Primeur weekly 2015-08-10

Special

European Supercomputer Programme in next Horizon 2020 period programme to also focus on HPC access for SMEs ...

Numascale's scalable appliances for data analytics meet customers' needs at attractive price points ...

Bright Computing to combine HPC and Big Data workloads on bare metal and virtualized with Bright Cluster Manager and Bright OpenStack ...

European exascale projects DEEP-ER and Mont-Blanc to investigate new programming and network-attached memory technologies ...

Focus on Europe

The Alan Turing Institute signals progress on many fronts ...

Middleware

Inaugural OpenMPCon next month in Aachen - Conference Chair Michael Wong is expecting the OpenMP community there ...

Hardware

Fujitsu reports fiscal 2015 first-quarter financial results ...

Better together: Graphene-nanotube hybrid switches ...

Watson to gain ability to "see" with planned $1 billion acquisition of Merge Healthcare ...

Micron broadens storage portfolio for customers with new SAS solid state drive family for data-intensive applications ...

HPC specialist transtec will receive 7-million-euro contract from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology ...

DNI Clapper names new IARPA Director ...

Applications

Saturn's rings in a supercomputer ...

Purdue University researchers achieve 900 percent faster access to data leveraging DDN solid state storage cache ...

The Cloud

Chameleon Cloud computing testbed goes into full production ...

CloudBroker Platform from Switzerland rated the number one innovation in EU report about research projects in ICT ...

IBM opens Bluemix Garage in Toronto to help enterprises rapidly develop applications using IBM Cloud ...

IBM named leader in Cloud hosting and integration services ...

Tractor Supply Company teams with IBM for redesigned website and Cloud transformation ...

EuroFlash

Nature: Compact optical data transmission ...

MIPT researchers clear the way for fast plasmonic chips ...

USFlash

South Dakota Board of Regents awards USD $200,000 for scientific research supercomputer ...

SGI reports fourth quarter and fiscal year 2015 financial results ...

Study calculates the speed of ice formation ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2015-08-10

Special

At ISC 2015 in Frankfurt, Germany,Primeur Magazinehad the opportunity to talk with Augusto Burgueno-Arjona from the European Commission, Department of e-Infrastructures, including European Supercomputer Service Programme, who also delivered the welcome address at the Conference stating that "HPC is high in the European political agenda as it is recognised as an essential technology to respond to the growing needs of our modern societies, transforming societal challenges into business opportunities, and bringing growth and jobs to the European economy". Augusto Burgueno-Arjona also stressed that "there are important upcoming steps, such as the large-scale platform integration of the technology building blocks and the coordinated acquisition at EU level of world-class systems". Read further...
At ISC 2015 in Frankfurt, Germany,Primeur Magazinehad the opportunity to talk with Morten Toverud, CEO, Numascale. Numascale was running a live demo at the ISC 2015 Exhibition, showing its scalable high performance appliances for in-memory analytics. What the demo actually showed is that Numascale combines real time GPS data with other real time sensors and a huge amount of historical data. The Numascale system can determine and predict the next hour of traffic at major highways in Singapore. Read further...
At ISC 2015 in Frankfurt, Germany, Primeur Magazinehad the opportunity to talk with Matthijs van Leeuwen, CEO and founder of Bright Computing, a company founded in 2009. Bright Computing makes cluster management and system management easy, comprehensive, and scalable. The main products are Bright Cluster Manager for HPC; Bright Cluster Manager for Big Data; and Bright OpenStack. These three products can also be combined to create a combined infrastructure for both HPC and Big Data workloads, either on bare metal or virtualized. Read further...
At ISC 2015 in Frankfurt, Germany,Primeur Magazinehad the opportunity to interview Filippo Mantovani from the Mont-Blanc project and Estela Suarez from the DEEP-ER project on the opening night of the ISC 2015 Exhibition at their booth showcasing European exascale projects. Juri Schmidt demonstrated the network-attached memory technology used in the DEEP-ER project. Filippo Mantovani demonstrated the creditcard-sized system-on-chip that is used in the Mont-Blanc project. Read further...

Focus on Europe

The Alan Turing Institute has marked its first few days of operations with the announcement of its new director, the confirmation of GBP 10 million of research funding from Lloyd's Register Foundation, a research partnership with GCHQ, a collaboration with Cray Inc. and EPSRC, and its first research activities. Read further...

Middleware

OpenMP is fast gaining traction as an important parallel processing development tool. For the first time ever, there will be an OpenMP Developers Conference, OpenMPCon, organised this year, September 28-30, in Aachen, Germany in conjuction with the IWOMP. Why would you go to OpenMPCon? Can you not just look up on the Internet how OpenMP works?Primeur Magazineasked Conference Chair Michael Wong. Michael Wong is also CEO of the OpenMP ARB. Read further...

Hardware

Fujitsu has reported a loss for the first quarter attributable to owners of the parent of 18.9 billion yen, representing a deterioration of 25.7 billion yen from the first quarter of fiscal 2014. Although first-quarter projections were not publicly disclosed at the announcement of the full year results of fiscal 2014, the first-quarter results are in line with original expectations. Furthermore, the annual projections for fiscal 2015 remain unchanged. Read further...
Graphene has been called a wonder material, capable of performing great and unusual material acrobatics. Boron nitride nanotubes are no slackers in the materials realm either, and can be engineered for physical and biological applications. However, on their own, these materials are terrible for use in the electronics world. As a conductor, graphene lets electrons zip too fast - there's no controlling or stopping them - while boron nitride nanotubes are so insulating that electrons are rebuffed like an overeager dog hitting the patio door. But together, these two materials make a workable digital switch, which is the basis for controlling electrons in computers, phones, medical equipment and other electronics. Read further...
Watson will gain the ability to "see" by bringing together Watson's advanced image analytics and cognitive capabilities with data and images obtained from Merge Healthcare Incorporated's medical imaging management platform. IBM plans to acquire Merge, a provider of medical image handling and processing, interoperability and clinical systems designed to advance health care quality and efficiency, in an effort to unlock the value of medical images to help physicians make better patient care decisions. Read further...
Micron Technology Inc. has introduced a new portfolio of SAS solid state drives (SSDs) that are workload-optimized for customers demanding continuous availability of their enterprise applications, such as data analytics, financial transactions and media streaming. The new Micron S600DC SSD series offer IT managers a compelling solution by incorporating a better overall package of customer benefits than previous drive offerings, including consistent performance, industry-leading storage capacity, and superior data availability and security. The SSD series is the first product family developed as part of Micron's strategic agreement with Seagate earlier this year. It combines flash innovation and SAS expertise from both companies. Read further...
The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) is building an HPC cluster with more than 1,100 compute nodes in the framework of the research supercomputer (ForHLR) by the end of 2015. The solution with a total volume of 6.9 million euro is provided by the HPC specialist transtec. It is the largest single order in its company history. Read further...
Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper announced that he has selected Dr. Jason Matheny to be the next director of the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity, effective immediately. Read further...

Applications

Why some planets, like Saturn or Jupiter, have their rings, while others like the Earth or Mars do not? It turned out that "the size does not matter" - not only giants as Saturn possess the rings, but even tiny asteroids do. According to the recent discovery of the Spitzer Space Telescope, the remote asteroid Chariklo, which is only 260 km in diameter, also has rings. Read further...
Purdue University has deployed DDN's SFA high-performance storage to accelerate the delivery of research results for up to 1,000 researchers working on several hundred concurrent projects. To drive highly innovative, multidisciplinary research, Purdue has developed one of the nation's largest campus cyberinfrastructures for research. Three of the university's high-performance computing (HPC) systems are currently listed on the TOP500 list, including the nation's largest academic distributed computing Grid and largest collection of science and medical online hubs. The university also has implemented a robust data repository, called the Data Depot, which takes advantage of DDN-driven, enterprise-class storage equipped with the company's award-winning Storage Fusion Xcelerator (SFX) to deliver consistent high performance, regardless of project size or access demands. Read further...

The Cloud

The full potential of Cloud computing to directly impact science, medicine, transportation, and other industries has yet to be realized. To help investigate and develop this promising Cloud computing future, the Computation Institute (CI) at the University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory and the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at the University of Texas at Austin have announced that the new experimental testbed, called Chameleon, is in full production for researchers across the country. Read further...
The European Union (EU) is a key investor in research and development (R&D) in Europe. Through its Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) running from 2007 to 2013 alone, it has invested 50 billion euro in R&D, with 9 billion euro allocated to information and communication technology (ICT). A number of corresponding projects have produced cutting-edge technologies and a significant percentage of these could already be commercialized. The CloudBroker Platform from the SCI-BUS project, with CloudBroker GmbH as the key innovator behind it, was identified by a survey as the number one innovation ranked by IPI, with an overall score of 84.17. Read further...
IBM has opened a new Bluemix Garage in Toronto, the first in Canada, intended to help enterprises of all sizes to accelerate the design and development of Cloud applications by using IBM Cloud technologies with design thinking methodology and agile development capabilities. Read further...
IBM has been named a leader in four key Cloud services categories by the independent technology market research firm Technology Business Research Inc. (TBR). These categories include hosting, overall Cloud professional services, Cloud consulting services and systems integration. Read further...
IBM and Tractor Supply Company, a large rural lifestyle retail store chain in the United States, have signed a partnership to revamp and migrate the company's online retail operation to IBM to provide Tractor Supply customers with an easier way to connect, browse and shop for goods and services online. At the heart of the solution is a completely redesigned TractorSupply.com which provides optimal viewing across all devices, easier integration with social media pages, and a simplified check-out process. Behind the scenes, the company migrated the entire platform to a new IBM Cloud for greater overall business performance. Read further...

EuroFlash

Compact optical transmission possibilities are of great interest in faster and more energy-efficient data exchange between electronic chips. One component serving this application is the Mach-Zehnder modulator (MZM) which is able to convert electronic signals into optical signals. Scientists of the KIT and the ETH in Zurich developed a plasmonic MZM of only 12.5 micrometers length which converts digital electrical signals into optical signals at a rate of up to 108 gigabit per second, and presented this device in theNature Photonicsscientific journal under the title "All-plasmonic Mach-Zehnder modulator enabling optical high-speed communication at the microscale", written by C. Haffner et al. (DOI 10.1038/nphoton.2015.127). Read further...
Researches from the Laboratory of Nanooptics and Plasmonics at the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT) Center of Nanoscale Optoelectronics have developed a new method for optical communication on a chip, which will give a possibility to decrease the size of optical and opto-electronic elements and increase the computer performance several tenfold. According to their article published inOptics Express, they have proposed the way to completely eliminate energy losses of surface plasmons in optical devices. Read further...

USFlash

The University of South Dakota (USD) has been awarded a $200,000 Research and Development Innovation grant from the South Dakota Board of Regents. The award, along with institutional and federal funds, will support the acquisition of a new campus supercomputer for scientific research. Read further...
SGI, a global expert in high performance solutions for compute, data analytics and data management, has reported financial results for its fourth quarter and fiscal year ended June 26, 2015. Total revenue for the fiscal fourth quarter was $153 million compared to $142 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2014. GAAP net loss for the fiscal fourth quarter was $10 million, or $(0.28) per share compared with a net loss of $10 million, or $(0.30) per share in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2014. Non-GAAP net loss for the fiscal fourth quarter was $4 million, or $(0.12) per share compared with a net loss of $0.5 million, or $(0.01) per share in the same quarter a year ago. Read further...
Researchers at Princeton University have for the first time directly calculated the rate at which water crystallizes into ice in a realistic computer model of water molecules. The simulations, which were carried out on supercomputers, provide insight into the mechanism by which water transitions from a liquid to a crystalline solid. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2015-08-10

Special

European Supercomputer Programme in next Horizon 2020 period programme to also focus on HPC access for SMEs ...

Numascale's scalable appliances for data analytics meet customers' needs at attractive price points ...

Bright Computing to combine HPC and Big Data workloads on bare metal and virtualized with Bright Cluster Manager and Bright OpenStack ...

European exascale projects DEEP-ER and Mont-Blanc to investigate new programming and network-attached memory technologies ...

Focus on Europe

The Alan Turing Institute signals progress on many fronts ...

Middleware

Inaugural OpenMPCon next month in Aachen - Conference Chair Michael Wong is expecting the OpenMP community there ...

Hardware

Fujitsu reports fiscal 2015 first-quarter financial results ...

Better together: Graphene-nanotube hybrid switches ...

Watson to gain ability to "see" with planned $1 billion acquisition of Merge Healthcare ...

Micron broadens storage portfolio for customers with new SAS solid state drive family for data-intensive applications ...

HPC specialist transtec will receive 7-million-euro contract from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology ...

DNI Clapper names new IARPA Director ...

Applications

Saturn's rings in a supercomputer ...

Purdue University researchers achieve 900 percent faster access to data leveraging DDN solid state storage cache ...

The Cloud

Chameleon Cloud computing testbed goes into full production ...

CloudBroker Platform from Switzerland rated the number one innovation in EU report about research projects in ICT ...

IBM opens Bluemix Garage in Toronto to help enterprises rapidly develop applications using IBM Cloud ...

IBM named leader in Cloud hosting and integration services ...

Tractor Supply Company teams with IBM for redesigned website and Cloud transformation ...

EuroFlash

Nature: Compact optical data transmission ...

MIPT researchers clear the way for fast plasmonic chips ...

USFlash

South Dakota Board of Regents awards USD $200,000 for scientific research supercomputer ...

SGI reports fourth quarter and fiscal year 2015 financial results ...

Study calculates the speed of ice formation ...