Primeur weekly 2019-02-11

Focus

2018 - Another year on the Road to Exascale - Part II - Memory, interconnects and other technologies for exascale ...

German Research Data Infrastructure GeRDI offers service to manage data according to FAIR principles ...

Do not get lost in the Horizon 2020 labyrinth, use the Knowledge Base ...

Exascale supercomputing

Exascale computing is coming soon, but will scientific communities be ready to make use of it? ...

Quantum computing

Atos delivers one of the most powerful quantum simulators in the world to Hartree Centre in the UK ...

Argonne researchers develop new method to reduce quantum noise ...

Focus on Europe

State concept to high-performance computing: German universities are intensifying their cooperation ...

Barcelona Supercomputing Center coordinates an international project to share and reuse cancer genomic data at a global level ...

Middleware

ThinkParQ announces its Platinum Partnership with Pacific Teck ...

Software stack in a snapshot ...

Kalray launches ES3CAP as lead partner: a 22,2 million euro budget ambitious industrial project for the development of the future computing platform for intelligent systems ...

Hardware

DDN names RAID Inc. a preferred Lustre reseller ...

Tremend signs agreement with Mellanox ...

WekaIO places first on the Virtual Institute's IO-500 10 Node Challenge ...

Applications

Barcelona Supercomputing Center's ground-breaking collaboration with Global Parametrics supercharges its predictive climate-risk modelling ...

New geometric model improves predictions of fluid flow in rock ...

Modelling uncertain terrain with supercomputers ...

Supercomputing propels jet atomization research for industrial processes ...

NOAA and NCAR partner on new, state-of-the-art U.S. modelling framework ...

The Cloud

Newly launched ANSYS Cloud accelerates engineering productivity and business agility ...

OCRE enables easy Cloud usage through the European Open Science Cloud ...

Features

2019-02-11 Frankfurt Each yearPrimeur Magazinesits together with Thomas Sterling and Satoshi Matsuoka to discuss the state of exascale computing in the world, and perhaps do some predictions for the upcoming year. We recap the current year but do not look back, only forward. How close are we to exascale? When will it be reached? The bumpy road seemed a bit less bumpy this year. Satoshi Matsuoka is now at Riken, overlooking the Post-K supercomputer developments in Japan. Thomas Sterling pointed to the Summit that could be a prototype architecture, a blueprint for a real exascale system. So is the finish line in sight? Let us listen to the experts. Read further...

Focus

2019-02-11 Amsterdam

German Research Data Infrastructure GeRDI offers service to manage data according to FAIR principles

FocusAt the recent eScience Conference in AmsterdamPrimeur Magazine, in a second interview with Prof. Dieter Kranzlmüller, Chairman of the Board of Directors at the Leibniz Supercomputing Centre (LRZ) in Germany and in this function responsible for the strategic and external representation of LRZ, discussed the topic of GeRDI which stands for Generic Research Data Infrastructure. At the eScience event, Prof. Dieter Kranzlmüller was presenter and co-presenter in two lectures about GeRDI, a project which has to do with data management and the relation to FAIR - findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable data - and the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC). Read further...

2019-02-08 Almere

Do not get lost in the Horizon 2020 labyrinth, use the Knowledge Base

FocusIn the framework of the e-IRGSP support projects for the e-Infrastructure Reflection Group e-IRGSP6 partner Genias Benelux has for several years worked on the development of a Knowledge Base for European projects and infrastructures funded under the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme. To date, the Knowledge Base is a rich source of information for all who want to know more about a specific project that is funded by the European Union. Read further...

2019-01-04 Düsseldorf

State concept to high-performance computing: German universities are intensifying their cooperation

Focus on EuropeThe North Rhine-Westphalian universities are intensifying their cooperation in the field of high-performance computing (HPC). The basis for this is the HPC State Concept North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) adopted by the "Digital Hochschule NRW". Key points are better coordination of HPC activities in North Rhine-Westphalia and in the national context, the promotion and training of young scientists, better framework conditions and opportunities for cutting-edge research, and the introduction of new user groups to high-performance computing. From February 2019, the country will be promoting the establishment and establishment of an HPC competence network for a total of 6.2 million euro over a period of four years. The coordinating office of the network will be established at RWTH Aachen University. Read further...

2019-02-05 Paris, London

Atos delivers one of the most powerful quantum simulators in the world to Hartree Centre in the UK

Quantum computingAtos, a global expert in digital transformation, has signed an agreement with the Science and Technology Facilities Council's (STFC) Hartree Centre that will see one of the UK's leading high-performance computing research facility take the first UK delivery of an Atos Quantum Learning Machine, the highest performing quantum simulator in the world. Read further...

2019-02-04 Lugano

Exascale computing is coming soon, but will scientific communities be ready to make use of it?

Exascale supercomputingEven by the most conservative assumptions, computers capable of performing 1 ExaFlop/s (10^18 floating point operations per second) will be on-line in the next five years, potentially allowing scientists to solve hitherto unsolvable problems. But a central concern remains about whether individual scientific domains will be able to make good use of this exceptional performance. The Climate and Weather Prediction community is preparing for exascale now through the EU-funded ESiWACE-2 project. Read further...

Video news

2019-01-28 Prof. Dieter Kranzlmüller, LRZ, on German and European HPC: being best is better than being first

At the recent eScience Conference in Amsterdam Primeur Magazine was able to talk with Prof. Dieter Kranzlmüller, Director of the Leibniz Supercomputing Centre (LRZ) in Germany about high-performance computing (HPC). Not long ago, there were some very big announcements in Munich concerning new supercomputers. LRZ has started to begin the final phase for the installment of the SuperMUC next generation system

2019-01-23 Per Öster sees free cooling as asset in CSC's hosting entity bid preparing for pre-exascale

Primeur Magazinet alked with Per Öster about the consortium CSC is heading and the proposal it is preparing as candidate hosting entity for one of the pre-exascale machines that will be procured by EuroHPC.

2018-10-01 Thomas Lippert to propose modular way of thinking to optimize supercomputing technology and HPC policy

At the ISC'18 Conference in Frankfurt, Germany,Primeur Magazinehad the opportunity to talk with Thomas Lippert, who has recently become Chair of PRACE. Apart from that, he is also Director of the Jülich Supercomputing Centre where the first module of a new HPC system has been installed.

2018-09-18 The EuroHPC roadmap to exascale by 2022 in Europe

2018-09-03 Automation helps CERN manage Big Data with easy-to-install SAFE data centre modules

At the ISC'18 Exhibition in Frankfurt, Germany,Primeur Magazinemet Jurgen Caeyman, CEO at Automation, a company that has worked for a part on the solution for the problem that was mentioned by CERN's Maria Girone during the keynote on the first day of the ISC'18 Conference.

2018-08-28 Japan-based XTREME-D to expand unique HPC Cloud solution to Europe and United States

News flashes

News flashes 2019-02-15

EuroHPC opens call for at least two petascale hosting entities - budget 30 million Euro

Focus on EuropeEuroHPC JU has opened a call for petascale supercomputer hosting entities. It is the second call after the pre-exascale hosting entities call. The closing date for the call is 15 April 2019. The budget available is 30 million Euro for at least two petascale supercomputers. The EuroHPC JU contributions is a maximum of 35%. The hosting entity must be in a EuroHPC country within the European Union. There may be one country or a consortium of EuroHPC countries backing up the hosting entity. Until now we know that Luxembourg, the Czech Republic, and Portugal (backed by Spain) have shown interest in hosting a petascale machines. The systems are not intended to be the fastest in Europe, but to fill up gaps in the European supercomputer ecosystem, by allowing some countries to acquire petascale HPC systems earlier than with just their own funding. Read further...

News flashes 2019-02-13

EuroHPC JU to organise an infoday on the acquisition of supercomputers

Focus on Europe On 11 March 2019 in Brussels, EuroHPC Joint Undertaking (EuroHPC JU) is organising an open information day. The purpose of the event is to present the upcoming supercomputer acquisitions planned by the EuroHPC JU to interested stakeholders. The event is targeting all HPC stakeholders including: HPC Hardware and software vendors Supercomputing centres in the Union HPC users from any application domain, from academia, industry or SMEs. Read further...

News flashes 2019-02-12

Beauty contest for EuroHPC pre-exascale hosting entities continues

Focus on EuropeTwo of the consortia that intend to compete to host a EuroHPC pre-exascale supercomputer have reveiled more details about their commitment. The science ministers of Spain and Portugal confirmed at their meeting in Barcelona their committment to form a consortium to bid for pre-exascale hosting entity. The Finnish consortium than combines potentially 8 countries went a step further. In a paper "How to build a truly European next generation HPC infrastructure? Collaboration Smart Specialisation Sustainable Future" they also cite several ministers' commitment. But they also explain why their consortium is the best. For instance all countries in their consortium have financial AA or higher ratings, while the competition such as Spain, Portugal, and Italy have A or even BBB ratings. We did not hear anything recently from the third candidate, Italy with CINECA as potential hosting entity. Of course, there can be other candidates too, it is not required to seek publicity: you just have to put in an eligeable proposal by April 4th. 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 2019-02-11

Focus

2018 - Another year on the Road to Exascale - Part II - Memory, interconnects and other technologies for exascale ...

German Research Data Infrastructure GeRDI offers service to manage data according to FAIR principles ...

Do not get lost in the Horizon 2020 labyrinth, use the Knowledge Base ...

Exascale supercomputing

Exascale computing is coming soon, but will scientific communities be ready to make use of it? ...

Quantum computing

Atos delivers one of the most powerful quantum simulators in the world to Hartree Centre in the UK ...

Argonne researchers develop new method to reduce quantum noise ...

Focus on Europe

State concept to high-performance computing: German universities are intensifying their cooperation ...

Barcelona Supercomputing Center coordinates an international project to share and reuse cancer genomic data at a global level ...

Middleware

ThinkParQ announces its Platinum Partnership with Pacific Teck ...

Software stack in a snapshot ...

Kalray launches ES3CAP as lead partner: a 22,2 million euro budget ambitious industrial project for the development of the future computing platform for intelligent systems ...

Hardware

DDN names RAID Inc. a preferred Lustre reseller ...

Tremend signs agreement with Mellanox ...

WekaIO places first on the Virtual Institute's IO-500 10 Node Challenge ...

Applications

Barcelona Supercomputing Center's ground-breaking collaboration with Global Parametrics supercharges its predictive climate-risk modelling ...

New geometric model improves predictions of fluid flow in rock ...

Modelling uncertain terrain with supercomputers ...

Supercomputing propels jet atomization research for industrial processes ...

NOAA and NCAR partner on new, state-of-the-art U.S. modelling framework ...

The Cloud

Newly launched ANSYS Cloud accelerates engineering productivity and business agility ...

OCRE enables easy Cloud usage through the European Open Science Cloud ...