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Primeur weekly 2011-09-19

Exascale supercomputing

New IBM Blue Gene/Q supercomputer for Rensselaer

Fujitsu Laboratories develops compact silicon photonics light source for high-bandwidth CPU interconnects

The future accelerated: multi-core goes mainstream, computing pushed to extremes

Desktop Grids

TheSkyNet launched

IBM and University of Antioquia co-operate to seek drug for Leishmaniasis treatment

The Cloud

Cordys selected by Fujitsu as strategic platform to offer Cloud services globally

EMC's new Center of Excellence and Cloud Data Center powers company's Cloud computing vision

Two new publications provide a Cloud computing standards roadmap and reference architecture

Hitachi Data Systems announces acquisition of BlueArc

HP unveils expanded Enterprise Security Solutions for the instant-on enterprise

EuroFlash

Barcelona Supercomouting Center triples its calculation capacity

ADVA Optical Networking introduces industry's first 100G Metro solution

Registration open for the e-IRG open workshop in Poznań 12-13 October 2011

Cracow Grid Workshop 2011 to issue Call for Papers

USFlash

Appro to deliver 800TFLOPs supercomputer to Japan's University of Tsukuba

NEC bundles TotalView as standard debugger for LX series HPC cluster solutions

WellPoint and IBM announce agreement to put Watson to work in health care

UC San Diego's HPWREN aids in recent supernova discovery

How the Milky Way got its spiral

Oracle sets new world-record result on SAP Sales and Distribution-Parallel standard application benchmark

$13-million NSF centre to explore new ways to manipulate light at the nanoscale

Oracle Utilities Customer Care and Billing with Oracle Exadata Database Machine demonstrates extreme performance for utility bill processing

Ferro-electrics could pave way for ultra-low power computing

Oracle introduces Pillar Axiom Release 5 Storage System Software

Broadcom to acquire NetLogic Microsystems Inc., an expert in network communications processors

SDSC and SDSU receive NSF grant to expand computer science curriculum

Intel announces new SATA solid-state drive for the data centre

SDSC researcher co-authors new book on managing event data

Syncfusion Sponsoring High Performance Computing for Wall Street Conference

Oracle releases Oracle Solaris 10 8/11

Appro to deliver 800TFLOPs supercomputer to Japan's University of Tsukuba

14 Sep 2011 Milpitas - The Appro Xtreme-X supercomputer based on the future Intel Xeon processor E5 Family is selected by the Center for Computational Sciences at the University of Tsukuba. The award marks the University's second consecutive large-scale HPC system purchase from Appro.

This multi-million dollar system will provide the computational support for advanced scientific research and multi-disciplinary programmes covering a wide range of research and education areas, including particle physics, astrophysics, biophysics and climate. The Appro system is well suited to support the University's multi-disciplinary research activities, which often involve the coupling of HPC applications and scientific datasets from diverse scientific fields in the study of new fields of science.

"This award shows that Appro has a strong track record for customer satisfaction and repeat business while helping to elevate the international computational competitiveness of Tsukuba Japanese University", stated Earl Joseph, IDC Programme Vice President for Technical Computing. "Appro continues to capture more international HPC procurement contracts and with an Appro local Sales Office presence in Japan and Korea, they should be well positioned for the future. IDC projects that supercomputers based on cluster architecture will continue to be the main growth engines for the HPC market, driving server revenue from close to $10 billion dollar a year in 2010 to more than $13 billion a year by 2015."

The Appro Xtreme-X Supercomputer, named "Frontier Computing System" by Center for Computational Sciences at University of Tsukuba is a hybrid system that will consist of two CPUs and 4 GPUs per node with a total of 4,288 CPU cores and 548,864 GPU cores, achieving up to 802.07 Tflops of peak performance based on the future Intel Xeon Processor E5 Family. The supercomputer is designed to optimize floor space, power utilization, and cooling efficiency using Appro's air-cooling technology and techniques, highly efficient power supplies and fans, with integrated system management capabilities.

The system is interconnected with dual-rail Mellanox Connect X3 QDR InfiniBand. It will be pre-configured with Appro's HPC Software Stack to include Appro Cluster Engine (ACE) remote management software delivering diskless operation, fast booting, load balancing and failover capabilities for non-stop operation; all factory integrated and ready to ship with Appro's turn-key System Delivery Integration Services. In addition, to fulfill local service requirements, Appro Japan sales office has joined forces with a local service and support team to provide Tsukuba with extensive on-site professional services installation, training and 24/7 maintenance support. The Appro Xtreme-X Supercomputer will be delivered in December 2011, with user production to begin no later than January, 2012.

"University of Tsukuba choses the next generation Appro Xtreme-X Supercomputer for our Frontier Computing System based on the future Intel Xeon processor for its outstanding product flexibility and price/performance. The system is configured with a mix of 2 CPUs and 4 GPUs per node and dual-rail system interconnect providing low-latency, high performance and high availability computing to support specific application requirements in our next generation of scientific programmes. We believe that our target applications create a new frontier in their scientific fields powered by the extreme performance driven by the combination of latest multi-GPU solution with rich I/O bandwidth and the great performance of Intel E5 family", stated Taisuke Boku, deputy director of Center for Computational Sciences at University of Tsukuba.

"It is an honour that the Center for Computational Sciences at University of Tsukuba, a frontrunner in Japanese high performance computing, has chosen Appro Xtreme-X again as their trusted supplier of high-end HPC solutions. This repeat win validates our unique architecture and HPC capabilities to address the demanding needs of Japan's computational scientists", stated Daniel Kim, CEO of Appro. "We look forward to providing Tsukuba the Appro Xtreme-X Supercomputer delivering cutting-edge hybrid system performance scalability and manageability while helping lead a new beginning of scientific research and climate modeling prediction."
Source: Appro

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Primeur weekly 2011-09-19

Exascale supercomputing

New IBM Blue Gene/Q supercomputer for Rensselaer

Fujitsu Laboratories develops compact silicon photonics light source for high-bandwidth CPU interconnects

The future accelerated: multi-core goes mainstream, computing pushed to extremes

Desktop Grids

TheSkyNet launched

IBM and University of Antioquia co-operate to seek drug for Leishmaniasis treatment

The Cloud

Cordys selected by Fujitsu as strategic platform to offer Cloud services globally

EMC's new Center of Excellence and Cloud Data Center powers company's Cloud computing vision

Two new publications provide a Cloud computing standards roadmap and reference architecture

Hitachi Data Systems announces acquisition of BlueArc

HP unveils expanded Enterprise Security Solutions for the instant-on enterprise

EuroFlash

Barcelona Supercomouting Center triples its calculation capacity

ADVA Optical Networking introduces industry's first 100G Metro solution

Registration open for the e-IRG open workshop in Poznań 12-13 October 2011

Cracow Grid Workshop 2011 to issue Call for Papers

USFlash

Appro to deliver 800TFLOPs supercomputer to Japan's University of Tsukuba

NEC bundles TotalView as standard debugger for LX series HPC cluster solutions

WellPoint and IBM announce agreement to put Watson to work in health care

UC San Diego's HPWREN aids in recent supernova discovery

How the Milky Way got its spiral

Oracle sets new world-record result on SAP Sales and Distribution-Parallel standard application benchmark

$13-million NSF centre to explore new ways to manipulate light at the nanoscale

Oracle Utilities Customer Care and Billing with Oracle Exadata Database Machine demonstrates extreme performance for utility bill processing

Ferro-electrics could pave way for ultra-low power computing

Oracle introduces Pillar Axiom Release 5 Storage System Software

Broadcom to acquire NetLogic Microsystems Inc., an expert in network communications processors

SDSC and SDSU receive NSF grant to expand computer science curriculum

Intel announces new SATA solid-state drive for the data centre

SDSC researcher co-authors new book on managing event data

Syncfusion Sponsoring High Performance Computing for Wall Street Conference

Oracle releases Oracle Solaris 10 8/11