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Primeur weekly 2014-08-04

Special

Adaptive's Wolfgang Dreyer talks about Moab 8.0 and Nitro products, and mutual collaboration with partners ...

New PRACE Council Chair Sanzio Bassini to unfold future plans for Europe's advanced research infrastructure ...

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Oracle Solaris 11.2 now generally available ...

Oracle buys TOA Technologies ...

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Desktop Grids

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Bull to issue 2014 half-year results ...

Bull launches IT bulletin, an on-line news review dedicated to IT expertise ...

IBM acquires CrossIdeas to expand security offerings with identity intelligence ...

Spin-based electronics: New material successfully tested ...

USFlash

Cray reports second quarter 2014 financial results ...

Spin diagnostics: MRI for a quantum simulation ...

Big Data confirms climate extremes are here to stay ...

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AMD announces the availability of 64-bit ARM Opteron developer kits ...

Red Hat launches ARM Partner Early Access Programme for partner ecosystem ...

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New eResearch Cloud is NeCTAR of the gods to Tassie scientists


Nathan Bindoff
30 Jul 2014 Hobart - Tasmania continues a 20-year tradition at the crest of the nation's research computing capacity with the launch of the Tasmanian eResearch Cloud. The Cloud will store important scientific data collections and also allow researchers to access enormous computing power from a standard desktop PC. The $8.75 million project is the result of a collaboration between the University of Tasmania, CSRIO and Australian Antarctic Division. It is supported by both State and Federal governments.

It includes the Tasmanian node of the National eResearch Collaboration Tools and Resources Project (NeCTAR) research Cloud, which will be one of eight nationally, federally funded by the Education Investment Fund.

University Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Rathjen said the Cloud was important in many ways, including its demonstration of the power of partnerships.

"None of the partners in this collaboration could have achieved this in isolation, but together we have accomplished something quite remarkable", Professor Rathjen stated. "Infrastructure such as this is central to the University's mission of being a research intensive institution and one of global significance."

Professor Nathan Bindoff is a leading academic at the University of Tasmania's Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies. He is Director for the Tasmanian Partnership for Advanced Computing and led the development of the research Cloud proposal.

The NeCTAR Cloud comprises thousands of processors, each of which can run data analysis and simulations in parallel. "Simulations and analysis of Big Data can take a long time", Professor Bindoff stated.

"Using the NeCTAR Cloud, if you want to analyse something in 100 different ways, you can do that simultaneously. This will allow a significant acceleration in the amount of research we can conduct and the time it will take to do it."

Investment in the Tasmanian node of NeCTAR was about $1 million which is, coincidentally, about the purchase price for a supercomputer the University bought in collaboration with the CSRIO in 1995.

At the time of purchase that computer was ranked in the world's top 500, with 12 processors delivering 1.2 gigaflops - as measure of the speed at which the computer operates. Those specifications pale in comparison to the Tasmanian node, which has 2688 processors capable of more than 13,000 gigaflops.

"The facility allows researchers scale their analysis up as required, all on the fly. That's the dynamic world we have entered with the research Cloud", Professor Bindoff stated. "What it means whether we are talking chemical science, or climate work or oceanography, we have the capacity to be competitive."

NeCTAR is an Australian Government project established as part of the Super Science initiative by the Commonwealth of Australia, Department of Education and financed by the Education Investment Fund.
Source: University of Tasmania

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Primeur weekly 2014-08-04

Special

Adaptive's Wolfgang Dreyer talks about Moab 8.0 and Nitro products, and mutual collaboration with partners ...

New PRACE Council Chair Sanzio Bassini to unfold future plans for Europe's advanced research infrastructure ...

Exascale supercomputing

UK business set to revolutionise supercomputing with prototype optical processor ...

The Cloud

PSSC Labs CloudOOP 12000 certified compatible with Cloudera Enterprise 5 ...

New eResearch Cloud is NeCTAR of the gods to Tassie scientists ...

New tools help neuroscientists analyze 'Big Data' ...

Oracle customers plug into the Cloud with Oracle Database 12c ...

Breakthrough elastic Cloud-to Cloud networking unveiled by AT&T, IBM Research and ACS ...

Oracle Solaris 11.2 now generally available ...

Oracle buys TOA Technologies ...

National Instruments transforms global HR with Oracle HCM Cloud ...

Desktop Grids

IBM to make free supercomputing power available to sustainability scientists ...

EuroFlash

Bright Computing raises $14.5 million Series B to accelerate its HPC, Hadoop and OpenStack business ...

PRACE 9th Call for Proposals connects the international HPC ecosystem ...

Computational biologists from Saarbrücken simplify diagnosis for hereditary diseases ...

Bull to issue 2014 half-year results ...

Bull launches IT bulletin, an on-line news review dedicated to IT expertise ...

IBM acquires CrossIdeas to expand security offerings with identity intelligence ...

Spin-based electronics: New material successfully tested ...

USFlash

Cray reports second quarter 2014 financial results ...

Spin diagnostics: MRI for a quantum simulation ...

Big Data confirms climate extremes are here to stay ...

Steering quantum evolution and using probes to conduct continuous error correction in quantum computers ...

AMD announces the availability of 64-bit ARM Opteron developer kits ...

Red Hat launches ARM Partner Early Access Programme for partner ecosystem ...

CoolIT Systems announces strategic OEM and distribution agreement with CES Group ...