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Primeur weekly 2011-05-16

EuroFlash

Jülich makes a crutial step towards Exascale computer with the introduction of hybrid clusters using Tesla 20-series GPU's ...

Cray signs contract to upgrade and expand the Cray XE6 supercomputer at the University of Edinburgh ...

Cray reports first quarter 2011 financial results ...

Electromechanics also operates at the nanoscale ...

ICM selects IBM to fuel national science ...

USFlash

Carbon, carbon, everywhere; But not from the Big Bang ...

Cisco Networking Solutions increase security and mobility with Cloud services for branch offices ...

Xerox and Cisco to form alliance to deliver Cloud services; Combine network intelligence and print management ...

Cray and Sandia establish a Supercomputing Institute for Learning and Knowledge Systems ...

EMC Isilon delivers world's largest single file system for big data ...

EMC and Box deliver enterprise content management mobility through the Cloud ...

EMC enables service providers to accelerate customers' journey to Cloud computing ...

EMC delivers "Cloud to Ground" root-cause analysis for data centres ...

EMC delivers Hadoop 'big data' analytics to the enterprise ...

New EMC Ionix UIM software simplifies Cloud infrastructure management ...

EMC connects VNX to the Cloud with new Cloud Tiering Appliance ...

Graphene optical modulators could lead to ultrafast communications ...

HP puts data storage on a diet and guarantees capacity reduction ...

HP launches high-performance FlexNetwork solutions for video and mobile computing ...

HP readies enterprises for the future with FlexNetwork architecture ...

IBM delivers technology to help clients protect and retain "Big Data" ...

Primerica selects new IBM zEnterprise mainframe server for smarter infrastructure ...

Proton dripping tests a fundamental force in nature ...

Raritan's data centre energy management software gets a new dashboard with forecasting tools and gauges to track and visualize key energy metrics ...

Red Hat revolutionizes the private and hybrid Cloud market ...

Rice doubles supercomputing capacity ...

Student, 16, invents new drug cocktail to fight cystic fibrosis, wins Canadian biotech challenge ...

Rice doubles supercomputing capacity

9 May 2011 Houston - Thanks to stimulus grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Rice University expects to more than double its supercomputing capacity this month. Dozens of Rice researchers studying everything from artificial hearts to earthquakes are gearing up to use two powerful new supercomputers that are set to come on-line soon.

One of the new supercomputers is an expanded version of BlueBioU, a system IBM donated to Rice in 2010 to foster joint biomedical research within the Texas Medical Center. An NIH grant enabled Rice to add 30 linked "nodes" to BlueBioU's original 18. Each node is a powerful computer in its own right and contains several of IBM's latest-generation processors. BlueBioU is built with the same hardware that IBM used to create Watson, the supercomputer that bested two world champions on the television game show Jeopardy! in February.

The other new system is DAVinCI, which is short for Data Analysis and Visualization Cyber-Infrastructure for Computational Science and Engineering Applications. DAVinCI is a 192-node IBM iDataPlex system designed as a workhorse that will serve multiple scientific disciplines. The DAVinCI project will eventually incorporate a 3D visualization lab that will let researchers literally walk through their data, viewing images from different angles and tagging elements for later study.

"While computing remains a key enabler for advancing science and engineering, managing data is increasingly becoming the bottleneck we have to address", stated Jan Odegard, executive director of the Ken Kennedy Institute for Information Technology (K2I), a multi-disciplinary research institute that helped Rice faculty win funding for DAVinCI, the BlueBioU expansion and several other supercomputers over past decade. "The relative cost for generating data is approaching zero, and as a result many laboratories are practically drowning in data. Our ability to extract useful information and knowledge from data is increasingly limited by our ability to effectively manipulate, move, manage and visualize data."

To address the data deluge, Rice has added a scalable, high-performance storage facility that will be shared by BlueBioU and DAVinCI. The storage system will eliminate the need for users to move or maintain multiple copies of research data. The shared storage facility uses hardware from Data Direct Networks and runs IBM's General Parallel File System.

Jan Odegard said all of the new systems are undergoing a final shakedown in preparation for full-scale operation later this month. "Too often we focus on how many processors a new cluster has or how many trillions of calculations it can perform each second, but the important thing to keep in mind is the scientific knowledge that it will produce", stated K2I Director Moshe Vardi, Rice's Karen Ostrum George Professor in Computational Engineering.

The dozens of planned research projects on BlueBioU include analyses of horizontal gene transfer in bacterial genomes, testing of computer models that examine the neurological processes that govern memory and the design of a revolutionary rotary pump for an artificial heart.

"High-performance computers are an essential tool for 21st Century biomedical research, and the NIH's decision to place this powerful new system at Rice is another tangible sign of Rice's increasingly important role in the Texas Medical Center", stated Kamran Khan, Rice's vice provost for information technology. "This sizes up well with our HPC infrastructure planning process and with the investment Rice has made to enable future growth of the supercomputing environment based on cutting-edge research."

For example, Kamran Khan said extensive expertise is needed to manage, run, and maintain high-performance computers like BlueBioU and DAVinCI. Rice's commitment to establish and grow its Research Computing Support Group is one key to the university's continued success in winning support for the increasingly powerful supercomputers that researchers need.

DAVinCI, which was funded via an NSF grant, will be used by dozens of investigators across campus. Planned research includes geodynamic modeling, simulation and testing of earthquake-tolerant bridge designs, life sciences research and seismic imaging. Alan Levander, the principal investigator on the grant and Rice's Carey Croneis Chair of Earth Science, said teams across campus are racing to be the first to use the new system.

"I can't even imagine who's going to be the fastest to get something going on it", Alan Levander stated.

The NIH and NSF funding for the new supercomputers was made possible by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
Source: Rice University

Back to Table of contents

Primeur weekly 2011-05-16

EuroFlash

Jülich makes a crutial step towards Exascale computer with the introduction of hybrid clusters using Tesla 20-series GPU's ...

Cray signs contract to upgrade and expand the Cray XE6 supercomputer at the University of Edinburgh ...

Cray reports first quarter 2011 financial results ...

Electromechanics also operates at the nanoscale ...

ICM selects IBM to fuel national science ...

USFlash

Carbon, carbon, everywhere; But not from the Big Bang ...

Cisco Networking Solutions increase security and mobility with Cloud services for branch offices ...

Xerox and Cisco to form alliance to deliver Cloud services; Combine network intelligence and print management ...

Cray and Sandia establish a Supercomputing Institute for Learning and Knowledge Systems ...

EMC Isilon delivers world's largest single file system for big data ...

EMC and Box deliver enterprise content management mobility through the Cloud ...

EMC enables service providers to accelerate customers' journey to Cloud computing ...

EMC delivers "Cloud to Ground" root-cause analysis for data centres ...

EMC delivers Hadoop 'big data' analytics to the enterprise ...

New EMC Ionix UIM software simplifies Cloud infrastructure management ...

EMC connects VNX to the Cloud with new Cloud Tiering Appliance ...

Graphene optical modulators could lead to ultrafast communications ...

HP puts data storage on a diet and guarantees capacity reduction ...

HP launches high-performance FlexNetwork solutions for video and mobile computing ...

HP readies enterprises for the future with FlexNetwork architecture ...

IBM delivers technology to help clients protect and retain "Big Data" ...

Primerica selects new IBM zEnterprise mainframe server for smarter infrastructure ...

Proton dripping tests a fundamental force in nature ...

Raritan's data centre energy management software gets a new dashboard with forecasting tools and gauges to track and visualize key energy metrics ...

Red Hat revolutionizes the private and hybrid Cloud market ...

Rice doubles supercomputing capacity ...

Student, 16, invents new drug cocktail to fight cystic fibrosis, wins Canadian biotech challenge ...