Celebrating groundbreaking people and their work — from all areas of industry and research — developed using Intel® Itanium-based solutions.
The Itanium Solutions Alliance would like to congratulate the 2009 Humanitarian Impact Winner, Kiwok Nordic AB. See the video describing their solution.
Judges selected Kiwok of Sweden for its BodyKom(TM) Series remote ECG monitor. Deployed in conjunction with caregivers and health systems, BodyKom allows heart patients to live independently while their heart is monitored through a reliable wireless network powered by Itanium-based hardware. The Kiwok system provides automatic, real-time notifications as well as furnishing long-term data for diagnosis and treatment. Utilizing a Itanium-based server to ensure the heart monitoring information is reliable, secure and highly available at all times, Kiwok's technology saves significant resources by freeing up hospital beds and providing immediate feedback on the effects of ongoing treatments.
Three of this year's submissions earned the distinction of Honorable Mention in the Humanitarian Impact category:
Karlsruhe University’s United Airways project in Germany used Itanium-based hardware to analyze the interaction of the human nose, sinuses, larynx and lungs with the goal of compiling a complete numerical simulation of flow behavior in the human respiratory system. The end benefits of this project include optimizing asthma sprays, improving the quality of medical operations and understanding the impact of respirable dust.
Purvis Systems, contractor to the Fire Department of New York City (FDNY), ported the FDNY's City-wide Management Information and Control System to an Itanium-based server to power dispatch to all five boroughs and support the 11,275 uniformed fire personnel in 221 firehouses with approximately 500 vehicles. The system processed approximately 475,000 incidents in 2008 including 26,862 structural fires, with significantly improved incident response times.
XDelta Limited was responsible for the design and implementation of the disaster-tolerant system platform for “Pulse Renewal,” a project for the National Health Service Blood & Transplant organization that manages the entire supply chain of blood products from donation, through testing and blood product production, to the safe and timely issue of blood products across England and North Wales. See the video describing their solution.
The Alliance would also like to congratulate our 12 Finalists in the other three categories for their outstanding work. Winners will be announced at the 2009 Innovation Awards Celebration on September 23, 2009 at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Click here if you are interested in attending the event.
Finalists in Computationally Intensive Applications are:
CESGA, the Supercomputing Center of Galicia, Spain, used the Finis Terrae Supercomputer to analyze massive computational electromagnetics problems, the largest with more than 500 million unknowns, for improvement of design in industry. CESGA relied on Itanium-based servers with 1,024 parallel processors and 6TB in attaining the first-of-its-kind solution. See the video describing their solution.
HOPS International used servers with Itanium processors to develop its web-based business intelligence product called HOPS Reveal. The product supports multi-dimensional financial information for organizations with data sets containing upwards of tens of billions of rows of detail transactions. HOPS Reveal is provided in a Software As a Service (SaaS) model and must scale to support millions of licensed users.
Revenue Management Solutions maintains one of the largest Microsoft SQL Server databases in the world with more than 100 billion records, requiring a system that is secure, reliable, scalable and powerful enough to keep up with massive growth. The company’s current system configuration utilizes an 8-socket Itanium-based system.
University of Warwick in the
United Kingdom greatly improved the computational approach to the
Anderson model of localization, an important problem in quantum physics
with a wide range of applications. All large-scale numerical
experiments for the Anderson model were performed on Itanium
processors, each with 3 MB level 3 cache.
Finalists in Data Center Modernization are:
located in central New Mexico, upgraded its server and storage
infrastructure in order to operate more efficiently and provide
additional services to county residents. The county’s Itanium-rich
solution improves the reliability of applications, increases
performance across multiple platforms, consolidates servers and allows
for expedited new server deployment.
Brazilian Navy migrated all mainframe-based database environments—including three large, complex, mission-critical systems: payroll, HR, and accounting systems—to an open, Linux-based system and adopted a distributed platform with Itanium processors. The project reduced costs by approximately 80 percent while significantly improving resource management.
Clerity Solutions’ UniKix mainframe
rehosting software suite provides a mission-critical environment for
deploying online and batch mainframe workloads on open systems. By
adding support for Itanium-based-systems in UniKix 11.0, Clerity can
offer direct and independent software vendor customers greater choice
and extremely high reliability, availability and serviceability (RAS)
levels on open systems.
Enagas, the company responsible for Spain’s gas management, consolidated its legacy Unix infrastructure onto Itanium-based servers. The project reduced racks from 12 to four, dramatically lowered application response times and improved the time needed to provision a new test/development environment from several days to less than an hour.
Finalists in Mission-Critical Data are:
CMC Limited designed and developed the BSE On-Line Trading System (BOLT) for the Bombay Stock Exchange. Due to market growth and IPOs, the system encountered dramatic increases in transaction loads that were straining resources. The migration to an HP Itanium-based system coupled with changes made on the application server doubled system performance.
Masaryk University in the Czech Republic deployed a massive online information system that integrates 1,600 applications actively used by more than 43,000 students, teachers and other staff into a uniform Web environment. Servers running on Itanium processors host tools utilized for online enrollment, e-learning modules, as well as applications allowing students to make payments for services.
Mobiltel, Bulgaria’s leading telecommunications provider, faced significant subscriber growth, which seriously impacted the performance of its customer relationship management (CRM) and billing applications. Mobiltel migrated its prior infrastructure to an Itanium-based platform, running both HP-UX and Microsoft Windows Server, with significant gains in performance and customer service.Online Resources powers financial technology services for financial institutions, billers and credit service providers, offering online banking services, card and credit services, and e-commerce gateways. To improve the performance, availability and scalability of its services, Online Resources turned to Itanium-based servers and a Microsoft SQL Server database.