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Primeur weekly 2012-10-08

The Cloud

ISC Cloud’12 shared new evolution images from HPC and big data in the Cloud ...

Bright Computing to present data aware Cloud bursting to the SLURM User Group ...

Oracle unveils expanded Oracle Cloud Services portfolio ...

Oracle extends Oracle Communications Billing and Revenue Management product family with innovative Oracle Communications Elastic Charging Engine ...

Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c introduces new tools and programmes for partners ...

Fujitsu Cloud solution bolsters Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University's administrative information system ...

Lending Club selects Oracle ERP Cloud Service to help increase insight and efficiencies ...

Customers live on Oracle Fusion Human Capital Management ...

Oracle continues to extend industry's no. 1 business innovation platform for the enterprise and the Cloud ...

Kwality Dairy selects IBM Cloud to drive supply chain efficiencies ...

Oracle announces ISV integration with Oracle Sales and Marketing Cloud Service ...

Oracle unveils new partner Cloud programmes at Oracle OpenWorld 2012 ...

Fujitsu Cloud solution enhances Kansai University's educational research system platform ...

HP advances software-defined networks with integrated infrastructure, controller and application solutions ...

Oracle announces Oracle Solaris 11.1 at Oracle OpenWorld ...

VMware simplifies compliance for business-critical applications in the Cloud ...

Desktop Grids

OProject@Home has been launched ...

EuroFlash

Altair's latest Compute Manager offers built-in 3D and 2D visualization of high-performance computing simulations ...

Green Brain project to create an autonomous flying robot with a honey bee brain ...

Hi-fi single photons ...

USFlash

Indiana University develops tool to improve NASA polar ice mission ...

Launch of the USA's fastest Genomic Supercomputing Platform reduces cancer genome analysis from months to seconds - One patient every 47 seconds ...

South Australian Research Facility unleashes the Tizard supercomputer ...

Mellanox InfiniBand selected by Fujitsu to accelerate the Australian National University supercomputer ...

Oracle announces Oracle Exadata X3 Database In-Memory Machine ...

Virginia Tech to tackle the Big Data challenges of next-generation sequencing with HokieSpeed ...

Iowa State researchers developing Big Data toolbox to help genome researchers ...

IBM completes acquisition of Texas Memory Systems ...

Brown University awarded $1.5 million for new Big Data tools ...

Cognitech Inc. announces release of industry's fastest mobile and tower supercomputing Forensic Video Workstations ...

Dell Smart Grid Data Management Solution enables utility companies to improve efficiency ...

New Zealand Freight Service provider adopts IBM PureSystems for IT consolidation ...

IBM boosts security, Cloud and analytics capabilities with new Power systems, storage and mainframe technologies ...

Sandia builds Android-based network to study cyber disruptions ...

Sandia gains national recognition for sustainable energy management ...

NSF announces interagency progress on administration's Big Data initiative ...

National Science Foundation awards Rutgers $1.4 million to help create ways to analyze Big Data ...

Indiana University develops tool to improve NASA polar ice mission

2 Oct 2012 Bloomington - Data vital to understanding global climate change will benefit from more efficient and secure processing, thanks to a new tool created by members of Indiana University's (IU) Research Technologies Systems. This month, NASA's IceBridge mission will debut the new, IU-designed in-flight data copy system for instantly processing and archiving polar ice sheet data collected by radar systems in its DC-8 aircraft. IceBridge, a six-year NASA mission, is the largest airborne survey of Earth's polar ice.

For the past four years, IU has provided IT support to the Center for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets (CReSIS) at the University of Kansas. CReSIS is a major player in the IceBridge mission, providing the radar technology that measures the physical interactions of polar ice sheets in Greenland, Chile and Antarctica. IU's support of polar research with CReSIS helps scientists better understand the current state of polar ice sheets, in order to improve models of the physical interactions of glaciers, sea ice and ice sheets at both poles.

"IU is the only university that provides specialized IT for NASA's Operation IceBridge mission", stated Rich Knepper, manager of the campus bridging and research infrastructure team within Research Technologies Systems, part of IU's Pervasive Technology Institute. "We are known for our innovative data management and storage solutions, and we are excited to use that knowledge to create a tool that supports research important to NASA, our nation and the world."

The IceBridge flights collect huge amounts of data - three to four terabytes per flight, and about 104 terabytes for an entire campaign (10 times the printed collection of the Library of Congress). IU provides field data storage and back-ups, as well as data management, processing and archival storage for the radar data. In the past, scientists collected the data in 10-hour flights over the polar ice sheets, and brought it back to IU computer scientists on the ground for duplication and preservation on disks - a time-consuming and dangerous process, as only one copy of the data existed during that time.

"The new in-flight data copy system changes all that", stated Matt Standish, IU team lead for campus bridging and research infrastructure, and creator of the tool. "Now, CReSIS scientists will get real-time updates of their data, as well as two copies while still in flight", he stated. "Essentially, the new in-flight data copy system takes a clustered computing system and high-speed network into the air."

With instant access to their data, CReSIS scientists can determine in-flight which polar ice sheets require a closer look - eliminating the need to land, wait for IU to duplicate and store the data and then schedule a new flight.

"The whole process is going to be more efficient, and we'll be able to get better results to NASA, faster", stated Matt Standish. "Before, CReSIS was limited by the space and speed of their disks - now they can go as fast as their computer will let them."

In late September, members of IU's Research Technologies Systems division headed to Dryden Flight Research Center in Palmdale, California, to prepare the field lab that will complete processing tasks in Punta Arenas, Chile. The mission will leave Dryden for Punta Arenas on October 8, with Standish along to accompany the new in-flight data copy system tool.
Source: Indiana University

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Primeur weekly 2012-10-08

The Cloud

ISC Cloud’12 shared new evolution images from HPC and big data in the Cloud ...

Bright Computing to present data aware Cloud bursting to the SLURM User Group ...

Oracle unveils expanded Oracle Cloud Services portfolio ...

Oracle extends Oracle Communications Billing and Revenue Management product family with innovative Oracle Communications Elastic Charging Engine ...

Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c introduces new tools and programmes for partners ...

Fujitsu Cloud solution bolsters Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University's administrative information system ...

Lending Club selects Oracle ERP Cloud Service to help increase insight and efficiencies ...

Customers live on Oracle Fusion Human Capital Management ...

Oracle continues to extend industry's no. 1 business innovation platform for the enterprise and the Cloud ...

Kwality Dairy selects IBM Cloud to drive supply chain efficiencies ...

Oracle announces ISV integration with Oracle Sales and Marketing Cloud Service ...

Oracle unveils new partner Cloud programmes at Oracle OpenWorld 2012 ...

Fujitsu Cloud solution enhances Kansai University's educational research system platform ...

HP advances software-defined networks with integrated infrastructure, controller and application solutions ...

Oracle announces Oracle Solaris 11.1 at Oracle OpenWorld ...

VMware simplifies compliance for business-critical applications in the Cloud ...

Desktop Grids

OProject@Home has been launched ...

EuroFlash

Altair's latest Compute Manager offers built-in 3D and 2D visualization of high-performance computing simulations ...

Green Brain project to create an autonomous flying robot with a honey bee brain ...

Hi-fi single photons ...

USFlash

Indiana University develops tool to improve NASA polar ice mission ...

Launch of the USA's fastest Genomic Supercomputing Platform reduces cancer genome analysis from months to seconds - One patient every 47 seconds ...

South Australian Research Facility unleashes the Tizard supercomputer ...

Mellanox InfiniBand selected by Fujitsu to accelerate the Australian National University supercomputer ...

Oracle announces Oracle Exadata X3 Database In-Memory Machine ...

Virginia Tech to tackle the Big Data challenges of next-generation sequencing with HokieSpeed ...

Iowa State researchers developing Big Data toolbox to help genome researchers ...

IBM completes acquisition of Texas Memory Systems ...

Brown University awarded $1.5 million for new Big Data tools ...

Cognitech Inc. announces release of industry's fastest mobile and tower supercomputing Forensic Video Workstations ...

Dell Smart Grid Data Management Solution enables utility companies to improve efficiency ...

New Zealand Freight Service provider adopts IBM PureSystems for IT consolidation ...

IBM boosts security, Cloud and analytics capabilities with new Power systems, storage and mainframe technologies ...

Sandia builds Android-based network to study cyber disruptions ...

Sandia gains national recognition for sustainable energy management ...

NSF announces interagency progress on administration's Big Data initiative ...

National Science Foundation awards Rutgers $1.4 million to help create ways to analyze Big Data ...