Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Euskalmet, Ejie and iDataplex

A year since we heard about the first idataplex installation for Euskalmet.

However not much has been published since. Today, I just found an article in spanish that says that the system counts with 128 computing nodes, 6 management nodes and a total number of 1,072 procs.

But that is all folks...!

Thursday, March 25, 2010


When having drinks with my work-fellas we always come to the same question: HPC centers or Science/Industry labs with HPC resources.

The unexistence of either does not mean the unexistance of the other.

What is more appropriate ?

We naturally lead the conversation to US specialized labs: LLNL, Oak Ridge, and other sound names. It seems normal to see HPC resources and research in there.

If we look at HPC centres and specially in the newly-iesh ones, there is always a tremendous lack of the science itself. But they are ruled by scientist and try to do science, however the machine is the excuse. So ... what ?

From my point of view both perspectives could work. And both have their own problematic. I think it is more about the willingness first of the governments, to create such centres with clear objectives, under clear scientific policies with long term ambitious goals. Second of the managers: unfortunately public sector always suffers from this problem.

My point of view, is that if you want to start servicing HPC you need to operate like one of the big private ones: operations, project management, service, availability and excel in expertise. Here I see clearly MSc in Ops Management, Comp Sci, Telco, Data Centre and MBA specifically in telecom. I dont see any science there.

The challenge, the x to solve, is ... how do we mix that with science ? and industry ? any relevant example ?

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Advances in Wave Energy Converters (and its close relation to Data Centers)

We already talked about Biscay Marine Energy Project and its very close relation to Lemóniz Nuclear Power Plant. We also discussed how this source of green energy could be highly beneficial to revitalizate the plant and activate a data center to serve Basque and International industry and host computing resources for HPC. We also argued why should it be Lemoniz.

Some of these entries already attracted a bit of attention, however I want to explain today my findings regarding this very interesting source of energy and the deep impact in the idea of having a data center in Lemoniz.

The first is this document, that highlights the creation of a data centre to manage an offshore Wave Energy Converters farm that would be built next to Lemoniz. From a computational perspective, this requires a mathematical challenge. Tecnalia Energy, who seems to be already involved in this project seems to be working on these and other topics. It is unknown for me if another engineering firms are doing any development. However and as we exposed in the Iberdrola Engineering case, it seems that a computing cluster could be beneficial to simulate and predict the wave behavior, so that they can protect the equipment and improve energy. Fair enough. I bet the Euskalmet guys would also be very interesting.

However today is this other document called 'bimep(Biscay Marine Energy Platform): an open sea test facility in the Basque Country ' that also attracts my attention. The project that has been presented at the European Union, says that it will be operating by mid-2011. Great news. Licensing works are in progress and my hope is that engineering works will do their best too. At least none can deny the local authorities interest.

All this leads to my opinion, that Lemoniz can still be a successful modern data center that makes use of renewable energies. Lets hope for the best.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Epsilon Euskadi and the Data Center of the Future

More good news from Epsilon Euskadi:
In collaboration with EPSILON and Intel, Cisco made a presentation last Thursday in which they showed the common view of three leading companies in data centers’ development.

Raúl Salazar, EPSILON’s IT Director, comments that “the joint work between EPSILON and Cisco, allowed us to establish the foundations of a powerful installation capable of supporting the consolidation in DPC of our whole infrastructure and future projects related to supercomputing, which we will soon have available as a new business unit at EPSILON.”

this “super-computer” is expected to become the second unit in Spain in terms of calculus capacity.

A dream made real.... what else could I say.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

The Basque in the Spanish Supercomputing Network (?)

According to this presentation given by Mr. Joaquin Serrano from the Spanish Ministry of Science and Industry, The Basque Country is between the regions in the spain that could shortly join the Spanish Supercomputing Network.

I am just willing to see the conditions, the details and the costs of doing so.

Alcorta Forging Group (Industries to Benefit)

Alcorta Forging Group;

"is a 100-year-old internationally oriented company. We view customer satisfaction as the only means to achieve long-term profitability and sustainable growth. Our activities focus on the development and manufacture of complex steel forgings for the automotive industry."

Their Products benefit from R+d+i:

"as state-of-the-art design and simulation systems, including finite element simulation of physical stresses and in-process material flows. These permit countless improvement cycles prior to defining the final geometry."

More in here.