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Primeur weekly 2011-12-12

Desktop Grids

Charity Engine is now live

The Cloud

Platform Computing dramatically simplifies private Cloud management for enabling enterprise Platform-as-a-Service

CBN pilots new Cloud computing services in Indonesia with Brocade

Cisco introduces CloudVerse, an end-to-end framework to build, nanage and connect Clouds

Dell Boomi announces development of Cloud-based master data management solution; Unifying data across applications in the Cloud

HP and Box accelerate business collaboration in the Cloud

Elders Australia signs outsourcing agreement with HP

HP and Microsoft deliver global communications and collaboration solutions via the Cloud

IBM unveils analytics solution to help clients extract insight from patents and intellectual property

IBM to acquire DemandTec to expand Cloud-based analytics for Smarter Commerce

Oracle releases Oracle Solaris Cluster 4.0

EuroFlash

Action plan on making research data accessible

Managing dataflows

Boeing buys site license for Bright Cluster Manager

New 38.8 Tflops cluster opens at the University of Bordeaux

PlanetHPC issues strategy report

EMEA server market grows by 0.6% in 3Q11 to $3.2 billion as server revenues topple in Western Europe and in Middle East and Africa

USFlash

Make room for Stampede: TACC expands data centre for new supercomputer

Supercomputer reveals new details behind drug-processing protein model

NC State team to develop energy efficient 3D CPU

Computer simulations shed light on the physics of rainbows

The Green Grid expands its network in Asia by establishing a presence in China

Centre for High Performance Computing places South Africa back in TOP500 supercomputer list

HP named a leader in Magic Quadrant for Midrange and High-end Modular Disk Arrays

HP increases revenue opportunities for Channel Partners in networking

Researchers demonstrate future of computing with graphene, Racetrack and carbon nanotube breakthroughs

Intel and Micron extend NAND Flash technology leadership with introduction of world's first 128Gb NAND device and mass production of 64Gb 20nm NAND

NVIDIA directives-based GPU computing programme already delivering application speed-ups of 5x and more

Raritan Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) solution at Gartner Conference

Researchers demonstrate future of computing with graphene, Racetrack and carbon nanotube breakthroughs

5 Dec 2011 Washington - At the IEEE International Electron Devices Meeting, IBM scientists unveiled several exploratory research breakthroughs that could lead to major advancements in delivering dramatically smaller, faster and more powerful computer chips. For more than 50 years, computer processors have increased in power and shrunk in size at a tremendous rate. However, today's chip designers are hitting physical limitations with Moore's Law, halting the pace of product innovation from scaling alone.

With virtually all electronic equipment today built on complementary-symmetry metal-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS) technology, there is an urgent need for new materials and circuit architecture designs compatible with this engineering process as the technology industry nears physical scalability limits of the silicon transistor.

Following years of key physics advances previously only achieved in a laboratory, IBM scientists successfully integrated the development and application of new materials and logic architectures on 200mm (eight inch) diameter wafers. These breakthroughs could potentially provide a new technological basis for the convergence of computing, communication, and consumer electronics.

Racetrack memory combines the benefits of magnetic hard drives and solid-state memory to overcome challenges of growing memory demands and shrinking devices.

Proving this type of memory is feasible, today IBM researchers are detailing the first Racetrack memory device integrated with CMOS technology on 200mm wafers, culminating seven years of physics research.

The researchers demonstrated both read and write functionality on an array of 256 in-plane, magnetized horizontal racetracks. This development lays the foundation for further improving Racetrack memory's density and reliability using perpendicular magnetized racetracks and three-dimensional architectures.

This breakthrough could lead to a new type of data-centric computing that allows massive amounts of stored information to be accessed in less than a billionth of a second.

The first-ever CMOS-compatible graphene device can advance wireless communications, and enable new, high frequency devices, which can operate under adverse temperature and radiation conditions in areas such as security and medical applications.

The graphene integrated circuit, a frequency multiplier, is operational up to 5 GHz and stable up to 200 degrees Celcius. While detailed thermal stability still needs to be evaluated, these results are promising for graphene circuits to be used in high temperature environments.

New architecture flips the current graphene transistor structure on its head. Instead of trying to deposit gate dielectric on an inert graphene surface, the researchers developed a novel embedded gate structure that enables high device yield on a 200mm wafer.

IBM researchers also demonstrated the first transistor with sub-10 nm channel lengths, outperforming the best competing silicon-based devices at these length scales.

While already being considered in varied applications ranging from solar cells to displays, it is expected that computers with in the next decade will use transistors with a channel length below 10 nm, a length scale at which conventional silicon technology will have extreme difficulty performing even with new advanced device architectures. The scaled carbon nanotube devices below 10nm gate length are a significant breakthrough for future applications in computing technology.

While often associated with improving switching speed (on-state), this breakthrough demonstrates for the first time that carbon nanotubes can provide excellent off-state behaviour in extremely scaled devices - better than what some theoretical estimates of tunneling current suggested.

"Throughout its history, IBM's continued investment in scientific research to identify new materials and processes has not only extended current technologies but is providing a sustainable technology foundation for tomorrow", stated T.C. Chen, vice president, Science and Technology, IBM Research. "Today's breakthroughs challenge the status quo by exploring the boundaries of science and transforming that knowledge into information technology systems that could advance the power and capability of businesses worldwide."

Source: IBM

Back to Table of contents

Primeur weekly 2011-12-12

Desktop Grids

Charity Engine is now live

The Cloud

Platform Computing dramatically simplifies private Cloud management for enabling enterprise Platform-as-a-Service

CBN pilots new Cloud computing services in Indonesia with Brocade

Cisco introduces CloudVerse, an end-to-end framework to build, nanage and connect Clouds

Dell Boomi announces development of Cloud-based master data management solution; Unifying data across applications in the Cloud

HP and Box accelerate business collaboration in the Cloud

Elders Australia signs outsourcing agreement with HP

HP and Microsoft deliver global communications and collaboration solutions via the Cloud

IBM unveils analytics solution to help clients extract insight from patents and intellectual property

IBM to acquire DemandTec to expand Cloud-based analytics for Smarter Commerce

Oracle releases Oracle Solaris Cluster 4.0

EuroFlash

Action plan on making research data accessible

Managing dataflows

Boeing buys site license for Bright Cluster Manager

New 38.8 Tflops cluster opens at the University of Bordeaux

PlanetHPC issues strategy report

EMEA server market grows by 0.6% in 3Q11 to $3.2 billion as server revenues topple in Western Europe and in Middle East and Africa

USFlash

Make room for Stampede: TACC expands data centre for new supercomputer

Supercomputer reveals new details behind drug-processing protein model

NC State team to develop energy efficient 3D CPU

Computer simulations shed light on the physics of rainbows

The Green Grid expands its network in Asia by establishing a presence in China

Centre for High Performance Computing places South Africa back in TOP500 supercomputer list

HP named a leader in Magic Quadrant for Midrange and High-end Modular Disk Arrays

HP increases revenue opportunities for Channel Partners in networking

Researchers demonstrate future of computing with graphene, Racetrack and carbon nanotube breakthroughs

Intel and Micron extend NAND Flash technology leadership with introduction of world's first 128Gb NAND device and mass production of 64Gb 20nm NAND

NVIDIA directives-based GPU computing programme already delivering application speed-ups of 5x and more

Raritan Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) solution at Gartner Conference