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Primeur weekly 2011-11-28

The Cloud

Shipping company signs $150 million-plus data centre services agreement with HP ...

Chinese genomics giant BGI releases latest bioinformatics software and datasets ...

New EMC Atmos Cloud Delivery Platform enhancements simplify delivery of Cloud Storage-as-a-Service - fully functional in minutes ...

UniCredit Global Information Systems S.p.A. Global Markets & Treasury selects Platform Computing to deliver a private Cloud environment ...

Adaptive Computing joins forces with SGI to deliver robust HPC and Cloud solutions ...

Fujitsu simplifies and unifies Cloud management with new ServerView Resource Orchestrator V3 ...

EMC OnDemand brings Captiva, Document Sciences and Documentum to the hybrid Cloud ...

UniCredit Global Information Systems S.p.A. Global Markets & Treasury selects Platform Computing to deliver a private Cloud environment ...

Desktop Grids

CERN has 2020 vision for LHC upgrade ...

Mersenne@home launched as new BOINC project ...

New Stanford software takes Folding@home's biological research to supercomputers ...

EuroFlash

projectiondesign launches 2nd Generation LED projector, the FL35 wqxga ...

PRACE awards 91 million processor core hours on the DECI call to 35 projects, new call open ...

Numascale, IBM and the University of Oslo together in European PRACE project for emerging technology ...

EMI 1 Update 10 now available ...

Fujitsu launches Hybrid Cloud Services for Microsoft Windows Azure customers ...

The impending revolution of low-power quantum computers ...

USFlash

K computer research results awarded ACM Gordon Bell Prize ...

Cray enters the integrated storage market ...

Adaptive Computing rocks the enterprise with new Moab HPC Suite - Enterprise Edition ...

3 DOE labs now connected with ultra-high speed network ...

Rankings released for supercomputers doing big data ...

NVIDIA Tesla GPUs again power world's greenest Petaflop supercomputer ...

Researchers get $7.5 million grant to combat nerve agents ...

K computer no. 1 in four benchmarks at HPC Challenge Awards ...

Whamcloud and Fujitsu to collaborate on Lustre development ...

SGI customers accelerate research efforts with new AMD Opteron 6200 series processors ...

HP to transform server market with single platform for mission-critical computing ...

EMC expands "no compromise" storage for High Performance Computing at SC11 ...

Numascale, IBM and the University of Oslo together in European PRACE project for emerging technology

15 Nov 2011 Oslo - The University of Oslo (UiO), Numascale and IBM have signed an agreement for a project where the Numascale technology will be tested on a large scale for advanced research computation. Funded by the Norwegian Research Council, UiO and PRACE (Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe), the programme will evaluate NumaConnect for future use in pan-European Research Infrastructure. As part of the pilot programme, IBM is providing the server infrastructure along with deep HPC competence across key functions and Gridcore, a joint partner of Numascale and IBM, will build the new advanced computing resource.

The technology from Numascale enables the use of commodity servers to build scalable computer systems, which share all processor, memory and I/O resources under one operating system. The NumaConnect Adapter cards and fabric connects the IBM x3755 servers to a single image ccNUMA system. This approach is more cost efficient than alternative ways of building large shared memory systems, and much easier to deploy and use than standard clusters.

"We believe the NumaConnect technology will revolutionize the way to perform advanced computation, whether in academic research or in the industry at large. PRACE provides a perfect framework for this collaborative effort to evaluate NumaConnect and we are very proud to work with the University of Oslo, IBM and their partners in this effort", stated CEO Kare Lochsen of Numascale.

From life science, to global warming and the mysteries of the universe NumaConnect is especially suitable for tasks that require large memory or for problems consisting of tightly coupled elements. These type of problems are common within a broad set of applications including important research areas at UiO as life sciences, climate research and solar physics. The availability of a system with one large shared memory, makes it easier for the researchers to program their models without having to partition their problems, like they do today using MPI and clusters.

"The NumaConnect technology allows us to attack more research problems than we can by using

existing technology", stated Hans Eide, Manager of Scientific Computing at USIT, University Center for Information Technology at UiO.

"IBM sees possibilities for this technology in several areas, and we are proud to support the University of Oslo with our deep expertise in High Performance Computing and advanced server technology", stated Erling Weibust, IBM's HPC expert.

This project is being followed closely both from the European Union and the Norwegian Research Council. The funding for PRACE comes from the EU’s 7th Framework Programme, and the mission of the PRACE RI (Research Infrastructure) is to enable high impact European scientific discovery and engineering research and development across all disciplines to enhance European competitiveness for the benefit of society. PRACE RI has 21 member countries whose representative organizations are creating a pan-European supercomputing infrastructure, providing access to computing and data management resources and services for large-scale scientific and engineering applications at the highest performance level.

The prototype NumaConnect system to be installed at the University of Oslo is part of a work-package within PRACE 1st Implementation Phase (1IP) to assess emerging technologies on the road to exascale systems. Several high competence institutions within the PRACE project are partners in the

project to assess the Numascale technology.

These are:

  • University of Oslo Center for Information Technology (USIT), Norway
  • Greek Research and Technology Network (GRNET)
  • Finnish IT Center for Science (CSC)
  • Forschungszentrum Juelich (FZJ), Germany
  • Computation based Science and Technology Research Centre (CaSToRC), Cyprus
  • Poznań Supercomputing and Networking Center (PSNC), Poland

"This NUMAcluster will be an attractive resource for scientists as part of the PRACE research infrastructure, when it becomes available in the pilot phase and the new technology is thoroughly tested", stated Jacko Koster, CEO of UNINETT Sigma, administrator of the Norwegian National Infrastructure for High Performance Computing (NOTUR).

Source: Numascale

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Primeur weekly 2011-11-28

The Cloud

Shipping company signs $150 million-plus data centre services agreement with HP ...

Chinese genomics giant BGI releases latest bioinformatics software and datasets ...

New EMC Atmos Cloud Delivery Platform enhancements simplify delivery of Cloud Storage-as-a-Service - fully functional in minutes ...

UniCredit Global Information Systems S.p.A. Global Markets & Treasury selects Platform Computing to deliver a private Cloud environment ...

Adaptive Computing joins forces with SGI to deliver robust HPC and Cloud solutions ...

Fujitsu simplifies and unifies Cloud management with new ServerView Resource Orchestrator V3 ...

EMC OnDemand brings Captiva, Document Sciences and Documentum to the hybrid Cloud ...

UniCredit Global Information Systems S.p.A. Global Markets & Treasury selects Platform Computing to deliver a private Cloud environment ...

Desktop Grids

CERN has 2020 vision for LHC upgrade ...

Mersenne@home launched as new BOINC project ...

New Stanford software takes Folding@home's biological research to supercomputers ...

EuroFlash

projectiondesign launches 2nd Generation LED projector, the FL35 wqxga ...

PRACE awards 91 million processor core hours on the DECI call to 35 projects, new call open ...

Numascale, IBM and the University of Oslo together in European PRACE project for emerging technology ...

EMI 1 Update 10 now available ...

Fujitsu launches Hybrid Cloud Services for Microsoft Windows Azure customers ...

The impending revolution of low-power quantum computers ...

USFlash

K computer research results awarded ACM Gordon Bell Prize ...

Cray enters the integrated storage market ...

Adaptive Computing rocks the enterprise with new Moab HPC Suite - Enterprise Edition ...

3 DOE labs now connected with ultra-high speed network ...

Rankings released for supercomputers doing big data ...

NVIDIA Tesla GPUs again power world's greenest Petaflop supercomputer ...

Researchers get $7.5 million grant to combat nerve agents ...

K computer no. 1 in four benchmarks at HPC Challenge Awards ...

Whamcloud and Fujitsu to collaborate on Lustre development ...

SGI customers accelerate research efforts with new AMD Opteron 6200 series processors ...

HP to transform server market with single platform for mission-critical computing ...

EMC expands "no compromise" storage for High Performance Computing at SC11 ...