Primeur weekly 2015-05-04

The Cloud

Rackspace launches green UK data centre to support European expansion and growth ...

HP brings new storage capabilities to OpenStack Kilo for Cloud computing ...

Accenture and Oracle form new business group to help customers achieve digital transformation goals in the Cloud ...

EuroFlash

Gauss Centre for Supercomputing supports 14 scientific research projects from eight European countries ...

Gauss Centre for Supercomputing announces new Chairman of the Board ...

Optalysys prototype proves optical processing technology will revolutionise Big Data analysis and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) ...

EGI becomes a member of the Big Data Value Association ...

F-Secure's location service source code will help spawn new location innovations in the open source community ...

New Polish supercomputer Prometheus unveiled ...

Cambridge Quantum Computing develops quantum computing operating system ...

USFlash

University of Tokyo Earthquake Research Institute chooses SGI Japan to progress seismological and volcanological studies ...

SGI rapidly achieves 12- and 16-socket single-node controlled availability milestone with the SGI UV appliance for SAP HANA ...

SGI reports financial results for the third quarter of fiscal 2015 ...

'Comet' supercomputer enters early operations phase ...

SDSC supercomputers assist in Scripps' Thinning Antarctic Ice Study ...

DDN introduces two new converged file storage platforms that overcome scale performance and cost hurdles pf large scale data sets ...

Luna Mobile appoints Sir Alfred J. DiMora to Board of Directors ...

Donation funds expansion of research between leading innovation universities ...

IBM scientists achieve critical steps to building first practical quantum computer ...

Citizen science helps predict risk of emerging infectious disease ...

ALCF supercomputer helps identify materials to improve fuel production ...

NCCS triples supercomputer performance for Earth science modelling ...

Silverdraft to build state-of-the-art supercomputing lab In Hollywood ...

Xenon wins multi-million dollar high performance computing contract with University of Queensland ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2015-05-04

The Cloud

Rackspace, a managed Cloud company, along with data centre and colocation provider Digital Realty Trust Inc., has tunveiled its new UK data centre. Based in Crawley, West Sussex, the 130,000 square foot data centre will help to meet the growing demand for managed Cloud services in the UK and Europe. The facility has been designed with the specific needs of Rackspace customers in mind, encompassing top speeds, availability and energy efficiency. Read further...
HP has made multiple contributions to the OpenStack Kilo release, including new converged storage management automation and new flash storage technologies to support flexible, enterprise-class Clouds. Drivers such as data growth, software-defined data centre technologies, and the Internet of Things continue to fuel Cloud adoption. Enterprises are deploying OpenStack technology to overcome private and public Cloud challenges, including costly vendor lock-in, lack of control or customizability, and inability to scale applications for the Cloud. Read further...
Accenture and Oracle have launched a new business group to jointly help customers embrace the Cloud to achieve their digital transformation goals. Through the group, Accenture and Oracle will deliver industry-specific solutions built on the Oracle Cloud to help clients realize the benefits of the Cloud faster and with reduced risk. The Accenture Oracle Business Group brings together the leading technology, skills and experience from each company to offer businesses the ability to implement cloud solutions quicker and easier than previously possible. Read further...

EuroFlash

The Gauss Centre for Supercomputing (GCS), a hosting member of the Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe (PRACE), continues to significantly contribute to European large-scale scientific and engineering research activities. The 10th PRACE Regular Call for Proposals resulted in GCS supporting 14 outstanding scientific research projects from eight European countries with a total of 246.93 million core hours of computing time on GCS supercomputers Hornet of the High Performance Computing Center Stuttgart (HLRS) and SuperMUC of the Leibniz Supercomputing Centre, Garching/Munich (LRZ). Read further...
The Gauss Centre for Supercomputing (GCS), Germany's Tier-0 supercomputing institution, announces Professor Dr. Dr. Thomas Lippert as its new Chairman of the Board of Directors. Professor Lippert, Director of the Institute for Advanced Simulation at the Forschungszentrum Jülich and Head of the Jülich Supercomputing Centre, was elected to this position in mid April during a regular GCS assembly meeting in Munich/Germany. Read further...
Cambridge UK optical processing business Optalysys Ltd. has successfully developed a demonstrable prototype that can process mathematical functions optically in a scaleable, lensless design. Optalysys optical processing systems will "turbo-charge" existing computers by performing processor-intensive tasks at much faster rates and with a significant reduction in energy consumption. The prototype is portable and has a footprint similar to a desktop computer. The technology has the potential to achieve Exascale processing levels by 2020. Read further...
On March 29, EGI became a member of the Big Data Value Association (BDVA), a public private partnership created to boost the value of European Big Data research. Read further...
The Lokki location sharing service, launched by F-Secure in 2013, shares information among a selected group about where each member is at a certain time. The service, based on voluntary information sharing, helps families and groups by identifying and sharing the locations of the group members that have been marked in advance, or by announcing a member's new location if they so wish. Read further...
A new computer with a power of 40,000 PCs has been built in Krakow. The Prometheus machine is the most powerful Polish computer ever built. The new supercomputer, built by Hewlett-Packard, is one of the largest installations of this type in the world and also the first in Europe, based on the latest direct cooling water technology. It weighs 30 metric tonnes and fits in 15 server cases. The machine in Krakow's AGH University of Science and Technology, costs PLN 41 million. It will serve scientists from different fields, computing complex calculations in the fields of chemistry, physics, astrophysics, nanotechnology, energy, biology and medicine. Read further...
Cambridge Quantum Computing (CQCL) has developed t|ket>, a unique quantum computing operating system. t|ket> was created by CQCL, and facilitated by a proprietary custom designed high speed supercomputer, also built by CQCL, in order to simulate a quantum processor. Read further...

USFlash

The Earthquake and Volcano Information Center of the Earthquake Research Institute (ERI) at the University of Tokyo, has deployed a large-scale parallel computing solution from SGI for leading-edge seismological and volcanological research. The theoretical peak performance of the solution is six times greater than the previous system. Read further...
The SGI UV for SAP HANA has now expanded to 12- and 16-sockets - certified by SAP to run the SAP HANA platform in controlled availability environments. With this extension of the SGI UV appliance, the SGI solution can provide up to 12 terabytes (TB) of in-memory computing capacity in a single node. SAP-certified at 4- and 8-sockets just last fall, the highly scalable and configurable architecture of the SGI appliance helps enable enterprises running SAP HANA to achieve real-time business at ever-greater scale and lower total cost of ownership. Read further...
SGI, a global expert in high performance solutions for compute, data analytics, and data management, has reported financial results for its fiscal third quarter 2015 ended March 27, 2015. Total revenue for the fiscal third quarter was $119 million, a decrease of 14% from $138 million in the previous quarter and a decrease of 5% from $124 million in the third fiscal quarter of 2014. Read further...
Comet, a new petascale supercomputer designed to transform advanced scientific computing by expanding access and capacity among traditional as well as non-traditional research domains, has transitioned into an early operations phase at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California, San Diego. Read further...
A recently published study led by researchers at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego that shows a significant decline in the thickness of Antarctica's floating ice shelves was assisted by high-performance computing resources at the university's San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC). Read further...
DDN has expanded its high-performance file storage leadership with the introduction of DDN MEDIAScaler, a high-performance, file-based solution for today's large scale rich media workflows, providing concurrent access to content across global users while accelerating transcode, reducing hardware footprint and seamlessly integrating with the Cloud and of DDN GRIDScaler 3.0, a significantly expanded enterprise feature set to the company's award-winning GRIDScaler high-performance hybrid storage solution and general availability of turnkey GS7K appliance. Read further...
Sir Alfred J. DiMora has joined Luna Mobile's Board of Directors. Sir Alfred J. DiMora is the owner of DiMora Motorcar, where he is designing and building some of the world's most innovative and technologically advanced automobiles. Mr. DiMora was the co-founder of Star Bridge Systems Inc., a supercomputer platform to advance reconfigurable computing technologies, where he developed the Star Bridge hypercomputing platform and Viva programming language. Read further...
A $1.6-million gift to the University of Waterloo and Technion-Israel Institute of Technology by The Gerald Schwartz & Heather Reisman Foundation is enabling world-changing research in a range of disciplines, including lung diseases and quantum computing. Read further...
IBM scientists have unveiled two critical advances towards the realization of a practical quantum computer. For the first time, they showed the ability to detect and measure both kinds of quantum errors simultaneously, as well as demonstrated a new, square quantum bit circuit design that is the only physical architecture that could successfully scale to larger dimensions. Read further...
Crowdsourced science helped predict the path of a deadly plant disease over a six-year period, demonstrating the contributions that trained citizen scientists can make in large-scale geographic tracking projects. That's the conclusion of a study of sudden oak death monitoring in California, published inFrontiers in Ecology and the Environment. Read further...
With access to supercomputing resources at the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF), a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science User Facility, a research team from the University of Minnesota and Rice University has demonstrated a predictive modelling capability that can help accelerate the discovery of new materials to improve biofuel and petroleum production. Read further...
The NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS) is increasing the peak performance of its Discover supercomputer to more than 3.3 petaflops to meet the exploding demands of NASA's Earth science modelling efforts. Read further...
Silverdraft LLC has created a unique supercomputing lab in the heart of Hollywood. Located at the historic Jim Henson Studios, the Silverdraft Center For Content Creation (SC3) will enable freelance artists, and creators of content, such as games, Virtual Reality (VR) and immersive cinema, to post-produce and render their projects using the fastest, most highly-optimized technology in the industry. It will offer a 4K screening theater, as well as multiple creative bays running professional systems for post-production and rendering workflows for 3D animation, VFX, Digital Intermediate (DI) and finishing, as well as VR content creation for platforms such as Oculus Rift. Read further...
Xenon Systems, a high performance computing (HPC) specialist, has won a competitive tender to build and deliver a bespoke HPC computer that can process and analyse larger datasets than ever before, and put Australia at the forefront of Big Data research. Xenon will build the FlashLite computer and pre-configure the operating systems and cluster middleware at its headquarters in Melbourne. The fully functional FlashLite computer - the first of its kind in Australia, is scheduled to be up and running at the University of Queensland in July this year. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2015-05-04

The Cloud

Rackspace launches green UK data centre to support European expansion and growth ...

HP brings new storage capabilities to OpenStack Kilo for Cloud computing ...

Accenture and Oracle form new business group to help customers achieve digital transformation goals in the Cloud ...

EuroFlash

Gauss Centre for Supercomputing supports 14 scientific research projects from eight European countries ...

Gauss Centre for Supercomputing announces new Chairman of the Board ...

Optalysys prototype proves optical processing technology will revolutionise Big Data analysis and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) ...

EGI becomes a member of the Big Data Value Association ...

F-Secure's location service source code will help spawn new location innovations in the open source community ...

New Polish supercomputer Prometheus unveiled ...

Cambridge Quantum Computing develops quantum computing operating system ...

USFlash

University of Tokyo Earthquake Research Institute chooses SGI Japan to progress seismological and volcanological studies ...

SGI rapidly achieves 12- and 16-socket single-node controlled availability milestone with the SGI UV appliance for SAP HANA ...

SGI reports financial results for the third quarter of fiscal 2015 ...

'Comet' supercomputer enters early operations phase ...

SDSC supercomputers assist in Scripps' Thinning Antarctic Ice Study ...

DDN introduces two new converged file storage platforms that overcome scale performance and cost hurdles pf large scale data sets ...

Luna Mobile appoints Sir Alfred J. DiMora to Board of Directors ...

Donation funds expansion of research between leading innovation universities ...

IBM scientists achieve critical steps to building first practical quantum computer ...

Citizen science helps predict risk of emerging infectious disease ...

ALCF supercomputer helps identify materials to improve fuel production ...

NCCS triples supercomputer performance for Earth science modelling ...

Silverdraft to build state-of-the-art supercomputing lab In Hollywood ...

Xenon wins multi-million dollar high performance computing contract with University of Queensland ...