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2017-03-23 Rome Today, at the Digital Day in Rome, several European countries and the European Commission will unveil plans for a major European HPC programme. Primeur magazine will cover the event live. So keep your eyes on these pages. Read further...

2017-03-23 Rome

Europe still aims for an exascale supercomputer with European Technology by 2022-2023

The exascale race is not over, yet. Seven European countries signed a declaration this morning at an HPC session at the Digital Day 2017 in Rome, aiming for the acquisition of two world-class pre-exascale supercomputers preferably starting on 2019-2020, and two world-class full exascale supercomputers preferably starting on 2022-2023. At least one of the two exascale computers should be based on high-quality competitive European technology produced in a co-design approach and its integration in at least one of the two exascale supercomputers. The European Commission reaffirmed Junker's goal of having at least one system amongst the first three in the TOP500 of the world's fastest supercomputers in 2022. Read further...

2017-03-23 Rome

Digital revolution needs generosity to cope with citizens' life-changing challenges - Investment in research and innovative HPC, exascale and quantum technologies is key

At the Digital Day'17 event, hosted in Rome by the European Commission as part of the celebrations of the 60 years of the Treaties of Rome, Francesco Profumo, President of the Compagnia di San Paolo, during the session about "Europe as a global player in High Performance Computing", moderated the panel that addressed the question of how HPC can be a new drive in the European Digital Economy. Read further...

2017-03-23 Rome

EU ministers commit to digitising Europe with high-performance computing power

Today in Rome ministers from seven European countries - France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal and Spain - have signed a declaration to support the next generation of computing and data infrastructures, a European project of the size of Airbus in the 1990s and of Galileo in the 2000s. They plan to establish EuroHPC for acquiring and deploying an integrated world-class high-performance computing infrastructure capable of at least 10**18 calculations per second - so-called exascale computers. This will be available across the EU for scientific communities, industry and the public sector, no matter where the users are located. Read further...

2017-03-23 Rome

Official text of the Cooperation framework on High Performance Computing

The signing Member States agree to work together towards making available across the EU an integrated world-class high performance computing (HPC) infrastructure, which in combination with European data and network infrastructures would upraise Europe's scientific capabilities and industrial competitiveness. Read further...

2017-03-23 Rome

European dream of holistic HPC ecosystem for the citizen needs strong, immediate and coherent action from all stakeholders

At the Digital Day'17 event, hosted in Rome by the European Commission as part of the celebrations of the 60 years of the Treaties of Rome, Maria Chiara Carrozza, Member of the Italian Parliament and Professor at the University of Pisa, during the session about "Europe as a global player in High Performance Computing", moderated the panel that addressed the question of how Europe can regain leadership in HPC. Read further...

Video news

2016-09-05 ClusterVision specializes in cluster design and cluster management using Trinity

On the Exhibition floor at ISC 2016 in Frankfurt, Germany, Primeur Magazine talked with Samira Mellenbergh, EMEA Account Manager at ClusterVision. As a system integrator ClusterVision helps design the architecture of HPC clusters into implementation and deployment.

2016-08-21 Sunway TaihuLight's strengths and weaknesses highlighted by Jack Dongarra

At the ISC 2016 Conference in Frankfurt, Germany, Primeur Magazine had the opportunity to talk with Jack Dongarra, Professor at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, who is one of the authors of the TOP500 list.

2016-08-15 NVIDIA's Tesla P100 GPU to fit into every GPU-enabled server

On the Exhibition floor at ISC 2016 in Frankfurt, Germany, Primeur Magazine talked with Marc Hamilton, Vice President of NVIDIA. Marc Hamilton highlighted the keynote talk of Andrew Ng from Baidu, who explained how high performance computing is being used by Baidu in deep learning and artificial intelligence, and how important it is to have strong scaling in the processor and how hard it is to reach this.

2016-08-15 OpenHPC sets out as vibrant community curating cohesive open source software stack for HPC

After the workshop on International Cooperation following ISC 2016 in Frankfurt, Germany,Primeur Magazinehad the opportunity to talk with Robert Wisniewski from Intel, who is chairing the OpenHPC initiative. OpenHPC is an open source, open community initiative to be able to produce a cohesive and comprehensive system software stack that will run a cluster or a supercomputer.

2016-07-13 Moore's Law is all about economics but there are alternative technologies on the way

On June 22, 2016 at the ISC 2016 Conference in Frankfurt, Germany, John Shalf from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory chaired a session titled "Scaling Beyond the End of Moore's Law". The session consisted of an introduction, three presentations and a panel discussion.

2016-07-11 D-Wave works with its customers Lockheed, Google and Los Alamos to design better quantum software

On the Exhibition floor at ISC 2016 in Frankfurt, Germany, Primeur Magazine talked with Bo Ewald, President of D-Wave International. Bo Ewald helped the company focus on customers, applications and software tools.

News flashes

News flashes 2017-03-24

How to configure ANSYS RSM v18 with a PBS Pro cluster

ApplicationsQuebec based Quantum HPC blogs about How to configure ANSYS RSM v18 with a PBS Pro cluster. NSYS v18 has recently been released bringing a couple of interesting new features and as a fervent user of ANSYS Fluent, it seems this new version brings a lot of improvements on this side allowing a complete progression from the CAD to mesh to the simulation through the same interface with a much stronger Fluent Mesher. Read further...

Andrew Ng leaving Baidu

Industry newsAndrew Ng explains he is leaving Baidu an opening a new chapter of his work in A. On his personal blog he explains hes sees AI as the new electricity. "Just as electricity transformed many industries roughly 100 years ago, AI will also now change nearly every major industry — healthcare, transportation, entertainment, manufacturing — enriching the lives of countless people. I am more excited than ever about where AI can take us." It is not yet clear what Andrew Ng will be doing exactly. Read further...

News flashes 2017-03-23

News flashes 2017-03-22

Deep Learning Inference on P40 GPUs

HardwareOn a Dell EMC innovation blog, several authors describe their experiences with inference performance in deep learning with NVIDIA TensorRT library on P40 and M40 GPUs. As a result, the INT8 support in P40 is about 3x faster than FP32 mode in P40 and 4.4x faster than FP32 mode in the previous generation GPU M40. Multiple GPUs can increase the inferencing performance linearly because of no communications and synchronizations. Read further...

ETP4HPC starts working on its new Strategic Research Agenda

Hardware ETP4HPC organised a Strategic Research Agenda kick-off meeting for their next 3rd release with Strategic Research Agenda work group leaders and with several invited HPC experts attending. The ETP4HPC Strategic Research Agenda is ETP4HPC's key deliverable. It is a document that outlines a roadmap for the achievement of exascale capabilities by the European High-Performance Computing (HPC) ecosystem. Read further...

EDEM Brings GPU-Optimized Solver Engine to the Cloud with Rescale

Industry newsRescale and EDEM announced that the EDEM GPU solver engine is now available on Rescale's ScaleX platform, a scalable, on-demand cloud platform for HPC. The GPU solver, which was a highlight of the latest release of EDEM, enables performance increases from 2x to 10x compared to single-node, CPU-only runs. Read further...

Scalable Informatics has ceased operations

Industry news On its website, Scalable Informatics writes it has ceased operations. The company was building hyperconverged NVMe appliances. On his personal blog Scalable Informatics founder Joe Landman explains the difficulties the company ran into when it grew and needed more investments. Read further...

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The e-IRG Knowledge Base contains all relevant information on available e-Infrastructures, supercomputing, storage and networking resources and grids for science and research, as well as policies, funding organisations and projects in Europe. The Knowledge Base is a resource made available to the e-IRG and to the general public, for referencing and policy decision purposes. The information is presented in a readily accessible form. Read further...