Primeur magazine

Edition: flash - Issue: 2018-08-13

Hardware

The microprocessor discussion in Europe is heating up - ARM or RISC-V? Good to get some in-depth technical background on microprocessors, and why, indeed, modern processors get really hot. Sophie Wilson, Broadcom, gave a keynote presentation with a very good overview of microprocessors over that past decades and on what is to come. In the future microprocessor chips will be packed with features of which most will be turned off. She also reminded us, perhaps Moore's Law is dead, but Amdahl's law is still alive and kicking. Read further...

Industry news

One of the HPC related talks at the JuliaCon event last week in London was "GSReg.jl: High Performance Computing in Econometrics" by Adán Mauri Ungaro and Valentin Mari: "GSReg.jl" is a new all-subset-regression Julia package to perform High Performance Computing in econometrics using Julia. GSReg.jl runs 4 to 100 times faster than similar packages they say. It is combined research with a number of other researchers. Read further...
One of the HPC related talks at the JuliaCon event last week in London was "Implementing the NAG library with with Clang.jl" by Louis Scott, Kiema. He reports on his efforts to wrap NAG numerical libraries into Julia. Read further...
One of the HPC related talks at the JuliaCon event last week in London was "Fast and efficient multicore processing over the Cloud with Julia" by Tuomas Eerola from Vice President, Techila Technologies. Harnessing the Julia multicore features requires an in-depth knowledge of Cloud infrastructures which is typically beyond the reach of many organisations, he says. Read further...
One of the HPC related talks at the JuliaCon event last week in London was "Parallel Computing with MPI-3 RMA and Julia" by Bart Janssens, Royal Military Academy in Belgium. Julia natively is designed to do parallel computing. So why would you use MPI? Bart explains. Read further...

Focus on Europe

One of the HPC related talks at the JuliaCon event last week in London was "The Rise of the Research Sofware Engineer". This was not a technology talk, but Mike Croucher, University of Leeds, explained how a new type of profession is emerging, between software developer and scientist. In the UK they call it Research Software Engineer: a person who typically helps researchers with professional software programmes that often run considerably faster on HPC machines. Read further...