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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

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

15 Sep 2011 Hopkinton - EMC Corporation's new 450,000 square foot Center of Excellence (COE) in Durham, North Carolina will deliver on and demonstrate the promise of Cloud computing and IT as a Service (ITaaS) for EMC and its customers. In addition to housing a highly-virtualized Cloud data centre that supports EMC's more than 50,000 employees around the globe, the COE includes 130,000 square feet of global research and development labs and will be a technology showcase to help EMC customers accelerate their own Cloud computing and IT transformations.

EMC's facility in Durham is the latest facility in the company's global network of COEs, which are located in India, China, Egypt, Israel, Ireland, and Russia. The Centers of Excellence perform essential services for EMC business units, including engineering and research and development, customer service, translation services, IT and technical support, and customer executive briefings.

Like many organisations, EMC was faced with unrelenting information growth; inefficient IT infrastructure utilization; increasingly complex application environments; and congested, energy-exhausting data centres. In response, in 2004, EMC's IT organisation began moving from a physical to a highly-virtualized IT infrastructure and embarking on what would become its multi-year cloud computing strategy to transform how IT is delivered and consumed through ITaaS. To accelerate this transformation, the company built a new, energy-efficient Cloud data centre in Durham, North Carolina.

Well on its way to pervasive virtualization, the new EMC data centre provides the foundation required for Cloud computing with an architecture that will leverage EMC’s latest information infrastructure technologies, VMware virtualization and Cloud infrastructure technologies, and Vblock Infrastructure Platforms from VCE, the Virtual Computing Environment Company formed by Cisco and EMC with investments from VMware and Intel.

Through the EMC IT Proven programme, which chronicles and shares IT and Cloud computing best practices, the new data centre will also serve as a technology showcase for EMC's customers. The company will hold customer briefings and tours of its new Durham data center to share best practices and demonstrate firsthand how EMC, VMware, VCE and other partner technologies can help accelerate their own IT transformations.

The Durham Cloud Data Center:

  • Is designed to operate as a Tier III data centre with N+1 redundancy and redundant pathways for the highest availability supporting mission critical operations.
  • Leverages EMC's broad portfolio of information infrastructure products including: EMC Symmetrix VMAX storage systems, EMC VPLEX and EMC VNX platforms, EMC Avamar and Data Domain back-up and recovery solutions, EMC Greenplum solutions for data warehousing and Big Data analytics, EMC RSA security technologies, EMC Documentum ECM solutions, and Ionix for management and orchestration.
  • In addition to hosting applications on a shared, tiered virtual infrastructure, the new data centre will run on a single version of the VMware vSphere virtualization and Cloud infrastructure platform within an x86 enterprise hosting architecture running on Vblock Infrastructure Platforms from VCE. About 350 applications and six petabytes (6 PB) of data will be hosted at the centre.
  • Incorporates sustainability and energy efficiency, including a rooftop water collection system, free air cooling for much of the year, and flywheel technology that eliminates the need for battery storage in the uninterrupted power supply systems.
  • Extends EMC's private Cloud to support the company's global footprint of more than 50,000 users; across 400 corporate offices; in more than 80 countries and federating its cloud across the globe in four continents spanning five data centres.
  • Enables EMC to provide "Cloud demo" proof-of-concept capabilities for customers.

Charles King, Principal Analyst, Pund-IT Inc., stated: "While building a new data centre from the ground can be daunting, it is also offers a company the opportunity to rethink and even reinvent how IT will support and deliver solutions to the business. As a leading global technology innovator, EMC has put its money where its mouth is with its new COE and Cloud data centre. By doing so, the company has opened the doors to harness the agility of Cloud computing for its employees. Its efforts should also help EMC customers develop their own virtualization and Cloud computing initiatives."

Sanjay Mirchandani, EMC Chief Information Officer and COO, Global Centers of Excellence, stated: "We are pleased to extend EMC's network of COEs around the globe by increasing our IT and R&D presence in North Carolina. Our virtual-first mantra and the latest EMC, VMware and VCE technologies, not only provided the foundation to deliver agility to our more than 50,000 employees, but the COE, data centre and our R&D labs enable us to extend and showcase our world-class Cloud computing capabilities, solutions and the best practices with our customers."
Source: EMC

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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