Primeur weekly 2016-02-01

Crowd computing

The DATA4 Group has acquired a stake in Qarnot computing to support its development both in France and abroad ...

Quantum computing

A new quantum approach to big data ...

Focus on Europe

Bright Computing receives 1,5 million euro Horizon 2020 grant from the European Commission ...

Energy-saving minicomputers for the 'Internet of Things' ...

AppliedMicro selected as the exclusive server provider for the Horizon 2020-funded UniServer project ...

New GBP 20.4 million project set to transform UK pharmaceutical development and manufacturing ...

Swiss National Supercomputing Centre to organize the 2016 CSCS-USI Summer School ...

SISSA and ICTP Master in High Performance Computing to organize MHPC Workshop on High Performance Computing ...

Middleware

Bright and Turkish solution provider BitNet celebrate joint customer win at FNSS ...

Hardware

A step towards keeping up with Moore's Law ...

Nagaoka University of Technology selects SGI to deliver advanced information processing for students and researchers ...

SGI reports fiscal second quarter 2016 financial results ...

Tokyo Institute of Technology and Fujitsu achieve wireless transmission speeds of 56 Gbps, world's fastest ...

Fujitsu and Socionext develop next-generation 56 Gbps transceiver circuit with world's lowest power consumption for optical communications between servers ...

Applications

NSF's iPlant Collaborative rebrands to CyVerse ...

IBM Watson health companies awarded five Best in KLAS designations ...

ANSYS unveils release 17.0 ...

Titan targets tumors ...

Supercomputer services give honey bee researchers critical insight ...

PPPL team wins 80 million processor hours on US' fastest supercomputer ...

The Cloud

IBM enhances LinuxONE for hybrid Cloud environments ...

Features

2016-01-28 Brussels Bright Computing has been awarded a grant of 1,512,857 euro by the European Commission under its Horizon 2020 programme. The grant will be used for the Bright Beyond HPC programme, which focuses on enhancing and scaling Bright's industry-leading management platform for advanced IT infrastructure, including high performance computing clusters, Big Data clusters, and OpenStack-based private Clouds. Read further...

Focus on Europe

2016-01-29 Paris

The DATA4 Group has acquired a stake in Qarnot computing to support its development both in France and abroad

Crowd computingDATA4 Group, a European data centre specialist, and Qarnot computing, a start-up that created the first radiators using computer processors as a heat source, have created a high-performance computing system that is unique on the market. The system combines the IT power that is concentrated in DATA4 data centres and the decentralised compute power created by the Qarnot digital heaters. Read further...

2016-01-27 Ticino

Swiss National Supercomputing Centre to organize the 2016 CSCS-USI Summer School

Focus on EuropeCSCS, the Swiss National Supercomputing Centre, is organizing the 2016 CSCS-USI Summer School which will take place from July 17 to 28, 2016 at Hotel Serpiano in Ticino, Switzerland. The Summer School 2016 on Effective High Performance Computing will focus on the effective exploitation of HPC systems. The Summer School is dedicated to Master and Ph.D. students. The deadline for application is April 11, 2016. 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 2016-02-04

ISC conference announces details about keynote by Jacqueline Chen

Industry newsThe ISC organsiation has published the abstract of the keynote to be given by Jacqueline Chen at the conference. In the keynote, the current state of petascale turbulent combustion simulation will be reviewed, followed by a discussion of current combustion exascale combustion co-design topics investigated by exascale combustion co-design center, ExaCT. Principle topics include: architectural modelling and simulation of the behaviour of combustion applications on future extreme architectures; and programming model and runtime for heterogeneous, hierarchical machines with inherent variability. An elaborate abstract is available on the ISC web site. Read further...

12th Annual OpenFabrics Alliance Workshop

Industry newsThe 12th Annual OpenFabrics Alliance (OFA) Workshop will be held April 4-8, 2016 - Monterey Marriott, Monterey, CA, USA. The OpenFabrics Alliance (OFA) is an open source-based organization that develops, tests, licenses, supports and distributes OpenFabrics Software (OFS). The Alliance's mission is to develop and promote software that enables maximum application efficiency by delivering wire-speed messaging, ultra-low latencies and maximum bandwidth directly to applications with minimal CPU overhead. Read further...

Argonne Training Program on Extreme-Scale Computing in August

ExascaleThe Argonne Training Program on Extreme-Scale Computing (ATPESC) provides an intensive, two-week training on the key skills, approaches, and tools to design, implement, and execute computational science and engineering applications on current high-end computing systems and the leadership-class computing systems of the future. Read further...

News flashes 2016-02-03

Why do you not drop your HPC servers in the ocean?

Industry news The Microsoft Company dropped a one rack data centre into the ocean for three months to see how it behaves. Athima Chansanchai summarized the project - dubbed Natick - after three months. Three months ago Natick submerged an enclosing with a small computer rack in the ocean. Natick reaceachers do believe this is the first time a data centre has been deployed below the ocean's surface. "Going under water could solve several problems by introducing a new power source, greatly reducing cooling costs, closing the distance to connected populations and making it easier and faster to set up data centres", Chansanchai summarizes. The initial vessel is now back on land, sitting in the lot of one of Microsoft's buildings. The team is still analyzing data from the experiment, but so far, the results are promising. Read further...

Inauguration of PSNC-Huawei Innovation Cente in Poznan Poland

Industry newsThe PSNC-Huawei Innovation Center was officially inaugurated on January 22nd. It included the launch of the HPC computer system "Orzel / Eagle" with a performance of 1.4 Petaflop/s computing power, currently occupying the 2nd place in Poland and the 80th position on TOP500 list. Read further...

News flashes 2016-02-02

Swiss supercomputing centre CSCS - more than just number crunching

Focus on EuropeThere is more to supercomputing than just number crunching. Angela Detjen, communications officer at CSCS, took part in a Study Tour organized by Swissnex San Francisco. She has a nice blog on the CSCS site about it. She tells about filming with iPhones, attending the science hack week, and bio robots. Read further...

LUG 2016 in April, Portland

Focus on EuropeLUG 2016 will be held in Portland, Oregon, from April 5th - 7th. The team is also excited to host its 2nd annual Lustre Developer Day on Monday, April 4th. Read further...

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Primeur weekly 2016-02-01

Crowd computing

The DATA4 Group has acquired a stake in Qarnot computing to support its development both in France and abroad ...

Quantum computing

A new quantum approach to big data ...

Focus on Europe

Bright Computing receives 1,5 million euro Horizon 2020 grant from the European Commission ...

Energy-saving minicomputers for the 'Internet of Things' ...

AppliedMicro selected as the exclusive server provider for the Horizon 2020-funded UniServer project ...

New GBP 20.4 million project set to transform UK pharmaceutical development and manufacturing ...

Swiss National Supercomputing Centre to organize the 2016 CSCS-USI Summer School ...

SISSA and ICTP Master in High Performance Computing to organize MHPC Workshop on High Performance Computing ...

Middleware

Bright and Turkish solution provider BitNet celebrate joint customer win at FNSS ...

Hardware

A step towards keeping up with Moore's Law ...

Nagaoka University of Technology selects SGI to deliver advanced information processing for students and researchers ...

SGI reports fiscal second quarter 2016 financial results ...

Tokyo Institute of Technology and Fujitsu achieve wireless transmission speeds of 56 Gbps, world's fastest ...

Fujitsu and Socionext develop next-generation 56 Gbps transceiver circuit with world's lowest power consumption for optical communications between servers ...

Applications

NSF's iPlant Collaborative rebrands to CyVerse ...

IBM Watson health companies awarded five Best in KLAS designations ...

ANSYS unveils release 17.0 ...

Titan targets tumors ...

Supercomputer services give honey bee researchers critical insight ...

PPPL team wins 80 million processor hours on US' fastest supercomputer ...

The Cloud

IBM enhances LinuxONE for hybrid Cloud environments ...