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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

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

19 Sep 2011 Redwood Shores - Oracle Utilities Customer Care and Billing 2.3.1 running with Oracle Exadata Database Machine X2-2 processed an unprecedented 16,500 bills per minute or 993,240 bills per hour. In tests, a typical night's billing run for a utility with one million customers - 47,600 bills - was processed in 2.87 minutes.

The test used 12 months of historical financial data for a typical distribution company with one million accounts: 80 percent residential, 18 percent commercial, 2 percent industrial (interval billing).

As utilities plan new service options and programmes including smart grid, responding to emerging customer and community needs is a top priority. Internally, utilities need to deliver, for example, pre-paid utilities services, demand response and near-real-time access to customer data while maintaining bill throughput for timely revenue flow. Thus, a utility using a monthly billing cycle typically needs to plan for approximately 21 overnight billing runs per month, in addition to unanticipated delays.

The high rate of throughput was achievable primarily due to the increased input/output capacity in Exadata, which features highly tuned and balanced elements of computing, storage and networking that adapt and scale predictably. Oracle Utilities Customer Care and Billing on Exadata required fewer input/output operations - only 48.5 per bill on average, while a non-Exadata server typically required 73.7.

Test results indicate ample room for additional growth (scaling), as the Exadata quarter rack database server with two RAC nodes was utilized less than 55 percent at the benchmark level.

Testing was completed on a quarter rack Oracle Exadata Database Machine X2-2 running Oracle Database 11g and Oracle Real Application Clusters with Oracle Utilities Customer Care and Billing 2.3.1 on the application tier running on Oracle's Sun Fire X4770 server.

Built using industry standard hardware components, and intelligent database and storage software from Oracle, Oracle Exadata Database Machine powers the largest and most important OLTP and data warehousing applications up to 10x faster than before.

"This benchmark demonstrates that Oracle software and hardware systems - engineered to work together, and available today - can process routine customer bills in a fraction of the time traditionally used by most utilities. It is a first step toward demonstrating Oracle's superior ability to help utilities handle the smart grid's anticipated 'data deluge'", stated Linda Jackman, group vice president of product management, Oracle Utilities.
Source: Oracle

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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