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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 ...

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

3 Oct 2012 New Brunswick - The US National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded two Rutgers researchers nearly $1.4 million as part of an initiative to extract useful information from so-called "Big Data" - massive collections of data from sources such as scientific instruments, digital images, social media streams and business transactions.

While it's easy to dismiss big data as the latest business and scientific buzzword, experts believe that new ways of probing enormous quantities of data will reveal previously unseen trends. For example, utilities could analyze billions of electric meter readings to precisely predict power consumption. Stock markets could monitor millions of trades as they happen to uncover new types of fraud. And business could refine products and practices by studying sentiments in countless numbers of tweets and blog posts. Current technologies often come up short in performing these types of fast and massive analyses.

The two Rutgers grants are part of NSF's $15 million worth of funding announced today as part of the agency's big data research initiative launched earlier in the year. Both are for collaborative research with other universities.

One project - to develop technology that maintains indexes 200 times faster in databases with billions of entries - is a joint effort with Stony Brook University. Rutgers will receive $400,000 of the $1.2 million awarded to the collaboration.

The second project, to improve the accuracy and relevance of complex scientific literature searches, is a joint effort with Cornell and Princeton universities. Rutgers will receive almost $1 million of the $3 million awarded to the collaboration.

The projects involving Rutgers are among eight that received funding today from the NSF and the National Institutes of Health, six months after the agencies announced their big data initiative at an event led by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

The Rutgers investigator on the project to speed information retrieval from large databases is Martin Farach-Colton, professor in the Department of Computer Science in the School of Arts and Sciences.

"Big databases have trouble finding things if indexes aren't maintained", stated Farach-Colton. "Traditional methods of indexing databases, based on methods developed 40 years ago, start to fail when databases get large."

He likens the older methods to sending a delivery truck halfway across the country to pick up a single package each time a customer places an order. The researchers are studying new ways to move index items more efficiently, much like filling delivery trucks with packages and sorting those packages at regional distribution centers on the way to their destinations.

The Rutgers investigator on the scientific literature search project is Paul Kantor, a professor in the Department of Library and Information Sciences in the School of Communication and Information.

"Scientists need to do the equivalent of Google searches on their literature", stated Paul Kantor, "but keywords alone are not sufficient to perform searches quickly and efficiently." The researchers are investigating methods to search on topics and concepts that would include collaborative information from other searchers to better determine the relevance of the results. These methods could further peg the value of a newly retrieved document by relating it to other documents that the searcher identifies as worthwhile. The researchers have been working with the "arXiv" online public archive of scientific papers run by Cornell University.

The NSF describes the eight projects it is funding as having applications in disciplines such as physics, psychology, economics and medicine.

Farnam Jahanian, assistant director for NSF's Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering, says that data represents a transformative new currency for science, engineering, and education. "By advancing the techniques and technologies for data management and knowledge extraction", he stated, "these new research awards help to realize the enormous opportunity to capitalize on the transformative potential of data."
Source: Rutgers 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 ...