Primeur weekly 2015-06-01

The Cloud

Registration opens for ISC Cloud & Big Data ...

EMC to acquire Virtustream ...

EuroFlash

Snapwallet: a safe photo service for smart phone ...

Dutch Government plans 135 million euro funding for supercomputers ...

Tackling the fastest and most powerful computing systems on the planet ...

Understanding and controlling the propagation of waves ...

USFlash

Lawrence Livermore breaks ground on unclassified supercomputing facility ...

Silicon Mechanics announces recipients of 4th Annual Research Cluster Grant ...

RAPTOR turbulent combustion code selected for next-gen supercomputer readiness project ...

Cavium announces collaboration with Pegatron on server platforms based on Cavium's ThunderX workload optimized processor family ...

Ohio State University researchers prove magnetism can control heat and sound ...

OLCF names CAAR projects at IDC HPC User Forum ...

Physicists solve quantum tunneling mystery ...

Using the forest to see the trees ...

Tsinghua University crowned champions of 2015 ASC Student Supercomputer Challenge ...

OLCF shares Lustre knowledge at International Workshop ...

National Science Foundation extends the Kraken project ...

Woodside, Australia's largest independent oil and gas company, uses IBM Watson to enhance decision making and increase efficiencies ...

OLCF outreach projects garner awards ...

The first round of 2015 hackathons gets underway ...

Premier announces $21.6 million funding for Pawsey Supercomputing Centre ...

Fujitsu supports King Abdulaziz University research capabilities with new supercomputing system ...

Doctor Evidence brings valuable health data to IBM Watson ecosystem ...

SRC Computers launches Saturn 1 Server, the first reconfigurable hyperscale server ...

BG Brasil and Senai CIMATEC launch Latin America's fastest supercomputer ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2015-06-01

The Cloud

Registration is now open for the inaugural ISC Cloud & Big Data event, which will be held this fall in Frankfurt, Germany. The entire conference will take place at the Frankfurt Marriott hotel, located in the city centre. The three-day event will kick off with a full-day workshop on September 28, 2015 followed by the main programme on September 29 and 30, 2015. Read further...
EMC Corporation has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire privately-held Virtustream. When the transaction closes, Virtustream will form EMC's new managed Cloud services business. The acquisition represents a transformational element of EMC's strategy to help customers move all applications to Cloud-based IT environments. With the addition of Virtustream, EMC completes the industry's most comprehensive hybrid Cloud portfolio to support all applications, all workloads and all Cloud models. Read further...

EuroFlash

Snapwallet is a free smart phone application that offers a safe place for storing important documents and passwords. Snapwallet has military-level information security and privacy protection. The Snapwallet application for Android phones is based on the Secure Selfie Camera application developed by DF-Data Ltd. DF-Data is F-Secure's separate company for test marketing. Test marketing is done in an agile fashion with a small team. A small team has more liberties than a normal product team. It could open up entirely new opportunities. Read further...
In the next ten years the Dutch Government will provide 135 million euro, together with the knowledge institutions, for the development of supercomputers with exponential power, the so-called quantum computers. With this funding the Dutch Government aims to enhance the leading position of the Dutch Institute for Quantum Technology, QuTech in Delft. In this way, the companies and scientists are able to benefit in a fast way through the opportunities offered by this technology. Henk Kamp, Ministry of Economic Affairs, and Jet Bussemaker, Ministry of Science and Education, will sign a contract with representatives from TU Delft, TNO, the Dutch Society for Sciences and Topsector HTSM. Read further...
A world-leading team of academic researchers and industrial experts from across Europe are celebrating the conclusion of a four year research collaboration tackling the challenges posed by the fastest and most powerful computing systems on the planet. The 4.2 million euro ParaPhrase project brought together academic and industrial experts from across Europe to improve the programmability and performance of modern parallel computing technologies. Read further...
The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) has successfully acquired funding for a new collaborative research centre (CRC). The German Research Foundation (DFG) will finance the CRC "Wave Phenomena: Analysis and Numerics" coordinated by KIT. This is the first CRC in the area of mathematics at KIT. Here, mathematicians in the areas of analysis and numerics cooperate to analytically understand, numerically simulate, and manipulate the propagation of waves. In addition, the DFG has approved the new CRC/Transregio "Waves to Weather", with KIT as one of the three main partners. It addresses a new generation of weather forecasts. Read further...

USFlash

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has broken ground on a modular and sustainable supercomputing facility that will provide a flexible infrastructure able to accommodate the Laboratory's growing demand for high performance computing (HPC). Read further...
Silicon Mechanics, a provider of servers, storage and high performance computing solutions to the world's most innovative organisations, has announced the recipients of its fourth annual Research Cluster Grant (RCG). Dordt College, of Sioux Center, Iowa and The City College of New York (CCNY). Each grant awardee will receive a High-Performance Computing (HPC) cluster with the latest Intel and NVDIA high performance processing and GPU technologies, with a combined value of over $175,000 for use in demonstrated research purposes going forward. This is the first year that Silicon Mechanics has given awards to two institutions. Read further...
RAPTOR, a turbulent combustion code developed by Combustion Research Facility mechanical engineer Joseph Oefelein, was selected as one of 13 partnership projects for the Center for Accelerated Application Readiness (CAAR). Read further...
Cavium Inc., a provider of semiconductor products that enable intelligent processing for enterprise, data centre, Cloud, wired and wireless networking, will collaborate with Pegatron Corporation, a DMS for high performance server platforms, for the development of workload optimized server platforms based on Cavium's 64-bit ARMv8 ThunderX product family. Read further...
Phonons - the elemental particles that transmit both heat and sound - have magnetic properties, according to a landmark study supported by Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC) services and recently published by a researcher group from the Ohio State University. Read further...
Tjerk Straatsma, team leader for the Scientific Computing Group at the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF), recently announced the 13 projects selected for OLCF's Center for Accelerated Application Readiness (CAAR) Programme. Read further...
An international team of scientists studying ultrafast physics have solved a mystery of quantum mechanics, and found that quantum tunneling is an instantaneous process. The new theory could lead to faster and smaller electronic components, for which quantum tunneling is a significant factor. It will also lead to a better understanding of diverse areas such as electron microscopy, nuclear fusion and DNA mutations. Read further...
Climate modellers work to untangle complex webs of cause and effect. Every few years, unusual weather brings torrential rainfall and warm, nutrient-poor water to the coasts of Peru and Ecuador, devastating the fishing economies. Although this might seem like a local storm, the system - known as the El Niño - Southern Oscillation - has global effects. Typically, the next winter is much warmer in western North America, wetter in the southeastern United States, and drier in the Pacific Northwest. Rain and temperature changes throughout Africa and Australia and tropical cyclones off the coast of Japan also can be tied to El Niño occurrences. Read further...
On May 22, the final round of the 2015 ASC Student Supercomputer Challenge (ASC15), the largest supercomputer contest in the world, ended at Taiyuan University of Technology, Taiyuan city, Shanxi province, China. Tsinghua University was the winner, National University of Defense Technology came second, Nanyang Technological University from Singapore scored highest on LINPACK, and Sun Yat-sen University obtained the e Prize Award. Application Innovation Awards were taken by Tsinghua University, National University of Defense Technology, National Tsinghua University and Shanghai Jiaotong University, and the prize for the Best Presentation went to Taiyuan University of Technology. Read further...
High-performance supercomputers need high-performance file systems to manage the movement and storage of large amounts of data. For many of the fastest supercomputers in the world, including Titan at the US Department of Energy's (DOE's) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), the Lustre parallel file system fills that need. Read further...
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded the National Institute for Computational Sciences (NICS) $3 million to continue to provide advanced computing resources for researchers in science and engineering across the country through July 2016. This extension brings the total award for the Kraken project to more than $84.5 million since its inception in 2007. Read further...
IBM and Woodside will use IBM Watson as part of the oil and gas company's next steps in data science. The cognitive computing system will be trained by Woodside engineers, enabling users to surface evidence-weighted insights from large volumes of unstructured and historical data contained in project reports in seconds. Watson is part of Woodside's strategy to use predictive data science to leverage more than 30 years of collective knowledge and experience as a leading liquefied natural gas operator, to maintain a strong competitive advantage. Read further...
Two outreach efforts of the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF), a US Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science User Facility, have been recognized for excellence and quality. The 2013-14 OLCF Annual Report was awarded a Certificate of Excellence in the American Inhouse Design Awards competition, the original and largest awards programme for exceptional projects created by in-house designers. The programme recognizes the unique value in-house designers offer to their employers. Out of nearly 6,000 entries, just 15 percent received a Certificate of Excellence. Read further...
What good would a supercomputer be without its applications? As supercomputers inevitably scale to newer, more diversified architectures, so too must their applications. Building on the lauded success of last year's 2014 inaugural hackathon, organizers from the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF), the University of Illinois Coordinated Science Laboratory and National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), NVIDIA, and the Portland Group (PGI) gathered in April at NCSA on the university's Urbana-Champaign campus for the next round of applications acceleration programming. Read further...
The Pawsey Supercomputing Centre has been visited by Western Australian (WA) Premier and Science Minister Colin Barnett on 27 May, 2015 to announce $21.6 million of funding in the 2015-16 State Budget. The operational funding, which runs until 2020-21, allows the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre to continue providing world-class resources and expertise in supercomputing, data and visualisation and recognises the WA Government's significant commitment to cementing the State's place as a scientific computing hub. Read further...
King Abdulaziz University (KAU) and Fujitsu have achieved the delivery of a new supercomputing system. KAU switched on the system, and in so doing, inaugurated a Center of Excellence that will support the many researchers and scientists affiliated with KAU. Read further...
Doctor Evidence, a clinical health research data provider, has signed a content partnership with IBM Watson to contribute valuable clinical cancer research content to Watson's oncology solutions and developer ecosystem. The partnership is part of IBM's work to help the medical community advance patient-centred care through its new Watson Health unit. Read further...
SRC Computers has commercially made available the Saturn 1 Server, a dynamically reconfigurable server for hyperscale data centres and Web operations. The server provides compute performance typically 100 times faster than that of traditional microprocessor designs and is available through resellers and directly from SRC Computers. Read further...
BG Brasil and Senai CIMATEC have unveiled the fastest ever supercomputer in Latin America at the Senai CIMATEC Supercomputing Center for Industrial Innovation in Salvador, Bahia. Designed by BG Group, the oil and gas company, in partnership with SENAI/Fieb, the supercomputer is capable of performing at 400 trillion operations per second (TFlops - FLoating-point Operations Per Second). The launch of the supercomputer is a key milestone for BG's R&D programme focusing on geophysics, involving a total investment of R$ 60 million. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2015-06-01

The Cloud

Registration opens for ISC Cloud & Big Data ...

EMC to acquire Virtustream ...

EuroFlash

Snapwallet: a safe photo service for smart phone ...

Dutch Government plans 135 million euro funding for supercomputers ...

Tackling the fastest and most powerful computing systems on the planet ...

Understanding and controlling the propagation of waves ...

USFlash

Lawrence Livermore breaks ground on unclassified supercomputing facility ...

Silicon Mechanics announces recipients of 4th Annual Research Cluster Grant ...

RAPTOR turbulent combustion code selected for next-gen supercomputer readiness project ...

Cavium announces collaboration with Pegatron on server platforms based on Cavium's ThunderX workload optimized processor family ...

Ohio State University researchers prove magnetism can control heat and sound ...

OLCF names CAAR projects at IDC HPC User Forum ...

Physicists solve quantum tunneling mystery ...

Using the forest to see the trees ...

Tsinghua University crowned champions of 2015 ASC Student Supercomputer Challenge ...

OLCF shares Lustre knowledge at International Workshop ...

National Science Foundation extends the Kraken project ...

Woodside, Australia's largest independent oil and gas company, uses IBM Watson to enhance decision making and increase efficiencies ...

OLCF outreach projects garner awards ...

The first round of 2015 hackathons gets underway ...

Premier announces $21.6 million funding for Pawsey Supercomputing Centre ...

Fujitsu supports King Abdulaziz University research capabilities with new supercomputing system ...

Doctor Evidence brings valuable health data to IBM Watson ecosystem ...

SRC Computers launches Saturn 1 Server, the first reconfigurable hyperscale server ...

BG Brasil and Senai CIMATEC launch Latin America's fastest supercomputer ...