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Primeur weekly 2012-09-10

Exascale supercomputing

Fujitsu Laboratories develops integrated silicon optical transmitter to carry large volumes of data between CPUs ...

The Cloud

ISC Cloud'12 Panel to examine challenges of moving HPC to the Cloud ...

Numergy - the digital energy producer supporting businesses and institutions - is born ...

Dell and VMware double down on desktop virtualization ...

HP helps Diversified Agency Services transition to Cloud data centre ...

HP accelerates enterprises' journey to the Cloud ...

Anheuser-Busch InBev extends global supply chain with IBM software ...

IBM Smarter Commerce helps RadioShack deliver customer value and drive sales ...

Nutanix Complete Cluster brings SAN-free virtualization to Hadoop ...

EuroFlash

Towards computing with water droplets - superhydrophobic droplet logic ...

Swiss national supercomputing computing strategy set in stone ...

USFlash

DataDirect Networks is named America's fastest growing $200M+ privately held computer company by Inc. Magazine ...

DataDirect Networks supercharges SAS Grid computing ...

EMC and Alpine Data Labs to deliver joint solution for high performance "in database" predictive analytics ...

New Zealand's vBridge selects HP Converged Storage for 100 percent uptime ...

Michigan State University to introduce students to analytics and Big Data using IBM Watson ...

IBM opens Smarter Data Center in Mexico to support clients' growth and transformation ...

IDC maintains HPC server revenue forecast of 7% growth despite flat second quarter ...

Intel Xeon processors and Xeon Phi co-processors promise to power world's most efficient HPC data centre ...

Department of Energy awards IU cybersecurity centre $437,000 grant for identity management project ...

Birth of a planet ...

EMC and VMware unveil early access programme for new EMC Storage Analytics Suite for VNX ...

Swiss national supercomputing computing strategy set in stone

31 Aug 2012 Lugano - After almost two years in the making, Switzerland has a new high-performance computing centre - and one of the most energy-efficient ones in the world. Federal Councillor Alain Berset inaugurated the new CSCS building at a ceremony. The Swiss National Supercomputing Centre (CSCS) in Lugano-Cornaredo is the part of the national High-Performance Computing and Networking Strategy that has been "set in stone".

Federal Councillor Alain Berset, President of the ETH Board, Fritz Schiesser and President of ETH Zurich, Ralph Eichler cut the symbolic ribbon to officially open the new CSCS building. “The investment in this infrastructure is a long-term commitment for world-class research and part of an education and research policy that is designed to make a lasting contribution to the wellbeing of the country", stated Federal Councillor Berset.

The new CSCS building should help to ensure that future supercomputers of the Swiss National Supercomputing Centre are operated optimally and energy-efficiently. CSCS's supercomputers are available to all Swiss universities and research facilities. Thanks to the new building, Switzerland as a research location will benefit in all areas relating to high-performance computing (HPC). "High-performance computers are a key prerequisite for the global competitiveness of Swiss universities", stressed President of the ETH Board Fritz Schiesser.

Scientists endeavour to solve complex problems with the aid of supercomputers. These days simulations come into play wherever experiments are no longer possible or traditional methods no longer suffice. They have a direct societal benefit: researchers can use simulations to predict the weather, evaluate natural hazards more effectively, model novel materials or aid medical diagnostics. High-performance computing supplements theory and experiments as a matter of course in practically all research disciplines. Since 2010 alone, the demand for computer time at the CSCS has almost doubled - in 2012 around 325 million computer hours were allocated among users.

Due to the constantly rising demand for computing power, the spatial and technical capacities of the old headquarters in Manno were no longer adequate. Consequently, the new building on Via Trevano in Lugano was necessary. President of ETH Zurich Ralph Eichler sees two advantages in the new location: "Firstly, the computers can be cooled with water from nearby Lake Lugano; secondly, the Università della Svizzera italiana USI is very close. The collaboration with the USI is an enormous asset and boosts intellectual and cultural diversity."

For the Executive Board of ETH Zurich, it was essential for the new computer centre to be able to accommodate the necessary supercomputing infrastructure for at least the next forty years. The computer centre was thus built as a modular construction that can easily be further developed if needed. Already from 2013, a computer of the petaflop performance class is to be deployed at the CSCS. As the supercomputers are cooled via a sophisticated system that uses natural resources in the form of water from Lake Lugano, CSCS is currently one of the most energy-efficient computer centres in the world.
Source: Swiss National Supercomputing Centre - CSCS

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Primeur weekly 2012-09-10

Exascale supercomputing

Fujitsu Laboratories develops integrated silicon optical transmitter to carry large volumes of data between CPUs ...

The Cloud

ISC Cloud'12 Panel to examine challenges of moving HPC to the Cloud ...

Numergy - the digital energy producer supporting businesses and institutions - is born ...

Dell and VMware double down on desktop virtualization ...

HP helps Diversified Agency Services transition to Cloud data centre ...

HP accelerates enterprises' journey to the Cloud ...

Anheuser-Busch InBev extends global supply chain with IBM software ...

IBM Smarter Commerce helps RadioShack deliver customer value and drive sales ...

Nutanix Complete Cluster brings SAN-free virtualization to Hadoop ...

EuroFlash

Towards computing with water droplets - superhydrophobic droplet logic ...

Swiss national supercomputing computing strategy set in stone ...

USFlash

DataDirect Networks is named America's fastest growing $200M+ privately held computer company by Inc. Magazine ...

DataDirect Networks supercharges SAS Grid computing ...

EMC and Alpine Data Labs to deliver joint solution for high performance "in database" predictive analytics ...

New Zealand's vBridge selects HP Converged Storage for 100 percent uptime ...

Michigan State University to introduce students to analytics and Big Data using IBM Watson ...

IBM opens Smarter Data Center in Mexico to support clients' growth and transformation ...

IDC maintains HPC server revenue forecast of 7% growth despite flat second quarter ...

Intel Xeon processors and Xeon Phi co-processors promise to power world's most efficient HPC data centre ...

Department of Energy awards IU cybersecurity centre $437,000 grant for identity management project ...

Birth of a planet ...

EMC and VMware unveil early access programme for new EMC Storage Analytics Suite for VNX ...