Primeur weekly 2015-04-20

Special

Silvana Muscella to look back with satisfaction on a content-rich CloudScape VII event ...

Open standard Intercloud run by industry with global international standard on top of it would be ideal scenario ...

Rüdiger Dorn to present Microsoft's Trusted Cloud Initiative at CloudScape VII ...

The Cloud

ISC Cloud & Big Data keynote will recount bank's path into Cloud computing ...

Say it loud - it's fog and it's Cloud ...

IBM and partners to transform personal health with Watson and Open Cloud ...

Ministry of Health Brazil deploys Oracle Healthcare Master Person Index to improve health data interoperability ...

Desktop Grids

Alantu seeks beta testers ...

DENIS@Home to join BOINC ...

EuroFlash

RSC Group has deployed a massively parallel MVS-10P MP supercomputer based on RSC PetaStream architecture and the highest-performing Intel Xeon Phi 7120D at JSCC RAS ...

CoolIT Systems selected to host Birds-of-a-Feather (BoF) session at ISC 2015 in Frankfurt ...

PRACE Preparatory Access completes 20th cut-off with strong participation of industry ...

We-NMR cluster at Utrecht Bijvoet Center accommodated into Life Science Grid ...

CHAIN-REDS paves way for global e-Infrastructure ecosystem for researchers ...

USFlash

Intel Enterprise Edition for Lustre 2.2 launched ...

Storage boost at the National Computational Infrastructure in Australia ...

CASC announces new Director ...

OLCF selects application readiness projects to prepare for next-generation Summit supercomputer ...

Researchers to Tap NVLink to Power Next-Gen Research on Summit Supercomputer - ...

Computer-designed Rocker protein world's first to biomimic ion transport ...

For Big Data researchers, network and compute capabilities are lynchpin to success ...

Ultra-high-speed broadband bolsters UConn research ...

NIST tightens the bounds on the quantum information 'speed limit' ...

Electrical control of quantum bits in silicon paves the way to large quantum computers ...

Quantum cryptography at the speed of light: Researchers design first all-photonic repeaters ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2015-04-20

Special

At CloudScape VII, held in March 2015 in Brussels,Primeur Magazinehad the opportunity to ask Silvana Muscella, head of Trust-IT Services, about her findings on the outcome of the CloudScape VII Conference. Trust-IT Services has organized the CloudScape event now for the seventh time already. This is part 1 of the interview focusing on the main role of the CloudScape conference, the "Cloud Rock stars" it attracts, and the standardisation cooperation with NIST in the USA. Read further...
At CloudScape VII, held in March 2015 in Brussels,Primeur Magazinehad the opportunity to ask Silvana Muscella, head of Trust-IT Services, about her findings on the outcome of the CloudScape VII Conference. Trust-IT Services has organized the CloudScape event now for the seventh time already. This is part 2 of the interview focusing on the attendance and the InterCloud developments. Read further...
At CloudScape VII, held in March 2015 in Brussels,Primeur Magazinehad the opportunity to interview Rüdiger Dorn, Microsoft Cloud Director for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), based in the Seattle headquarters, leading the Microsoft Cloud strategy into the public sector. Microsoft has been part of the CloudScape organization committee over the years. This year, Microsoft participates in two very important aspects of the Cloud being law enforcement, integrating data privacy, and Cloud security. These two aspects are part of a broader initiative that Microsoft has been running for the last 12 to 15 months, the Microsoft Trusted Cloud Initiative. Read further...

The Cloud

As the fourth largest cooperative bank in Germany, DZ Bank supports the business activities of over 900 other cooperative banks in the country. Dr. Jan Vitt, the Head of IT Infrastructure at DZ Bank, will be talking about how a conservative institution like his is effectively adopting Cloud computing to address the IT needs of their various business divisions. The talk will be delivered at the first joint ISC Cloud & Big Data conference, which will be held on September 28-30 in Frankfurt, Germany. The event is expected to attract over 250 attendees in the fields of Cloud computing and Big Data. The conference organizers will be announcing more keynote talks in the near future. Read further...
Cloud is evolving and the complexity of Cloud computing is increasing. Cloud policy needs to keep pace and it is crucial to bring together different stakeholders for collaborative research. There was a real buzz during the discussions on Cloud computing and how it is becoming more complex at Net Futures 2015, recently held in Brussels. This was the first time the European Commission tried a new session format that helps to build a strong sense of community. This session was run as an unconference and, instead of a fixed panel of speakers with a passive audience, Net Futures 2015 participants proposed topics for breakout discussions and everyone was active. Read further...
To dramatically advance the quality and effectiveness of personal health care, IBM is establishing a Watson Health Cloud that will provide a secure and open platform for physicians, researchers, insurers and companies focused on health and wellness solutions. The HIPAA-enabled Watson Health Cloud will enable secure access to individualized insights and a more complete picture of the many factors that can affect people's health. Read further...
The Ministry of Health Brazil deployed Oracle Healthcare Master Person Index running on Oracle engineered systems to advance nationwide e-health initiatives designed to improve care quality while reducing costs. This is the largest enterprise master person index (EMPI) implementation in the world, covering Brazil's entire population of more than 200 million. In order to create a national electronic health record system and health information exchanges that serve every resident, the Ministry of Health Brazil must first ensure health data interoperability. As a foundation, it has created a highly scalable, reliable, and standards-based EMPI using Oracle Healthcare Master Person Index running on Oracle Exadata Database Machine and Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud. Read further...

Desktop Grids

Alantu, a mobile computing start-up using BOINC, seeks beta testers. Read further...
DENIS@Home is a new project from San Jorge University in Zaragoza, Spain. DENIS@Home does cardiac electrophysiological simulations, studying the electrical activity of the heart. Read further...

EuroFlash

RSC Group, a developer and system integrator of innovative solutions for high-performance computing (HPC) and data centres in Russia and CIS, has completed the deployment of a new MVS-10P MP supercomputer based on massively parallel RSC PetaStream architecture at the Joint Supercomputer Center of the Russian Academy of Sciences (JSCC RAS). It is the first project in CIS based on the highest-performing Intel Xeon Phi 7120D coprocessors. The MVS-10P MP supercomputer holds the 20th position in the new edition of the Top50 list of the most powerful computing systems in Russia and CIS, published on March 31st, 2015. The new MVS-10P MP system has expanded the JSCC RAS computing resources that are still based on the MVS-10P supercomputer built on RSC Tornado cluster architecture. This system deployed by RSC in 2012 still occupies the 4th position at the local Top50 list. The total performance of liquid-cooled RSC supercomputers at JSCC RAS now exceeds 600 Teraflops. Read further...
CoolIT Systems, a global expert in Direct Contact Liquid Cooling (DCLC) solutions for high performance desktops, servers and data centres, has been selected to present a Birds-of-a-Feather (BoF) session titled 'Planning for Liquid Cooling in the Data Center' at the International Supercomputing Conference 2015 (ISC15) in Frankfurt, Germany on Monday 13th July from 3.30pm - 4.30pm. Read further...
PRACE Preparatory Access is a continuous Call for Proposals with a cut-off date every 3 months. The procedure to receive an allocation via Preparatory Access is lighter than that of Project Access, as it only entails a technical assessment. Read further...
SURFsara recently set up a new Life Science Grid cluster at the Bijvoet Center for Biomolecular Research (BCBR) in Utrecht, replacing the We-NMR cluster. The cluster allows users to have access via a local user interface machine, on which they can develop, compile and test their code. Read further...
Aniyan Varghese, Programme Manager with DG CONNECT, introduced CHAIN-REDS as a project that "has really looked beyond the borders". And the wide reach of this ambitious initiative was well-reflected in the array of international organisations represented at the conference in Brussels - from the Emeritus Research Centre Johannesburg and Anna University in Chennai to Buenos Aires University and the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Participants discussed the benefits of e-infrastructures for research and education, their vision on long-term global collaboration as well as their experience in using CHAIN-REDS solutions across various disciplines and environments. Read further...

USFlash

Intel Enterprise Edition for Lustre Software 2.2 is now available for download from Intel. This latest version of the most reliable version of Lustre the company has ever built introduces many key new features, capabilities and technologies that empower customers to do amazing things with superfast parallel storage. Read further...
In Australia the National Computational Infrastructure (NCI)'s storage capacity has been boosted to 44 petabytes. NCI has signed a $2 million deal with Fujitsu to work with storage and data management company NetApp to supply and install all-flash storage arrays with a raw storage capacity of 11 petabytes, bringing NCI's total raw storage capacity from 33 petabytes to 44 petabytes. Read further...
The Coalition for Academic Scientific Computation (CASC) announced that Ms. Lisa Arafune will be joining the organisation as Director. Ms. Arafune comes to the position with a wealth of experience in government relations, including more than a decade representing higher education and university-based research interests on Capitol Hill. She has advocated for the research community and major federal science agencies, including NSF, DOD, USDA, NIH, DOE, and NASA. Read further...
The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF) has selected the next set of partnership projects into its Center for Accelerated Application Readiness (CAAR) programme. The programme brings together application development teams and staff from the OLCF Scientific Computing group to prepare for Summit, the OLCF's next leadership-class computing system for open science. Read further...
New energy sources. New insights into our changing climate. New cures for the world's toughest diseases. The Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Summit supercomputing system is being built to power research that could change the world. When it's completed and available in 2018, the GPU-accelerated machine will be capable of delivering 150 to 300 peak petaflops of computational performance. That's at least five times more than Oak Ridge's Titan, the fastest supercomputer in the U.S. today. Read further...
For the first time, scientists recreated the biological function of substrate transportation across the cell membranes by computationally designing a transporter protein. The designed protein, dubbed Rocker, was shown to transport ions across the membrane, a process crucial to cell and organismal survival in various functions, such as nutrient intake, efflux of waste or drug, and cell signaling, for instance, between nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. Read further...
For many researchers in the life sciences, Big Data is not just a buzz word - it's the daily reality for carrying out their work in areas like genomics, which is expected to equal if not surpass the data output of the particle physics community. For many scientists, in order to keep pace with the data deluge, the often less glamorous side of Big Data research - the network, computing and Cloud architecture required to support their work - must be at the forefront of their minds. At the Internet2 Global Summit meeting taking place April 26-30 in Washington, D.C., researchers like Genetics and Biochemistry Associate Professor Alex Feltus of Clemson University will come together with network engineers, chief information officers, and other technology leaders in the research and education community to discuss ways they can collaborate to advance research capabilities in IT infrastructure and applications. Read further...
A new ultra-high-speed broadband network capable of moving large amounts of data at rates up to 100 gigabits per second will soon allow researchers at UConn Health and UConn's main campus in Storrs to collaborate more effectively with each other and their peers around the globe. Read further...
If you're designing a new computer, you want it to solve problems as fast as possible. Just how fast is possible is an open question when it comes to quantum computers, but physicists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have narrowed the theoretical limits for where that "speed limit" is. The research implies that quantum processors will work more slowly than some research has suggested. Read further...
A University of New South Wales (UNSW)-led research team has encoded quantum information in silicon using simple electrical pulses for the first time, bringing the construction of affordable large-scale quantum computers one step closer to reality. Read further...
Imagine having your MRI results sent directly to your phone, with no concern over the security of your private health data. Or knowing your financial information was safe on a server halfway around the world. Or sending highly sensitive business correspondence, without worrying that it would fall into the wrong hands. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2015-04-20

Special

Silvana Muscella to look back with satisfaction on a content-rich CloudScape VII event ...

Open standard Intercloud run by industry with global international standard on top of it would be ideal scenario ...

Rüdiger Dorn to present Microsoft's Trusted Cloud Initiative at CloudScape VII ...

The Cloud

ISC Cloud & Big Data keynote will recount bank's path into Cloud computing ...

Say it loud - it's fog and it's Cloud ...

IBM and partners to transform personal health with Watson and Open Cloud ...

Ministry of Health Brazil deploys Oracle Healthcare Master Person Index to improve health data interoperability ...

Desktop Grids

Alantu seeks beta testers ...

DENIS@Home to join BOINC ...

EuroFlash

RSC Group has deployed a massively parallel MVS-10P MP supercomputer based on RSC PetaStream architecture and the highest-performing Intel Xeon Phi 7120D at JSCC RAS ...

CoolIT Systems selected to host Birds-of-a-Feather (BoF) session at ISC 2015 in Frankfurt ...

PRACE Preparatory Access completes 20th cut-off with strong participation of industry ...

We-NMR cluster at Utrecht Bijvoet Center accommodated into Life Science Grid ...

CHAIN-REDS paves way for global e-Infrastructure ecosystem for researchers ...

USFlash

Intel Enterprise Edition for Lustre 2.2 launched ...

Storage boost at the National Computational Infrastructure in Australia ...

CASC announces new Director ...

OLCF selects application readiness projects to prepare for next-generation Summit supercomputer ...

Researchers to Tap NVLink to Power Next-Gen Research on Summit Supercomputer - ...

Computer-designed Rocker protein world's first to biomimic ion transport ...

For Big Data researchers, network and compute capabilities are lynchpin to success ...

Ultra-high-speed broadband bolsters UConn research ...

NIST tightens the bounds on the quantum information 'speed limit' ...

Electrical control of quantum bits in silicon paves the way to large quantum computers ...

Quantum cryptography at the speed of light: Researchers design first all-photonic repeaters ...