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Primeur weekly 2011-09-26

Special

Steve Conway to highlight European HPC market at EGI Technical Forum ...

Exascale supercomputing

Appro and SDSC Gordon supercomputer to provide up to 35 million IOPS ...

"Stampede's" comprehensive capabilities to bolster U.S. open science computational resources ...

The Cloud

Bull and CA Technologies form a strategic alliance ...

Gresham Computing to launch Clareti Transaction Control ...

HP Channel Partners open new Cloud Centers of Excellence ...

IBM expands Cloud delivery of smarter commerce ...

'Managed application services added to Interoute’s unified computing portfolio ...

Midas Medici's CIMCORP wins $3 million contract for data centre solutions in Brazil ...

Oracle successfully completes Continua Health Alliance interoperability testing ...

SDSC announces scalable, high-performance data storage Cloud ...

Desktop Grids

e-ScienceTalk Briefing on Desktop Grids has just appeared ...

BOINC integrated with Wordpress ...

OurGrid version 4.2.6 now released ...

EuroFlash

Bright Computing now resells Altair PBS Professional Workload Manager, delivering HPC operational efficiencies and cost savings ...

Repsol and BSC create a joint research centre in Spain ...

Sailing Mediterranean ICT seas - Boosting high-speed ICT infrastructures across Europe and Mediterranean ...

Mini-quantum computer passes test ...

Like fish on waves: electrons go surfing ...

USFlash

Emerson Network Power doubles the life span of VME boards ...

Retailers generate high-volume sales with IBM solution for smarter commerce ...

Nearly half of IT decision makers favour solid-state storage technology ...

University of Minnesota Supercomputing Institute adds Dell Terascala HPC Storage Solution to Itasca system ...

Oracle announces the immediate availability of the Oracle Database Appliance ...

Oracle Financial Services Revenue Management and Billing running with Oracle Exadata Database Machine delivers extreme performance ...

Major supercomputing boost for University of Canterbury ...

Post-silicon computing ...

Major supercomputing boost for University of Canterbury

23 Sep 2011 Christchurch - Prime Minister and University of Canterbury alumnus the Rt Hon John Key officially welcomed a new era in supercomputing at the University of Canterbury. Mr. Key was on campus as the University of Canterbury celebrated its BlueFern High Performance Computing (HPC) capacity being boosted tenfold with an upgrade to its computer architecture.

BlueFern HPC Unit Director Professor Tim David said the upgrade consists of two parts - a new Power 7 system, which increases by 10 times the capacity of the previous (Power 5 model) and the new IBM BlueGene P.

"This new computing architecture allows us to think and do the previously unthinkable", stated Professor David. "It maintains our status in the international research community and, in coming months will provide Canterbury with a resource that helps us get the region back on its feet."

Professor David said the upgrade provided by corporate partner IBM heralds a "step change" in what New Zealand researchers can do.

"The new architecture gives us more memory and more processing power. It enables us to tackle a big problem and divide it into small but manageable and countable chunks and scales it. Instead of dividing a problem by ten it can be divided by tens of thousands."

Professor David said as a result of the upgrade the BlueGene L, the supercomputer that has been based at the University since 2007, will be redeployed solely for educational purposes along with a smaller Power 7 system.

"This will put University of Canterbury in the unique position of being the first university or research establishment in the world to provide a BlueGene supercomputer for student access."

Since 2009 the University of Canterbury has been offering courses in high performance computing - and was the first tertiary institution in Australasia to do so - but now as part of these courses students will go beyond a theoretical understanding and have dedicated time on a state-of-the-art supercomputer to expand their skills base.

BlueFern will also be offering block courses to industry utilising the BlueGene L.

This upgrade to University of Canterbury's High Performance Computing facilities was made possible by the Government's announcement earlier this year that it was making a $27.4 million investment in National eScience Infrastructure (NeSI) over the next four years with $21 million in co-investment coming from a consortium including three key partners - the University of Canterbury, the University of Auckland and NIWA.

Of this co-investment the University of Canterbury has pledged to contribute $8 million over the next four years, building on previous significant investment in high performance computing and showing the University's commitment to investing in infrastructure that provides a world-class learning environment for students and researchers.

“NeSI will support computational research across the New Zealand science sector, whether it's quantum chemistry, radio astronomy, drug discovery or modelling of fluid flows", stated recently appointed NeSI Director Nick Jones.

"It's very exciting to begin building an infrastructure and services that New Zealand researchers will be able to depend on over the long term. We have worked with BlueFern for several years now, and recognise its leadership in providing high performance computing services and educational opportunities critical to our ongoing success in science and engineering."
Source: University of Canterbury

Back to Table of contents

Primeur weekly 2011-09-26

Special

Steve Conway to highlight European HPC market at EGI Technical Forum ...

Exascale supercomputing

Appro and SDSC Gordon supercomputer to provide up to 35 million IOPS ...

"Stampede's" comprehensive capabilities to bolster U.S. open science computational resources ...

The Cloud

Bull and CA Technologies form a strategic alliance ...

Gresham Computing to launch Clareti Transaction Control ...

HP Channel Partners open new Cloud Centers of Excellence ...

IBM expands Cloud delivery of smarter commerce ...

'Managed application services added to Interoute’s unified computing portfolio ...

Midas Medici's CIMCORP wins $3 million contract for data centre solutions in Brazil ...

Oracle successfully completes Continua Health Alliance interoperability testing ...

SDSC announces scalable, high-performance data storage Cloud ...

Desktop Grids

e-ScienceTalk Briefing on Desktop Grids has just appeared ...

BOINC integrated with Wordpress ...

OurGrid version 4.2.6 now released ...

EuroFlash

Bright Computing now resells Altair PBS Professional Workload Manager, delivering HPC operational efficiencies and cost savings ...

Repsol and BSC create a joint research centre in Spain ...

Sailing Mediterranean ICT seas - Boosting high-speed ICT infrastructures across Europe and Mediterranean ...

Mini-quantum computer passes test ...

Like fish on waves: electrons go surfing ...

USFlash

Emerson Network Power doubles the life span of VME boards ...

Retailers generate high-volume sales with IBM solution for smarter commerce ...

Nearly half of IT decision makers favour solid-state storage technology ...

University of Minnesota Supercomputing Institute adds Dell Terascala HPC Storage Solution to Itasca system ...

Oracle announces the immediate availability of the Oracle Database Appliance ...

Oracle Financial Services Revenue Management and Billing running with Oracle Exadata Database Machine delivers extreme performance ...

Major supercomputing boost for University of Canterbury ...

Post-silicon computing ...