Primeur weekly 2016-02-29

Focus

Interview with SURFsara's Anwar Osseyran on e-Infrastructures, SURFsara's new HPC data centre, and precision medicine ...

SURF in a new cooperative structure provides members with e-Infrastructure and IT services ...

SURFsara is establishing a data centre for HPC in a brandnew data centre building ...

Health care models using data analytics and machine learning to make patient treatment more precise and affordable ...

Exascale supercomputing

BeeGFS parallel file system now open source ...

Focus on Europe

GIGABYTE showcases its new IoT Gateway system at the Embedded World Show ...

European Commission launches consultation on e-infrastructures for the Horizon2020 Work programme 2018-2020 ...

Middleware

From Belgium to Brazil, supercomputers are crunching data with University at Buffalo software ...

Altair's PBS Professional to manage workload for NCAR's supercomputing system ...

DDN market and technology leadership in object storage increases with new patent awards ...

Hardware

Building living, breathing supercomputers ...

Applications

Cardiologists use 3D printing to personalise treatment for heart disease ...

SDSC's 'Comet' supercomputer helps confirm gravitational wave discovery ...

University of Canterbury professor uses supercomputer to simulate quake ...

The Cloud

ActiveEon, supported by Business France, orchestrates and accelerates processing of thousands of Amazon nodes for a new Israeli customer ...

IBM and VMware announce strategic partnership to accelerate enterprise hybrid Cloud adoption ...

Philips to introduce rapid Cloud-based recovery service for health care data in collaboration with Amazon Web Services ...

IBM announces new and advanced Watson APIs on the Cloud ...

Oracle delivers 10x performance improvement in Cloud Network Infrastructure ...

Gigster plans to tap IBM Cloud as preferred platform to enable developers to build next-generation, cognitive-fueled apps for Gigster's clients ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2016-02-29

Focus

During the SURFsara Super D Event, recently held at Felix Meritis in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Primeur Magazine had the opportunity to talk with Anwar Osseyran from the SURFsara supercomputing centre. In this interview Anwar Osseyran addressed three subjects: the new legal structure for Dutch e-Infrastructures; the upcoming installation of the SURFsara HPC data centre into a new data centre building; and the new area of smart health using health care models, data analytics and machine learning to develop more precise treatments for personalised medicine. Read further...
During the SURFsara Super D Event, recently held at Felix Meritis in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Primeur Magazine had the opportunity to talk with Anwar Osseyran from the SURFsara supercomputing centre, about the new legal structure for Dutch e-Infrastructures. Anwar Osseyran is Member of the Board of SURF, a Dutch national organisation. SURF is a cooperative in which all the research and education institutions in the Netherlands are collaborating with each other in order to offer common IT services and HPC services. Anwar Osseyran is also the director of SURFsara, one of the companies of SURF, that is focusing on providing high performance computing services for all members of SURF. At the same time Anwar Osseyran is a part-time professor at the University of Amsterdam with a portfolio of data analytics and computer science. Read further...
During the SURFsara Super D Event, recently held at Felix Meritis in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Primeur Magazine had the opportunity to talk with Anwar Osseyran from the SURFsara supercomputing centre, about the new supercomputer centre building. SARA had its own data centre but it is now a little bit outdated with regard to the specifications and requirements that are needed for high performance computing. This is why SURFsara organised a tender about two years ago. The formula is somewhat different: the idea is to create a data centre inside a data centre. Having your own data centre is quite costly and it needs a lot of knowledge about data centre business. The formula that SURFsara thought of, was to approach the market and try to build its own high performance computing data centre into a data centre that is built by a big party in the marketplace. Read further...
During the SURFsara Super D Event, recently held at Felix Meritis in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Primeur Magazine had the opportunity to talk with Anwar Osseyran from the SURFsara supercomputing centre, about his research on precision medicine and Big Data. As a part-time professor at the University of Amsterdam, Anwar Osseyran's focus is on smart health and smart energy. This contains three elements. One element is business modelling: which new business models should be developed for smart health and smart energy? The second one is ICT and specifically HPC which are the supercomputing and Big Data elements in it: how to incorporate HPC and Big Data tools to make health and energy systems smarter? The third element is the domain of smart health and smart energy itself. Read further...

Exascale supercomputing

It has been a long wait for the BeeGFS community, which is now finally over: The complete BeeGFS parallel file system is available as open source. The first official announcement to make the BeeGFS sources available was made at the International Supercomputing Conference 2013. This was in the context of the European exascale project DEEP-ER, where several new approaches to address extreme I/O requirements are being designed and implemented. For exascale systems, the different software and hardware layers have to work together very efficiently to achieve maximum scalability. Thus, making the sources of BeeGFS available is one logical step to enabling efficient integration of all layers of an exascale stack. Read further...

Focus on Europe

GIGABYTE Technology, a creator of high performance products for IT professionals and an associate member of the Intel Internet of Things Solutions Alliance, has showcased its new embedded computer solution, the EL-20 series, for the opening of the Embedded World trade show in Nuremberg, Germany. Read further...
On 10 February 2016, the European Commission has launched an open consultation in the context of preparation of the next Horizon 2020 e-infrastructure Work Programme 2018-2020. The objective of this consultation is to gather input from e-infrastructure stakeholders on the challenges they face which the future work programme could address. There is also a new open consultation for the definition of the next work programme 2018-2020 on Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) and the use of mathematics for Big Data and HPC. Consultations are open until 30 April 2016. Read further...

Middleware

The University at Buffalo (UB) is making the fast-paced world of high-performance computing even faster. That's because supercomputing facilities worldwide are using XD Metrics on Demand (XDMoD), a software programme developed at UB's Center for Computational Research (CCR) in downtown Buffalo which improves efficiency. Read further...
Altair's industry-leading high performance computing (HPC) workload management software, PBS Professional, will be installed as the workload manager for the new SGI supercomputing system destined for the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), a U.S. research and development centre devoted to research and education in the atmospheric and related sciences. Read further...
DataDirect Networks (DDN) has been awarded additional patents for its groundbreaking WOS Object Storage software. DDN's WOS enables organisations to deploy highly reliable, massively scalable and cost-efficient storage repositories for fast-growing data volumes. WOS technology powers Software Defined Storage initiatives in data intensive organisations providing simple to manage solutions for Open Source projects as well as Private Cloud and Active Archive deployments. End users, service providers and hosting companies across the globe trust WOS to deliver peace of mind that their data is secure, easy to access and able to scale while staying within limited and often shrinking IT budgets. Read further...

Hardware

The substance that provides energy to all the cells in our bodies, Adenosine triphosphate (ATP), may also be able to power the next generation of supercomputers. That is what an international team of researchers led by Professor Nicolau, the Chair of the Department of Bioengineering at McGill, believe. They've published an article on the subject in theProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences(PNAS), in which they describe a model of a biological computer that they have created that is able to process information very quickly and accurately using parallel networks in the same way that massive electronic super computers do. Read further...

Applications

University of Melbourne doctors and engineers are using supercomputers to create 3D models from patients with heart disease, with photos from a camera thinner than a human hair. The images, gathered during a routine angiogram, are fed into a supercomputer. Within 24 hours, a model of a person's artery is 3D printed. This gives cardiologists crucial information about the behaviour of blood flow and the precise structure of the artery from the inside. Read further...
This month's announcement by the National Science Foundation (NSF) that scientists for the first time detected gravitational waves in the universe as hypothesized by Albert Einstein 100 years ago has opened up a new era of exploration for astronomers and astrophysicists. The NSF-funded Comet supercomputer at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California, San Diego, which went into operation in May 2015, was one of several high-performance computers used by researchers to help confirm that landmark discovery before a formal announcement was made. Read further...
Wondering what it looked like when the earth moved on Valentine's Day? University of Canterbury Professor in Earthquake Engineering Brendon Bradley has, using UC's Blue Gene supercomputer, simulated the ground shaking from the 14 February earthquake. Professor Bradley uses a model that has been extensively validated in the previous Canterbury earthquakes to create the simulation. Read further...

The Cloud

Thanks to Business France Tel Aviv support, ActiveEon's Workflows & Scheduling product is now largely used by a new Israeli customer. With ActiveEon's solutions, an Israeli finance company is optimizing its analyses of stock-exchange quotations in order to take the best position for its customers. This Algorithmic Trading platform orchestrated by ActiveEon runs on thousands of nodes on Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud platform. Read further...
IBM and VMware Inc. have signed a strategic partnership designed to help enterprises take better advantage of the Cloud's speed and economics. The new agreement will enable enterprise customers to easily extend their existing workloads, as they are, from their on-premises software-defined data centre to the Cloud. Read further...
Royal Philips has introduced a secure data recovery service, built in collaboration with Amazon Web Services (AWS), that rapidly captures and backs up an entire health care organisation's data repository in the Cloud. Specifically tailored to meet the needs of medical data back-up, Philips' new storage service helps health care enterprises to further secure patient-critical information against local data loss events, ranging from equipment failure to catastrophic events such as earthquake, fire and flood. With this new storage solution, Philips and AWS continue to strengthen their collaboration to deliver innovative solutions that accelerate the industry's transformation toward a more connected, value-based, patient-centred care model. Read further...
IBM has introduced new and expanded cognitive APIs for developers that enhance Watson's emotional and visual senses, further extending the capabilities of the industry's largest and most diverse set of cognitive technologies and tools. Read further...
Extending its commitment to helping organisations embrace Cloud infrastructure, Oracle has introduced Oracle Enhanced Data Rate (EDR) InfiniBand Fabric. The new software-defined networking-enabled, 100 GB/s converged fabric enables enterprise customers to securely accelerate application performance in order to quickly respond to changing business demands. These capabilities also provide the basis for future generations of highly converged Engineered Systems. Read further...
Gigster, an online marketplace that rapidly curates and matches top software developers with projects that companies need built, plans to use IBM Cloud as its preferred cloud platform for building cognitive apps. Gigster intends to train its "shared economy" of technology talent - including 1,400 skilled developers and project managers - on IBM Cloud so that they can build the next generation of apps fueled by top services and APIs in cognitive, IoT, mobile and more. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2016-02-29

Focus

Interview with SURFsara's Anwar Osseyran on e-Infrastructures, SURFsara's new HPC data centre, and precision medicine ...

SURF in a new cooperative structure provides members with e-Infrastructure and IT services ...

SURFsara is establishing a data centre for HPC in a brandnew data centre building ...

Health care models using data analytics and machine learning to make patient treatment more precise and affordable ...

Exascale supercomputing

BeeGFS parallel file system now open source ...

Focus on Europe

GIGABYTE showcases its new IoT Gateway system at the Embedded World Show ...

European Commission launches consultation on e-infrastructures for the Horizon2020 Work programme 2018-2020 ...

Middleware

From Belgium to Brazil, supercomputers are crunching data with University at Buffalo software ...

Altair's PBS Professional to manage workload for NCAR's supercomputing system ...

DDN market and technology leadership in object storage increases with new patent awards ...

Hardware

Building living, breathing supercomputers ...

Applications

Cardiologists use 3D printing to personalise treatment for heart disease ...

SDSC's 'Comet' supercomputer helps confirm gravitational wave discovery ...

University of Canterbury professor uses supercomputer to simulate quake ...

The Cloud

ActiveEon, supported by Business France, orchestrates and accelerates processing of thousands of Amazon nodes for a new Israeli customer ...

IBM and VMware announce strategic partnership to accelerate enterprise hybrid Cloud adoption ...

Philips to introduce rapid Cloud-based recovery service for health care data in collaboration with Amazon Web Services ...

IBM announces new and advanced Watson APIs on the Cloud ...

Oracle delivers 10x performance improvement in Cloud Network Infrastructure ...

Gigster plans to tap IBM Cloud as preferred platform to enable developers to build next-generation, cognitive-fueled apps for Gigster's clients ...