Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2015-02-23

Special

PRACE is planning to open applications for the Summer of HPC in February 2015. Twenty students will go to 10 PRACE member centres around Europe - 2 to each centre, where they will work on PRACE related projects for 2 months during the summer in July and August. The deadline for applications is 8 March 2015. Read further...
At the Cloud Plugfest December 2014 in London,Primeur Magazinehad the opportunity to interview Boris Parák, from CESNET in the Czech Republic. CESNET is a Czech network infrastructure provider and manages the Czech education and research network. Boris Parák attended the Cloud Interoperability Workshop in London because he is part of the group working on EGI Federated Cloud. This group is very interested in Cloud Federation and interoperability between different Clouds. Read further...
At the Cloud Plugfest December 2014 in London,Primeur Magazinehad the opportunity to interview Francisco Brasileiro from the Universidade Federal de Campina Grande in Brasil. Together with Ignacio Blanquer from the Politech University of Valencia in Spain, Francisco Brasileiro is coordinating the EU Brazil Cloud Connect project. This project is developing technology support and eScience activities based on Cloud computing infrastructures. Read further...

Focus

For the fifth year we interviewed Satoshi Matsuoka and Thomas Sterling on how far we are on the Road to Exascale. Five years ago we thought we would be half way by now. Even last year there was a lot of optimism. Today, more and more it seems likely the date when we will reach exascale will slip by a number of years. Exascale computing is not only about processing, it needs big data, really big data. To get all the data in and out of the system requires new ways of memory are being developed. What will be the winner is not yet clear, but interesting trends are emerging. The dominant computer architecture paradigm with a central processing unit where data moves in and out, is not very suitable for exascale or knowledge processing. Hence new architectures with new associated run time systems are needed. There is also excitement about low energy HPC using for instance ARM processors. Concentrating on low energy alone is missing the important point of ARM: that it is an open extensible architecture. The ultimate use of exascale systems is for knowledge processing, what could lead to a real artificial intelligence. Would such an intelligence pass the Turing test? Of course not, it would laugh at something as human as a Turing test. These are the main topics discussed by Satoshi Matsuoka and Thomas Sterling in this interview, conducted at the ISC14 conference. Read further...

The Cloud

HP has introduced a new line of open network switches for the data centre that will provide Web scale organisations and service providers more flexibility and control of their data centre networks to power Cloud, mobile, social media and Big Data workloads. Read further...
IBM has unveiled IBM Spectrum Storage, a new storage software portfolio designed to address data storage inefficiencies by changing the economics of storage with a layer of intelligent software. IBM's new software creates an efficient "data footprint" that dynamically stores every bit of data at the optimal cost, helping maximize performance and ensuring security. Read further...
Oracle has unveiled new Big Data solutions that simplify information access and discovery, enabling customers to quickly turn data into business value. New offerings include Oracle Big Data Discovery, Oracle GoldenGate for Big Data, Oracle Big Data SQL 1.1 and Oracle NoSQL Database 3.2.5. These additions further Oracle's vision to enable Hadoop, NoSQL, and SQL technologies to work together and be deployed securely in any model - whether public Cloud, private Cloud or an on-premises infrastructure. Read further...

EuroFlash

Kramer Electronics has signed an exclusive global distribution agreement with cyber-security manufacturer HighSecLabs (HSL). The migration to secure switching solutions in areas such as health care, finance, government, and command and control was a key theme for Kramer at ISE 2015. Read further...
Lenovo has entered into a joint research project with the Science and Technology Facilities Council's (STFC) Hartree Centre, focused on improving the energy-efficiency of high-performance computing systems. The Hartree Centre is a research collaboration between STFC's Scientific Computing Department and business, and focuses on bringing together the U.K.'s foremost facility dedicated to high-performance computing teamed with world-renowned experience and expertise. Read further...

USFlash

Hiroshi Yokoyama and his colleagues at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Toyohashi University of Technology in collaboration with researchers at Yamaha Corporation have succeeded in directly predicting sound radiating from a recorder for the first time all over the world. The calculations for this study took two weeks using about 100 nodes of supercomputers from the FX10 in the Tokyo University or Kyushu University. It was a huge computational cost. Read further...
HP has unveiled HP Haven Predictive Analytics, a new offering that accelerates and operationalizes large-scale machine learning and statistical analysis, and ultimately provides organisations with much deeper insights and understanding into today's rapidly evolving data volumes. Read further...
IBM, a worldwide expert in flash storage arrays, has launched two new all-flash enterprise storage solutions that provide industry-leading performance and efficiency, along with outstanding reliability to help lower costs and accelerate data-intensive applications and infrastructures. The new solutions can provide customers real-time analytical insights with up to 50 times better performance than traditional enterprise storage, and up to four times better capacity in less rack space than EMC XtremIO flash technology. Read further...
When electronic states in materials are excited during dynamic processes, interesting phenomena such as electrical charge transfer can take place on quadrillionth-of-a-second, or femtosecond, timescales. Numerical simulations in real time provide the best way to study these processes, but such simulations can be extremely expensive. For example, it can take a supercomputer several weeks to simulate a 10-femtosecond process. Read further...
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) 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...
CoolIT Systems Inc., a global expert in Direct Contact Liquid Cooling technologies, has provided a corporate update on its year-end results. Read further...
IBM shifts data science into high gear with the introduction of new In-Hadoop analytics technologies to accelerate the conversion of data into valuable insight for the business. IBM is delivering machine learning, R, and many new features that can run over large-scale data in the new IBM BigInsights for Apache Hadoop. Read further...
Industry leaders in the Big Data space, including Platinum members GE, Hortonworks, IBM, Infosys, Pivotal, SAS, a large international telecommunications firm, and Gold members Altiscale, Capgemini, CenturyLink, EMC, Splunk, Verizon Enterprise Solutions, Teradata, and VMware have expressed their intent to create an industry association, identified as the Open Data Platform ("ODP"). The Open Data Platform will promote Big Data technologies based on open source software from the Apache Hadoop ecosystem and optimize testing among and across the ecosystem's vendors. These efforts will accelerate the ability of enterprises to build or implement data-driven applications. Read further...
Five projects that have applications to Wyoming issues - including water storage, snowpack accumulation and wind turbine efficiency - were recently chosen to receive computational time and storage space on the supercomputer in Cheyenne. University of Wyoming (UW) faculty members will head projects that will use the NCAR-Wyoming Supercomputing Center (NWSC). Each project was critically reviewed by an external panel of experts and evaluated on the experimental design, computational effectiveness, efficiency of resource use, and broader impacts such as how the project involves both UW and NCAR researchers, strengthens UW's research capacity, enhances UW's computational programs, or involves research in a new or emerging field. Read further...
Yahoo has implemented Hunk: Splunk Analytics for Hadoop and NoSQL Data Stores and Splunk Enterprise. With a Hunk enterprise adoption license, Yahoo employees use Hunk to explore, analyze and visualize data from its Hadoop environment, which stores more than 600 petabytes of data. Yahoo teams are also analyzing more than 150 terabytes of machine data per day in Splunk Enterprise for use cases including IT operations, applications delivery, security and business analytics. Read further...