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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 ...

South Australian Research Facility unleashes the Tizard supercomputer

4 Oct 2012 Thebarton - South Australia's most powerful public research high performance computing (HPC) system, The Tizard Machine, has been launched by Science and Information Economy Minister Tom Kenyon. The eResearch SA computer will be a game changer for those researchers in Australia performing some of the most complex calculations and who require the use of the most powerful supercomputers that can be built. The Tizard machine is more than six times faster than its predecessor, and is capable of 40 trillion calculations per second.

eResearch SA is a collaborative joint venture between the University of Adelaide, Flinders University and the University of South Australia. It will support the kind of science that unlocks the secrets of evolution, that searches for cures to diseases like cancer, cystic fibrosis and epilepsy, that develops sustainable food and agriculture practices, that looks at increasing the acceptance rate of medical implants, and that allows us to better understand the basic building blocks of the universe and the fundamental forces of nature.

Dr. Paul Coddington, Deputy Director of eResearch SA, stated: "This is the biggest and fastest supercomputer South Australian researchers have ever had access to. Our previous supercomputer was capable of 6 trillion calculations per second. Tizard provides 40 trillion calculations per second, so it is more than six times faster, provides more memory, and is more energy efficient than our previous machine."

Science and Information Economy Minister Tom Kenyon said the Tizard machine represented an exciting new era in South Australia's computing capability and provided the essential infrastructure the State needed to attract high profile and world leading researchers to our universities and research institutions.

The unique combination of Central Processing Units (CPUs), Graphics Processing Units (GPUs) and large memory nodes have been purchased specifically to support the computational demands of South Australia's leading scientists.

Professor David Adelson, Head of the School of Molecular and Biomedical Science and the Centre for Bioinformatics and Computational Genetics at the University of Adelaide, and Professor Hamish Scott, Head of the Centre for Cancer Biology, and their team are analysing DNA sequences with the aim of identifying which chemicals are likely to provide the most effective treatment against particular cancers.

They can generate 600 gigabases of DNA sequences, equivalent to about 1,000 human genomes, in just two weeks, and will rely heavily the on the new large memory nodes.

"Tizard will increase the processing capacity and computing power available through eResearch SA's high-performance computing service which will make our research even easier and allow us to get results faster", Professor Adelson stated. "For example, previously it would take three months to sequence the DNA of one mouse, but with Tizard we can sequence 20 mice in the same amount of time."

Professor Derek Leinweber, Professor of Physics and Head of the School of Chemistry and Physics at the University of Adelaide, is also looking forward to using the machine. "We're trying to understand the basic properties of a fundamental quantum field theory called quantum chromo dynamics. This theory is a beautiful simple theory describing what is inside protons and neutrons, but to understand what phenomena emerges from this theory, that is very hard. The only way to do it is to use the world's fastest supercomputers", Professor Leinweber stated. "In some cases, we will be able to perform six months worth of calculations in a day."

The Tizard machine is named in memory of James Tizard, the founding CEO of SABRENet (2007-2011) and Director of eResearch SA (2009-10), who passed away in 2011.

eResearch SA offers expert computing technology knowledge services and facilities to research, government and business sectors.
Source: eResearch SA

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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 ...