Primeur weekly 2013-07-01

Special

A decade of HPC in evolution - Thomas Sterling takes the stage as the Charles Darwin of supercomputing ...

The Cloud

Cloud Summer School 2013 - Final Call for Participation ...

EuroFlash

Atos wins contract for the second most powerful supercomputer in Spain ...

Eurotech, University of Regensburg and University of Wuppertal sign co-operation agreement for QPACE2 ...

Eurotech supercomputers Eurora and Aurora Tigon score first and second place in the Green500 list ...

Projectiondesign to amaze visitors to Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex's newest attraction - Space Shuttle Atlantis ...

Towards a Second EUDAT Roadmap of common services ...

Grants available for Europeans to attend the 2nd RDA plenary meeting ...

Cray awarded supercomputer contract from the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) ...

Programming model for supercomputers of the future ...

Allinea tools to help Professor Stephen Hawking's Consortium get more Bang from COSMOS ...

Researchers unmask Janus-faced nature of mechanical forces with the Julich supercomputer ...

SPEX Group announces Scotland's fastest growing young company doubles turnover ...

IBM harnesses power of Big Data to improve Dutch flood control and water management systems ...

USFlash

13th edition of the Green500 List to make use of new energy measurement methodologies ...

GPU-accelerated SGI servers enable Department of Geosciences at Princeton University to simulate seismic activity in record time ...

Clemson supercomputer is 5th among U.S. universities ...

University of Florida lands $8 million federal award for supercomputing research ...

China shocks the supercomputer community again with HUST's HPL Championship at ISC'13 ...

Understanding a novel enzyme from a family of marine crustaceans may bolster biofuels development ...

NVIDIA Tesla GPU accelerators power world's most energy efficient supercomputer ...

Researchers use TACC supercomputers to simulate orbital debris impacts on spacecraft and fragment impacts on body armour ...

Purdue builds nation's fastest campus supercomputer - again ...

Sequoia tops Graph 500 list of 'Big Data' supercomputers ...

New project aims to make New York's Lake George the "smartest lake" in the world ...

Lawrence Livermore's Vulcan brings 5 petaflops computing power to collaborations with industry and academia to advance science and technology ...

SDSC GeoComputing Lab named Winner of HPC Innovation Excellence Award by IDC ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2013-07-01

Special

The keynote on June 19 at ISC'13 in Leipzig was a bit of a milestone. Top HPC expert Thomas Sterling from Indiana University delivered the tenth episode in the famous 'HPC Achievement and Impact' series which he started in 2004 at the International Supercomputing Conference. Thomas Sterling took the opportunity to provide the audience with a decade's overview of flourishing HPC activity. Read further...

The Cloud

The Cloud Summer School 2013 is coming soon. Between July 22 and July 26 the Cloud Summer School will be 'Paving the Way to the Cloud' in Almere. Lectures and hands-on sessions will deal with recent developments in Cloud Federation and Multiclouds, Cloud Storage and Big Data, HPC Cloud and Sensor Clouds. The students at the Cloud Summer School will not only learn how to use all these types of Clouds, but actually learn how to build them. The Cloud Summer School is working together with the EGI Federated Cloud that will present Europe's most advanced Federated Cloud. Read further...

EuroFlash

Atos together with Fujitsu Spain as the infrastructure provider partner, has been awarded the contract for the supply, installation and operation of the new high-specification supercomputer Teide-HPC (High Performance Computing) ordered by the Institute for Technology and Renewable Energy (ITER) - an organisation that reports to the Inter-island Council of Tenerife, as part of the INNPLANTA programme led by the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness. The Teide-HPC will be the second most powerful supercomputer installed in Spain, with 2200 processors, 17,600 cores and a peak Rmax performance of 350 TeraFlops. Read further...
Eurotech, a provider of embedded and supercomputing technologies, has signed with the University of Regensburg and the University of Wuppertal a research and development co-operation agreement to deliver a novel supercomputing architecture based on Intel Xeon Phi technology within the QPACE2 project. Read further...
Eurotech, a provider of embedded and supercomputing technologies, placed 2 supercomputers in the top positions of the June 2013 Green500 list. The Eurora supercomputer, installed at Cineca, was ranked 1st in the June 2013 Green500 chart, while the Aurora Tigon supercomputer installed at the Finmeccanica company Selex ES, an expert in electronic and information technologies, was ranked 2nd. Read further...
When Space Shuttle Atlantis, the newest attraction at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Cape Canaveral, Florida, opens to the public on June 29, a new chapter in the story of interactive AV design for the themed entertainment industry will be written. The attraction was designed by PGAV and installed by Electrosonic. projectiondesign high-performance projectors are used in the pre-show visitor area and various exhibit areas to engage, enthral and entertain audiences. Read further...
As the EUDAT project's initial common data services all approach delivery, EUDAT is moving ahead to look at the next round of services to be developed. EUDAT will be inviting research community experts to meet with domain and technology experts at workshops in Barcelona in September to determine which follow-up common services best meet the needs of the European research communities in the selected areas: Dynamic Data, Work flow Support, Semantic Annotation, and Data Access and Reuse. EUDAT may then decide to set up working groups to continue the discussions in some of these areas. Read further...
In addition to the activities of some communities and already existing initiatives, the Research Data Alliance (RDA) aims to facilitate the global research data sharing and exchange to help answer the big scientific and societal challenges. This international effort encourages increasing interest among people who wish to contribute to global research data initiatives. The RDA Europe project is the European plugin into global RDA activities and is thus supporting the second plenary that will be organized by RDA/US in Washington DC. Read further...
The European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF), one of the world's premier numerical weather prediction and research centres, selected a Cray XC30 supercomputer and Cray Sonexion storage for their next operational facility. The new Cray system will improve ECMWF's forecasting capabilities through increased resolution and model enhancements, as well as support ECMWF's research programme. Read further...
The demand for even faster, more effective, and also energy-saving computer clusters is growing in every sector. The new asynchronous programming model GPI from Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Mathematics (ITWM) might become a key building block towards realizing the next generation of supercomputers. Read further...
Over the past two decades, cosmology has emerged as a highly competitive, data-driven field. With the success of space and ground-based experiments, scientists who once immersed themselves in the elegance of an equation's beautiful symmetries can now test their theories against an unprecedented amount of data collected from the far reaches of the universe. Read further...
The harder you pull, the quicker it goes. At least, that used to be the rule in mechanochemistry, a method that researchers apply to set chemical reactions in motion by means of mechanical forces. However, as chemists led by Professor Dominik Marx, Chair of Theoretical Chemistry at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB) now report in the journalNature Chemistry, more force cannot in fact be translated one to one into a faster reaction. With complex molecular dynamic simulations on the Jülich supercomputer "JUQUEEN" they unmasked the Janus-faced nature of mechanochemistry. Up to a certain force, the reaction rate increases in proportion to the force. If this threshold is exceeded, greater mechanical forces speed up the reaction to a much lesser extent. Read further...
SPEX Group, an Aberdeen-headquartered provider of innovative technology solutions and services to the global oil and gas industry, is investing in one of the UK's smartest supercomputers capable of carrying out more than 100 trillion operations per second. The supercomputer, dubbed the 'Claymore', is being developed in partnership with Dell and Ansys and can solve problems at least 20 times faster than the industry norm. It will incorporate 75 times the RAM of a high-end workstation, allowing enhanced processing and graphics capability on complex simulation and modelling problems. Read further...
IBM has launched Digital Delta, an innovation programme that will harness insights from Big Data to transform flood control and the management of the entire Dutch water system. The programme is in collaboration with Rijkswaterstaat - the Dutch Ministry for Water, local Water Authority Delfland, Deltares Science Institute and the University of Delft. Read further...

USFlash

The release of the Green500 List shows that the top end of the list is again dominated by heterogeneous supercomputers, those that combine two or more types of processing elements together, such as a traditional processor or central processing unit (CPU) combined with a graphical processing unit (GPU) or coprocessor. Read further...
SGI's NVIDIA Tesla GPU-powered SGI Rackable servers have been deployed in the Department of Geosciences at Princeton University to drive next-generation earthquake research. The department will utilize five main open-source software packages and is leveraging NVIDIA GPUs for the SPECFEM3D 'Sesame' application, which simulates seismic wave propagation on regional and global scales. Read further...
Clemson University's Palmetto Cluster ranks fifth on the list of university-owned supercomputers in the United States, according to the June 2013 Top500 list of international supercomputers. Read further...
The University of Florida (UF) has received an US$8 million federal award and was named one of six universities nationwide tapped to conduct high-performance computing simulations aimed at addressing some of the world's most complex problems. Read further...
On June 19, the 2013 International Student Cluster Challenge at ISC'13 was closed in Leipzig, Germany. The team from Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST) in China has won the Best Linpack award and set a world new record with 8.455TFLOPS. The team from the Centre for High Performance Computing of South Africa won the Overall Best award, and the team from Tsinghua University ranked second in terms of overall score at ISC'13. It is China's second championship at ISC'13 after Tianhe-2 claimed the lead in the Top500 list. The world is marveling at China's rapid development in system research, application development, and talent education in the field of supercomputers. Read further...
Tiny, wood-boring marine crustaceans with a funny name and a penchant for collectively attacking piers and dining on driftwood, ships, boats and docks have made a big splash in the science news media lately. These creatures, called Gribbles - scientific name: Limnoria quadripunctata, have as their recent claim to fame, a novel biomass-degrading enzyme in their guts that is of keen interest to the biofuels research and engineering communities.
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NVIDIA Tesla GPU accelerators are powering the world's two most energy efficient supercomputers, based on the latest Green500 list. The winning system is 'Eurora' at Cineca, Italy's largest supercomputing centre, in Casalecchio di Reno. Equipped with NVIDIA Kepler architecture-based GPU accelerators - the highest-performance, most efficient accelerators ever built - Eurora delivers 3,210 MFlops per watt, making it 2.6 times more energy efficient than the best system using Intel CPUs alone, at Météo France. It also greatly surpasses the most efficient Intel Xeon Phi accelerator-based system, 'Beacon', at the National Institute for Computational Sciences, at the University of Tennessee. Read further...
We know it's out there, debris from 50 years of space exploration - aluminum, steel, nylon, even liquid sodium from Russian satellites - orbiting around the Earth and posing a danger to manned and unmanned spacecraft. According to NASA, there are more than 21,000 pieces of 'space junk' roughly the size of a baseball (larger than 10 centimeters) in orbit, and about 500,000 pieces that are golf ball-sized (between one to 10 centimeters). Sure, space is big, but when a piece of space junk strikes a spacecraft, the collision occurs at a velocity of 5 to 15 kilometers per second - roughly ten times faster than a speeding bullet. Read further...
For the third year in a row, Purdue University has confirmed its lead in the realm of supercomputing by unveiling Conte, the nation's fastest university-owned supercomputer, developed in a collaboration with HP, Intel, and Mellanox. Conte is the highest-ranking campus supercomputer on the June 2013 Top500.org list of international supercomputers. Read further...
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's (LLNL) 20 petaflops Sequoia supercomputer has retained its no. 1 ranking on the Graph 500 list, a measure of a system's ability to conduct analytic calculations - finding the proverbial needle in the haystack. An IBM Blue Gene Q system, Sequoia was able to traverse 15,363 giga edges per second on a scale of 40 graph - a graph with 2^40 vertices. The new Graph 500 list was announced at the International Supercomputing Conference (ISC'13) in Leipzig, Germany. Sequoia has held the top ranking on the Graph 500 since November 2011. Read further...
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, IBM, and the FUND for Lake George have launched "The Jefferson Project at Lake George", a three-year, multi-million dollar collaboration with the goal of understanding and managing complex factors, including road salt, storm water run-off and invasive species, threatening one of the world's most pristine natural ecosystems and an economic cornerstone of the New York tourism industry. The collaboration partners expect that this world-class scientific and technology facility at Lake George will create a new model for predictive preservation and remediation of critical natural systems on Lake George, in New York, and ultimately around the world. Read further...
The Vulcan supercomputer at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) is now available for collaborative work with industry and research universities to advance science and accelerate the technological innovation at the heart of U.S. economic competitiveness. A 5 petaflops (quadrillion floating point operations per second) IBM Blue Gene/Q system, Vulcan will serve Lab-industry projects through Livermore's High Performance Computing (HPC) Innovation Center as well as academic collaborations in support of DOE/National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) missions. The availability of Vulcan effectively raises the amount of computing at LLNL available for external collaborations by an order of magnitude. Read further...
The High Performance GeoComputing Laboratory (HPGeoC) at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC), an organized research unit at the University of California, San Diego, was named a winner of the HPC Innovation Excellence Award by the International Data Corporation (IDC) for developing a highly-scalable computer code that promises to dramatically cut both research times and energy costs in simulating seismic hazards throughout California and elsewhere. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2013-07-01

Special

A decade of HPC in evolution - Thomas Sterling takes the stage as the Charles Darwin of supercomputing ...

The Cloud

Cloud Summer School 2013 - Final Call for Participation ...

EuroFlash

Atos wins contract for the second most powerful supercomputer in Spain ...

Eurotech, University of Regensburg and University of Wuppertal sign co-operation agreement for QPACE2 ...

Eurotech supercomputers Eurora and Aurora Tigon score first and second place in the Green500 list ...

Projectiondesign to amaze visitors to Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex's newest attraction - Space Shuttle Atlantis ...

Towards a Second EUDAT Roadmap of common services ...

Grants available for Europeans to attend the 2nd RDA plenary meeting ...

Cray awarded supercomputer contract from the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) ...

Programming model for supercomputers of the future ...

Allinea tools to help Professor Stephen Hawking's Consortium get more Bang from COSMOS ...

Researchers unmask Janus-faced nature of mechanical forces with the Julich supercomputer ...

SPEX Group announces Scotland's fastest growing young company doubles turnover ...

IBM harnesses power of Big Data to improve Dutch flood control and water management systems ...

USFlash

13th edition of the Green500 List to make use of new energy measurement methodologies ...

GPU-accelerated SGI servers enable Department of Geosciences at Princeton University to simulate seismic activity in record time ...

Clemson supercomputer is 5th among U.S. universities ...

University of Florida lands $8 million federal award for supercomputing research ...

China shocks the supercomputer community again with HUST's HPL Championship at ISC'13 ...

Understanding a novel enzyme from a family of marine crustaceans may bolster biofuels development ...

NVIDIA Tesla GPU accelerators power world's most energy efficient supercomputer ...

Researchers use TACC supercomputers to simulate orbital debris impacts on spacecraft and fragment impacts on body armour ...

Purdue builds nation's fastest campus supercomputer - again ...

Sequoia tops Graph 500 list of 'Big Data' supercomputers ...

New project aims to make New York's Lake George the "smartest lake" in the world ...

Lawrence Livermore's Vulcan brings 5 petaflops computing power to collaborations with industry and academia to advance science and technology ...

SDSC GeoComputing Lab named Winner of HPC Innovation Excellence Award by IDC ...