It was in a corner of the ISC’15 exhibition show floor; not well-lit, just a semi-partitioned booth with some 50 chairs, a podium and a large LCD screen. It was a BoF (“Birds of a Feather”) session set-up, where the latest “Graph 500 List” was announced.
The Graph 500 List is a bi-annual supercomputer ranking, based on graph-related performance, which is becoming more important than ever in the “Big Data” field.
The latest July 2015 issue of the Graph 500 List was published on July 13th, during a BoF session at ISC’15: the “International Supercomputing Conference.” The ISC event consists of a five-day conference (Sunday to Thursday) and a three-day exhibition (Monday to Wednesday). Every HPC-related vendor showcases their state-of-the-art technologies while universities and institutes demonstrate their latest interesting research results, and explore the way to exascale supercomputing and beyond. At ISC’15, Fujitsu exhibited its original Sparc64 processor-based PRIMEHPC supercomputer family and their industry-standard PRIMERGY server-based HPC cluster solutions.
The Graph 500 BoF session was in the middle of Monday’s exhibition hours. With a packed audience, including the “K computer” project team, the chairperson opened the session with a background explanation and overview of Graph 500. After the (relatively long for involved people) introduction, the chairperson presented the top three supercomputers, from bottom to top. When he announced the second-place supercomputer, it was not the K computer! The project team members spoke in hushed tones with each other, followed by a sigh of relief, as they believed that, with the dramatically improved benchmark score, the K computer had taken first place.
The session closed at 6:30pm and the ISC 30th Anniversary Party began in earnest!
Press Release: K computer takes first place in Graph 500 supercomputer ranking
The speed at which workplace technology has evolved over recent decades has been startling, but we are now entering a period – and pace – of change that will put wholly new pressures onto business leaders.
It’s surprising to think about how recently the smartphone reached the mass market. By the end of 2018, the number of worldwide mobile users is expected to increase to over 6.2 billion. Roughly 84 percent of the world population will be using mobile technology by the end of 2018. Mobile devices in use, including both phones and tablets, will grow from 7.7 billion in 2014 to over 12.1 billion by 2018 – 1.95 devices per user1.
Technology has already changed the face of work across industry sectors by enabling relevant information to be shared with employees in real time, whatever their location. For example, building-maintenance officers employed by local councils can now be allocated jobs in their locality, submitting relevant information via smartphone apps before proceeding directly to their next job, a vastly more efficient work process2. At the same time, healthcare professionals are using mobile apps for many purposes, from accessing diagnosis and treatment information, to providing drug references at the point of care3.
For business leaders, enabling this innovation is already throwing up challenges around security, integration and data governance, among other things. But in the workplace of 2020, people will rely more than ever on a suite of advanced technologies and applications to perform their jobs at the level required. Enterprises have a huge task ahead to keep pace with this change.
Leading organizations are experimenting with a host of exciting new technologies that could make a dramatic impact in the workplace, such as wearables, the Internet of Things (IoT), virtual reality rooms, augmented reality, robotics and cognitive computing, to name but a few.
The value of the global cognitive computing market, for example, is forecast to grow from $2.5 billion in 2014 to $12.5 billion by 20194. Meanwhile, US consultancy Digi-Capital’s research suggests that the augmented reality market could reach around $120 billion in revenue by 20205.
If this projected rate of adoption of emerging technologies comes to fruition over the next few years, we will see work in all industries transformed. And while some of these new technologies will become almost universally applied across industries, in the same way that smart mobile technology has become ubiquitous today, others may remain specific to particular sectors.
For business and IT leaders, however, a common set of challenges will present themselves. They must ensure their organisations are agile enough to implement the most effective emerging technologies for their business ahead of their competitors, while designing human-centric systems that bring together the dimensions of people, information and infrastructure to optimize the capabilities and performance of each employee.
The White Book of Digital Workplace Evolution delivers practical, forward-looking guidance to enterprises as they develop their workplace IT infrastructure to support and grow their business. It looks at how business leaders can optimize these new ways of working, recognize specific implications relevant to their business and industry, and how they can best prepare their organizations for the evolving world of work.
A new innovation in medical technology is currently being trialed by Fujitsu which will help doctors save time when using CT scans for oncological research. Until now, properly monitoring the development of lumps has proven troublesome for doctors, as comparing scans based on varying data is difficult. Pulse and breathing can alter the position of physical characteristics, making image comparison very labor-intensive.
Lower Margin for Error
The innovative solution automatically compares images based on the position of neighboring blood vessels and other “reference points” in the body. As well as making it easier to compare CT scans, it also reduces the margin for error. The innovation saves doctors precious time comparing images, which can be put to better use elsewhere.
Available to Hospitals in the Near Future
Fujitsu Laboratories recently presented their initial findings at a medical conference held at Tohuku University in Sendai, Japan. Meanwhile, Fujitsu will be testing and fine-tuning the technology further, with the target of introducing a product which uses the technology to the market by spring 2016. This innovation by Fujitsu is set to signify a technological breakthrough in medicine, which will help make the work of doctors all over the world a lot more efficient.
An innovative High Performance Computing (HPC) cluster donated by Fujitsu and Intel started operation at the German Cancer Research Centre (DKFZ) in Heidelberg.
The new infrastructure based on Fujitsu’s PRIMERGY servers facilitates the Pan-Cancer Analysis of Whole Genomes (PCAWG) project and will help biologists and bioinformaticians at DKFZ and the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) to analyze and share a wealth of cancer genomic data more efficiently.
“The Fujitsu-Intel infrastructure will significantly accelerate crucial computational analyses,” explains Roland Eils, who leads the project for the DKFZ.
In line with its vision of “Human Centric Innovation” Fujitsu gladly supports scientists in their research for a better understanding of the relationships between genomes and cancer diseases.
Read more on the EMBL news webpage
Following up the successful participations at the German Data Center Award in 2013 and 2014, Fujitsu submitted five innovations to the German Data Center Award in 2015 and with all five submissions we were amongst the top three in the respective categories. Amongst the winners: FUJITSU Cool-safe® Liquid Cooling for PRIMERGY servers in the data center. We congratulate a proud winner and are proud of an impressive overall result.
In cooperation with our technology partner Asetek we created an extremely effective and efficient cooling of PRIMERGY multi-node servers. The combination of air/hot water liquid cooling allows to dissipate 70% of the heat directly from CPU, RAM and Co-processor cards. We congratulate our colleague Gerhard Mühsam for the 1st rank in category 3 “Cooling and Air Conditioning”.
Two times 2nd place for innovations in the data center
Two innovations made it to the second place in category 2 “Data Center Software” and category 7 “Energy efficiency improvements by renovating existing data centers”.
Fujitsu submitted the Data Center Management and Automation – Service Delivery Platform, a solution that highly efficient and multi-client capable automates and monitors service delivery in the data center. The Service Delivery Platform integrates all tasks of data center operations in a standardized end-to-end service delivery solution. The Service Delivery Platform covers e.g. end user self-service Portal, service catalog, provisioning of resources, monitoring, fault, quality, service, SLA and asset management as well as software distribution. Congratulations to Wilfried Cleres and Mark Andrews!
We won an additional 2nd place in category 7 “Energy efficiency improvements by renovating existing data centers” for the Variable Universal Blank Cover (VUB) for data center racks. The Variable Blank Cover prevents short circuits between cold and warm aisles in the data center. Designed for installation at the front side of racks the VUB can be installed when setting up the rack or during operations. Racks can be flexibly equipped with hardware while adapting the variable universal blank covers. The VUB increases energy efficiency and works in any rack. We congratulate our colleague Alexander Hildebrand.
3rd rank in a double and a big thank you
The FUJITSU DCMA Temperature Sensor Matrix for DCIM was awarded rank 3 in category 1 “Ideas and Research around the Data Center”. Congratulations to our colleagues Wilfried Cleres and Katsushiro Inoue
Last but not least we made rank 3 with the Fujitsu Rack-Scale Architecture in the category 5 “Data Center IT and Network Infrastructure”. We congratulate our colleague Timo Lampe.
Find more information about our submissions to the German Data Center Award in the Internet (available in German language).