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Primeur weekly 2014-03-03

The Cloud

IBM to acquire Cloudant: Open, Cloud database service helps organisations simplify mobile, web app and Big Data development ...

SUSE Cloud 3 now available, based on OpenStack Havana release ...

Oracle buys BlueKai ...

IBM launches pay-as-you-go model to quickly get clients on Cloud storage ...

VMware vCloud Hybrid Service now generally available in Europe ...

VMware completes acquisition of AirWatch ...

Adaptive Computing introduces Big Workflow to accelerate insights that inspire data-driven decisions giving the business a distinct competitive advantage ...

IBM invests $1 billion to deliver unique Platform-as-a-Service capabilities to connect enterprise data and applications to the Cloud ...

Fujitsu launches A5 for Windows Azure public Cloud service based on strengthened alliance with Microsoft ...

Desktop Grids

HTC aims to create a supercomputer with "HTC Power to Give" ...

BOINCCalculator 0.5.1 released ...

EuroFlash

PRACE 8th Call for Proposals closes with larger allocations on all systems ...

Gauss Centre for Supercomputing allocates ~440 million computing core hours to European research ...

IBM challenges mobile developers to bring the power of Watson to the palm of your hand ...

ISC'14 to launch Exhibitors Innovation Forum on June 24-25 ...

HP helps telcos deploy new offerings in minutes, rather than months, with network functions virtualization ...

Intel announces family of virtualization platforms for industrial systems ...

USFlash

Rogue Wave shows off new analysis toolchain for software risk mitigation ...

OpenMP ARB releases new Mission Statement ...

Fujitsu delivers new levels of in-memory computing performance and x86 mission-critical uptime with PRIMEQUEST 2000 series ...

New record set for data-transfer speeds ...

University of New Mexico gains supercomputer from the New Mexico Consortium ...

Nova Southeastern University will ramp up research with its first supercomputer ...

Gartner says 2013 worldwide server market grew 2.1 percent in shipments, while revenue decreased 4.5 percent for the year ...

NIH and George Washington University researchers partner to accelerate genomics research using Internet2's 100G network ...

Nova Southeastern University will ramp up research with its first supercomputer


26 Feb 2014 Fort Lauderdale - Nova Southeastern University's (NSU) Graduate School of Computer and Information Sciences has received a multimillion dollar IBM Supercomputer that will place NSU's research at the forefront of computational biology, data mining, graphic visualization and software engineering.

"The addition of the supercomputer allows NSU to join an elite group of universities with this type of research computing power", stated NSU President George L. Hanbury, Ph.D. The supercomputer was donated by Centaurus Energy of Houston, Texas.

Classified as an institution with "high research activity" by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, NSU has more than 200 research projects currently underway and the acquisition of the supercomputer will play an important role in extending NSU's research capabilities. The supercomputer will allow university researchers to create more accurate models of complex processes, and simulate problems that currently cannot be addressed with the university's existing systems.

"This IBM Supercomputer will allow researchers to analyze increasing amounts of data generated by experiments in weeks or months, rather than the years required by conventional computers", stated Eric S. Ackerman, Ph.D. Dean of NSU's Graduate School of Computer and Information Sciences. "It will also allow NSU to develop a new wave of graduates who will have skills in large-scale computing, making them even more desirable prospects in the increasingly competitive job market."

The machine cluster is a collection of 32 nodes with each node having 16 POWER CPU's with 256 GB of RAM. Each CPU has two processor units that can run two threads each. Each core is capable of two-way simultaneous multithreading. Each CPU has approximately 790 million transistors. Each core has two integer units, two binary floating-point units, an AltiVec unit, and a novel decimal floating-point unit. It also has hardware support for IEEE 754 decimal arithmetic and includes the first decimal floating-point unit integrated in silicon. The machine is water-cooled using internal chilled plates and a rear cooling door on each rack.

The software stack consists of AIX, General Parallel File System (GPFS), C++, Fortran, IBM Parallel Environment Runtime (PE), Engineering and Scientific Subroutine Library (ESSL), Parallel Engineering and Scientific Subroutine Library (PESSL), and Tivoli Workload Scheduler LoadLeveler.

In keeping with the university's mascot theme, the Sharks, the IBM Supercomputer has been nicknamed "Megalodon" the largest prehistoric shark known to man. Megalodon is currently housed within NSU's Graduate School of Computer and Information Sciences and will be moved to the university's $80 million Center for Collaborative Research, once the facility is completed in 2016.
Source: Nova Southeastern University

Back to Table of contents

Primeur weekly 2014-03-03

The Cloud

IBM to acquire Cloudant: Open, Cloud database service helps organisations simplify mobile, web app and Big Data development ...

SUSE Cloud 3 now available, based on OpenStack Havana release ...

Oracle buys BlueKai ...

IBM launches pay-as-you-go model to quickly get clients on Cloud storage ...

VMware vCloud Hybrid Service now generally available in Europe ...

VMware completes acquisition of AirWatch ...

Adaptive Computing introduces Big Workflow to accelerate insights that inspire data-driven decisions giving the business a distinct competitive advantage ...

IBM invests $1 billion to deliver unique Platform-as-a-Service capabilities to connect enterprise data and applications to the Cloud ...

Fujitsu launches A5 for Windows Azure public Cloud service based on strengthened alliance with Microsoft ...

Desktop Grids

HTC aims to create a supercomputer with "HTC Power to Give" ...

BOINCCalculator 0.5.1 released ...

EuroFlash

PRACE 8th Call for Proposals closes with larger allocations on all systems ...

Gauss Centre for Supercomputing allocates ~440 million computing core hours to European research ...

IBM challenges mobile developers to bring the power of Watson to the palm of your hand ...

ISC'14 to launch Exhibitors Innovation Forum on June 24-25 ...

HP helps telcos deploy new offerings in minutes, rather than months, with network functions virtualization ...

Intel announces family of virtualization platforms for industrial systems ...

USFlash

Rogue Wave shows off new analysis toolchain for software risk mitigation ...

OpenMP ARB releases new Mission Statement ...

Fujitsu delivers new levels of in-memory computing performance and x86 mission-critical uptime with PRIMEQUEST 2000 series ...

New record set for data-transfer speeds ...

University of New Mexico gains supercomputer from the New Mexico Consortium ...

Nova Southeastern University will ramp up research with its first supercomputer ...

Gartner says 2013 worldwide server market grew 2.1 percent in shipments, while revenue decreased 4.5 percent for the year ...

NIH and George Washington University researchers partner to accelerate genomics research using Internet2's 100G network ...