Primeur magazine

Edition: flash - Issue: 2017-04-07

Hardware

EU-funded scientists have carried out simulations from the nanoscale to device level to determine energy consumption of microchips and Light Emitting Diodes, or LEDs, to pave the way for a more energy-efficient future generation of electronic devices and lighting. Every query on an internet search engine accesses a huge data centre of networked computers. The interconnections and the transistors in the microchips already consume so much energy that managing heat levels created by the components has become a major design issue for industry. Read further...
Yes, a computer needs a name, or doesn't it? Anyway, it helps with identifying with a fast supercomputer. Let us spend 20 million to buy a new HPC machine and name it SU20-90-980-767. Would not work. The bigger the machine the better the name has to be. Look at why the US national labs supercomputers are called Titan, Sequoia, Cori, Vulcan. Read further...

Focus on Europe

The EC Emerging technology website runs an interview with Katrin Amunts, who is Chair of the Science and Infrastructure Board of the Human Brain Project. She tells: "To advance the understanding of the human brain is not possible without utilizing state-of-art big data analytics like deep learning, enabled by high-performance computing. Furthermore, innovative computing and neuronal networks benefit from the advanced understanding of brain organization both pushing the technical limits of supercomputing in terms of memory and performance and leading to new concepts for neuronal networks as well as to neuromorphic computing technologies and robotics. Future computing and neurotechnologies will significantly change our society." Read further...
On the Bright Computing blog, Clemens Engler looks back at CeBIT and Huawei's HPC Roundtable. This roundtable, moderated by Huawei's CTO of IT Data Center Solutions Sales, included other Huawei resellers and partners, such as Bright, ClusterVision, GoVirtual, Intel, Max-Planck Institute, Megware, transtec, and some senior representatives from Huawei itself. Read further...