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Primeur weekly 2014-04-28

Exascale supercomputing

MONTBLANC scaling new heights of computing performance ...

The Cloud

HP extends mission-critical enterprise environments ...

UTSA hosts Open BigCloud Symposium and OCP Workshop May 7-8 ...

IBM provides SoftLayer ecosystem partners with new resources for generating Cloud revenue ...

Desktop Grids

Parabon launches crowdsourcing initiative to tackle Alzheimer's Disease with computing capacity donated by concerned citizens ...

SETI.Germany to organize BOINC Pentathlon ...

New BOINC server VM image available ...

EuroFlash

Tower International selects Altair's Compute Manager ...

Forschungszentrum Jülich Joins the OpenPOWER Foundation ...

CSC leads a Nordic project on sensitive data ...

CSC joins Intel Parallel Computing Center programme ...

Earthquake simulation tops 1 quadrillion flops ...

Master in High Performance Computing (MHPC) programme at ICTP and the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA) ...

Catherine Rivière, PRACE Council Chair, speaks at ICRI 2014 on the way forward for PRACE and HPC in Europe ...

PRACE Spring School: Researchers from all over the world come to school in Austria ...

USFlash

Third Person, first rate projection: TDC delivers tech and crew to ground-breaking Australian movie production for TEDx Sydney ...

OpenPOWER Foundation unveils first innovations and roadmap ...

NCAR & CU join Intel Parallel Computing Centers programme ...

AltaSim Technologies wins DOE grant for additive manufacturing ...

Georgia Tech researchers use NSF XSEDE supercomputers to understand and predict how black holes swallow stars ...

NEC selects Chelsio adapters for Vector Supercomputer ...

IBM Watson Group invests in Fluid to transform the consumer shopping experience ...

HP introduces next-generation enterprise array for mission-critical workloads ...

Big data poses great challenges and opportunities for databases ...

IBM tackles Big Data challenges with Open Server Innovation Model ...

Catherine Rivière, PRACE Council Chair, speaks at ICRI 2014 on the way forward for PRACE and HPC in Europe

28 Apr 2014 Athens - ICRI, the International Conference on Research Infrastructures, held its second edition from 2 to 4 April 2014 at the Megaron Athens International Conference Centre. On 3 April, during the 4th parallel session on e-Infrastructures, Part 1: Sustainability & Business Models, Catherine Rivière, Chair of the PRACE Council, outlined the future of PRACE and HPC in Europe.

Ms. Rivière started her presentation by defining "sustainability" for PRACE as "a transition from an infrastructure funded by national governments to a sustainable and balanced business model to maintain the activities of PRACE in the long term."

She continued by outlining the characteristics of such a sustainable business model for an e-Infrastructure in Europe:

  • Access based on scientific excellence only in order to guarantee that the best science is given the best resources
  • Access open to all researchers, from academia and industry, regardless of who funds them
  • Access that fosters inclusiveness for all European Member States and Associated Countries, for growth and knowledge transfer

PRACE is actively seeking synergies with other ESFRIs and large-scale instruments to address new scientific challenges and Big Data issues. One example of such synergy is the support that PRACE gives to projects linked to the Human Brain Project, and Graphene, both FET Flagships.

Ms. Rivière continued with a summary of PRACE and its impressive list of large numbers: since 2010 PRACE has allocated over 8 billion core hours on 6 world-class machines with a total capacity of nearly 15 Petaflops/s, hosted in 4 EU Member States - the PRACE Hosting Members France, Germany, Italy and Spain, to 303 scientific and industrial projects from 38 countries. The total funding of PRACE amounts to 530 million euro over 5 years (2010 – 2015). In addition she used examples and graphs to make the audience understand the span of PRACE: around 35% of PRACE access is given to non-hosting and non-EU countries, and awarded projects come from a diverse group of scientific and industrial domains.

In conclusion, Ms. Riviere explained that with PRACE 1.0 coming to an end, PRACE 2.0 will become the stepping stone to PRACE 3.0, when the Research Infrastructure will have become truly sustainable: "Can Europe risk to not have PRACE continue its services to science and industry?" she asked the audience, then gave the answer herself: "To reach PRACE 3.0 we will need to work hard, be creative and be supported."
Source: PRACE

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Primeur weekly 2014-04-28

Exascale supercomputing

MONTBLANC scaling new heights of computing performance ...

The Cloud

HP extends mission-critical enterprise environments ...

UTSA hosts Open BigCloud Symposium and OCP Workshop May 7-8 ...

IBM provides SoftLayer ecosystem partners with new resources for generating Cloud revenue ...

Desktop Grids

Parabon launches crowdsourcing initiative to tackle Alzheimer's Disease with computing capacity donated by concerned citizens ...

SETI.Germany to organize BOINC Pentathlon ...

New BOINC server VM image available ...

EuroFlash

Tower International selects Altair's Compute Manager ...

Forschungszentrum Jülich Joins the OpenPOWER Foundation ...

CSC leads a Nordic project on sensitive data ...

CSC joins Intel Parallel Computing Center programme ...

Earthquake simulation tops 1 quadrillion flops ...

Master in High Performance Computing (MHPC) programme at ICTP and the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA) ...

Catherine Rivière, PRACE Council Chair, speaks at ICRI 2014 on the way forward for PRACE and HPC in Europe ...

PRACE Spring School: Researchers from all over the world come to school in Austria ...

USFlash

Third Person, first rate projection: TDC delivers tech and crew to ground-breaking Australian movie production for TEDx Sydney ...

OpenPOWER Foundation unveils first innovations and roadmap ...

NCAR & CU join Intel Parallel Computing Centers programme ...

AltaSim Technologies wins DOE grant for additive manufacturing ...

Georgia Tech researchers use NSF XSEDE supercomputers to understand and predict how black holes swallow stars ...

NEC selects Chelsio adapters for Vector Supercomputer ...

IBM Watson Group invests in Fluid to transform the consumer shopping experience ...

HP introduces next-generation enterprise array for mission-critical workloads ...

Big data poses great challenges and opportunities for databases ...

IBM tackles Big Data challenges with Open Server Innovation Model ...