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Primeur weekly 2012-02-27

Desktop Grids

First release of XtremWeb-HEP 8

Parabon announces Frontier 6 at Emerging Technologies Symposium

The Cloud

Clinical Quality Measures (CQMs) Engine powers Imagine MD's Electronic Health Record - Practice Management and Revenue Management Solutions

At the CeBIT Fair, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and FZI will present safe concepts for the Cloud

PALLADIO software simulator analyzes programmes prior to implementation

EuroFlash

Wirth Research set to race into the future with Bull High Performance Computing and Panasas Storage solutions

German supercomputer Hermit performance of the Petaflop class for research, development and industry

Rogue Wave Software and Moscow State University collaborate to debug on Russia's largest supercomputer

Science and Technology Committee publishes report on science in the Met Office

Saving data in vortex structures - New physical phenomenon could drastically reduce energy consumption by computers

CoolEmAll to address energy implications of European Commission HPC investment

USFlash

Cray forms new subsidiary in China

The Green Grid welcomes individual memberships for the first time in its history

University of Texas at Austin Supercomputing Center to receive $10 million in private funding

Scoping the cost of the world's biggest new supercomputer

Mathematician sees artistic side to father of computer

UC Santa Barbara researcher's new study may lead to MRIs on a nanoscale

Transforming computers of the future with optical interconnects

Intel's next-generation communications platform key to accelerated network services

HP helps telecoms tap LTE networks to deliver personalized mobile experience

THOR.LO streamlines infrastructure footprint with HP

NIST reveals switching mechanism in promising computer memory device

Engineering and geoscience faculty help lead $3 million NSF Delta research collaboration

Twists to quantum technique for secret messaging give unanticipated power

Paving the way to Canada's next big industry - the quantum information frontier

SanDisk develops world's smallest 128Gb NAND flash memory chip

Single-atom transistor is perfect

CoolEmAll to address energy implications of European Commission HPC investment

20 Feb 2012 London - A new European Commission-funded project aims to tackle the energy-efficiency implications of data centres. The CoolEmAll programme will take a holistic approach to improving data centre energy efficiency covering not just the role of IT hardware or facilities equipment but also the applications they ultimately support. The project aims to deliver two key tools to help data centres monitor and manage their energy consumption that will be developed and enhanced over the next two years.

The energy efficiency goals of the CoolEmAll project are particularly relevant given the EC's February 2012 announcement about establishing Europe as a leader in High Performance Computing (HPC). The EC plans to double its investment in HPC from 630 million euro to 1.2 billion euro. Half of the budget would be for development and training and for new centres of excellence, creating thousands of jobs.

The CoolEmAll project, along with other EC-funded data centre and HPC projects should benefit from this investment and the higher profile that will be given to HPC. Members of the project consortium include several high-profile HPC research organisations including Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Center (PSNC) and the High Performance Computing Centre University of Stuttgart (HLRS).

Neelie Kroes, European Commission Vice-President responsible for the Digital Agenda, has said that HPC is a crucial enabler for European industry and for more jobs in Europe. "High Performance Computing is a crucial enabler for European industry and for more jobs in Europe. It's investments like HPC that deliver innovations improving daily life. We've got to invest smartly in this field because we cannot afford to leave it to our competitors."

The CoolEmAll project addresses an important aspect of HPC - energy efficiency. Supercomputers, and their related data centre infrastructure, consume large amounts of energy and resources. The CoolEmAll project will evaluate data centre and HPC energy efficiency by looking at the interaction of high performance computing hardware, data centre facilities (heating and cooling) as well as the role of applications in energy and carbon efficiency.

The project aims to develop two key tools to help monitor and manage data centre energy consumption:

  • Simulation, Visualisation and Decision support (SVD) toolkit: The consortium describes the SVD toolkit as a real-time Computational Fluid Dynamics modelling tool. The SVD Toolkit will allow data centre planners to model the energy efficiency implications of physical placement of servers within a facility, different approaches to cooling, as well as the role played by applications and workload.
  • Blueprints/designs of energy-efficient hardware: The other main outcome of the project will be a set of open source designs based on the RECS | Compute Box developed by German start-up Christmann informationstechnik. These designs, along with the SVD toolkit, should allow other projects, or potentially

commercial data centre operators, to build on the research done by the CoolEmAll consortium.

The main goal of the CoolEmAll project is to increase understanding of how a range of factors influences the overall efficiency of data centres. These include not only the power consumption of IT hardware and different approaches to cooling (e.g., mechanical chillers or free air cooling) but also the role of specific applications and workloads.

The seven members of the CoolEmAll consortium are Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Center, The Toulouse IT Research Institute, High Performance Computing Centre University of Stuttgart, The Catalonia Institute for Energy Research, Atos, 451 Research and Christmann informationstechnik.

More information is available at http://www.coolemall.eu/

Source: CoolEmAll

Back to Table of contents

Primeur weekly 2012-02-27

Desktop Grids

First release of XtremWeb-HEP 8

Parabon announces Frontier 6 at Emerging Technologies Symposium

The Cloud

Clinical Quality Measures (CQMs) Engine powers Imagine MD's Electronic Health Record - Practice Management and Revenue Management Solutions

At the CeBIT Fair, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and FZI will present safe concepts for the Cloud

PALLADIO software simulator analyzes programmes prior to implementation

EuroFlash

Wirth Research set to race into the future with Bull High Performance Computing and Panasas Storage solutions

German supercomputer Hermit performance of the Petaflop class for research, development and industry

Rogue Wave Software and Moscow State University collaborate to debug on Russia's largest supercomputer

Science and Technology Committee publishes report on science in the Met Office

Saving data in vortex structures - New physical phenomenon could drastically reduce energy consumption by computers

CoolEmAll to address energy implications of European Commission HPC investment

USFlash

Cray forms new subsidiary in China

The Green Grid welcomes individual memberships for the first time in its history

University of Texas at Austin Supercomputing Center to receive $10 million in private funding

Scoping the cost of the world's biggest new supercomputer

Mathematician sees artistic side to father of computer

UC Santa Barbara researcher's new study may lead to MRIs on a nanoscale

Transforming computers of the future with optical interconnects

Intel's next-generation communications platform key to accelerated network services

HP helps telecoms tap LTE networks to deliver personalized mobile experience

THOR.LO streamlines infrastructure footprint with HP

NIST reveals switching mechanism in promising computer memory device

Engineering and geoscience faculty help lead $3 million NSF Delta research collaboration

Twists to quantum technique for secret messaging give unanticipated power

Paving the way to Canada's next big industry - the quantum information frontier

SanDisk develops world's smallest 128Gb NAND flash memory chip

Single-atom transistor is perfect