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Primeur weekly 2011-11-07

The Cloud

Oracle named a leader in SOA Governance Magic Quadrant by Gartner analyst firm ...

Cerner selects Oracle Enterprise Manager to support new Cloud services ...

Gartner positions Oracle as a leader in the Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Application Servers ...

EuroFlash

Argonne National Labs selects Allinea DDT for Blue Gene and Linux - Debugging tools evolution to support petascale and exascale ...

Russian supercomputer developer and solution builder RSC joins European HPC association PROSPECT ...

PRACE grants 18 million compute hours for Finnish research groups - new call opens ...

IBM and ABB scientists collaborate to improve energy transmission for more efficient grids ...

Vestas Wind Systems turns to IBM Big Data Analytics for smarter wind energy ...

USFlash

K computer achieves goal of 10 Petaflops ...

University of Wisconsin–Madison home to weather-predicting supercomputer ...

IBM rolls out first solar array designed for high-voltage data centres and industrial use ...

HP shapes the future of extreme low-energy server technology ...

Appro reveals next generation, Xtreme-X supercomputer to support future processor technologies ...

IBM Watson heads to Harvard, MIT to explore future of technology in business ...

Researchers find molecule that prevents type 1 diabetes in mice ...

Institute for Chemical Research at Kyoto University selects SGI to advance computational chemistry and biological research ...

Global industry leaders tackle data explosion with SGI storage solutions ...

Cray Inc. reports third quarter 2011 financial results ...

Sandia wins national awards for cutting water use 30 percent, pursuing other energy savings ...

China adds another supercomputer to its roster ...

Not one, not two, not three, but four clones ...

IBM rolls out first solar array designed for high-voltage data centres and industrial use

3 Nov 2011 Armonk - IBM is rolling out the first solar-power array designed specifically to run high-voltage data centres, integrating AC- and DC-based servers, water-cooled computing systems and related electronics.

The new array is spread over more than 6,000 square-feet of rooftop covering IBM's India Software Lab in Bangalore. The solar array is capable of providing a 50-kilowatt supply of electricity for up to 330 days a year, for an average of five hours a day.

By employing unique high-voltage DC power conditioning methods - and reducing AC-DC conversion losses - the new IBM solution can cut energy consumption of data centres by about 10 percent and tailors solar technology for wider use in industrial IT and electronics installations.

In many emerging markets, electrical grids are undependable or non-existent. Companies are forced to rely on expensive diesel generators. That makes it difficult and expensive to deploy a lot of computers, especially in the concentrated way they're used in data centres. Using IBM's solution, a bank, a telecommunications company or a government agency could contemplate setting up a data centre that doesn't need the grid. The solution, in effect, creates its own DC mini-grid inside the data centre.

High-voltage, DC computer servers and water-cooling systems are beginning to replace traditional, AC-powered servers and air-conditioning units in data centres. IBM’s Bangalore array is the first move to blend solar-power, water-cooling and power-conditioning into a "snap-together" package suitable to run massive configurations of electronic equipment.

"The technology behind solar power has been around for many years, but until now, no one has engineered it for efficient use in IT", stated Rod Adkins, senior vice president, IBM Systems & Technology Group. "We've designed a solar solution to bring a new source of clean, reliable and efficient power to energy-intensive, industrial-scale electronics."

IBM plans for the Bangalore solar-power system to connect directly into the data centre’s water-cooling and high-voltage DC systems. The integrated solution can provide a compute power of 25 to 30 teraflops using an IBM Power Systems server on a 50kW solar power supply.

"This solar deployment, currently powering almost 20 percent of our own data centre energy requirements, is the latest in the investments made at the India lab to design an efficient and smarter data centre", stated Dr. Ponani Gopalakrishnan, VP, IBM India Software Lab. "Ready access to renewable energy in emerging markets presents significant opportunities for IBM to increase efficiencies, improve productivity and drive innovation for businesses around the world."

IBM plans to make the new solar-power technology available to clients.
Source: IBM

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Primeur weekly 2011-11-07

The Cloud

Oracle named a leader in SOA Governance Magic Quadrant by Gartner analyst firm ...

Cerner selects Oracle Enterprise Manager to support new Cloud services ...

Gartner positions Oracle as a leader in the Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Application Servers ...

EuroFlash

Argonne National Labs selects Allinea DDT for Blue Gene and Linux - Debugging tools evolution to support petascale and exascale ...

Russian supercomputer developer and solution builder RSC joins European HPC association PROSPECT ...

PRACE grants 18 million compute hours for Finnish research groups - new call opens ...

IBM and ABB scientists collaborate to improve energy transmission for more efficient grids ...

Vestas Wind Systems turns to IBM Big Data Analytics for smarter wind energy ...

USFlash

K computer achieves goal of 10 Petaflops ...

University of Wisconsin–Madison home to weather-predicting supercomputer ...

IBM rolls out first solar array designed for high-voltage data centres and industrial use ...

HP shapes the future of extreme low-energy server technology ...

Appro reveals next generation, Xtreme-X supercomputer to support future processor technologies ...

IBM Watson heads to Harvard, MIT to explore future of technology in business ...

Researchers find molecule that prevents type 1 diabetes in mice ...

Institute for Chemical Research at Kyoto University selects SGI to advance computational chemistry and biological research ...

Global industry leaders tackle data explosion with SGI storage solutions ...

Cray Inc. reports third quarter 2011 financial results ...

Sandia wins national awards for cutting water use 30 percent, pursuing other energy savings ...

China adds another supercomputer to its roster ...

Not one, not two, not three, but four clones ...