Primeur weekly 2015-07-27

Special

Altair's Bill Nitzberg on PBS Professional 13 and Ravi Kunju on Altair's HPC Cloud Challenge at ISC 2015 ...

NICE to demonstrate EnginFrame and Desktop Cloud Visualization at ISC 2015 ...

New SESAME Net project will set up network to promote HPC usage in SMEs ...

Focus on Europe

ISC 2015 caps 30th anniversary with record-breaking attendance in Frankfurt ...

PRACE 11th Call for Proposals connects the international HPC ecosystem ...

AMS-IX continues to grow significantly in both connected parties and capacity ...

Hardware

Jamia Millia Islamia University wins record LINPACK score at ISC 2015 Student Cluster Competition with support of CoolIT Systems & Boston ...

Cray returns to Australia's Bureau of Meteorology with new supercomputer and storage contract ...

Micron boosts data centre storage security with new SATA solid state drive featuring enterprise data encryption ...

Applications

Latest four supercomputer projects on the supercomputer in Cheyenne have direct application to Wyoming issues ...

The Virtual Laboratory ...

Atos uses Big Data analytics for safer streets ...

TOP500

K computer takes first place in Graph 500 supercomputer ranking ...

The Cloud

ISC Cloud & Big Data Conference offers unique workshops to attendees ...

Intel announces 'Cloud for All' initiative to deliver benefits of the Cloud to more businesses ...

IBM Unleashes Open Source Projects To Fuel Cloud Developer Innovations ...

IBM acquires Compose to expand Cloud data services ...

IBM partners with 200 universities globally to train next-generation of Cloud developers ...

Ricoh powers private Cloud and transforms customer service with Oracle's SPARC servers and ZFS storage ...

Medidata and Validic integrate Cloud technology platforms, expanding mobile health ecosystem to drive innovative, patient-centric research ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2015-07-27

Special

At the ISC 2015 in Frankfurt, Germany,Primeur Magazinetalked with Bill Nitzberg, CTO for PBS Works Division, and Ravi Kunju, Vice President for Strategy and Business Development, both at Altair. Bill Nitzberg talked about PBS Professional, Altair's workload manager and job scheduler. Ravi Kunju talked about HyperWorks Unlimited and Altair's HPC Grand Challenge, in partnership with Intel and Amazon Web Services. Read further...
At the ISC 2015 in Frankfurt, Germany,Primeur Magazinetalked with Francesco Ruffino from NICE, an Italian company, founded in 1996, specialized since the beginning in high performance computing. The company team tries to prove the usability of high performance computing applications in both the private and public Cloud. The company has two main products: EnginFrame and Desktop Cloud Visualization (DCV). EnginFrame is a web dashboard which allows to very easily plug your application into the Cloud. Using DCV, you can visualize the utillization of interactive applications. DCV is a network protocol that will compress the pixels on the screen and send it to the client. Read further...
At ISC 2015 in Frankfurt, Germany,Primeur Magazinetalked with Karen Padmore from HPC Wales and with Tomás Karásek from IT4Innovations, one of the network and supercomputing centres, about the new SESAME Net project. HPC Wales is the coordinator of SESAME Net. IT4Innovations is one of the partners in the SESAME Net project. Read further...

Focus on Europe

The 2015 ISC High Performance Conference (ISC 2015) concluded its 30th meeting drawing 2,846 attendees, exceeding its own expectations. The organizers had initially expected around 2,600 to attend this year's conference and exhibition, held in Frankfurt Germany from July 12-16. Also at the event were 153 leading high performance computing vendors and research organisations from around the world, who exhibited from July 13-15. Read further...
The 11th PRACE Regular Call for Proposals yielded 107 eligible proposals of which 18 were awarded a total of almost 513 million core hours. This brings the total awarded projects to 412 and the total awarded core hours to 10.7 million. The 18 awarded projects are led by principal investigators from 7 different European countries. This Call also welcomed scientists and researchers from USA and South Korea as collaborators in several projects. Read further...
AMS-IX, the Amsterdam Internet Exchange, the largest Internet exchange in the world, connected 60 new parties to its platform in the first half of 2015, 82% of which are located outside of the Netherlands. This demonstrates AMS-IX is continuing the strong growth it has experienced over the last three years. In total, AMS-IX now has over 720 members and customers connected to its platform in Amsterdam. Read further...

Hardware

The Jamia Millia Islamia University (JMI) of New Dehli has been awarded the first place in the LINPACK test at the ISC Student Cluster Competition 2015 in Frankfurt using a liquid cooled configuration. This is the 2nd consecutive year that CoolIT and Boston Limited have partnered to sponsor the winning student team. JMI won the LINPACK award with a record breaking score of 10.78Tflops that translated into an energy efficient 3.59 Tflops/kW, enough to achieve an estimated rank of #6 on the Green500, a list of the most energy efficient supercomputers in the world. Read further...
The Bureau of Meteorology in Australia has awarded Cray a contract worth up to $53 million to provide a Cray XC40 supercomputer and a Cray Sonexion 2000 storage system. This further strengthens Cray's leadership position in the global operational weather and climate community as an increasing number of the world's leading centres rely on Cray supercomputers to run their complex meteorological and mission critical models. Read further...
Micron Technology Inc. has introduced a new encryption-enhanced solid state drive (SSD) for read-centric data centre workloads, accelerating the transition from legacy hard disk drives (HDDs) to higher-performance flash-based storage. The M510DC combines a suite of firmware data protection features with the market's first true TCG Enterprise-level data encryption for SSDs - a capability that is of paramount importance to the highly scrutinized medical, banking and government industries. Read further...

Applications

Four projects that have applications to Wyoming issues - including wind farm efficiency, aerosol impacts from wildfires, and water storage - recently were chosen to receive computational time and storage space on the supercomputer in Cheyenne. University of Wyoming (UW) faculty members will head projects that will use the NCAR-Wyoming Supercomputing Center (NWSC). Each project was critically reviewed by an external panel of experts and evaluated on the experimental design, computational effectiveness, efficiency of resource use and broader impacts such as how the project involves both UW and NCAR researchers; strengthens UW's research capacity; enhances UW's computational programmes; or involves research in a new or emerging field. Read further...
Supercomputers can be used to simulate materials at vastly diverse scales, from the flow of air past an aeroplane's wing down to the movement of electrons around individual atoms. Different length and time scale domains provide different levels of information, but little is currently known about how these levels of information are connected. Professor Peter Coveney of University College London has been spearheading a long-term programme that aims to connect the scales, relating the behaviour of atoms and molecules to tangible properties at the macroscale. Read further...
Atos, an international expert in digital services, leads a consortium to provide the City of Eindhoven with an innovative solution to increase safety on the streets. By using Big Data intelligence, authorities are able to make informed decisions on what they need to do to keep the streets safe at night. First results of the CityPulse pilot have been analyzed and are proven to be successful. Read further...

TOP500

A collaboration between RIKEN, the Tokyo Institute of Technology, University College Dublin, Kyushu University, and Fujitsu has again won the top place for the K computer in the June 2015 Graph 500 supercomputer ranking, demonstrating the Japanese supercomputer's prowess in the area of data-intensive processing. The results were announced on July 13 at the international conference on high-performance computing (ISC2015) in Frankfurt, Germany. Read further...

The Cloud

ISC Events, the organizers of the ISC Cloud & Big Data conference have planned to offer eight engaging workshops as part of the pre-conference programme. The workshops will take place at the Marriott Frankfurt on September 28, slightly over two months from now. Following the workshops, the organizers will offer two full days of sessions, panels and lots of discussions in the Industry, Business and Research tracks. The event will also host a small exhibition on September 29-30. Read further...
Intel Corporation has launched the Intel Cloud for All initiative to accelerate Cloud adoption by making public, private and hybrid Cloud solutions easier to deploy. Through a series of investments and collaborations in the Cloud software ecosystem, Intel believes the initiative will help businesses take advantage of the Cloud benefits to deliver new capabilities and digital services, leading to tens of thousands of new Cloud deployments. Read further...
IBM has unveiled a new platform for developers to collaborate with IBM on a newly released set of open source technologies. IBM will release 50 projects to the open source community to speed enterprise adoption and spur a new class of Cloud innovations around mobile, analytics and other high-growth areas. Read further...
IBM has acquired San Mateo, California-based Compose Inc., a privately held company that provides MongoDB, Redis, Elasticsearch, PostgreSQL, and other database as a service (DBaaS) offerings targeted at web and mobile app developers. The acquisition furthers IBM's commitment to accelerating developer productivity and innovation around open source and Cloud data services. Financial terms were not disclosed. Read further...
IBM is introducing a new commitment to enable the next generation of developers with the Academic Initiative for Cloud, aimed to mentor and energize them to innovate using IBM Cloud technologies. The new programme will create Cloud development curricula using Bluemix, IBM's platform-as-a-service, in over 200 universities, reaching more than 20,000 students in 36 countries. Read further...
Ricoh Company Ltd, one of the world's major printing and document management companies, is using Oracle's SPARC T5 servers with Oracle ZFS Storage Appliances and Oracle Database to analyze data from RICOH @Remote, its real-time support service for customers in more than 100 countries and regions. The service monitors and collects thousands of data points from several million multi-function printers, including number of pages printed, toner levels and print settings, and provides reports on configuration and operating status. Read further...
Medidata, a global provider of Cloud-based solutions for clinical research in life sciences, and Validic, a health care industry digital health platform, have signed a collaboration to propel connectivity and innovation in clinical research by expanding access to patient-generated data from a broad range of consumer and medical grade mobile health (mHealth) devices and apps. By integrating Validic's digital health platform with the Medidata Clinical Cloud, Medidata and Validic are providing the technology infrastructure needed to transform clinical trials through the use of patient-generated data that is secure, regulatory-compliant and actionable. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2015-07-27

Special

Altair's Bill Nitzberg on PBS Professional 13 and Ravi Kunju on Altair's HPC Cloud Challenge at ISC 2015 ...

NICE to demonstrate EnginFrame and Desktop Cloud Visualization at ISC 2015 ...

New SESAME Net project will set up network to promote HPC usage in SMEs ...

Focus on Europe

ISC 2015 caps 30th anniversary with record-breaking attendance in Frankfurt ...

PRACE 11th Call for Proposals connects the international HPC ecosystem ...

AMS-IX continues to grow significantly in both connected parties and capacity ...

Hardware

Jamia Millia Islamia University wins record LINPACK score at ISC 2015 Student Cluster Competition with support of CoolIT Systems & Boston ...

Cray returns to Australia's Bureau of Meteorology with new supercomputer and storage contract ...

Micron boosts data centre storage security with new SATA solid state drive featuring enterprise data encryption ...

Applications

Latest four supercomputer projects on the supercomputer in Cheyenne have direct application to Wyoming issues ...

The Virtual Laboratory ...

Atos uses Big Data analytics for safer streets ...

TOP500

K computer takes first place in Graph 500 supercomputer ranking ...

The Cloud

ISC Cloud & Big Data Conference offers unique workshops to attendees ...

Intel announces 'Cloud for All' initiative to deliver benefits of the Cloud to more businesses ...

IBM Unleashes Open Source Projects To Fuel Cloud Developer Innovations ...

IBM acquires Compose to expand Cloud data services ...

IBM partners with 200 universities globally to train next-generation of Cloud developers ...

Ricoh powers private Cloud and transforms customer service with Oracle's SPARC servers and ZFS storage ...

Medidata and Validic integrate Cloud technology platforms, expanding mobile health ecosystem to drive innovative, patient-centric research ...