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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 ...

Rankings released for supercomputers doing big data

21 Nov 2011 Albuquerque - The list of supercomputers entered in the Graph500 competition now features 50 competitors, up from nine in its initial release a year ago, according to Sandia National Laboratories researcher Richard Murphy, chair of the Graph500 steering committee. New rankings were released in Seattle at SC2011, the international conference for high-performance computing.

NNSA/SC Blue Gene/Q Prototype II has risen to the top spot on the list and is the first National Nuclear Security Administration winner. Sandia's Ultraviolet platform placed 10th using custom software, the Sandia Red Sky supercomputer dropped from 8th to 13th, and Dingus and Wingus, the insouciantly named Sandia prototype (Convey-based Field-Programmable Gate Array, or FPGA) platforms, placed 23rd and 24th, respectively.

The Graph500 stresses supercomputer performance on "big data" scaling problems rather than on the purely arithmetic computations measured by the Linpack Top500 and similar benchmarks. Graph500 machines are tested for their ability to solve complex problems involving random-appearing graphs, rather than simply for their speed in solving complex problems.

Such graph-based problems are found in the medical world, where large numbers of medical entries must be correlated; in the analysis of social networks, with their enormous numbers of electronically related participants; and in international security, where, for example, huge numbers of containers on ships roaming the world's ports of call must be tracked.

"Companies are interested in doing well on the Graph500 because large-scale data analytics are an increasingly important problem area and could eclipse traditional high-performance computing (HPC) in overall importance to society", stated Richard Murphy, whose committee receives input from 30 international researchers. Changes are implemented by Sandia, the Georgia Institute of Technology, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Indiana University and others.

Big-data problems are solved by creating large, complex graphs with vertices that represent the data points - say, people on Facebook - and edges that represent relations between the data points - say, friends on Facebook. These problems stress the ability of computing systems to store and communicate large amounts of data in irregular, fast-changing communication patterns, rather than the ability to perform many arithmetic operations in succession. The Graph500 benchmarks indicate how well supercomputers handle such complex problems.

Source: Sandia National Laboratories

Back to Table of contents

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 ...