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Primeur weekly 2011-08-22

Exascale supercomputing

Japan plans to invest $1.3 billion to develop supercomputer ...

NVIDIA taps industry veteran Steve Scott to help shape the future of high performance computing ...

The Cloud

Regulus Communications launches Cloud resources for health information technology ...

ISGC 2012 to issue Call for Papers ...

Erlang Solutions and Massive Solutions partner to bring supercomputing to the mass market ...

Biomedical research gets its head into Cloud computing ...

HP to acquire enterprise information management software company Autonomy Corporation plc ...

Convenience store chain chooses IBM to collaborate in the Cloud ...

VMware vCloud Powered programme gains traction with service provider ecosystem, delivering customers a broad array of public Clouds compatible with VMware platform ...

VMware CEO Paul Maritz highlights benefits of Cloud computing at DISA Customer & Industry Forum ...

U.S. Government agencies embrace desktop virtualization with VMware View to accelerate their mission ...

EuroFlash

Norwegian University of Science and Technology selects SGI to take weather forecasting and national research capabilities to the next level ...

T-Platforms computer cluster is applied for simulation of biopolymers and development of the latest medicines ...

ClusterVision honours leading scientific researchers at the University of Birmingham ...

USFlash

NSF funds research to simulate geoscience field trips ...

HP confirms discussions with Autonomy regarding possible business combination ...

IBM unveils cognitive computing chips ...

Optics Express focus issue highlights research to increase Internet bandwidth capacity ...

Strain and spin may enable ultra-low-energy computing ...

SGI acquires OpenCFD Ltd., an expert in open source computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software ...

SGI reports record results for fiscal fourth quarter and full year 2011 ...

ClusterVision honours leading scientific researchers at the University of Birmingham

10 Aug 2011 Amsterdam - ClusterVision has continued to strengthen links with the University of Birmingham, UK, by sponsoring its 2011 Post-Graduate BEAR Conference. The Conference is one of the University's premier events, created to showcase the wide variety of innovative research projects enabled by its High Performance Computing (HPC) facility, BlueBEAR.

The Birmingham Environment for Academic Research (BEAR) was set up as a central forum to advance academic research within the University, with ClusterVision being selected as the main solution integrator for its impressive High Performance Computing (HPC) facilities.

At the heart of BEAR's HPC capability is the BlueBEAR IBM compute cluster. Originally opened as Phase-1 in 2007, today BlueBEAR comprises over 1500 processing cores (AMD Opteron dual and quad-processors), and 150 terabytes of user storage. The system, which operates on Scientific Linux and includes advanced immersive visualisation capabilities, hosts over 80 commercial and in-house software applications, covering such diverse fields as Manufacturing Simulation, advanced Medical Research, Astrophysics and Archaeology.

"BlueBEAR provides a unique resource to Birmingham's academic community", stated Dr. Andrew Chan, Professor in Computational Engineering, School of Civil Engineering at the University of Birmingham, and Chair of the BEAR User Group. "The projects presented by students at our 2011 Post-Graduate Conference, represent a vast body of scientific research which is addressing many fundamental challenges to our society."

The 2011 Post-Graduate Conference took place at the School of Chemical Engineering, and was attended by around 60 people. In his opening address, Professor Nigel Weatherill, Head of the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences, at the University of Birmingham, described the exceptional HPC opportunities which the BlueBEAR facilities offers to students and staff, and emphasised the importance of communication between researchers.

Over 35 presentations were considered in the 2011 Conference agenda. They included papers on climate change, research into Alzheimer's disease, and engineering applications on topics such as the mechanics of concrete failure, double-glazing and mobile communication performance. As one of the largest user communities of the BlueBEAR capacity, applications in Chemistry were also well represented.

Top prizes in the oral presentation category were awarded to David Ryan (Chemical Engineering), Mark Rowan (Computer Science), and Jonathan Eden (Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences), and in the poster presentation category to Julia Hofinger (Chemical Engineering), Andrew Logsdail (Chemistry), and Minxi Bao (Civil Engineering). The prizes were presented by Dr. Eugene Ch'ng, Senior Lecturer in Visualisation at the University of Birmingham, and Professor David Wales, Professor of Chemical Physics at the University of Cambridge. Joining them on the judging panel were Dr. Roy Johnston, Professor of Computational Chemistry, Dr. Andrew Chan, and Dr. Gerdjan Busker, UK Country Manager of ClusterVision.

To complete proceedings, Dr. Eugene Ch'ng, and Professor Wales presented recent work on Artificial Life and Energy Landscapes undertaken by their research teams at the Universities of Birmingham and Cambridge respectively.

Since the original installation in 2007, ClusterVision has been closely involved in subsequent evolutionary stages of the BlueBEAR facility, and continue to take an active interest in the pioneering research which the system enables.

"Our mission is to enable exactly the scale and quality of HPC capability which BlueBEAR clearly now offers to its research community", stated Dr. Gerdjan Busker, of ClusterVision. "We are proud to have been involved in the design and realisation of the BlueBEAR project, and we look forward to further partnership with the staff and students at the University of Birmingham, as their HPC research environment continues to develop."

Source: ClusterVision

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Primeur weekly 2011-08-22

Exascale supercomputing

Japan plans to invest $1.3 billion to develop supercomputer ...

NVIDIA taps industry veteran Steve Scott to help shape the future of high performance computing ...

The Cloud

Regulus Communications launches Cloud resources for health information technology ...

ISGC 2012 to issue Call for Papers ...

Erlang Solutions and Massive Solutions partner to bring supercomputing to the mass market ...

Biomedical research gets its head into Cloud computing ...

HP to acquire enterprise information management software company Autonomy Corporation plc ...

Convenience store chain chooses IBM to collaborate in the Cloud ...

VMware vCloud Powered programme gains traction with service provider ecosystem, delivering customers a broad array of public Clouds compatible with VMware platform ...

VMware CEO Paul Maritz highlights benefits of Cloud computing at DISA Customer & Industry Forum ...

U.S. Government agencies embrace desktop virtualization with VMware View to accelerate their mission ...

EuroFlash

Norwegian University of Science and Technology selects SGI to take weather forecasting and national research capabilities to the next level ...

T-Platforms computer cluster is applied for simulation of biopolymers and development of the latest medicines ...

ClusterVision honours leading scientific researchers at the University of Birmingham ...

USFlash

NSF funds research to simulate geoscience field trips ...

HP confirms discussions with Autonomy regarding possible business combination ...

IBM unveils cognitive computing chips ...

Optics Express focus issue highlights research to increase Internet bandwidth capacity ...

Strain and spin may enable ultra-low-energy computing ...

SGI acquires OpenCFD Ltd., an expert in open source computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software ...

SGI reports record results for fiscal fourth quarter and full year 2011 ...