Primeur weekly 2014-07-07

Special

Visualisation on Europe's number one supercomputer Piz Daint ...

The UberCloud to launch new marketplace and appstore for engineers and scientists ...

HPC in Asia Workshop at ISC'14 - a video report ...

AppliedMicro's Gaurav Singh to launch X-Gene ARM 64-bit CPU at ISC'14 ...

Wolfgang Gentzsch and Sverre Jarp to announce ISC Cloud and ISC Big Data 2014 ...

Four-panelist Analyst Crossfire nailing hot HPC and Cloud topics down at ISC'14 ...

The Cloud

IBM to open new SoftLayer data centre in London ...

IBM delivers new Big Data capabilities on IBM Cloud marketplace ...

Desktop Grids

EU citizen science initiative asks us all to do our part ...

EuroFlash

Bull launches new range of bullion servers for Big Data and Cloud computing ...

"Cosmic own goal" another clue in hunt for dark matter ...

Bull and Sinequa join forces to offer real-time Big Data processing appliance ...

Eni turns on one of the largest and energy efficient High Performance Computing systems for industrial oil and gas activities ...

Over 100 people from 19 countries gain HPC skills at 5th International HPC Summer School ...

PRACE to announce Awards and winners at ISC'14 ...

PRACE-3IP PCP completes successful bidding stage ...

Netherlands contribute 12 million euro to design of the Square Kilometre Array ...

IDC announces new winners of HPC Innovation Excellence Awards ...

USFlash

New Executive Director named for Texas Advanced Computing Center ...

IBM Watson and Bon Appétit team on new app that transforms how we cook ...

Curtiss-Wright's new rugged SWaP-C optimized mobile IP router subsystem features an integrated Cisco ESS 2020 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) switch ...

Mellanox Technologies announces definitive agreement to acquire Integrity Project ...

GiDEL announces OpenCL compliant Stratix V based FPGA boards to target High-Performance Computing applications ...

US Energy Department's National Labs supercompuetrs in the TOP500 list ...

Angus Tait building to house BlueFern supercomputer team ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2014-07-07

Special

At ISC'14 in Leipzig, Germany, Primeur Magazine had the opportunity to talk with John Biddiscombe, a computational scientist at the Swiss National Supercomputing Centre (CSCS) in Lugano, about Piz Daint, the number one supercomputer in Europe and the number six in the world, according to rankings of the new June 2014 TOP500 list. One interesting project the researchers are working on at CSCS is the use of Piz Daint's accelerators. The machine has 5000 nodes. Each one of these has an NVIDIA GPU inside of it. Traditionally, computational scientists have been using the GPUs to perform accelerated computations of the standard codes that are all known but it has been very difficult to also utilise the GPUs for the traditional use which is visulisation with for example OpenGL. Read further...
At ISC'14 in Leipzig, Wolfgang Gentzsch, President of The UberCloud, announced the UberCloud Marketplace. The UberCloud is a community and marketplace for engineers and scientists to discover, try and buy computing on demand in the Cloud. Wolfgang Gentzsch was proud to introduce the new UberCloud Marketplace and Appstore toPrimeur Magazine. Engineers and scientists can buy at their fingertips complete bundled solutions in the Cloud. Read further...
The HPC in Asia Workshop has been organised already for several years at the ISC Conference. This year, it took place at June 26. It started with presentations giving an overview of the HPC and supercomputing developments in a number of Asian countries, including China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Singapore and India. This year, there was also a report from Australia. Read further...
At ISC'14 in Leipzig, Gaurav Singh, Vice President of Technical Stragegy at AppliedMicro talked toPrimeur Magazineabout X-Gene, the world's first ARM 64-bit CPU. For Gaurav Singh it was an honour to be selected for the Innovators Forum at the International Supercomputing Conference 2014 in Leipzig. AppliedMicro has brought a key technology to the conference that will significantly change the direction of HPC computers. AppliedMicro has implemented the low power and efficiency of ARM by designing the world's first 64-bit ARM CPU which is a high performance out of order 2.4 gigahertz high single-threaded performance. AppliedMicro has eight of these high performance CPUs in a single chip which is called X-Gene. Read further...
ISC'14 in Leipzig was a very good opportunity for Wolfgang Gentzsch, Chairman of ISC Cloud, and Sverre Jarp, Chairman of ISC Big Data, to announce their upcoming conferences at the end of September (29-30) and beginning of October (1-2) in Heidelberg, Germany. Read further...
No International Supercomputing Conference without an Analyst Crossfire. At ISC'14 in Leipzig, Addison Snell from Intersect360 Research invited four guests to his table to perform a few rounds of speedfire on the topic of HPC and Cloud current developments and future trends. The panelists were Brian Connors, Vice-President, IBM Global Product Development and Lab Services, and Jean-Marc Denis, International Business Development Director, Extreme Computing at Atos-Bull on the vendor community's side, and Yoon Ho, HPC Technical Lead, Systems Design Engineering, Rolls-Royce and Michael M. Resch, Director, High-Performance Computing Center (HLRS) in Stuttgart on the user community's side. The latter paid a moving tribute to the late Prof.Dr. Hans Meuer, father of the ISC Conference series, who passed away earlier this year. In body, he was deeply missed at ISC'14 but in spirit he was definitely present still in Michael Resch's testimony. Read further...

The Cloud

SoftLayer, an IBM company, will open a data centre in London. It will be the latest of 15 new data centres that IBM plans to open as part of a $1.2 billion dollar global investment to strengthen and extend its Cloud services in Europe and around the world. Read further...
IBM is transforming how organisations engage with business content and make it more usable and interactive across the enterprise to deliver better results and improve decision making. Through a new Big Data service available on the IBM Cloud marketplace, organisations can now easily secure, access and manage content from anywhere and on any device. Read further...

Desktop Grids

Would you like to help researchers understand the workings of our sun, or discover how large crowds of people can work together? While you may think such breakthroughs are the preserve of highly-specialised scientists with expensive equipment, the EU-funded project SOCIENTIZE allows you to lend your skills and time to some exciting research. Read further...

EuroFlash

Bull is launching a new range of bullion servers designed to speed up the implementation of Big Data and private Cloud infrastructures. The latest bullion systems feature a suite of leading-edge technologies for the next generation of data centres. Read further...
The hunt for dark matter has taken another step forward thanks to new supercomputer simulations showing the evolution of our "local Universe" from the Big Bang to the present day. Physicists at Durham University, who are leading the research, say their simulations could improve understanding of dark matter, a mysterious substance believed to make up 85 percent of the mass of the Universe. Read further...
Bull and Sinequa have signed a strategic partnership in the area of Big Data, to provide a search and content analysis appliance based on ultra high-performance, secure infrastructures. By combining the technology of bullion - one of the world's most powerful servers - with Sinequa's Real-Time Big Data Search and Analysis solution, the two firms are together offering a secure, integrated appliance capable of achieving unrivalled performance. The new system will be capable of handling up to 100 billion records and processing 10 million indexed records a second: at least 40 standard servers would normally be needed to achieve a comparable performance. Read further...
Eni has put into operation its second major HPC system. The new supercomputer has an innovative approach based on the usage of accelerators to implement a so called "hybrid cluster architecture". It comprises 1500 IBM iDataPlex dx360 M4 nodes, built on more than 30,000 processing cores, each equipped with two NVIDIA Tesla GPU accelerators connected by a high-speed InfiniBand interconnection. This choice is a result of years of research aimed at identifying the most efficient solution able to deliver the computational power required by proprietary seismic imaging algorithms and by reservoir simulation codes, and ensuring at the same time the best energy efficiency. The new HPC cluster is working alongside with the first GPU computing system installed last year - 1500 IBM iDataPlex nodes and 1300 NVIDIA Tesla GPU accelerators. Read further...
A total of 80 graduate students and post-docs - 25 percent of them women - representing 28 nationalities and five continents were selected from more than 500 applicants from educational and research institutions in Canada, Europe, Japan, and the United States to attend the Fifth Annual International Summer School on HPC Challenges in Computational Sciences, held 1-6 June 2014, at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics in Budapest, Hungary. Read further...
PRACE branched out at ISC'14 with more activities and highlights than ever. PRACE was present at both the exhibition and the conference part of ISC'14 with the PRACE-ISC Award, sessions on HPC in Europe and HPC Communication, the PRACE booth with its popular Treasure Hunt, and more. Read further...
Five HPC suppliers from around Europe have successfully passed the bidding stage of the "Whole System Design for Energy Efficient HPC" pre-commercial procurement process. Read further...
A consortium consisting of ASTRON and the Universities of Amsterdam, Groningen, Leiden and Nijmegen has been awarded 12 million euro for their participation in the design of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA). The SKA will be the world's largest and most powerful radio telescope. Construction will start in 2018 in Australia and South Africa and the first results are expected in 2020. The announcement of funding from the second call of the Netherlands Roadmap for Large-Scale Research Facilities was made by Sander Dekker, the State Secretary for Education, Culture and Science, and Jos Engelen, chair of the Governing Board of Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) at an event in Leiden. Read further...
International Data Corporation (IDC) has announced the seventh round of recipients of the HPC Innovation Excellence Award at the ISC'14 supercomputer industry conference in Leipzig, Germany. Prior winners were announced at the ISC'11, SC11, ISC'12, SC12, ISC'13, and SC13 supercomputing conferences. The HPC Innovation Excellence Award recognizes noteworthy achievements by users of high performance computing (HPC) technologies. The programme's main goals are to showcase return on investment (ROI) and scientific success stories involving HPC; to help other users better understand the benefits of adopting HPC and justify HPC investments, especially for small and medium-size businesses (SMBs); to demonstrate the value of HPC to funding bodies and politicians; and to expand public support for increased HPC investments. Read further...

USFlash

Dan C. Stanzione Jr. has been named executive director of the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at the University of Texas at Austin. A nationally recognized leader in high performance computing, Dan C. Stanzione has served as deputy director since June 2009 and will assume the new post July 1. Read further...
America's most technologically advanced sous chef is back. In collaboration with Bon Appétit, IBM has launched an app called "Chef Watson with Bon Appétit". Initially available via a limited beta programme, the new app, powered by IBM Watson technology and Bon Appétit's culinary knowledge, allows home cooks to draw on Watson's advanced cognitive capabilities to create entirely new recipes and gastronomic combinations that have previously never been conceived. Read further...
Curtiss-Wright Corporation's Defense Solutions division, a Cisco Systems Solution Technology Integration (STI) partner, has introduced an enhanced version of its commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) Parvus DuraMAR 5915 rugged SWaP-C optimized mobile IP Router subsystem that features an integrated Cisco ESS 2020 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) Switch. The 23-port (2x Routed, 21x Switched) Parvus DuraMAR 5915 (2X Series) reduces power consumption while delivering expanded port count by combining a Cisco 5915 Embedded Services Router and a Cisco ESS 2020 Ethernet switch in a single line replaceable unit (LRU). Read further...
Mellanox intents to acquire privately-held Integrity Project, which includes an accomplished team of software technology veterans. Based in Ramat-Gan, Israel, Integrity Project was formed out of an elite military technology unit, specializing in the fields of connectivity, low-level development, real-time applications, and security. Mellanox is acquiring Integrity Project for its software expertise, which further enhances Mellanox's commitment to providing superior solutions. The acquisition positions Mellanox to broaden its customer base by adding software solutions designed to enable customers to achieve optimal performance from all interconnect components. Read further...
GiDEL, a market expert in cutting-edge reconfigurable technology utilizing FPGAs, unveils boards that allow customers to combine the OpenCL programming model with Altera's massively parallel FPGA architecture. This combination enables simplifying and accelerating the development process while taking advantage of the inherent FPGA qualities to accelerate dramatically compute intensive applications and reduce significantly power consumption and total cost of ownership. Read further...
At the Energy Department's National Labs, big science requires big resources, and supercomputers are no exception. Twice a year, scientists issue the list of the top 500 fastest supercomputers in the world. In the most recent ranking, the Energy Department's National Labs were recognized for having 26 of the top 500 fastest supercomputers in the world, including four in the top 10. Read further...
University of Canterbury's distinctive Butterfly Building has been remediated and has been officially reopened by Communications and Information Technology Minister Amy Adams. The building - to be renamed the Angus Tait building - was first opened in May 1966 and following the earthquakes will be the home of the University's BlueFern supercomputer team. The BlueFern computer is one of the most powerful in New Zealand. The building has been officially reopened on July 4. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2014-07-07

Special

Visualisation on Europe's number one supercomputer Piz Daint ...

The UberCloud to launch new marketplace and appstore for engineers and scientists ...

HPC in Asia Workshop at ISC'14 - a video report ...

AppliedMicro's Gaurav Singh to launch X-Gene ARM 64-bit CPU at ISC'14 ...

Wolfgang Gentzsch and Sverre Jarp to announce ISC Cloud and ISC Big Data 2014 ...

Four-panelist Analyst Crossfire nailing hot HPC and Cloud topics down at ISC'14 ...

The Cloud

IBM to open new SoftLayer data centre in London ...

IBM delivers new Big Data capabilities on IBM Cloud marketplace ...

Desktop Grids

EU citizen science initiative asks us all to do our part ...

EuroFlash

Bull launches new range of bullion servers for Big Data and Cloud computing ...

"Cosmic own goal" another clue in hunt for dark matter ...

Bull and Sinequa join forces to offer real-time Big Data processing appliance ...

Eni turns on one of the largest and energy efficient High Performance Computing systems for industrial oil and gas activities ...

Over 100 people from 19 countries gain HPC skills at 5th International HPC Summer School ...

PRACE to announce Awards and winners at ISC'14 ...

PRACE-3IP PCP completes successful bidding stage ...

Netherlands contribute 12 million euro to design of the Square Kilometre Array ...

IDC announces new winners of HPC Innovation Excellence Awards ...

USFlash

New Executive Director named for Texas Advanced Computing Center ...

IBM Watson and Bon Appétit team on new app that transforms how we cook ...

Curtiss-Wright's new rugged SWaP-C optimized mobile IP router subsystem features an integrated Cisco ESS 2020 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) switch ...

Mellanox Technologies announces definitive agreement to acquire Integrity Project ...

GiDEL announces OpenCL compliant Stratix V based FPGA boards to target High-Performance Computing applications ...

US Energy Department's National Labs supercompuetrs in the TOP500 list ...

Angus Tait building to house BlueFern supercomputer team ...