Primeur magazine

Edition: flash - Issue: 2016-07-04

Exascale

Nick Brown published on the EPPC blog a report on the FEAT workshop in Vienna. FEAT (Future Emerging Art and Technology) aims to promote collaboration between scientists and artists. FEAT brings together participants of the EU-funded Future and Emerging Technology (FET) programme which consists of scientific projects that are looking to push the boundaries of research in specific fields with artists. The FET HPC exascale projects were chosen by the artists Špela and Miha. Read further...
The Irish Times features an interview with JC Desplat, director of the Irish Centre for High-End Computing (ICHEC). ICHEC works on ways to make computing work more efficiently. That might involve writing software in a clever way to make it compute faster or curating large data sets in a way that researchers can use them more effectively, Desplat says. The centre houses the Irish supercomputer, Fionn, but supercomputers are really only the tip of the iceberg for HPC. "With high-performance computing we can drastically speed up the time needed to analyse data, or we can reduce the amount of battery power needed to run a device", Desplat tells the Irish Times. Read further...

Quantum computing

According to Le Monde Informatique. The newspaper cites the French Minister of Research and Education and Thierry Mandon who talked about this at the Teratec 2016 conference. According to Mandon, the national centres CEA and GENCI are well equipped to perform quantum computing research. Although it is not yet a production technology, quantum computing is a disruptive technology that can change computing as we know it today, tells CEA nanoscience technology director Jean-Philippe Bourgoin in Le Monde. Read further...