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Primeur monthly 2011-05-

Industry

Cisco announces intent to acquire newScale ...

GigaSpaces announces new product for enterprise PaaS & ISV SaaS enablement ...

HP accelerates channel partner Cloud opportunities ...

Coca-Cola FEMSA signs $100 million technology services agreement with HP to support growth ...

HP defines go-to-market strategy for Connected World at Americas Partners Conference ...

HP opens new research facility to advance sustainable data centre technologies ...

U.S. Special Operations Command selects HP for worldwide data centre services ...

IBM launches Power Development Lab in Taiwan ...

IBM Watson goes to school to engage next generation of innovators ...

Cameroon Ministry of Finance selects IBM mainframe system ...

Microsoft survey reveals 39 percent of SMEs to pay for Cloud services within three years ...

Platform Computing Announces Support for MapReduce ...

Red Hat reports fourth quarter and fiscal year 2011 results ...

Antarctic icebergs play a key role in the carbon cycle ...

SDSC's CIPRES Gateway provides window to the past - and fast ...

SGI Channel Network Programme receives CRN's Five-Star Partner rating designation for second year in a row ...

Researchers in Taiwan to use volunteer computing to visualise earthquakes ...

University of Westminster launches new DIY supercomputer saving hundreds of thousands of pounds ...

Ian Foster to receive IEEE Computer Society's Tsutomu Kanai Award ...

Digital infrastructure, Cloud computing transforming fragmented manufacturing industry value chain, according to Microsoft study ...

Presentations from the 27th ORAP Forum now available ...

University of Texas at Austin dedicates Lonestar 4 supercomputer for open science community ...

UK Atomic Weapons Establishment accelerates engineering efforts with SGI Altix UV ...

SGI offers free technical computing Cloud services in Japan to help customers in affected areas ...

Hewlett-Packard/American Chemical Society Award given for computational chemistry ...

Yale purchases world-class supercomputer ...

Calculations with 14 quantum bits ...

Cycle Computing creates a 10,000 core cluster in the Cloud ...

Breakthrough study confirms cause of short gamma-ray bursts ...

OSU chemist developing solution to nerve agent exposure ...

University of Minnesota Supercomputing Institute expands resources with addition of new supercomputer ...

Cray CX1000 supercomputer to feature the new Intel Xeon processor E7 family ...

Xerox chooses bullion to virtualize its critical business applications ...

IBM's MRSA infection-fighting nanotechnology caps century of health care innovation ...

Version 3.1 of BOINC LCS now available ...

TThrottle version 3.41 has been released ...

Dell invests $1 billion in technology solutions and services to help customers drive business results today and in the future ...

"Lonestar 4" supercomputer deployed for science community ...

SDSC to open large-scale data systems research centre ...

PRACE Research Infrastructure grants 400 million compute hours on Tier-0 systems to seventeen European research projects ...

Industry leaders worldwide embrace IBM Clouds to transform business processes ...

IBM joins forces with over 45 organisations to launch Cloud Standards Customer Council for Open Cloud Computing ...

Bird Hosting expands Cloud service offerings powered by CA 3Tera AppLogic software and signs multi-year license agreement ...

Elsevier special issue on "Models and Algorithms for High-Performance Distributed Data Mining" to issue Call for Papers ...

IBM sets performance records with new eX5 servers ...

CA Technologies acquires IT consulting firm, Base Technologies ...

EMC helps Blue Diamond Solutions deliver Cloud based back-up ...

SAS to offer high-performance analytics on EMC Greenplum database appliance ...

IBM unveils next generation SmartCloud platform for business ...

SAS High-Performance Analytics on Teradata appliance extends analytic innovation to customers ...

Microsoft and Toyota announce strategic partnership on next-generation telematics ...

IBM unveils smart Cloud services and technologies for the enterprise ...

Latest CA Workload Automation release enables dynamic service and application automation across physical, virtual and Cloud infrastructures ...

Dell ups the performance bar on Powerhouse servers for mission critical workloads and applications ...

Electric Yellowstone - Conductivity image hints volcano plume is bigger than thought ...

Savtira Corporation selects Emerson Network Power for data centre infrastructure solution ...

New IBM software helps clients accelerate adoption and realize the benefits of Cloud computing ...

Intel Xeon processor E7 family delivers record-breaking performance, new security, reliability and energy efficiency features ...

PSSC Labs to showcase bionformatics supercomputer and other life science compute & storage solutions at BIO IT World ...

SAS OnDemand for Academics to be available at no cost for research ...

Altair Engineering announces the release of MindManager through the HyperWorks Partner Alliance ...

Joint European DCI Summer School to issue Call for Participation ...

EDGI demonstrates how to submit 10,000 jobs to a Volunteer Desktop Grid from within the European Grid Infrastructure ...

Blood vessel simulation probes secrets of brain ...

International research on controlled nuclear fusion: Bull is selected to provide the supercomputer to be installed in Rokkasho, Japan ...

EGI Technical Forum 2011 to be held in September in Lyon ...

Bull TrustWay Hardware Security Module now integrates with Oracle Advanced Security for Oracle Database 11g ...

4th IEEE International Conference on Utility and Cloud Computing to issue Call for Papers ...

EMC Isilon delivers breakthrough performance for big data ...

IBM teams with Akamai to accelerate applications across the web, and from the Cloud to the enterprise ...

IBM offers new opportunities to jump start Cloud computing for business partners and start-ups ...

IBM to deliver new optimized POWER7 products, inspired by Watson technology ...

Tate & Lyle Sugar's refining operations step into the Cloud with Virtustream and IBM ...

IBM and Sybase harness POWER7 for new mCommerce Appliance ...

Networking

HP helps VIVACOM integrate fixed and mobile networks for better services ...

Europe

e-IRG welcomes public comment on the e-IRG White Paper 2011 ...

University of Westminster launches new DIY supercomputer saving hundreds of thousands of pounds

29 Mar 2011 London - The University of Westminster has launched the UK's first BOINC-based - the Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing - desktop Grid system that connects university teaching laboratory PCs into a university-wide high-performance computing infrastructure. This powerful network restricts the need for universities to purchase supercomputers, the value of which can run into millions of pounds.

Universities across the UK are investing in increasingly powerful computing resources to support the work of their research scientists and in doing so they have to invest every three or four years in a new supercomputer. Conservative estimates from academics at the University of Westminster put potential savings for universities using the desktop Grid system at GBP 500,000 every four years, a significant amount for universities trying to minimise costs, particularly in the current environment.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) recently announced a GBP 12.5 million programme to promote Cloud computing in universities. The Grid system implemented at the University of Westminster is an illustration of how universities can implement cost savings.

The easy to manage Grid system the University of Westminster has implemented maximises the essential resources a university already owns. While PCs are utilised during the teaching periods, there are large periods of time during the night or holidays when computer labs are idle. These unused PCs are employed to run computation-intensive tasks for university researchers. Bio-scientists use powerful simulation programmes, linking results together in a sophisticated work flow, to understand how molecules potentially bind together in a process known as docking. Researchers using the Westminster Local Desktop Grid have found that they can shorten a typical execution time from weeks to hours. This rapid acceleration of the scientific experimental method helps the scientists in their particular endeavours - to help bio-scientists design new vaccines more quickly for example, or environmental scientists to more rapidly identify environmental risks and damage.

Professor Stephen Winter from the Centre for Parallel Computing at the University of Westminster explained: "The desktop Grid system implemented at the University of Westminster consists of 1500 laboratory PCs - roughly half the total number of PCs in the university which is equivalent, in raw computational power terms, to a GBP 500,000 cluster procurement or supercomputer. But it has the added bonus that, unlike a cluster procurement, the desktop grid replacement costs are zero, since the PCs themselves are continuously replaced from existing budgets, while an installed cluster typically needs replacing on a three or four year cycle incurring all of the costs associated with this. Self-replenishment also means that the performance of a desktop Grid always improves over time: old PCs are always replaced with much better, higher performance ones, so the desktop Grid always keeps pace with PC performance improvements. A good example of this currently is the growing use of high powered graphic processors (GPUs) in standard PCs for general purpose computation. GPUs are very powerful computing devices in their own right, and are the basis of a new generation of computing clusters known 'GPU farms'. Being inside a PC, the onboard GPU's power can be easily and seamlessly harvested by the desktop Grid."

Professor Winter continued: "Many British universities may think that they are unable to afford a supercomputer but the fact is that they are sitting on resources that, utilised in the correct way, can be the equivalent to hundreds of thouands of pounds worth of computing power. Desktop Grids are also green, in the sense that they soak up the spare computing capacity of desktop PCs, focussing computations on fewer, and therefore more energy efficient, resources."

The Centre for Parallel Computing is a partner in two current EU Framework 7-funded Desktop Grid projects; EDGI: European Desktop Grid Initiative and DEGISCO: Desktop Grids for International Scientific Collaboration. The Centre was also a partner in a predecessor project EDGeS which completed in May 2010.
Source: University of Westminster

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Primeur monthly 2011-05-

Industry

Cisco announces intent to acquire newScale ...

GigaSpaces announces new product for enterprise PaaS & ISV SaaS enablement ...

HP accelerates channel partner Cloud opportunities ...

Coca-Cola FEMSA signs $100 million technology services agreement with HP to support growth ...

HP defines go-to-market strategy for Connected World at Americas Partners Conference ...

HP opens new research facility to advance sustainable data centre technologies ...

U.S. Special Operations Command selects HP for worldwide data centre services ...

IBM launches Power Development Lab in Taiwan ...

IBM Watson goes to school to engage next generation of innovators ...

Cameroon Ministry of Finance selects IBM mainframe system ...

Microsoft survey reveals 39 percent of SMEs to pay for Cloud services within three years ...

Platform Computing Announces Support for MapReduce ...

Red Hat reports fourth quarter and fiscal year 2011 results ...

Antarctic icebergs play a key role in the carbon cycle ...

SDSC's CIPRES Gateway provides window to the past - and fast ...

SGI Channel Network Programme receives CRN's Five-Star Partner rating designation for second year in a row ...

Researchers in Taiwan to use volunteer computing to visualise earthquakes ...

University of Westminster launches new DIY supercomputer saving hundreds of thousands of pounds ...

Ian Foster to receive IEEE Computer Society's Tsutomu Kanai Award ...

Digital infrastructure, Cloud computing transforming fragmented manufacturing industry value chain, according to Microsoft study ...

Presentations from the 27th ORAP Forum now available ...

University of Texas at Austin dedicates Lonestar 4 supercomputer for open science community ...

UK Atomic Weapons Establishment accelerates engineering efforts with SGI Altix UV ...

SGI offers free technical computing Cloud services in Japan to help customers in affected areas ...

Hewlett-Packard/American Chemical Society Award given for computational chemistry ...

Yale purchases world-class supercomputer ...

Calculations with 14 quantum bits ...

Cycle Computing creates a 10,000 core cluster in the Cloud ...

Breakthrough study confirms cause of short gamma-ray bursts ...

OSU chemist developing solution to nerve agent exposure ...

University of Minnesota Supercomputing Institute expands resources with addition of new supercomputer ...

Cray CX1000 supercomputer to feature the new Intel Xeon processor E7 family ...

Xerox chooses bullion to virtualize its critical business applications ...

IBM's MRSA infection-fighting nanotechnology caps century of health care innovation ...

Version 3.1 of BOINC LCS now available ...

TThrottle version 3.41 has been released ...

Dell invests $1 billion in technology solutions and services to help customers drive business results today and in the future ...

"Lonestar 4" supercomputer deployed for science community ...

SDSC to open large-scale data systems research centre ...

PRACE Research Infrastructure grants 400 million compute hours on Tier-0 systems to seventeen European research projects ...

Industry leaders worldwide embrace IBM Clouds to transform business processes ...

IBM joins forces with over 45 organisations to launch Cloud Standards Customer Council for Open Cloud Computing ...

Bird Hosting expands Cloud service offerings powered by CA 3Tera AppLogic software and signs multi-year license agreement ...

Elsevier special issue on "Models and Algorithms for High-Performance Distributed Data Mining" to issue Call for Papers ...

IBM sets performance records with new eX5 servers ...

CA Technologies acquires IT consulting firm, Base Technologies ...

EMC helps Blue Diamond Solutions deliver Cloud based back-up ...

SAS to offer high-performance analytics on EMC Greenplum database appliance ...

IBM unveils next generation SmartCloud platform for business ...

SAS High-Performance Analytics on Teradata appliance extends analytic innovation to customers ...

Microsoft and Toyota announce strategic partnership on next-generation telematics ...

IBM unveils smart Cloud services and technologies for the enterprise ...

Latest CA Workload Automation release enables dynamic service and application automation across physical, virtual and Cloud infrastructures ...

Dell ups the performance bar on Powerhouse servers for mission critical workloads and applications ...

Electric Yellowstone - Conductivity image hints volcano plume is bigger than thought ...

Savtira Corporation selects Emerson Network Power for data centre infrastructure solution ...

New IBM software helps clients accelerate adoption and realize the benefits of Cloud computing ...

Intel Xeon processor E7 family delivers record-breaking performance, new security, reliability and energy efficiency features ...

PSSC Labs to showcase bionformatics supercomputer and other life science compute & storage solutions at BIO IT World ...

SAS OnDemand for Academics to be available at no cost for research ...

Altair Engineering announces the release of MindManager through the HyperWorks Partner Alliance ...

Joint European DCI Summer School to issue Call for Participation ...

EDGI demonstrates how to submit 10,000 jobs to a Volunteer Desktop Grid from within the European Grid Infrastructure ...

Blood vessel simulation probes secrets of brain ...

International research on controlled nuclear fusion: Bull is selected to provide the supercomputer to be installed in Rokkasho, Japan ...

EGI Technical Forum 2011 to be held in September in Lyon ...

Bull TrustWay Hardware Security Module now integrates with Oracle Advanced Security for Oracle Database 11g ...

4th IEEE International Conference on Utility and Cloud Computing to issue Call for Papers ...

EMC Isilon delivers breakthrough performance for big data ...

IBM teams with Akamai to accelerate applications across the web, and from the Cloud to the enterprise ...

IBM offers new opportunities to jump start Cloud computing for business partners and start-ups ...

IBM to deliver new optimized POWER7 products, inspired by Watson technology ...

Tate & Lyle Sugar's refining operations step into the Cloud with Virtustream and IBM ...

IBM and Sybase harness POWER7 for new mCommerce Appliance ...

Networking

HP helps VIVACOM integrate fixed and mobile networks for better services ...

Europe

e-IRG welcomes public comment on the e-IRG White Paper 2011 ...