Primeur weekly 2015-08-31

Special

Interview with Lenovo's Brian Connors: We want to be indigenous in Europe as a company ...

KISTI in Korea to plan 30 Petaflop/s supercomputer for 2017 ...

China launches 2 supercomputing projects to both reach 100 Petaflop/s in 2016 says Yutong Lu from NUDT at ISC2015 ...

Japan now heading for the post-K supercomputer era ...

Singapore to focus on Big Data with planned Supercomputing Centre and fast global network infrastructure ...

Exascale supercomputing

IBM and GENCI team to drive supercomputing closer to exascale ...

Focus on Europe

Mateo Valero receives the Euro-Par Achievement Award 2015 ...

Middleware

Intel and BlueData collaborate to simplify Big Data infrastructure; Intel Capital makes additional equity investment in BlueData ...

HP delivers new products and services for VMware environments, from desktop to data centre ...

Bright Computing highlights growing European network of resellers, integrators and OEMs ...

Hardware

HP extends flash storage portfolio with industry's most affordable and automated all-flash array ...

Oracle launches new All Flash FS1 storage system ...

Campus Champions reach 200 institutions and all 50 states ...

KTH Royal Institute of Technology selects Mellanox end-to-end EDR 100Gb/s InfiniBand solutions ...

Applications

Supercomputers enlisted to shed light on photosynthesis ...

The Cloud

IBM extends open Cloud initiatives by bringing Blue Box Cloud to its global network of data centres ...

IBM expands storage software to help companies meet hybrid Cloud requirements ...

Mirantis announces technology and investment collaboration with Intel for enterprise OpenStack acceleration ...

New Oracle research reveals that businesses are unaware of competitive advantages of Cloud Agility ...

Rescale announces launch of Europe Region Cloud HPC Platform ...

Features

2015-07-15 Frankfurt At the HPC in Asia Workshop during ISC 2015 in Frankfurt, Germany, Yutong Lu from NUDT, briefly explained the status of plans on HPC in China. The Ministry of Science and Technology in China launched two big machine projects that are expected to reach 100 Petaflop/s in 2016. One is the Tianhe-2A, Yutong Lu told the audience. Read further...

Special

2015-07-15 Frankfurt

Japan now heading for the post-K supercomputer era

Special At the HPC in Asia Workshop during ISC 2015 in Frankfurt, Germany, Taisuke Boku, Deputy Director at the Center for Computational Science, University of Tsukuba, explained the status of HPC in Japan. "HPCI, the High-Performance Computing Infrastructure is the central organisation framework in Japan to have an infrastructure deployment and also for pushing the software and applications development", explained Taisuke Boku to the audience. There are many players in the HPCI. Of course the central player is the K-computer. Read further...

2015-07-15 Frankfurt

KISTI in Korea to plan 30 Petaflop/s supercomputer for 2017

Special At the HPC in Asia Workshop during ISC 2015 in Frankfurt, Germany, Kwangjin Oh from KISTI briefly presented the current state of HPC in Korea. Read further...

2015-07-15 Frankfurt

Singapore to focus on Big Data with planned Supercomputing Centre and fast global network infrastructure

Special At the HPC in Asia Workshop during ISC 2015 in Frankfurt, Germany, Tin Wee Tan, Director Designate at the National Supercomputing Centre of Singapore explained the current status of HPC in Singapore. "Singapore is not quite having a strong history in high-performance computing and a long track record at a national level", Tin Wee Tan told the audience. "But things are still going forward and although we are not able to make an official announcement yet, I will just give everyone a rough update of our latest progress in this regard", Tin Wee Tan continued. Read further...

Video news

2015-08-11 Bright Computing to combine HPC and Big Data workloads - Interview with Matthijs van Leeuwen

At ISC 2015 in Frankfurt, Germany, Primeur Magazinehad the opportunity to talk with Matthijs van Leeuwen, CEO and founder of Bright Computing, a company founded in 2009. Bright Computing makes cluster management and system management easy, comprehensive, and scalable. The main products are Bright Cluster Manager for HPC; Bright Cluster Manager for Big Data; and Bright OpenStack. These three products can also be combined to create a combined infrastructure for both HPC and Big Data workloads, either on bare metal or virtualized. For the full text see: http://primeurmagazine.com/weekly/AE-PR-09-15-40.html

2015-08-10 European Supercomputer Programme in next Horizon 2020 period to also focus on HPC access for SMEs

At ISC 2015 in Frankfurt, Germany, Primeur Magazine had the opportunity to talk with Augusto Burgueno-Arjona from the European Commission, Department of e-Infrastructures, including European Supercomputer Service Programme, who also delivered the welcome address at the Conference stating that "HPC is high in the European political agenda as it is recognised as an essential technology to respond to the growing needs of our modern societies, transforming societal challenges into business opportunities, and bringing growth and jobs to the European economy". Augusto Burgueno-Arjona also stressed that "there are important upcoming steps, such as the large-scale platform integration of the technology building blocks and the coordinated acquisition at EU level of world-class systems". For the full text see http://primeurmagazine.com/weekly/AE-PR-09-15-24.html

2015-08-04 NICE to demonstrate EnginFrame and Desktop Cloud Visualization at ISC 2015

At the ISC 2015 in Frankfurt, Germany,Primeur Magazinetalked with Francesco Ruffino from NICE, an Italian company, founded in 1996, specialized since the beginning in high performance computing. The company team tries to prove the usability of high performance computing applications in both the private and public Cloud. The company has two main products: EnginFrame and Desktop Cloud Visualization (DCV). EnginFrame is a web dashboard which allows to very easily plug your application into the Cloud. Using DCV, you can visualize the utillization of interactive applications. DCV is a network protocol that will compress the pixels on the screen and send it to the client. For the full text see: http://primeurmagazine.com/weekly/AE-PR-08-15-64.html

2015-07-30 Intel's Rajeeb Hazra about convergence of HPC and Big Data

At ISC 2015 in Frankfurt Rajeeb Hazra from Intel did presents his thoughts about the convergence of HPC and Big data, or as he puts it: (HPC && Big Data) vs. (HPC || Big Data)

2015-07-29 European exascale projects DEEP-ER and Mont-Blanc to investigate new Exascale technologies

At ISC 2015 in Frankfurt, Germany, Primeur Magazine had the opportunity to interview Filippo Mantovani from the Mont-Blanc project and Estela Suarez from the DEEP-ER project on the opening night of the ISC 2015 Exhibition at their booth showcasing European exascale projects. Juri Schmidt demonstrated the network-attached memory technology used in the DEEP-ER project. Filippo Mantovani demonstrated the creditcard-sized system-on-chip that is used in the Mont-Blanc project. For the full text see: http://primeurmagazine.com/weekly/AE-PR-09-15-48.html

2015-07-29 Numascale's scalable appliances for data analytics meet customers' needs at attractive price points

At ISC 2015 in Frankfurt, Germany, Primeur Magazine had the opportunity to talk with Morten Toverud, CEO, Numascale. Numascale was running a live demo at the ISC 2015 Exhibition, showing its scalable high performance appliances for in-memory analytics. What the demo actually showed is that Numascale combines real time GPS data with other real time sensors and a huge amount of historical data. The Numascale system can determine and predict the next hour of traffic at major highways in Singapore. See the complete text of the interview at http://primeurmagazine.com/weekly/AE-PR-09-15-39.html

News flashes

News flashes 2015-09-02

Bull and CEA collaborate on Tera1000 supercomputer in the race to exascale

HardwarePhilippe Vannier, from Atos/Bull describes in "Drowning in Data: The Race for ExaScale Computing" on the ATOS website where Bull is going with exascale computing, "Working with French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission, CEA, we are working on Tera1000 – a range of supercomputers able to deliver an exaflop. It’s hard to quantify the power of such a machine: reaching a quintillion operations per second it would need over 5.8million iPhones working together to match its speed." Philippe Vannier writes. With a deadline of 2020 for the Exaflop/s, Atos/Bull's first prototype is set to be up and running in just two years and will have a computation capacity of 25 Petaflop/s, and an electricity consumption 20 times lower than the previous Tera100 model with respect to capacity. Read further...

Paul Messina's Observations on the Evolution of HPC Environments - Exascale is not that diferent from Petascale

ExascaleExascale not arriving fast enough because it is way more difficult than ten years ago when we wanted to reach petascale? Paul Messina doubts whether petascale was easier. For instance also energy efficiency was an issue already 10 years ago. Paul Messina, Director of Science at Argonne Leadership Computing Facility is interviewed in Scientific Computing. "In summary, in my opinion, many challenges posed by technology trends are not fundamentally different from those posed by previous transitions. Instead of wringing our hands and claiming we need to abandon our current technologies (hardware and software writ large), we should examine carefully the software ecosystem that works and is widely used today and then decide what to throw out, what to refine/adapt, and what may require inventions." Messina tells to Scientific Computing. Read further...

Free flow of data, cloud computing and supercomputing will be a big part of European Commission work says new DG CONNECT Director General Roberto Viola

Focus on EuropeRoberto Viola started yesterday as the new Director General of DG CONNECT at the European Commission. DG CONNECT is also responsible for e-Infrastructures, including the PRACE supercomputer programme. He started his first day of work with a blog. " A proper industrial strategy for the digital sector is also a must for Europe, and challenges such as free flows of data, cloud computing and supercomputing will be a big part of our work. And underpinning all this is our support for Europe's research and innovation capacity," Roberto Viola writes. Read further...

News flashes 2015-09-01

Unigroup's Micron bid dead

HardwareAccording to Doug Young writing for Forbes, Unigroup's Micron bid is dead. "I wrote several weeks ago that a bid by China’s Unigroup to buy U.S. memory chip giant Micron Technology had become the victim of politics, and now it appears the deal is finally dead. Or at least it’s on life support, with little hope of resuscitation. That’s my interpretation, following the latest reports that say Unigroup’s chairman has given remarks that look quite pessimistic after returning to China from a last-ditch U.S. visit to try to save the deal.", writes Doug Young. Read further...

Service orientation to data and HPC infrastructures in pre RDA Plenary workshops, 22 September 2015, Paris

Focus on Europe The "e-Infrastructures & RDA for Data intensive science" - pre RDA Plenary workshops organised on the 22nd of September 2015 at the CNAM in Paris are structured around the common understanding on best practices for data management across the globe as an essential step along the path of open sharing of data. The objective of this event is to gather global experts and representatives of initiatives working towards the common goal of enhancing collaboration on a global level in support of research data sharing. The event embodies 5 “independently” organised workshop streams with common networking and presentation opportunities. Each stream will tackle a specific area while the expected outcome of the 5 individual streams is a concrete contribution to these discussions in the form of future actions and strategic directions from each thematic grouping. The stream focused on "Service orientation to data and high-performance computing infrastructures" is coordinated by EUDAT through its Project Director, Damien Lecarpentier. Read further...

Project CloudWATCH2; Think Cloud Services for Government, Business and Research starts today

Focus on EuropeToday sees the launch of CloudWATCH2, which leads on from the successful CloudWATCH project which finishes on 30 September 2015. Building on the outputs of CloudWATCH, CloudWATCH2 takes a pragmatic approach to market uptake and sustainable competitiveness for the wider uptake of new cloud services and products from European research and innovation initiatives. Running until August 2017, CloudWATCH2 helps R&I initiatives to overcome challenging issues like standards and pricing to maximise the socio-economic impact of this new cloud ecosystem. Read further...

Flanders’ supercomputer at VSC makes “unthinkable” research a reality

Focus on Europe In Flanders Today, Senne Starckx, authors an in-depth article on the Flemish Supercomputer Centre VSC. It is a Tier-1 supercomputer. (The largest in Europe are Tier-0 systems). Senne Starckx, tells about the scientific applications, including Space Weather. The government of Flanders understands this and actively encourages private companies to apply for computing time at VSC. “Supercomputers are currently used in highly innovative environments and industries,” told Marc Luwel from the Hercules Foundation to Senne Starckx . “But we still see hesitation within a lot of companies.” To keep up with the rest of the world, VSC knows it needs to step up its game and update its supercomputing capacity. “That’s why the Hercules Foundation is making additional funding available for a new supercomputer,” Luwel told Senne Starckx. “KU Leuven is already designing a sophisticated computer room to house the next generation Tier-1.” The new machine should become operational in the second half of 2016. Read further...

News flashes 2015-08-31

Presentation of the DEEP-ER exascale technology

ExascaleA short slide presentation of the DEEP-ER exascale project technology: "From Concept to Application Reality". It is on Prezi (Prezi always makes me a kind of seasick :-) ) Read further...

News flashes 2015-08-29

The new Trestles supercomputer to make an impact on research at the University of Arkansas

Hardware"It didn’t take long for the new Trestles supercomputer to make an impact on research at the University of Arkansas." writest Chris Branam ina blog on the University of Arkansas Research Frontiers site. The supercomputer more than doubles the Arkansas High Performance Computing Center’s computational capacity and allows it to run three times the amount of jobs for campus researchers. Read further...

MareNostrum III supercomputer in Barcelona helps shed light on first moments of photosynthesis

ApplicationsIn Scientific Computing, the University of the Basque Country describes how its computer scientists, physicists and chemists are working together to produce simulations of the molecule in which photosynthesis occurs, using quantum mechanics as the basis. They have executed an OCTOPUS software package in the MareNostrum supercomputer after incorporating various improvements, they have carried out the biggest simulations made in this field by efficiently using thousands of processors. Read further...

Intel Parallel Studio XE 2016 including Intel Visual Fortran Compiler 16.0, has been released

ApplicationsIn the Intel Developer Zone, Steve Lionel announced the Intel Parallel Studio XE 2016, including Intel Visual Fortran Compiler 16.0, is now available. Read further...

Presentations of the HPC Advisory Council 2015 meeting in Brazil online

Industry newsThe presentations of the HPC Advisory Council 2015 meeting in Brazil on August 26, are now online. Read further...

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Primeur weekly 2015-08-31

Special

Interview with Lenovo's Brian Connors: We want to be indigenous in Europe as a company ...

KISTI in Korea to plan 30 Petaflop/s supercomputer for 2017 ...

China launches 2 supercomputing projects to both reach 100 Petaflop/s in 2016 says Yutong Lu from NUDT at ISC2015 ...

Japan now heading for the post-K supercomputer era ...

Singapore to focus on Big Data with planned Supercomputing Centre and fast global network infrastructure ...

Exascale supercomputing

IBM and GENCI team to drive supercomputing closer to exascale ...

Focus on Europe

Mateo Valero receives the Euro-Par Achievement Award 2015 ...

Middleware

Intel and BlueData collaborate to simplify Big Data infrastructure; Intel Capital makes additional equity investment in BlueData ...

HP delivers new products and services for VMware environments, from desktop to data centre ...

Bright Computing highlights growing European network of resellers, integrators and OEMs ...

Hardware

HP extends flash storage portfolio with industry's most affordable and automated all-flash array ...

Oracle launches new All Flash FS1 storage system ...

Campus Champions reach 200 institutions and all 50 states ...

KTH Royal Institute of Technology selects Mellanox end-to-end EDR 100Gb/s InfiniBand solutions ...

Applications

Supercomputers enlisted to shed light on photosynthesis ...

The Cloud

IBM extends open Cloud initiatives by bringing Blue Box Cloud to its global network of data centres ...

IBM expands storage software to help companies meet hybrid Cloud requirements ...

Mirantis announces technology and investment collaboration with Intel for enterprise OpenStack acceleration ...

New Oracle research reveals that businesses are unaware of competitive advantages of Cloud Agility ...

Rescale announces launch of Europe Region Cloud HPC Platform ...