Eurotech: founded the European Technology Platform for HPC ( High Performance Computing)

European industry and research centres join forces to create a European Technology Platform for High Performance Computing.

Amaro (Italy) – Barcelona, 10th November 2011- Major European suppliers of High Performance Computing (HPC) technologies, Allinea, ARM, Bull, Caps Entreprise, Eurotech , ParTec, ST Microelectronics and Xyratex associated with HPC research centres BSC, CEA, Cineca, Fraunhofer, Forschungzentrum Juelich and LRZ have decided to combine forces to create a European Technology Platform (ETP), building on the previous work of PROSPECT and Teratec.

The objective of the ETP is to define Europe’s research priorities to develop European technology on all the segments of the HPC solution supply chain. It will strengthen European competitiveness in HPC, a key capability for future research and innovation. The effort will be beneficial to a wide range of social and economic challenges. HPC is an indispensable instrument to resolve problems of the highest complexity that require extremely large and very efficient computational and storage capabilities for activities such as modelling natural phenomena (weather, climate change or epidemics), optimizing energy resources, researching novel materials and shortening engineering development cycles which would foster innovation across the region.

The ETP will be an industrial led forum that will propose a Strategic Research Agenda taking advantage of European industry strengths to increase the value created in Europe from future HPC systems. Currently the design of supercomputer solutions faces significant challenges such as management of the extreme parallelism experienced in HPC architectures or the reduction of the power consumption addressing these presents opportunities for European players to improve their position in the worldwide market.

To achieve these objectives the current consortium will set up an organization that will be open to any businesses, groups or individuals who have R&D activities in any aspect of HPC and are located in Europe. The goal is to bring together all the research forces in Europe including R&D activities of SMEs, European corporations, international corporations and research centres to benefit from their competences and to foster these capabilities by proposing an ambitious research plan to the European Commission.

The consortium will act promptly to create the ETP and to propose a Vision Paper. The ETP will prepare the Strategic Research Agenda seeking acknowledgement from the European Commission to provide inputs towards the Horizon 2020 program that will define the future European research objectives.

This initiative is an important step to encourage and strengthen the position of the European HPC industry. The impressive set of competences of the members gathered on this initiative show that Europe can be at the forefront of the HPC industry in the coming years if an ambitious R&D program is put in place. The ETP will provide the catalyst for such a movement and the impact will be a stronger European HPC industry that will create employment, added value and a stimulus for students and academic researchers in the area. Through this improved capability and capacity, HPC users will gain the ability to achieve new results in science and technology and to design more innovative products and services.

For more information:

http://www.allinea.com; http://www.arm.com; http://www.bsc.es; http://www.bull.com; http://www.caps-entreprise.com; http://www.cea.fr; http://www.cineca.it; http://www.eurotech.com; http://www.fraunhofer.de; http://www.fz-juelich.de; http://www.lrz.de; http://www.par-tec.com; http://www.prospect-hpc.eu; http://www.st.com; http://www.teratec.eu;www.xyratex.com

Eurotech and IBM Contribute Software to Connect Next Generation of Wireless and Mobile Devices

Eclipse Contribution to Create New Standard that Connects Internet of ThingsLudwigsburg, Germany, 03 Nov 2011IBM (NYSE: IBM) and Eurotech(ETH.MI) today announced that they are contributing software to accelerate and support the development of a new generation of smarter wireless and mobile devices. The technology, which could become the basis for a new standard of mobile connectivity and interoperability, will be contributed to the Eclipse Foundation open source community.The Eclipse Foundation, founded by IBM in 2001, is celebrating its 10th anniversary at EclipseCon in Germany.

Originally developed by IBM and Eurotech, the contributed Message Queuing Telemetry Transport (MQTT) protocol is in use today among some industrial, mobile, and consumer applications, providing reliable device connectivity in industries such as transportation, energy, military, financial, social media and medical. Uses of MQTT range across projects as diverse as real-time monitoring for a ConocoPhillips pipeline, to a new lightweight mobile messaging application for Facebook.

Billions of embedded devices – from RFID tag readers, smartphones and cardiac monitors to GPS-aware systems, thermostats and smart appliances – can be interconnected to one another. Fueled by rapid growth in wireless broadband connectivity, this number is rapidly expanding. There are 9 billion connected devices in the world today and according to a recent study conducted by Ericsson AB(1), that number is expected to reach 50 billion by 2020.

Many of these devices tend to be industry focused and tied to proprietary technologies and platforms, making true connectivity a complex task.

Further, there is an influx of instrumented products, such as power meters and washing machines some of which do not yet have access to the power of the internet. By connecting all of these devices with an open-source, cross-industry messaging technology, there is potential to create new systems of systems that can operate with one another like never before.

This would help organizations more easily embrace growth opportunities across a wide range of industries, including retail, healthcare and automotive where the use of mobile and wireless devices are transforming the way they work.

For instance, today’s smarter cities allow existing systems to alert operators of a broken water main and report the extent of flooding in streets and subways. However they are often closed systems. An open messaging protocol can be used to openly publish these events, enabling public and private transit systems to share and monitor these critical alerts. As a result, agencies would be able to adjust traffic signals, change routes, and notify commuters of alternative routes, transportation, lodging and meals on their mobile devices.

The architecture that the contributed technology enables can adapt easily to existing systems and provide a new level of connectivity across a wide range of systems – without requiring significant programming or reconfiguration of legacy monitoring systems.

“Just as Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) enabled open communication over the internet, we believe the creation of an open protocol for messaging can do the same for smarter systems,” explains Mike Milinkovich, executive director, Eclipse Foundation. “History has proven that driving open standards, such as IBM and Eurotech’s contribution to Eclipse, is a proven strategy for rapid and widespread industry adoption.”

Based on an industry proven open protocol, the MQTT technology will provide the missing piece needed to usher in this new level of accessibility and connectivity among systems, and enable the creation of next generation Machine-to-Machine (M2M) solutions.

Open Communities Are Essential to Advance Connectivity and Open Markets

To further accelerate the development of these next generation products, Eurotech and IBM are also announcing that they will join as founding members with Sierra Wireless in a new Machine-to-Machine Industry Working Group at the Eclipse Foundation. The goal of the M2M Industry Working Group is to create an open development environment that will make it easier to integrate and connect systems of systems.

A scalable protocol like MQTT will bridge a wide range of platforms and devices including embedded, mobile, Web 2.0 and Enterprise IT. When backed by the open source community, it will allow system developers and integrators to usher in the next generation of applications with higher levels of innovation and functionality in order to create smarter buildings, industries and cities.

“As a founding member of the M2M Industry Working Group, Sierra Wireless is working together with IBM and Eurotech to advance the creation of software that simplifies and accelerates the creation of M2M applications,” said Emmanuel Walckenaer, senior vice president and general manager, Solutions and Services for Sierra Wireless. “Open source contributions to the Eclipse community give developers confidence in the long term viability, continuous innovation, and ongoing community support of their M2M software platform.”

The Eclipse Foundation became an independent not-for-profit corporation in 2004. Since then, it has transformed the software industry. The Eclipse community has played a critical role in IBM’s product development. Over the last ten years, IBM has shipped more than 800 products based on Eclipse technology.

The IBM and Eurotech project proposal for their contribution is available at: http://www.eclipse.org/proposals/technology.paho.

For more information on IBM’s open source initiatives, visit: http://www.ibm.com/opensource.

For more information on Eurotech, visit: http://www.eurotech.com.

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For more information on Eclipse, visit: http://www.eclipse.org.

For more information about Sierra Wireless, visit http://www.sierrawireless.com.

For more information on the role that MQTT messaging technology is playing in helping to build a smarter planet, visit http://mqtt.org, or view the video Messaging for a Smarter Planet.

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Eurotech Everyware™ Software Framework Deployed on Wide Portfolio of M2M Hardware Platforms

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Optimized hardware options meet diverse requirements across verticals for M2M connected device solutionsCTIA – M2M Zone Booth #346 Columbia, MD – October 11, 2011 – At CTIA Wireless Eurotech, a leading supplier of embedded technologies, products and systems, will demonstrate the new DynaVIS 10-00 rugged display computer, based on Intel® Atom™ processor, which is one of a broad portfolio of hardware platforms designed to enable machine-to-machine (M2M) communications in a variety of environments. While the Everyware Software Framework (ESF) simplifies development and debugging of application software, hardware options allow OEMs and enterprises to choose the M2M platform that delivers exactly what their business environment requires.

Purpose-built platforms – Eurotech has hardware options for rugged environments, mobile applications, and space- and power-constrained devices available today, so developers can choose the specific hardware platform to meet the precise requirements of their application. From wearable computers like the Zypad BR2000, to intelligent gateway platforms and mobile access routers like the Helios and DuraCOR family, Eurotech offers a broad portfolio of hardware platforms for different M2M environments. The new DynaVIS 10-00 display computer, on display in booth #346 at CTIA Wireless, is ruggedized and targeted for transportation environments. All these hardware options are based on the Intel Atom processor.

Third-party hardware – Eurotech ESF platform resides on the Intel® architecture based-M2M Smart Services Gateway development kit, further expanding the pool of devices users have available to suit their M2M needs. The development kit offers a flexible platform for M2M application coding, which is reusable on other hardware platforms as necessary.

Software portability – Since ESF runs on multiple hardware platforms, developers write their application software once and can port the software to a different platform also running ESF. This capability extends the life of the software and means developers are reusing code to simplify the delivery of a specific application over many platforms. For instance, in a medical environment, the same data capture and display application can reside on a panel PC in an ambulance, on a device in an emergency or operating room, and on a wearable computer a doctor or nurse uses when visiting patients in recovery.

“Eurotech’s hardware options for M2M, including Intel® Atom™ processor-based products, give users many options when they’re looking for the platform that is the best suited for their needs,” said Pete Dombrowski, Director of Hardware Engineering for Eurotech in North America. “With ESF on these platforms, developers have a precise match between the software framework and highly capable system hardware running under low power constraints, in harsh environments, and with wired and wireless connectivity options so they can deliver effective M2M services.”

“Eurotech’s focus on enabling M2M solutions through a portfolio of Intel® Atom™ processor based hardware platforms combined with their Everyware Software Framework brings the potential of M2M services to life for enterprises across industries and verticals,” explained Kevin Johnson, director of Connected Devices, Intel Corporation. “Intel and Eurotech are working with other industry leaders to enable the reality of M2M applications today, helping developers, OEMs and enterprises bring M2M devices and services to market quickly.”

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Visit Eurotech and Intel at CTIA in the M2M Zone Booth #346, October 11-13, 2011 to see the new Eurotech DynaVIS 10-00 rugged display computer as well as other cloud-ready M2M devices.

Eurotech: Approval of consolidated quarterly report at 30.09.11

Slight growth in revenues over nine months and marked improvement in third-quarter EBITDA.

Amaro (Italy), November 14th, 2011

– Consolidated revenues: from €65.76 million to €66.20 million (+0.7%)
– Consolidated gross profit: from €33.75 million to €34.16 million
– Consolidated EBITDA: from €1.71 million to €1.84 million
– Consolidated EBIT: from €-4.25 million to €-3.75 million
– Consolidated pre-tax result: from €-6.30 million to €-5.27 million
– Net financial debt: €15.4 million
– Group shareholders’ equity: €131.2 million

Today the Board of Directors of Eurotech SpA reviewed and approved the results for the first nine months of 2011 and for the third quarter of 2011.

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Eurotech: Approval of consolidated quarterly report at 30.09.11

TEDxTrieste 5/27/11 – Roberto Siagri – The cloud, a sustainable source of innovation

Roberto Siagri, after receiving a degree in Physics from the University of Trieste, has spent more than twenty years in the IT sector, with special regard to technology innovation and to the understanding of future trends. As co-founder and President of Eurotech SpA, he is responsible for strategies, new business models and the internationalization of the company. He collaborates with the Department of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering of the University of Udine, where he has taught courses in Digital Systems Electronics. In addition to his many commitments within the Eurotech Group, he is a member of the Italy-Japan Business Group as well as of the Advisory Board of the University of Padova’s School of Economics. His expertise in topics related to innovation, technological research and entrepreneurship make him a sought-after speaker at conferences in Italy and throughout the world.

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