Primeur weekly 2016-07-18

Special

SoftBank Group to acquire ARM for about 29 billion euro (24 billion GBP) ...

Focus

Moore's Law is all about economics but there are alternative technologies on the way ...

CMOS is still here to stay but we need to think out of the box to reclaim efficiency ...

Why the hunt for killer applications to run on quantum computers is challenging ...

Quantum computing

Researchers at UCSB blur the line between classical and quantum physics by connecting chaos and entanglement ...

Soprano and quantum computer combine for world first performance ...

Focus on Europe

New data centre Amsterdam Science Park for SURFsara supercomputers is completed ...

Middleware

Mellanox simplifies RDMA deployments with enhanced RoCE software ...

Hardware

Researchers devise secure, efficient anonymity network ...

Berkeley Lab scientists grow atomically thin transistors and circuits ...

Final expansion stage of the high-performance computer at DKRZ starts operation ...

Huaxintong Semiconductor licenses ARMv8-A architecture ...

SiFive introduces industry's first open-source chip platforms ...

AMAX launches GPU solutions based on latest NVIDIA Tesla P100 GPU accelerators ...

Applications

Netherlands eScience Center initiates three new Path-Finding projects ...

Physicists couple distant nuclear spins using a single electron ...

Supercomputers fire lasers to shoot gamma ray beam ...

Physics researchers question calcium-52's magic ...

Jack Wells brings HPC expertise to seismology meeting ...

Bridges connects evolutionary biologists with genomes of wild species ...

The Cloud

IBM Cloud ranked second in worldwide Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) ...

Features

2016-07-18 Cambridge The SoftBank Group (SGB) from Japan has come to an agreement to acquire ARM Holdings plc in the UK for about 29 billion euro (24 billion GPB). ARM will become a wholly owned subsidiary of SGB. The merger is expected to be completed by the end of September. The fall of the British Pound after the Brexit a few weeks ago, makes ARM shares about 30% cheaper in other currencies like the Japanese Yen. ARM is by far the largest European chip architecture maker. ARM is also active in HPC. Recently Fujitsu in Japan announced that they are working on using ARM based chips for the Post K supercomputer under development. ARM is also used in several European exascale computing development projects, including Mont-Blanc, Exanest, and Exanode. Read further...

Special

2016-06-22 Frankfurt

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

FocusOn 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. Invited speakers were Josh Fryman from Intel who talked about the continuation of CMOS, Damian Steiger from ETH Zurich who addressed quantum computing, and Karlheinz Meier from the University of Heidelberg who proposed neuromorphic computing as an alternative for the end of Moore's Law. Read further...

2016-06-22 Frankfurt

CMOS is still here to stay but we need to think out of the box to reclaim efficiency

FocusIn the ISC 2016 session titled "Scaling Beyond the End of Moore's Law", chaired by John Shalf, the first speaker was Josh Fryman from Intel. He confirmed John Shalf's words saying that Moore's Law is a business statement, not an engineering statement. About every two years, engineers double devices - today, we are talking transistors - to get performance increases of about 40% and energy reductions of about 65% for a constant level of power and cost. From a business point of view, if you are going to have a technology to continue the ecosystem, this is interesting. On the engineering side, the recipe for engineers to achieve Moore's Law transistors is to scale dimensions and supply voltage each by 30%. When the recipe fails to work, engineers have to innovate and invent a new recipe. Read further...

2016-06-22 Frankfurt

Why the hunt for killer applications to run on quantum computers is challenging

FocusIn the ISC 2016 session titled "Scaling Beyond the End of Moore's Law", chaired by John Shalf, the second speaker was Damian Steiger from the Theoretical Physics Lab at ETH Zurich. His goal was to show why quantum computing can solve some of the problems which CMOS can not for at least a few specific applications. Damian Steiger defined a quantum computer as being fundamentally based on different principles of how to process information. One hundred years ago, we figured out that nature is not moving according to classical laws of physics but to quantum physics laws. Since then, we have seen many interesting effects like quantum tunneling, entanglement, and superpositions to describe how atoms and electrons move. Now, with quantum computers, this is the first time that we try to use these laws of physics, not just to build devices but to actually do information processing. Read further...

Video news

2016-06-27 Sunway TaihuLight crunches its data near light-sparkling Lake Taihu

In the first session of Distinguished Speakers, chaired by Erich Strohmaier, at ISC 2016 in Frankfurt, Germany, Haohuan Fu from the National Supercomputer Center at Wuxi in China, introduced the new nr. 1 machine in the TOP500 list: the Sunway TaihuLight. Haohuan Fu started by explaining the name of the new system. It is named after Lake Taihu. Lake Taihu is a lake with intense light in the eastern part of China, very close to the city of Shanghai.

2016-06-27 Interview Paul Messina - Integration and co-design key to reach capable exascale computing in the US

the first session of Distinguished Speakers, chaired by Erich Strohmaier, at ISC 2016 in Frankfurt, Germany, Paul Messina from Argonne National Laboratory talked about the U.S. governmental approach to reach capable exascale computing. There are some major technical challenges for exascale, including energy efficiency, interconnect technology, memory technology, scalable system software, programming systems, data management, and exascale algorithms, amongst others.

2016-04-11 Interview with Antonio Zoccoli about the IPCEI project

Antonio Zoccoli explains the IPCEI project on high performance computing and Big Data enabled applications to serve as a pilot for the European Data Infrastructure. Interview at EGI 2016 conference in Amsterdam.

2016-03-07 Azerbaijan e-infrastructure is developing fast thanks to project partnership with European Community

During the e-IRG Open Workshop, held in November 2015 in Belval/Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg, Primeur Magazine had the opportunity to talk with Rasim Alguliyev, Ramiz Aliguliyev, and Vugar Musayev from the Institute of Information Technology, which is part of the National Academy of Sciences (ANAS) in Azerbaijan.

2016-02-19 Interview Anwar Osseyran: e-Infrastructures; new supercomputer centre building, precision medicine

Interview with Anwar Osseyran, director of SURFsara & professor at the University of Amsterdam.

2016-02-08 Whole genome sequencing using HPC clusters in project MinE to find a cure for ALS

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.

News flashes

News flashes 2016-07-21

Effervescent Clouds? No idea what those are? Let Daniel Reed explain

BlogIn a guest blog "Effervescent Clouds: Nimble Computing Infrastructure" on the HPC in the Cloud project CloudLightning, Daniel Reed explains what Cloud computing is, or could be. "What's a cloud? It's an elastic, on-demand, often geo-distributed, frequently virtualized, flexible hardware, software and services infrastructure that powers the 21st century knowledge economy. And that is really important right now." Got it? Read further...

Google and university researchers in the US and the UK performed the first completely scalable quantum simulation of a molecule.

BlogGoogle, in collaboration with the Aspuru-Guzik group at Harvard and researchers from Lawrence Berkeley National Labs, UC Santa Barbara, Tufts University and University College London, has performed the first completely scalable quantum simulation of a molecule. The experimental results are detailed in the paper "Scalable Quantum Simulation of Molecular Energies", which recently appeared in Physical Review X. On the Google blog is a longer explanation of the experiment. Read further...

Jetstream, first NSF-supported cloud infrastructure for science & engineering research in the US, to launch September 1

Blog Jetsstream is the science cloud in the US. Jetstream partners announced the September 1 date for the system to go into full operation at the XSEDE16 Conference in Miami, USA, this week. Indiana University’s Pervasive Technology Institute is the lead institution on the five-year, $11 million NSF (National Science Foundation) grant to create, implement and operate Jetstream. In Europe a similar initiative, called the European Open Science Cloud is underway. Read further...

News flashes 2016-07-20

New book with reports and results of SuperMUC supercomputer projects available

ApplicationsThe Leibniz Supercomputing Centre LRZ, in Munich, published the new book with results and reports of SuperMUC supercomputer projects. The title is "High Performance Computing in Science and Engineering, Garching/Munich 2016". Over the last two years of operation, SuperMUC Phase 1 and Phase 2 have produced an enormous amount of scientific results. The proceedings show the excellent research accomplished using the SuperMUC system. Read further...

New issue of CINECA Magazine with Exascale in Europe and Italian supercomputing applications

ApplicationsCINECA has published issue 3 of their Magazine. This issue contains a bacground article on European Exascale developemts by Jean-François Lavignon, Chairman of ETP4HPC. He explains the Strategic Research Agenda of the organisations and the role it plays in European policy developments. The Magazine also contains articles on exascale applications including "MaX: materials design at the exascale" and "Advanced Computer Graphics for Cultural Heritage". The articles are in Italian and English. Read further...

Iain Bethune explains ExTASY: a flexible and scalable approach to biomolecular simulation

ApplicationsIain Bethune describes in an EPCC blog ExTASY: a flexible and scalable approach to biomolecular simulation. The ExTASY project has developed a Python framework - Ensemble Toolkit - which provides a powerful but user-friendly API for coding workflows involving ensemble MD simulations coupled to tools which analyse the results of the simulations and propose new start-points for further MD in an iterative 'Simulation-Analysis Loop' pattern. The blog also appeared on the CloudLightning website. Read further...

PRACE Summer of HPC started in Athens

Industry newsThe PRACE Summerschool on supercomputing started in Athens. A short report on the first day is available as a blog by Juan Eiros Zamora. Read further...

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Primeur weekly 2016-07-18

Special

SoftBank Group to acquire ARM for about 29 billion euro (24 billion GBP) ...

Focus

Moore's Law is all about economics but there are alternative technologies on the way ...

CMOS is still here to stay but we need to think out of the box to reclaim efficiency ...

Why the hunt for killer applications to run on quantum computers is challenging ...

Quantum computing

Researchers at UCSB blur the line between classical and quantum physics by connecting chaos and entanglement ...

Soprano and quantum computer combine for world first performance ...

Focus on Europe

New data centre Amsterdam Science Park for SURFsara supercomputers is completed ...

Middleware

Mellanox simplifies RDMA deployments with enhanced RoCE software ...

Hardware

Researchers devise secure, efficient anonymity network ...

Berkeley Lab scientists grow atomically thin transistors and circuits ...

Final expansion stage of the high-performance computer at DKRZ starts operation ...

Huaxintong Semiconductor licenses ARMv8-A architecture ...

SiFive introduces industry's first open-source chip platforms ...

AMAX launches GPU solutions based on latest NVIDIA Tesla P100 GPU accelerators ...

Applications

Netherlands eScience Center initiates three new Path-Finding projects ...

Physicists couple distant nuclear spins using a single electron ...

Supercomputers fire lasers to shoot gamma ray beam ...

Physics researchers question calcium-52's magic ...

Jack Wells brings HPC expertise to seismology meeting ...

Bridges connects evolutionary biologists with genomes of wild species ...

The Cloud

IBM Cloud ranked second in worldwide Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) ...