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New era of supercomputing could lead to breakthroughs in science and medicine

 

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS

·   Forschungszentrum Jülich, ParTec and Intel have signed a multi-year agreement to form the ExaCluster Laboratory at Jülich

·   The ExaCluster Laboratory  is the latest member of Intel Labs Europe

·   The ExaCluster Laboratory is closely aligned with Intel’s European high-performance computing research to reach exaFLOPS

 

HAMBURG, May 31, 2010 – Forschungszentrum Jülich, ParTec and Intel have signed a multi-year agreement to create the ExaCluster Laboratory at Jülich. The new lab will be a private/public collaboration and explore the key challenges of building computing systems with a thousand times the performance of today’s fastest supercomputers. Closely aligned with Intel’s high-performance computing research it will be the latest member of Intel’s European research network - Intel Labs Europe.

The ExaCluster Laboratory is Intel Labs Europe’s 20th research lab. It will initially employ about a dozen researchers and is expected to approximately triple its employment over time. Following the creation of the Exascale Computing Research Center in Paris last fall, the ExaCluster Laboratory is Intel’s second joint lab in Europe focused exclusively on high-performance computing research. It complements and extends Intel’s existing high-performance computing research programs, investments and initiatives, including the Intel Academic Community Program and c.a.r.u.s. IT AG’s “Drug Discovery Transformed” project.

“The Forschungszentrum Jülich has taken a leading role in driving high-performance computing research in Europe,” said Kirk Skaugen, Vice President and General Manager of Intel’s Data Center Group. “We have chosen to work with Forschungszentrum Jülich because of their strong history of innovations in the area of high- performance computing.”

The ExaCluster Laboratory will conduct research to address key problems of systems management software for large heterogeneous super computer systems to reach exaFLOPS performance. This includes research on open exascale runtime system software, software tools and simulation software. The term exaFLOPS describes the processing of one trillion – or 1 million million million – instructions per second. Supercomputers working at that speed are referred to as “exascale” systems.

Examples of “grand challenge” problems that could be aided by the use of exascale systems are understanding extremely complex health care and biochemical phenomena like detailed whole organ modeling or more precisely predicting tumor behavior. The more interdependencies a supercomputer can comprehend the more meaningful the simulation results will be to doctors and scientists. Performing such complex simulations require fast, repeated computation of complex formulas. For a timely analysis required calculations demand multi-petaFLOPS and exaFLOPS compute performance which is unavailable today. The value of solving such grand challenge problems and the need for exascale computing power to enable it is widely recognized by the IT industry. The ExaCluster Laboratory’s and Intel’s work with the European high performance computing community are expected to push the boundaries of computing to deliver exaFLOPS capable supercomputers.

”We look forward to collaborating with Intel on the race to exaFLOPS performance ,” said Prof. Dr. Achim Bachem, Chairman of the Forschungszentrum Jülich.

Intel has a rich history of innovation and creativity in Europe with research and development programs encompassing areas such as atomic-level chip design and research, software development, mobile communications and services,  and research on technologies that could help the aging population to lead healthier, better lives.

Intel’s research and development efforts include Intel-owned labs focused on development of Intel products, joint research with European universities, open innovation and collaboration with industry and academia, participation in EU framework programs and cooperative standards development work with industry partners that deliver increased value and productivity to consumers.

 

 

About Intel Labs Europe

            Intel R&D/Innovation in Europe is driven by a network of research labs, product labs and innovation labs spanning the region as well as a variety of Intel business units. Intel Labs Europe was formally established in early 2009 as the central means of coordinating activities across this diverse and extensive network, and to strengthen and improve Intel’s alignment with European R&D. Today, Intel Labs Europe consists of 20 labs employing more than 900 research professionals.

 

About Intel

            Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) is a world leader in computing innovation. The company designs and builds the essential technologies that serve as the foundation for the world’s computing devices. Additional information about Intel is available at www.intel.com/pressroom and blogs.intel.com.

 

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Next-Generation Remote Patient Monitoring Solution Enables More Personalised Care Management for Chronic and Age-Related Conditions

 

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS

·   Intel is expanding availability of the Intel Health Guide† across Europe to help address chronic care challenges

·   Intel is working with strategic partners in France, Germany, Spain and The Netherlands to bring localised versions of the Intel Health Guide to market over the coming year

 

 

The Netherlands, May 26, 2010 – Intel announced today at the World Congress for Information Technology that it will be expanding availability of the Intel® Health Guide in Europe and is working with strategic industry partners in France, Germany, Spain and The Netherlands to bring localised versions of the Intel Health Guide to market over the coming year.

The Intel Health Guide††, a regulated device that carries the CE mark under the EU Medical Device Directive, combines an in-home patient device, the Intel Health Guide PHS6000, with the Intel Health Care Management Suite, an online interface that allows clinicians to securely monitor patients in their homes and manage care remotely. It was designed to help address the challenges of chronic conditions for patients, their family caregivers and the healthcare professionals responsible for their care.

“Chronic conditions can account for 70 percent of total health expenditure in Europe, especially if the conditions are poorly managed.1 With the average age of the population in Europe increasing, the number of people with chronic conditions will increase substantially over the coming years,” said Doug Busch, Vice President and Chief Technical Officer of Intel’s


Digital Health Group. “The announcement today represents a major step forward in addressing new models of care. It demonstrates an industry commitment to developing the personal health market globally, with the goal of utilising technology to improve the lives of seniors and people living with chronic illness.”

Addressing the challenges of an ageing population is a goal shared by the European Commission, which recently adopted its European Action Plan – Ageing Well in the Information Society. The plan highlights the key role of information and communication technologies in providing older people with a better quality of life and in reducing costs for both health and social care. Between now and 2013, the EU and its member states will invest more than
€1 billion in research and innovation in these technologies.

 

Intel’s commitment to addressing the global challenges of an ageing population

The Intel Health Guide is already commercially available in the United Kingdom,
United States, Ireland and Australia. In The Netherlands, the localised language Intel Health Guide is now available and Fujitsu is the first market reseller to sell the Intel Health Guide. In addition, Intel is working with the Martini Hospital and CurIT in Groningen to conduct a pilot project using the Intel Health Guide, funded through local and European subsidies. In this project, the Intel Health Guide is used for pregnant women with diabetes.

Intel is also continuing to work with other leading market channel partners to bring the Intel Health Guide to market globally, and additional localised European language versions of the Intel Health Guide will be announced later this year.

  • In France, Intel recently announced its collaboration with Orange      Healthcare and plans to cooperate on a telehealth pilot project with the      Moulins-Yzeure Hospital in the Auvergne region of France to support care      of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients post-discharge      using the Intel Health Guide.
  • In      Germany, the Asklepios Hospital Group      – one of Europe´s largest private Hospital Groups – recently announced a      new eHealth-Services strategy and partner model to provide innovative      eHealth mobile, online and home health services and solutions. Asklepios      and Intel will cooperate on a joint telehealth pilot project to support      care of Asklepios patients post-discharge using the Intel Health Guide. 
  • In      Spain, Telefonica is working with Intel on a pilot project and plans to      announce first findings later this year.

·         In the United Kingdom, BT is the latest market partner selling the Intel Health Guide.
GE Healthcare and Intel recently announced a sales and marketing agreement for the Intel Health Guide in the United Kingdom. GE Healthcare already markets the Intel Health Guide in the United States.

 

A comprehensive personal health system

The Intel Health Guide allows clinicians to monitor patients in their homes and manage care remotely via a secure server. It was designed to help address the challenges of chronic conditions for patients, their family, carers and the health care professionals responsible for their care. The system offers interactive tools for personalised care management and includes vital signs collection, patient reminders, surveys, multimedia educational content, and feedback and communications tools such as video conferencing and email notifications. It can connect to specific models of wired and wireless medical devices, including blood pressure monitors, glucose meters, pulse oximeters, peak flow meters and weight scales.

Using a secure server, health care professionals can remotely review and act on this information. As a result, clinicians have ongoing access to data so that they can better manage each patient’s conditions. Patients benefit from customised care in the comfort of their home and can also monitor their health status and communicate with care teams.

The localised versions of the Intel Health Guide are Continua-compliant, signalling Intel’s commitment to standardisation and interoperability. The Continua-compliant English language version will be released later this year. In June 2006, Intel and other founding member companies announced the formation of the Continua Health Alliance. Today, the Alliance has over 200 members from business and representative organisations. This open industry group seeks to ensure that health technologies are compatible, meet common standards and work seamlessly together. The main focus of the Alliance is on creating guidelines for industry across three major categories: chronic disease management, monitoring the health and healthcare needs of ageing people and proactive health and fitness.

 

 

About Intel

            Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) is a world leader in computing innovation. The company designs and builds the essential technologies that serve as the foundation for the world’s computing devices. Additional information about Intel is available at www.intel.com/pressroom and blogs.intel.com.


            For more information on the Intel Health Guide, visit www.intel.com/healthcare/telehealth. To learn more about Intel in healthcare, go to www.intel.com/healthcare.

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Intel Corporation

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† The Intel Health Guide requires an internet connection to enable communications with the patient’s care team and back-end data hosting. The Intel Health Guide is intended for use by patients under the guidance of a healthcare professional and is not intended for emergency medical communications or real-time patients monitoring.

 

††The Intel Health Guide is designed to be used by health care professionals to manage their patients at home and is not currently available for general consumer purchase.

An Update On Our Graphics-related Programs - by Bill Kircos

 

http://blogs.intel.com/technology/2010/05/an_update_on_our_graphics-rela.php


Unveils Global Programs and Investments in Entrepreneurship, Education

 

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS

·         Intel CEO Paul Otellini issued the 2010 Intel Challenge to attract the finest university student research and technology ideas and fund them into new businesses.

·         Intel is committed to reach 100 countries with Intel education programs and expand the market to service 100 million new students and teachers with PCs annually by 2014.

·         Otellini outlined investments by Intel since 2006 in education, new business ventures and access to high-speed Internet connectivity.

 

 

WORLD CONGRESS ON INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY, Amsterdam, May 25, 2010 – Intel Corporation President and CEO Paul Otellini today said that innovation and investments in information and communications technology (ICT) will accelerate economic recovery and jobs growth worldwide. He made these comments during a speech at the World Congress on IT in Amsterdam. Otellini also unveiled new Intel investments in education, and announced the 2010 Intel Challenge for a new generation of entrepreneurs-in-training.

            “Returning to sustained economic growth means taking a long-term view with a mindset of investment,” Otellini said. “Innovation results from combining people who have good ideas with investment. These are the guiding forces that lead to ideas which spawn new businesses that create new jobs, and ultimately lead to wealth creation and higher standards of living.”

To feed the world’s innovation pipeline and prepare the next generation of entrepreneurs, Otellini announced the 2010 Intel Challenge, a competition that will provide prize money for the best business plans submitted by university students to help turn their ideas into entrepreneurial ventures. Business plans will be judged on their potential for positive societal impact and return to investors through the commercialization of new technologies in areas such as semiconductors, mobile and wireless, nanotechnology and life sciences.

The Intel Challenge currently reaches Europe, Asia North America and South  America. For 2010, the competition will be expanded in Europe with new partner institutions and participants from France, Germany and the United Kingdom. Information on the Intel Challenge can be found here at www.intel.com/education/highered/entrepreneur.

“In the next decade, another half billion people will enter the workforce, and we will need to create the conditions to generate meaningful jobs for them and for the existing workforce.” said Otellini. “Intel has been in the business of delivering amazing innovations for more than four decades and we know that some of the best ideas are yet to come. The right investments today to create the innovators and industries of the future will put the world on the path toward economic growth.”

Entries are drawn from a network of universities, including more than 150 colleges offering entrepreneurship classes led by professors trained by Intel through an innovation-focused curriculum. Participants will compete for $150,000 in prize money, and will receive mentoring throughout the competition from leaders in the entrepreneur community. Intel expects that the annual competition will receive more than 10,000 business plan entries over the next 3 years.

Winners will compete in the Intel + Berkeley Technology Entrepreneurship Challenge at the University of California in November. The winner will also be selected to attend Intel Capital’s Annual CEO Summit for networking and learning opportunities with nearly 600 portfolio company CEOs and executives from Global 2000 companies.

 

Extending commitments to education

Otellini described how education is the foundation for developing people and economies around the world. As an example, he highlighted the Intel-powered classmate PC, a netbook that is changing how 2 million students in 30 countries are learning. He also described the economic impact of the Portuguese government’s Magellan Initiative, which gives every primary school student a locally manufactured PC based on the classmate PC design.

Otellini also pledged to extend Intel’s investments in education and technology literacy with a new goal to reach 100 countries with Intel education programs and technology tools while also expanding the PC market to service 100 million new students and teachers with PCs annually by 2014.

This “100x100” effort is part of Intel’s World Ahead program. Launched at the World Congress on IT in 2006, the program is committed to bringing sustainable and affordable computing and connectivity to the next billion users in emerging economies around the globe. Since the program’s launch, Intel has accelerated the availability of 40 million new PCs through government-sponsored programs, and invested $2.5 billion in broadband and WiMAX-enabled Internet access. Intel has also trained over 7 million teachers in more than 60 countries on the use of technology in the classroom, according to Otellini.

Technology serving environmental benefits

Recent studies have estimated that while the ICT industry currently represents 2 percent of total carbon emissions, the implementation of ICT can contribute to an estimated 15 percent reduction in carbon emissions for all industries through energy and productivity efficiencies1 . Underscoring the potential of energy-efficient computing alone, Otellini outlined the impact of expected improvements in Intel microprocessors. The company estimates that as the number of PCs in use today increases to 2 billion, the yearly power consumption will decrease by half while delivering a 17-fold improvement in computing performance2.

ICT can also empower individuals to make more informed decisions about their own energy use. Research has shown that annual electricity usage could be reduced by 31 percent through regular use of a home energy meter3. Otellini demonstrated Intel’s Home Dashboard concept, which lets consumers see how much energy their appliances use, and provides recommendations gain energy-efficiency in daily routines.

 

About Intel

            Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) is a world leader in computing innovation. The company designs and builds the essential technologies that serve as the foundation for the world’s computing devices. Additional information about Intel is available at www.intel.com/pressroom and blogs.intel.com.

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1.       McKinsey, March 2008. Impact of ICT on Global Emissions.

2.       Calculated using Intel’s historical microprocessor shipment data, product mix and refresh rates for installed base of first billion PCs combined with power consumption rates. Future projections based upon expected future shipments and expected future power consumption rates.

3.       Wipro, September 2009. Next Generation Home Energy Management Systems.

 

CONTACT:

Christine Dotts                       

Intel Corporation

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christine.dotts@intel.com

 

 

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