Primeur magazine

Edition: flash - Issue: 2015-10-16

Hardware

Novi List reports that the supercomputer "Bura", worth 44 million kuna (5,8 million Euro), arrived this week at the campus of the University of Rijeka. Bura is 40 times faster than the current fastest supercomputer in Croatia, Isabelle at SRCE in Zagreb. Pero Lucin, rector of the University told Novi List the machine will be an infrastructure for advanced computing including for drug design, and monitoring air pollution. Also companies can use the system. Read further...

Applications

Abhishek Mukherjee, ClusterVision, introduced Trinity during the Docker workshop at the ISC Cloud & Big Data Conference in Frankfurt. Trinity can function as HPC-as-a-Service, using Docker as a basis. For a SysAdmin Trinity adds the ability to partition a cluster into virtual clusters, on-demand. For a tenant of cloud resources it allows to request fully functional HPC (virtual) cluster, and to customize workspace environment. For the HPC user Trinity enables him to run HPC applications. Read further...
Maria Chatzou introduced Nextflow during the Docker workshop at the ISC Cloud & Big Data Conference in Frankfurt. Nextflow is a system to manage scientific workflows for genome analysis. Scientific workflows are complex and very big. Chatzou cites Nature: "Storing and processing genome data will exceed the computing challenges of running YouTube and Twitter, biologists warn". The workflows consist of multiple third party software components with many dependencies (libraries, scripts, tools, etc.). They are research tools that frequently change, so there is a need for flexibility. However, Chatzou notes that maintaining a scientific production chain, with controlled versions, within a standard production environment is impossible in practice. That is why NextFlow was developed. Read further...