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Primeur weekly 2015-04-27

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VMware's Joe Baguley talks about Cloud legislation, OpenStack, customer's choice, and mobile device management at CloudScape VII ...

The Cloud

IBM adds second Cloud centre in the Netherlands ...

Higher education finds a better way to implement Cloud services ...

HP extends leadership in data-centric security with new Cloud, data security solutions ...

EuroFlash

DATA4 announces opening of second data centre in Milan ...

PRACE turns 5: onwards and upwards ...

Rock Flow Dynamics to resell Altair's PBS Professional ...

IFPEN and Inria join forces in the field of high-performance and real-time scientific computation ...

New Galileo supercomputer to support Italian research with over 1 petaflop/s ...

ARM expects vehicle compute performance to increase 100x in next decade ...

EU project AutoTune starts Demonstration Centre ...

EXASOL's in-memory analytic database enables Candy Crush Saga developer, King Digital Entertainment, to deliver the best gaming experience ...

E4 & AppliedMicro deliver new generation of ARKA platforms using X-Gene technology ...

Ultra-sensitive sensor detects individual electrons ...

Bright partnership with CVIS brings added value to Benelux customers ...

Bright Computing to release update to OpenStack management software at Vancouver Summit ...

CSCS cracks extreme scale software with Allinea DDT on Europe's no. 1 supercomputer ...

Start of SPICE brings new ways to accelerate interdisciplinary spin research in the 21st century ...

Cray and Altair announce OEM agreement ...

Multi-million EU project to protect data against quantum computers ...

USFlash

Call to particpate in HPC Site Census study ...

NERSC and Cray move forward with next-generation scientific computing ...

Government of Canada invests C$100 million in digital research infrastructure ...

Seagate announces four Cray supercomputing customers first to use latest high performance computing storage technology ...

Ultra-fast supercomputer Mesabi to fuel complex research ...

Government of Canada invests C$100 million in digital research infrastructure


21 Apr 2015 Ottawa - The Government of Canada invests CAD 100 million (about 75 million Euro) in digital research infrastructure. Economic Action 2015 proposes to provide CAD 1.33 billion over six years, starting in 2017–18, to the Canada Foundation for Innovation to support advanced research infrastructure.

Compute Canada applauds the Government of Canada's announcement of C$100 million to be invested by the Canada Foundation for Innovation funding in digital research infrastructure in Canada. Compute Canada looks forward to working with the Government of Canada and the Canada Foundation for Innovation to ensure these funds address the urgent and pressing needs in data management and advanced research computing in Canada.

The Canadian federal government is providing significant support for digital research infrastructure, particularly in the academic sector through:

(1) the Canada Foundation for Innovation, which supports high-performance computing through Compute Canada;

(2) CANARIE, which delivers an ultra-high-speed "backbone" network, connecting Canadian researchers nationwide and internationally; and

(3) the granting councils, which provide support to post-secondary researchers for a range of research-related activities, including software and research data management.

The Government of Canada has awarded funding of a total of $100 million from the Canada Foundation for Innovation - $25 million from the Foundation's unallocated interest income as set aside in Economic Action Plan 2013 and $75 million out of the $1.33 billion in new resources provided to the Foundation in Economic Action Plan 2015 - that will be targeted to digital research infrastructure. This funding will build on the $50 million announced by the Foundation for its ongoing Cyberinfrastructure Initiative.

"We are pleased to be recognized as a key pillar of the digital research infrastructure in Canada in the federal budget along with CANARIE and the Canada Foundation for Innovation", stated Mark Dietrich, President and CEO at Compute Canada. "We look forward to working with our partners and members to ensure Canada remains an attractive and competitive place for discovery and innovation."

The advanced research computing (ARC) needs of the Canadian research community continue to grow as the next generation of scientific instruments is deployed, as Big Data and high performance computing become increasingly relevant to answering challenges in an ever broader list including manufacturing, drug discovery, personalized medicine and advanced materials. New data sets are gathered and mined in innovative ways, and technological advances allow researchers to construct ever more precise models of the world around us.

On behalf of the advanced research computing community, Compute Canada appreciates the opportunity for regular and predictable capital investment to ensure advanced research computing in Canada remains current and competitive. Regular investments will go a long way to support research excellence in Canada and to help Canada to keep pace with global opportunities.

In addition, the Government's Economic Action Plan 2015 proposes to provide $105 million over five years, starting in 2015–16, for CANARIE to continue to support the operations of Canada's ultra-high-speed research network. Funding will support the evolution of the network to meet growing demand and ensure it will continue to support world-class research collaborations across the country and internationally.

As Canada's national ultra-high-speed backbone network, CANARIE enables data-intensive, leading-edge research and big science across Canada and around the world. Researchers in academic institutions, major science facilities and federal labs use CANARIE to maximize the impact of their findings by disseminating knowledge and collaborating effectively in national and international research projects. CANARIE also benefits entrepreneurs and small businesses by providing access to Cloud resources that can help to accelerate product development and sharpen their competitive edge in the global marketplace.

CANARIE's Digital Accelerator for Innovation and Research (DAIR) programme provides Canadian entrepreneurs with free access to high-performance Cloud resources. DAIR enables small businesses to accelerate product development while reducing costs by levering the scale, speed and agility of Cloud resources.

SavvyDox, an Ottawa-based company providing a technology platform that enables users to collaborate and to share and edit sensitive documents with similar results as having a face-to-face meeting, used DAIR during its product development and validation phase. The company has indicated that Cloud technologies are critical to both ongoing product development and testing, facilitating seamless delivery of the product to a global client base.

ZEROSPAM Security Inc., headquartered in Montreal, used DAIR's platform to experiment with different complex systems to benchmark the efficiency of its spam filtering solutions. According to the company, DAIR offered an affordable, easily accessible way to test and evaluate potential product offerings.

To date, approximately 300 small and medium-sized businesses across Canada have used DAIR to lower their costs and get their products to markets faster.

Source: Compute Canada, Government of Canada

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Primeur weekly 2015-04-27

Special

VMware's Joe Baguley talks about Cloud legislation, OpenStack, customer's choice, and mobile device management at CloudScape VII ...

The Cloud

IBM adds second Cloud centre in the Netherlands ...

Higher education finds a better way to implement Cloud services ...

HP extends leadership in data-centric security with new Cloud, data security solutions ...

EuroFlash

DATA4 announces opening of second data centre in Milan ...

PRACE turns 5: onwards and upwards ...

Rock Flow Dynamics to resell Altair's PBS Professional ...

IFPEN and Inria join forces in the field of high-performance and real-time scientific computation ...

New Galileo supercomputer to support Italian research with over 1 petaflop/s ...

ARM expects vehicle compute performance to increase 100x in next decade ...

EU project AutoTune starts Demonstration Centre ...

EXASOL's in-memory analytic database enables Candy Crush Saga developer, King Digital Entertainment, to deliver the best gaming experience ...

E4 & AppliedMicro deliver new generation of ARKA platforms using X-Gene technology ...

Ultra-sensitive sensor detects individual electrons ...

Bright partnership with CVIS brings added value to Benelux customers ...

Bright Computing to release update to OpenStack management software at Vancouver Summit ...

CSCS cracks extreme scale software with Allinea DDT on Europe's no. 1 supercomputer ...

Start of SPICE brings new ways to accelerate interdisciplinary spin research in the 21st century ...

Cray and Altair announce OEM agreement ...

Multi-million EU project to protect data against quantum computers ...

USFlash

Call to particpate in HPC Site Census study ...

NERSC and Cray move forward with next-generation scientific computing ...

Government of Canada invests C$100 million in digital research infrastructure ...

Seagate announces four Cray supercomputing customers first to use latest high performance computing storage technology ...

Ultra-fast supercomputer Mesabi to fuel complex research ...