Primeur Monthly - September 2001


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Contents September 2001 Issue

 
Atlantic -
 
 US army requests proposals for Simulation Center
 
Country - UK
 
 IBM to provide Grid infrastructure to UK
 
Industry - Applications
 
 Fortran 2000 evolves to meet challenge of large scale numeric applications
 The 4th Workshop on Feedback-Directed and Dynamic Optimization 4th Workshop on Feedback-Directed and Dynamic Optimization
 Volvo Cars buys SGI 3800 for crash simulations
 University of California researchers map key cellular structures with a new supercomputer adapted method
 SCI Europe 2001 conference
 ESI Group acquires Canadian L3P
 NCMRWF accepts Cray SV1 system
 IBM and Physiome Sciences announce supercomputing and biological modeling partnership
 Delaware Bioinformatics Institute and Beijing Genomics Institute to become Sun centers of excellence
 Williams signs US$10 Million weather and climate research alliance with the University of Oklahoma
 Institute for Systems Biology partners with Arctic Supercomputing Center
 
Industry - HPCN industry
 
 Mercury offers muli-processor conduction cooled systems
 Thai movie Suriyothai rendered on SGI
 Dutch ASCI school installs distributed cluster computer
 Oak Ridge National Laboratory and IBM to collaborate on next generation computers
 Cray posts loss for second quarter
 
Industry - Linux
 
 Compagnie Generale de Geophysique "CGG" installes Dell cluster
 SuSE spins off Linux Knowledge Portal
 
Industry - Media
 
 Fakespace and University of Illinois to develop Digital Cave
 Fakespace Systems develops US$4.5 million visualization system for Los Alamos National Laboratory
 OSC and SGI offer first Itanium processor-based cluster
 New HP massively scalable Visualization Center sv6
 New versions of SGI OpenGL tools
 Entelos will use Compaq high-throughput simulation and virtual lab for testing of new drug therapies
 SuSE Linux Developer Edition for IBM eServer iSeries
 McDATA introduces FICON support for 6000 series director that can be used on IBM Enterprise Storage Server networks
 New SGI O2+ visual workstation
 Visual Numerics announced PV-Wave 7.5
 Reality Center from SGI enhanced
 McDATA introduces FICON support for 6000 series director that can be used on IBM Enterprise Storage Server networks
 
Industry - The Grid
 
 US Grid network provided by Qwest
 NSF provides $53 Million for a distributed terascale Grid facility
 Australian Computational Earth Systems Simulator
 Durham University recreates the universe with Esteem supercomputer
 Indiana University brings ancient cities back to life
 Turbolinux EnFuzion 7.0 clustering software
 Overview of recent supercomputers report
 HFN workshop at CERN
 NSF Funds NCSA-led Virtual "Collaboratory" For Better Quakeproofing
 UK Grid Support Centre launched
 Trizetto and Sunmake Healthweb E-Business solution available on iPlanet
 SAS ships LSF Job Scheduler for distributed data warehousing
 Vertex Pharmaceuticals installs supercomputer to accelerate drug discovery
 Killdara unveils Vitiris, a lightweight web services platform for P2P environments
 Linux cluster workshop
 HP Superdome with Oracle9i database performs well on Data Warehousing benchmark
 
Industry - TOP500
 
 ASCI White exceeds 10 Tflop/s barrier
 The Top500 list - an analytical and critical view
 
Networking -
 
 Teleglobe to provide Dutch Gigaport with 2.5 Gbps Internet connection
 
 

Leads September 2001 Issue

 
Atlantic -
 
 US army requests proposals for Simulation Center
The U. S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command (USASMDC) is requesting proposals for the continuance of the operation and maintenance of the Simulation Center (SC). The SC is available to users within the Department of Defense (DOD), Ballistic Missile Defense Organization (BMDO), High Performance Computing Modernization Office (HPCMO), authorized contractors, and other government agencies (OGAS). This acquisition is not open to non USA participation.
 Full article...

 

 
Country - UK
 
 IBM to provide Grid infrastructure to UK
IBM will provide infrastructure technology to several centers in the U.K. National Grid. The company is collaborating with these Grid centers to link a massive network of computers throughout the United Kingdom.
 Full article...

 

 
Industry - Applications
 
 Fortran 2000 evolves to meet challenge of large scale numeric applications
The British Standards Institute (BSI) played host to the ISO working party (WG5) which is busy trying to interpret Fortran 95 queries and review the draft document of the Fortran 2000 standard. Fortran is an evolving modern programming language. The latest draft standard incorporates many of the best features from other languages, but remains faithful to its original highly efficient role which made it the dominant numerical scientific and engineering programming language to-date, and at the same time it ensures protection of the vast programming investment in Fortran software. (Chris Lazou)
 Full article...

 

 The 4th Workshop on Feedback-Directed and Dynamic Optimization 4th Workshop on Feedback-Directed and Dynamic Optimization
This workshop provides a forum for the burgeoning fields of feedback-directed and dynamic optimization. It will be held, Austin, Texas December 2, 2001. Submission deadline: October 12.
 Full article...

 

 Volvo Cars buys SGI 3800 for crash simulations
Volvo Cars' department of development in Gothenburg, Sweden, has invested in an SGI Origin 3800 server from SGI in order to increase computing performance when conducting crash simulations as part of the development of safer cars. The agreement with Volvo Cars is SGI's biggest deal so far in Sweden and will include consulting services.
 Full article...

 

 University of California researchers map key cellular structures with a new supercomputer adapted method
The maps may point the way to understanding how those structures perform functions such as transporting a drug like taxol to a binding site so it can do its work in treating breast cancer. The calculations were performed at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at UCSD on Blue Horizon, a large IBM SP supported by the National Partnership for Advanced Computational Infrastructure (NPACI).
 Full article...

 

 SCI Europe 2001 conference
For the first time the SCI Summer School (October 1st -October 2nd, 2001 ) will be held jointly with the International SCI Europe Conference (October 2nd -October 3rd, 2001 at Trinity College in Dublin.
 Full article...

 

 ESI Group acquires Canadian L3P
ESI Group has acquired the Canadian company L3P, an expert in manufacturing simulation by injection method of composite material reinforcements.
 Full article...

 

 NCMRWF accepts Cray SV1 system
Cray has successfully completed the acceptance test for a Cray SV1 supercomputer at India's National Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasting (NCMRWF). The system will help NCMRWF enhance models used to develop medium range forecasts (three to 10 days in advance) of monsoons and other weather patterns that affect agriculture, ocean state forecasting and other public services.
 Full article...

 

 IBM and Physiome Sciences announce supercomputing and biological modeling partnership
Physiome Sciences will use IBM's next-generation supercomputing technology for research on biological systems, diseases and potential drug targets. In addition, IBM will license biological modeling technology from Physiome Sciences for its internal use. Physiome Sciences and its development collaborator, the University of Auckland in New Zealand will receive two of the first shipments of the new IBM eServer POWER4-based supercomputers. The system will enable Physiome Sciences to speed up its current capability to simulate complex models of cells, tissues and organs, and simulate the behavior of diseases such as diabetes, hypertension and asthma.
 Full article...

 

 Delaware Bioinformatics Institute and Beijing Genomics Institute to become Sun centers of excellence
Sun has selected Delaware Bioinformatics Institute and Beijing Genomics Institute as Sun Centers of Excellence (COEs). Both sites were chosen for their expertise in computational biology and their potential to advance the field through research and partnerships with other institutions.
 Full article...

 

 Williams signs US$10 Million weather and climate research alliance with the University of Oklahoma
A unit of Williams announced a $10 million strategic alliance with the University of Oklahoma (OU) to enhance weather and climate research, technology development, and undergraduate and graduate meteorology education. This commercial arrangement, the largest of its kind in the U.S. between a private corporation and a university meteorology program, is a mutually beneficial agreement that allows OU to expand its top-tier meteorology programs while Williams receives exclusive weather analysis and forecasting tools.
 Full article...

 

 Institute for Systems Biology partners with Arctic Supercomputing Center
Supercomputers that have helped to analyse global climate change, space physics and ocean currents will be harnessed to solve equally intense problems in biology under a new partnership between the Institute for Systems Biology and the Arctic Region Supercomputing Center at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. The affiliation will support research related to genes and proteins in which extremely large datasets will be analyzed to better understand diseases and identify potential treatments and preventative strategies.
 Full article...

 

 
Industry - HPCN industry
 
 Mercury offers muli-processor conduction cooled systems
Mercury Computer Systems introduced the RACE++ Series conduction-cooled systems. Applications developed on Mercury's RACE++ Series air-cooled systems will run without modification on the new RACE++ Series conduction-cooled systems. The new systems, which incorporate PowerPC 7410 "G4" processors with AltiVec technology, will provide digital signal and image processing for a variety of defense electronics platforms such as tactical fighter aircraft, smart torpedoes, helicopter-based infrared systems, airborne and ground mobile surveillance radars, and land-based tactical vehicles.
 Full article...

 

 Thai movie Suriyothai rendered on SGI
The filmmakers of the Thai movie, Suriyothai used Silicon Graphics Onyx2 systems and Silicon Graphics O2 visual workstations to tell the epic tale of real-life Queen Suriyothai. With a budget of $8.8 million (U.S.), the largest reported in the Thai film industry, the movie spans two decades of the 16th century and chronicles the life and times of the heroic Queen Suriyothai, who sacrificed her life to save her husband.
 Full article...

 

 Dutch ASCI school installs distributed cluster computer
Universities participating in the Dutch Grid include the Delft University of Technology, Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, the University of Amsterdam, Leiden University and Utrecht University , grouped into the ASCI Research School (Advanced School for Computing and Imaging). Since 1997 ASCI has used a cluster concept based on Pentium Pro systems called DAS (Distributed ASCI Supercomputer). The new project (DAS-2) is partially supported by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO).
 Full article...

 

 Oak Ridge National Laboratory and IBM to collaborate on next generation computers
IBM and the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory will collaborative. At the heart of the agreement is IBM's Blue Gene research project, which combines advanced protein science with IBM's next-generation cellular architecture supercomputer design.
 Full article...

 

 Cray posts loss for second quarter
Cray reported financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2001. Cray revenues were $29.4 million, compared with revenues of $51.0 million for the second quarter of 2000.
 Full article...

 

 
Industry - Linux
 
 Compagnie Generale de Geophysique "CGG" installes Dell cluster
Compagnie Generale de Geophysique ("CGG"), a supplier of services and products to the worldwide oil and gas industry, is upgrading its Houston processing center with 384 Dell servers running the Red Hat Linux operating system. The installation is part of a CGG initiative to increase its global computing power by more than 500 percent.
 Full article...

 

 SuSE spins off Linux Knowledge Portal
The SuSE Linux Knowledge Portal will be transformed into an independent Linux Portal. The entirely bilingual knowledge portal contains a wealth of various info channels, individually configurable access possibilities, and a flexible full-text search engine.
 Full article...

 

 
Industry - Media
 
 Fakespace and University of Illinois to develop Digital Cave
Fakespace Systems offers a digital version of the CAVE, and an upgrade kit to enhance existing immersive room environments with digital projection technology. The digital CAVE provides extremely bright, colorful, sharp and stable imagery, significantly expanding its power and flexibility for engineers, designers and researchers using visualization for enhanced collaboration and better understanding of complex volumetric data.
 Full article...

 

 Fakespace Systems develops US$4.5 million visualization system for Los Alamos National Laboratory
Fakespace Systems was awarded a $4.5 million U.S.)contract by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). The contract calls for Fakespace Systems to design, build and install several custom visualization systems at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). The large-scale visualization systems will include new high-brightness, stereoscopic digital projection technology. Multiple Mirage 2000 graphics projection systems, from Christie Digital Systems, will be tiled into a custom- designed, large format WorkWall display system for viewing extremely large computer data sets in very high-resolution detail. Capable of displaying 31 million pixels, the full system is expected to be the largest display of its type ever built.
 Full article...

 

 OSC and SGI offer first Itanium processor-based cluster
OSC (Ohio Supercomputer Center) and SGI (NYSE: SGI) announce the launch of a new cluster from SGI utilizing the Itanium-based Silicon Graphics 750 system, making this cluster one of the fastest in the world. This 146-processor system will allow Ohio researchers to study everything from quark-antiquark attraction and radiation transfer in astrophysical outflows to simulations of photosynthesis components and matter in the early universe.
 Full article...

 

 New HP massively scalable Visualization Center sv6
Hewlett-Packard (HP) announced its first commercially available, massively scalable visualization architecture. The architecture and the first product based on the architecture: the HP visualization center sv6. This configuration initially will support up to 80 graphics pipelines exceeding 500 million polygons per second.
 Full article...

 

 New versions of SGI OpenGL tools
New enhanced versions of the rendering application programming interfaces (APIs) based on OpenGL, including OpenGL Shader, OpenGL Volumizer and OpenGL Optimizer wer announced by SGI. OpenGL Volumizer 2.0 has been explicitly designed to increase interactivity when users work with extremely large data sets of up to 100 GByte and leverage 3D texture-mapping hardware that boosts application performance by 10 to 100 times over CPU-based methods.
 Full article...

 

 Entelos will use Compaq high-throughput simulation and virtual lab for testing of new drug therapies
Compaq and Entelos entered a three-year IT agreement that will provide pioneering technology to support new drug development, disease research, and improved patient care. Under terms of the agreement, Entelos has adopted Compaq's high-performance AlphaServer systems running Tru64 UNIX and Compaq ProLiant industry standard servers running Linux as the computational platforms for its current and next-generation high-throughput PhysioLab systems. Using Compaq systems, Entelos will have a scalable, virtual laboratory that can be integrated with the drug discovery and development processes of its customers.
 Full article...

 

 SuSE Linux Developer Edition for IBM eServer iSeries
SuSE Linux AG a is the first provider to deliver a Linux operating system for IBM eServer iSeries, IBM's high-performance, integrated business server for small to mid-sized enterprises.
 Full article...

 

 McDATA introduces FICON support for 6000 series director that can be used on IBM Enterprise Storage Server networks
McDATA Corporation's 6000 Series Director: ED-6064 now provides FICON support for IBM's mainframes, Enterprise Storage Server (ESS), and the Magstar 3590 A60 tape controller. For the first time, a complete FICON network, tying together both open systems and mainframe channels, directors, disk storage and tape, has been achieved.
 Full article...

 

 New SGI O2+ visual workstation
There are new Silicon Graphics O2+ visual workstations with the PMC-Sierra RM7000A 350 MHz processor and the MIPS R12000A 400 MHz processor. O2+ is targeted at creative and technical professionals in markets such as medical imaging, scientific visualization, 2D and 3D animation, broadcasting, simulation and defense. The new O2+ visual workstation delivers up to 47% more compute power and 32% more graphics performance than its precursor, and support for over 900 MByte resident texture memory from available system memory in a 1 Gbyte memory configuration.
 Full article...

 

 Visual Numerics announced PV-Wave 7.5
The two major enhancements in Version 7.5 are OpenGL support via VTK (The Visualization ToolKit), an Open Source, freely available software system developed by Clifton Park, New York-based Kitware, that provides 3D graphics, image processing, and advanced visualization; and the addition of 77 new CNL functions, including 50 that were specifically designed for the finance and insurance industries.
 Full article...

 

 Reality Center from SGI enhanced
SGI announced a range of enhancements for SGI Reality Center visualization facility.
 Full article...

 

 McDATA introduces FICON support for 6000 series director that can be used on IBM Enterprise Storage Server networks
McDATA Corporation's 6000 Series Director: ED-6064 now provides FICON support for IBM's mainframes, Enterprise Storage Server (ESS), and the Magstar 3590 A60 tape controller. For the first time, a complete FICON network, tying together both open systems and mainframe channels, directors, disk storage and tape, has been achieved.
 Full article...

 

 
Industry - The Grid
 
 US Grid network provided by Qwest
Qwest Communications will build the world's most powerful network to support the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Distributed Terascale Facility (DTF) program. The DTF network will consist of four 10 gigabit/second wavelengths for a total network capacity of 40 gigabits/second. The DTF network will be 16 times faster than any research network available today -- enough capacity to transfer the entire contents of the world's publicly accessible Web sites among any of the four DTF sites in only two hours.
 Full article...

 

 NSF provides $53 Million for a distributed terascale Grid facility
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded $53 million to four U.S. research institutions to build and deploy a distributed terascale facility (DTF). The DTF will be the largest, most comprehensive infrastructure ever deployed for scientific research--with more than 13.6 Tflop/s of computing power as well as facilities capable of managing and storing more than 450 terabytes (trillions of bytes) of data.
 Full article...

 

 Australian Computational Earth Systems Simulator
The Austrialian governement will fund the Australian Computational Earth Systems Simulator (ACESS) with a grant of AU$4.80 million. The Australian Computational Earth Systems Simulator (ACESS) will consist of integrated software systems for multi-scale, multi-physics simulations and visualisation of earth systems combined with thematic parallel supercomputer hardware required for three-dimensional earth simulations. ACESS will be located at the University of Queensland, with nodes in Melbourne and Perth.
 Full article...

 

 Durham University recreates the universe with Esteem supercomputer
Esteem Systems plc, has designed and installed a new IT system for Durham University's Physics Department that will enable the reconstruction of the universe. The machine will be used to extract data from billions of astronomical observations, and analyse how galaxies and solar systems have evolved. With the help of the 'supercomputer', which consists of a Sun Microsystems Sun Fire 6800 and a cluster of 64 Sun Microsystems Sun Blade 1000s, researchers at the University hope to be able to trace events right back to the Big Bang.
 Full article...

 

 Indiana University brings ancient cities back to life
Chichen Itza, Uxmal and other critically important and threatened archaeological sites in the world will come back to "life" in virtual reality thanks to Indiana University researchers in Indianapolis and Bloomington and IBM High Performance Storage System (HPSS) technology that is deployed over a wide area network.
 Full article...

 

 Turbolinux EnFuzion 7.0 clustering software
Turbolinux' new EnFuzion 7.0, is clustering technology that transforms a company's existing network of Linux, Unix, and Microsoft Windows servers or workstations into one supercomputer. environment.
 Full article...

 

 Overview of recent supercomputers report
Aad van der Steen and Jack Dongarra published the eleventh edition of the report Overview of recent supercomputers in which they give an overview of parallel and vector systems that are commercially available or are expected to become available within a short time frame (typically a few months to half a year). They conclude that the number of systems that enter and leave the market are more or less in balance. There is one architecture emerging: Clusters of RISC based SMP nodes connected by a fast netwok.
 Full article...

 

 HFN workshop at CERN
Subjects for this year's HFN workshop on September 26 and 27 in Geneva are: are: High performance networking, the Grid project, Network Storage (SST, iSCSI, SAN's, etc), and cluster computing.
 Full article...

 

 NSF Funds NCSA-led Virtual "Collaboratory" For Better Quakeproofing
A consortium of institutions led by the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will receive $10 million to build a national virtual engineering laboratory, or "collaboratory," for designing earthquake-safe structures. The National Science Foundation (NSF) announced the award, which is part of its George E. Brown, Jr. Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES) project. The integrated NEES network, called NEESgrid, will link earthquake engineering research sites across the country, provide data storage facilities and repositories, and offer remote access to the latest research tools.
 Full article...

 

 UK Grid Support Centre launched
The UK Grid Support Centre was officially launched end of July. The centre, part of the UK e-Science Core Programme, the Centre is led by the CLRC e-Science Centre with participation from Edinburgh and Manchester Universities.
 Full article...

 

 Trizetto and Sunmake Healthweb E-Business solution available on iPlanet
The TriZetto Group and Sun Microsystems will collaborate to make TriZetto's HealthWeb e-business solution available on the Sun and iPlanet platforms. Sun's Solaris 8 Operating Environment will serve as the preferred UNIX system-based development platform for TriZetto's HealthWeb, a solution that allows health plans to open their back-end systems to the Internet and offer real-time self-service to their constituents.
 Full article...

 

 SAS ships LSF Job Scheduler for distributed data warehousing
SAS Institute has begun shipping Platform Computing's LSF Job Scheduler with SAS/Warehouse Administrator's software Release 2.2. The solution makes it possible to schedule, analyze and monitor steps of distributed application workloads across the enterprise.
 Full article...

 

 Vertex Pharmaceuticals installs supercomputer to accelerate drug discovery
Vertex Pharmaceuticals installed a new supercomputer cluster, one of the most powerful in the world dedicated to in silico drug design applications, the company claims. This cluster will perform parallel computations using proprietary software and broad in-house modeling expertise that supports Vertex's structural biology, combinatorial chemistry, medicinal chemistry, high throughput screening, bioinformatics, and pharmacology groups. The new supercomputer cluster was created for Vertex by Blackstone Computing. The initial installation will consist of 56 computers and 112 computing processors (933 MHz Pentium III) providing approximately 110 Gflop/s at theoretical peak computing power, which is approximately five times faster than Vertex's current supercomputer cluster. The system is designed to be scalable, and will allow further expansion to 450 computers and 900 processors to keep pace with Vertex's computing needs.
 Full article...

 

 Killdara unveils Vitiris, a lightweight web services platform for P2P environments
Killdara Corporation, a company active in the Grid Computing space, announced details of their second-generation product, the Vitiris Web Services Platform. Vitiris is designed for OEM and embedded use and support standards including SOAP, UDDI, and WSDL, which are collectively known as "Web Services".
 Full article...

 

 Linux cluster workshop
The Linux Clusters Institute (LCI), a group aimed at providing advanced technical training for the deployment of high-performance Linux computing clusters, will hold its first workshop Oct. 1-5 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
 Full article...

 

 HP Superdome with Oracle9i database performs well on Data Warehousing benchmark
Hewlett-Packard Company (HP) ) and Oracle announced a record-breaking data warehousing benchmark for the HP Superdome server, Oracle9i Database and the HP Surestore disk array XP512.
 Full article...

 

 
Industry - TOP500
 
 ASCI White exceeds 10 Tflop/s barrier
The U.S. Government dedicated the world's fastest supercomputer, an IBM system at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory that will bring the nation an important step closer to the goal of simulating a nuclear detonation inside a computer. The IBM machine, known as ASCI White, is capable of 12.3 Tflop/s more than the combined speed of the next three most powerful supercomputers on earth. Located in a classified area at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, ASCI White covers a space the size of two basketball courts and weighs 106 tons. It contains six Tbyte of memory, and has more than 160 TByte of disk storage.
 Full article...

 

 The Top500 list - an analytical and critical view
Since 1993 the top team Jack Dongarra, Hans Meuer and Erich Strohmaier publish the top 500 list twice a year, the odd number in June at Meuer's Supercomputer Conference, now in Heidelberg located, and the even lists at the IEEE SC conference. In the beginning it was quite interesting to analyse the list. But during the years it developed a life of its own, driven by the "marketers" of the HPC vendors. This view highlights two sides, the political and the analytical aspects. It is a personal view and summarises some discussions and a talk given by me at the Hewlett-Packard HPC users group meeting in Barcelona last year.
 Full article...

 

 
Networking -
 
 Teleglobe to provide Dutch Gigaport with 2.5 Gbps Internet connection
Teleglobe will provide GigaPort, the Dutch next generation Internet project,with Internet connectivity and linkage to the world's major research and education networks. Teleglobe also will furnish a transatlantic fiber optic wavelength (lit fiber) connection for GigaPort's research use in developing the next generation Internet
 Full article...

 

 

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