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Primeur weekly 2013-02-18

The Cloud

VMware to acquire Virsto ...

Desktop Grids

BOINC based Kickstarter project in search of funding ...

EuroFlash

7th PRACE Project Access (Tier-0) Call is now open ...

WATCHOUT on tour in The Great Journey across Europe ...

Workshop 'Making Data Count' to issue Call for Participation ...

ISC introduces Big Data Conference ...

European Commission invites to participate in DG CONNECT EU Metrics Survey ...

A new super-green supercomputer at EPFL ...

Europe's fastest computer inaugurated at Jülich ...

Bull trusts Allinea DDT and Allinea MAP for major upgrade at Météo France ...

Nano-machines for 'bionic proteins' ...

USFlash

Can computers save health care? Indiana University research shows lower costs and better outcomes ...

Cray reports 2012 full year and fourth quarter financial results ...

VMware introduces VMware vSphere with Operations Management and VMware vSphere Data Protection Advanced ...

University of Wyoming professor uses supercomputer to model snowpack's effect on Alpine region agriculture ...

Asia Student Supercomputer Challenge 2013 to take off ...

NVIDIA reports financial results for annual and fourth quarter fiscal 2013 ...

Emerson and IBM Combine Software Capabilities to Optimize Data Center Efficiency and Service Management ...

EMC Isilon recognized for critical capabilities for scale-out file system storage in new Gartner report ...

Quantum cryptography put to work for electric grid security ...

University of Waterloo researchers propose breakthrough architecture for quantum computers ...

Engineers show feasibility of superfast materials ...

BOINC based Kickstarter project in search of funding

12 Feb 2013 Reading - Dean Sheaffer has formed a Kickstarter project in search of financial donors to fund his new baby. This Kickstarter project needs funds to build five PC platforms and to pay for the power they will consume. The PC platforms will be designed to run just the BOINC client - 24/7/365. One of the nuances of the BOINC client is that it utilizes CUDA processing cores native to modern graphics cards. With four advanced graphic cards - each with 1,500+ CUDA cores - multiplied by the five PC Platforms, a total of 30,000 CUDA cores will be dedicated to advancing scientific projects.

Specifically, the project will use the donated funds to build high-end desk top PCs specifically designed to optimize BOINC performance. These PCs will be built from "off the shelf" components such as ASUS motherboards, Intel processors, EVGA graphics cards - with more than 1500 CUDA enabled cores each.

The donors and the public will receive monthly updates that will culminate in a final "Blue Print" so that anyone else can replicate the BOINC "Super Node" and, in turn, advance science even further.

With a total funding goal of $37,000 for the building and operating of the entire project, this is an all-in cost of just $1.23 per core for the entire year.

Each PC is budgeted at $5,000 for a total of $25,000. Energy cost for each PC is estimated to be $200 per month; thus the additional $12,000 in the stated funding goal will be used to operate the five PC platforms for 1 year while they are being optimized. Excess funding will be used to power the PC platforms for an indefinite period of time - depending on the total funding received.

More information is available at http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1656709543/computing-for-the-advancement-of-science
Source: Kickstarter

Back to Table of contents

Primeur weekly 2013-02-18

The Cloud

VMware to acquire Virsto ...

Desktop Grids

BOINC based Kickstarter project in search of funding ...

EuroFlash

7th PRACE Project Access (Tier-0) Call is now open ...

WATCHOUT on tour in The Great Journey across Europe ...

Workshop 'Making Data Count' to issue Call for Participation ...

ISC introduces Big Data Conference ...

European Commission invites to participate in DG CONNECT EU Metrics Survey ...

A new super-green supercomputer at EPFL ...

Europe's fastest computer inaugurated at Jülich ...

Bull trusts Allinea DDT and Allinea MAP for major upgrade at Météo France ...

Nano-machines for 'bionic proteins' ...

USFlash

Can computers save health care? Indiana University research shows lower costs and better outcomes ...

Cray reports 2012 full year and fourth quarter financial results ...

VMware introduces VMware vSphere with Operations Management and VMware vSphere Data Protection Advanced ...

University of Wyoming professor uses supercomputer to model snowpack's effect on Alpine region agriculture ...

Asia Student Supercomputer Challenge 2013 to take off ...

NVIDIA reports financial results for annual and fourth quarter fiscal 2013 ...

Emerson and IBM Combine Software Capabilities to Optimize Data Center Efficiency and Service Management ...

EMC Isilon recognized for critical capabilities for scale-out file system storage in new Gartner report ...

Quantum cryptography put to work for electric grid security ...

University of Waterloo researchers propose breakthrough architecture for quantum computers ...

Engineers show feasibility of superfast materials ...