Primeur magazine

Edition: flash - Issue: 2018-01-05

Applications

The European Commission site runs a news item "OSIRIS: unravelling the mysteries of plasmas in astrophysics and in the laboratory" and the need of running this plasma code on HPC systems. OSIRIS is a fully relativistic, electromagnetic particle-in-cell (EM-PIC) framework. Researchers have performed some of the largest numerical plasma simulations in supercomputers worldwide. Read further...

Quantum computing

Quantum computing has attracted a lot of attention in 2017. And some expect they will be the new supercomputers very soon. John Preskill puts some realistic expectations in the quantum computing debate in a nice 22-page overview article published on arXiv. "In any case, we should recognize that the power of classical computers will continue to increase, with exascale systems (surpassing 10**18 FLOPS) expected to be available in a few years. Quantum computers are striving to catch up with a moving target, as both classical hardware and classical algorithms continually improve", he writes. Read further...