Call includes Multi-year Access as well as a Data Storage Service Pilot. The Call will close on 18 March 2015 at 12:00 (noon) CET. Read further...
Asetek has been selected by the California Energy Commission (CEC) to perform a $3,552,678 project to install RackCDU D2C (Direct-to-Chip) liquid-cooling in two large scale, supercomputing data centres in California. Read further...
Communication security and metrology could be enhanced through a study of the role of quantum correlations in the distinguishability of physical processes, by researchers at the Universities of Strathclyde and Waterloo. The study involved analysing the impact of quantum steering - the way a measurement performed on a particle can affect another distant particle. The study authors devised a method for both precisely quantifying steering's impact and relating it to the task of distinguishing physical processes. Read further...
The head of the Directorate General of Universities and Research of the regional government of Madrid, Lorena Heras Sedano, accompanied by the Deputy Director of Research, Juan Angel Boots Echevarría, visited on February 3rd 2015, the headquarters of IMDEA Networks Institute, a research centre on networks that places Madrid as a leading European region in the development of future network technologies. Read further...
With properties that promise faster computers, better sensors and much more, graphene has been dubbed the 'miracle material'. But progress in producing it on an industrial scale without compromising its properties has proved elusive. University of Groningen scientists may now have made a breakthrough. Their results will be published in the journalNano Letters. Read further...

USFlash

Cray Inc. has issued financial results for the year and fourth quarter ended December 31, 2014. All figures are based on U.S. GAAP unless otherwise noted. Read further...
Researchers at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC), Moores Cancer Center, and Department of Neurosciences at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), have shown for the first time a pyramid hierarchical network of "coherent gene modules" that regulate glioblastoma genes, involved in a highly aggressive form of brain cancer. Read further...
The San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) and the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), are providing data management, visualization and modelling resources, and expertise to a two-month wintertime field campaign to study "atmospheric rivers" and particles of dust, smoke, sea spray, and organic materials called aerosols along the western U.S. coast to better understand variability in the region's water supply, flood and drought hazards, infrastructure requirements, and optimal reservoir operations. Read further...
Scientists used supercomputers to find a new class of materials that possess an exotic state of matter known as the quantum spin Hall effect. The researchers published their results in the journalSciencein December 2014, where they propose a new type of transistor made from these materials. Read further...
A Texas Tech University computer scientist received a $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to create a faster, better method for supercomputing. Read further...
DataDirect Networks (DDN) took another step in its relentless commitment to delivering market-leading HPC and Big Data storage innovation by joining the OpenPOWER Foundation, which seeks to create an open ecosystem, using the IBM POWER architecture, to serve the evolving needs of customers. Read further...
ARM has joined the OpenMP Architecture Review Board (ARB), a group of hardware and software vendors and research organisations creating the standard for the most popular shared-memory parallel programming model in use today. Read further...
A team of nuclear physicists has made a key discovery in its quest to shed light on the structure and behaviour of subatomic particles. Using supercomputing resources at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC), located at Berkeley Lab, the Nuclear Physics with Lattice QCD (NPLQCD) collaboration demonstrated for the first time the ability of quantum chromodynamics (QCD) - a fundamental theory in particle physics - to calculate the magnetic structure of some of the lightest nuclei. Read further...
Like so much of the English language, the word ocean can be traced to the ancient Greeks. It is derived from their idea of oceans, or the sea beyond the Mediterranean. The Greeks believed an outer stream of water encircled the earth and actually deified the stream as a god, also named Okeanos. Read further...
IBM and SoftBank Telecom Corp., a wholly owned subsidiary of SoftBank Corp., have signed a landmark global alliance to bring Watson to Japan, one of the world's largest economies and technology markets. The alliance, which involves training Watson to understand Japanese, represents a major milestone in IBM's efforts to accelerate the adoption of cognitive computing and a powerful example of how SoftBank is transforming Japanese businesses and society. Read further...
Metamaterials - artificial nanostructures engineered with electromagnetic properties not found in nature - offer tantalizing future prospects such as high resolution optical microscopes and superfast optical computers. To realize the vast potential of metamaterials, however, scientists will need to hone their understanding of the fundamental physics behind them. This will require accurately predicting non-linear optical properties - meaning that interaction with light changes a material's properties, for example, light emerges from the material with a different frequency than when it entered. Help has arrived. Read further...
A collaboration between the UTSA Department of Computer Science and Edina, Minnesota-based Silicon Informatics Inc. has yielded the delivery of a pair of highly flexible, scalable high performance computing (HPC) software tools: the pseudorandom number generator (CPRNG) and the interstream correlation tester software (ISC Test). The tools have a variety of applications. They could be used in simulations by the military to determine enemy strategies or weapons testing. The finance industry could also benefit implementing both tools to simulate future financial portfolios or stock options for retiring seniors. Read further...
Pointwise has issued the latest release of its computational fluid dynamics (CFD) meshing software featuring direct integration with Overset Grid Assembly (OGA) software. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2015-02-16

Special

Cloud standards demonstrated in real-world settings at 15th Cloud Plugfest ...

Focus

Procurement 20 Petaflop/s TSUBAME3 supercomputer in Japan ...

The Cloud

HP accelerates enterprise Cloud adoption with new HP Helion workload configurations ...

Cloudscape VII - Quality People for real insights ...

IBM teams with more than 300 colleges and universities to educate new generation of innovators ...

Red Hat launches Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.5 with increased scalability, management, and integration with OpenStack ...

Desktop Grids

Zennet - the public supercomputer - is no more: It's Tau-Chain now ...

EuroFlash

PRACE 11th Call for Proposals has opened 9 February 2015 ...

Asetek selected for $3.5 million USD project for two major California data centres ...

Correlations of quantum particles help in distinguishing physical processes ...

The director general of universities and research visits IMDEA Networks ...

Breakthrough may lead to industrial production of graphene devices ...

USFlash

Cray reports full year and fourth quarter financial results ...

UC San Diego and SDSC study advances brain cancer research ...

SDSC participates in CalWater Extreme Precipitation project ...

Exotic states materialize with supercomputers ...

Researcher receives $1 million NSF grant to devise new supercomputing model ...

DataDirect Networks joins the OpenPOWER Foundation ...

OpenMP Architecture Review Board announces ARM as new member ...

Pinpointing the magnetic moments of nuclear matter ...

Kraken allowed new views of the ocean that could transform climate models ...

IBM and SoftBank Alliance to bring Watson to all of Japan ...

New design tool for metamaterials ...

UTSA and Silicon Informatics develop high performance computing software tools ...

Overset Grid Assembly in latest Pointwise release ...