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Primeur weekly 2011-10-10

The Cloud

Timing is right for SDSC Cloud ...

SARA and BiG Grid make HPC Cloud infrastructure available ...

Oracle unveils Oracle Public Cloud ...

Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g delivers world record dual-node result with SPECjEnterprise2010 benchmark on Cisco Unified Computing System B440 M2 server ...

Oracle optimizes integration between Oracle applications and Oracle Exadata Database Machine and Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud ...

Fujitsu launches Cloud Productivity Suite ...

HP acquires control of Autonomy Corporation plc ...

Minister Bruton launches European Cloud Computing Conference in Dublin - DCU and EIURA bring next generation of Cloud computing to Dublin ...

Oracle unveils Oracle Process Accelerators for Oracle Business Process Management Suite 11g ...

Oracle unveils Oracle Fusion CRM in the Cloud ...

HP powers expansion for China's Range Technology ...

HP and SAP accelerate Cloud deployments for clients ...

Bull UK and Ireland shows how bullion server can help guide customers on their journey to the Clouds ...

Adobe unveils Creative Cloud ...

EMC unveils new Proven Solution and best practices for Oracle ...

Emerson Network Power selects Oracle Fusion Middleware to enable its data centre infrastructure management solution ...

Saving energy with the 'Internet of Things' ...

EuroFlash

Hungarian National Information Infrastructure Development (NIIF) Institute selects SGI to power advanced scientific research ...

Bull and Acceleware announce partnership to deliver a unified hardware-to-software experience ...

New project to tackle data deluge: EUDAT - Towards a pan-European Collaborative Data Infrastructure ...

Exotic quantum states: a new research approach ...

USFlash

Simulations unlock carbon nanotube potential for industry ...

New UNIX-based laboratory aids University of Wyoming-NCAR relationship ...

Oracle unveils the Oracle Big Data Appliance ...

Oracle announces industry's first engineered system for Extreme Analytics ...

Oracle Executive Vice President John Fowler spotlights Oracle's Engineered Systems ...

Oracle extends the Oracle Exastack Programme with availability of Oracle Exastack Optimized, Oracle Exadata Ready and Oracle Exalogic Ready ...

Oracle unveils Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c ...

Bold approach could change electronics industry ...

Livermore computer scientist Greg Bronevetsky receives Presidential Early Career Award ...

New 'FeTRAM' is promising computer memory technology ...

Fortune Global 200 CIO joins Advisory Board of DataDirect Networks ...

EMC and NEC set high-end scalability record ...

Bold approach could change electronics industry

26 Sep 2011 Riverside - Two professors from the University of California, Riverside's Bourns College of Engineering have received $1.5 million to study a new approach that could allow the electronics industry to drastically reduce power consumption and increase speed in the next generation of computers.

Alexander Balandin, a professor of electrical engineering and chair of the materials science and engineering programme, and Roger Lake, a professor of electrical engineering, will work with John Stickney, a professor of chemistry at the University of Georgia. Alexander Balandin serves as a principal investigator for the overall project, co-ordinating experimental research in his laboratory with computational studies in Roger Lake's group and materials growth activities in John Stickney's group.

The money is awarded under the nation-wide Nanoelectronics for 2020 and Beyond competition. The researchers will receive $1.3 million in funding from the National Science Foundation and $200,000, as a gift, from the Nanoelectronics Research Initiative of the Semiconductor Research Corporation, a technology research consortium whose members include Intel, IBM and other high-tech leaders.

For 50 years, electronics have run on silicon transistor technology. Over those years, that technology has continually been scaled down to the point now further shrinkage is difficult. Continuing evolution of electronics beyond the limits of the conventional silicon technology requires innovative approaches for solving heat dissipation, speed and scaling issues.

Alexander Balandin and Roger Lake believe they have found that innovative approach. They plan to encode information not with conventional electrical currents, individual charges or spins but with the collective states formed by the charge-density waves.

Charge-density waves, also known as CDWs, are modulations in the electron density and associated modulations of the atom positions in crystal lattices of certain materials. They were known for almost a century but until today have not been considered for applications in computing. The use of collective states, or waves, instead of electrical currents of individual electrons can help to reduce the amount of power needed per computation.

"The idea of using charge-density waves for information processing is a bold one and presents an absolutely new approach for solving the scaling and heat dissipation problems in electronics", stated Alexander Balandin, who received this year's Pioneer of Nanotechnology Award from the IEEE Nanotechnology Council.

The research to be carried out at UC Riverside will complement conventional silicon transistor technology. The charge-density wave materials can be integrated with silicon and other materials used in conventional computers. The prototype devices, which use the charge-density waves, have already been built in Alexander Balandin's Nano-Device Laboratory.

The phase, frequency and amplitude of the collective current of the interfering charge waves will encode information and allow for massive parallelism in information processing. The low-dissipation, massively parallel information processing with the collective state variables can satisfy the computational, communication, and sensor technology requirements for decades to come.

The paradigm proposed by Alexander Balandin and Roger Lake has never been attempted before. Its major benefit is that it can be implemented at room temperature and does not require magnetic fields like other computational schemes do.

The project will lead to better understanding of the material properties and physical processes of

charge-density wave materials in highly-scaled, low-dimension regimes that have not yet been explored. Among the outcomes of this research will be optimized device designs for exploiting charge-density waves for computations and understanding the fundamental limits of the performance metrics.
Source: University of California - Riverside

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Primeur weekly 2011-10-10

The Cloud

Timing is right for SDSC Cloud ...

SARA and BiG Grid make HPC Cloud infrastructure available ...

Oracle unveils Oracle Public Cloud ...

Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g delivers world record dual-node result with SPECjEnterprise2010 benchmark on Cisco Unified Computing System B440 M2 server ...

Oracle optimizes integration between Oracle applications and Oracle Exadata Database Machine and Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud ...

Fujitsu launches Cloud Productivity Suite ...

HP acquires control of Autonomy Corporation plc ...

Minister Bruton launches European Cloud Computing Conference in Dublin - DCU and EIURA bring next generation of Cloud computing to Dublin ...

Oracle unveils Oracle Process Accelerators for Oracle Business Process Management Suite 11g ...

Oracle unveils Oracle Fusion CRM in the Cloud ...

HP powers expansion for China's Range Technology ...

HP and SAP accelerate Cloud deployments for clients ...

Bull UK and Ireland shows how bullion server can help guide customers on their journey to the Clouds ...

Adobe unveils Creative Cloud ...

EMC unveils new Proven Solution and best practices for Oracle ...

Emerson Network Power selects Oracle Fusion Middleware to enable its data centre infrastructure management solution ...

Saving energy with the 'Internet of Things' ...

EuroFlash

Hungarian National Information Infrastructure Development (NIIF) Institute selects SGI to power advanced scientific research ...

Bull and Acceleware announce partnership to deliver a unified hardware-to-software experience ...

New project to tackle data deluge: EUDAT - Towards a pan-European Collaborative Data Infrastructure ...

Exotic quantum states: a new research approach ...

USFlash

Simulations unlock carbon nanotube potential for industry ...

New UNIX-based laboratory aids University of Wyoming-NCAR relationship ...

Oracle unveils the Oracle Big Data Appliance ...

Oracle announces industry's first engineered system for Extreme Analytics ...

Oracle Executive Vice President John Fowler spotlights Oracle's Engineered Systems ...

Oracle extends the Oracle Exastack Programme with availability of Oracle Exastack Optimized, Oracle Exadata Ready and Oracle Exalogic Ready ...

Oracle unveils Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c ...

Bold approach could change electronics industry ...

Livermore computer scientist Greg Bronevetsky receives Presidential Early Career Award ...

New 'FeTRAM' is promising computer memory technology ...

Fortune Global 200 CIO joins Advisory Board of DataDirect Networks ...

EMC and NEC set high-end scalability record ...