Seattle, WA — Global supercomputer company Cray announced the Company has signed a $36 million contract to upgrade and expand the Cray XC supercomputers and Cray Sonexion storage system at the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF). When the project is completed, the enhanced systems will allow the world-class numerical weather prediction and research center to continue to drive improvements in its highly-complex models to provide more accurate weather forecasts. In June 2013, Cray announced it was awarded a contract to provide ECMWF with two Cray XC30 supercomputers and a Cray Sonexion storage system. Under the terms of this new contract, Cray will expand and upgrade the supercomputers at ECMWF to Cray XC40 systems, which will include next-generation Intel Xeon processors. ECMWF will also receive additional Cray Sonexion 2000 scale-out Lustre storage, and a 32-node Cray XC40-AC system with the next-generation of the Intel Xeon Phi processor code-named “Knights Landing.” Located in Reading in the United Kingdom, ECMWF is focused on the development and operation of global models and data assimilation systems for the dynamics, thermodynamics and composition of the Earth’s fluid envelope and interacting parts of the Earth system. An independent, intergovernmental organization supported by 34 nations, the center specializes in global numerical weather prediction up to a few weeks ahead. It also provides longer-range forecasts for up to a year ahead and runs the EU-funded Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring and Climate Change Services. “This upgrade will help us to improve the quality of the service we provide to our Member and Co-operating States,” said ECMWF Director of Research Erland Källén. “It will enable us to develop high-resolution ensemble forecasts that improve the prediction of severe weather events in the medium range, up to about two weeks ahead. It will also make it possible to introduce improved data assimilation methods, allowing us to use more of the available Earth system observations, and to produce more detailed and better-quality atmospheric composition forecasts as well as high-quality climate datasets (re-analyses).” “We are very pleased that ECMWF has made the decision to upgrade its Cray systems, which will provide the organization’s researchers and scientists with even more powerful, computational tools for advancing global numerical weather prediction,” said Catalin Morosanu, Cray’s vice president of sales for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region. “The ability to easily and cost effectively upgrade our systems is an important design element of Cray supercomputers. This allows our customers to have a lower total cost of ownership of their systems over time, and quickly be able to deploy the latest and most-advanced technologies. We are proud of our relationship with ECMWF and the amazing work they do, and we are excited our partnership will continue well into the future.” Cray XC40 supercomputers are engineered to meet the performance challenges of today’s most demanding HPC users. Special features of the Cray XC40 supercomputer include: the industry-leading Aries system interconnect; a Dragonfly network topology that frees applications from locality constraints; optional flash SSD enabled DataWarp applications I/O accelerator technology; innovative cooling systems to lower customers’ total cost of ownership; the next-generation of the scalable, high performance and tightly integrated Cray Linux Environment that supports a wide range of applications; Cray’s HPC optimized programming environment for improved performance and programmability; and the ability to handle a wide variety of processor types, including Intel Xeon processors, Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors, and NVIDIA Tesla GPU accelerators. The Cray Sonexion 2000 scale-out storage solution combines Cray’s Lustre expertise with a tightly integrated, unique design that allows for maximum scalability and performance. Management and operations are simplified through an appliance design with all storage components including software, storage and infrastructure. Consisting of products and multiple years of service, the contract to upgrade and expand the Cray systems at ECMWF is valued at more than $36 million. System deliveries are expected in 2016. ECMWF is an intergovernmental organization supported by 34 states. It provides weather services with medium-range forecasts of global weather to 15 days ahead as well as with monthly and seasonal forecasts. ECMWF’s computer system at its headquarters in Reading, United Kingdom, is one of the largest for meteorology worldwide and contains the world’s largest archive of numerical weather prediction data. It runs a sophisticated global prediction model of the atmosphere and oceans. The national meteorological services of Member States and Co-operating States use ECMWF’s products for their own national duties, in particular to give early warning of potentially damaging severe weather. Cray provides innovative systems and solutions enabling scientists and engineers in industry, academia and government to meet existing and future simulation and analytics challenges. Leveraging more than 40 years of experience in developing and servicing the world’s most advanced supercomputers, Cray offers a comprehensive portfolio of supercomputers and big data storage and analytics solutions delivering unrivaled performance, efficiency and scalability. Cray’s Adaptive Supercomputing vision is focused on delivering innovative next-generation products that integrate diverse processing technologies into a unified architecture, allowing customers to meet the market’s continued demand for realized performance.
Large format roll-up doors from Terra Universal are installed in positive- or negative-pressure cleanrooms when oversized objects or mobile carts and workstations need to be transferred in or out. They open and close up to 50 inches-per-second, and are made of non-shedding, PVC-coated filament material with a transparent plastic viewing panel. The materials are non-absorptive and meet cGMP and EMEA guidelines. Stainless steel side frames hold the door in place. No outward clearance is needed that may obstruct workflow, as the flexible material rolls up and down; a sloped-top cap covers the curtain roll and drive assembly. The curtain resets after every upward cycle, even if it becomes displaced from its tracks. The bottom edge is soft, and a safety mechanism will stop motor motion if it contacts an object during movement. Terra Universal has 40 years of experience manufacturing controlled environments such as modular cleanrooms outfitted with high-speed roll-up doors. Visit Terra’s website for more information about cleanroom roll-up doors.
News Article | March 4, 2016
Power management company Eaton and AES Corp. subsidiary AES Energy Storage have reached an agreement under which Eaton will offer AES’ Advancion energy storage platform as part of Eaton’s grid-scale, integrated energy storage systems throughout Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA).
TVTY, a startup that enables online ad campaigns to sync with offline events to make online marketing more timely and relevant, has raised $6.7 million in further funding. Serena Capital led the round, while previous investors Partech International and 360 Capital Partners also participated. The company says it will use the new capital to increase headcount in its R&D team and to grow its “customer success” teams across the U.K., U.S. and France in order to accelerate growth. It had previously raised $6.85 million in funding, including a $4.5 million round in 2014. A pioneer of so-called “moment marketing,” TVTY has developed a platform that lets advertisers instantly launch digital marketing campaigns triggered by offline events such as TV shows or commercials, sports events and changes in the weather. It is used by both brands and agencies in more than 40 different countries worldwide, including Sony, Intel, Tesco, O2, GSK, Volkswagen and Nationwide. “It’s more important than ever for brands to be ‘in the moment’ when it comes to their marketing message if they want to cut through the noise, be relevant and optimize their media spend,” says Eliott Reilhac, TVTY CEO in EMEA. “That means delivering powerful messages in real time, that connect with people at the key moments when they reach for their smartphone or tablet to check the web or interact on social media. The problem for brands is how to do this at scale, in an automated fashion and in an ever evolving digital landscape.” To that end, Reilhac says TVTY’s proprietary technology monitors and reacts to more triggers than any other platform on the market (over one million, apparently), such as weather, sports, financial, health, TV ads and pollution. These are thought to be key moments when consumers turn to their devices to go online for more information in which they can also be bombarded with ads relevant to that moment. In addition, the startup’s “Universal Trigger” product lets brands use any public or private data feed to launch what the startup describes as “hyper-targeted moment marketing campaigns.” Examples of these types of data-driven triggers include real-time flight information, stock levels, box-office sales or public transport delays and can be as granular as required.
The exclusive, off-the record networking event began yesterday with a reception dinner at the prestigious Holmenkollen Park Hotel, in the hills above Oslo. Today the invitation-only summit includes a full conference programme tackling the biggest issues facing the global wind and solar industries as they gear up for the challenges and opportunities presented by the historic Paris Agreement signed at COP21. Speakers from the renewables sector include: Cliff Harris, GE’s general manager for renewable energy in EMEA; Sven Utermöhlen, director at E.ON Climate & Renewables; and Giles Dickson, CEO of the European Wind Energy Association. The corporate giants that are increasingly driving investment in renewables and consumption of clean-energy are well represented, with senior executives from Google, Lego and Unilever addressing the summit Delegates will also be able to hold private talks with industry peers and policymakers. "This is the first occasion after the historic agreement at COP21 that our Thought Leaders and other business leaders will be able to convene to discuss the rapidly changing energy industry landscape," said Recharge editor-in-chief Darius Snieckus. The Thought Leaders Summit is sponsored by DNV GL.