Primeur magazine

Edition: flash - Issue: 2017-05-12

Hardware

According to The Daily Star, Bangladesh will get its first supercomputer delivered by Inspur. The Star cites Zunaid Ahmed Palak, state minister for ICT who said: “If we have a supercomputer, we might avoid floods in the haor areas by analysing data much before the disaster hits. It will help us save assets worth thousands of crores of taka.” Palak said this at a programme held at the Daffodil International University in Dhaka. Read further...

Applications

Over at ScienceNode Jorge Salazar reports about how the Wrangler supercomputer at TACC is used to probe the dark web. In 2014, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) started a programme called Memex to make the deep web accessible. "The goal of Memex was to provide search engines the retrieval capacity to deal with those situations and to help defense and law enforcement go after the bad guys on the deep web", told Chris Mattmann, chief architect in the instrument and science data systems section of the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) at the California Institute of Technology to ScienceNode. Read further...
Adrian Jackons blogs again about benchmarking. This time he discusses some benchmarking reports about the Archer KNL (Knights Landing) testbed in Edinburgh. "What was interesting, Adrian says, is that "reading the reports was the variation, both in application areas and in ways that people have chosen to present and discuss their performance. These reports are by no means a perfect cross section of the ARCHER user community or application usage on the system, they are partly just the people who responded to our requests for benchmarking data, and those engaged in actively evaluating the KNL processors." Read further...

Quantum computing

A new step has been reached in the implementation of the FET Flagship on Quantum Technologies announced one year ago. The call will be open later this year to a support project to help shape the Quantum technology programme. Read further...
VI-SEEM offers a broad set of generic as well as application-specific services in the region of South-eastern Europe and Eastern Mediterranean, with special focus on the scientific communities of Life Sciences, Climatology and Digital Cultural Heritage. Such services are in the areas of Compute resource provisioning (HPC, Grid and Cloud), Storage and Data services provisioning, Dataset provisioning, Software and Scientific Workflow provisioning as well as Application Specific service provisioning. These services create a unique Virtual Research Environment (VRE), thus improving research productivity and competitiveness on the pan-European level. Read further...