Primeur magazine

Edition: flash - Issue: 2015-08-11

Blog

Dr. Andrew Richards, head of the University of Oxford's HPC facility, tells to the magazine "Information Age" about the role of high performance computing in academic research. The University of Oxford's new Arcus Phase B HPC cluster, integrated by OCF, includes Lenovo NeXtScale servers with Intel Haswell CPUs connected by 40GB Infiniband to an existing Panasas storage system. The biggest, newest project that the latest HPC service is supporting is the NQIT (Networked Quantum Information Technologies) project, tells Richards to "Information Age". This is being led by the University of Oxford and aims to be, amongst other things, disruptive to the world of computing: To design, create and overcome some of the challenges that have faced quantum computing to date - and to make possible the creation of a working and useful quantum computer. Read further...

Hardware

According to HNA and several other German news sources, Leibniz Universität Hannover loses its supercomputer to Göttingen. The new HLRN IV supercomputer will be installed at a new building at GWDG (Gesellschaft für wissenschaftliche Datenverarbeitung Göttingen) in 2018 and, according to a spokesman of the ministry for science, will cost about 30 million euro. It is one of two supercomputers that together form the "supercomputer" for seven countries in the north of Germany. These seven countries (Länder) working together in HLRN are: Berlin, Bremen, Hamburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Niedersachsen and Schleswig-Holstein. The other HLRN system is at ZIB (Konrad-Zuse-Zentrum für Informationstechnik in Berlin). GWDG will also build a new computer centre to house the system. Costs for this new centre are estimated at about 40 million euro. The ministry expects that the operating costs, especially energy costs, will be lower in Göttingen. Read further...