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Primeur weekly 2013-02-25

Exascale supercomputing

Indiana University receives grant for supercomputer work ...

The Cloud

Rackspace announces new data centre for expanding UK base ...

HP enables partners to accelerate Cloud Services delivery ...

Red Hat unveils Big Data and open hybrid Cloud direction ...

Cloud9 IDE builds on-line development environment with Red Hat OpenShift ...

EuroFlash

Modern museum techniques: projectiondesign helps visitors better comprehend the stories of First World War ...

Bern computer simulation helps to better understand the origin of our solar system ...

Advancing research collaboration with GÉANT's high-speed infrastructure ...

Partnership puts computational science at the heart of Unilever's R&D ...

USFlash

New Emerson Network Power media processing accelerator offers performance breakthrough in server applications ...

HP extends Converged Infrastructure leadership ...

HP delivers simplicity, profitability and consistency for partners ...

Introducing Intel Cache Acceleration Software for use with Intel SSD data centre family ...

ManTech announces financial results for fourth quarter and fiscal year 2012 ...

Mellanox FDR 56Gb/s InfiniBand accelerates the fastest supercomputer in India ...

Enterprises perform faster and operations run more efficiently on new NetApp high-end, Flash-optimized storage systems ...

NetApp expands Flash portfolio, extending leadership in enterprise Flash storage ...

NVIDIA introduces GeForce GTX TITAN: DNA of the world's fastest supercomputer, powered by world's fastest GPU ...

NREL and partners demonstrate quantum dots that assemble themselves ...

New supercomputer to aid genomics research ...

Supercomputers used to supercharge antioxidants ...

Supercomputer Titan could advance progress in development of solar energy at West Virginia University ...

New supercomputer to aid genomics research

18 Feb 2013 Urbana-Champaign - The National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) has gifted the Institute for Genomic Biology (IGB) a highly parallel shared memory supercomputer named Ember. Originally funded by the NSF, Ember will be managed by the High-Performance Biological Computing (HPCBio) group.

"We've been using Ember for a while now through the NCSA, mainly in computational genomics", stated Victor Jongeneel, Director of HPCBio. "It can perform a lot of tasks that our existing systems just can't. Having it under our own management will allow us better access and faster results."

The Ember computing system has become part of the IGB biocluster, adding 1536 cores and eight terabytes of memory spread across four nodes.

Ember was installed in the server room at the IGB after its October 1st decommission by the NCSA. It would cost two million to purchase today, and is only two years old. Ember will be available to anyone on campus for a service fee, which will be placed in a fund to replace the infrastructure as it becomes dated.

For ease of use, Ember runs a Linux operating system, and can be used in many applications including chemistry, fluid mechanics, and imaging. However, its most called for use at the IGB will likely be in genomics and transcriptomics research.

Currently, the Carver Biotechnology Center sequences DNA in short segments of around 250 base pairs. These thousands of segments, however, overlap and are distributed randomly, making it difficult to see the "big picture" of the genome. Ember's very large shared memory - 2 terabytes in a single system - will enable the applications to run much more efficiently as they organize and connect these segments, and has already facilitated several projects.

"It will be a wonderful addition to our research community", stated Victor Jongeneel. "In the past, some projects like these were left incomplete, or spent thousands of dollars on computer time. This will enable larger projects that we've had trouble with in the past, and easier genome and transcriptome assemblies."
Source: Institute for Genomic Biology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Back to Table of contents

Primeur weekly 2013-02-25

Exascale supercomputing

Indiana University receives grant for supercomputer work ...

The Cloud

Rackspace announces new data centre for expanding UK base ...

HP enables partners to accelerate Cloud Services delivery ...

Red Hat unveils Big Data and open hybrid Cloud direction ...

Cloud9 IDE builds on-line development environment with Red Hat OpenShift ...

EuroFlash

Modern museum techniques: projectiondesign helps visitors better comprehend the stories of First World War ...

Bern computer simulation helps to better understand the origin of our solar system ...

Advancing research collaboration with GÉANT's high-speed infrastructure ...

Partnership puts computational science at the heart of Unilever's R&D ...

USFlash

New Emerson Network Power media processing accelerator offers performance breakthrough in server applications ...

HP extends Converged Infrastructure leadership ...

HP delivers simplicity, profitability and consistency for partners ...

Introducing Intel Cache Acceleration Software for use with Intel SSD data centre family ...

ManTech announces financial results for fourth quarter and fiscal year 2012 ...

Mellanox FDR 56Gb/s InfiniBand accelerates the fastest supercomputer in India ...

Enterprises perform faster and operations run more efficiently on new NetApp high-end, Flash-optimized storage systems ...

NetApp expands Flash portfolio, extending leadership in enterprise Flash storage ...

NVIDIA introduces GeForce GTX TITAN: DNA of the world's fastest supercomputer, powered by world's fastest GPU ...

NREL and partners demonstrate quantum dots that assemble themselves ...

New supercomputer to aid genomics research ...

Supercomputers used to supercharge antioxidants ...

Supercomputer Titan could advance progress in development of solar energy at West Virginia University ...