Primeur weekly 2015-07-27

Special

Altair's Bill Nitzberg on PBS Professional 13 and Ravi Kunju on Altair's HPC Cloud Challenge at ISC 2015 ...

NICE to demonstrate EnginFrame and Desktop Cloud Visualization at ISC 2015 ...

New SESAME Net project will set up network to promote HPC usage in SMEs ...

Focus on Europe

ISC 2015 caps 30th anniversary with record-breaking attendance in Frankfurt ...

PRACE 11th Call for Proposals connects the international HPC ecosystem ...

AMS-IX continues to grow significantly in both connected parties and capacity ...

Hardware

Jamia Millia Islamia University wins record LINPACK score at ISC 2015 Student Cluster Competition with support of CoolIT Systems & Boston ...

Cray returns to Australia's Bureau of Meteorology with new supercomputer and storage contract ...

Micron boosts data centre storage security with new SATA solid state drive featuring enterprise data encryption ...

Applications

Latest four supercomputer projects on the supercomputer in Cheyenne have direct application to Wyoming issues ...

The Virtual Laboratory ...

Atos uses Big Data analytics for safer streets ...

TOP500

K computer takes first place in Graph 500 supercomputer ranking ...

The Cloud

ISC Cloud & Big Data Conference offers unique workshops to attendees ...

Intel announces 'Cloud for All' initiative to deliver benefits of the Cloud to more businesses ...

IBM Unleashes Open Source Projects To Fuel Cloud Developer Innovations ...

IBM acquires Compose to expand Cloud data services ...

IBM partners with 200 universities globally to train next-generation of Cloud developers ...

Ricoh powers private Cloud and transforms customer service with Oracle's SPARC servers and ZFS storage ...

Medidata and Validic integrate Cloud technology platforms, expanding mobile health ecosystem to drive innovative, patient-centric research ...

Features

2015-07-27 Frankfurt At ISC 2015 in Frankfurt, Germany,Primeur Magazinetalked with Karen Padmore from HPC Wales and with Tomás Karásek from IT4Innovations, one of the network and supercomputing centres, about the new SESAME Net project. HPC Wales is the coordinator of SESAME Net. IT4Innovations is one of the partners in the SESAME Net project. Read further...

Special

2015-07-14 Frankfurt

Altair's Bill Nitzberg on PBS Professional 13 and Ravi Kunju on Altair's HPC Cloud Challenge at ISC 2015

Special At the ISC 2015 in Frankfurt, Germany,Primeur Magazinetalked with Bill Nitzberg, CTO for PBS Works Division, and Ravi Kunju, Vice President for Strategy and Business Development, both at Altair. Bill Nitzberg talked about PBS Professional, Altair's workload manager and job scheduler. Ravi Kunju talked about HyperWorks Unlimited and Altair's HPC Grand Challenge, in partnership with Intel and Amazon Web Services. Read further...

2015-07-15 Frankfurt

NICE to demonstrate EnginFrame and Desktop Cloud Visualization at ISC 2015

Special At the ISC 2015 in Frankfurt, Germany,Primeur Magazinetalked with Francesco Ruffino from NICE, an Italian company, founded in 1996, specialized since the beginning in high performance computing. The company team tries to prove the usability of high performance computing applications in both the private and public Cloud. The company has two main products: EnginFrame and Desktop Cloud Visualization (DCV). EnginFrame is a web dashboard which allows to very easily plug your application into the Cloud. Using DCV, you can visualize the utillization of interactive applications. DCV is a network protocol that will compress the pixels on the screen and send it to the client. Read further...

2015-07-14 Frankfurt

K computer takes first place in Graph 500 supercomputer ranking

TOP500A collaboration between RIKEN, the Tokyo Institute of Technology, University College Dublin, Kyushu University, and Fujitsu has again won the top place for the K computer in the June 2015 Graph 500 supercomputer ranking, demonstrating the Japanese supercomputer's prowess in the area of data-intensive processing. The results were announced on July 13 at the international conference on high-performance computing (ISC2015) in Frankfurt, Germany. Read further...

Video news

2015-07-03 Arbor Networks to protect organisations against DDoS attacks

At the Baltic HPC and Cloud Computing Conference, held June 4, 2015 in Riga, Latvia,Primeur Magazinehad the opportunity to interview Micael Engström from Arbor Networks, who is Enterprise Sales Manager for the Nordic and Baltic countries, on how the Internet of Things can actually become the Botnet of Things.

2015-07-03 The importance of being earnest about the long tail of research

At the e-IRG Workshop, held on June 3, 2015 in Riga, Latvia,Primeur Magazinehad the opportunity to interview Wolfram Horstmann, Director of the State and University Library at the Georg-August University in Göttingen, Germany, and member of the LIBER Executive Board, which is the European Association of Research Libraries

2015-07-03 Moving up to an Open Science Commons

At the e-IRG Workshop, held in Riga, Latvia, on June 3, 2015,Primeur Magazinehad the opportunity to interview Sergio Andreozzi, Strategy and Policy Manager in the European Grid Infrastructure (EGI), on the topic of the Open Science Commons. The concept of Open Science Commons is very useful to the discussion of the e-IRG Workshop, according to Sergio Andreozzi.

2015-07-03 Challenges of the Internet of Things: Coping with Digital Attacks - Micael Engström

Challenges of the Internet of Things: Coping with Digital Attacks - Micael Engström, Arbor Networks. Presentation at Baltic HPC and Cloud Computing Conference 2015.

2015-06-30 The Exascale Challenge and its Impact on All of Us - Interview Erwin Laure director PDC

At the Baltic HPC and Cloud Conference in Riga, Latvia, held on June 4, 2015,Primeur Magazinehad the opportunity to interview Erwin Laure, Professor in Computer Science and Director of PDC at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm, Sweden about the Exascale challenge. At the conference, the latest developments in HPC in the Baltic area were discussed. Sweden as a neighbouring country of the Baltic region is highly interested in these developments.

2015-06-29 The Exascale Challenge and its Impact on All of Us - Erwin Laure

Presentation at Baltic Cloud and HPC conference.

News flashes

News flashes 2015-07-31

The anatomy of a supercomputer called Bruce - 5 Petalop/s system at DownUnder GeoSolutions

HardwarePetroleum News Review has an in depth article on the supercomputer Bruce. The system is installed by DownUnder GeoSolutions (DUG) in Perth Australia where it is processing one of the oil industry's largest ever multi-client seismic project. At 5 Petaflop/s DUG's SGI based supercomputer is not only the largest supercomputer in Australia, but perhaps the largest privately owned supercomputer in the world. Much of Bruce is submerged in a cooled mineral oil bath, which makes him one of the greenest machines around. Read further...

GRNET High-Performance Computing - Pilot Call for Proposals

ApplicationsThe Greek Research and Technology Network (GRNET S.A.) opens the first Pilot Call for Proposals, for project access to the newly installed national HPC system named ARIS (https://hpc.grnet.gr). The call is addressed to scientists and researchers that work in academic and research institutions in Greece. The project proposals should address open research topics in all scientific fields. Via this call GRNET S.A. makes it possible for scientists in Greece to have access to the national supercomputing facility, ARIS. Access will be awarded for a maximum period of 6 months, beginning on the 25th of September 2015. Eligible applicants are scientists affiliated with academic or research institutions in Greece. Read further...

HPCG bechmark results on Archer supercomputer: about 0,08 Petaflop/s out of 2,55 Petaflop/s peak

ExascaleAdrian Jackson compares the new HPCG benchmarks results with HPL one that is used in the TOP500 on the Archer supercomputer. Archer is the UL national supercomputer at EPCC in Edinburgh. ARCHER is currently number 35 in the TOP500 with a performance of 1.6 PetaFlop/s Rmax, out of a potential peak performance of 2,55 Petaflop/s. On the HPCG benchmark list, ARCHER came out as nr 10 with a HPCG performance of 0,0808 Petaflop/s. This is around 5% of the HPL performance. Jackson says they spent some time tuning the HPCG run on Archer to ensure they had maximum performance. They were using a tuned version of the HPCG benchmark provided by Intel. Read further...

News flashes 2015-07-30

Barack Obama announces National Strategic Computing Initiative to reach exascale supercomputers and development beyond Moore's law

ExascaleBarack Obama issues a Presidential order to establish a National Strategic Computing Initiative (NSCI). The NSCI is a whole-of-government effort designed to create a cohesive, multi-agency strategic vision and Federal investment strategy, executed in collaboration with industry and academia, to maximize the benefits of HPC for the United States. Read further...

The HPCG supercomputer benchmark results - Jack Dongarra at ISC 2015

ExascaleThe High Performance Conjugate Gradients (HPCG) Benchmark is emerging as a new community metric for ranking high performance computing systems. Jack Dongarra presents the results at ISC 2015. In the video recording of his presentations he presents the winners, and the complete list that now has some 40 supercomputers on it. Read further...

The HPCG supercomputer benchmark explanation - Mike Heroux at ISC 2015

ExascaleThe High Performance Conjugate Gradients (HPCG) Benchmark is emerging as a new community metric for ranking high performance computing and supercomputer systems. Mike Heroux is explaining in this video of his presentation the benchmark itself. Read further...

Intel's Rajeeb Hazra about convergence of HPC and Big Data

ExascaleAt ISC 2015 in Frankfurt, Rajeeb Hazra from Intel presented his thoughts about the convergence of HPC and Big data, or as he puts it: (HPC && Big Data) vs. (HPC || Big Data). We uploaded a video of his presentation. Read further...

News flashes 2015-07-29

Europe's fastest supercomputer looks for extraterrestrial life

ApplicationsISGTW runs an interview with Aline Vidotto about her search for extraterrestrial life using HPC clusters and supercomputers. Aline Vidotto is scientific collaborator at the Observatoire de Genève in Switzerland. Her recent study harnesses supercomputers to find out how to tune our radio dials to listen in on other planets. Vidotto has been studying interstellar environments for a while now, focusing on the interplanetary atmosphere surrounding so-called hot-Jupiter exoplanets since 2009. Similar in size to our Jupiter, these exoplanets orbit their star up to 20 times as closely as Earth orbits the sun, and are considered ‘hot’ due to the extra irradiation they receive. For her most recent study, she divided the computational load between the Darwin cluster (part of the DiRAC network) at the University of Cambridge (UK) and the Piz Daint at the Swiss National Supercomputing Center. Read further...

The status of exascale computing in the US

Exascale At a meeting of the Advanced Scientific Computing Advisory Committee (ASCAC) of the Department of Energy (DoE) on July 27, the status of the US exascale initiative was reviewed. Steve Binkley Associate Director, DOE Office of Advanced Scientific Computing Research, concluded in his presentation that the next generation of advancements will require Extreme Scale Computing of 100-1,000X capabilities of today's computers with a similar physical size and power footprint. This poses significant challenges for power consumption, high parallelism, reliability. Extreme Scale Computing cannot be achieved by a "business-as-usual", evolutionary approach. Hence it is necessary to initiate partnerships with U.S. computer vendors to perform the required engineering, research and development for system architectures for capable exascale computing. Exascale systems will be based on marketable technology; it will be not a "one off" system. They must be productive systems, usable by scientists and engineers. Read further...

European science cloud on the horizon - including networking, data, HPC, supercomputing

Focus on EuropeHorizion Magazine runs an article on the European Science Cloud. Europe’s researchers have access to super-fast networks, common data storage facilities, and shared HPC and supercomputing resources. The challenge now is to link them all together into a single science cloud. Until the European science cloud is up and running, jockeying between Europe’s e-infrastructures and duplication of services are costing unnecessary money. Damien Lecarpentier, project director of the big data organisation EUDAT told Horizon Magazine he is optimistic about achieving the European science cloud. "I think, once we have the right people around the table, it shouldn’t take too long," he said. "I would say you should be able to do it in a year or two." Read further...

News flashes 2015-07-28

Ansys' Wim Slagter's personal impressions of ISC 2015

HardwareWim Slagter's personal impressions of ISC 2015 at the ANSYS blog: "Regarding HPC systems, I can mention that there is a major change in vendor market share leadership. In the past, HP and IBM were the leaders. After Lenovo’s acquisition of the x86-server business from IBM in 2014, HP is the clear market leader and Lenovo is now a major player, almost tied with Dell." notes Slagter. He also notes that HPDA (high performance data analytics), where HPC and Big Data come together, creating new opportunities (also in CAE), new use cases, and more demand on IT infrastructure. Read further...

Exascale: expect poor performance writes Tom Wilki in Scientific Computing World

HardwareSupercomputers deliver only a few percent of their theoretical peak performance so people should reset their expectations of Exascale, writed Tom Wilkie in Scientific Computing World/ he heard at ISC High Performance earlier this month. Wilki talked to HLRS director Michal Resch: "According to Resch, simple arithmetic meant that if an exascale machine achieved a sustained performance of only 1 to 3 percent, then this would deliver 10 to 30 Petaflops. So buying a 100 Petaflop machine that was 30 per cent efficient – which should be achievable, he claimed – would deliver the same compute power, for a much lower capital cost and about one tenth the energy cost of an exascale machine." Read further...

EGI FedCloud: Chipster tutorials now available in YouTube

Applications Chipster is a user-friendly analysis software for high-throughput data integrated in the EGI Federated Cloud and developed by CSC, the Finnish IT Center for Science and ELIXIR node. A comprehensive set of video tutorials is now available on YouTube. Chipster contains over 340 analysis tools for next generation sequencing (NGS), microarray, proteomics and sequence data and allows users to save and share automatic analysis workflows or to visualize data interactively using a built-in genome browser. The video tutorials released this week on a dedicated YouTube channel aim to stimulate adoption. The tool is fully integrated in the EGI Federated Cloud, using cloud resources provided by INFN-Bari (part of the Italian NGI). Read further...

OpenMP 4.1 draft specs open for Public Comment

ApplicationsThe OpenMP 4.1 draft specification has been released for public comment by the Language Committee of the OpenMP Architecture Review Board. Comments should be submitted to the OpenMP 4.1 DRAFT - Public Comments forum. Public comment closes September 30, 2015. 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 2015-07-27

Special

Altair's Bill Nitzberg on PBS Professional 13 and Ravi Kunju on Altair's HPC Cloud Challenge at ISC 2015 ...

NICE to demonstrate EnginFrame and Desktop Cloud Visualization at ISC 2015 ...

New SESAME Net project will set up network to promote HPC usage in SMEs ...

Focus on Europe

ISC 2015 caps 30th anniversary with record-breaking attendance in Frankfurt ...

PRACE 11th Call for Proposals connects the international HPC ecosystem ...

AMS-IX continues to grow significantly in both connected parties and capacity ...

Hardware

Jamia Millia Islamia University wins record LINPACK score at ISC 2015 Student Cluster Competition with support of CoolIT Systems & Boston ...

Cray returns to Australia's Bureau of Meteorology with new supercomputer and storage contract ...

Micron boosts data centre storage security with new SATA solid state drive featuring enterprise data encryption ...

Applications

Latest four supercomputer projects on the supercomputer in Cheyenne have direct application to Wyoming issues ...

The Virtual Laboratory ...

Atos uses Big Data analytics for safer streets ...

TOP500

K computer takes first place in Graph 500 supercomputer ranking ...

The Cloud

ISC Cloud & Big Data Conference offers unique workshops to attendees ...

Intel announces 'Cloud for All' initiative to deliver benefits of the Cloud to more businesses ...

IBM Unleashes Open Source Projects To Fuel Cloud Developer Innovations ...

IBM acquires Compose to expand Cloud data services ...

IBM partners with 200 universities globally to train next-generation of Cloud developers ...

Ricoh powers private Cloud and transforms customer service with Oracle's SPARC servers and ZFS storage ...

Medidata and Validic integrate Cloud technology platforms, expanding mobile health ecosystem to drive innovative, patient-centric research ...