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Primeur weekly 2012-04-23

Exascale supercomputing

Heading toward Exascale: ISC'12 sessions to look at global progress, plans and programmes

Desktop Grids

IBM enables water quality predictions for major waterways in partnership between World Community Grid and University of Virginia

The Cloud

VENUS-C - Empowering emergency crews with the Cloud

Amazon Web Services introduces AWS Marketplace where customers can find and buy pre-configured software for the AWS Cloud

EMC introduces VSPEX proven infrastructure

Cisco Intelligent Automation for Cloud selected by Data#3 for its Cloud services in Australia

Netelligent introduces Desktop as a Service (DaaS) powered by Desktone, Cisco and NetApp

Cycle Computing ramps global 50,000-core cluster for Schrodinger molecular research

SoftLayer adds high-performance computing to global platform

EuroFlash

Russia turns to HPC to revive national defense industry

PRACE celebrates 2nd anniversary and launches 5th Call for Proposals

PRACE to issue Call for Proposals for 5th Project Access and Multi-year Access (Tier-0) and synchronized Call for DECI-9 (Tier-1)

SARA to launch tender for new Dutch national supercomputer

Innovative Nordic supercomputer in Iceland

First description of a triple DNA helix in a vacuum

Queen's aims to change the future of car manufacturing with supercomputer

The final frontier: space centre launch facility chooses projectiondesign

Data mining opens the door to predictive neuroscience

USFlash

Cray names William C. Blake Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer

DataDirect Networks lowers Big Data total cost of ownership & deployment with new NAS scaler file storage system enhancements

Lustre made simple by DataDirect Networks

CSIRO chooses Xenon for supercomputing upgrade

SDSC announces Center of Excellence for Predictive Analytics

Baylor doctoral student awarded National Science Foundation Fellowship

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

PRACE celebrates 2nd anniversary and launches 5th Call for Proposals

23 Apr 2012 Brussels - PRACE, the Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe, celebrates its second anniversary on 23rd April 2012. Since its birth on 23rd April 2010, PRACE has seen a continuous growth and now has 24 member organisations from EU Member States and associated countries. Negotiations with interested parties from further countries are under way.

PRACE opened its 5th biannual call for Project Access on 17th April 2012. The computing resources for this call are available from 1st November 2012 to 31st October 2013. The new call will feature additional Tier-0 systems with new computing architectures, with 1336 million core hours available. By end of 2012 the infrastructure will be fully deployed with 6 Tier-0 centres and a computing power of 10 PetaFlops approximately.

High Performance Computing (HPC) is a key technology for fostering future breakthroughs in science and increasing industrial competitiveness. The European Commission (EC) sets high goals for the development of HPC use and capabilities in Europe and supports PRACE as the pan-European HPC e-infrastructure. The mission of the PRACE Research Infrastructure is to enable high impact European scientific discovery and engineering research and development across all disciplines.

Early 2012 PRACE established six PRACE Advanced Training Centres (PATCs) and opened a training portal for web-based training and dissemination of advanced educational material.

PRACE unlocks the potential of the Tier-0 systems run by its members by successfully providing access to these resources to Research Communities in Europe and the world. Since the Early Access call in May 2010, 6 call for proposals have been published and each call has seen an increased number of replies. A rigorous technical and scientific peer review process ensures that the most promising, innovative and suitable research receives core hours on the PRACE Tier-0 systems. This ensures the best use of scarce computing resources: the demand from the scientific user community exceeds the available resources by a factor of more than three. Up to the 3rd Call (including Early Access):

  • 227 proposals asked for 6181 million core hours
  • 60 proposals were awarded for a total of 1803 million core hours

On average this means 30.50 million granted core hours per proposal! HPC resources on this level are beyond what any EU member state can make available, and clearly demonstrate both the need for a European HPC infrastructure and the success of PRACE in meeting this demand.

Through the PRACE Tier-0 infrastructure, research in many disciplines has been successfully completed, for example:

  • The Cenaero industrial pilot project "noFUDGE" on designing high-performance jet-engines, which will lead to greater energy efficiency and noise reduction.
  • Research aimed to understand and predict turbulent transport in magnetically confined fusion plasmas, which could lead to a new CO2-free energy source.
  • Research on the characterisation of electron transfer in organic solar cell materials; a promising technology for the future energy market.

The second anniversary of PRACE Research Infrastructure takes place while the second Implementation Phase (PRACE-2IP) project is in full swing. PRACE will continue its work towards:

  • Making the EU the world leader in High-Performance Computing (HPC)
  • Supporting the evolution of Tier-0 systems to exascale speeds
  • Defining high-value services to scientific and engineering research communities that leverage the excellence in know-how and resources made available to PRACE by its members
- Expanding its network of members to further increase co-ordination between national HPC actors in terms of governance and acquisition of supercomputing capacity
Source: PRACE

Back to Table of contents

Primeur weekly 2012-04-23

Exascale supercomputing

Heading toward Exascale: ISC'12 sessions to look at global progress, plans and programmes

Desktop Grids

IBM enables water quality predictions for major waterways in partnership between World Community Grid and University of Virginia

The Cloud

VENUS-C - Empowering emergency crews with the Cloud

Amazon Web Services introduces AWS Marketplace where customers can find and buy pre-configured software for the AWS Cloud

EMC introduces VSPEX proven infrastructure

Cisco Intelligent Automation for Cloud selected by Data#3 for its Cloud services in Australia

Netelligent introduces Desktop as a Service (DaaS) powered by Desktone, Cisco and NetApp

Cycle Computing ramps global 50,000-core cluster for Schrodinger molecular research

SoftLayer adds high-performance computing to global platform

EuroFlash

Russia turns to HPC to revive national defense industry

PRACE celebrates 2nd anniversary and launches 5th Call for Proposals

PRACE to issue Call for Proposals for 5th Project Access and Multi-year Access (Tier-0) and synchronized Call for DECI-9 (Tier-1)

SARA to launch tender for new Dutch national supercomputer

Innovative Nordic supercomputer in Iceland

First description of a triple DNA helix in a vacuum

Queen's aims to change the future of car manufacturing with supercomputer

The final frontier: space centre launch facility chooses projectiondesign

Data mining opens the door to predictive neuroscience

USFlash

Cray names William C. Blake Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer

DataDirect Networks lowers Big Data total cost of ownership & deployment with new NAS scaler file storage system enhancements

Lustre made simple by DataDirect Networks

CSIRO chooses Xenon for supercomputing upgrade

SDSC announces Center of Excellence for Predictive Analytics

Baylor doctoral student awarded National Science Foundation Fellowship

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