Primeur magazine

Edition: flash - Issue: 2016-02-29

Hardware

Australian research has been given a boost today through a new and major investment into MASSIVE - a five-year collaboration between Monash University, CSIRO and the Australian Synchrotron. MASSIVE (Multi-modal Australian ScienceS Imaging and Visualisation Environment) is a HPC facility designed specifically to process complex data. Since 2010, MASSIVE has played a key role in driving discoveries across many disciplines including biomedical sciences, materials research, engineering and geosciences. High performance computing helps to build bridges between industry and academia while accelerating research translation. To support both, Monash University has invested a further AUD 4.1m in this new AUD 5.7m project to fund a new high performance computing capability, M3. Read further...

Applications

Microsoft's Tejas Karmarkar describes on Innovation Intelligence blog about Altair RADIOSS now supported on Microsoft Azure HPC cloud. He reports: "We have been working closely with Altair over the past several months and see excellent performance and scalability of RADIOSS on Microsoft Azure Linux RDMA platform (A9 virtual machines in Azure). Azure can deliver high level of scalability and performance with RADIOSS because of its dedicated high speed low latency network fabric that uses RDMA and Infiniband technology, available only on A8 and A9 instances." Read further...

Quantum computing

Peter Ffoulkes, analyses the state of Quantum computing on the TOP500 blog. Has quantum computing’s time actually come or are we just chasing rabbits? He asks himself. "That is probably a twenty million dollar question by the time a D-Wave 2X System has been installed and is in use by a team of researchers. Publicly disclosed installations currently include Lockheed Martin, NASA's Ames Research Center and Los Alamos National Laboratory." Read further...