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News digest August 2006
>Industry
  >HPCN industry
>EU Grid Technology Days
>US Energy Department providing additional supercomputing resources to study hurricane effects on Gulf Coast
>A personal view of Cray's message at ISC2006
>Next-generation Cray supercomputer will deliver leading-edge vector processing and integrated scalar capability
>LLNL awards the Peloton Project to Appro's supercomputing scalable units based on Quad socket, dual-core AMD Opteron processors
>Panasas ActiveScale Storage Cluster accelerates research productivity at Arizona State University's supercomputer facility
>Fujitsu Siemens Computers announces Version 7.0 of its BS2000/OSD mainframe operating system
>Broadcom's NetXtreme II converged network interface controllers support Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003
>Mitrion Platform selected by U.S. Naval Research Laboratory for world's largest FPGA supercomputer system
>Raytheon selects Dual-Core SGI Altix 4700 systems for NOAA contract
>SilverStorm Technologies to distribute and support OpenFabrics Enterprise Distribution (OFED) software
>Verari Systems continues HPC thermal efficiency leadership through collaboration with Intel
>Fujitsu Siemens Computers extends datacentre virtualization architecture
>Virtual server pool solution in productive use at T-Systems
>Sun unveils Blade 8000 platform
>Sun Microsystems breaks new ground for streaming applications with Sun Fire X4500
>IBM introduces new p5 power servers
>New IBM server achieves good benchmark results
>Cedars-Sinai supercomputer ranked among world's most powerful
>Sun and Greenplum launch commercial open source data warehouse appliance for business intelligence
>Sun Microsystems customers shape Web 2.0
>Highest performing Dell Poweredge servers now available
>Dot Hill awarded patent for direct memory access controller architecture
>Dot Hill announces strategic partnership with Japanese storage provider
>Fujitsu Siemens' PRIMERGY goes Woodcrest
>CA approval extends certification of CentricStor virtual tape appliance by leading storage management software vendors
>FibreCAT WAFS appliance scoops global Microsoft award for best OEM Hardware Solution
>IBM delivers small and medium businesses a complete Oracle ERP solution based on System i
>HP enhances virtualization capabilities for HP Integrity servers
>London Stock Exchange becomes world's fastest with HP and Microsoft technology
>IBM selected by U.S. DoD to deliver Net-Centric collaboration services
>NEC develops MRAM cell technology suitable for embedding in next generation system LSIs
>Aperi Storage Community to propose open source project to Eclipse
>New IBM software delivers real-time security across computer networks
>IBM "Continuous Data Protection" PC software now available through major on-line retailers
>IBM is positioned in leaders quadrant for storage services
>IBM unveils new system x and BladeCenter systems featuring energy efficient performance
>Avnet Technology Solutions expands relationship with Sun to offer complete Sun StorageTek family
>New Dual-Core SGI Altix systems
  >The Grid
>Azul Systems network attached processing solution completes certification with Oracle Fusion Middleware
>Building trust in virtual organisations
>Airbus selects SynfiniWay from Fujitsu to provide Grid computing environment for aerodynamics analysis
>The brain, traffic and nano-circuits - e-Science takes on major challenges
>Sun joins MediaGrid.org to advance media Grid standards
>EGEE helps achieve international digital broadcasting agreement
>NEC announces REAL IT PLATFORM
>IBM introduces Grid computing for life insurance industry
>Ohio and Michigan establish regional optical network partnership
>Putting services at the heart of tomorrow's software
>'Help Defeat Cancer' Project launched on IBM's World Community Grid expected to speed cancer research
>New PRIMEQUEST 500 series server delivers more than double performance and advanced virtualization in mission-critical Linux and Windows Eenvironments
>Network Centric Operations Center launches crisis management programme
>Trust in real time for secure digital certificates
>Platform introduces Grid product to address Product Lifecycle Management
>NetAlter Patent in also in the USA
>QLogic Storage Networking supports VMware Infrastructure 3
>Semantic rescue in snow blizzard emergency
>Taking on the interoperability challenge
>Oracle teams up with Fujitsu Siemens Computers to open International ISV Migration Center in Munich
>Callidus software TrueComp earns 'Certified for SAP NetWeaver' status
>Technology vendors extend collaboration on SOA technologies
>Oracle Asia Pacific & Japan FY06 total revenues cross US$2 billion
>Callidus Software announces new strategic services offerings
>Oracle and HP unveil reference configurations to streamline data warehouse design and deployment
>Oracle Fusion Middleware crosses billion dollar Mmlestone
>On-line businesses turn to EqualLogic to fuel On-Demand services
>Smith Breeden deploys the Digipede Network to accelerate financial analytics
>Nimaya chooses IBM as preferred partner to deliver solutions to meet the telecommunication industry's needs
>Appistry and Ounce Labs join forces to assure high level of security for application fabric customers
  >Applications
>Experiences with high-level level-programming of FPGA's with Mitrio on Cray XD1
>Securing Europe's future information society
>NASA scientists conquer Einstein Equations with help from Columbia supercomputer
>Solitons could power molecular electronics, artificial muscles
>Parasoft simplifies functional testing with automated HttpUnit Web application test suites in Webking 5.5
>MSC.Software and IBM form worldwide strategic alliance to offer enterprise simulation solutions and capture PLM growth
>Mental Images names Mehlstaeubler VP for Design Solutions and 3D Web Services
>Ferretti Group selects Altair Engineering's HyperWorks optimization technology to improve design
>BIO-key achieves strong performance results in National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) fingerprint SDK tests
>Trust in global computing
>Smiths Aerospace chooses Altair HyperWorks engineering framework
>ETI announces next generation data quality tools
>Singapore's Nanyang Polytechnic, SCS and ILOG collaborate for first Enterprise Business Rule Solutions Center
>Accent emphasizes greater design chain productivity with semiconductor data management solution from ENOVIA MatrixOne
>Sandia wins two R&D 100 awards
>Nova introduces an advanced Scatterometry modelling and application development tool
>Fair Isaac's Model Builder 3.0 provides businesses with more capabilities for improving customer decisions
>IBM and Banca CR Firenze in deal to provide Italian bank with new IT infrastructure and business consulting to support full branch transformation
>Hyundai Steel builds successful web-based PDM system with ENOVIA SmarTeam
>Kaji Metal implements IBM-Dassault PLM solution to increase efficiency of aircraft parts machining
>Keylex builds virtual factory for process innovation with PLM solutions from IBM and Dassault Systèmes
>Trident Seafoods fuels growth strategy with IBM
  >TOP500
>DataDirect Networks advancesin high performance storage to the world's supercomputers
>UNC-based research computing clusters take 74 and 104 in world's top 500
>Cluster File Systems attains world leadership position in high performance file systems
  >Linux
> SGI Altix XE cluster for end-to-end work flow solution for engineering analysis
>Networking
>Seeking to tighten the Net against attack
>Optical technologies power transmission capacity
>Turning on the rural broadband tap ...
>Student television channel uses GÉANT2 to bridge the Atlantic
>NetEffect and Fulcrum Microsystems collaborate to deliver unmatched 10-Gigabit Ethernet performance
>NEC to participate in GMI 2006 - world's first IMS multi-vendor network interoperability trial
News digest August 2006
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Industry - HPCN industry
EU Grid Technology Days
EGTD 2006 in Septembet in Brussels will consist of one public day on the 19th and two days for European projects only. Read further...
US Energy Department providing additional supercomputing resources to study hurricane effects on Gulf Coast
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced today that the Office of Science has provided an additional 400,000 supercomputing processor-hours to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to simulate Gulf Coast hurricanes. The allocation brings the amount of computational time provided by DOE on supercomputers at its National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) in California to 800,000 processor-hours. Read further...
A personal view of Cray's message at ISC2006

...There was something endearing and personal about Johnny Von Neumann. He was the cleverest man I ever knew, without exception. And he was a genius, in the sense that a genius is a person who has two great ideas... J. Bronowski, "The Ascent of Man", pp.433, BBC 1973.

Dresden 27-30 June 2006: First the conference preliminaries. Over 800 participants from 33 countries attended the 21st International Supercomputer Conference (ISC) and 74 exhibitors took part in the associated exhibition in its new venue, the city of Dresden. This ISC annual event enables many Europeans to assess the new technology from Japanese and USA vendors and to also be updated by our U.S.A. colleagues about where they are, in addressing the issue of leadership, in large scale scientific technical computing. The presentations at the conference were broad based and some at the cutting edge of developments. (Chris Lazou) Read further...
Next-generation Cray supercomputer will deliver leading-edge vector processing and integrated scalar capability
Cray's next-generation vector high-performance computing system is scheduled for general availability in the second half of 2007. Code-named "BlackWidow", the new system is part of an evolving heterogeneous processing capability that is the centerpiece of Cray's Adaptive Supercomputing vision. Read further...
LLNL awards the Peloton Project to Appro's supercomputing scalable units based on Quad socket, dual-core AMD Opteron processors
Appro has been awarded the Peloton supercomputing project from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. The deployment will consist of three Appro 1U Quad XtremeServer Clusters with a total of 16,128 cores based on the latest Dual-Core AMD Opteron processors. Read further...
Panasas ActiveScale Storage Cluster accelerates research productivity at Arizona State University's supercomputer facility
Arizona State University's (ASU) Fulton High-Performance Computing (HPC) Initiative Center provides researchers faster access to collaborative research information vital to solving complex scientific and engineering problems due to their adoption of the Panasas ActiveScale Storage Cluster. By deploying the Panasas ActiveScale Storage Cluster, ASU has increased its Linux cluster performance by 10X while eliminating the need for costly NFS servers. Read further...
Fujitsu Siemens Computers announces Version 7.0 of its BS2000/OSD mainframe operating system
Fujitsu Siemens Computers now is launching its BS2000/OSD V7.0, a new version of its mainframe operating system. Customers will profit from system and performance optimization, storage on demand, improved SAN integration and self-governing functions for the simple, economical operation of the BS2000. The new functions and technologies include on-line storage provisioning, which means that different systems and subsystems use a common pool that automatically provides the disk space currently required, thus increasing the utilization of the resources as well as their availability. Read further...
Broadcom's NetXtreme II converged network interface controllers support Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003
Broadcom Corporation's NetXtreme II converged network interface controllers (C-NICs) support Microsoft Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003. Read further...
Mitrion Platform selected by U.S. Naval Research Laboratory for world's largest FPGA supercomputer system

The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) has purchased 36 Mitrion Virtual Processor licenses as part of the Mitrion Platform to accelerate supercomputing applications on a Cray XD1 supercomputer purchased in 2005. NRL also has the option to purchase an additional 114 Mitrion Virtual Processors to further increase the capacity and processing performance of the Cray XD1 system.

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Raytheon selects Dual-Core SGI Altix 4700 systems for NOAA contract
Silicon Graphics announced that Raytheon Company has selected a range of large-scale SGI Altix 4700 systems as computational resources to run mathematical models and computer simulations to help better understand global climate change. The new SGI systems are powered by a total of 1,280 Dual-Core Intel Itanium 2 processor 9000 series CPUs (formerly codenamed Montecito) and 5.1TB of globally shared memory. Read further...
SilverStorm Technologies to distribute and support OpenFabrics Enterprise Distribution (OFED) software
SilverStorm Technologies will be distributing and supporting a new software bundled offering that includes the recently announced OpenFabrics Enterprise Distribution (OFED) Release 1.0 software stack. The new software bundle, called QuickSilver OFED, will be offered through both SilverStorm direct and indirect channels and will carry full warranty and support as part of SilverStorm's award winning family of InfiniBand-based product solutions. Read further...
Verari Systems continues HPC thermal efficiency leadership through collaboration with Intel
Verari Systems will introduce new server platforms based on the new Dual-Core Intel Xeon processor 5100 (formerly codenamed "Woodcrest") featuring advanced FBD memory, PCI Express I/O, hardware-assisted virtualization and more reliability features which give customers the power to do more with every server. Read further...
Fujitsu Siemens Computers extends datacentre virtualization architecture
Fujitsu Siemens Computers has introduced PAN Manager 5.0, the fifth-generation software release for the PRIMERGY BladeFrame system powered by Egenera. Whereas the former version was designed to manage the resources within one PRIMERGY BladeFrame system - up to 24 Processing Blade modules - PAN Manager 5.0 now enables multiple PRIMERGY BladeFrame systems to be managed as a single pool of assets in order to further enhance operational simplicity, extend failover to a broader set of computing resources, and lower total cost of ownership. PAN Manager software release 5.0 is available immediately and will ship with new PRIMERGY BladeFrame EX systems. Read further...
Virtual server pool solution in productive use at T-Systems
T-Systems is now operating its e-service area platform on a PRIMERGY BladeFrame powered by Egenera system. T-Systems customers utilize this platform for their e-mail systems, e-shops, Internet portals and data warehouse applications. PRIMERGY BladeFrame supports the B2B services platform with flexible IT resources which adapt themselves dynamically to changing requirements. T-Systems customers profit from the installation in the T-Systems data centres, which are linked via fast, flexible networks. As a result, T-Systems can provide its customers with the fast, flexible, reliable and affordable services operated on Internet and intranet servers as well as corresponding server-based applications. In addition, T-Systems customers can now take advantage of on-demand services in their intranets. Read further...
Sun unveils Blade 8000 platform
Sun Microsystems Inc. has introduced the Sun Blade 8000 modular system, the only modular system designed specifically for high-end x86 computing that delivers the performance, price and flexibility of top-of-the-line rackmount servers together with the serviceability and efficiency of blade servers. Read further...
Sun Microsystems breaks new ground for streaming applications with Sun Fire X4500
Sun Microsystems has launched the Sun Fire X4500 server, a hybrid data server combining a 4-way server powered by AMD Opteron processors, high storage density, and high data throughput. Read further...
IBM introduces new p5 power servers
IBM, which according to IDC, is the number one vendor of UNIX systems based on revenue share, has introduced a pair of ultra-powerful high-end machines, including the world's most powerful server, the IBM System p5 595 - a 64-core speed demon capable of a record-shattering four million transactions per minute. IBM attributed the huge leap in performance over industry competitors to the company's revolutionary new Dual Stress processor technology, pioneered for ultrafast videogames and making its first appearance in System p5 machines. Read further...
New IBM server achieves good benchmark results
The IBM System p5 595 server has seized the number one spot in five key industry benchmarks, demonstrating unmatched strength in both commercial and technical workloads. The dazzling performance underpins the flexibility of IBM's Power Architecture technology, which serves as the foundation of systems ranging from video games to transaction processing machines to the world's most powerful supercomputers. Read further...
Cedars-Sinai supercomputer ranked among world's most powerful
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, one of the largest academic medical centres in the Western United States, has been recognized for having one of the 500 most powerful computers in the world. Cedars-Sinai's supercomputer is designed to analyse blood proteins from cancer cells and provide information that will allow researchers to more accurately predict how cancer patients will respond to specific treatments. Read further...
Sun and Greenplum launch commercial open source data warehouse appliance for business intelligence
Sun and Greenplum have unveiled a data warehouse appliance built from open source software and general purpose systems. The solution combines Sun's new "Thumper" Sun Fire X4500 data server powered by Dual-Core AMD Opteron processors with Greenplum's massively parallel distribution of PostgreSQL, Bizgres MPP, in a single turnkey appliance capable of analysing hundreds of terabytes of business data. Read further...
Sun Microsystems customers shape Web 2.0
Sun Microsystems Inc. has introduced new customer adoption of its breakthrough Sun Fire server family with CoolThreads technology. DigiTar, Joyent and Fotolog represent a new crop of Web 2.0 customers that have recently moved to the UltraSPARC T1 processor-based Sun Fire server line running the Solaris 10 Operating System(OS), the most advanced OS on the planet, to both support their growing on-line operations and to lower power, cooling and space costs significantly in their datacentres. Read further...
Highest performing Dell Poweredge servers now available

Dell is will be shipping its ninth-generation PowerEdge servers, Dell Precision workstations and Dell PowerEdge Storage Servers equipped with the highest performing Intel Xeon processor 5100 series (formerly codenamed Woodcrest).

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Dot Hill awarded patent for direct memory access controller architecture
The United States Patent and Trademark Office has granted Dot Hill U.S. patent 7,062,591, entitled "Controller Data Sharing Using a Modular DMA Architecture". Read further...
Dot Hill announces strategic partnership with Japanese storage provider
Dot Hill has entered into a strategic technology partnership with Newtech Co. Ltd., a provider of small to midrange enterprise storage products and solutions in Japan. Read further...
Fujitsu Siemens' PRIMERGY goes Woodcrest
Fujitsu Siemens Computers has completed PRIMERGY dual-socket generation servers: after having introduced a series of new PRIMERGY S3 models deploying the latest Intel Bensley platform in May, the company now is unveiling the availability of the PRIMERGY TX300 S3 tower server and PRIMERGY BladeFrame running the new Dual-Core Intel Xeon 5160 sequence processors which are introduced by Intel. These stand for improved performance and workload in combination with significantly lower power consumption. Read further...
CA approval extends certification of CentricStor virtual tape appliance by leading storage management software vendors
Fujitsu Siemens Computers has received CA certification for its CentricStor virtual tape appliance, demonstrating again its unique, industry-wide compatibility with leading back-up solutions. With CentricStor, enterprises planning a move to virtual tape are guaranteed the industry's widest connectivity and back-up software compatibility. The addition of certification by CA means that customers who depend on BrightStor ARCserve Backup to protect their data can now benefit from the powerful Information Lifecycle Management (ILM) for tape capabilities offered by CentricStor from Fujitsu Siemens Computers, with the peace-of-mind that CentricStor has passed CA's stringent quality control tests. Read further...
FibreCAT WAFS appliance scoops global Microsoft award for best OEM Hardware Solution
Fujitsu Siemens Computers has won a prestigious award from Microsoft for breakthrough technology that turbo-charges branch office networks. The global annual Microsoft Worldwide Partner Program Awards recognize the development and delivery of exceptional Microsoft-based solutions by Microsoft partners. The FibreCAT N20-WAFS Appliance was selected as a Microsoft Partner Awards Program winner in the category of Device Manufacturing, OEM Hardware Solutions. Fujitsu Siemens Computers received the award at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference 2006 in Boston, United States. Read further...
IBM delivers small and medium businesses a complete Oracle ERP solution based on System i
IBM has launched a new, specially priced solution uniquely configured for small and medium business (SMB) customers adopting Oracle's JD Edwards EnterpriseOne applications. Designed specifically for customers with 100 users or less, the solution is based on IBM's "all-in-one" System i business computing platform and delivers a comparable acquisition cost to analogous Windows-based solutions. Read further...
HP enhances virtualization capabilities for HP Integrity servers
HP has added capabilities to its Virtual Server Environment for HP Integrity servers to better enable customers to automatically adjust resources within a pooled server environment. The new HP Virtual Server Environment (VSE) Reference Architecture for Oracle Real Application Clusters for HP-UX 11i dynamically scales the Integrity server infrastructure when mission-critical Oracle database workloads fluctuate. For example, customers can use the capability to automatically allocate additional server capacity to financial applications during the month-end close. Read further...
London Stock Exchange becomes world's fastest with HP and Microsoft technology

HP has become the hardware technology partner for the London Stock Exchange's Infolect data delivery application, acknowledged to be the fastest in the world. With a data latency of only two milliseconds, the exchange's system broadcasts 20 million messages a day to more than 100,000 terminals in more than 100 countries.

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IBM selected by U.S. DoD to deliver Net-Centric collaboration services
The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) has selected IBM Global Services to provide net-centric collaboration services. The contract is valued at $17 million. The work is a key part of DISA's Net-Centric Enterprise Services (NCES) project to provide one consistent service for collaboration that can be used by personnel across the DoD. These services will enable real time information sharing through the use of an on-demand IT services structure, based on open standards and a secure hosted environment. Read further...
NEC develops MRAM cell technology suitable for embedding in next generation system LSIs
NEC Corporation has succeeded in developing new magnetoresistive random access memory (MRAM) cell technology suitable for high speed memory macro embedded in next generation system LSIs. The newly developed cell technology includes three key elements; a 2T1MTJ - two transistors and one magnetoresistive tunneling junction - cell structure to accelerate write mode cycle time, a 5T2MTJ cell structure to accelerate read mode cycle time and a write-line-inserted MTJ to reduce write current. The new cell technology realizes added-value, non-volatile MRAM macros that can be substituted for static random access memory (SRAM) macros embedded in system LSIs. Read further...
Aperi Storage Community to propose open source project to Eclipse
The Aperi community of storage vendors has proposed an open source project to the Eclipse Foundation, home to one of the industry's largest open source communities. This is the latest step in Aperi's efforts to give customers more choices for deploying open storage infrastructure software based on an industry-standard platform developed by the open source community. Read further...
New IBM software delivers real-time security across computer networks
IBM has launched new security software that helps corporate IT departments, telecom service providers and IT outsourcing companies keep their computer networks and systems up and running despite security attacks by malicious outsiders, employees or contractors. The software secures networks by automatically detecting and managing security threats as they happen, rather than after the damage is done. Read further...
IBM "Continuous Data Protection" PC software now available through major on-line retailers
IBM has signed an agreement with Digital River Inc., a global expert in e-commerce outsourcing. Through the agreement, Digital River is making IBM Tivoli Continuous Data Protection for Files software available for on-line purchase and digital download through the Digital River oneNetwork marketplace, which includes leading on-line retailers, such as OfficeMax Incorporated, Staples Inc. and Circuit City Stores Inc., among others. Read further...
IBM is positioned in leaders quadrant for storage services
The analyst firm Gartner Inc. has positioned IBM in the "Leaders" quadrant in its Magic Quadrant evaluation of Storage Services vendors. Read further...
IBM unveils new system x and BladeCenter systems featuring energy efficient performance
IBM has introduced a new IBM BladeCenter blade and System x servers and workstations geared to help reduce power and cooling costs while delivering substantial performance gains over earlier technology. The new systems enable up to 90% percent better application performance, and up to 163% percent better performance per watt today. The systems are designed and optimized to support more advanced computing with future quad core CPU models. Read further...
Avnet Technology Solutions expands relationship with Sun to offer complete Sun StorageTek family
Avnet Technology and Sun have entered into an expanded relationship to offer the complete line of Sun StorageTek products to Avnet partners. Read further...
New Dual-Core SGI Altix systems
Silicon Graphics announced new dual-core SGI Altix systems based on the new Dual-Core Intel Itanium 2 processor 9000 series.SGI's dual-core Altix 4700 and Altix 450 servers deliver double the performance of today's Altix systems at the same or lower hardware cost, while drawing less power and offering more density and flexibility for demanding, data-intensive applications. Read further...
Industry - The Grid
Azul Systems network attached processing solution completes certification with Oracle Fusion Middleware
Oracle has certified the Azul Compute Appliance, running the Azul Virtual Machine as a supported platform, with Oracle Application Server 10g, a component of Oracle Fusion Middleware. The certification provides enhanced scalability to applications and added confidence to mutual customers running Oracle Application Server 10g on the Azul platform. Read further...
Building trust in virtual organisations
Trust is essential to any relationship, not least in business where companies have to be able to rely on their partners and suppliers. But as more business takes place in the ever-changing on-line world new tools are needed to build and maintain confidence. European researchers are working on supplying them. TrustCoM, an IST-funded project, is tackling the very real problem of establishing trust between organisations on-line, and ensuring the security of digital transactions and electronic business processes. Read further...
Airbus selects SynfiniWay from Fujitsu to provide Grid computing environment for aerodynamics analysis
Fujitsu Systems Europe announces a significant order for its SynfiniWay Grid middleware from Airbus, one of the world's largest commercial aircraft manufacturers. SynfiniWay will be used for the production HPC Grid environment at the primary Airbus compute centres in France, Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom. Read further...
The brain, traffic and nano-circuits - e-Science takes on major challenges
Research into three major scientific and technological challenges is to receive a major boost from the application of e-Science and Grid computing. The challenges are: understanding the brain; mapping the detailed environmental impact of traffic; and designing future generation nano-scale electronic circuits. The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and other funding partners have awarded more than GBP13m to three, 3-4 year projects covering each of these topics in the third round of the EPSRC's e-Science programme. Read further...
Sun joins MediaGrid.org to advance media Grid standards
The Grid Institute announced that Sun is collaborating with the MediaGrid.org open standards group to advance international standards for storing, delivering, and processing digital media in grid computing environments. Read further...
EGEE helps achieve international digital broadcasting agreement
Over the last two months, the Enabling Grids for E-sciencE (EGEE) project successfully supported a series of large-scale data processing activities being carried out by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) as part of the ITU's Regional Radiocommunication Conference - RRC-06, 15 May - 16 June 2006. Read further...
NEC announces REAL IT PLATFORM
NEC announced its new IT platform vision, REAL IT PLATFORM, for realization of next generation IT platforms. The new strategy incorporates principles and a roadmap for the development of IT platform products. Based on this new vision, NEC will swiftly respond to changes in enterprise business environments arising from the advancement of next generation networks (NGNs) and offer a series of innovative products, capable of realizing a flexible, dependable and simple next generation IT platform. Read further...
IBM introduces Grid computing for life insurance industry
IBM has launched a new Grid computing offering to help life insurance clients significantly decrease the time needed to run complex insurance model scenarios. Called IBM Grid and Grow for Actuarial Analysis, the offering combines IBM and IBM business partner and ISV technologies to help insurance clients improve financial risk and capital management, give a faster time to market with new products and gain a competitive advantage. At the heart of the offering is IBM's BladeCenter systems to power the Grid. Read further...
Ohio and Michigan establish regional optical network partnership
The Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC), and Merit Network entered a partnership to enhance regional optical networks in the Midwest. This partnership between the two state research and education networks includes acquiring managed fiber from Toledo, Ohio, to Chicago, Illinois, as well as an agreement to jointly pursue fiber acquisition to the east of Ohio. In addition, the organizations will work to evolve Network Operations Center management to support Regional Optical Networks (RONs). Read further...
Putting services at the heart of tomorrow's software
Service development in Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) is the point where small, functional services can be linked together to achieve some larger goal, and it is the point where computing could finally deliver the productivity gains and functional flexibility that it promised for so long. Read further...
'Help Defeat Cancer' Project launched on IBM's World Community Grid expected to speed cancer research
IBM is working with researchers at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) - Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and the Cancer Institute of New Jersey to launch a project that will unleash the power of supercomputer technology in the battle against cancer. Help Defeat Cancer is the third project to use the computational power offered by World Community Grid, the world's largest humanitarian Grid housing a virtual supercomputer. The Help Defeat Cancer project is expected to help researchers understand the underlying mechanisms of cancer in order to improve treatment and therapy planning for cancer patients. Read further...
New PRIMEQUEST 500 series server delivers more than double performance and advanced virtualization in mission-critical Linux and Windows Eenvironments
Fujitsu Siemens Computers announced the release of a new high-end series in its PRIMEQUEST server line the PRIMEQUEST 500 series (three models) servers with Dual-Core Intel Itanium 2 processors, providing performance improvements up to 2.5 times that of previous models. The PRIMEQUEST servers are built to meet the highest demands for reliability and availability in data center operations. The PRIMEQUEST 500 series servers deliver the most advanced virtualization capabilities available along with extended system scalability for Linux and Windows environments. Combining the latest Dual-Core Intel Itanium 2 processor with Fujitsu Siemens Computers cutting-edge architecture and design, the new PRIMEQUEST 500 servers are the ideal choice for enterprises that require the economic benefits and flexibility of industry standard solutions without compromising their business continuity. Read further...
Network Centric Operations Center launches crisis management programme
The European Network Centric Operations Centre of Excellence (CoE), a joint innovation hub of the Finnish Defence Forces (FDF) and IBM, has developed a new Crisis Management Programme to address critical aspects and challenges associated with inter-agency collaboration and data exchange in crisis situations. The new programme aims at the creation of solutions supporting virtual organisations of multinational coalitions and cross-organisational crisis teams. The programme solutions build on open standards and common-off-the-shelf (COTS) products, and leverage Services Oriented Architecture (SOA). Read further...
Trust in real time for secure digital certificates
Every day in the global electronic marketplace millions of transactions take place. Understandably all parties depend on the validity of digital certificates that underpin such transactions. Now a new service promises real-time certificate validation and revocation, a major step forward in terms of trust and security. Read further...
Platform introduces Grid product to address Product Lifecycle Management
Platform Computing has released Platform LSF for V5 PLM, the first product to Grid enable Product Lifecycle Management (PLM). Read further...
NetAlter Patent in also in the USA
NetAlter Software Limited said that the US Patent and Trademarks Office have published the Patent Application (Publication number 20060165040) for its NetAlter Alternative to Internet and Enterprise & Social communication framework. The company also said it is making major investments in infrastructure and manpower this fiscal year. It has already procured over 5000 square feet of office space and has plans of hiring over 85 personnel to drive the development plans of NetAlter. Read further...
QLogic Storage Networking supports VMware Infrastructure 3
QLogic Corp.'s storage networking products support newly released VMware Infrastructure 3. Optimized for virtualized environments, QLogic SANblade Pro 2400 Series 4Gb HBAs and SANbox 4Gb switches are a strong complement to VMware Infrastructure 3. These QLogic products consolidate direct-attach storage and storage area networks (SANs) and simplify ease-of-use through boot-from-SAN capabilities. VMware Infrastructure 3 supports over 30 models of 2Gb and 4Gb SANblade HBAs. Read further...
Semantic rescue in snow blizzard emergency
When a heavy snowstorm hit the United Kingdom's Stansted area on 31 January 2003, thousands of drivers were trapped overnight posing a serious challenge to emergency services. This was the starting point for work to guide emergency responses with the help of semantic Web-based services. Read further...
Taking on the interoperability challenge
Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) software design is billed as the next great IT wave, ushering in a new era of efficient network services, cross-organisational business co-operation and potentially whole new sectors. But if it is to live up to its potential, overcoming the challenge of interoperability is essential. Read further...
Oracle teams up with Fujitsu Siemens Computers to open International ISV Migration Center in Munich
Oracle has joined forces with Fujitsu Siemens Computers to open an International ISV Migration Center in its main offices in Munich. Starting immediately, European independent software vendors (ISVs) who want to migrate their solutions to the Oracle 10g platform can turn to this source for the latest hardware and software resources available for testing and validation purposes. Read further...
Callidus software TrueComp earns 'Certified for SAP NetWeaver' status
Callidus Software Inc.'s TrueComp version 5.1.3 software application has achieved "Certified for NetWeaver" status from SAP AG. With the seamless integration provided between TrueComp and the SAP NetWeaver platform, customers will benefit from a reduction in total cost of ownership by being able to further leverage their existing investments in SAP solutions. Read further...
Technology vendors extend collaboration on SOA technologies
Several technology vendors, who have been working together to create Service Component Architecture (SCA) and Service Data Objects (SDO) specifications have realized key achievements, including a significant increase in industry involvement and advancements in the development of SOA-related specifications and technologies. The group also launched a vendor-neutral web site to serve as an information resource for access to draft specifications, white papers, and for providing a forum for industry input and feedback. Read further...
Oracle Asia Pacific & Japan FY06 total revenues cross US$2 billion
Oracle has achieved significant customer traction and revenue growth in the Asia Pacific & Japan region, bringing in more than US$2 billion in total revenues in its Fiscal Year 2006. For full fiscal year 06 - ended May 31, 2006, Oracle Asia Pacific & Japan (JAPAC) reported total revenues of US$2.02billion - an 18% increase from FY05. Applications new license revenues in JAPAC grew 69% while database and middleware new license revenues grew 13%, for the full year over FY05. JAPAC accounted for about 14% of total revenues worldwide and 19% of total new license revenues worldwide. Read further...
Callidus Software announces new strategic services offerings
Callidus Softwar has introduced a new strategic services programme offering, Workflow Solutions. Together with the existing Compensation Strategy Services and Analytics Services, Workflow Solutions enables Fortune 1000 companies to rapidly drive revenue and improve sales performance. Read further...
Oracle and HP unveil reference configurations to streamline data warehouse design and deployment
Oracle and HP have developed reference configurations that can accelerate implementation by IT departments of Oracle Database 10g-based data warehouses on HP servers and storage. Reference configurations help customers get the database, server, and storage mix they need, right out of the gates. These configurations have a sliding scale to optimize data warehouse solutions for either raw performance or price performance. This approach can help cut weeks out of the buying cycle for even greater ease of doing business with HP and Oracle, and speed time to implementation. Read further...
Oracle Fusion Middleware crosses billion dollar Mmlestone
Oracle announced that revenue for Oracle Fusion Middleware passed the $1 Billion revenue threshold for FY06. During the most recent quarter, Q4 FY06, Oracle Fusion Middleware license revenue grew 57 percent year over year. For the entire fiscal year, Oracle Fusion Middleware grew 34.5 percent year over year in license revenue. Read further...
On-line businesses turn to EqualLogic to fuel On-Demand services
EqualLogic, a provider of enterprise-class iSCSI storage area network (SAN) solutions, has successfully expanded among Internet service providers (ISPs) and application service provides (ASPs) in multiple industries worldwide. EqualLogic is providing a growing number of ISPs and ASPs in the U.S. and Europe with a dynamic, reliable and easy-to-manage virtual storage solution designed to meet their real-time storage needs, including on-the-fly scalability, high performance and disaster-proof data protection. Read further...
Smith Breeden deploys the Digipede Network to accelerate financial analytics
Smith Breeden, a premier financial research and trading firm, is deploying the Digipede Network Professional Edition to increase the performance of its next-generation analytics software. By reducing the time it takes to price fixed-income securities and perform sensitivity analysis, Smith Breeden can gain results sooner, which in turn makes it possible to increase returns for its clients. Read further...
Nimaya chooses IBM as preferred partner to deliver solutions to meet the telecommunication industry's needs
Nimaya, specialized in Integrated Customer Management, has achieved IBM Optimized Partner status also for Grid. This enhanced status will greatly bolster its collaboration with IBM to drive innovation and meet the needs of joint customers in the telecommunications industry. Read further...
Appistry and Ounce Labs join forces to assure high level of security for application fabric customers
Appistry is licensing and deploying Ounce Labs' security assurance software for use on its Appistry Enterprise Application Fabric (Appistry EAF) software. With a commitment to the quality and security of the applications it delivers, Appistry will use the Ounce solution to pro-actively scan its source code to assure that it meets the company's strict security standards before it is shipped. Read further...
Industry - Applications
Experiences with high-level level-programming of FPGA's with Mitrio on Cray XD1
At the ISC2006 conference in Dresden, Thomas Steincke reported experiences with programming FPGAs in the Cray XD1 at Zuse-Institut Berlin (ZIB) in Berlin using the FPGA programming tools from Mitrion. The Cray XD1 is the first system of its kind in Germany. It has 6 dual 2.2 GHz Opteron blades with2 GByte RAM and a Xilinx XC2VP50-7 FPGA processor. Read further...
Securing Europe's future information society
As our society is rapidly adopting more information and communication technologies in services and commerce, private information is at increasing risk and security and reliability problems become prevalent. The EU has launched an initiative to tackle these issues before they become a barrier to the information society. Read further...
NASA scientists conquer Einstein Equations with help from Columbia supercomputer
For 90 years, physicists have tried to solve the equations that constitute Albert Einstein's theory of general relativity - the concept that matter, space and time are intertwined. But some of Einstein's abstract equations have proven too complicated to reliably calculate using traditional computer software and hardware. Read further...
Solitons could power molecular electronics, artificial muscles
Scientists have discovered something new about exotic particles called solitons. Since the 1980s, scientists have known that solitons can carry an electrical charge when traveling through certain organic polymers. A new study now suggests that solitons have intricate internal structures. Scientists may one day use this information to put the particles to work in molecular electronics and artificial muscles, said Ju Li, assistant professor of materials science and engineering at Ohio State University. Read further...
Parasoft simplifies functional testing with automated HttpUnit Web application test suites in Webking 5.5
Parasoft Corporation, a provider of Automated Error Prevention solutions for software development, has released WebKing 5.5., an automated testing suite that provides comprehensive testing and analysis of Web applications, ensuring they meet the content, reliability, security and performance goals necessary to support on-line business requirements. WebKing addresses four key areas of test and analysis: Web site risk analysis, functional testing, load and performance testing. Read further...
MSC.Software and IBM form worldwide strategic alliance to offer enterprise simulation solutions and capture PLM growth
IBM and MSC.Software Corp., a global provider of enterprise simulation solutions including simulation software and services, have signed a worldwide strategic alliance. MSC will embed and optimize IBM technology as part of their SimManager Enterprise offering, integrating services oriented architecture (SOA) with DB2, Websphere and Tivoli to meet the growing demand for enterprise based computer-aided engineering (CAE) and analysis in the PLM space. Read further...
Mental Images names Mehlstaeubler VP for Design Solutions and 3D Web Services
Mental Images names Peter Mehlstaeubler VP for Design Solutions and 3D Web Services especially for the company's RealityServer Platform. Read further...
Ferretti Group selects Altair Engineering's HyperWorks optimization technology to improve design
Ferretti Group, the Italian-based international group of yacht builders, has chosen Altair's HyperWorks computer-aided engineering (CAE) technology to optimize the structure of new composite materials. Read further...
BIO-key achieves strong performance results in National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) fingerprint SDK tests
BIO-key International Inc., an expert in wireless public safety solutions and finger-based biometric identification has achieved successful results from participation in the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) fingerprint SDK tests. BIO-key's production fingerprint algorithm, Vector Segment Technology (VST) Version 6, built on ANSI INCITS 378 industry demonstrated strong competitive performance, especially on US VISIT test datasets. Read further...
Trust in global computing
Access to distributed mobile resources by software agents of all types promises much for global computing. But it suffers from the same security and trust problems as the internet itself. Now new tools and protocols could lay the foundations for new and more secure high-level global computing. Read further...
Smiths Aerospace chooses Altair HyperWorks engineering framework
Smiths Aerospace, UK, a transatlantic aerospace systems and equipment company, has selected the Altair HyperWorks CAE technology suite to support the development and structural analysis of their aircraft landing systems and components. Smiths selected HyperWorks to improve their engineering department's finite element modelling and visualization efficiency with Altair HyperMesh and plans to incorporate other HyperWorks tools, including HyperMorph and OptiStruct for interactive model morphing and structural optimization. Read further...
ETI announces next generation data quality tools
Data quality is a well recognized issue in most organisations and Evolutionary Technologies International Inc. (ETI), a global provider of data integration solutions, now provides best-in-class data quality tools - ETI Data Profiler and ETI Data Cleanser. These new products extend the functional capabilities of ETI Solution V5 software and ETI High Performance Connectors to provide next generation data quality in a full feature platform offering. Read further...
Singapore's Nanyang Polytechnic, SCS and ILOG collaborate for first Enterprise Business Rule Solutions Center
ILOG, Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP) and Singapore Computer Systems Ltd (SCS) have established the "Enterprise Business Rule Solutions Center" at the NYP School of Information Technology, resulting in the first credentialed curriculum for Business Rules Management System (BRMS) application development in the world. NYP is one of Singapore's leading technical polytechnic schools. Read further...
Accent emphasizes greater design chain productivity with semiconductor data management solution from ENOVIA MatrixOne
Accent has expanded its implementation of ENOVIA MatrixOne's Synchronicity line of solutions. Accent, one of Europe's largest electronics design houses and an early adopter of the Synchronicity Developer Suite, will now leverage MatrixOne's Synchronicity Publisher Suite with IP Gear to manage its intellectual property (IP) portfolio for both internal and external use with partners and customers. Read further...
Sandia wins two R&D 100 awards
Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories and their collaborators have won two R&D 100 awards, which are presented byR&D Magazinein recognition of the 100 most technologically significant products introduced into the marketplace over the past year. Read further...
Nova introduces an advanced Scatterometry modelling and application development tool
Nova Measuring Instruments Ltd., specialized in integrated measurement and process control for the semiconductor industry, has launched NovaMARS, an advanced Scatterometry modelling and application development tool. Read further...
Fair Isaac's Model Builder 3.0 provides businesses with more capabilities for improving customer decisions
Fair Isaac Corporation, a provider of analytics and decision management technology, has made available Model Builder version 3.0, a core component of Fair Isaac's technologies for Enterprise Decision Management (EDM). The newest release of Fair Isaac's software platform for developing and deploying analytic models helps organisations secure more precise insights into future transactions, customer behaviour and business outcomes. Read further...
IBM and Banca CR Firenze in deal to provide Italian bank with new IT infrastructure and business consulting to support full branch transformation
Banca CR Firenze Group and IBM have signed a two-year deal to transform the bank's existing business model via an internet-based IT platform that will provide the bank with unprecedented flexibility and competitiveness. The agreement builds on an existing seven-year contract between the two companies. Read further...
Hyundai Steel builds successful web-based PDM system with ENOVIA SmarTeam
Hyundai Steel, a Korean steel maker, has adopted ENOVIA SmarTeam for efficient design and drawing management, and has put into production a web-based Product Data Management (PDM) system. With their newly implemented PLM solution, the company is accelerating time-to-market and increasing competitiveness. Read further...
Kaji Metal implements IBM-Dassault PLM solution to increase efficiency of aircraft parts machining
Kaji Metal Industries, a pioneering aircraft parts manufacturer as well as a Boeing-authorized supplier, has dramatically increased productivity and cut labour costs using IBM-Dassault PLM solutions in five-axis NC data generation. Read further...
Keylex builds virtual factory for process innovation with PLM solutions from IBM and Dassault Systèmes
Keylex Corporation, an automotive parts manufacturer, has recently deployed IBM-Dassault Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions to streamline product development processes and accelerate time-to-market. Read further...
Trident Seafoods fuels growth strategy with IBM
Trident Seafoods Corporation, a major U.S. seafood harvesting and processing company, has experienced significant growth, in part because of the performance and reliability of its IBM servers. Read further...
Industry - TOP500
DataDirect Networks advancesin high performance storage to the world's supercomputers
With the 27th edition of the TOP500 list of the world's fastest supercomputers, DataDirect Networks continues to advances as the largest supplier of high performance storage to more than half of the world's top 100 supercomputing sites, shipping more than 10 petabytes year-to-date, and enabling 5 out of the top 6 fastest computers in the world. Read further...
UNC-based research computing clusters take 74 and 104 in world's top 500
The University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill's Dell research computing cluster, called Topsail, is among the world's top 75 supercomputers, as ranked by the Top500 Project. Ocracoke, another cluster housed at UNC, is 104th. Read further...
Cluster File Systems attains world leadership position in high performance file systems
Ten of the world' top 30 supercomputers use Lustre software, including the number one ranked supercomputer in the world Cluster File Systems . Read further...
Industry - Linux
SGI Altix XE cluster for end-to-end work flow solution for engineering analysis
SGI introduced a new line of Intel Xeon processor-based clusters for Computer Aided Engineering (CAE). It ia a complementary offering of an SGI Altix XE x86-64 cluster solution in the Linux environment. Read further...
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Networking
Seeking to tighten the Net against attack
As more users switch to broadband internet access, security providers are playing a frantic game of 'catch-up' to secure networks against the many threats. While new menaces are always just around the corner, one project believes it may have part of an answer to one of the most common and destructive forms of intrusion. The IST-funded DIADEM Firewall project has developed a novel and comprehensive security solution for secure broadband services, focusing on denial of service attack and mitigation, thanks to collaboration between a consortium of interested stakeholders from France Telecom, Polish Telecom, IBM Research, Imperial College London, University of Tübingen, Groupe des Ecoles des Télécommunications and Jozef Stefan Institute. Read further...
Optical technologies power transmission capacity
As more and more people demand faster, more integrated network connections, an EU-funded project is promoting the benefits of optical technologies in this rapidly growing and changing field. The e-Photon/ONe consortium is focusing on the 'Broadband for All' IST strategic objective, targeting network-oriented and system-oriented aspects of optically-enabled broadband. It aims to integrate and focus the rich know-how available in Europe about optical communication and networks, both in universities and research centres of major telecom manufacturers and operators. Read further...
Turning on the rural broadband tap ...
Broadband is the water and electricity of the information economy yet millions of Europeans in rural areas remain cut off from this vital supply. To underline its importance, researchers have taken a close look at rural broadband provision and use, and have come up with strong evidence. Read further...
Student television channel uses GÉANT2 to bridge the Atlantic
Open Student Television Network (OSTN), the only 24-hour, 7-day global channel exclusively devoted to student-produced programming, has taken the first step towards expansion within the European Union (EU). Supported via the GÉANT2 network which is managed by research networking organisation DANTE, the expansion will help meet EU students' demand for the channel. Read further...
NetEffect and Fulcrum Microsystems collaborate to deliver unmatched 10-Gigabit Ethernet performance
Interoperability testing with Fulcrum Microsystems showed NetEffect's NE010x iWARP Ethernet channel adapter (ECA) achieving the highest throughput and lowest latency of any Ethernet adapter on the market today. Benchmarks were run using Fulcrum's FocalPoint Evaluation Platform, which showcases FocalPoint, a 24-port, 10Gb Ethernet Switch Chip that, at 200ns latency, leads the market in low-latency intelligent switching. Read further...
NEC to participate in GMI 2006 - world's first IMS multi-vendor network interoperability trial
NEC Corporation plans to participate in Global MSF (MultiService Forum) Interoperability (GMI) 2006. GMI 2006 brings together dozens of carriers and vendors to test the interoperability of IMS (IP Multimedia System)-based infrastructure components for the first time in a real world setting as a first global test of IMS service framework. Read further...
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