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Primeur weekly 2012-07-02

Exascale supercomputing

Ultra fast supercomputers at UK lab will better prepare us for severe weather and save millions of pounds ...

The Cloud

HP expands t410 Smart Zero Client family ...

Opscode announces integration with Google Compute Engine ...

Red Hat Cloud Ecosystem Gains Global Momentum ...

Red Hat to acquire FuseSource ...

Imperial College London and University of Cambridge launch CORE to deliver unrivalled UK e-Infrastructure capability to industry ...

Valeo choses Agarik to host secure portal to its office automation Cloud ...

IEEE brings Cloud computing expertise and user resources together to foster worldwide collaboration and innovation ...

Desktop Grids

One billion results returned by World Community Grid volunteers ...

EuroFlash

French Ministry of Culture and Communication gives Bull its approval to preserve public archives on digital media ...

STFC's Joule in the crown is UK's most powerful supercomputer ...

PRACE looks back on successful Scientific Conference at ISC'12 ...

CERN to give update on Higgs search as curtain raiser to ICHEP conference ...

Bull-Joseph Fourier Prize 2012 recognizes three scientific teams for their advances in research and innovation ...

USFlash

Cray to add Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors to its next-generation Cascade supercomputer ...

Cray signs $40 million supercomputer agreement with the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) ...

YarcData kicks off the $100,000 Graph Analytics Challenge and announces contest judges ...

Graph500 adds new measurement of supercomputing performance ...

Health care publisher Lifescript selects HP 3PAR Storage to expand offerings and enhance customer service ...

IBM and Lawrence Livermore researchers form Deep Computing Solutions Collaboration to help boost industrial competitiveness ...

RIKEN and Fujitsu complete operational testing of the K computer ...

DataDirect Networks powers industrial innovation with NCSA Private Sector Programme ...

Fujitsu wins supercomputer bid from Taiwan's Central Weather Bureau ...

Reaching and researching between stars ...

BGI demonstrated genomic data transfer at nearly 10 gigabits per second between US and China ...

STFC's Joule in the crown is UK's most powerful supercomputer

22 Jun 2012 Darebury - The Science and Technology Facilities Council's (STFC) Daresbury Laboratory in Cheshire is officially home to the UK's most powerful supercomputer, capable of more than a thousand trillion calculations per second. The IBM Blue Gene/Q at Daresbury, named Blue Joule, has been ranked number one in the UK, and number 13 in the world, in this year's TOP500 list of supercomputers, which was revealed this week at the International Supercomputing Conference 2012 in Hamburg.

Blue Joule, which is on average eight times more energy efficient than most other supercomputers, forms part of STFC's new future software research centre at its Daresbury Laboratory in Cheshire. The facility was announced in March this year following a GBP 37.5 million investment by the Department of Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) into High Performance Computing (HPC) in the UK, as part of its e-infrastructure initiative. One of the world's foremost centres in software development, the facility was formed following the start of a three year collaboration with IBM as a direct result of this investment.

Blue Joule achieved its first major milestone as it became the first system in the UK to run a Petaflop application, where a Petaflop is one thousand trillion calculations per second, the equivalent of a million laptops. This milestone represents a thousand-fold increase in supercomputing performance in the UK in 10 years, since the last such milestone, the Teraflop, was first achieved back in 2002.

Breakthroughs in HPC could result in finding cures for serious diseases or significantly improving the prediction of natural disasters such as earthquakes and floods. Supercomputers will speed up the innovation cycle, enabling new products to be developed quicker and the time to market made shorter. They will also provide the ability to simulate extremely complex systems, such as modelling the Earth's climate or the human brain, the data from which would overwhelm even the most powerful systems in use today.

Professor John Bancroft, Project Director of the Centre and Head of STFC's Campus Centre Projects, stated: "Blue Joule forms a major part of our brand new HPC facility at Daresbury. Supercomputers have become essential to the modern world, aiding research and innovation, and enabling companies to compete effectively in a global market. I therefore invite academic researchers and industry to come to STFC and to design and test their solutions to highly complex problems on what is now officially the UK's largest supercomputer. STFC is one of only a small handful of owners in the world of this particular BlueGene/Q system, but by the year 2020 supercomputers will be thousands of times faster again. Therefore, as part of our new facility at Daresbury, Blue Joule will also play a key role in developing the software that will run on these machines of the future."

Professor John Womersley, Chief Executive at STFC, stated: "This calibre of cutting edge technology is essential to provide industry and academia with the tools needed to drive innovation growth. It is also essential to the UK in maintaining its position as a global scientific research leader. I was therefore thrilled to hear that Daresbury hosts the most powerful supercomputer in the UK, but also that STFC's laboratories are home to two more supercomputers ranked within the top 200 globally, and that the University of Edinburgh's DIRAC, also a BlueGene/Q and funded by STFC, is at number 20 in the world."
Source: Science and Technology Facilities Council

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Primeur weekly 2012-07-02

Exascale supercomputing

Ultra fast supercomputers at UK lab will better prepare us for severe weather and save millions of pounds ...

The Cloud

HP expands t410 Smart Zero Client family ...

Opscode announces integration with Google Compute Engine ...

Red Hat Cloud Ecosystem Gains Global Momentum ...

Red Hat to acquire FuseSource ...

Imperial College London and University of Cambridge launch CORE to deliver unrivalled UK e-Infrastructure capability to industry ...

Valeo choses Agarik to host secure portal to its office automation Cloud ...

IEEE brings Cloud computing expertise and user resources together to foster worldwide collaboration and innovation ...

Desktop Grids

One billion results returned by World Community Grid volunteers ...

EuroFlash

French Ministry of Culture and Communication gives Bull its approval to preserve public archives on digital media ...

STFC's Joule in the crown is UK's most powerful supercomputer ...

PRACE looks back on successful Scientific Conference at ISC'12 ...

CERN to give update on Higgs search as curtain raiser to ICHEP conference ...

Bull-Joseph Fourier Prize 2012 recognizes three scientific teams for their advances in research and innovation ...

USFlash

Cray to add Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors to its next-generation Cascade supercomputer ...

Cray signs $40 million supercomputer agreement with the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) ...

YarcData kicks off the $100,000 Graph Analytics Challenge and announces contest judges ...

Graph500 adds new measurement of supercomputing performance ...

Health care publisher Lifescript selects HP 3PAR Storage to expand offerings and enhance customer service ...

IBM and Lawrence Livermore researchers form Deep Computing Solutions Collaboration to help boost industrial competitiveness ...

RIKEN and Fujitsu complete operational testing of the K computer ...

DataDirect Networks powers industrial innovation with NCSA Private Sector Programme ...

Fujitsu wins supercomputer bid from Taiwan's Central Weather Bureau ...

Reaching and researching between stars ...

BGI demonstrated genomic data transfer at nearly 10 gigabits per second between US and China ...