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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 ...

Steve Conway to highlight European HPC market at EGI Technical Forum

23 Sep 2011 Lyon - Steve Conway from IDC hightlighted the European HPC market at the EGI Technical Forum in Lyon, France during his keynote talk. HPC was affected by the global recession, acknowledged Steve Conway, but now HPC is nearly back to the level of 2007. The problem is the software. Vendors such as HP and IBM have been nearly tied. In general, the supercomputer line represents revenues of 375.000 euro and up. In a next issue we will publish an in-depth interview with Steve Conway.

HPC has been in trouble with clusters and high end products, according to the speaker. The systems were about 2 billion dollars, but now it is 10 billion dollars, so strong results are being achieved. In 2009 the rise was 35% in the worst year of the recession, Steve Conway showed the audience. If we look at the market by region, then Europe is starting to regain some of the share but it isstill behind.

Servers are bringing in 18 billion dollars globally. As for the forecasts, Steve Conway thinks that the barriers may be formed by the price.

The IDC study results show that financing is available for a software infrastructure for highly parallelized codes.

The development of a business model is needed however. We are to set the framework for creating a European software infrastructure for research and science and analyze the strenghts and weaknesses, Steve Conway lectured. The speaker has done lots of interviews. Library research is being performed by

IESP and EESI.

IDC was very impressed with the European Exascale Initiative because it includes industry. This is not the case with the international IESP, noted Steve Conway.

Some key findings of the IDC study include:

  • Europe is as strong as you can get for parallel software development.
  • Accelerators from NVIDIA are available but there is a big gap where the software is.
  • Five out of six are applications.

The industrial users have to be involved from the beginning for the codes.

The good news in Europe is that terrific codes have been developed but they are only used by one or a small number of institutions. The dissemination has to be wider. Hardware is easy but software is hard.

Software has to be robust to last for 20 or 30 years.

The overwhelming majority said that they want to work within a EU framework, according to Steve Conway. Expertise is important.

IDC has formulated some recommandations:

1. put a strong focus on the software for exascale development

2. the innovation gap has to do with R&D altogether

3. the HPC spending gap is a lot more severe in Europe than in the rest of the world

4. development has to be recognized by political leaders

5. funding agencies focus on weather and climate research; clean and sustainable energy; automotive and aerospace design; bio-life sciences; particle physics; and materials sciences

HPC leadership is not that important in hardware but in software, it definitely is.

As for the governance, a body should be created within the EC to co-ordinate the HPC strategy in hardware and software to pull together the threads, noted Steve Conway.

The domain expertise resides at the HPC sides. IDC recommands centres of excellence for the targeted domains for planning and funding from the top down. For example: the automotive domain should be split in subdomains.

There must be some way of disseminating the software. The model doesn't work. You need a model for 10 to 15 years progress-dependant and a road to commercialization, broadly defined.

You need a kind of a store fund where people can put up their codes and others can get access to, also to hardware and expertise. The venture capitalists should come to this store fund.

Centres of excellence should not work in isolation. Tigre teams should be set up, very small teams to improve HPC software across Europe by paid assignments. There should be 100 of these teams formed in a couple of years, as the speaker pointed out.

There has to be a split-out of who should pay for what. The EU member states work with a 50/50 funding scheme. The centres of excellence would be about half of that funding amount.

The industrial model as opposed to the scientific model is a requirement because there are a lot of differences, Steve Conway concluded.

The study, "Financing a Software Infrastructure for Highly Parallelised Codes", was conducted under the SMART 2010/0052, contract number 30-CE-0394162/00-51, for the European Commission Information Society and Media Directorate-General, Emerging Technologies and Infrastructures.

Leslie Versweyveld

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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 ...