Primeur weekly 2014-03-31

Exascale supercomputing

NVIDIA launches world's first high-speed GPU interconnect, helping pave the way to exascale computing ...

The Cloud

NVIDIA and VMware bring graphics-rich virtual desktops and applications to public Clouds ...

Health care in the Bull Cloud ...

European Commission funds Coco Cloud project o drive security for data sharing in the Cloud ...

Pitney Bowes and IBM to collaborate on hybrid Cloud location services ...

EuroFlash

ARCHER supercomputer targets research solutions on epic scale ...

PRACE Summer of HPC summer placements at European HPC centres 1 July to 30 August 2014 ...

PRACE to launch invitation for PRACE Scientific and Industrial Conference 2014 ...

The International Supercomputing Conference makes two key appointments ...

Record quantum entanglement of multiple dimensions ...

Nothing cools better than warm water ...

Edouard Guillaud joins the Board of Directors at the Bull Group ...

Elexo, a Bull Group company, presents Seahawk: a high-powered multi-screen transportable workstation for mission-critical applications ...

Computing with slime ...

USFlash

ARRA-funded programme takes petascale computing researchers to the next level ...

CoolIT Systems partners with Penguin Computing to deliver the liquid cooled Relion 2808GT at the NVIDIA GTC Conference 2014 ...

CAST Software's wysiwyg allows Pinnacle to scale new heights with Rudimental ...

Supermicro debuts new 2U 2-node UltraTwin supporting Dual Intel Xeon processor E7-2880 v2 and 32x DIMMs per node ...

Computer scientists & mult-idisciplinary team receive grant to build faster, more efficient supercomputer prototype ...

NVIDIA transforms product design with Iray VCA, replacing physical prototypes with interactive, photorealistic digital models ...

NVIDIA unveils first mobile supercomputer for embedded systems ...

Fujitsu supercomputer system to commence operation at the RIKEN SPring-8 Center ...

Sixteen universities qualified for the ASC14 final ...

Could diamonds be a computer's best friend? ...

2013 HPC server market growth dips as expected following record 2012, IDC reports ...

Parallel programming may not be so daunting ...

AT&T, Cisco, GE, IBM and Intel form Industrial Internet Consortium to improve integration of the physical and digital worlds ...

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Edition: weekly - Issue: 2014-03-31

Exascale supercomputing

NVIDIA plans to integrate a high-speed interconnect, called NVIDIA NVLink, into its future GPUs, enabling GPUs and CPUs to share data five to 12 times faster than they can today. This will eliminate a longstanding bottleneck and help pave the way for a new generation of exascale supercomputers that are 50-100 times faster than today's most powerful systems. Read further...

The Cloud

Unlocking the full potential of desktop virtualization for enterprises, NVIDIA and VMware have made available NVIDIA GRID technology on the VMware Horizon DaaS Platform to deliver 3D graphics on virtualized desktops and applications delivered through the Cloud. Read further...
On 4 October 2013, Bull was granted official recognition as a Health Data Host for its Le Cloud by Bull, dedicated to health care offering - covering personal health care data - from the French National Agency for Shared Healthcare Information Systems (ASIP Santé). This enables the Group to position itself as a services operator supporting telemedicine, as well as the archiving and sharing of medical imaging data. Read further...
The EC will fund a new Cloud project called Coco - confidential and compliant -, which aims to ensure that users can share data in the Cloud securely and privately. "The goal of Coco Cloud is to create a foundation for the Cloud security model", stated Jakub Boratynski, head of the Trust and Security Unit within DG CONNECT for the European Commission. "It will help overcome regulatory and legal issues among EU countries to ensure that sensitive data is carefully controlled and always protected by context-adaptive solutions. As trust in Cloud increases, so will the trust of users in Cloud services, ultimately benefitting the digital economy and society in general." Read further...
Pitney Bowes Inc. and IBM have started a collaboration on IBM's codename "BlueMix" platform-as-a-service to develop new hybrid Cloud location services that help businesses unearth deeper connections between their customers, their geography, and their networks to deliver more personalized services and contextually relevant experiences. Read further...

EuroFlash

A new generation supercomputer, capable of more than one million billion calculations a second, has been launched on March 25 at the University of Edinburgh. The GBP 43 million ARCHER - Academic Research Computing High End Resource - system will provide high performance computing support for research and industry projects in the UK. Read further...
PRACE is lauching the PRACE Summer of HPC Programme - a summer placement programme for undergraduate and postgraduate students in 2014. Read further...
PRACE invites you to participate in its first Scientific and Industrial Conference - the first edition of the PRACE days - under the motto "HPC for Innovation" - when Science meets Industry. The conference combines the previously separate PRACE Scientific Conferences and PRACE Industrial Seminars and will bring together experts from academia and industry who will present their advancements in HPC-supported science and engineering. PRACE aims at making this event a tradition for the European HPC communities. Read further...
Prometeus GmbH, the organizer of the International Supercomputing Conference (ISC), has appointed Prof. Dr. Arndt Bode as the ISC Programme Chair in 2015. This appointment underscores the management's aspiration to promote diversity. It also brings to light the contribution of community members who play an instrumental role in advancing the field of high performance computing. Read further...
An international team of researchers, directed by researchers from the Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, and with participation from the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, has managed to create an entanglement of 103 dimensions with only two photons. The record had been established at 11 dimensions. The discovery could represent a great advance toward the construction of quantum computers with much higher processing speeds than current ones, and toward a better encryption of information. Read further...
Bull Poland has won a public tender to deliver what will be Poland's largest warm water-cooled supercomputer, for the national centre for nuclear research. The infrastructure will be cooled using the world's most eco-efficient system, which relies on warm water. The technology will save the Swierk Data Center some 120,000 euro a year. Read further...
Edouard Guillaud, former Chief of Defense Staff, has been co-opted as a Director at a meeting of the Board of Directors of Bull on 26 February 2014. He joins the Board as an Independent Director, where he will contribute his considerable knowledge of the defense sector, security and high-performance computing. Read further...
Elexo, Bull's subsidiary specializing in the distribution of hi-tech products, has made available Seahawk. Designed by ACME, this fully transportable 'lunchbox' workstation offers multi-screen functionality while also delivering ultra-high computing power for graphical applications and the processing of mission-critical data. Read further...
A future computer might be a lot slimier than the solid silicon devices we have today. In a study published in the journalMaterials Today, European researchers reveal details of logic units built using living slime molds, which might act as the building blocks for computing devices and sensors. Read further...

USFlash

The first post-doctoral research project centred at the Department of Energy's (DOE) National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) is being credited with helping its participants advance their careers and boosting the state-of-the-art in high performance scientific computing software applications. Read further...
CoolIT Systems, a global expert in Direct Contact Liquid Cooling (DCLC) for HPC, Cloud and enterprise markets, partners with Penguin Computing to deliver the Relion 2808GT Rack DCLC solution at the NVIDIA GTC Conference in San Jose, California. Read further...
The lighting and stage design for BRIT Award-winning band Rudimental's recent tour may have been deliberately 'old school', but there was nothing old-fashioned about the technology used to create it. Award-winning LD, Jonny Gaskell of Brighton, UK-based Pinnacle Event Productions used R32, the latest version of CAST Software's wysiwyg previsualization software suite, to give his creativity maximum bandwidth and ensure that what was programmed in theory was deliverable in reality. Read further...
Super Micro Computer Inc., a global expert in high-performance, high-efficiency server, storage technology and green computing, debuts the first server of its new Ultra Architecture SuperServer series, the 2U 2-Node UltraTwin. Read further...
The US National Science Foundation has awarded a $500,000 grant to researchers at Texas Tech University to develop a new supercomputer prototype that could lead to more efficient data-intensive computing - and speed up the scientific discovery cycle. Read further...
NVIDIA has introduced a GPU rendering appliance that dramatically accelerates ray tracing, enabling professional designers to interact with computer models of such high visual fidelity that it can largely replace the lengthy, costly process of building physical prototypes. Read further...
NVIDIA has opened the door to the development of a new generation of applications that employ computer vision, image processing and real-time data processing - with the launch of a developer platform based on the world's first mobile supercomputer for embedded systems. Read further...
Fujitsu has completed building a supercomputer system ordered by the SPring-8 Center, a part of RIKEN, Japan's largest comprehensive research institution. At the core of the new system is the Fujitsu supercomputer PRIMEHPC FX10. Due to commence operation in April 2014, it will have a theoretical peak performance of 90.8 teraflops (Tflop/s). Read further...
On March 24, 2014, the ASC Student Supercomputer Challenge (ASC14) officially announced the 16 teams qualified for the final, which will be held in the Sun Yat-Sen University in Guangzhou, April 21-25. The conference has speakers from the domestic and overseas teams and related embassy. It also presents many supercomputer experts and professionals. Read further...
For the first time, physicists have demonstrated that information can flow through a diamond wire. In the experiment, electrons did not flow through diamond as they do in traditional electronics; rather, they stayed in place and passed along a magnetic effect called "spin" to each other down the wire - like a row of sports spectators doing "the wave". Read further...
Worldwide factory revenue for the high performance computing (HPC) technical server market declined -7.2% to $10.3 billion for the full year 2013, down from a record $11.1 billion in 2012, according to the newly released International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide High-Performance Technical Server QView. IDC had predicted the decline from the prior year, when several extremely large supercomputer sales propelled the high-end Supercomputers segment of the market to new heights. IDC expects the worldwide HPC server market to enjoy a healthy compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.3% over the 2013-2017 forecast period with revenues to exceed $14 billion in 2017. Read further...
Computer chips have stopped getting faster: The regular performance improvements we've come to expect are now the result of chipmakers' adding more cores, or processing units, to their chips, rather than increasing their clock speed. In theory, doubling the number of cores doubles the chip's efficiency, but splitting up computations so that they run efficiently in parallel isn't easy. On the other hand, said a trio of computer scientists from MIT, Israel's Technion, and Microsoft Research, neither is it as hard as had been feared. Read further...
AT&T, Cisco, GE, IBM and Intel have formed the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC), an open membership group focused on breaking down the barriers of technology silos to support better access to Big Data with improved integration of the physical and digital worlds. The consortium will enable organisations to more easily connect and optimize assets, operations and data to drive agility and to unlock business value across all industrial sectors. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2014-03-31

Exascale supercomputing

NVIDIA launches world's first high-speed GPU interconnect, helping pave the way to exascale computing ...

The Cloud

NVIDIA and VMware bring graphics-rich virtual desktops and applications to public Clouds ...

Health care in the Bull Cloud ...

European Commission funds Coco Cloud project o drive security for data sharing in the Cloud ...

Pitney Bowes and IBM to collaborate on hybrid Cloud location services ...

EuroFlash

ARCHER supercomputer targets research solutions on epic scale ...

PRACE Summer of HPC summer placements at European HPC centres 1 July to 30 August 2014 ...

PRACE to launch invitation for PRACE Scientific and Industrial Conference 2014 ...

The International Supercomputing Conference makes two key appointments ...

Record quantum entanglement of multiple dimensions ...

Nothing cools better than warm water ...

Edouard Guillaud joins the Board of Directors at the Bull Group ...

Elexo, a Bull Group company, presents Seahawk: a high-powered multi-screen transportable workstation for mission-critical applications ...

Computing with slime ...

USFlash

ARRA-funded programme takes petascale computing researchers to the next level ...

CoolIT Systems partners with Penguin Computing to deliver the liquid cooled Relion 2808GT at the NVIDIA GTC Conference 2014 ...

CAST Software's wysiwyg allows Pinnacle to scale new heights with Rudimental ...

Supermicro debuts new 2U 2-node UltraTwin supporting Dual Intel Xeon processor E7-2880 v2 and 32x DIMMs per node ...

Computer scientists & mult-idisciplinary team receive grant to build faster, more efficient supercomputer prototype ...

NVIDIA transforms product design with Iray VCA, replacing physical prototypes with interactive, photorealistic digital models ...

NVIDIA unveils first mobile supercomputer for embedded systems ...

Fujitsu supercomputer system to commence operation at the RIKEN SPring-8 Center ...

Sixteen universities qualified for the ASC14 final ...

Could diamonds be a computer's best friend? ...

2013 HPC server market growth dips as expected following record 2012, IDC reports ...

Parallel programming may not be so daunting ...

AT&T, Cisco, GE, IBM and Intel form Industrial Internet Consortium to improve integration of the physical and digital worlds ...