Primeur weekly 2015-03-16

Special

COMPSs superscaler helps deploy scientific applications on distributed infrastructures ...

Focus

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

The Cloud

GCHQ inspires next generation of computer programmers with launch of the world's biggest Raspberry Pi 'Bramble' ...

HP broadens compute portfolio for service providers with new open, hyperscale servers ...

Shinra Technologies announces Hardsuit Labs as the latest developer to join its Prototype Accelerator programme ...

IBM launches second Cloud centre in Australia ...

HP launches new investment solution suite and technology and services portfolio for service providers ...

Adobe and IBM Interactive Experience announce global partnership ...

Oracle Social Cloud adds support for Instagram and Weibo ...

EuroFlash

Atos launches the Self-Service Hadoop platform to meet the challenges of Big Data ...

Ghent University leads large-scale European training project on quantum dots ...

KIT physicist receives ERC Consolidator Grant of EU ...

Computer scientists from Saarland University simplify parallel programming ...

ANSYS collaborates with Intel to spur customer innovation ...

USFlash

Advancing accelerator science using Mira ...

Clemson to host leaders in computing infrastructure for campus research ...

Supercomputer speeds up genetics research at Clemson ...

Shinra Technologies debuts supercomputer technology at the Google Fiber Space in Austin ...

SDSC's CAIDA Group to explore the Internet's "uncharted territory" ...

SDSC announces 2015 Summer Internships for high school students ...

Intel packs power and intelligence of Xeon processor into System-on-Chip offering to target new, growing network opportunities ...

The climate is starting to change faster ...

HP granted FedRAMP authorization for government agencies to use HP Fortify on Demand ...

Dr. Steven Ashby named Director of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory ...

DDN announces record fourth quarter 2014 and 16 percent year-over-year growth and profitability ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2015-03-16

Special

At the Cloud Plugfest December 2014 in London,Primeur Magazinehad the opportunity to interview Daniele Lezzi from the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) on the COMPSs project. At the event, he presented the latest version of the COMPSs superscaler, a programming framework that has been developed at BSC and helps developers deploy scientific applications on distributed 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

GCHQ has unveiled the world's biggest Raspberry Pi 'Bramble' at the Big Bang Fair 2015 at the NEC Birmingham, the largest STEM event for young people in the UK, as it attempts to inspire the next generation of young talent to think about a future in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). Consisting of 66 individual Raspberry Pi computers networked together, the current title of 'world's biggest Bramble' for GCHQ's cluster of these small devices has been verified by the Raspberry Pi Foundation. Read further...
At the Open Compute Summit, HP introduced HP Cloudline, a new family of compute platforms that enable service providers running hyperscale IT architectures to maximize data centre efficiency and increase Cloud service agility. HP is committed to open initiatives through collaboration with various eco-system partners. With HP Cloudline, HP is further extending its open infrastructure vision from Cloud and network switches to include servers. Open solutions accelerate innovation and provide service providers with the flexibility required for rapid growth. Read further...
Seattle-based independent developer, Hardsuit Labs, is the latest experienced studio to join Shinra's Prototype Accelerator programme. Read further...
IBM has opened its newest SoftLayer Cloud centre in Sydney, Australia. As part of IBM's $1.2 billion investment to expand its Cloud services, the new facility joins Melbourne in meeting the growing customer demand for scalable Cloud solutions with global reach in Australia. Since launching its first Australian Cloud centre in Melbourne late last year, IBM Cloud has added hundreds of new customers and experienced a boom across other SoftLayer facilities in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region, including Hong Kong, Singapore, and Tokyo. Read further...
HP has introduced a new investment solution growth suite from HP Financial Services (HPFS) specifically designed for service providers and the evolving needs of their business. HP also has a new portfolio available designed specifically for the needs of service providers to create differentiated services, increase speed and agility, and drive business growth. Read further...
IBM's digital agency, IBM Interactive Experience, will build specialized enterprise consulting capabilities for Adobe Marketing Cloud. The announcement was made during Adobe Summit, Adobe's annual digital marketing conference in the United States. Read further...
To help organisations efficiently reach, target and engage global consumers on social media channels, Oracle Social Cloud's Social Relationship Management (SRM) platform now supports Instagram and Weibo. With the new capabilities, Oracle helps organisations deliver the best possible customer experience by adding two of the world's fastest-growing social media platforms to the expanding line-up of social networks supported by the Oracle Social Cloud. Read further...

EuroFlash

Atos, an international expert in digital services, launches the Self-Service Hadoop software platform. It accelerates the digital transformation of enterprises by making available fast and service based, Big Data software components. Originating from strategic innovation of the Internet industry giants, Hadoop and its ecosystem of Big Data technologies are the key to the data architectures of the next generation. They offer distributed storage and a massively scalable data processing platform with a linear price-to-performance ratio. Hadoop enables enterprises to build new types of data driven applications that are at the heart of their digital strategy. Read further...
Phonsi is a consortium combining research institutes, IBM and a start-up - Single Quantum - with world leading expertise in synthesis, characterization and integration of nanocrystals. The project has the ambition to train a next generation of researchers with a very high level of expertise in all aspects of nanocrystal science and has the ambition to gain new insights in synthesis, characterization, processing and integration of nanocrystals into devices that allow researchers to operate at the single photon level. Read further...
The "QuantumMagnonics" project of Dr. Martin Weides of the Physikalisches Institut of the Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT) deals with dynamic processes inside ferromagnets, such as iron or cobalt. Results of his fundamental research might be used for magnetic data processing components. The Research Council of the European Union funds the project with 2 million euro. Read further...
Modern software takes computational speed for granted. But modern microprocessors can only speed up by increasing the number of cores. To take full advantage of multiple cores, software developers have to arrange their code in such a way that it is executable in parallel - an error-prone and expensive task. Computer scientists from Saarland University have developed a tool that parallelizes the necessary code sections automatically, and also gives developers programming advice. The researchers will present their system at the Cebit computer fair in Hanover (Hall 9, Booth E13). Read further...
Engineers using the newly released ANSYS 16.0 in combination with powerful Intel Xeon technology can realize a 300 percent decrease in solution time - helping them to innovate and bring new products to market faster. Read further...

USFlash

On March 2, 1995, just below and unbeknownst to the small herd of bison that graze the grounds of Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab), protons and antiprotons raced toward each other at energies near the speed of light. Two detectors within the four mile-long tube of Fermilab's Tevatron captured those impacts, revealing to physicists, for the first time, the top quark. Read further...
Experts involved in operating and supporting campus-shared research computing infrastructure will participate in a best practices workshop on Advancing Research Computing on Campuses March 17-19 at Clemson University. The workshop is co-chaired by Jim Bottum, a speaker at the upcoming workshop and chief information officer and vice provost for computing and information technology at Clemson University, and John Towns, deputy director at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications and director of XSEDE. Read further...
The next time you find yourself looking for a needle in a haystack, you might want to make friends with someone who can hook you up to a supercomputer. In the time it will take you to examine the first stem, the computer will have sorted through the entire stack, found the needle and returned everything to its original condition, neat as can be. Read further...
Shinra Technologies Inc., a New York-based Cloud gaming company has launched the first opportunity for consumers worldwide to play Shinra Technologies' supercomputer R&D demo, "The Living World", at the Google Fiber Space in Austin from March 13-17. Powered by interconnected servers, consumers will be able to fly virtual dragons through a massive world whose underlying technology is impossible to run on a regular game console. Read further...
The Center for Applied Internet Data Analysis (CAIDA) at the San Diego Supercomputer Center has been awarded a $1.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to measure and quantify the changing nature of the Internet's topology and what it means for the Internet's future in terms of design, operations, scientific study, and public policy. Read further...
The San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California, San Diego, has introduced internship opportunities for its 2015 Research Experience for High School Students (REHS) summer programme, which places students into multidisciplinary research teams to help them gain experience in selected areas of computational research. Read further...
Intel Corporation has launched the Intel Xeon processor D product family, the company's first Intel Xeon processor-based system-on-chip (SoC). Built on Intel's industry-leading 14nm process technology, the Intel Xeon processor D product family combines the performance and advanced intelligence of Intel Xeon processors with the size and power savings of an SoC. Read further...
An analysis of changes to the climate that occur over several decades suggests that these changes are happening faster than historical levels and are starting to speed up. The Earth is now entering a period of changing climate that will likely be faster than what's occurred naturally over the last thousand years, according to a new paper inNature Climate Change, committing people to live through and adapt to a warming world. Read further...
HP announced the authorization of HP Fortify on Demand by the Joint Authorization Board (JAB) of the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Programme (FedRAMP), a government-wide programme that provides a standardized approach to security assessment, authorization, and continuous monitoring for Cloud products and services. As the first Security Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) offering to achieve a FedRAMP authorization, HP Fortify on Demand allows government agencies to perform security assessments of application code and web site/web services testing without requiring any additional software to install or manage. Read further...
Battelle has appointed Dr. Steven Ashby as Laboratory Director for Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) in Richland, Washington, effective April 1. Battelle operates the lab for the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science. Read further...
As the world's fastest growing Enterprise Big Data and Web/Cloud storage company, DDN Storage has issued sustained upward momentum led by profitable, double digit year-over-year growth worldwide. This significant momentum is the direct result of strong market demand across Enterprise and Web/Cloud sectors for DDN's storage and data management solutions. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2015-03-16

Special

COMPSs superscaler helps deploy scientific applications on distributed infrastructures ...

Focus

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

The Cloud

GCHQ inspires next generation of computer programmers with launch of the world's biggest Raspberry Pi 'Bramble' ...

HP broadens compute portfolio for service providers with new open, hyperscale servers ...

Shinra Technologies announces Hardsuit Labs as the latest developer to join its Prototype Accelerator programme ...

IBM launches second Cloud centre in Australia ...

HP launches new investment solution suite and technology and services portfolio for service providers ...

Adobe and IBM Interactive Experience announce global partnership ...

Oracle Social Cloud adds support for Instagram and Weibo ...

EuroFlash

Atos launches the Self-Service Hadoop platform to meet the challenges of Big Data ...

Ghent University leads large-scale European training project on quantum dots ...

KIT physicist receives ERC Consolidator Grant of EU ...

Computer scientists from Saarland University simplify parallel programming ...

ANSYS collaborates with Intel to spur customer innovation ...

USFlash

Advancing accelerator science using Mira ...

Clemson to host leaders in computing infrastructure for campus research ...

Supercomputer speeds up genetics research at Clemson ...

Shinra Technologies debuts supercomputer technology at the Google Fiber Space in Austin ...

SDSC's CAIDA Group to explore the Internet's "uncharted territory" ...

SDSC announces 2015 Summer Internships for high school students ...

Intel packs power and intelligence of Xeon processor into System-on-Chip offering to target new, growing network opportunities ...

The climate is starting to change faster ...

HP granted FedRAMP authorization for government agencies to use HP Fortify on Demand ...

Dr. Steven Ashby named Director of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory ...

DDN announces record fourth quarter 2014 and 16 percent year-over-year growth and profitability ...