Primeur magazine

Edition: flash - Issue: 2015-11-19

Applications

Aaron Dubrow from the NSF describes in the Huffington Post 10 ways advanced computing catalyzes science. US examples only. The 10 ways are: Advancing the state of modern biology; Designing new nanodevices; Predicting earthquake impacts in the Los Angeles basin; Simulating the impact of car crashes; Transmitting astronomical data; Enabling international collaborations; Mapping the Arctic; Using HPC to educate; Experimenting with cloud computing on new platforms; Making HPC more accessible to brain researchers. Dubrow's article has a lot of nice images too. Read further...
Bhushan Desam describes on the NVIDIA blog the GPU powered visualization system on the Titan supercomputer. According to Desam, researchers can now run computations and visualize the results on the same GPUs in a single system thanks to the NVIDIA Tesla Accelerated Computing Platform. So Titan now holds the title of largest GPU-accelerated visualization system in the world. Read further...
The Center for Research in Extreme Scale Technologies (CREST) at Indiana University has released version 2.0 of the HPX-5 runtime system for petascale/exascale computing. Building on CREST's commitment to developing new approaches for achieving the highest levels of performance on current and next-generation supercomputing platforms, HPX-5 is provided to support the international high-performance computing community in addressing significant challenges involved in achieving exascale computing. Read further...

Industry news

University of Tennessee published some 1 minute video impressions of their booth at SC15. No sound, just video with some relaxing background music. Read further...
Emerson Network Power, a provider of critical infrastructure for information and communications technology systems, is supplying the uniquely-engineered DC power system for Penguin Computing's Tundra Extreme Scale (ES) series. The Tundra ES series delivers the advantages of Open Computing in a single, cost-optimized, high-performance architecture. Organisations can integrate a wide variety of compute, accelerator, storage, network, software and cooling architectures in a vanity-free rack and sled solution. Read further...
Cirrascale Corporation has launched the GX8 Series rackmount servers designed around its 96-lane Gen3 PCIe switch-enabled risers. The new rackmount server supports up to 10 PCIe Gen 3.0 devices, including the new NVIDIA Tesla M40 GPU accelerators, enabling multi-device peering on a single PCIe root complex and making it a perfect solution for highly parallel applications and libraries like those used for deep learning, data analytics and molecular dynamics such as Torch 7, Theano, Caffe, and AMBER. Read further...
At the Supercomputing 2015 Conference (SC15) Lenovo announced a brand new state-of-the-art Enterprise Innovation Center (EIC) in Beijing will open in early 2016. Lenovo also announced an expanded relationship with Barcelona Supercomputing Centre and a new partner in EIC projects, the University of Oxford. Additionally, Lenovo is unveiling multiple new initiatives with Intel under the Intel Scalable System Framework, focused on future high-performance computing (HPC) system design and optimization. Lenovo will be a founding member of OpenHPC which aims to bring open-source economics to HPC users. Read further...

Focus on Europe

The EC published the November issue of the Future & Emerging Technologies (FET) Newsletter on projects funded by the EC. The issue includes the latest news on FET Flagships, High Performance Computing and Quantum Technologies. The issues includes news on the new e-infrastructure Centre of Excellence E-CAM, an infographic showing participation in Horizon 2020 FET projects, news on Quantum computing, the graphene and Human Brain projects, Geant and more. Read further...