Primeur weekly 2017-05-22

Focus

RDA's active data management and e-IRG's high level infrastructure policy might yield promising collaboration ...

Crowd computing

SMU Guildhall and cancer researchers level up to tap human intuition of video gamers in quest to beat cancer ...

Quantum computing

Fujitsu and 1QBit collaborate on quantum inspired AI Cloud service ...

D-Wave closes $50 million facility to fund next generation of quantum computers ...

IBM scientists demonstrate ballistic nanowire connections, a potential future key component for quantum computing ...

IBM builds its most powerful universal quantum computing processors ...

Using graphene to create quantum bits ...

Focus on Europe

GCS sets records for hours delivered and user participation in 17th large-scale Call ...

DEEP-ER research project sets technology trends for the next generation of supercomputers ...

SURFsara selected as PRACE Training Centre ...

Middleware

Penguin Computing announces support for Singularity containers on POD HPC Cloud and Scyld ClusterWare HPC cluster management solution ...

Bright Computing announces integration with BeeGFS from ThinkParQ ...

Hardware

HPE unveils computer built for the era of Big Data ...

AMD raises expectations for server performance and unveils EPYC processor brand for the data centre ...

University of Waterloo selects Mellanox InfiniBand solutions to enable leading-edge research in a variety of academic disciplines ...

DDN's Yvonne Walker recognized as one of CRN's 2017 Women of the Channel ...

Xilinx invests in machine learning pioneer DeePhi Tech ...

Markley and Cray partner to provide supercomputing as a service ...

Applications

HPE accelerates real-time insights for deep learning ...

HPC4Mfg paper manufacturing project yields first results ...

Alluxio to release Big Data analytics solution for Alluxio Enterprise Edition and the Cray Urika-GX system ...

Supermicro expands business and technical collaboration with SAP ...

Advancing cancer immunotherapy with computer simulations and data analysis ...

IBM researchers uncover new way to stimulate the body's immune response ...

The Cloud

Fujitsu launches deep learning platform system offering world-class speed ...

Features

2016-11-16 Bratislava 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). Mark Parsons comes from a background of data management. For many years, he worked to manage data in the cryosphere area - cold things like snow and ice - but also, more generally, for arctic data management, given anything from satellite remote sensing to indigenous knowledge. Mark Parsons was heavily involved in setting up the data systems and data policies for a big international research project. That is how he got involved in the international collaboration around data. Mark Parsons is RDA's first Secretary General and he is in this function for about 2,5 years. Read further...

Focus

2017-05-15 Berlin

GCS sets records for hours delivered and user participation in 17th large-scale Call

Focus on EuropeThe Gauss Centre for Supercomputing (GCS) approved 30 large-scale projects during the 17th call for large-scale proposals, set to run from May 1, 2017 to April 30, 2018. Combined, these projects received 2.1 billion core hours, marking the highest total ever delivered by the three GCS centres - the High Performance Computing Center Stuttgart (HLRS), Jülich Supercomputing Centre (JSC), and Leibniz Computing Centre of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities (LRZ). In addition to delivering record-breaking allocation time, GCS also broke records in proposals received and number of allocations awarded. Read further...

2017-05-16 Juelich

DEEP-ER research project sets technology trends for the next generation of supercomputers

Focus on Europe The DEEP-ER project, co-funded by the European Union, has come to a successful conclusion. The results achieved by the 14 partners will have a lasting impact on the development of future supercomputer systems. Its highly efficient and scalable I/O and resiliency software and the tight integration with novel memory and storage technologies solve long-standing problems with large HPC systems, and the highly innovative system prototype achieves new levels of performance and energy efficiency. Seven important European scientific and engineering applications have validated the DEEP-ER concept and the fully integrated HW/SW prototype. These remarkable results were achieved in a close co-design collaboration between all hardware, software and application experts in the project. Read further...

2017-05-16 Burnaby

D-Wave closes $50 million facility to fund next generation of quantum computers

Quantum computingD-Wave Systems Inc., an expert in quantum computing systems and software, has received new capital in the form of convertible notes from the Public Sector Pension Investment Board ("PSP Investments"). PSP Investments funded US$30 million at closing, with an additional US$20 million available at D-Wave's option upon the achievement of certain milestones. This facility brings D-Wave's total funding to approximately US$200 million. The new capital is expected to enable D-Wave to deploy its next-generation quantum computing system with more densely-connected qubits, as well as platforms and products for machine learning applications. Read further...

Video news

2016-09-05 ClusterVision specializes in cluster design and cluster management using Trinity

On the Exhibition floor at ISC 2016 in Frankfurt, Germany, Primeur Magazine talked with Samira Mellenbergh, EMEA Account Manager at ClusterVision. As a system integrator ClusterVision helps design the architecture of HPC clusters into implementation and deployment.

2016-08-21 Sunway TaihuLight's strengths and weaknesses highlighted by Jack Dongarra

At the ISC 2016 Conference in Frankfurt, Germany, Primeur Magazine had the opportunity to talk with Jack Dongarra, Professor at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, who is one of the authors of the TOP500 list.

2016-08-15 NVIDIA's Tesla P100 GPU to fit into every GPU-enabled server

On the Exhibition floor at ISC 2016 in Frankfurt, Germany, Primeur Magazine talked with Marc Hamilton, Vice President of NVIDIA. Marc Hamilton highlighted the keynote talk of Andrew Ng from Baidu, who explained how high performance computing is being used by Baidu in deep learning and artificial intelligence, and how important it is to have strong scaling in the processor and how hard it is to reach this.

2016-08-15 OpenHPC sets out as vibrant community curating cohesive open source software stack for HPC

After the workshop on International Cooperation following ISC 2016 in Frankfurt, Germany,Primeur Magazinehad the opportunity to talk with Robert Wisniewski from Intel, who is chairing the OpenHPC initiative. OpenHPC is an open source, open community initiative to be able to produce a cohesive and comprehensive system software stack that will run a cluster or a supercomputer.

2016-07-13 Moore's Law is all about economics but there are alternative technologies on the way

On June 22, 2016 at the ISC 2016 Conference in Frankfurt, Germany, John Shalf from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory chaired a session titled "Scaling Beyond the End of Moore's Law". The session consisted of an introduction, three presentations and a panel discussion.

2016-07-11 D-Wave works with its customers Lockheed, Google and Los Alamos to design better quantum software

On the Exhibition floor at ISC 2016 in Frankfurt, Germany, Primeur Magazine talked with Bo Ewald, President of D-Wave International. Bo Ewald helped the company focus on customers, applications and software tools.

News flashes

News flashes 2017-05-26

European HPC Extreme-scale Demonstrators Workshop for industrial end-users in Frankfurt

ApplicationsETP4HPC organises a workshop on (pre)-exascale demonstrators in Frankfurt on June 22. This meeting will provide insight into the extreme scale demonstrator concept and its setup, and allow interested industrial HPC users and ISVs to express needs and expectations regarding the potential use of extreme scale demonstrators. Read further...

Nick Johnson explains how to speed up Python on the ARCHER supercomputer

ApplicationsOn the EPCC blog Nick Johnson explains some tricks to speed up Python on the ARCHER supercomputer. He is concentrating on a Marine tech project by the London Firedrake team. Running on ARCHER, it scales well in the computation phase, but not well at start-up. "Why?", Nick Johnson asks. At start-up, the Python interpreter parses its paths and loads a default set of modules, each accessing the same files. On 1000 nodes, this takes about 45 minutes for the 24,000 Python interpreters to go through this routine. Read further...

Optimise for scaling or efficiency preapring for exascale difficultchoice says Adrian Jackson

ApplicationsIn his latest blog post "Balancing act: optimise for scaling or efficiency?" on the EPCC site, Adrian Jackson writes about choices to make when optimising parallel applications especially when preparing for exascale. There are many unknowns so it is hard to make correct choices at this moment. Read further...

Latin American Conference on High Performance Computing call for papers

Focus on EuropeThis year the Latin American Conference on High Performance Computing (CARLA 2017) will be held in Buenos Aires, from September 20 to September 22. The main goal of CARLA 2017 is to provide a regional forum fostering the growth of the HPC community in Latin America through the exchange and dissemination of new ideas, techniques, and research in HPC. Read further...

News flashes 2017-05-24

1st successful POP HPC Centre of Excellence user forum

Applications About 25 participants came to the first POP User Forum on Friday, May 19, 2017 during the EU HPC Summit Week 2017 in Barcelona. PoP is a European centre of excellence for HPC applications. The slides of the workshop are available for download. Read further...

News flashes 2017-05-23

EoCoE Workshop on HPC for Energy application

ApplicationsEoCoE will organise a workshop in Brussels on June 15, 2017. There will be talks from experts from both the HPC and the energy sectors as well as round-table discussions. Read further...

Containers for HPC workshop at Cambridge University

ApplicationsThe University of Cambridge with the support of the Software Sustainability Institute is organising a workshop on Containers for HPC: A Workshop on Singularity and Containers in HPC and Cloud on 29th and 30th June 2017. The aim of the workshop is to give an overview of container technologies in the context of Research Computing, with a specific focus on enabling HPC and GPU workloads. Read further...

Cray CEO discusses the new supercomputing as a service offering

Applications Cray's president and chief executive officer, Peter Ungaro, offers on the Cray company blog insights into the company’s new supercomputing-as-a-service offering, in partnership with Markley. "There is a clear distinction between supercomputing in the cloud and what is commonly today called "HPC in the cloud", Ungaro says. Read further...

News flashes 2017-05-22

MIKELANGELO project explains Microservice Demo Application

ApplicationsThe MIKELANGELO project intends to make virtual infrastructures ready to run big data, high performance computing, and I/O intensive applications in production. The project published a series of blogposts showing an osv-microservice-demo that demonstrates the improvements made to OSv and Capstan in the MIKELANGELO project. OSv is an operating system designed specifically for lightweight cloud workloads. Read further...

ExaFLOW's memory-conservative approach to resilience in CFD tools leads to fault Tolerance at Exascale

ApplicationsChris Cantwell explains on the ExaFLOW blog how a memory-conservative approach to resilience in CFD tools leads to fault tolerance at Exascale supercomputing. He says that algorithms and software for exascale need to be developed with resilience in mind and designed to be tolerant of failures when they occur. The ExaFLOW project has been examining how this might be achieved with computational fluid dynamics, without adversely affecting the performance or scalability of the code. One particular concern at exascale is the size of memory per processor, which is currently on a downward trend. ExaFLOW is therefore been seeking solutions which provide resilience in a memory-conservative manner. 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 2017-05-22

Focus

RDA's active data management and e-IRG's high level infrastructure policy might yield promising collaboration ...

Crowd computing

SMU Guildhall and cancer researchers level up to tap human intuition of video gamers in quest to beat cancer ...

Quantum computing

Fujitsu and 1QBit collaborate on quantum inspired AI Cloud service ...

D-Wave closes $50 million facility to fund next generation of quantum computers ...

IBM scientists demonstrate ballistic nanowire connections, a potential future key component for quantum computing ...

IBM builds its most powerful universal quantum computing processors ...

Using graphene to create quantum bits ...

Focus on Europe

GCS sets records for hours delivered and user participation in 17th large-scale Call ...

DEEP-ER research project sets technology trends for the next generation of supercomputers ...

SURFsara selected as PRACE Training Centre ...

Middleware

Penguin Computing announces support for Singularity containers on POD HPC Cloud and Scyld ClusterWare HPC cluster management solution ...

Bright Computing announces integration with BeeGFS from ThinkParQ ...

Hardware

HPE unveils computer built for the era of Big Data ...

AMD raises expectations for server performance and unveils EPYC processor brand for the data centre ...

University of Waterloo selects Mellanox InfiniBand solutions to enable leading-edge research in a variety of academic disciplines ...

DDN's Yvonne Walker recognized as one of CRN's 2017 Women of the Channel ...

Xilinx invests in machine learning pioneer DeePhi Tech ...

Markley and Cray partner to provide supercomputing as a service ...

Applications

HPE accelerates real-time insights for deep learning ...

HPC4Mfg paper manufacturing project yields first results ...

Alluxio to release Big Data analytics solution for Alluxio Enterprise Edition and the Cray Urika-GX system ...

Supermicro expands business and technical collaboration with SAP ...

Advancing cancer immunotherapy with computer simulations and data analysis ...

IBM researchers uncover new way to stimulate the body's immune response ...

The Cloud

Fujitsu launches deep learning platform system offering world-class speed ...