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Primeur weekly 2011-08-15

The Cloud

S&S Worldwide boosts sales by 75 percent with IBM Smarter Commerce software in the Cloud ...

Citrix extends desktop virtualization leadership with acquisition of RingCube ...

Desktop Grids

DistrRTgen added to BOINC project list ...

Infinispan 5.0 offers more than 45 new features ...

EuroFlash

Altair announces keynote presenters of 5th European HyperWorks Technology Conference ...

1st International IRISC Workshop to issue Call for Participation ...

Nottingham scientists pioneer new method for nanoribbon production ...

When atoms are surfing on optical waves ...

The diamond's quantum memory ...

USFlash

Addonics announces 5-Port HPM-XU port multiplier with eSATA/USB 3.0 connections and a family of RAID tower storage solutions ...

IBM terminates Blue Waters contract ...

Steve Scott to leave Cray ...

SDSC readying 'Gordon' supercomputer for pre-production trials this month ...

'Data Motion Metric' needed for supercomputer rankings, according to SDSC's Snavely ...

Platform Computing recognized for second consecutive year at International Business Awards ...

Supercomputer boosts research power, data support available at WKU facility ...

GNS Healthcare announces collaboration with Bristol-Myers Squibb ...

IBM raises bar, records highest ever TPC-C benchmark for x86 servers ...

Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g delivers record setting performance for 2-processor system on SPECjEnterprise2010 benchmark ...

Oracle Solaris 11 Express available on Oracle Exadata Database Machines ...

MOSAID files suit on computer networking patents ...

Emerson Network Power first to earn EAL2+ Common Criteria certification for secure KVM switch series ...

Fusion-io to acquire IO Turbine ...

Caltech-led engineers solve longstanding problem in photonic chip technology ...

NIST physicists 'entangle' 2 atoms using microwaves for the first time ...

Designing diamond circuits for extreme environments ...

Tufts computer engineer wins national award for research ...

Berkeley Lab researchers develop technique for dynamically controlling plasmonic airy beams ...

IBM terminates Blue Waters contract

8 Aug 2011 Urbana - Effective August 6, 2011, IBM terminated its contract with the University of Illinois to provide the supercomputer for the National Center for Supercomputing Applications' Blue Waters project. NCSA said it is confident that its goal of building a sustained-petascale supercomputer remains achievable in a timely manner. NCSA is co-ordinating with the National Science Foundation to ensure project continuity and that the goals of the project are achieved.

The University of Illinois and NCSA selected IBM in 2007 as the supercomputer vendor for the Blue Waters project based on projections of future technology development. The innovative technology that IBM ultimately developed was more complex and required significantly increased financial and technical support by IBM beyond its original expectations. NCSA and IBM worked closely on various proposals to retain IBM's participation in the project but could not come to a mutually agreed-on plan concerning the path forward.

IBM will return money received to date and NCSA will return equipment delivered by IBM per terms of the contract.

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is home to a modern, energy-efficient data centre that provides high-bandwidth connectivity to national and international networks and a massive archival storage system. NCSA also has deep staff expertise in computer and computational science that will ensure the science and engineering community can take full advantage of any new supercomputer.

IBM, the University of Illinois, and NCSA will explore other opportunities to continue the strong working relationship established during the Blue Waters project.
Source: National Center for Supercomputing Applications

Back to Table of contents

Primeur weekly 2011-08-15

The Cloud

S&S Worldwide boosts sales by 75 percent with IBM Smarter Commerce software in the Cloud ...

Citrix extends desktop virtualization leadership with acquisition of RingCube ...

Desktop Grids

DistrRTgen added to BOINC project list ...

Infinispan 5.0 offers more than 45 new features ...

EuroFlash

Altair announces keynote presenters of 5th European HyperWorks Technology Conference ...

1st International IRISC Workshop to issue Call for Participation ...

Nottingham scientists pioneer new method for nanoribbon production ...

When atoms are surfing on optical waves ...

The diamond's quantum memory ...

USFlash

Addonics announces 5-Port HPM-XU port multiplier with eSATA/USB 3.0 connections and a family of RAID tower storage solutions ...

IBM terminates Blue Waters contract ...

Steve Scott to leave Cray ...

SDSC readying 'Gordon' supercomputer for pre-production trials this month ...

'Data Motion Metric' needed for supercomputer rankings, according to SDSC's Snavely ...

Platform Computing recognized for second consecutive year at International Business Awards ...

Supercomputer boosts research power, data support available at WKU facility ...

GNS Healthcare announces collaboration with Bristol-Myers Squibb ...

IBM raises bar, records highest ever TPC-C benchmark for x86 servers ...

Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g delivers record setting performance for 2-processor system on SPECjEnterprise2010 benchmark ...

Oracle Solaris 11 Express available on Oracle Exadata Database Machines ...

MOSAID files suit on computer networking patents ...

Emerson Network Power first to earn EAL2+ Common Criteria certification for secure KVM switch series ...

Fusion-io to acquire IO Turbine ...

Caltech-led engineers solve longstanding problem in photonic chip technology ...

NIST physicists 'entangle' 2 atoms using microwaves for the first time ...

Designing diamond circuits for extreme environments ...

Tufts computer engineer wins national award for research ...

Berkeley Lab researchers develop technique for dynamically controlling plasmonic airy beams ...