Primeur weekly 2018-08-13

Focus

DEEP-EST project is exploring the nuts and bolts of mildly disruptive modular supercomputing architecture ...

Gidel's FPGAs only use 1% of their capacity for lossless compression and encryption ...

German HPC and EuroHPC, a question of competitive collaboration benefiting science ...

Quantum computing

NSF launches effort to create practical quantum computer ...

The Rigetti 128-qubit chip and what it means for quantum ...

Quantum chains in graphene nanoribbons ...

Tying electrons down with nanoribbons ...

Focus on Europe

Falling moons: When proto-Earth met its makers - German and Israeli supercomputers spend 100 weeks crunching astronomical numbers ...

PRACE SHAPE Programme supports three further SMEs ...

High Performance Computing for a better agriculture ...

ExCAPE: developing new medicines with high performance computing ...

RDA Grants for Early Careers and Experts - Join the 12th RDA Plenary, 5-8 November 2018, Botswana as part of the International Data Week 2018 ...

Middleware

NetApp and NVIDIA supercharge deep learning with new AI architecture ...

Ohio Supercomputer Center hosting sixth meeting of the MVAPICH Users Group ...

Julia 1.0 has now been released ...

Hardware

Supermicro opens new era of petascale computing with a family of all-flash NVMe 1U systems scalable up to a petabyte of high performance storage ...

DDN building new flash enterprise virtualisation and analytics division with 100 new hires planned through September ...

Co-construction of the future university: Sugon signs with XJTLU ...

Intel launches world's densest, totally silent solid state drive ...

Intel's vision for the future of memory and storage with Optane + QLC ...

University of Texas at Arlington researcher working to use computer cache to speed up memory access ...

Applications

Blue Waters professor Kaiyu Guan receives AGU Early Career Award ...

NCSA Brown Dog project wins Best Technical Paper at PEARC18 ...

2018 NCSA Blue Waters Symposium presentations now available ...

Supercomputer simulations show new target in HIV-1 replication ...

Features

2018-08-13 Frankfurt After his presentation at ISC'18 in the session "German HPC in Context",Primeur Magazinewas able to talk with Michael Resch, Chairman of the Gauss Centre for Supercomputing. His talk covered the German HPC developments, also in connection with the European developments in EuroHPC. Michael Resch toldPrimeur Magazinethat all these things fit nicely together because Germany has been very active. It was among the first countries to sign the agreement for the EuroHPC Declaration. This fits nicely, both to the German strategy and the German strategy fits nicely into EuroHPC. These are two very complementary activities. Read further...

Focus

2018-08-13 Frankfurt

DEEP-EST project is exploring the nuts and bolts of mildly disruptive modular supercomputing architecture

Focus At the ISC'18 Exhibition,Primeur Magazinemet Norbert Eicker at the Mont-Blanc booth. Norbert Eicker participates in the DEEP-EST project which is one of the Horizon2020 projects that develops technology for supercomputing. Norbert Eicker works at the Jülich Supercomputing Center leading the technology development in the field of supercomputer architectures. In the DEEP-EST project, the partners think about how the cluster technology which is kind of the common standard in HPC right now, can be developed into the future and especially on how to organize heterogeneity in future HPC architectures. Read further...

2018-08-13 Frankfurt

Gidel's FPGAs only use 1% of their capacity for lossless compression and encryption

FocusAt the ISC'18 Exhibition in Frankfurt, Germany,Primeur Magazinevisited the Gidel booth and spoke to Ofer Pravda. Gidel is a company that is already 25 years in the market in general and specifically in the HPC market for the last 10 years. Gidel is offering a solution based on an FPGA product that provides an end-to-end solution to the customer. It can function as a tool for his IP or algorithm as well, as a full turnkey solution with Gidel's knowledge and experience to implement the customer's requirements. Read further...

2018-08-08 London

Julia 1.0 has now been released

MiddlewareThe much anticipated 1.0 release of Julia is the culmination of nearly a decade of work to build a language for greedy programmers. The JuliaCon2018 event celebrated the event with a reception where the community officially set the version to 1.0.0 together. Read further...

2018-08-07 Alexandria

NSF launches effort to create practical quantum computer

Quantum computingFrom codebreaking to aircraft design, complex problems in a wide range of fields exist that even today's best computers cannot solve. To accelerate the development of a practical quantum computer that will one day answer currently unsolvable research questions, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded $15 million over five years to the multi-institution Software-Tailored Architecture for Quantum co-design (STAQ) project. Read further...

2018-08-08 Leuven

ExCAPE: developing new medicines with high performance computing

Focus on EuropeThe EU-funded ExCAPE project is devising ways to develop new medicines fast using high performance computing and machine learning. Read further...

Video news

2018-07-21 Keynote presentation Maria Girone at ISC 2018 in Frankfurt

Maria Girona explains CERN, computing and CERN and the current HPC challenges and plans.

2018-06-11 Exchange of experience & specialisation key to Europe regaining status in EuroHPC

After the recent e-IRG and Vi-SEEM Workshops, Primeur Magazine was invited by Ivan Dimov, Deputy Minister of Education and Science at his cabinet in Sofia, Bulgaria for an interview. Ivan Dimov gave a keynote at both workshops about e-Infrastructures and supercomputing. He is responsible for research in Bulgaria.

2018-06-10 ECMWF's scalability and co-design effort for "Extreme Earth" Flagship Initiative

During the recent e-IRG Open Workshop in Sofia, Bulgaria, Dr. Peter Bauer, Deputy Director of Research at the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF), gave a talk on the need for co-design in supercomputers for weather prediction.

2018-06-01 European Open Science Cloud's federating core will give researchers access to e-Infrastructures

After the e-IRG Open Workshop held in Sofia, Bulgaria,Primeur Magazinehad the opportunity to speak with Augusto Burgueño-Arjona, Head of the e-Infrastructures and Science Cloud Unit in DG Connect at the European Commission, for an update of the European Open Science Cloud's status.

2018-01-29 Combination of top-down like EuroHPC and bottom-up science make European exascale effort healthy

Primeur Magazine had the pleasure to talk with Thomas Schulthess, Director of the Swiss Supercomputing Centre - CSCS - in Lugano, about the European exascale developments and the requirements to achieve this.

2018-01-23 Why a Joint Undertaking is well suited as legal instrument to create EuroHPC

Primeur Magazine had a conversation with Thomas Skordas, who is very involved in EuroHPC. Thomas Skordas is Director of Digital Excellence and Science Infrastructures for the European Commission's Directorate in DG Connect. This entity is promoting and funding research infrastructures and excellent research in Europe.

News flashes

News flashes 2018-08-13

JuliaCon - The Future of Microprocessors

HardwareThe microprocessor discussion in Europe is heating up - ARM or RISC-V? Good to get some in-depth technical background on microprocessors, and why, indeed, modern processors get really hot. Sophie Wilson, Broadcom, gave a keynote presentation with a very good overview of microprocessors over that past decades and on what is to come. In the future microprocessor chips will be packed with features of which most will be turned off. She also reminded us, perhaps Moore's Law is dead, but Amdahl's law is still alive and kicking. Read further...

JuliaCon - High Performance Computing in Econometrics

Industry newsOne of the HPC related talks at the JuliaCon event last week in London was "GSReg.jl: High Performance Computing in Econometrics" by Adán Mauri Ungaro and Valentin Mari: "GSReg.jl" is a new all-subset-regression Julia package to perform High Performance Computing in econometrics using Julia. GSReg.jl runs 4 to 100 times faster than similar packages they say. It is combined research with a number of other researchers. Read further...

JuliaCon - Implementing the NAG library in Julia

Industry newsOne of the HPC related talks at the JuliaCon event last week in London was "Implementing the NAG library with with Clang.jl" by Louis Scott, Kiema. He reports on his efforts to wrap NAG numerical libraries into Julia. Read further...

JuliaCon - Fast and efficient multicore processing over the Cloud with Julia

Industry newsOne of the HPC related talks at the JuliaCon event last week in London was "Fast and efficient multicore processing over the Cloud with Julia" by Tuomas Eerola from Vice President, Techila Technologies. Harnessing the Julia multicore features requires an in-depth knowledge of Cloud infrastructures which is typically beyond the reach of many organisations, he says. Read further...

JuliaCon - Parallel Computing with MPI-3 RMA and Julia

Industry newsOne of the HPC related talks at the JuliaCon event last week in London was "Parallel Computing with MPI-3 RMA and Julia" by Bart Janssens, Royal Military Academy in Belgium. Julia natively is designed to do parallel computing. So why would you use MPI? Bart explains. Read further...

JuliaCon - The Rise of the Research Sofware Engineer

Focus on EuropeOne of the HPC related talks at the JuliaCon event last week in London was "The Rise of the Research Sofware Engineer". This was not a technology talk, but Mike Croucher, University of Leeds, explained how a new type of profession is emerging, between software developer and scientist. In the UK they call it Research Software Engineer: a person who typically helps researchers with professional software programmes that often run considerably faster on HPC machines. Read further...

Background

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Primeur weekly 2018-08-13

Focus

DEEP-EST project is exploring the nuts and bolts of mildly disruptive modular supercomputing architecture ...

Gidel's FPGAs only use 1% of their capacity for lossless compression and encryption ...

German HPC and EuroHPC, a question of competitive collaboration benefiting science ...

Quantum computing

NSF launches effort to create practical quantum computer ...

The Rigetti 128-qubit chip and what it means for quantum ...

Quantum chains in graphene nanoribbons ...

Tying electrons down with nanoribbons ...

Focus on Europe

Falling moons: When proto-Earth met its makers - German and Israeli supercomputers spend 100 weeks crunching astronomical numbers ...

PRACE SHAPE Programme supports three further SMEs ...

High Performance Computing for a better agriculture ...

ExCAPE: developing new medicines with high performance computing ...

RDA Grants for Early Careers and Experts - Join the 12th RDA Plenary, 5-8 November 2018, Botswana as part of the International Data Week 2018 ...

Middleware

NetApp and NVIDIA supercharge deep learning with new AI architecture ...

Ohio Supercomputer Center hosting sixth meeting of the MVAPICH Users Group ...

Julia 1.0 has now been released ...

Hardware

Supermicro opens new era of petascale computing with a family of all-flash NVMe 1U systems scalable up to a petabyte of high performance storage ...

DDN building new flash enterprise virtualisation and analytics division with 100 new hires planned through September ...

Co-construction of the future university: Sugon signs with XJTLU ...

Intel launches world's densest, totally silent solid state drive ...

Intel's vision for the future of memory and storage with Optane + QLC ...

University of Texas at Arlington researcher working to use computer cache to speed up memory access ...

Applications

Blue Waters professor Kaiyu Guan receives AGU Early Career Award ...

NCSA Brown Dog project wins Best Technical Paper at PEARC18 ...

2018 NCSA Blue Waters Symposium presentations now available ...

Supercomputer simulations show new target in HIV-1 replication ...