Primeur weekly 2017-09-18

Special

2017 - Another year on the Road to Exascale: The state of exascale progress today ...

Focus

ETP4HPC plays instrumental role in development of European exascale programme ...

Atos/Bull to provide customers with mix of processor architectures and new BXI interconnect ...

Quantum computing

IBM pioneers new approach to simulate chemistry with quantum computing ...

The dark side of quantum computers ...

Toward unbreakable encrypted messages ...

First on-chip nanoscale optical quantum memory developed ...

Focus on Europe

HPC Advisory Council and ISC Group announce the 2018 Student Cluster Competition ...

Digital Infrastructures for Research 2017 to announce Call for Abstracts ...

HPC alliance GW4 shortlisted for Times Higher Education award ...

New GPU power for machine learning and HPC at CSC Finland ...

Mexico launches HPC initiative for Energy Research and Development supported by BSC ...

Middleware

PGI 17.7 compilers for heterogeneous supercomputing now available ...

Hardware

Supermicro launches petabyte scale 1U server and JBOF ...

Packet partners with Arm to accelerate adoption of Armv8-A for data centre workloads ...

Xilinx, Arm, Cadence, and TSMC announce world's first CCIX silicon demonstration vehicle in 7nm process technology ...

Applications

Supercomputing power to study brain function ...

Julia joins Petaflop Club ...

BSC participates in eTRANSAFE, a project for new drug safety assessment and integrative data analysis research ...

NERSC supercomputers help Berkeley Lab scientists map key DNA protein complex ...

Study clarifies how neural nets think when processing language ...

Modelling a city's minuscule changes ...

The Cloud

Oracle joins the Cloud Native Computing Foundation ...

Dell EMC and IBM to offer VMware solutions on the IBM Cloud ...

VMware speeds customer time to value for SDDC and multi-Cloud management with new vRealize suite 2017 ...

Features

2017-09-18 Frankfurt Each year, now already for the eighth consecutive year,Primeur Magazineasks Supercomputer experts Satoshi Matsuoka and Thomas Sterling how we are doing on the Road to Exascale. This year's interview took place at ISC'17 on June 21, 2017. What has not changed is the prediction when we will enter the exascale era - somewhere in the early 2020s - however, there is now more clarity on what the systems will look like. And this year we saw the rise of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning to levels unseen before. But does that mean we can forget about HPC and traditional exascale computing? And what will be post-exascale? Could neuromorphic computing and quantum computing be an answer? Or are we just talking about those because we do not really have an answer for the Post-Moore era yet? Let us hear what Thomas Sterling and Satoshi Matsuoka have to say about it. We publish this interview as a series of four articles: The state of exascale progress today The rise of Machine Intelligence HPC applications towards exascale The Post-Moore era Today we talk about exascale progress in the US, Japan, China and Europe, and what is happening in domain specific supercomputing areas. Read further...

Special

2017-09-22 Frankfurt

ETP4HPC plays instrumental role in development of European exascale programme

FocusThe ETP4HPC Workshop at ISC'17 in Frankfurt, Germany offeredPrimeur Magazinea chance to interview Jean-Pierre Panziera, the ETP4HPC Chairman. ETP4HPC is an association led by the European HPC industry. It is gathering all the stakeholders in the European HPC ecosystem with the goal of developing a worldclass HPC supply chain. ETP4HPC's focus is to develop the HPC technology in Europe. The association interacts with the European Commission as a technical advisory board. ETP4HPC has signed a public-private partnership contract with the European Commission which started at the beginning of the Horizon2020 Work Programme. The contract is ongoing since the end of 2013. ETP4HPC is defining the roadmap and how the investments could be used to develop the European ecosystem, and more specifically the European technology. Read further...

2017-06-20 Frankfurt

Atos/Bull to provide customers with mix of processor architectures and new BXI interconnect

FocusOn the ISC'17 Exhibition FloorPrimeur Magazinehad the opportunity to talk with Jean-Pierre Panziera, CTO for HPC at Atos/Bull. He showed a picture of the directly liquid-cooling Bull Sequana platform which was introduced last year and started shipping to the Netherlands for the customers at SURFsara. Since then, there have been new customers using this platform. Jean-Pierre Panziera mentioned three new customers. Two of them are located in the United Kingdom, namely the STFC research centre and the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE). Both are getting this system in the near future. The third customer that has announced to acquire the Bull Sequana platform is GENCI, the French PRACE zero system. All of these customer deals are ongoing. Read further...

2017-09-12 Berkeley

Julia joins Petaflop Club

Applications Julia has joined the rarefied ranks of computing languages that have achieved peak performance exceeding one petaflop per second - the so-called "Petaflop Club". Read further...

Video news

2017-08-14 European exascale projects seek to make programme environments more application suitable

During the Workshops Day at ISC'17 in Frankfurt, Germany,Primeur Magazinewas able to talk to Guy Lonsdale from Scapos at the occasion of the ETP4HPC Workshop.

2017-08-14 IT4Innovations actively contributes in creating HPC ecosystem to reach exascale

The ETP4HPC Workshop at ISC'17 in Frankfurt, Germany provided Primeur Magazine with an excellent occasion to interview Martin Palkovic from IT4Innovations, the National Supercomputing Centre in the Czech Republic.

2017-08-09 Analyst Crossfire

Panel at ISC17 in Frankfurt.

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).

News flashes

News flashes 2017-09-21

Tianhe-2A upgrade to 94,97 Petaflop/s

Applications Satoshi Matsuoka and James Lin reported on twitter about the announcement of details of the Tianhe-2A supercomputer installed at National Super Computer Center in Guangzhou reveiled during the IHPCF 2017 Forum. The world's second fastest will be upgraded to 94,97 Petaflop/s. This is achieved by replacing the KNC accelerators in the original Tianhe-2 with Chinese technology: the Matrix-2000 accelerator. Originally the plan was to use new Intel accelerators, but this was embargoed by the US government. The performance will most likely keep the system in the top 3 of the world's fastest supercomputers. Read further...

Several exascale project results nominated for Innovation Radar Prize 2017

Focus on EuropeEuropean projects PoP and EXA2CT results have been nominated for the Innovation Radar Prize 2017. You can cast your vote until October 15. The IT4Innovations National Supercomputing Center has been nominated with the ESPRESO, an open-source ExaScale PaRallel FETI (a numerical method - finite element tearing and interconnect) Solver developed in the FP7 EXA2CT project. The PoP project has been nominated with "Customer-Specific Performance Analysis for Parallel Code". The Innovation Radar (IR) is a European Commission initiative to identify high potential innovations and innovators in EU-funded research and innovation ICT projects. Using the radar, 47 of the best EU-funded innovators have been identified to compete with their EU-funded innovation for the Innovation Radar Prize 2017. Read further...

Background

e-IRG Knowledge Base

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...

Primeur weekly 2017-09-18

Special

2017 - Another year on the Road to Exascale: The state of exascale progress today ...

Focus

ETP4HPC plays instrumental role in development of European exascale programme ...

Atos/Bull to provide customers with mix of processor architectures and new BXI interconnect ...

Quantum computing

IBM pioneers new approach to simulate chemistry with quantum computing ...

The dark side of quantum computers ...

Toward unbreakable encrypted messages ...

First on-chip nanoscale optical quantum memory developed ...

Focus on Europe

HPC Advisory Council and ISC Group announce the 2018 Student Cluster Competition ...

Digital Infrastructures for Research 2017 to announce Call for Abstracts ...

HPC alliance GW4 shortlisted for Times Higher Education award ...

New GPU power for machine learning and HPC at CSC Finland ...

Mexico launches HPC initiative for Energy Research and Development supported by BSC ...

Middleware

PGI 17.7 compilers for heterogeneous supercomputing now available ...

Hardware

Supermicro launches petabyte scale 1U server and JBOF ...

Packet partners with Arm to accelerate adoption of Armv8-A for data centre workloads ...

Xilinx, Arm, Cadence, and TSMC announce world's first CCIX silicon demonstration vehicle in 7nm process technology ...

Applications

Supercomputing power to study brain function ...

Julia joins Petaflop Club ...

BSC participates in eTRANSAFE, a project for new drug safety assessment and integrative data analysis research ...

NERSC supercomputers help Berkeley Lab scientists map key DNA protein complex ...

Study clarifies how neural nets think when processing language ...

Modelling a city's minuscule changes ...

The Cloud

Oracle joins the Cloud Native Computing Foundation ...

Dell EMC and IBM to offer VMware solutions on the IBM Cloud ...

VMware speeds customer time to value for SDDC and multi-Cloud management with new vRealize suite 2017 ...