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Primeur weekly 2014-10-27

Special

European research prominently addressed in ISC Big Data'14 Conference ...

Focus

CloudFlow to leverage HPC and Cloud-based simulation services to manufacturing and engineering SMEs  ...

The Cloud

NIST's Cloud Computing Roadmap details research requirements and action plans ...

IBM and Microsoft to offer greater choice in the hybrid Cloud ...

IBM expands global Cloud footprint with first SoftLayer Cloud centre in France ...

German Public Transportation Co. adopts IBM Software Defined Storage to tackle Big Data ...

Desktop Grids

Crowd computing Project seeks better understanding of DNA and improved quality of life ...

World Community Grid to launch 'Uncovering Genome Mysteries' Project ...

Crowd computing power to solve microbe mysteries ...

EuroFlash

SysFera and Kitware integrate HPC products for improved scientific data analysis ...

ADVA Optical Networking and BT show real value of transport SDN at SDN and OpenFlow World Congress ...

Major oil and gas software providers integrate with Altair PBS Professional ...

New computational method allows the identification of genetic alterations in cancer patients within hours ...

DANTE and TERENA join forces to become the GÉANT Association ...

ISC High Performance'15 team to issue Call for Workshops ...

Mellanox InfiniBand powers top European high performance computing centres ...

'CT scan' of distant universe reveals cosmic web in 3D ...

Brain simulation raises questions ...

PRACE in search of two Peer-review Officers ...

USFlash

ESnet extends 100G connectivity across Atlantic ...

Mellanox Ethernet solutions selected for new HP 64-bit ARM data centre platform ...

Take a tour of high performance computing with "Optimizing HPC Applications with Intel Cluster Tools" ...

SGI supercomputer places DownUnder GeoSolutions at the forefront of oil and gas exploration ...

Supercomputers link proteins to drug side effects ...

HP supercomputer at NREL garners top honour ...

UTA engineer uses advanced sensing, crowdsourcing to predict urban water flow, city needs ...

GLOBALFOUNDRIES to acquire IBM's Microelectronics business ...

Mellanox Technologies announces third quarter 2014 financial results ...

CloudFlow to leverage HPC and Cloud-based simulation services to manufacturing and engineering SMEs


29 Sep 2014 Heidelberg - At ISC Cloud'14 in Heidelberg, Primeur Magazinehad the opportunity to interview Prof. Dr.-Ing. André Stork, from the Technical University Darmstadt and also active at the Fraunhofer Institut für Graphische Datenverarbeitung (IGD) as Head of the Competence Center for Interactive Engineering Technologies (IET), on the CloudFlow project of which he is the coordinator.

The European CloudFlow project is about making HPC-based simulation and modelling services more accessible and more affordable, especially to small and medium sized enterprises from the manufacturing and engineering industries.

CloudFlow is conducting several waves of experiments. The team is trying to work out the benefits of Cloud-based simulation services for SMEs. One example is the company Stellba Hydro, an expert in water turbine design. They want to make the process faster with reduced force, leveraging HPC performance to run more complicated simulations, to involve more deep physical effects, and to go for higher spatial and temporal resolution in terms of transit simulations, etc.

The project also has four European ISVs -independent software vendors, also small and medium sized, in the consortium. They are performing different kinds of experiments, together with Stellba Hydro, and they bring their software tools to the Cloud. The experiments are in the area of CAD, computational fluid dynamics, computer-aided manufacturing, system simulation, product life cycle management and quality assurance.

For each of these experiments, the project team has analyzed the engineering work flow at Stellba and the partners do not only support the different engineering elements in the work flow but bring these different stages together in order to work towards supporting the heterogeneity and interoperability of data and services in the work flow in the Cloud.

So far, the experiment designs are very promising from the end users' point of view. They expect to reduce the costs in the development stages, they expect to run simulations they have not been able to run so far by leveraging HPC resources from the project's SME HPC provider, a company named Arctur from Slovenia.

In addition to these commercial partners, the project also has institutions involved, namely the Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz (DFKI) and Fraunhofer, working on the Cloud for infrastructure, making it an open and extensible platform, supporting engineering work flows and facilitating the access to HPC simulations services and make them more affordable and usable. This is key from the end users' point of view.

One of the interesting aspects for people who are not already in the consortium is the Open Calls scheme. Typical, in comparison to other European projects, CloudFlow runs two waves of Open Calls. The project is asking for 7 new experiments in each of these waves. Small consortia consisting of 1 to four partners can suggest new experiments that will be supported and co-funded from this European project to expand the offer of CloudFlow towards supporting more software solutions coming from European SMEs but also especially involving more end users from different branches and different manufacturing areas.

The first Open Call is already closed. The second Open Call will be open mid 2015 and closing end of September 2015. CloudFlow is looking forward to receive input, feedback and proposals for the Open Call.

More information on the CloudFlow project is available at http://eu-cloudflow.eu .

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Back to Table of contents

Primeur weekly 2014-10-27

Special

European research prominently addressed in ISC Big Data'14 Conference ...

Focus

CloudFlow to leverage HPC and Cloud-based simulation services to manufacturing and engineering SMEs  ...

The Cloud

NIST's Cloud Computing Roadmap details research requirements and action plans ...

IBM and Microsoft to offer greater choice in the hybrid Cloud ...

IBM expands global Cloud footprint with first SoftLayer Cloud centre in France ...

German Public Transportation Co. adopts IBM Software Defined Storage to tackle Big Data ...

Desktop Grids

Crowd computing Project seeks better understanding of DNA and improved quality of life ...

World Community Grid to launch 'Uncovering Genome Mysteries' Project ...

Crowd computing power to solve microbe mysteries ...

EuroFlash

SysFera and Kitware integrate HPC products for improved scientific data analysis ...

ADVA Optical Networking and BT show real value of transport SDN at SDN and OpenFlow World Congress ...

Major oil and gas software providers integrate with Altair PBS Professional ...

New computational method allows the identification of genetic alterations in cancer patients within hours ...

DANTE and TERENA join forces to become the GÉANT Association ...

ISC High Performance'15 team to issue Call for Workshops ...

Mellanox InfiniBand powers top European high performance computing centres ...

'CT scan' of distant universe reveals cosmic web in 3D ...

Brain simulation raises questions ...

PRACE in search of two Peer-review Officers ...

USFlash

ESnet extends 100G connectivity across Atlantic ...

Mellanox Ethernet solutions selected for new HP 64-bit ARM data centre platform ...

Take a tour of high performance computing with "Optimizing HPC Applications with Intel Cluster Tools" ...

SGI supercomputer places DownUnder GeoSolutions at the forefront of oil and gas exploration ...

Supercomputers link proteins to drug side effects ...

HP supercomputer at NREL garners top honour ...

UTA engineer uses advanced sensing, crowdsourcing to predict urban water flow, city needs ...

GLOBALFOUNDRIES to acquire IBM's Microelectronics business ...

Mellanox Technologies announces third quarter 2014 financial results ...