Posts Tagged ‘A*STAR’

StarHub grows Singapore’s Cyber Security ecosystem with COE

Wednesday, May 18th, 2016

The telco collaborates with industry partners, academia and public-sector organisations to strengthen Singapore’s capabilities in cyber security. StarHub and the COE partners will jointly invest S$200 million over the next five years to support a sustainable cyber security ecosystem.

At the launch of the initiative (from left): Thien Kwee Eng, Economic Development Board assistant managing director; Tan Tong Hai, StarHub chief executive officer; S Iswaran, Minister for Trade and Industry (Industry); and  Professor Yitzhak Ben-Israel, StarHub's Cyber Security Centre of Excellence. Photo: StarHub.

At the launch of the initiative (from left): Thien Kwee Eng, Economic Development Board assistant managing director; Tan Tong Hai, StarHub chief executive officer; S Iswaran, Minister for Trade and Industry (Industry); and Professor Yitzhak Ben-Israel, StarHub’s Cyber Security Centre of Excellence. Photo: StarHub.

StarHub has announced plans to grow the local cyber security ecosystem at the launch of its Cyber Security Centre of Excellence (COE) where S Iswaran, Minister for Trade and Industry (Industry), was the Guest-of-Honour.

“Cyber security is a top national and commercial security priority for Singapore as our Smart Nation vision takes shape, touching many aspects of our personal and business lives. StarHub is proud to work with top-notch partners to bolster the cyber security sector, which is important for a sustainable digital economy,” said Tan Tong Hai, StarHub Chief Executive Officer.

The COE established by StarHub, is supported by the Economic Development Board (EDB).

It serves as a hub for the cyber security ecosystem, bringing together the best of brains and expertise to tackle cyber threats, which are among other serious risks affecting economies globally today.

Internationally renowned security expert Professor Yitzhak Ben-Israel has been appointed as the Advisor to the COE, and he provides strategic advice and recommendations to the body.

Professor Ben-Israel is a member of Singapore’s Research, Innovation and Enterprise Council as well as the International Advisory Panel for Singapore’s S$130 million National Cybersecurity Research and Development Programme which was launched in 2015.

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SingAREN launches region’s first 100Gbps community network in Singapore

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

SingAREN-Lightwave Internet Exchange (SLIX) will boost international collaborations for Singapore’s research and education community.

SingAREN-Lightwave Internet Exchange (SLIX)

SingAREN-Lightwave Internet Exchange (SLIX)

Singapore Advanced Research and Education Network (SingAREN) has announced the launch of SingAREN-Lightwave Internet Exchange (SLIX), the first 100Gbps community network to be set up in the Southeast Asia region.

“SingAREN is proud to be the first to launch a 100 Gbps research and education network in the region. By increasing the network speed by ten-fold and with our suite of value-added services, SingAREN aims to facilitate collaborations amongst our local research organisations and with their international counterparts,” said A/Prof Francis Lee Bu Sung, President of SingAREN.

With SLIX, Singapore’s Research and Education (R&E) community will gain seamless access to a super high speed network with a hundred times more capacity than before; and enjoy bandwidth fully dedicated to their use.

Built on an optical fibre core comprising dark fibres, SLIX allows resiliency, future capacity upgrade, and technology-proof network connectivity.

The new network also opens up new possibilities as a test-bed, extending database mirroring services, bilateral disaster recovery, high performance computing federation and shared services, high volume peering for content data networks and other value-adding services to the R&E community.

In addition, SLIX will also enable research organisations to test different protocols for interconnections such as the Infiniband; and optical network researchers to carry out their experiments.

SLIX Ring Setup

SLIX Ring Setup

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Red Hat signs MOU with A*STAR BATC on Data Analytics Development

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

A*STAR’s Business Analytics Translational Centre (BATC) collaborates with Red Hat to Use open source solutions for data analytic applications development.

Witnesses and signing parties of the MOU collaboration between Red Hat and A*STAR’s Business Analytics Translational Centre. From L-R: Ang Wee Tiong, Director, Technology, BATC; Dr. Tan Geok Leng, Executive Director, Science & Engineering Research Council, A*STAR & Chairman, BATC Management Committee; Damien Wong, General Manager, ASEAN, Red Hat; Suresh Sachi, Deputy Managing Director (Corporate & Legal), General Counsel, A*STAR; Jim Whitehurst, President and CEO, Red Hat; Dr. Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for the Environment and Water Resources; Jacqueline Poh, Managing Director, IDA; Shankha Sen, Chief Financial Officer, Red Hat Asia Pacific.

Witnesses and signing parties of the MOU collaboration between Red Hat and A*STAR’s Business Analytics Translational Centre. From L-R: Ang Wee Tiong, Director, Technology, BATC; Dr. Tan Geok Leng, Executive Director, Science & Engineering Research Council, A*STAR & Chairman, BATC Management Committee; Damien Wong, General Manager, ASEAN, Red Hat; Suresh Sachi, Deputy Managing Director (Corporate & Legal), General Counsel, A*STAR; Jim Whitehurst, President and CEO, Red Hat; Dr. Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for the Environment and Water Resources; Jacqueline Poh, Managing Director, IDA; Shankha Sen, Chief Financial Officer, Red Hat Asia Pacific.

Red Hat, Inc., a leading provider of open source solutions, today announced plans for a new collaboration with A*STAR’s Business Analytics Translational Centre (BATC) to help accelerate innovation and drive adoption of business analytics with open source solutions from Red Hat.

“Open source has evolved to become a foundation for innovation. As technology continues to become more of a commodity, the standardization of parts can help spur more rapid innovation,” said Jim Whitehurst, president and CEO of Red Hat.

Jim Whitehurst, president and CEO of Red Hat, was present for the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) today in Singapore with Dr Tan Geok Leng, Chairman of BATC Management Committee and Executive Director for the Science & Engineering Research Council (SERC), A*STAR.

Red Hat will be collaborating with BATC in areas of big data, middleware, Platform-as-a-service (PaaS), cloud and storage, for the innovation and development of current and upcoming analytics projects.

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A*STAR DSI launches world thinnest 5mm hybrid hard drive in Singapore

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

The “A-Drive” is one of the world’s thinnest 5mm hybrid hard drive in a 2.5-inch form factor. Increased storage capacity, reduced power consumption, and at a lower cost of manufacture.

A*STAR’s Data Storage Institute (DSI) launches next generation 5mm hybrid hard disk drive.

A*STAR’s Data Storage Institute (DSI) launches next generation 5mm hybrid hard disk drive.

S. Iswaran launched the drive to commemorate 20 years of R&D by the Data Storage Institute (DSI) into data storage capabilities.

“We have managed to fit an amazing amount of innovation and advanced technology into a thinner, cheaper, and faster design, and we think the consumer and enterprise impact will be significant,” said Dr. Pantelis Alexopoulos, Executive Director of DSI.

“We have managed to fit an amazing amount of innovation and advanced technology into a thinner, cheaper, and faster design, and we think the consumer and enterprise impact will be significant,” said Dr. Pantelis Alexopoulos, Executive Director of DSI.

Iswaran is a Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office and Second Minister for Home Affairs and Trade & Industry.

The “A-Drive” has capacities of up to 1TB Hard Disk Drive (HDD) with 32 GB Solid State Drive (SSD), allowing it to store over 250,000 songs.

The “A-Drive” addresses limitations of the popular and fast but expensive flash-based SSD, as well as the conventional HDD for the consumer and business industry.

DSI’s “A-Drive” is targeted at tablets, ultrabooks, and future data centres.

With its slim form factor, the “A-Drive” could fit into tablet devices, greatly expanding its storage space while extending battery life by up to 30%.

The innovations for the HDD portion of the A-Drive should be applicable to the manufacture of conventional hard disk drives as low-hanging fruits for monetising the research investments.

The innovations for the HDD portion of this A-Drive should be applicable to the manufacture of conventional hard disk drives as low-hanging fruits for monetising the research investments.

The “A-Drive” will be a cheaper alternative to the SSDs currently used in ultrabooks, offering the same instant-on capability but with larger storage capacity.

For enterprise storage applications, the “A-Drive” reduces power consumption by up to 50%, resulting in greener and more efficient data centres with better optimisation of the already limited rack space.

One of the main challenges in reducing the thickness of current 7mm hard disk drives by almost 30% without compromising on its performance and stability is its spindle motor design.

“Our capabilities today have been the result of two decades of collaboration with industry partners around the world …We look forward to future partnerships as we continue our drive towards new innovations that will shape the data storage landscape,” said Dr. Alexopoulos.

To achieve a reduction in size, DSI researchers developed a proprietary axial field motor which runs smoother, quieter, and more efficiently – lowering power consumption by up to 70% – but costing only a fraction of the cost of SSDs.

The motor’s design has been patented, along with 30 other unique designs for the “A-Drive”.

In addition, DSI has collaborated with multinational corporations and local companies, such as Seiko Instruments, Miyoshi, and Unisteel, to develop key components for the “A-Drive”.

Why is DSI developing this technology?

Data storage manufacturing is an important sector for Singapore’s economy.

DSI’s research into data storage innovation enables Singapore to shift from assembly of hard disk drive components towards higher value-added activities such as hard disk drive design and hard media research.

In the 20 years since its founding, DSI has enabled data storage companies in Singapore to move up the value chain, creating high-value jobs and refining job skills in the process.