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Primeur weekly 2013-12-02

Exascale supercomputing

Human Brain Project to hold Open Dialogue with potential HPC suppliers ...

U.S. Government awards AMD contract to research interconnect architectures for high-performance computing ...

The Cloud

Carnegie Mellon leads multi-university project to improve web and Cloud computing accessibility ...

Need a Cloud resource for science? TACC serves up Rodeo ...

IBM Cloud capabilities help ENN Energy drive business growth and build smarter operations ...

iomartcloud and Paragon Development Systems (PDS) to deliver back-up to the Cloud services based on VMware vSphere Data Protection 5.5 advanced ...

Palo Alto Networks and VMware transform Cloud deployments with integrated network virtualization and next-generation security solution ...

IBM awards multi-million dollar Cloud computing platform to seven Nova Scotia schools ...

University of Texas at San Antonio opens Cloud and Big Data Laboratory ...

Unlocking business insights and sales opportunities with Cloud services ...

Scalable Informatics' Unison Appliance shines in first ever public report of STAC-M3 benchmarks on a parallel filesystem with Ceph ...

EuroFlash

European Union funds holistic approach on greener computing ...

Eni's new supercomputer for Eni's exploration & production activity starts work ...

PRACE partners launch Pre-Commercial Procurement: Whole-System Design for Energy Efficient HPC ...

TotalSim to launch a new range of CFD Hardware ...

Beyond encryption: Stronger security for wireless communications ...

USFlash

Intel brings supercomputing horsepower to Big Data analytics ...

Penguin Computing releases Arctica 3200xl open switches based on Broadcom Trident II chipset ...

Aeon Computing to deploy 7 Petabyte Lustre filesystem for SDSC's Comet supercomputer ...

Bright Cluster Manager helps Intel's "Cherry Creek" supercomputer achieve top rankings for SC13 ...

DataDirect Networks introduces the industry's fastest Big Data storage platform - the SFA12KX appliance series ...

OSC unveiled new industrial engagement initiative at SC13 ...

Top honours awarded for productivity in a high-performance supercomputer parallel programming language implementation and overall performance ...

TACC to deploy Maverick for interactive, remote visualization and data analysis ...

Supercomputer helps model lakes, oceans and much more ...

Micron announces development of new parallel processing architecture ...

Spectra Logic expands support of TS1140 Tape Drive technology with T-Series tape libraries and BlackPearl ...

Designed for Big Data applications, AMD announces industry's first "supercomputing" server graphics card with 12GB memory ...

Carnegie Mellon computer searches web 24/7 to analyze images and teach itself common sense ...

NIST demonstrates how losing information can benefit quantum computing ...

Italian physicist delivered 2013 Pitzer Lecture in Theoretical Chemistry ...

Rensselaer professor Deborah L. McGuinness named Fellow of the AAAS ...

IBM awards multi-million dollar Cloud computing platform to seven Nova Scotia schools


27 Nov 2013 Markham, Halifax - IBM is contributing a multi-million dollar private Cloud to a consortium of post-secondary institutions in Nova Scotia. The system, the first of its kind in Atlantic Canada, will form a shared computing platform enabling the schools to together create new curriculum and conduct research, all aimed at better equipping graduates with high-demand analytics skills to drive Nova Scotia's economy.

The system, operational in early 2014, is being hosted at Dalhousie University but will also be accessible through a simple, single log-on process to faculty and students at Acadia University, Cape Breton University, Mount Saint Vincent University, Nova Scotia Community College, Saint Mary's University and St. Francis Xavier University.

"A collaboration involving seven post-secondary institutes in Nova Scotia is unprecedented in this region. The ability to share a common system among all schools enhances our ability to collaborate as educators and researchers. There are always benefits to working together and this shared infrastructure will really allow the consortium to leverage each institution’s unique programming, resulting in highly skilled students ready to enter the workforce", stated Michael Shepherd, dean of the Faculty of Computer Science at Dalhousie University.

The Cloud platform, based on IBM Flex System and IBM Storwize hardware, will run the Apache Software Foundation Virtual Computing Lab (VCL) software, providing each school with scalable on-demand access to servers, storage, applications and services. This open source Cloud platform is designed specifically for the education and research community and will also include access to a wide range of IBM analytics software products.

"Cloud is now providing incredible opportunities for collaborative research across Canada", stated Dan Fortin, president of IBM Canada. "This shared computing platform in Nova Scotia will support advanced research today, and will be used to build the much-needed analytics skills for tomorrow."

The schools will use the system to deliver curriculum that reflects the mix of technical and problem-solving skills necessary to prepare students for high-demand careers in analytics. This need is being fueled by the explosion of Big Data - the 2.5 quintillion bytes of information generated daily from a growing list of sources such as smartphones, social networks, instrumentation, GPS, audio or video files, e-mails and sensors. New insights are found when analysing these data types together.

IBM's contribution of this Cloud infrastructure is part of a November, 2012 agreement between IBM, the Government of Nova Scotia, Nova Scotia Business Inc. and the consortium of post-secondary education institutions to seed analytics skills in Nova Scotia, locate an IBM services delivery centre in the province and create up to 500 new highly skilled jobs by 2020.

The technology contribution is under the auspices of two IBM programmes which facilitate collaboration with educators to teach students the information technology skills they need to be competitive and keep pace with changes in the workplace. IBM's Shared University Research and the Academic Initiatives programmes provide hardware and access to analytics software, curriculum materials, case study projects and IBM data scientists and other researchers.
Source: IBM

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Primeur weekly 2013-12-02

Exascale supercomputing

Human Brain Project to hold Open Dialogue with potential HPC suppliers ...

U.S. Government awards AMD contract to research interconnect architectures for high-performance computing ...

The Cloud

Carnegie Mellon leads multi-university project to improve web and Cloud computing accessibility ...

Need a Cloud resource for science? TACC serves up Rodeo ...

IBM Cloud capabilities help ENN Energy drive business growth and build smarter operations ...

iomartcloud and Paragon Development Systems (PDS) to deliver back-up to the Cloud services based on VMware vSphere Data Protection 5.5 advanced ...

Palo Alto Networks and VMware transform Cloud deployments with integrated network virtualization and next-generation security solution ...

IBM awards multi-million dollar Cloud computing platform to seven Nova Scotia schools ...

University of Texas at San Antonio opens Cloud and Big Data Laboratory ...

Unlocking business insights and sales opportunities with Cloud services ...

Scalable Informatics' Unison Appliance shines in first ever public report of STAC-M3 benchmarks on a parallel filesystem with Ceph ...

EuroFlash

European Union funds holistic approach on greener computing ...

Eni's new supercomputer for Eni's exploration & production activity starts work ...

PRACE partners launch Pre-Commercial Procurement: Whole-System Design for Energy Efficient HPC ...

TotalSim to launch a new range of CFD Hardware ...

Beyond encryption: Stronger security for wireless communications ...

USFlash

Intel brings supercomputing horsepower to Big Data analytics ...

Penguin Computing releases Arctica 3200xl open switches based on Broadcom Trident II chipset ...

Aeon Computing to deploy 7 Petabyte Lustre filesystem for SDSC's Comet supercomputer ...

Bright Cluster Manager helps Intel's "Cherry Creek" supercomputer achieve top rankings for SC13 ...

DataDirect Networks introduces the industry's fastest Big Data storage platform - the SFA12KX appliance series ...

OSC unveiled new industrial engagement initiative at SC13 ...

Top honours awarded for productivity in a high-performance supercomputer parallel programming language implementation and overall performance ...

TACC to deploy Maverick for interactive, remote visualization and data analysis ...

Supercomputer helps model lakes, oceans and much more ...

Micron announces development of new parallel processing architecture ...

Spectra Logic expands support of TS1140 Tape Drive technology with T-Series tape libraries and BlackPearl ...

Designed for Big Data applications, AMD announces industry's first "supercomputing" server graphics card with 12GB memory ...

Carnegie Mellon computer searches web 24/7 to analyze images and teach itself common sense ...

NIST demonstrates how losing information can benefit quantum computing ...

Italian physicist delivered 2013 Pitzer Lecture in Theoretical Chemistry ...

Rensselaer professor Deborah L. McGuinness named Fellow of the AAAS ...