Primeur magazine

Edition: flash - Issue: 2016-02-11

Hardware

In a video, the Optalysys team offers a glimpse of its third-generation HPC prototype optical processing technology. Optalysys says it will revolutionise the way Big Data is processed and models of natural systems are created, such as aerodynamics. Read further...

Exascale

M. Mitchell Waldrop reports in Nature about the end to Moore's law. "The semiconductor industry will soon abandon its pursuit of Moore's law", he writes. But he says that some industry insiders, including Shekhar Borkar, head of Intel's advanced microprocessor research, are optimists. Yes, he says, Moore's law is coming to an end in a literal sense, because the exponential growth in transistor count cannot continue. But from the consumer perspective, "Moore's law simply states that user value doubles every two years". And in that form, the law will continue as long as the industry can keep stuffing its devices with new functionality. Read further...

Focus on Europe

Ghent university has published the dissertation of Arne De Coninck about high performance computing for large-scale genomic prediction. According to the abstract: "This thesis introduces some concepts of high performance computing in a genomic prediction context and shows that analyzing phenotypic records of large numbers of genotyped individuals leads to a better prediction accuracy of the agronomic performance in different environments. Finally, it is even shown that the parts of the DNA that influence the agronomic performance under certain environmental conditions can be pinpointed, and this knowledge can thus be used by breeders to select individuals that thrive better in the targeted environment." Read further...