Primeur weekly 2015-03-09

Special

Embassy Cloud at EMBL to act as a model for the e-Infrastructure Commons at a European level ...

Focus

2014 Another year on the road to Exascale - An Interview with Satoshi Matsuoka and Thomas Sterling - Part III ...

The Cloud

HP introduces improvements to growing HP Helion portfolio ...

Red Hat launches Cloud Innovation Practice to fast-track Cloud and DevOps deployments ...

NICE DCV 2014 sets new performance standard for 3D applications in the Cloud ...

Cloudscape VII - Why small businesses should be using Cloud services to innovate in the marketplace ...

Oracle's new Ethernet switches and Virtual Network services target software-defined data centres and Cloud ...

SoftLayer to offer OpenPOWER servers to help clients better manage workloads in the Cloud ...

Carnegie Mellon and IBM launch first Cloud-based analytics partnership for smarter buildings ...

Red Hat launches Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 Atomic Host, advances Linux containers in the enterprise ...

EuroFlash

PRACE Summer of HPC and PRACEdays15 Women in HPC - Calls for applications ...

Where supercomputer meet their limits ...

PRACE 10th Call for Proposals achieves 10 out of 10 ...

Important step towards quantum computing: Metals at atomic scale ...

Call for Participation to High Performance Computing PDC Summer School ...

2nd International BSC Doctoral Symposium 2015 to issue Call for Participation ...

USFlash

Black phosphorus is new 'wonder material' for improving optical communication ...

Wolters Kluwer Health chooses GigaSpaces XAP with SanDisk ZetaScale software to support data growth and faster processing of mission-critical data ...

HP to acquire Aruba Networks to create an industry leader in enterprise mobility ...

IBM acquires AlchemyAPI, enhancing Watson's deep learning capabilities ...

The Green Grid Liquid Cooling Work Group elects CoolIT Systems CEO/CTO Geoff Lyon as Chair ...

From massive supercomputers come tiniest transistors ...

Strength in numbers ...

Cray appoints Martin Homlish to Board of Directors ...

Quantum sensor's advantages survive entanglement breakdown ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2015-03-09

Special

At the Cloud Plugfest December 2014 in London,Primeur Magazinehad the opportunity to interview Steven Newhouse, Head of Technical Services at EMBL/EBI. EMBL is an intergovernmental organisation tasked with providing support for the life sciences community in Europe. EBI is the European Bioinformatics Institute, an outstation of EMBL that focuses on providing large scale data and analysis infrastructure for life scientists. 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 made updates to its HP Helion OpenStack and HP Helion Development Platform solutions, in addition to enhancements to HP Helion Eucalyptus, the open source solution for building AWS-compatible private Clouds. These updates reflect the ongoing commitment by HP to deliver a growing portfolio of open source hybrid Cloud solutions through its investments in three of the fastest growing Cloud innovation ecosystems - OpenStack and Cloud Foundry based technologies, as well as Amazon Web Services (AWS). Read further...
Red Hat Inc., a provider of open source solutions, has launched the Red Hat Cloud Innovation Practice, a new global team of experts that will assist companies with more quickly on-ramping to the Cloud. They will do this by providing solutions and services such as validated designs with reference architectures and agile methodology consulting, training, and support. Read further...
NICE has launched the final release of DCV version 2014.0, the remote visualization technology that enables Technical Computing users to remotely access 2D/3D interactive applications over a LAN or WAN networks. DCV allows engineers and scientists to take full advantage of the high-end graphics cards, fast I/O performance, and large memory nodes hosted in public or private Clouds such as Amazon Web Services (AWS). Read further...
Small businesses are the lifeblood of the European economy and are expected to benefit the most from Cloud services. While there have been many success stories, adoption is currently lower than expected. Cloudscape VII, organized in Brussels, March 9-10, 2015, looks at both sides of the coin, spotlighting new start-ups disrupting the market and offering think tank strategic guidance to increase competitive by small firms and providers. Read further...
Oracle has addressed two major networking requirements for Cloud-enabled data centres with new high performance, low cost 10Gb/40Gb Ethernet switches and the addition of virtual network services to Oracle SDN. Engineered and integrated to enhance the Oracle stack, the new networking technologies provide the flexibility and scalability for both enterprise data centres and network function virtualization infrastructure. Read further...
SoftLayer will offer OpenPOWER-based servers as part of its portfolio of Cloud-based services. With the new offering, clients will be able to select OpenPOWER-based "bare metal" servers when configuring their Cloud-based IT infrastructure from SoftLayer, an IBM company. Leveraging the OpenPOWER Foundation design concept, the servers were developed to help clients better manage data-intensive workloads on public and private Clouds. Read further...
IBM has signed a new smarter buildings partnership with Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), the first higher education institution to pioneer use of a new cloud-based analytics system for reducing energy and facility operating costs. Read further...
Red Hat Inc., a provider of open source solutions, has made available Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 Atomic Host, an operating system optimized for running the next generation of applications with Linux containers. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 Atomic Host provides all of the components necessary to easily package and run applications written for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 and 7 as containers. Read further...

EuroFlash

PRACE has two calls for applications running. The PRACE Summer of HPC offers summer placements at leading HPC centres across Europe. 20 top applicants from across Europe will be selected to participate and spend two months working on projects related to PRACE scientific or industrial work and ideally produce a visualisation or video of their results. A second call for applications concerns the PRACEdays15 event. In collaboration with the Women in HPC network, the PRACE Advanced Training Centres (PATC) and the UK National Supercomputing Facility, ARCHER, PRACE will be running a 1,5 day 'Hands on Introduction to HPC' training session. Read further...
High-Performance Computing - in this area, a research group at the University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE) is involved. The researchers are developing new algorithms and architectures to analyse and visualize very large datasets. This involves among other things, complex simulations in vehicle construction or in quantum physics. The experts will present their programme for High-Performance Computing at CeBIT from 16 to 20 March, 2015 in Hannover. Read further...
The 10th PRACE Regular Call for Proposals yielded 127 eligible proposals of which 48 were awarded for a total of close to 1.0 thousand million core hours. This brings the total number of projects awarded since the inception of PRACE mid-2010, to 394, and the total awarded core hours to 10.2 thousand million. Read further...
In the latest issue of the journalNature Physics, German scientists report that they could observe experimentally the current flow along channels at the crystal surfaces of topological insulators. The channels are less than one nanometer wide and extend along atomic steps of the crystal lattice. The scientists demonstrated also how these steps can be introduced in any arrangement. Read further...
Are you interested in using one of Europe's faster supercomputers and getting university credit points for doing so? Would you like to learn how to write programmes for parallel supercomputers, such as a Cray or a cluster of Graphics Processing Units? Do you need to optimize already-existing scientific program code for high-performance computing? Read further...
The Second International Barcelona Supercomputing Center's Doctoral Symposium 2015 will be organized May 5-7, 2015. The aim of the International Doctoral Symposium is to provide a forum in which PhD students and PostDoc researchers can present the results of their research work. To reach these goals, the attending PhD students and PostDoc researchers will share their experience and findings through talks, poster sessions and discussions. The extended abstract submission deadline is March 31, 2015. Read further...

USFlash

Phosphorus, a highly reactive element commonly found in match heads, tracer bullets, and fertilizers, can be turned into a stable crystalline form known as black phosphorus. In a new study, researchers from the University of Minnesota used an ultrathin black phosphorus film - only 20 layers of atoms - to demonstrate high-speed data communication on nanoscale optical circuits. Read further...
Wolters Kluwer Health will use GigaSpaces Technologies' XAP MemoryXtend to enable scaling of the growing volume of data processed by its Sentri7 clinical decision support application and to reduce its hardware footprint. GigaSpaces joined forces with SanDisk Corporation to deliver XAP MemoryXtend with SanDisk ZetaScale software, to provide customers like Wolters Kluwer Health faster data processing at lower cost. Read further...
HP and Aruba Networks have signed a definitive agreement for HP to acquire Aruba, a provider of next-generation network access solutions for the mobile enterprise, for $24.67 per share in cash. The equity value of the transaction is approximately $3.0 billion, and net of cash and debt approximately $2.7 billion. Both companies' boards of directors have approved the deal. Read further...
IBM has acquired AlchemyAPI, a provider of scalable cognitive computing application programme interface (API) services and deep learning technology. The acquisition will accelerate IBM's development of next generation cognitive computing applications. The acquisition also significantly expands the Watson ecosystem, welcoming 40,000 developers that have innovated on the AlchemyAPI platform to the IBM Watson developer community. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Read further...
Geoff Lyon, CEO/CTO at CoolIT Systems, a world expert in Direct Contact Liquid Cooling, was elected by popular vote as Chair of The Green Grid's Liquid Cooling Work Group, and the Board of Directors has ratified the election. Read further...
A relentless global effort to shrink transistors has made computers continually faster, cheaper and smaller over the last 40 years. This effort has enabled chipmakers to double the number of transistors on a chip roughly every 18 months--a trend referred to as Moore's Law. In the process, the U.S. semiconductor industry has become one of the nation's largest export industries, valued at more than $65 billion a year. Read further...
When scientists develop a full quantum computer, the world of computing will undergo a revolution of sophistication, speed and energy efficiency that will make even our beefiest conventional machines seem like Stone Age clunkers by comparison. Read further...
Cray Inc.'s Board of Directors has appointed Martin Homlish as a member of the Board and as a member of the Strategic Technology Assessment Committee, effective March 4, 2015. Martin Homlish previously ran marketing for high-tech iconic brands such as Sony Corporation (Sony), SAP AG (SAP) and Hewlett-Packard (HP), and is currently the CEO of AMP, an end-to-end marketing agency within the holding company Omnicom Group. Read further...
The extraordinary promise of quantum information processing - solving problems that classical computers can't, perfectly secure communication - depends on a phenomenon called "entanglement", in which the physical states of different quantum particles become interrelated. But entanglement is very fragile, and the difficulty of preserving it is a major obstacle to developing practical quantum information systems. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2015-03-09

Special

Embassy Cloud at EMBL to act as a model for the e-Infrastructure Commons at a European level ...

Focus

2014 Another year on the road to Exascale - An Interview with Satoshi Matsuoka and Thomas Sterling - Part III ...

The Cloud

HP introduces improvements to growing HP Helion portfolio ...

Red Hat launches Cloud Innovation Practice to fast-track Cloud and DevOps deployments ...

NICE DCV 2014 sets new performance standard for 3D applications in the Cloud ...

Cloudscape VII - Why small businesses should be using Cloud services to innovate in the marketplace ...

Oracle's new Ethernet switches and Virtual Network services target software-defined data centres and Cloud ...

SoftLayer to offer OpenPOWER servers to help clients better manage workloads in the Cloud ...

Carnegie Mellon and IBM launch first Cloud-based analytics partnership for smarter buildings ...

Red Hat launches Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 Atomic Host, advances Linux containers in the enterprise ...

EuroFlash

PRACE Summer of HPC and PRACEdays15 Women in HPC - Calls for applications ...

Where supercomputer meet their limits ...

PRACE 10th Call for Proposals achieves 10 out of 10 ...

Important step towards quantum computing: Metals at atomic scale ...

Call for Participation to High Performance Computing PDC Summer School ...

2nd International BSC Doctoral Symposium 2015 to issue Call for Participation ...

USFlash

Black phosphorus is new 'wonder material' for improving optical communication ...

Wolters Kluwer Health chooses GigaSpaces XAP with SanDisk ZetaScale software to support data growth and faster processing of mission-critical data ...

HP to acquire Aruba Networks to create an industry leader in enterprise mobility ...

IBM acquires AlchemyAPI, enhancing Watson's deep learning capabilities ...

The Green Grid Liquid Cooling Work Group elects CoolIT Systems CEO/CTO Geoff Lyon as Chair ...

From massive supercomputers come tiniest transistors ...

Strength in numbers ...

Cray appoints Martin Homlish to Board of Directors ...

Quantum sensor's advantages survive entanglement breakdown ...