Primeur weekly 2018-07-16

Exascale supercomputing

How to fit a planet inside a computer: Developing the Energy Exascale Earth System model ...

Quantum computing

D-Wave demonstrates large-scale programmable quantum simulation ...

Semiconductor quantum transistor opens door for photon-based computing ...

Focus on Europe

Tachyum opens EU Office as Europe pursues technological sovereignty ...

CSCS will store petabyte data for the Paul Scherrer Institute ...

Atos launches construction of global High Performance Computing Test Lab in Angers ...

Hardware

Quobyte to be implemented by the Science and Technology Facilities Council to manage JASMIN super-data-cluster facility's 42PB of storage ...

NEC andQuobyte deliver complete storage solution stack to HLRS supercomputing site to boost HPC workload efficiency ...

Squirrels Research Labs announces Acorn cryptocurrency acceleration hardware ...

On the path to new high-performance transistors ...

Imec demonstrates hybrid FinFET-Silicon photonics technology for ultra-low power optical I/O ...

Imec reports breakthrough in extending interconnects beyond the 3nm technology node ...

Ohio Supercomputer Center names new system after Russell Pitzer ...

TACC donates innovative, first-of-its-kind Sun Microsystems Magnum switch to Computer History Museum ...

Applications

IceCube neutrinos point to long-sought cosmic ray accelerator ...

Research team improves code to benefit industrial engineers ...

Ohio middle school girls headed to STEM summer experience ...

Seven University of Wyoming research projects garner use of Cheyenne supercomputer ...

Breakthrough in construction of computers for mimicking human brain ...

Researchers couple artificial atom to acoustic resonator ...

IBM-EPFL-NJIT team demonstrates novel synaptic architecture for brain inspired computing ...

The Cloud

DataDirect Networks stages bid to acquire Tintri's assets and expand its storage portfolio into the enterprise ...

Adaptive Computing changes product name from "Moab" to "Moab Cloud for the HPC Suite" ...

Features

2018-07-12 Washington, D.C. The Earth was apparently losing water. Ruby Leung, a scientist from the Department of Energy's (DOE) Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), and her team were baffled by their results. Read further...

Exascale supercomputing

2018-07-12 Berkeley

IceCube neutrinos point to long-sought cosmic ray accelerator

ApplicationsAn international team of scientists has found the first evidence of a source of high-energy cosmic neutrinos, ghostly subatomic particles that can travel unhindered for billions of light years from the most extreme environments in the universe to Earth. The observations, made by the IceCube Neutrino Observatory at the Amundsen–Scott South Pole Station and confirmed by telescopes around the globe and in Earth's orbit, help resolve a more than a century-old riddle about what sends subatomic particles such as neutrinos and cosmic rays speeding through the universe. Read further...

2018-07-11 Lugano

CSCS will store petabyte data for the Paul Scherrer Institute

Focus on EuropeStoring and archiving data is part of everyday life at the Swiss National Supercomputing Centre (CSCS). However, transferring huge amounts of data - including ongoing research projects online across Switzerland as well as an entire data archive containing decades of major completed projects - via fibre-optic cable presents a logistical challenge. That was made clear by a recent project between the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) in Villigen and CSCS in Lugano. PSI and its researchers have been using supercomputers at CSCS, part of ETH Zurich, for around 15 years. The institute will now also store its data at CSCS - specifically data generated by the large-scale research facilities of the new SwissFEL X-ray laser and Swiss Lightsource (SLS). A total of 10 to 20 petabytes of data is produced every year. For comparison, if you wanted to save a petabyte of data on DVDs, you would need more than 200,000 of them. Read further...

2018-07-10 San Jose

Tachyum opens EU Office as Europe pursues technological sovereignty

Focus on EuropeTachyum Ltd., a US-based semiconductor company backed by IPM Growth, opens its first European office in Slovakia. Tachyum is on track to unveil its disruptive new Universal Processor chip, code named Prodigy, by the end of next year. Prodigy will provide unprecedented compute performance and power efficiency for Data Center and AI applications, and it will enable a new generation of supercomputers. By adopting Tachyum Prodigy, the EU may become the world's high-performance computing leader. Read further...

2018-07-09 Leuven

Imec demonstrates hybrid FinFET-Silicon photonics technology for ultra-low power optical I/O

HardwareAt the Imec Technology Forum USA in San Francisco, imec, a world-leading research and innovation hub in nano-electronics and digital technology, announced that it has demonstrated ultra-low power, high-bandwidth optical transceivers through hybrid integration of Silicon Photonics and FinFET CMOS technologies. With a dynamic power consumption of only 230fJ/bit and a footprint of just 0.025mm2, the 40Gb/s non-return-to-zero optical transceivers mark an important milestone in realizing ultra-dense, multi-Tb/s optical I/O solutions for next-generation high-performance computing applications. Read further...

Video news

2018-06-11 Exchange of experience & specialisation key to Europe regaining status in EuroHPC

After the recent e-IRG and Vi-SEEM Workshops, Primeur Magazine was invited by Ivan Dimov, Deputy Minister of Education and Science at his cabinet in Sofia, Bulgaria for an interview. Ivan Dimov gave a keynote at both workshops about e-Infrastructures and supercomputing. He is responsible for research in Bulgaria.

2018-06-10 ECMWF's scalability and co-design effort for "Extreme Earth" Flagship Initiative

During the recent e-IRG Open Workshop in Sofia, Bulgaria, Dr. Peter Bauer, Deputy Director of Research at the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF), gave a talk on the need for co-design in supercomputers for weather prediction.

2018-06-01 European Open Science Cloud's federating core will give researchers access to e-Infrastructures

After the e-IRG Open Workshop held in Sofia, Bulgaria,Primeur Magazinehad the opportunity to speak with Augusto Burgueño-Arjona, Head of the e-Infrastructures and Science Cloud Unit in DG Connect at the European Commission, for an update of the European Open Science Cloud's status.

2018-01-29 Combination of top-down like EuroHPC and bottom-up science make European exascale effort healthy

Primeur Magazine had the pleasure to talk with Thomas Schulthess, Director of the Swiss Supercomputing Centre - CSCS - in Lugano, about the European exascale developments and the requirements to achieve this.

2018-01-23 Why a Joint Undertaking is well suited as legal instrument to create EuroHPC

Primeur Magazine had a conversation with Thomas Skordas, who is very involved in EuroHPC. Thomas Skordas is Director of Digital Excellence and Science Infrastructures for the European Commission's Directorate in DG Connect. This entity is promoting and funding research infrastructures and excellent research in Europe.

2017-10-06 Atos to validate quantum algorithm functionality with the Quantum Learning Machine

During the Atos Tech Days in Brussels, Belgium, in July 2017,Primeur Magazinewas able to talk to Arnaud Bertrand who is in charge of the Big Data within Atos, about the company's Quantum Learning Machine.

News flashes

News flashes 2018-07-17

Latvia 21st country to join EuroHPC JU

ExascaleAs expected Latvia has officially announced its intention to join EuroHPC JU - the European legal entity to procure and produce exascale supercomputers. Latvian Minister for Education and Science Professor Karlis Šadurskis has signed the EuroHPC declaration. If all goes as planned, EuroHPC will come into existence in September 2018. Read further...

Pathways to Convergence - Toward a shaping strategy for a future software and data ecosystem for scientific inquiry published in HPC scientific journal

ExascaleThe report "Pathways to Convergence - Toward a shaping strategy for a future software and data ecosystem for scientific inquiry" from the Big Data and Extreme-scale Computing (BDEC) group has been published in the International Journal of High Performance Computing Applications (IJHPCA). This gives scientific recognition to the work of this international group on Big Data and exascale (extreme-scale) computing. Read further...

Background

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Primeur weekly 2018-07-16

Exascale supercomputing

How to fit a planet inside a computer: Developing the Energy Exascale Earth System model ...

Quantum computing

D-Wave demonstrates large-scale programmable quantum simulation ...

Semiconductor quantum transistor opens door for photon-based computing ...

Focus on Europe

Tachyum opens EU Office as Europe pursues technological sovereignty ...

CSCS will store petabyte data for the Paul Scherrer Institute ...

Atos launches construction of global High Performance Computing Test Lab in Angers ...

Hardware

Quobyte to be implemented by the Science and Technology Facilities Council to manage JASMIN super-data-cluster facility's 42PB of storage ...

NEC andQuobyte deliver complete storage solution stack to HLRS supercomputing site to boost HPC workload efficiency ...

Squirrels Research Labs announces Acorn cryptocurrency acceleration hardware ...

On the path to new high-performance transistors ...

Imec demonstrates hybrid FinFET-Silicon photonics technology for ultra-low power optical I/O ...

Imec reports breakthrough in extending interconnects beyond the 3nm technology node ...

Ohio Supercomputer Center names new system after Russell Pitzer ...

TACC donates innovative, first-of-its-kind Sun Microsystems Magnum switch to Computer History Museum ...

Applications

IceCube neutrinos point to long-sought cosmic ray accelerator ...

Research team improves code to benefit industrial engineers ...

Ohio middle school girls headed to STEM summer experience ...

Seven University of Wyoming research projects garner use of Cheyenne supercomputer ...

Breakthrough in construction of computers for mimicking human brain ...

Researchers couple artificial atom to acoustic resonator ...

IBM-EPFL-NJIT team demonstrates novel synaptic architecture for brain inspired computing ...

The Cloud

DataDirect Networks stages bid to acquire Tintri's assets and expand its storage portfolio into the enterprise ...

Adaptive Computing changes product name from "Moab" to "Moab Cloud for the HPC Suite" ...