Primeur weekly 2014-08-11

Special

HPC is at a point of inflection with exascale and quantum computing on the horizon ...

The Cloud

HP offers low-cost managed virtual private Cloud service for lighter enterprise workloads ...

CSC and IBM expanding alliance to speed clients' adoption of hybrid Cloud, mobile and Big Data ...

Wroclaw University of Technology delivers personalized classrooms on IBM Cloud infrastructure ...

China's Shanghai Wind Information selects IBM to deliver leading Cloud-based risk service ...

Reflexis chooses IBM Cloud infrastructure to power retail Cloud offering ...

Khipu chooses IBM Cloud to seamlessly scale to meet growing demand for its virtual education service ...

IBM brings e-textbooks into the Cloud to foster collaboration between teachers and students ...

EuroFlash

A new kind of quantum computer is being proposed by scientists from the TU Wien and Japan ...

CECAM workshop on "Exploiting multi-core and many-core platforms for atomic and molecular simulations" ...

USFlash

AMD unleashes world's most powerful server GPU for HPC ...

Fundamental chemistry findings could help extend Moore's Law ...

New IBM SyNAPSE chip could open era of vast neural networks ...

Providence Health, NantHealth and the Chan Soon-Shiong Institute of Molecular Medicine partner to create the country's first health network for clinical whole genomic sequencing ...

No-wait data centres could reduce data-transmission delays across server farms by 99.6 percent ...

SGI reports fourth quarter and fiscal year 2014 financial results ...

NREL research earns 2 prestigious R&D 100 Awards ...

NVIDIA to issue financial results for second quarter fiscal 2015 ...

AMOS at Rensselaer ranks 1st among supercomputers at private American universities ...

SGI UV 2000 named fastest, most powerful supercomputer on industry standard benchmark ...

Arista Networks and VMware enter strategic relationship to advance adoption of network virtualization ...

Oak Ridge National Laboratory wins eight R&D 100s ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2014-08-11

Special

Professor Thomas Sterling from the Center for Research in Extreme Scale Technologies at Indiana University continued the tradition at ISC'14 in Leipzig, Germany, with his yearly keynote presentation overviewing the passed HPC year, for the 11th time already, and beginning a second decade with the theme "A Future Uncertain". Read further...

The Cloud

HP has introduced HP Helion Managed Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) Lean, a managed infrastructure-as-a-service solution that enables higher-quality service delivery and workload performance at a significantly lower cost. The Cloud represents a massive generational shift in enterprise computing, one that is impacting companies around the world. This market is large, and business needs are diverse and wide ranging. HP's new offering supports lighter workloads for mid-sized and enterprise-level businesses such as application development and test environments and workplace collaboration solutions, while also enabling quick onboarding times and the ability to add features on demand. Read further...
Technology companies CSC and IBM are building on their existing alliance with new ways to help global customers accelerate their transition to the Cloud. Enterprise clients increasingly are seeking to use the Cloud to enhance workforce performance, advance mobility, improve access to information and gain competitive advantage - without losing their existing infrastructure investment. Read further...
IBM and the Wroclaw University of Technology (WRUT) will deploy a common and open platform for students, professors, industry partners and local government on IBM's Cloud platform. The engagement will help Wroclaw University of Technology to facilitate access to various educational resources on demand, and to deliver smart and personalized classrooms to its students. Read further...
Shanghai Wind Information has selected IBM to help provide its users in China with new Cloud-based analytics tools to better manage financial risks and meet regulatory requirements. This partnership builds on IBM's expertise working with global financial institutions to help address challenging regulatory requirements in risk. Read further...
Reflexis, an expert in integrated real-time execution and workforce management solutions, has selected SoftLayer, an IBM company, to help customers in the retail industry make the transition to Cloud computing. Reflexis is looking to transform the retail industry by providing customers with its own platform-as-a-service (PaaS) based on SoftLayer's infrastructure, to help them implement mobile and Web applications. Read further...
Khipu Corporation has deployed its e-learning platform, Moodle, on SoftLayer's Cloud infrastructure to enable facilitators and teachers to access virtual lessons, download educational material, conduct tests of its training programme and focus on high performance teaching. Khipu Corporation developed Moodle to serve facilitators and teachers and other participants of the Distance Learning Programme promoted by the Regional Government of Cusco. The Programme was launched in October 2013 to enable educators to improve education and create effective on-line learning sites for participants by connecting outside the classroom, regardless of location. Read further...
IBM has started a co-operation with Wydawnictwa Cyfrowe LLC., a digital services provider for educational e-textbooks, under which IBM will provide access to the e-textbooks platform: podrecznik.edu.pl on Cloud infrastructure from SoftLayer, an IBM company. As a result, publishing houses will be able to easily distribute electronic versions of textbooks, so both teachers and students can have access to new forms of interactive education. Read further...

EuroFlash

The Quantum Computer is the Holy Grail of quantum technology. Its computing power would eclipse even the fastest classical computers we have today. A team of researchers from TU Wien in Vienna, the National Institute for Informatics in Tokyo, and NTT Basic Research Labs in Japan has now proposed a new architecture for quantum computing, based on microscopic defects in diamond. A reliable quantum computer capable of solving complex problems would have to consist of billions of quantum systems, and such a device is still out of reach. But the researchers are convinced that the basic elements of their newly proposed architecture are better suited to be miniaturized, mass-produced and integrated on a chip than previously suggested quantum computing concepts. Experiments towards the new quantum computing architecture are already being undertaken at TU Wien. Read further...
From 10 to 12 September 2014, the CECAM workshop will be organized at STFC Daresbury Laboratory, United Kingdom. This European workshop will provide a forum for open discussion to better understand the programming models and strategies that will be needed for the new generation of atomic, molecular, physics, chemistry and materials simulations on current and near-future multi-core and many-core platforms. Confirmed speakers will cover areas including Molecular Dynamics and DFT, Lattice Boltzmann, fast multipole and particle-based methods and will speak about experiences implementing and optimizing codes for Intel Xeon Phi and Nvidia GPU processors. Read further...

USFlash

AMD has launched the AMD FirePro S9150 server card - the most powerful server Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) ever built for High Performance Computing. Based on the AMD Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture, the first AMD architecture designed specifically with compute workloads in mind, the AMD FirePro S9150 server card is the first to support enhanced double precision and break the 2.0 TFLOPS double precision barrier. With 16GB of GDDR5 memory - 33 percent more than the competition - and maximum power consumption of 235 watts, AMD FirePro S9150 server GPUs provide supercomputers with massive compute performance while maximizing available power budgets. Read further...
Over the years, computer chips have gotten smaller thanks to advances in materials science and manufacturing technologies. This march of progress, the doubling of transistors on a microprocessor roughly every two years, is called Moore's Law. But there's one component of the chip-making process in need of an overhaul if Moore's law is to continue: the chemical mixture called photoresist. Similar to film used in photography, photoresist, also just called resist, is used to lay down the patterns of ever-shrinking lines and features on a chip. Read further...
Scientists from IBM have unveiled the first neurosynaptic computer chip to achieve an unprecedented scale of one million programmable neurons, 256 million programmable synapses and 46 billion synaptic operations per second per watt. At 5.4 billion transistors, this fully functional and production-scale chip is currently one of the largest CMOS chips ever built, yet, while running at biological real time, it consumes a minuscule 70mW - orders of magnitude less power than a modern microprocessor. A neurosynaptic supercomputer the size of a postage stamp that runs on the energy equivalent of a hearing-aid battery, this technology could transform science, technology, business, government, and society by enabling vision, audition, and multi-sensory applications. Read further...
NantHealth and the Chan Soon-Shiong Institute of Molecular Medicine founder and Chairman Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong have signed a partnership with Providence Health and Services to create the country's first clinical genomic network for whole genomic sequencing. Together, they have installed an Illumina HiSeq X Ten sequencing system, to establish the first CLIA-approved clinical facility to drive molecular decisions for cancer patients. Read further...
Big websites usually maintain their own "data centres", banks of tens or even hundreds of thousands of servers, all passing data back and forth to field users' requests. Like any big, decentralized network, data centres are prone to congestion: Packets of data arriving at the same router at the same time are put in a queue, and if the queues get too long, packets can be delayed. At the annual conference of the ACM Special Interest Group on Data Communication, in August, MIT researchers will present a new network-management system that, in experiments, reduced the average queue length of routers in a Facebook data centre by 99.6 percent - virtually doing away with queues. When network traffic was heavy, the average latency - the delay between the request for an item of information and its arrival - shrank nearly as much, from 3.56 microseconds to 0.23 microseconds. Read further...
SGI has reported financial results for its fiscal fourth quarter and year ended June 27, 2014. Total revenue for the fiscal fourth quarter was $142 million, which compares with $124 million in the previous quarter and $171 million in the fourth fiscal quarter of 2013. For fiscal year 2014, total revenue was $530 million, down from $767 million in fiscal year 2013, primarily as a result of the company's strategic exit from legacy Cloud infrastructure accounts and a decline in its Federal business. Read further...
A growth system that can produce thin solar cells quickly and at low cost, and an ultra-efficient supercomputer platform - both developed or advanced by the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and its partners - have been named among this year's most significant innovations byR&D Magazine. Read further...
NVIDIA has reported revenue for the second quarter ended July 27, 2014, of $1.10 billion, up 13 percent from $977 million a year earlier and in line with the previous quarter. Revenue for the first half was up 14 percent to a record $2.21 billion from $1.93 billion a year earlier. Read further...
The petascale supercomputing system at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute clocks in at a top peak processing speed of 1048.6 teraflops, making it the 43rd most powerful system in the world, according to the most recent TOP500 list. Named the Advanced Multiprocessing Optimized System, or AMOS, the Rensselaer supercomputer was switched on in October 2013. The system is a five-rack IBM Blue Gene/Q supercomputer with additional equipment. Read further...
The SGI UV 2000 became the first single node SMP to exceed 100 GTEPS, as verified by the Graph 500 benchmark test for measuring large data volume processing by supercomputers. In addition to this new performance world record, the Green Graph 500 test also revealed the SGI UV 2000 to be the commercial supercomputer with the lowest power-consumption figures. Read further...
Arista Networks and VMware have launched a strategic relationship to enable customers to accelerate adoption of network virtualization in the software-defined data centre (SDDC). This new collaboration agreement builds on the companies' four year relationship in developing innovative, integrated SDDC solutions, and focuses on development and joint marketing of the generally available Arista and VMware integrated networking solution for VMware NSX. Read further...
Researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have received eight R&D 100 awards, presented byR&D Magazinein recognition of the year's top technological innovations. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2014-08-11

Special

HPC is at a point of inflection with exascale and quantum computing on the horizon ...

The Cloud

HP offers low-cost managed virtual private Cloud service for lighter enterprise workloads ...

CSC and IBM expanding alliance to speed clients' adoption of hybrid Cloud, mobile and Big Data ...

Wroclaw University of Technology delivers personalized classrooms on IBM Cloud infrastructure ...

China's Shanghai Wind Information selects IBM to deliver leading Cloud-based risk service ...

Reflexis chooses IBM Cloud infrastructure to power retail Cloud offering ...

Khipu chooses IBM Cloud to seamlessly scale to meet growing demand for its virtual education service ...

IBM brings e-textbooks into the Cloud to foster collaboration between teachers and students ...

EuroFlash

A new kind of quantum computer is being proposed by scientists from the TU Wien and Japan ...

CECAM workshop on "Exploiting multi-core and many-core platforms for atomic and molecular simulations" ...

USFlash

AMD unleashes world's most powerful server GPU for HPC ...

Fundamental chemistry findings could help extend Moore's Law ...

New IBM SyNAPSE chip could open era of vast neural networks ...

Providence Health, NantHealth and the Chan Soon-Shiong Institute of Molecular Medicine partner to create the country's first health network for clinical whole genomic sequencing ...

No-wait data centres could reduce data-transmission delays across server farms by 99.6 percent ...

SGI reports fourth quarter and fiscal year 2014 financial results ...

NREL research earns 2 prestigious R&D 100 Awards ...

NVIDIA to issue financial results for second quarter fiscal 2015 ...

AMOS at Rensselaer ranks 1st among supercomputers at private American universities ...

SGI UV 2000 named fastest, most powerful supercomputer on industry standard benchmark ...

Arista Networks and VMware enter strategic relationship to advance adoption of network virtualization ...

Oak Ridge National Laboratory wins eight R&D 100s ...