Primeur magazine

Edition: flash - Issue: 2015-11-26

Hardware

The German team TUMuch Phun from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) won the Highest Linpack Award in the Student Cluster Competition (SCC) held on 16-18th November, 2015 during the worldwide supercomputing conference and exhibition SC15 in Austin, Texas, USA. A performance of 7.1 Tflops has been achieved on the RSC PetaStream cluster with computing nodes based on Intel Xeon Phi. This equipment has been provided as technological sponsorship by RSC Group, a Russian developer and vendor of innovative solutions for HPC and data centres. In addition, the TUM student team took the 3rd place in the overall competition in which 9 teams participated. It was the only European representative in this challenge. Read further...

Applications

Symmetry magazine reports that an international team of scientists has made the first ever calculation of an effect called direct charge-parity violation - or CP violation - a difference between the decay of matter particles and of their antimatter counterparts. They made their calculation using the Blue Gene/Q supercomputers at the RIKEN BNL Research Center at Brookhaven National Laboratory, at the Argonne Leadership Class Computing Facility at Argonne National Laboratory, and at the DiRAC facility at the University of Edinburgh. According to Symmetry magazine, the work took more than 200 million supercomputer core processing hours. Read further...
Michael Malak reports at his blog that he learned at SC15 that physics simulation can experience a 60x slowdown by moving from MPI to Spark. "There are add-ons at spark-packages.org for time series and image processing, but none I'm aware of for physics simulation", he writes. Read further...

Focus on Europe

Registration is open for a FitSM Foundation level course organised by EGI.eu in Amsterdam on 10 December 2015. This one day Foundation level course aims to provide the basic IT service management concepts and terms - based on FitSM, outline the purpose and structure of the FitSM standard family and their relationship to other standards and understand the process framework underlying FitSM and requirements defined within it. The training includes an optional exam. The costs are 350 euro and 290 euro for EGI.eu participants. The costs for the exam are 98,50 euro. Read further...
The Open Digital Science project, funded by the European Commission, is proposing futuristic scenarios to formulate policy recommendations for innovation in science and research. You can contribute now and shape futuristic scenarios to achieve the expected vision. The project team has drafted some scenarios covering trends and challenges of the way science, research and innovation will be done in the following 10 years. Your comments, endorsement and criticism are needed. The deadline for contributions is December 8, 2015. Read further...