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Primeur weekly 2012-02-06

The Cloud

SGI introduces SGI Modular InfiniteStorage Platform ...

Amazon Web Services announces AWS Storage Gateway to connect enterprise data with the Cloud ...

Dell and Atos to deliver standardized Cloud-based IT infrastructure services for Wolters Kluwer ...

Customers adopt Oracle Fusion Human Capital Management to help maximize valuable assets and achieve business goals ...

FiberCorp provides virtualization services with Cisco technology ...

Dell Cloud Business Applications helps Schoolwires tap into the power of integrated CRM ...

Gridstore's scale-out storage solution wins the 2011 Cloud Computing Excellence Award ...

IBM completes acquisition of Emptoris to expand Smarter Commerce Initiative ...

EuroFlash

Call for Posters at "HPC in Asia Workshop" at ISC'12 ...

Three new members of PRACE ...

PRACE to establish six advanced HPC training centres ...

Altair launches new applications to run, monitor and manage workloads and results efficiently ...

USFlash

Adaptive Computing strengthens its management team with new Chief Financial Officer ...

Cray launches new midrange initiative with supercomputers now starting at $200,000 ...

Oracle ships over 1 Exabyte of media for StorageTek T10000C tape drives ...

Rogue Wave delivers early access version of TotalView for IBM Blue Gene/Q-based system to Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ...

Oracle's SPARC T4 server momentum expands demand for SPARC systems ...

Oracle’s SPARC T4 servers in high demand in the communications industry ...

Earth Simulator supercomputer used to forecast 2012 climate patterns ...

AMD strategy transformation brings agile delivery of industry-leading IP to the market ...

Cray Inc. to present at Stifel Nicolaus 2012 Technology and Telecom Conference ...

One step closer to resource efficient IT: The Green Grid announces agenda and session topics for Forum 2012 ...

HP simplifies networking with broadest choice of OpenFlow-enabled switches ...

University of Florida's Center for High-Performance Reconfigurable Computing awarded prize for technology innovation ...

Olivucci models potential of toxic algae photoreceptors ...

Oracle beats NetApp and EMC in Storage magazine Quality Awards for NAS ...

Raritan enhances its leadership position in DCIM with dcTrack 2.6 ...

University of Florida's Center for High-Performance Reconfigurable Computing awarded prize for technology innovation

30 Jan 2012 Gainesville - The National Science Foundation's Center for High-Performance Reconfigurable Computing, or CHREC, headquartered at the University of Florida (UF), was recently awarded the 2012 Alexander Schwarzkopf Prize for Technology Innovation for its research and development of Novo-G, the world's most powerful reconfigurable supercomputer.

"It's the prototype for a whole new series of adaptive computing machines that industry leaders can build and develop for their own use", stated Alan George, director of CHREC and professor of electrical and computer engineering at UF.

Awarded annually since 2005, the Schwarzkopf Prize recognizes excellence in National Science Foundation, or NSF, co-operative research centres such as CHREC charged with the mission of fostering collaborative research between industry and universities. Novo-G, the innovation that earned CHREC the prize for 2012, is much faster and more efficient than conventional supercomputers many times its size and cost, and uses far less energy.

"When you're working with a conventional supercomputer, you have to write each application so that it plays to the fixed nature of the machine's processing architecture", Alan George stated. "Novo-G turns that around; the machine adapts to handle the problem."

When programmers write an application for Novo-G, they insert code that tells the machine's processors how best to arrange themselves to handle most efficiently the problem being proposed. And that leads to big savings in power, money, and time, over what a conventional computer can do, he said.

CHREC partners with a variety of companies like Monsanto, Honeywell, National Instruments, and Intel to help them adapt new technology for their own needs.

"For example, Monsanto has plans to build their own Novo-G type of machine in the future when they are ready to use it for production business processes", stated Herman Lam, associate director of CHREC and associate professor of electrical and computer engineering at UF. "For now, we run experiments for them using their data as part of our ongoing research."

Novo-G first came on-line in the summer of 2009 and has doubled its reconfigurable processing capacity annually since that time. The featured devices in Novo-G are Field-Programmable Gate Arrays, or FPGAs, which enable the user to customize and configure the hardware.

The Alexander Schwarzkopf Prize isn't just about CHREC’s technological achievements with Novo-G, Alan George said. The award also recognizes its success in pushing the relationship between academic research and industry as an NSF centre. CHREC is one of about 50 such centres in the U.S.

"This award says that CHREC is exemplary as a national research centre making breakthroughs for industry, government, and society at large", Herman Lam stated. "One of the best."

Herman Lam accepted the award on behalf of CHREC at a national event in Washington, D.C., earlier this month.
Source: University of Florida

Back to Table of contents

Primeur weekly 2012-02-06

The Cloud

SGI introduces SGI Modular InfiniteStorage Platform ...

Amazon Web Services announces AWS Storage Gateway to connect enterprise data with the Cloud ...

Dell and Atos to deliver standardized Cloud-based IT infrastructure services for Wolters Kluwer ...

Customers adopt Oracle Fusion Human Capital Management to help maximize valuable assets and achieve business goals ...

FiberCorp provides virtualization services with Cisco technology ...

Dell Cloud Business Applications helps Schoolwires tap into the power of integrated CRM ...

Gridstore's scale-out storage solution wins the 2011 Cloud Computing Excellence Award ...

IBM completes acquisition of Emptoris to expand Smarter Commerce Initiative ...

EuroFlash

Call for Posters at "HPC in Asia Workshop" at ISC'12 ...

Three new members of PRACE ...

PRACE to establish six advanced HPC training centres ...

Altair launches new applications to run, monitor and manage workloads and results efficiently ...

USFlash

Adaptive Computing strengthens its management team with new Chief Financial Officer ...

Cray launches new midrange initiative with supercomputers now starting at $200,000 ...

Oracle ships over 1 Exabyte of media for StorageTek T10000C tape drives ...

Rogue Wave delivers early access version of TotalView for IBM Blue Gene/Q-based system to Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ...

Oracle's SPARC T4 server momentum expands demand for SPARC systems ...

Oracle’s SPARC T4 servers in high demand in the communications industry ...

Earth Simulator supercomputer used to forecast 2012 climate patterns ...

AMD strategy transformation brings agile delivery of industry-leading IP to the market ...

Cray Inc. to present at Stifel Nicolaus 2012 Technology and Telecom Conference ...

One step closer to resource efficient IT: The Green Grid announces agenda and session topics for Forum 2012 ...

HP simplifies networking with broadest choice of OpenFlow-enabled switches ...

University of Florida's Center for High-Performance Reconfigurable Computing awarded prize for technology innovation ...

Olivucci models potential of toxic algae photoreceptors ...

Oracle beats NetApp and EMC in Storage magazine Quality Awards for NAS ...

Raritan enhances its leadership position in DCIM with dcTrack 2.6 ...