Primeur weekly 2017-01-16

Focus

e-IRG to publish Roadmap 2016 as a next step towards the e-Infrastructure Commons ...

Former and new e-IRG Chair to discuss need to intensify collaborations with Research Data Alliance, ESFRI and European Commission ...

Exascale supercomputing

Mont-Blanc project selects Cavium's ThunderX2 processor for its new ARM-based HPC platform ...

Quantum computing

D-Wave initiates open quantum software environment ...

"Weak Measurement" with strong results ...

Focus on Europe

The Pirbright Institute chooses an Atos supercomputer to help fight viral diseases of animals and people ...

Atos coordinates the European inteGRIDy project that will pilot a new energy framework across 8 countries ...

Hungary becomes ELIXIR Member ...

First milestone in European HPC strategy achieved ...

European Commision to organize Info Session on ICT-41-2017: Next Generation Internet ...

Middleware

Research data zone to improve collaboration in data-intensive research ...

Hardware

Cray appoints Stathis Papaefstathiou to Senior Vice President of Research and Development ...

Cray announces selected preliminary 2016 financial results ...

Mellanox Ethernet solutions selected to accelerate Baidu's Machine Learning platforms ...

IBM delivers new all-flash storage for cognitive workloads ...

Bridges supercomputer completed: upgrade of PSC's Big Data system now in production ...

UK procurement for Servers, Storage and Solutions including HPC - final lots awarded ...

Science DMZ is focus of latest library of network training videos aimed at global audience ...

Taking graphics cards beyond gaming ...

Applications

IBM Watson Health announces collaboration to study the use of blockchain technology for secure exchange of health care data ...

Collaborating on Big Data to unravel disease processes ...

Astronomers pinpoint radio flashes from long-long ago in a galaxy far-far away ...

Physicists awarded funding to enhance our understanding of the universe ...

Upping the Ante: top poker pros face off vs. Artificial Intelligence ...

University of North Texas researchers use TACC supercomputers to create first all-atom simulation of genome editing in action ...

IUPUI study: Training computers to differentiate between people with the same name ...

ELFI: Engine for Likelihood-Free Inference facilitates more effective simulation ...

The Cloud

451 Research: Application containers will be a $2.7 billion market by 2020 ...

Features

2017-01-11 The Hague The e-Infrastructure Reflection Group (e-IRG) has published a new version of its Roadmap document. The e-IRG Roadmap 2016 is taking up the e-Infrastructure Commons concept. The document intends to define a clear route on how to evolve the European e-Infrastructure system further. The new Roadmap edition aims to turn the vision of the e-Infrastructure Commons into reality by 2020, and has recommendations to all stakeholders to progress on the way towards the e-Infrastructure Commons. Read further...

Focus

2016-11-16 Bratislava

Former and new e-IRG Chair to discuss need to intensify collaborations with Research Data Alliance, ESFRI and European Commission

FocusAfter the recent e-IRG Workshop, held in Bratislava, Slovak Republic,Primeur Magazinehad the opportunity to speak with the former e-IRG Chair Sverker Holmgren and the new e-IRG Chair as of January 2017, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Gabriele von Voigt about the results of the e-IRG Workshop. Read further...

2017-01-16 Paris, Madrid

Atos coordinates the European inteGRIDy project that will pilot a new energy framework across 8 countries

Focus on EuropeAtos, an expert in digital transformation, coordinates the inteGRIDy European project, which seeks to connect innovative services, technologies and emerging mechanisms of intelligent electric networks through the deployment of a scalable and replicable platform. This platform will allow the connection of the current energy network with the different market players, as well as providing improved capabilities for the monitoring of consumption and generation profiles. Read further...

2017-01-16 Les Clayes, Barcelona

Mont-Blanc project selects Cavium's ThunderX2 processor for its new ARM-based HPC platform

Exascale supercomputingThe Mont-Blanc European project has selected Cavium's ThunderX2 ARM server processor to power its new High Performance Computing (HPC) prototype. The ambition of the Mont-Blanc project is to define the architecture of an Exascale-class compute node based on the ARM architecture, and capable of being manufactured at industrial scale. The project takes a holistic approach, encompassing not just hardware, but also operating system and tools, and applications. The new platform will therefore be a key asset to all Mont-Blanc partners, to assess options for maximum compute efficiency, to further develop the software ecosystem for ARM HPC platforms, and to implement life-size tests. Read further...

2017-01-06 Brussels

First milestone in European HPC strategy achieved

Focus on EuropeThe first coordinated acquisition at European level of world-class innovative High Performance Computing (HPC) solutions will be launched in a few months. Read further...

2017-01-12 Reading

UK procurement for Servers, Storage and Solutions including HPC - final lots awarded

HardwareThe final lots of the national Servers, Storage and Solutions Agreement have now been awarded. The agreement, worth an estimated GBP 200 - GBP 600 million in business over the life of the agreement, allows over 150 universities across the UK to purchase server and storage requirements through an EU compliant route. High Performance Computing and/or Data Intensive Computing)has been awardedto Atos IT Services, Clustervision, Dell, Fujitsu, HPE, Huawei, Lenovo and XMA. Read further...

Video news

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.

2016-07-06 OpenHPC sets out as vibrant community curating cohesive open source software stack for HPC

fter 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.

2016-07-06 South Africa CHPC: Lengau supercomputer, Student Cluster Competition victory & ICRI 2016 conference

After the workshop on International Cooperation following ISC 2016 in Frankfurt, Germany,Primeur Magazinehad the opportunity to talk with Happy Sithole, Director of CHPC, the Centre for High Performance Computing in South Africa, about the new Lengau supercomputer, the Student Cluster Competition and the upcoming International Conference on Research Infrastructures - ICRI 2016, which will be organized in Cape Town, October 3-5, 2016.

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 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.

News flashes

Background

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Primeur weekly 2017-01-16

Focus

e-IRG to publish Roadmap 2016 as a next step towards the e-Infrastructure Commons ...

Former and new e-IRG Chair to discuss need to intensify collaborations with Research Data Alliance, ESFRI and European Commission ...

Exascale supercomputing

Mont-Blanc project selects Cavium's ThunderX2 processor for its new ARM-based HPC platform ...

Quantum computing

D-Wave initiates open quantum software environment ...

"Weak Measurement" with strong results ...

Focus on Europe

The Pirbright Institute chooses an Atos supercomputer to help fight viral diseases of animals and people ...

Atos coordinates the European inteGRIDy project that will pilot a new energy framework across 8 countries ...

Hungary becomes ELIXIR Member ...

First milestone in European HPC strategy achieved ...

European Commision to organize Info Session on ICT-41-2017: Next Generation Internet ...

Middleware

Research data zone to improve collaboration in data-intensive research ...

Hardware

Cray appoints Stathis Papaefstathiou to Senior Vice President of Research and Development ...

Cray announces selected preliminary 2016 financial results ...

Mellanox Ethernet solutions selected to accelerate Baidu's Machine Learning platforms ...

IBM delivers new all-flash storage for cognitive workloads ...

Bridges supercomputer completed: upgrade of PSC's Big Data system now in production ...

UK procurement for Servers, Storage and Solutions including HPC - final lots awarded ...

Science DMZ is focus of latest library of network training videos aimed at global audience ...

Taking graphics cards beyond gaming ...

Applications

IBM Watson Health announces collaboration to study the use of blockchain technology for secure exchange of health care data ...

Collaborating on Big Data to unravel disease processes ...

Astronomers pinpoint radio flashes from long-long ago in a galaxy far-far away ...

Physicists awarded funding to enhance our understanding of the universe ...

Upping the Ante: top poker pros face off vs. Artificial Intelligence ...

University of North Texas researchers use TACC supercomputers to create first all-atom simulation of genome editing in action ...

IUPUI study: Training computers to differentiate between people with the same name ...

ELFI: Engine for Likelihood-Free Inference facilitates more effective simulation ...

The Cloud

451 Research: Application containers will be a $2.7 billion market by 2020 ...