Primeur weekly 2016-02-08

Focus

Reaching towards fully-integrated 3D tomography using new generation of algorithms and high performant scanning equipment and GPU clusters ...

Whole genome sequencing using HPC clusters in project MinE to find a cure for ALS ...

Exascale supercomputing

How to fit ten million computers into a single Supercomputer? The ExaNeSt project paves the way. European consortium becomes the trailblazer in the development of the most challenging architectures ...

Focus on Europe

Europe and Brazil join forces to improve the efficiency of the energy sector with HPC ...

Upcoming e-IRG Workshop will focus on the Progress of the e-Infrastructure Commons ...

CCRT boosts industrial innovation with a petascale supercomputer from Bull ...

Middleware

Ellexus launches tool to load balance shared storage called Mistral ...

Frame unveils powerful new visual supercomputer in the Cloud ...

Hardware

Poznan Supercomputing & Networking Center and Huawei launch HPC cluster, liquid cooled by CoolIT Systems ...

DDN WOS object storage software wins 2016 Storage Visions Award for secure, collaborative Cloud storage ...

Auburn University unveils $1 million supercomputer and initiates new technology acquisition plan ...

AMD reveals world's first hardware-virtualized GPU product line ...

High Performance Computing (HPC) market worth 36.62 billion USD by 2020 ...

Mellanox promotes Amit Katz to Vice President of Ethernet Switch Sales ...

Applications

Ofiice of Naval Research-sponsored technology simulates how legs bleed ...

Anton 2 supercomputer at PSC will increase speed and size of molecular simulations ...

NCSA awarded grant to examine effective practices in industrial HPC ...

A stellar collaboration: Supercomputing and NASA's IRIS Observatory ...

Carnegie Mellon joins IARPA project to reverse-engineer brain algorithms ...

Bionik Laboratories to utilize machine learning and analytics to improve neurological rehabilitation ...

IBM Watson Ecosystem opens for business in India ...

American Heart Association, IBM Watson Health and Welltok team up to transform heart health ...

The Cloud

Nimbix addresses enterprise call for high-performance computing with executive sales hire ...

IBM launches Cloud data and analytics marketplace for developers ...

IBM closes deal to acquire The Weather Company's product and technology businesses ...

Features

2015-12-15 Amsterdam During the SURFsara Super D Event, recently held at Felix Meritis in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Primeur Magazine had the opportunity to talk with Joost Batenburg from the Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica - CWI about 3D tomography. Joost Batenburg is a researcher a CWI in Amsterdam, the Netherlands national Research Institute for Mathematics and Computer Science and a part-time professor at the Mathematical Institute of the University of Leiden. Joost Batenburg's research domain is tomography, a form of 3D image reconstruction from projections. The most well-known example of tomography is a medical CT scanner where X-ray images are recorded from a large number of angles, all around the patient. The technique of tomography is to take as input the series of X-ray images and then compute a 3D image of what the patients look like at the inside. You can use this technique not only for medical imaging but also to look inside nanostructures from images using an electron microscope, for non-destructive testing, to look into a variety of industrial objects, and for a broad range of other applications. Read further...

Focus

2015-12-15 Amsterdam

Whole genome sequencing using HPC clusters in project MinE to find a cure for ALS

Focus During the SURFsara Super D Event, recently held at Felix Meritis in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Primeur Magazine had the opportunity to talk with Jan Veldink, a neurologist and professor in neurogenetics from the University Medical Center (UMC) in Utrecht about Lou Gherig's disease, aslo known as ALS. Jan Veldink is coordinating the project MinE, which is a large genome sequencing project for ALS. ALS is a lethal disease within 3 to 5 years that is typically occurring in people over sixty of age but younger people can be affected as well. Currently, there is no cure so researchers desperately need more insight in its causes and hopefully thereby new treatments. Read further...

2016-02-04 Amsterdam

Upcoming e-IRG Workshop will focus on the Progress of the e-Infrastructure Commons

Focus on EuropeThe next Open e-IRG Workshop, titled "Progress of the e-Infrastructure Commons: integration and interoperability - funding and revenue models" will be organized under the auspices of the Dutch EU Presidency of the European Union in Amsterdam on 9 March 2016. Read further...

2016-02-04 Paris

CCRT boosts industrial innovation with a petascale supercomputer from Bull

Focus on EuropeFollowing a tender bid, the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission, CEA, and its industrial partners at the Centre for Computing Research and Technology, CCRT, have invested in a new petaflop supercomputer of ~1.4 Pflops, designed by Bull, the Atos brand for technology products and software. Three times more powerful than the current computer at CCRT, it will be installed in the CEA's Very Large Computing Centre in Bruyères-le-Châtel, France, mid-2016 to cover expanding industrial needs. Read further...

Video news

2015-11-24 Exascale requires hard thinking about energy, scalability, complexity & reliability

At the Third eScience Symposium, recently held at the ArenA in Amsterdam, The Netherlands , Primeur Magazine had the opportunity to talk with Dieter Kranzlmüller, Professor in Computer Sciences at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich and also a member of the Board of Directors of the Leibniz Supercomputer Center. Dieter Kranzlmüller presented an introduction into exascale computing at the eScience Symposium. We are all preparing for exascale at this point in time and we see the challenges ahead, consisting of energy consumption, scalability, complexity, and reliability. Even with today's machines where we have several hundred thousands of cores we already see many of these aspects and we are working hard to getting them solved for the next version of machines, according to Dieter Kranzlmüller.

2015-11-09 Combining the benefits of both GPU and CPU in heterogeneous computing primeurmagazine

At the Third eScience Symposium, recently held at the ArenA in Amsterdam, The Netherlands,Primeur Magazinehad the opportunity to talk with Ana Lucia Varbanescu, an assistant professor in the Informatics Institute at the University of Amsterdam on the efficiency of modern heterogeneous systems and has a background in high performance computing at Delft University of Technology and the Amsterdam Free University. Heterogeneous computing uses the GPUs and CPUs together in a good fashion. This is what we have seen in the past couple of years

2015-11-09 HARNESS explored principles to integrate heterogeneous resources into Cloud platform

At the recent ISC Cloud and Big Data Conference in Frankfurt, Primeur Magazine had the opportunity to talk with Alexander Wolf, professor at Imperial College London and coordinator of the HARNESS project which has been exploiting heterogeneous resources in Cloud data centres during the past three years. Alexander Wolf is very proud of and happy with the project results.

2015-11-02 ClusterVision's Trinity is making OpenStack suitable for HPC workloads

At the recent ISC Cloud and Big Data Conference in Frankfurt,Primeur Magazinehad the opportunity to talk with Hans Then, Team Leader of Software Development at ClusterVision. Hans Then is responsible for developing the product Trinity. Trinity is a character from the Matrix-trilogy and actually the Trinity product is inspired on that. ClusterVision developed Trinity in response to customer requests. Around 2012-2013, many of the ClusterVision customers approached the company, asking it about OpenStack and what they could do with that. ClusterVision is a typical HPC-oriented specialist that is looking at OpenStack, a Cloud environment, from an HPC perspective. ClusterVision started to develop Trinity because if found that OpenStack, useful as it is as a tool, is not very well suited to HPC workloads.

2015-11-02 Fortissimo marketplace one-stop shop for SMEs in search of HPC-based components for simulation

At the recent ISC Cloud and Big Data Conference in Frankfurt,Primeur Magazinehad the opportunity to talk with Francis Wray, coordinator of the Fortissimo project, about the marketplace the project team has established. Francis Wray worked for the company scapos AG, a small company which makes business selling various types of software. The objective of Fortissimo is twofold. One of the aims is to create a brokerage where all the necessary components for high performance computing based simulation are present. Those components range from the end user who has a requirement through to the domain expert, through to the HPC expert, through to the centres who provide cycles, through to ISVs. The objective is to create a marketplace where the different skills of the different participants in the value chain can be brokered and used by SMEs whose business can benefit from advanced simulations.

2015-11-02 Digital humanities' project CLARIAH is digitizing datasets to get new science out of them

At the Third eScience Symposium, recently held at the ArenA in Amsterdam, The Netherlands,Primeur Magazinehad the opportunity to talk with José van Dijck, President of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). José van Dijck is Professor of Media Studies at the University of Amsterdam. She is very interested in digital humanities as a new branch of the humanities that has become interested in digital sources. Her team is working with digital text but also with digital images and sounds. They work with structured data and they are interested in how the digital data becomes a new material from which they draw new interpretations. All this data is putting a lot of new challenges to the team as researchers

News flashes

News flashes 2016-02-08

Some photos of the Blue Waters supercomputer

HardwareTod Gleason published some nice photos of visiting the NCSA's Blue Waters supercomputer. Read further...

Videos from presentations related to HPC at FOSDEM conference available

HardwareThe Open Source conference FOSDEM in Brussels had a number of HPC related presentations. The videos of the presentations are available. Audio and video quality are not very good, but OK if you put some effort in. The easiest way to get to the videos is through the programme pages of the session "HPC, Big Data and Data Science devroom". Read further...

NASA's investment in HPC is supercharging scientific research, writes GovDataDownload

HardwareGovDataDownload cites Gabriel Broner, vice president and general manager of High Performance Computing at SGI, about their partnership with NetApp and the support they provide to NASA's Pleiades suprcomputer. Read further...

Intel: Chips will have to sacrifice speed gains for energy savings

HardwareMIT Technology Review reports on a presentation by William Holt, who leads the company's technology and manufacturing group at Intel. According to MIT Technology Review, Holt said that new technologies would not offer speed benefits over silicon transistors, suggesting that chips may stop getting faster at the pace that the technology industry has been used to. The new technologies would, however, improve the energy efficiency of chips, something important for many leading uses of computing today, such as cloud computing, mobile devices, and robotics. "Particularly as we look at the Internet of things, the focus will move from speed improvements to dramatic reductions in power", Holt said. Power is a problem across the computing spectrum. Read further...

Background

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Primeur weekly 2016-02-08

Focus

Reaching towards fully-integrated 3D tomography using new generation of algorithms and high performant scanning equipment and GPU clusters ...

Whole genome sequencing using HPC clusters in project MinE to find a cure for ALS ...

Exascale supercomputing

How to fit ten million computers into a single Supercomputer? The ExaNeSt project paves the way. European consortium becomes the trailblazer in the development of the most challenging architectures ...

Focus on Europe

Europe and Brazil join forces to improve the efficiency of the energy sector with HPC ...

Upcoming e-IRG Workshop will focus on the Progress of the e-Infrastructure Commons ...

CCRT boosts industrial innovation with a petascale supercomputer from Bull ...

Middleware

Ellexus launches tool to load balance shared storage called Mistral ...

Frame unveils powerful new visual supercomputer in the Cloud ...

Hardware

Poznan Supercomputing & Networking Center and Huawei launch HPC cluster, liquid cooled by CoolIT Systems ...

DDN WOS object storage software wins 2016 Storage Visions Award for secure, collaborative Cloud storage ...

Auburn University unveils $1 million supercomputer and initiates new technology acquisition plan ...

AMD reveals world's first hardware-virtualized GPU product line ...

High Performance Computing (HPC) market worth 36.62 billion USD by 2020 ...

Mellanox promotes Amit Katz to Vice President of Ethernet Switch Sales ...

Applications

Ofiice of Naval Research-sponsored technology simulates how legs bleed ...

Anton 2 supercomputer at PSC will increase speed and size of molecular simulations ...

NCSA awarded grant to examine effective practices in industrial HPC ...

A stellar collaboration: Supercomputing and NASA's IRIS Observatory ...

Carnegie Mellon joins IARPA project to reverse-engineer brain algorithms ...

Bionik Laboratories to utilize machine learning and analytics to improve neurological rehabilitation ...

IBM Watson Ecosystem opens for business in India ...

American Heart Association, IBM Watson Health and Welltok team up to transform heart health ...

The Cloud

Nimbix addresses enterprise call for high-performance computing with executive sales hire ...

IBM launches Cloud data and analytics marketplace for developers ...

IBM closes deal to acquire The Weather Company's product and technology businesses ...