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7 November Big Data World Congress Portland Place, London

12-15 November SC’12

Salt Lake City, Utah, US

27-28 November 23rd Daresbury Machine Evaluation Workshop (MEW23) Adelphi Hotel, Liverpool, UK


The Swiss National Supercomputing Centre (CSCS) has awarded Cray with a contract for a ‘Cascade’ supercomputer and a Sonexion storage system. Jülich Supercomputing Centre (JSC) has installed Eurotech’s Aurora water-cooled HPC system.

formed with the directive to provide cloud designers and IT managers with the tools needed to enable computing in the cloud, to strengthen the qualification and integration of cloud solutions and to provide best practices.


The Cloud Advisory Council is an industry collaboration of original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), strategic technology suppliers, independent software vendors (ISVs) and end-users across the entire range of the Cloud market segment. Founding members include: AMAX, AMD, Atlantic.Net, Check Point Software, Colfax, DDN, Eucalyptus, Mellanox Technologies, Nanjing

New products

ActiveStor 14 Panasas has introduced what the company states is the world’s fastest fully integrated parallel storage solution, ActiveStor 14. The Panasas file system efficiently incorporates SSD technology to accelerate small file performance and metadata operations while minimising SSD wear and expense. This blend of cost-effective, high-density SATA and SSD storage delivers throughput performance for mixed workloads of both large and small files, while delivering fast rebuilds.

The company has published SPEC SFS benchmark results for the system

measuring network-attached storage NFS performance. A single ActiveStor 14T shelf containing 27 data drives delivered 20,745 SPECsfs2008_nfs. v3 operations per second with an overall response time of 1.99 milliseconds – a 768 ops/s per data drive. Scaled out to two shelves, ActiveStor 14T produced 41,116 SPECsfs2008_nfs.v3 operations per second with an overall response time of 1.39 milliseconds – near-linear scaling of performance. Initial shipments are expected to begin in November 2012.


The second generation of Nvidia’s workstation platform, Maximus, has been launched. Now supported by Kepler-based GPUs, Maximus delivers what the company describes as unparalleled performance and efficiency to professionals in fields as varied as manufacturing, visual effects and oil exploration. The Maximus platform can simultaneously perform complex analysis and visualisation on a single machine. It handles interactive graphics and the compute-intensive

number crunching required to simulate or render them, resulting in accelerated workflows. With this second generation of Maximus, compute work is assigned to run on the new Nvidia Tesla K20 GPU computing accelerator, freeing up the company’s Quadro K5000 GPU to handle graphics functions. Maximus unified technology transparently and automatically assigns visualisation and simulation or rendering work to the right processor.

not-for-profit organisation dedicated to development of next-generation cloud architecture has been

Standard Communication, Nimbula, ProfitBricks, SGI, Sugon, Supermicro and Xeround.

‘The Cloud Advisory Council has been established by industry leaders to develop a cloud specification and best practices for building the most


efficient cloud infrastructures. This is critical for vendors as well as for the cloud users,’ said Eli Karpilovski, chairman of the Cloud Advisory Council. ‘The Cloud Advisory Council

will assist and provide resources for industry and community organisations to better leverage their infrastructure and improve productivity and efficiency.’

Recognising the importance of establishing metrics for Cloud sustainability and performance, the Cloud Advisory Council will propose the use of a new metrics, Cloud Center Efficiency (CCE) and Power Consumption Efficiency (PCE), to address inefficient utilisations associated with cloud centres. The impact of efficient usage is emerging as extremely important in the design, location and operation of current and future cloud centres.

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Industry welcomes formation of Cloud Advisory Council

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