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Primeur weekly 2012-10-01

The Cloud

Bright Computing and Univa offer combined cluster & workload management solution ...

SDSC and DuraSpace announce Cloud Storage Agreement ...

Brocade demonstrates industry's first service-oriented orchestration combining OpenStack and Ethernet fabric technologies ...

PeakColo aims for the Cloud with Brocade VCS fabric technology ...

Brookings Health System selects ClearDATA Virtual Data Center service for HIPAA-compliant Cloud hosting of IT infrastructure ...

CLASS Conference team to issue Call for Participation ...

HP introduces ProLiant Gen8 servers that enhance virtualized performance and facilitate move to Cloud ...

IBM launches global initiatives to help managed service providers capture burgeoning Cloud opportunity ...

ATIVAS is the first company in Brazil to adopt Oracle SPARC SuperCluster T4-4 ...

Outsourcing Inc. implements private Cloud infrastructure with Oracle SPARC SuperCluster T4-4 ...

Towers Watson introduces life insurance financial modelling on a Cloud Computing Grid ...

EuroFlash

London transport gets moving with projectiondesign ...

SARA to organize e-Infrastructure Colloquium on Open Repository of Web Data ...

Big Data analytics computing requires maverick fabric ...

NetApp storage helps CERN unlock the secrets of the universe ...

First EUDAT conference takes place in Barcelona 22nd - 24th October 2012 ...

USFlash

URS taps SGI for 500 Teraflop supercomputer for DOE National Energy Technology Lab ...

Adapteva creates Kickstarter Campaign to fund supercomputing platform ...

Dell and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign create preservation archive with open source Fedora repository software ...

Fujitsu selects Brocade network for Australia's fastest supercomputer ...

Autonomy, an HP company, unveils HP Application Information Optimizer 7.0 ...

IBM adds smarter storage to Queensland Sugar for improved efficiency and cost savings ...

Simulations on supercomputers uncover flashy secrets of merging black holes ...

Oracle achieves record TPC-C Benchmark result on 2 processor system ...

Oracle introduces Oracle Optimized Solution for Oracle E-Business Suite for mission-critical environments ...

New $2.6 million study uses video cards to bring effective, inexpensive supercomputing to hospitals for safer CT scans ...

Adapteva creates Kickstarter Campaign to fund supercomputing platform

28 Sep 2012 Lexington - Adapteva, a semiconductor start-up company, has launched the Parallella Kickstarter project to build an open and affordable, credit card-sized supercomputing platform that offers a 50x performance boost over existing open hardware platforms like Raspberry Pi. The truly disruptive performance leap of the Parallella computer is enabled by Adapteva's 16-core and 64-core Epiphany microprocessor chips that lead the world in processor energy efficiency.

The present and future of computing is parallel, but developers are facing enormous challenges in developing code that can take advantage of the exponentially increasing performance offered by today's parallel architectures. Without wide-spread adoption of efficient parallel programming methods by the developer community, application performance improvements will soon hit the wall.

"Inspired by great hardware communities like Raspberry Pi and Arduino, we see a critical need for a truly open, high-performance computing platform that will close the knowledge gap in parallel programming", stated Andreas Olofsson, CEO of Adapteva. "High-performance parallel computing is currently only accessible to a small and select group of expert programmers. The goal of the Parallella project is to democratize access to parallel computing. The parallel programming dilemma is a grand challenge of computer science and we need all hands on deck."

Numerous universities seeking to educate students on parallel computing already are collaborating with Adapteva. To date, Adapteva has collaborated with researchers at MIT, Boston University, Northeastern University and Halmstad University to help bring parallel computing technology to the next generation of engineers.

"Processor architectures need to be built on simple, scalable principles with powerful processors and straightforward means for moving data around. Adapteva's Epiphany chip architecture has been designed based on such principles", stated Bertil Svensson, Professor at Halmstad University. "My students and researchers have had a positive experience with Epiphany, using both the architectural features and programming tools efficiently on their first try."

To create a sustainable community around the Parallella computer platform, Adapteva will be raising a minimum of $750,000. The funds will enable Adapteva to bring costs down for its existing evaluation boards and deliver a fully functional computer that includes a dual core ARM A9 based SOC and a 16-core Epiphany-III co-processor chip for $99. The 16-core board Parallella should achieve 13 GHz and 26 GFLOPS of equivalent CPU performance. If the Parallella Kickstarter project reaches a stretch goal of $3M, a higher performance Parallella board will be released that includes the pin-compatible 64-core Epiphany-IV chip. The Epiphany-IV based board should achieve a peak performance of 45 GHz and 90 GFLOPS and will be available to all backers who pledge $199 or more. The Parallella computers will ship with a Linux Ubuntu distribution and an open source SDK for developing applications for the Epiphany architecture using C, C++ and/or OpenCL.

Once the Parallella project is fully funded, Adapteva will also take the bold step of releasing its existing software development tools, drivers and libraries under a true open source license and will publish the Epiphany chip architecture reference manuals and datasheets publicly. Board design files and board support packages for the Parallella computer will be delivered to the public in open source format and available for everyone to use free of charge and without restrictions.

"I truly believe that the availability of open and inexpensive hardware, free open source software development tools, and increasingly knowledgeable parallel programmers is what will drive the next wave of innovation in software applications", continued Andreas Olofsson. "If we as a community can offer the right building blocks, programmers will change the world in ways we have yet to imagine."
Source: Adapteva

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Primeur weekly 2012-10-01

The Cloud

Bright Computing and Univa offer combined cluster & workload management solution ...

SDSC and DuraSpace announce Cloud Storage Agreement ...

Brocade demonstrates industry's first service-oriented orchestration combining OpenStack and Ethernet fabric technologies ...

PeakColo aims for the Cloud with Brocade VCS fabric technology ...

Brookings Health System selects ClearDATA Virtual Data Center service for HIPAA-compliant Cloud hosting of IT infrastructure ...

CLASS Conference team to issue Call for Participation ...

HP introduces ProLiant Gen8 servers that enhance virtualized performance and facilitate move to Cloud ...

IBM launches global initiatives to help managed service providers capture burgeoning Cloud opportunity ...

ATIVAS is the first company in Brazil to adopt Oracle SPARC SuperCluster T4-4 ...

Outsourcing Inc. implements private Cloud infrastructure with Oracle SPARC SuperCluster T4-4 ...

Towers Watson introduces life insurance financial modelling on a Cloud Computing Grid ...

EuroFlash

London transport gets moving with projectiondesign ...

SARA to organize e-Infrastructure Colloquium on Open Repository of Web Data ...

Big Data analytics computing requires maverick fabric ...

NetApp storage helps CERN unlock the secrets of the universe ...

First EUDAT conference takes place in Barcelona 22nd - 24th October 2012 ...

USFlash

URS taps SGI for 500 Teraflop supercomputer for DOE National Energy Technology Lab ...

Adapteva creates Kickstarter Campaign to fund supercomputing platform ...

Dell and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign create preservation archive with open source Fedora repository software ...

Fujitsu selects Brocade network for Australia's fastest supercomputer ...

Autonomy, an HP company, unveils HP Application Information Optimizer 7.0 ...

IBM adds smarter storage to Queensland Sugar for improved efficiency and cost savings ...

Simulations on supercomputers uncover flashy secrets of merging black holes ...

Oracle achieves record TPC-C Benchmark result on 2 processor system ...

Oracle introduces Oracle Optimized Solution for Oracle E-Business Suite for mission-critical environments ...

New $2.6 million study uses video cards to bring effective, inexpensive supercomputing to hospitals for safer CT scans ...