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Primeur weekly 2012-02-13

The Cloud

Oracle buys Taleo ...

Tulip Telecom and IBM build India's largest data centre to address rapid growth of mobile consumers in emerging markets ...

HP powers application performance testing in the Cloud ...

Desktop Grids

Registration open for the 14th IDGF tutorial at Johannes Gutenberg Universität in Mainz ...

SAT@home to join BOINC platform ...

EuroFlash

ATEME and Bull partner for extreme performance ...

Bull reaffirms its outsourcing credentials for the most mission-critical SAP environments ...

Altair and Ontonix offer complexity management solution for achieving simple and robust design ...

Digital Sports Group to commission supercomputer for football.co.uk ...

Europe goes for computing technologies as driver for competitiveness ...

Scientists 'record' magnetic breakthrough ...

New technology platform for molecule-based electronics ...

USFlash

Cray forms new Big Data division and hires new General Manager ...

Oracle announces availability of Oracle Advanced Analytics for Big Data ...

Emerson Network Power receives ISO 13485 certification for manufacture of medical power supplies ...

Emerson Network Power to support Cavium OCTEON III multicore MIPS processor family on innovative ATCA Packet processing solutions ...

ARINC inaugurates new supercomputer for complex antenna engineering and analyses ...

Scripps research and technion scientists develop biological computer to encrypt and decipher images ...

IBM boosts XIV Storage System Gen3 performance three-fold with SSD caching option ...

NCAR representatives to host Supercomputer Use Workshop for University of Wyoming Faculty ...

University of Wyoming receives computational sciences designation ...

New supercomputer to help scientists reach for the stars ...

Engineers boost computer processor performance by over 20 percent ...

Governor Kasich announces 10-fold boost to Ohio's broadband network ...

New supercomputer to help scientists reach for the stars

7 Feb 2012 Perth - A new supercomputer has been installed at the University of Western Australia (UWA). Called "Fornax" - Latin for "hot furnace" and named after a southern hemisphere constellation known as a birthplace of stars - the UWA installation consists of 96 nodes, each containing two Intel 6-core Xeon X5650 processors, a high-end GPU and 48GB of RAM.

It forms part of the Pawsey project, an $80 million Federal Government programme to help bolster Australia's bid to build the world's biggest radio telescope - the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) - in Western Australia, and make Perth one of the world's top 20 supercomputing centres by 2013.

UWA, the CSIRO and three other WA public universities are partners in a joint venture called iVEC to provide advanced computing services to scientists, industry and government.

The director of UWA's iVEC Centre, Associate Professor Paul Bourke, said Fornax would give researchers unprecedented access to high-powered, data-intensive computing, particularly for astronomy signal processing, including the SKA, and geoscience research.

He said Fornax had a theoretical performance of more than 50 TFlops - equivalent to 10,000 office desktop computers - and 500TB global file storage plus 7TB of local disk space in each of the 96 nodes, big enough to store 2000 years of iTunes music.

Fornax is installed at the iVEC@UWA Centre in UWA's Physics Building.

Professor Bourke said it would help Perth gain a unique capability in Australian computing history in 2013 with the installation of a new iVEC petascale supercomputer - significantly faster than Fornax - to be housed in the Pawsey Centre next to the CSIRO Australian Resources Research Centre in Kensington.

The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Western Australia, Professor Paul Johnson, said the new Fornax installation at UWA would help move Australia a step closer to the top ranks of global supercomputing.

"I am very pleased UWA has an important new tool of scientific discovery to help radio astronomers reach deeper into Space than ever before and boost international geoscience research in vital areas such as the environment and climate change", Professor Johnson stated.
Source: University of Western Australia

Back to Table of contents

Primeur weekly 2012-02-13

The Cloud

Oracle buys Taleo ...

Tulip Telecom and IBM build India's largest data centre to address rapid growth of mobile consumers in emerging markets ...

HP powers application performance testing in the Cloud ...

Desktop Grids

Registration open for the 14th IDGF tutorial at Johannes Gutenberg Universität in Mainz ...

SAT@home to join BOINC platform ...

EuroFlash

ATEME and Bull partner for extreme performance ...

Bull reaffirms its outsourcing credentials for the most mission-critical SAP environments ...

Altair and Ontonix offer complexity management solution for achieving simple and robust design ...

Digital Sports Group to commission supercomputer for football.co.uk ...

Europe goes for computing technologies as driver for competitiveness ...

Scientists 'record' magnetic breakthrough ...

New technology platform for molecule-based electronics ...

USFlash

Cray forms new Big Data division and hires new General Manager ...

Oracle announces availability of Oracle Advanced Analytics for Big Data ...

Emerson Network Power receives ISO 13485 certification for manufacture of medical power supplies ...

Emerson Network Power to support Cavium OCTEON III multicore MIPS processor family on innovative ATCA Packet processing solutions ...

ARINC inaugurates new supercomputer for complex antenna engineering and analyses ...

Scripps research and technion scientists develop biological computer to encrypt and decipher images ...

IBM boosts XIV Storage System Gen3 performance three-fold with SSD caching option ...

NCAR representatives to host Supercomputer Use Workshop for University of Wyoming Faculty ...

University of Wyoming receives computational sciences designation ...

New supercomputer to help scientists reach for the stars ...

Engineers boost computer processor performance by over 20 percent ...

Governor Kasich announces 10-fold boost to Ohio's broadband network ...