Primeur magazine

Edition: flash - Issue: 2017-06-16

Hardware

On Friday, June 9th, SURFnet together with ECI Telecom and Tallgrass deployed a 400 Gbit/s connection between Breda and Utrecht. With 400 Gbit/s, this new direct link offers extremely high capacity for education and research in the Netherlands. This is about thousand times faster than the fastest home network connection in the Netherlands. Read further...

Applications

Researchers from the University of Zurich have simulated the formation of our entire Universe with a large supercomputer. A gigantic catalogue of about 25 billion virtual galaxies has been generated from 2 trillion digital particles. This catalogue is being used to calibrate the experiments on board the Euclid satellite, that will be launched in 2020 with the objective of investigating the nature of dark matter and dark energy. Read further...

Industry news

Bright computing publishes a free eBook on what is next in HPC: High Performance Computing (HPC) clusters have made supercomputing an attainable reality for many organisations. What's next in HPC? Read further...

Exascale

The U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry announced that six U.S. technology companies will receive funding from the Department of Energy's Exascale Computing Project (ECP) as part of its new PathForward programme, accelerating the research necessary to deploy the nation's first exascale supercomputers. It are US companies only. The European exascale programme is still struggling how to implement exascale supercomputing using European technology. Is the American example a lesson for EuroHPC? The six U.S companies are: Advanced Micro Devices (AMD); Cray Inc. (CRAY); Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE); International Business Machines (IBM); Intel Corp. (Intel); and NVIDIA Corp. (NVIDIA). Read further...
A team of researchers in the Department of Computer Science in Virginia Tech's College of Engineering discovered a key to what could keep supercomputing on the road to the ever-faster processing times needed to achieve exascale computing - and what policymakers say is necessary to keep the United States competitive in industries from everything to cybersecurity to ecommerce. Read further...