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Primeur weekly 2012-03-12

Exascale supercomputing

FERMI ready for launch in PRACE ...

SGI continues exascale move with integration of Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 family ...

The Cloud

StratusLab version 1.4 released ...

New Intel server technology: Powering the Cloud to handle 15 billion connected devices ...

New Cisco Unified Computing System innovations help customers build Clouds and deploy business applications faster ...

HP certifies first Netherlands-based partners to help enterprises migrate to Cloud ...

IBM study: Cloud computing to rewrite corporate business models ...

The trustworthy Cloud ...

Swisscom delivers Unified Communications Services with Private Cloud solution from HP ...

Head for the Cloud ...

IBM addresses next shift in enterprise Cloud adoption ...

Microsoft releases SQL Server 2012 to help customers manage any data, any size, anywhere ...

IMImobile deploys IBM software to enhance its Cloud services management ...

IBM unveils new solutions to help make Smarter Computing real for x86 users ...

Desktop Grids

Digipede Technologies releases Digipede Network 3.0, featuring lower latency and new deployment options ...

EuroFlash

Immersive Malaysian cinema uses Delta media servers from 7thSense Design ...

ISC'12 keynote speakers to present a global perspective on HPC ...

Lustre User Group (LUG2012) Conference programme announced ...

New Zealand's Massey University uses Bright Cluster Manager to advance knowledge on the edge of science ...

EPSRC awards 3 ICT programme grants to UCL Engineering ...

Eurotech announces CPU-111-10, the new 6U OpenVPX SBC with Quad-Core Intel Xeon CPU and 10 Gigabit Ethernet switch ...

Eurotech announces the availability of their new Sandy Bridge supercomputer ...

SURFnet demonstration of 100G DWDM solution between Amsterdam and Geneva showcases ability of existing fiber infrastructure to support high speed networking ...

USFlash

Appro announces availability for server platforms based on the new Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 product family ...

Supermicro launches 100+ new generation server solutions supporting Intel Xeon processor E5-2600/1600 families ...

ZT Systems announces Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 based server solutions for precision-fit data centres ...

Latest ATCA blade from Emerson Network Power sets new performance standard in telecom server and control plane applications ...

IBM technology to power NOAA's weather and climate supercomputers, with greater reliability and processing power ...

Holey Optochip first to transfer one trillion bits of information per second using the power of light ...

NVIDIA GPUs bring High Performance GPU Computing to new Dell PowerEdge servers ...

NVIDIA Tesla GPUs accelerate science on HP ProLiant Generation 8 servers with new Intel CPUs ...

Garafolo tests spacecraft seal to verify computer models ...

SDSC's Gordon supercomputer: Ready for researchers ...

SAS access to Hadoop links leading analytics and big data ...

NUST launches Pakistan's fastest supercomputer ...

Citi and IBM enter exploratory agreement on use of Watson technologies ...

The Green Grid announces new materials to advance data centre sustainability and productivity ...

SAS honoured for analytics innovation ...

SDSC announces 2012 internship opportunities for high school students ...

HP unveils powerful new line of workstations ...

Citi and IBM enter exploratory agreement on use of Watson technologies

5 Mar 2012 New York - Citigroup has entered into an agreement with IBM to explore possible uses for IBM Watson. Under the agreement, Citi will examine the use of deep content analysis and evidence based learning capabilities found in IBM Watson to help advance customer interactions, and improve and simplify the banking experience.

Citi is working to be the leading digital bank, providing customers with the latest technology to enhance and facilitate service. Citi will evaluate ways that IBM Watson technologies can help analyze customer needs and process vast amounts of up-to-the-minute financial, economic, product and client data.

Citibank customers have come to expect the highest level of service in an integrated, timely fashion, whether delivered by phone, ATM, live-chat, on-line or in person in a branch. The bank continuously explores new ways to ensure it is lending responsibly and acting in the best interest of customers.

"At Citi, we are constantly developing new, innovative ways to better serve our customers' financial needs", stated Don Callahan, Citi's Chief Administrative Officer and Chief Operations & Technology Officer. "We are working to rethink and redesign the various ways in which our customers and clients interact with money. We will collaborate with IBM to explore how we can use the Watson technology to provide our customers with new, secure services designed around their increasingly digital and mobile lives."

"IBM continues to advance Watson in information intensive industries, enabling organisations to quickly gain valuable insights from vast amounts of data that can speed decision making and improve how companies serve their customers", stated Mike Rhodin, Senior Vice President, IBM Software Solutions. "The collaboration between IBM and Citi will explore how applying Watson in the consumer financial market could help empower financial professionals to make better business decisions and represents a significant step in delivering on the promise of personalized banking in the 21st century."

Citi will assess ways to use a first-of-a-kind customer interaction solution combined with Watson's deep-content analytics, natural language processing, decision support, and evidence-based learning to continue to advance digital banking.

Watson's ability to analyze the meaning and context of human language, and quickly process vast amounts of information to suggest options targeted to a consumers' individual circumstances, can help accelerate and assist decision makers in identifying opportunities, evaluating risks, and exploring alternative actions that are best suited for their clients.

Celebrating its 200th anniversary this year, Citi has a long history of working with IBM on key innovations to advance the use of information technology in the financial services industry. In 1954, the two companies announced the first use of an "electronic brain" that reduced the time required for a cost-benefit analysis from 1,000 man-hours to nine and a half minutes. Today, the companies are continuing those efforts.
Source: IBM

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Primeur weekly 2012-03-12

Exascale supercomputing

FERMI ready for launch in PRACE ...

SGI continues exascale move with integration of Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 family ...

The Cloud

StratusLab version 1.4 released ...

New Intel server technology: Powering the Cloud to handle 15 billion connected devices ...

New Cisco Unified Computing System innovations help customers build Clouds and deploy business applications faster ...

HP certifies first Netherlands-based partners to help enterprises migrate to Cloud ...

IBM study: Cloud computing to rewrite corporate business models ...

The trustworthy Cloud ...

Swisscom delivers Unified Communications Services with Private Cloud solution from HP ...

Head for the Cloud ...

IBM addresses next shift in enterprise Cloud adoption ...

Microsoft releases SQL Server 2012 to help customers manage any data, any size, anywhere ...

IMImobile deploys IBM software to enhance its Cloud services management ...

IBM unveils new solutions to help make Smarter Computing real for x86 users ...

Desktop Grids

Digipede Technologies releases Digipede Network 3.0, featuring lower latency and new deployment options ...

EuroFlash

Immersive Malaysian cinema uses Delta media servers from 7thSense Design ...

ISC'12 keynote speakers to present a global perspective on HPC ...

Lustre User Group (LUG2012) Conference programme announced ...

New Zealand's Massey University uses Bright Cluster Manager to advance knowledge on the edge of science ...

EPSRC awards 3 ICT programme grants to UCL Engineering ...

Eurotech announces CPU-111-10, the new 6U OpenVPX SBC with Quad-Core Intel Xeon CPU and 10 Gigabit Ethernet switch ...

Eurotech announces the availability of their new Sandy Bridge supercomputer ...

SURFnet demonstration of 100G DWDM solution between Amsterdam and Geneva showcases ability of existing fiber infrastructure to support high speed networking ...

USFlash

Appro announces availability for server platforms based on the new Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 product family ...

Supermicro launches 100+ new generation server solutions supporting Intel Xeon processor E5-2600/1600 families ...

ZT Systems announces Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 based server solutions for precision-fit data centres ...

Latest ATCA blade from Emerson Network Power sets new performance standard in telecom server and control plane applications ...

IBM technology to power NOAA's weather and climate supercomputers, with greater reliability and processing power ...

Holey Optochip first to transfer one trillion bits of information per second using the power of light ...

NVIDIA GPUs bring High Performance GPU Computing to new Dell PowerEdge servers ...

NVIDIA Tesla GPUs accelerate science on HP ProLiant Generation 8 servers with new Intel CPUs ...

Garafolo tests spacecraft seal to verify computer models ...

SDSC's Gordon supercomputer: Ready for researchers ...

SAS access to Hadoop links leading analytics and big data ...

NUST launches Pakistan's fastest supercomputer ...

Citi and IBM enter exploratory agreement on use of Watson technologies ...

The Green Grid announces new materials to advance data centre sustainability and productivity ...

SAS honoured for analytics innovation ...

SDSC announces 2012 internship opportunities for high school students ...

HP unveils powerful new line of workstations ...