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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

New IBM Blue Gene/Q supercomputer for Rensselaer

12 Sep 2011 Troy - A new system to be installed at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute supercomputing centre will enable exciting new research possibilities across the nation and boost the university's international leadership in computational modelling and simulation, data science, high-performance computing, and web science.

Funded by a $2.65 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and with additional support from Rensselaer and its Computational Center for Nanotechnology Innovations (CCNI), the new system will be a national resource for researchers in academia and industry across a wide range of disciplines. The system, scheduled to be delivered and installed in 2012, provides a balanced combination of computational power, fast data access, and visualization capabilities. It will be comprised of a powerful IBM Blue Gene/Q supercomputer, along with a multiterabyte memory (RAM) storage accelerator, petascale disk storage, rendering cluster, and remote display wall systems.

"The IBM Blue Gene/Q system is brand new, and should enable unprecedented innovations in massively parallel computing for data-intensive and multiscale research", stated Christopher Carothers, professor in the Department of Computer Science at Rensselaer, and lead researcher on the new grant. "Many important research projects are hitting a bottleneck, as the amount of data they're generating continues to grow, as does their need to interact with this data. With our new balanced system, paired with the expertise of Rensselaer faculty and students, we should be able to help researchers in academia and industry to overcome many of these challenges."

"Congratulations to Rensselaer for this National Science Foundation award, which will help further cutting-edge research possibilities through the new IBM Blue Gene/Q supercomputer", stated U.S. Representative Paul Tonko. "This is an important partnership that helps provide Rensselaer with the tools that will help push critically needed research projects forward while educating students who will be the innovators and technology leaders of the future."

The new supercomputer will be housed in CCNI, with visualization workstations and a display wall on the Rensselaer campus in the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC). The new Blue Gene/Q component of the system will have more computational power than the combined Blue Gene/L racks currently installed at CCNI, while taking up less than 1/30th of the space and using only 1/6th of the electrical power to operate. However, the true power of the new machine is in its balance: it will be many times faster than CCNI's current system on data-intensive problems, and the combination of computation, fast data access, and visualization will support a significantly broader scope of research.

At Rensselaer, many research projects are poised to benefit from the new system. These projects include developing new methods for the diagnosis of breast cancer using data from non-invasive techniques; modelling plasmas to aid the design and safety of future fusion reactors; modeling wind turbine design to increase efficiencies and reduce maintenance; application of new knowledge discovery algorithms to very large semantic graphs for climate change and biomedical research, modeling heat flow in the world's oceans, integrating data and computations across scales to gain a better understanding of biological systems and improve health care; and many others.

Time on the new system will be available to researchers nationwide. An allocation committee will be formed to assess proposals, on the basis of scientific merit, fit to the machine's capabilities, and the potential to broaden the system's user community and range of research. Rensselaer scientists and engineers also anticipate collaborations that will develop and apply the new techniques that will help researchers take advantage of this machine's unique capabilities.

"Researchers at Rensselaer have developed highly scalable techniques that allow modeling to be done across hundreds of thousands of processors. This machine will further that research and provide a platform to explore new techniques that will be broadly applicable to exascale computing", stated Mark Shephard, professor in the department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Nuclear Engineering (MANE) and director of the Scientific Computation Research Center at Rensselaer.

Experts in academia and industry anticipate realizing exascale computing - performing 1018 calculations per second - by the end of the decade. Exascale machines will be more than 100 times the computational power of today's largest machines. The new Blue Gene/Q system at Rensselaer will be a first stop for many researchers looking to scale up their research over the next decade. Once researchers prove their project works on this system, they will well positioned to migrate to peta- and eventually exascale systems, including the large Blue Gene/Q systems due to be installed next year at two national laboratories.

Rensselaer faculty and students will benefit greatly by working on these projects, said CCNI Director James Myers. Since opening in 2007 as the world's seventh largest computer, CCNI has helped researchers at Rensselaer and around the country tackle scientific and engineering problems ranging from the modelling of materials, flows, and microbiological systems, to the development of entirely new simulation technologies. More than 700 researchers, faculty, and students from 50 universities, government laboratories, and companies have run high-performance science and engineering applications at CCNI.

"The resources we have available at CCNI have enabled researchers to work at the forefront in the development of scalable computing techniques and in the application of computing to some of the most challenging problems in academia and industry. We're delighted to have the opportunity with this new machine to continue and expand Rensselaer's support of leading-edge research and the development of the tools and expertise that will be required to realize the potential of next-generation computer systems", Myers stated. "With the rapid changes in computing architecture and the increasing breadth in how they'll be applied, resources like this are critical for training the next generation of scientists and engineers."

Along with Christopher Carothers, James Myers, and Mark Shephard, co-investigators on the grant are: Peter Fox, professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences and a Tetherless World Constellation chair at Rensselaer; and Lucy Zhang, associate professor in MANE.
Source: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

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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