Primeur weekly 2017-07-17

Focus

An evening with Thomas Sterling: Exascale taking shape at a global level and down the rabbit hole of loop quantum gravity ...

Exascale supercomputing

SKA signs Big Data cooperation agreement with CERN ...

Crowd computing

IBM and citizen-scientists poised to contribute Crowd computing equivalent of up to $200 million for climate & environmental research ...

Quantum computing

World's first demonstration of space quantum communication using a microsatellite ...

Sussex physicists unveil pop-up lab at Spitalfields Market ...

Focus on Europe

Cray to provide Cray Urika-GX system to the Alan Turing Institute ...

BSC and Mexico City to develop tools for the evaluation of policies against air pollution ...

BSC to take active role at the 7th JLESC workshop ...

Slovenia joins the European HPC cooperation EuroHPC as 9th member ...

Hardware

Cray adds new Intel Xeon Scalable processors to Cray supercomputers ...

Asetek announces new regional OEM, new HPC installation and receives incremental order for government contract ...

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory evaluates Intel Optane 3D Xpoint performance ...

Boston launches the Boston Quattro 22128-T featuring Intel Xeon processor Scalable family ...

Penguin Computing announces full product line transition to Intel Xeon Scalable processors ...

Supermicro launches new X11 family of server and storage solutions combining breakthrough NVMe performance with full support for new Intel Xeon Scalable processors ...

Supermicro unleashes new X11 server building block solutions with full support for new Intel Xeon Scalable processors ...

Fujitsu innovates server portfolio for the computing demands of a digital world ...

Ad hoc 'cache hierarchies' make chips much more efficient ...

Applications

BSC and Aigües de Barcelona to collaborate in the development of advanced solutions in data analysis for the water sector ...

Towards a high-resolution, implantable neural interface ...

Tackling disease in three dimensions: supercomputers help decode RNA structure ...

University of Southern California and Georgia Tech receive $6.8 million for DARPA project ...

Study by New York Genome Center and IBM demonstrates potential for AI and whole genome sequencing to scale access to precision medicine ...

The Cloud

IBM to launch the next generation Intel Xeon Scalable processors in the Cloud ...

WekaIO eliminates the need for legacy external storage with Cloud-scale storage software ...

Features

2017-06-21 Frankfurt Right after the Award Ceremony of the HPCAC-ISC Student Cluster Competition 2017 at ISC, Session Chair Frank Baetke introduced Professor Thomas Sterling from Indiana University to the audience that was ready for the 14th edition of the legendary "HPC Year in Review" series. As the 2017 theme, Thomas Sterling had picked "Planning for Exascale" instead of machine learning or Deep Learning, explaining that we now have a fairly clear picture of what exascale is going to be. Read further...

Focus

2017-07-14 Geneva

SKA signs Big Data cooperation agreement with CERN

Exascale supercomputingSKA Organisation and CERN, the European Laboratory for Particle Physics, have signed an agreement formalising their growing collaboration in the area of extreme-scale computing. The agreement establishes a framework for collaborative projects that addresses joint challenges in approaching Exascale computing and data storage, and comes as the LHC will generate even more data in the coming decade and SKA is preparing to collect a vast amount of scientific data as well. Read further...

2017-07-17 Tallinn

Slovenia joins the European HPC cooperation EuroHPC as 9th member

Focus on EuropeThis evening, Boris Koprivnikar, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public Administration of the Republic of Slovenia, signed the EuroHPC declaration in the presence of the European Commission Vice-President Ansip and the Commissioner Gabriel. Slovenia becomes this way the ninth Member State signing this declaration and aiming at working together to coordinate the European efforts in High Performance Computing. Read further...

Video news

2017-06-26 HPC in Asia - China's effort on HPC in the next 5 years - from prototypes to exascale system

China firmly ranks first and second at the TOP500 of fastest supercomputers in the world for some time already. But where is China heading? Depei Qian, Beihang University/Sun Yat-sen University gave an overview of China's effort in HPC in the next 5 years at the HPC in Asia workshop at ISC-HPC ISC'17 in Frankfurt. He started his presentation with a historical overview of HPC in China.

2017-06-12 Exciting times for the European citizen: EuroHPC plans two exascale machines by 2024-2025

After the e-IRG Workshop in St. Paul's Bay, Malta, Primeur Magazine invited Dr. Juan Miguel González-Aranda, e-IRG Delegate for Spain, Interim LifeWatch ERIC Chief Technology Officer and Deputy of the Directorate-General for International Relations at the Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness in Spain for an interview about the European construction "commons" spirit and the new EuroHPC Initiative.

2017-03-23 RDA and e-IRG yield promising collaboration

After the e-IRG Workshop in Bratislava, Slovak Republic,Primeur Magazinetook the opportunity to talk with Mark Parsons, Secretary General of the Research Data Alliance (RDA).

2017-03-21 CEO Steve Cotter on GEANT, service deployment and KPIs

At the occasion of the Digital Infrastructures for Research (DI4R) Conference, held in Krakow, Poland in the Fall of 2016, Primeur Magazine was able to speak with Steve Cotter, the new CEO of GEANT, the the pan-European network for scientific excellence, research, education and innovation. GEANT connects about 10.000 institutions across 41 different countries.

2017-02-13 Funding agencies and academia need to better reward scientific computational tool developers

During the 4th National eScience Symposium, held in Amsterdam ArenA last October,Primeur Magazinewas able to talk with Fernando Pérez from the University of California.

2017-02-10 Square Kilometre Array data crunching will require compute power beyond Moore's Law

At the National eScience Symposium, held in Amsterdam ArenA last October, Primeur Magazine was able to talk with Chris Broekema, a researcher in high performance computing at ASTRON, the Netherlands Foundation for Radio-astronomy, located in Dwingeloo. This is also the location for the very first dedicated radiotelescope in the Netherlands, the Dwingeloo telescope.

News flashes

News flashes 2017-07-21

Slides of Jack Dongarra's presentation at European Commission available

Exascale Prof. Jack Dongarra recently gave a seminar on High Performance Computing (HPC) at DG CONNECT section of the European Commission. His slides are now available. He presents an overview of HPC with an emphasis on benchmarking and the future. Can we build an Exascale supercomputer today? Yes, Dongarra says. His recipe: Connect together 10 Sunway TaihuLight systems, power them with 150 MW, try to run 100 million threads in parallel, and put 2,7 billion USD on the table. But to make it practical and affordable some challenges have to be met. Read further...

Paving the way for EuroHPC - Wolfgang Marquardt blog

Focus on EuropeWolfgang Marquardt, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany, wrote a guest blog on the EC web site titled "Paving the way for EuroHPC: A common effort to create a European supercomputing ecosystem". Europe has always been a leader in many aspects of supercomputing, in particular in computational science and engineering with an emphasis on software, algorithms, models, and applications, he writes. However, the strong European supercomputing community also faces a weak spot in the suite of technologies that make up an HPC ecosystem: the development and commercialization of domestic computer chips, processor technologies and computer systems. But Marquardt empahises that: "The roadmap towards a European HPC ecosystem with exascale capabilities should, however, not become dependent on the development of domestic technology." Read further...

Background

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Primeur weekly 2017-07-17

Focus

An evening with Thomas Sterling: Exascale taking shape at a global level and down the rabbit hole of loop quantum gravity ...

Exascale supercomputing

SKA signs Big Data cooperation agreement with CERN ...

Crowd computing

IBM and citizen-scientists poised to contribute Crowd computing equivalent of up to $200 million for climate & environmental research ...

Quantum computing

World's first demonstration of space quantum communication using a microsatellite ...

Sussex physicists unveil pop-up lab at Spitalfields Market ...

Focus on Europe

Cray to provide Cray Urika-GX system to the Alan Turing Institute ...

BSC and Mexico City to develop tools for the evaluation of policies against air pollution ...

BSC to take active role at the 7th JLESC workshop ...

Slovenia joins the European HPC cooperation EuroHPC as 9th member ...

Hardware

Cray adds new Intel Xeon Scalable processors to Cray supercomputers ...

Asetek announces new regional OEM, new HPC installation and receives incremental order for government contract ...

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory evaluates Intel Optane 3D Xpoint performance ...

Boston launches the Boston Quattro 22128-T featuring Intel Xeon processor Scalable family ...

Penguin Computing announces full product line transition to Intel Xeon Scalable processors ...

Supermicro launches new X11 family of server and storage solutions combining breakthrough NVMe performance with full support for new Intel Xeon Scalable processors ...

Supermicro unleashes new X11 server building block solutions with full support for new Intel Xeon Scalable processors ...

Fujitsu innovates server portfolio for the computing demands of a digital world ...

Ad hoc 'cache hierarchies' make chips much more efficient ...

Applications

BSC and Aigües de Barcelona to collaborate in the development of advanced solutions in data analysis for the water sector ...

Towards a high-resolution, implantable neural interface ...

Tackling disease in three dimensions: supercomputers help decode RNA structure ...

University of Southern California and Georgia Tech receive $6.8 million for DARPA project ...

Study by New York Genome Center and IBM demonstrates potential for AI and whole genome sequencing to scale access to precision medicine ...

The Cloud

IBM to launch the next generation Intel Xeon Scalable processors in the Cloud ...

WekaIO eliminates the need for legacy external storage with Cloud-scale storage software ...