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Primeur weekly 2011-07-25

Exascale supercomputing

High-Tech Consortium launches European Technology Platform for High Performance Computing ...

The Cloud

Acer to acquire US-based iGware with US$320 million for mid- to long-term investment in Cloud technology ...

Citrix acquires Cloud.com ...

Dell announces intent to acquire data centre networking expert Force10 Networks ...

IBM Federal Community Cloud to speed agency adoption of social collaboration technologies ...

State of Vermont transforms business operations with Cloud technology from IBM and Silanis ...

LEAD Technologies releases LEADTOOLS V17.5 ...

Capgemini and Microsoft plan to offer accelerated Cloud services in 22 countries ...

NIST proposes new privacy controls for federal information systems and organisations ...

Oracle buys Ksplice ...

Therap Services expands health services infrastructure with Oracle servers ...

Oracle announces Oracle Unified Directory 11g ...

Oracle introduces Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.1 ...

Oracle WebLogic Server selected by Choice Hotels to power its Cloud infrastructure and choiceADVANTAGE SaaS application ...

Desktop Grids

8th IDGF Workshop to issue Call for Participation ...

Einstein@OSG to use resources from Open Science Grid and D-Grid ...

EuroFlash

transtec and Bright Computing enter into partnership for European HPC market ...

Bull technology supporting the University of Perpignan Via Domitia ...

Cosmological evolution of dark matter is similar to that of visible matter ...

Budding engineers build a supercomputer with the Smallpeice Trust ...

USFlash

Emerson Network Power research highlights the progress of data centre infrastructure management initiatives in the U.S. ...

New line of embedded computers from Emerson Network Power offer fast, cost-effective and lower risk solutions ...

Gigamon Solutions monitors National Center for Supercomputing Applications ...

HP helps Desjardins General Insurance Group reduce costs and risk by migrating off mainframe technology ...

HP helps enterprises advance development for the Cloud ...

HP helps enterprises scale up ...

Researchers demonstrate breakthrough storage performance for big data applications ...

Next generation IBM XIV Storage System improves efficiency for demanding application workloads ...

New IBM zEnterprise mainframe server advances smarter computing for companies and governments in emerging markets and mid-size clients around the world ...

Intel to acquire Fulcrum Microsystems ...

Jaryba and Vinetech enter into a reseller agreement to sell Jaryba SmartSuspend throughout Korea ...

Polk transforms Analytic Solutions as a Service with Oracle Exadata Database Machine and Oracle Business Intelligence Foundation ...

OSC lifts OSU land speed racer toward 400-mph goal ...

SAS' 'big analytics' tackles big data, speeds problem solving ...

CSC selects SGI to advance climate forecast modelling at NOAA ...

VMware partners embrace VMware vSphere 5 and comprehensive Cloud infrastructure suite ...

Budding engineers build a supercomputer with the Smallpeice Trust

21 Jul 2011 Leamington Spa - Twenty budding engineers from across the United Kingdom recently took on the challenge of building their own supercomputer from raw components at the University of Southampton. Organised by The Smallpeice Trust and delivered in partnership with the University's Engineering Sciences and Microsoft, the course opened up the eyes of the 16 and 17 year-old students, showing them how computers influence how we live, what we do and where we travel.

During the four-day residential programme in July, students were set the challenge of building a supercomputer from scratch, using components including processors and motherboards. They also designed and built their own aircraft using the Future Flight Greener by Design system, to make them quieter, cleaner and cheaper. The students' designs were put through their paces in the University's state-of-the-art flight simulator.

The course was overseen by world-leading engineers from the Microsoft Institute for High Performance Computing at the University. Students had the opportunity to learn more about the challenges facing engineers and the career opportunities available in this fast-paced and ever-changing field.

Professor Simon Cox of the University of Southampton explained: "It is a pleasure to show this next generation of engineers how engineering and computing will help tackle the global issues we face today, and these youngsters are certainly the ones who will rise to the challenge. They are highly motivated and enthusiastic and keen to understand the key role supercomputing plays in engineering. We have demonstrated how Cloud Computing with Microsoft’s Azure service coupled to Windows High Performance Computing Server makes immense computing and data handling power accessible to engineers and scientists to enable them to model, understand and improve the world in which we live and the products they use."

Spokesperson for The Smallpeice Trust, Claire Fisher commented: "Computers are used in much of today's technology and have the power to change the future and make a dramatic impact on everyone's lives. This course has provided some very intelligent and enthusiastic young people, a unique insight into this specific area of engineering. With their interest in this subject ignited, we hope this has given them the drive to go on and pursue a career in this area."

The Supercomputing in Engineering course is run by the independent educational charity, The Smallpeice Trust, as part of an ongoing programme of subsidised residential courses to help young people aged 13 to 18 learn and develop skills in engineering, design, technology and manufacturing. Through running residential courses and STEM enrichment days, The Trust has reached out to 17,677 students across the United Kingdom in the past year.

The new course timetable for 2012 will be launched in the Autumn school term. Places are allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Source: The Smallpeice Trust

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Primeur weekly 2011-07-25

Exascale supercomputing

High-Tech Consortium launches European Technology Platform for High Performance Computing ...

The Cloud

Acer to acquire US-based iGware with US$320 million for mid- to long-term investment in Cloud technology ...

Citrix acquires Cloud.com ...

Dell announces intent to acquire data centre networking expert Force10 Networks ...

IBM Federal Community Cloud to speed agency adoption of social collaboration technologies ...

State of Vermont transforms business operations with Cloud technology from IBM and Silanis ...

LEAD Technologies releases LEADTOOLS V17.5 ...

Capgemini and Microsoft plan to offer accelerated Cloud services in 22 countries ...

NIST proposes new privacy controls for federal information systems and organisations ...

Oracle buys Ksplice ...

Therap Services expands health services infrastructure with Oracle servers ...

Oracle announces Oracle Unified Directory 11g ...

Oracle introduces Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.1 ...

Oracle WebLogic Server selected by Choice Hotels to power its Cloud infrastructure and choiceADVANTAGE SaaS application ...

Desktop Grids

8th IDGF Workshop to issue Call for Participation ...

Einstein@OSG to use resources from Open Science Grid and D-Grid ...

EuroFlash

transtec and Bright Computing enter into partnership for European HPC market ...

Bull technology supporting the University of Perpignan Via Domitia ...

Cosmological evolution of dark matter is similar to that of visible matter ...

Budding engineers build a supercomputer with the Smallpeice Trust ...

USFlash

Emerson Network Power research highlights the progress of data centre infrastructure management initiatives in the U.S. ...

New line of embedded computers from Emerson Network Power offer fast, cost-effective and lower risk solutions ...

Gigamon Solutions monitors National Center for Supercomputing Applications ...

HP helps Desjardins General Insurance Group reduce costs and risk by migrating off mainframe technology ...

HP helps enterprises advance development for the Cloud ...

HP helps enterprises scale up ...

Researchers demonstrate breakthrough storage performance for big data applications ...

Next generation IBM XIV Storage System improves efficiency for demanding application workloads ...

New IBM zEnterprise mainframe server advances smarter computing for companies and governments in emerging markets and mid-size clients around the world ...

Intel to acquire Fulcrum Microsystems ...

Jaryba and Vinetech enter into a reseller agreement to sell Jaryba SmartSuspend throughout Korea ...

Polk transforms Analytic Solutions as a Service with Oracle Exadata Database Machine and Oracle Business Intelligence Foundation ...

OSC lifts OSU land speed racer toward 400-mph goal ...

SAS' 'big analytics' tackles big data, speeds problem solving ...

CSC selects SGI to advance climate forecast modelling at NOAA ...

VMware partners embrace VMware vSphere 5 and comprehensive Cloud infrastructure suite ...