Primeur weekly 2016-07-25

Special

SpiNNaker and BrainScaleS neuromorphic systems ready for non-expert use in stochastic inference computing ...

Beyond Moore's Law panelists address business maturity of new technologies, future developments, neuromorphic chip training, and memristors ...

Focus

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

Altair's Bill Nitzberg to present PBS Pro open source license version, PBS Simulator and PBS Cloud Manager ...

Quantum computing

Russian physicists discover a new approach for building quantum computers ...

RMIT researchers make leap in measuring quantum states ...

Focus on Europe

Guiding EU researchers along the last mile to Open Digital Science ...

Digital Humanities and Urban Climate proposals win NLeSC-Lorentz Workshop competition ...

European Horizon 2020 Work Programme update supports competitiveness through open science ...

6th Irish Supercomputer List shows Irish HPC capacity doubles with new no. 1 and three new TOP500-class machines ...

PRACE to look for Peer-Review Officer ...

7th International HPC Summer School took place in Ljubljana, Slovenia ...

Middleware

Inria joins the OpenMP ARB ...

Hardware

Gigabyte announces official release of production-ready Cavium ThunderX-based servers ...

The University of Tokyo selects Mellanox EDR InfiniBand to accelerate its newest supercomputer ...

Smallest hard disk to date writes information atom by atom ...

A mini-antenna for the data processing of tomorrow ...

Hangzhou C-SKY Microsystems joins EEMBC Executive Board ...

Electron spin control: Levitated nanodiamond is research gem ...

The Scripps Research Institute leverages powerful end-to-end DDN storage to help reveal secrets to new medical treatments ...

Applications

MSC Software partners with Italian Campania Region Technological Aerospace District for the development of aeronautical programmes ...

Deloitte Advisory Cyber Risk Services and Cray offer advanced Cyber Reconnaissance and Analytics services ...

Strathclyde mathematician wins prize for research into speeding up stroke diagnosis ...

Underlying molecular networks suggest new targets to combat brain cancer ...

An accelerated pipeline to open materials research ...

Rice wins interdisciplinary Big Data grant ...

Study uses text-mining to improve market intelligence on startups ...

The Cloud

The HNSciCloud Pre-Commercial Procurement tender is out: you can bid now ...

CSC and IBM expand strategic alliance with collaboration utilizing IBM Cloud for z to enable clients' move to Cloud ...

Features

2016-06-21 Frankfurt 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. It grew up and grew all with high performance computing. Bo Ewald used to run computing at Los Alamos National Laboratory, was president at Cray Research, CEO at Silicon Graphics, and several other companies. He has been in high performance computing for a long time and he has been fortunate to work on quantum computing for the last three years. He thinks quantum computing is the most interesting and disruptive thing that he has seen in computing in a long time, maybe in his entire career. Read further...

Focus

2016-06-22 Frankfurt

Altair's Bill Nitzberg to present PBS Pro open source license version, PBS Simulator and PBS Cloud Manager

Focus On the Exhibition floor at ISC 2016 in Frankfurt, Germany, Primeur Magazine talked with Bill Nitzberg from Altair who had three exciting announcements to make. The first was that you can now download an open source license version of PBS Pro. One day after the announcement, Altair already had its first contributor from outside of Altair. The second announcement was about two new products that are coming out in the next couple of months. One is a simulator for PBS and for HPC clusters. The other one is PBS Cloud Manager, a product that lets you build full appliances - hardware, middleware, software - in the Cloud, on Amazon Azure as well as on-premise. Read further...

2016-06-22 Frankfurt

Beyond Moore's Law panelists address business maturity of new technologies, future developments, neuromorphic chip training, and memristors

Special The ISC 2016 session titled "Scaling Beyond the End of Moore's Law" ended with a panel discussion featuring Josh Fryman from Intel, Damian Steiger from ETH Zurich and Karlheinz Meier from the Ruprecht-Karls University of Heidelberg. The three session speakers answered questions coming from the audience. Read further...

2016-06-22 Frankfurt

SpiNNaker and BrainScaleS neuromorphic systems ready for non-expert use in stochastic inference computing

Special In the ISC 2016 session titled "Scaling Beyond the End of Moore's Law", chaired by John Shalf, the third speaker was Karlheinz Meier from the Ruprecht-Karls University in Heidelberg. He talked about the concepts, achievements and challenges in neuromorphic computing. Karlheinz Meier showed an image of the human brain. It is a really complex system consisting of 1015connections or synapses and 1011nodes or neurons. It is a stochastic device and it is not stable nor static. It changes all the time because it is driven by external signals, such as provided by the ears and the eyes. It is not a closed loop but it is able to learn and is self-organized. The brain does not need any software to do useful 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 2016-07-28

There is more scientific collaboration in Europe than just the EU says UK's Minister of State for Universities and Science Jo Johnson

Focus on EuropeAt a speech given in Manchester at EOSF16 earlier this week, UK Minister of State for Universities and Science Jo Johnson complained that partners and scientists from EU countries are reluctant tow work with UK researchers on new Horizion 2020 proposals or projects post Brexit. Although it is not clear what is going to happen, Johnson stressed that UK is still part of Horizon 2020, the European Research programme, so there is no reason to exclude European partners. He told the adience that EU students studying in the UK, or looking to start in the autumn, remain eligible for student finance for the full duration of their courses. The UK remains fully open to scientists and researchers from across the EU. Read further...

European research should be based on excellence, not on nationality says Commissioner Moedas in Manchester

Focus on EuropeAt a speech given in Manchester at EOSF16 earlier this week, EC Commissioner Carlos Moedas said the European Horizion 2020 research funding programme is based on excellence, not on nationality. So there is no reason to exclude UK researchers from European projects as long as the UK is legally part of the EU and Horizon 2020. Moedas also announce the new calls for 2017 for Horizon 2020 for a total of 8,5 billion euro. Citizen Science is one of the focal points as it can bring science and society closer together. Open Data, now obligatory for all European projects can start a new era that restores trust and confidence in science, Moedas told the audience. 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 2016-07-25

Special

SpiNNaker and BrainScaleS neuromorphic systems ready for non-expert use in stochastic inference computing ...

Beyond Moore's Law panelists address business maturity of new technologies, future developments, neuromorphic chip training, and memristors ...

Focus

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

Altair's Bill Nitzberg to present PBS Pro open source license version, PBS Simulator and PBS Cloud Manager ...

Quantum computing

Russian physicists discover a new approach for building quantum computers ...

RMIT researchers make leap in measuring quantum states ...

Focus on Europe

Guiding EU researchers along the last mile to Open Digital Science ...

Digital Humanities and Urban Climate proposals win NLeSC-Lorentz Workshop competition ...

European Horizon 2020 Work Programme update supports competitiveness through open science ...

6th Irish Supercomputer List shows Irish HPC capacity doubles with new no. 1 and three new TOP500-class machines ...

PRACE to look for Peer-Review Officer ...

7th International HPC Summer School took place in Ljubljana, Slovenia ...

Middleware

Inria joins the OpenMP ARB ...

Hardware

Gigabyte announces official release of production-ready Cavium ThunderX-based servers ...

The University of Tokyo selects Mellanox EDR InfiniBand to accelerate its newest supercomputer ...

Smallest hard disk to date writes information atom by atom ...

A mini-antenna for the data processing of tomorrow ...

Hangzhou C-SKY Microsystems joins EEMBC Executive Board ...

Electron spin control: Levitated nanodiamond is research gem ...

The Scripps Research Institute leverages powerful end-to-end DDN storage to help reveal secrets to new medical treatments ...

Applications

MSC Software partners with Italian Campania Region Technological Aerospace District for the development of aeronautical programmes ...

Deloitte Advisory Cyber Risk Services and Cray offer advanced Cyber Reconnaissance and Analytics services ...

Strathclyde mathematician wins prize for research into speeding up stroke diagnosis ...

Underlying molecular networks suggest new targets to combat brain cancer ...

An accelerated pipeline to open materials research ...

Rice wins interdisciplinary Big Data grant ...

Study uses text-mining to improve market intelligence on startups ...

The Cloud

The HNSciCloud Pre-Commercial Procurement tender is out: you can bid now ...

CSC and IBM expand strategic alliance with collaboration utilizing IBM Cloud for z to enable clients' move to Cloud ...