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Primeur weekly 2011-08-15

Desktop Grids

DistrRTgen added to BOINC project list

Infinispan 5.0 offers more than 45 new features

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

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

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

9 Aug 2011 San Diego - The San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California, San Diego, will this month launch a pre-production phase of Gordon, the first high-performance supercomputer to use large amounts of flash-based SSD (solid state drive) memory.

The installation of 64 I/O nodes, joined via an InfiniBand switched fabric communications link, is being completed early this month and will be made available to U.S. academic researchers who want to run large-scale database applications, said SDSC Director Michael Norman. U.S. academic researchers interested in early access to Gordon I/O nodes are directed to request a Dash start-up allocation from the XSEDE website.

Michael Norman made the announcement at the 'Get Ready for Gordon - Summer Institute', held August 8-11 at SDSC. The four-day workshop was designed to familiarize potential users with the unique capabilities of Gordon, the result of a five-year, $20 million award from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Production start-up is set for January 1, 2012.

"This year is the start of academic data-intensive supercomputing", Michael Norman stated in opening the conference, and encouraged researchers engaged in data-intensive science and data mining across a diverse range of disciplines to apply for allocations.

With about 300 trillion bytes of flash memory and those 64 I/O nodes, Gordon will be capable of handling massive data bases while providing up to 100 times faster speeds when compared to hard drive disk systems for some queries. Flash memory is more common in smaller devices such as mobile phones and laptop computers, but unique for supercomputers, which generally use slower spinning disk technology.

"One might ask why we haven't seen flash memory in HPC (high performance computing) systems before", stated Michael Norman. "Smaller flash systems for consumers have become less expensive, but they have not been durable enough for HPC applications. Now we have enterprise MLC (multi-level cell), and it's available at both attractive prices and with very good durability (or write endurance), which is achieved by over-provisioning and wear leveling."

Gordon is being configured to aid researchers in conducting data-intensive computational science, such as visual analytics or interaction network analyses for new drug discovery, or the solution of inverse problems - converting observed measurements into information about a physical object or system - in oceanography, atmospheric science, and oil exploration.

Gordon also is suited for large-scale data mining applications, such as de novo gene assembly, or for cosmological applications, or doing modestly scalable codes in quantum chemistry or structural engineering.

Along with the well-publicized exponential growth in digitally based data, there is an explosion in the amount of research based or scientific data, noted Michael Norman. "Data of this size is simply becoming unmanageable for analysis, so there is an urgent need for supercomputers like Gordon", stated Michael Norman, adding that "it is part of our genetics here at SDSC to do data-intensive computing."

Source: San Diego Supercomputer Center

Back to Table of contents

Primeur weekly 2011-08-15

Desktop Grids

DistrRTgen added to BOINC project list

Infinispan 5.0 offers more than 45 new features

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

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