Primeur magazine

Edition: flash - Issue: 2015-07-03

Hardware

The Atlantic describes the current state of Quantum Computing (Through US glasses). Engineers at IBM and Google are close to the creation of a quantum computer. Also D-Wave is mentioned. The Atlantic starts from Collosus the first US electronic computer. Read further...

Applications

HPC, or Big Compute as Microsoft calls it, on Azure. Felipe Ayora describes some experiences in the Azure blog. He is using examples from Schlumberger, and their high-resolution reservoir simulator, INTERSECT, running on Azure. Does it scale? "Parallel applications like INTERSECT can scale favorably to thousands of cores, on a true HPC platform that is available on demand, and one which offers the scalability required", says Ayora, "One of the concerns that both Schlumberger and we had was the time it would take to upload the simulation data (anywhere from 1 GB to 100 GB) and download the results data (20GB to 300GB), to and from the cloud. " Read further...
Watson is well know for its cooking recipes. It’s even published its own cookbook, with 231 pages of what the company calls “recipes for innovation.”, says the Washington Post in a long article on Watson. "But these feats were essentially gimmicks", it continues. But now Watson to be a cancer specialist. The Post interviews Lynda Chin, a physician-scientist and associate vice chancellor for the University of Texas system who is overseeing the Watson project at MD Anderson Cancer Center on her experiences with Watson. She is positive thus far. As is Guillermo Garcia-Manero, a senior MD Anderson leukemia specialist who sometimes disagrees with Watson’s recommendations. “They keep telling me it will not replace me,” Garcia-Manero said to the Post. “But I am pretty sure it will replace me”. After reading the article, however, one does not no whether Watson as cancer specialist will not turn out to be a gimmick too. It is a pretty impressive search engine though. Read further...
Luna Backes blogs at the ISC 2015 website about how she came involved in the in the 4th HPCAC-ISC Student Cluster Challenge (SCC) to be held this July in Frankfurt. She participates in a team that did get help from the Barcelona Supercomputing Center and the Mont-Blanc project. Mont-Blanc is an EU-funded project that investigates the possibility of using mobile technology for high performance computing (HPC). Using ARM based hardware is a challenge according to Backes. Read further...
EUDAT that provides Big Data services for eScience in Europe, published the June issue of its Newsletter. It includes a call for Data Pilots. Call is open for pan-European or multi-national research communities or research infrastructures. EUDAT invites them to test, integrate and/or further develop, in close collaboration with the EUDAT consortium, one or multiple components of the EUDAT service suite through concrete data collaboration pilots. Read further...