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and fuel efficient products – among other enable world-class science. Six PRACE
exciting scientific projects. Remarkable partners are already evaluating prototypes
high-resolution animations and images of of promising architectures from different
results will be displayed on a ‘mini’ version vendors to port, optimise and petascale key
of Nasa’s Hyperwall-2. application in preparation for production in
2010. At SC09, PRACE project members
NICT (National Institute of will be on hand to answer to your questions
Information and Communications about the project and the future of PRACE.
Technology), Japan (, integrating SSD and SATA drives into one PRACE will display demos from PRACE
conducts general research and development StorageBlade. The ActiveStor Series 9 has partner sites. Visitors can take part in the
on information technology supporting the been proven to improve performance 2-3x, PRACE SC09 treasure hunt to win an
ubiquitous society, and supports businesses lower latency, and improve IOPs. All of iPod Touch, and can also pick up a Heavy
related to information communications. the Panasas ActiveStor products have the Computing t-shirt.
Some of the exhibits and demonstrations ability to grow and scale in capacity and
on the booth include: a space weather performance as data grows. In addition, Scalable Graphics (www.scalablegraphics.
forecast, a research project that uses Panasas will also be demonstrating its com), a parallel graphics and computing
computer simulation and informatics data protection technologies for high solutions ISV, will showcase its latest
technology to monitor and model space performance computing. Critical data is product: Direct Transport Compositor.
environment; a joint research with NTT protected using three technologies: Snap The demo will take place at the Mellanox
leveraging IP-optical network virtualisation Shots, Asynchronous Replication, and Technologies booth. The demonstration
and PRESTA 10G, a high-accuracy 10Gb/s Backup and Recovery.
Parallel Now (www.parallelnow.
com) will be demonstrating its dynamic
parallelisation technology.This
technology, almost a decade in the
making, has the ability to zero in on the
most profitable program loops on which
to perform parallelisation, and to produce
parallel code without user intervention.
Last year, the company showed how
special compilation techniques that
preserve certain high-level program
network monitoring platform, to realise semantics at the object code level could
an autonomic collaborative bandwidth allow users to parallelise the source
on-demand network service with network code. As SC09 the company will be will show how Direct Transport Compositor
optimisation; a worldwide cloud networking rolling out its new binary parallelisation drives and enhances a visualisation cluster
demonstration as part of a joint research service, which is geared towards to enable real-time 3D navigation in full-
project with GLIF, whereby middleware companies and situations for whom release scale automotive CAD models. Coupled
controlling the world’s dynamic networks of the source code is impractical. In with a high resolution portable immersive
is connected to space weather forecast’s either case, Parallel Now combines more system, Direct Transport Compositor will
PC clusters; a tiled display wall system traditional program profiling techniques allow visitors to literally walk in unedited
that highlights the result of THz analysis with dynamic analysis to precisely track CATIA models composed of millions of
of Giotto’s Polyptic of Badia; and the program dependence information and polygons. Digital prototyping is widely used
JGN2plus network, Japan’s largest testbed ultimately yield excellent program in manufacturing to reduce the number of
network and its research topics, which aims parallelisation strategies. This technology physical prototypes, cut development time,
for the New Generation Network, will be is currently available to the public and multiply the number of innovative
introduced. through Parallel Now’s parallelisation hypotheses studied. Leading automotive
services. companies, such as PSA Peugeot-Citroën,
Panasas (, a provider of use Direct Transport Compositor to boost
high-performance storage for data intensive PRACE (, the the performances of their virtual reality
applications, will be demonstrating its new Partnership for Advanced Computing in systems for digital prototyping. The
ActiveStor Series 9 with SSD technology. Europe, continues its mission to create a delivered performance gain improves design
ActiveStor Series 9 is advanced high persistent, sustainable pan-European HPC review sessions, which can translate in
performance storage product available service. It will deploy three to five world- improved collaborative work and better
for scientific computing environments, class systems at different European sites to decision-making. ➤ SCIENTIFIC COMPUTING WORLD october/november 2009
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