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Primeur weekly 2012-04-30

Desktop Grids

SDSC's Trestles supercomputer speeds clean energy research

The Cloud

Customers worldwide choose Oracle Fusion Human Capital Management in the Cloud

AMD selects HP for Cloud data centre

GREE selects Oracle's Sun ZFS storage appliance, Oracle Solaris 11 on Sun x86 server for data analysis

Chico's FAS chooses HP Converged Infrastructure to increase employee productivity, and cut costs

Fujitsu releases software supporting the utilization of big data

World's largest genomics institute announces affordable, Cloud-based DNA sequencing service accelerated by NVIDIA GPUs

LA Net adopts Emerge.MD's Cloud based telehealth solution to enable clinical collaboration

EC OPTIMIS Project to release first open source toolkit for Cloud providers

EuroFlash

PRACE to issue Call for Participation in PRACE Scientific Conference 2012 on June 17, 2012 at ISC'12 in Hamburg

CGW'12 to issue Call for Papers

Russia's largest state-owned bank, Vnesheconombank, acquires equity stake in supercomputer manufacturer, T-Platforms

Strong business growth in first quarter for Bull

The final frontier: space centre launch facility chooses projectiondesign

Data mining opens the door to predictive neuroscience

PRACE to issue Call for Participation in PRACE Scientific Conference 2012 on June 17, 2012 at ISC'12 in Hamburg

CGW'12 to issue Call for Papers

Russia's largest state-owned bank, Vnesheconombank, acquires equity stake in supercomputer manufacturer, T-Platforms

Strong business growth in first quarter for Bull

New computer techniques speed up drug research

New NLeSC Open Call for Converging Sciences

USFlash

Terascala announces $14 million Series B funding round led by strategic partner consortium

Cray agrees to sell interconnect hardware sssets to Intel

Cray reports strong first quarter 2012 results

12 companies join Stanford and Berkeley to launch new Open Networking Research Center

Terascala announces $14 million Series B funding round led by strategic partner consortium

Cray agrees to sell interconnect hardware sssets to Intel

Cray reports strong first quarter 2012 results

DataDirect Networks selected to support NCSA's Blue Waters supercomputer

Valence Health heals growing pains with high-performance analytics from SAS and HP

AMD and Adobe Creative Suite 6 innovate with OpenCL and GPU acceleration

Canada's St. John Ambulance chooses HP to revive ailing storage network

IBM launches PowerLinux solutions to help customers increase efficiency and insights

NVIDIA unveils GeForce GTX 690 - Dual graphics card combines world's fastest gaming performance with sleek, sexy design

iBridge selects Oracle's Pillar Axiom 600 storage system as the foundation for its new secure data centre

Emerson Network Power rugged processing blade now verified by Cisco for secure unified communications in federal and defense applications

Physicists benchmark quantum simulator with hundreds of qubits

HP unveils enhancements to HP-UX for HP Integrity Systems

IBM advances Big Data analytics with acquisition of Vivisimo

Oracle beats NetApp results on SPECsfs2008 NFS benchmark at less than half the price and sets two-node world record

EC OPTIMIS Project to release first open source toolkit for Cloud providers

30 Apr 2012 London - The EU-funded OPTIMIS project is releasing the first version of its open source toolkit to help European service providers build and run applications in the Cloud.

The software toolkit makes it easy for service providers to build service policies and virtual machines and make deployment and infrastructure decisions based on four key factors - trust, risk, eco-efficiency and cost (TREC). It gives service providers the choice of deploying services across all types of Cloud environments - private, hybrid, Cloud-bursting, federated or multi-Clouds.

The OPTIMIS programming component allows developers to define service elements and automatically create virtual machines. Using the TREC optimisation engine, the toolkit manages the deployment of the VMs to the service provider's preferred infrastructure.

Another component, the OPTIMIS broker, manages the infrastructure selection and service deployment by automatically evaluating infrastructure providers based on the service provider's TREC preference. These deployments can even occur across multiple cloud infrastructures if the TREC-based evaluation determines that would deliver the best result.

Once the service is live, OPTIMIS allows the service provider to continue to monitor, change and optimise the various configurations at runtime.

Another key feature of the toolkit is that the software design incorporates data protection requirements. "This is important, because data protection is more and more becoming a 'must have' feature for Cloud services, not only in Europe but worldwide", added Csilla Zsigri.

Version one of the toolkit will be available on 1 June 2012 for download from the OPTIMIS web site. The beta version of the toolkit has been tested by some of the Cloud providers and IT services firms involved in the project, such as Atos, Flexiant and Arsys in collaboration with major supercomputing centres such as University of Stuttgart (HLRS) and Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC).

"The beta version has given us an indication of the potential benefits of this toolkit. At this stage, the beta version has been able to select best deployment venues based on the application's TREC requirements. Once the full application service is up and running, the toolkit monitors both the TREC levels and the application KPIs and if the SLA is compromised, it takes corrective action and for instance it automatically bursts to a different Cloud environment", stated Ana Juan, Head of Service Engineering & IT Platforms Lab at Atos.

"The OPTIMIS toolkit helps eliminate the risks involved in building Cloud environments and we hope this will encourage more European SMBs to create new Cloud applications and services", added Ana Juan.
Source: OPTIMIS

Back to Table of contents

Primeur weekly 2012-04-30

Desktop Grids

SDSC's Trestles supercomputer speeds clean energy research

The Cloud

Customers worldwide choose Oracle Fusion Human Capital Management in the Cloud

AMD selects HP for Cloud data centre

GREE selects Oracle's Sun ZFS storage appliance, Oracle Solaris 11 on Sun x86 server for data analysis

Chico's FAS chooses HP Converged Infrastructure to increase employee productivity, and cut costs

Fujitsu releases software supporting the utilization of big data

World's largest genomics institute announces affordable, Cloud-based DNA sequencing service accelerated by NVIDIA GPUs

LA Net adopts Emerge.MD's Cloud based telehealth solution to enable clinical collaboration

EC OPTIMIS Project to release first open source toolkit for Cloud providers

EuroFlash

PRACE to issue Call for Participation in PRACE Scientific Conference 2012 on June 17, 2012 at ISC'12 in Hamburg

CGW'12 to issue Call for Papers

Russia's largest state-owned bank, Vnesheconombank, acquires equity stake in supercomputer manufacturer, T-Platforms

Strong business growth in first quarter for Bull

The final frontier: space centre launch facility chooses projectiondesign

Data mining opens the door to predictive neuroscience

PRACE to issue Call for Participation in PRACE Scientific Conference 2012 on June 17, 2012 at ISC'12 in Hamburg

CGW'12 to issue Call for Papers

Russia's largest state-owned bank, Vnesheconombank, acquires equity stake in supercomputer manufacturer, T-Platforms

Strong business growth in first quarter for Bull

New computer techniques speed up drug research

New NLeSC Open Call for Converging Sciences

USFlash

Terascala announces $14 million Series B funding round led by strategic partner consortium

Cray agrees to sell interconnect hardware sssets to Intel

Cray reports strong first quarter 2012 results

12 companies join Stanford and Berkeley to launch new Open Networking Research Center

Terascala announces $14 million Series B funding round led by strategic partner consortium

Cray agrees to sell interconnect hardware sssets to Intel

Cray reports strong first quarter 2012 results

DataDirect Networks selected to support NCSA's Blue Waters supercomputer

Valence Health heals growing pains with high-performance analytics from SAS and HP

AMD and Adobe Creative Suite 6 innovate with OpenCL and GPU acceleration

Canada's St. John Ambulance chooses HP to revive ailing storage network

IBM launches PowerLinux solutions to help customers increase efficiency and insights

NVIDIA unveils GeForce GTX 690 - Dual graphics card combines world's fastest gaming performance with sleek, sexy design

iBridge selects Oracle's Pillar Axiom 600 storage system as the foundation for its new secure data centre

Emerson Network Power rugged processing blade now verified by Cisco for secure unified communications in federal and defense applications

Physicists benchmark quantum simulator with hundreds of qubits

HP unveils enhancements to HP-UX for HP Integrity Systems

IBM advances Big Data analytics with acquisition of Vivisimo

Oracle beats NetApp results on SPECsfs2008 NFS benchmark at less than half the price and sets two-node world record