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Primeur weekly 2013-07-08

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Exploiting parallelism on Titan to reach exascale performance, eventually ...

The Cloud

A virtual chef-nutritionist for old people ...

BRABUS draws on IBM to deliver stylish upgrades for automobiles, planes and yachts through the Cloud ...

New hardware design protects data in the cloud ...

Oracle enhances Cloud management with new third generation release of Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c ...

Oracle announces general availability of Oracle Database 12c, the first database designed for the Cloud ...

New Oracle Database 12c innovations engineered with Oracle Storage Systems deliver next level of database-to-storage performance and efficiency ...

Rackspace and CERN openlab collaborate to deliver "Big Bang" with Hybrid Cloud ...

EuroFlash

Megware supercomputer at the University of Bayreuth secures TOP500 place ...

High Performance Computing facility to receive Government funding of 8 million euro ...

RSC supercomputers continue to lead in energy efficiency among Russian HPC systems in Green500 ...

Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center and Numascale AS to collaborate on improved memory systems for research ...

Bull launches the 2013 Bull-Joseph Fourier Prize, aimed at boosting the development of computer simulation ...

Kees Neggers honoured as an Internet Pioneer in the Internet Hall of Fame ...

World record in silicon integrated nanophotonics - More energy efficiency in the data communication ...

SURFnet and Russian Skoltech embark on joint e-Infrastructure project ...

USFlash

Parallella: an open source hardware project ...

Pleiades supercomputer to be augmented with next-generation SGI ICE-X systems ...

2014 Pennsylvania State Budget includes $500,000 for Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center ...

Senator Durbin leads dedication of new Mira supercomputer at Argonne National Laboratory ...

Microscopy technique could help computer industry develop 3D components ...

Cyclica Inc. is awarded access to IBM's Blue Gene/Q supercomputer to repurpose FDA approved drugs ...

Texas Advanced Computing Center deploys 20PB Big Data hub using DataDirect Networks High-Performance Storage System ...

More of the world's TOP500 supercomputers trust DataDirect Networks for best analytics and simulation performance, scale and lowest TCO ...

Indiana University to take lead in Defense Department effort securing software-defined networks ...

Graphene-based system could lead to improved information processing ...

NSF and Mozilla announce breakthrough applications on a faster, smarter internet of the future ...

Titan completes acceptance testing ...

Senator Durbin leads dedication of new Mira supercomputer at Argonne National Laboratory


1 Jul 2013 Argonne - U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) led the dedication of the new Mira supercomputer at Argonne National Laboratory on July 1, underscoring the importance of high-performance computing to scientific research, industrial innovation and the nation's economic future.

"Argonne National Laboratory is one of Illinois' and the country's great assets", Senator Durbin stated. "Mira ensures the lab remains a linchpin of scientific research, enabling researchers to tackle extremely complex challenges ranging from improving combustion efficiency in car engines to modelling the progression of deadly diseases in the human body. High-performance computing is crucial to U.S. economic growth and competitiveness, saving time, money and energy, boosting our national security and strengthening our economy. If the United States is to remain a leader in the 21st century, we need to continue investing in the science and innovation that will address our growing energy and environmental demands while building the industries of the future."

Argonne Director Eric D. Isaacs, Associate Laboratory Director Rick Stevens and David Turek, Vice President for Exascale Computing at IBM, also spoke at the dedication ceremony.

"High-performance computing is a critical technology, both for science and for industry", Eric D. Isaacs stated. "Mira will help U.S. researchers to maintain a competitive edge in the development of new products and services. This is a great addition to Argonne's unique suite of Department of Energy user facilities, and I am sure Mira will serve as yet another magnet for innovation in Illinois."

Mira, an IBM Blue Gene/Q system, consists of 48 racks of computers, 786,432 processors and 768 terabytes of memory and is capable of 10 quadrillion calculations per second - making it the fifth-fastest supercomputer in the world. To put those capabilities in perspective, Mira is 20 times faster than its IBM Blue Gene/P predecessor at the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF), Intrepid, which was ranked third in the world when it was installed in 2008.

"As supercomputers continue to improve, so do the results. Faster and more sophisticated computers mean better simulations and more accurate predictions", Rick Stevens stated. "Mira will help us tackle increasingly complex problems, achieve faster times to solutions and create more robust models of everything from car engines to the human body."

Mira also represents a great step forward in green computing; with a highly efficient water-cooling system, it operates five times more efficiently than Intrepid.

Installation of the Mira system began in January 2012 and took nearly eight months. In August, ALCF's Early Science Programme (ESP) began gearing up to make sure the supercomputer was ready to hit the ground running. The ESP allocated pre-production time to 16 research projects chosen to help prepare key scientific applications for the architecture and scale of Mira, paving the way for even greater scientific results.

With Mira now in full production mode, several projects are under way that will use the system's vastly increased power and capabilities to run complex simulations ranging from the action of blood vessels to the origins of the universe.

Going forward, Mira will be open to researchers across the national lab system, as well as those in industry and academia through the Energy Department's INCITE (Innovative & Novel Computational Impact on Theory and Experiment) programme. INCITE awards processor hours on Energy Department-funded supercomputers to researchers on a competitive, peer-reviewed basis.
Source: Argonne National Laboratory

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Primeur weekly 2013-07-08

Special

Exploiting parallelism on Titan to reach exascale performance, eventually ...

The Cloud

A virtual chef-nutritionist for old people ...

BRABUS draws on IBM to deliver stylish upgrades for automobiles, planes and yachts through the Cloud ...

New hardware design protects data in the cloud ...

Oracle enhances Cloud management with new third generation release of Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c ...

Oracle announces general availability of Oracle Database 12c, the first database designed for the Cloud ...

New Oracle Database 12c innovations engineered with Oracle Storage Systems deliver next level of database-to-storage performance and efficiency ...

Rackspace and CERN openlab collaborate to deliver "Big Bang" with Hybrid Cloud ...

EuroFlash

Megware supercomputer at the University of Bayreuth secures TOP500 place ...

High Performance Computing facility to receive Government funding of 8 million euro ...

RSC supercomputers continue to lead in energy efficiency among Russian HPC systems in Green500 ...

Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center and Numascale AS to collaborate on improved memory systems for research ...

Bull launches the 2013 Bull-Joseph Fourier Prize, aimed at boosting the development of computer simulation ...

Kees Neggers honoured as an Internet Pioneer in the Internet Hall of Fame ...

World record in silicon integrated nanophotonics - More energy efficiency in the data communication ...

SURFnet and Russian Skoltech embark on joint e-Infrastructure project ...

USFlash

Parallella: an open source hardware project ...

Pleiades supercomputer to be augmented with next-generation SGI ICE-X systems ...

2014 Pennsylvania State Budget includes $500,000 for Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center ...

Senator Durbin leads dedication of new Mira supercomputer at Argonne National Laboratory ...

Microscopy technique could help computer industry develop 3D components ...

Cyclica Inc. is awarded access to IBM's Blue Gene/Q supercomputer to repurpose FDA approved drugs ...

Texas Advanced Computing Center deploys 20PB Big Data hub using DataDirect Networks High-Performance Storage System ...

More of the world's TOP500 supercomputers trust DataDirect Networks for best analytics and simulation performance, scale and lowest TCO ...

Indiana University to take lead in Defense Department effort securing software-defined networks ...

Graphene-based system could lead to improved information processing ...

NSF and Mozilla announce breakthrough applications on a faster, smarter internet of the future ...

Titan completes acceptance testing ...