Primeur weekly 2014-12-01

The Cloud

New NSF-funded platform takes science to the Clouds ...

New IBM Mobile Services tap analytics and Cloud to drive workforce productivity and customer satisfaction ...

EuroFlash

US supercomputer Titan does calculations for HZDR cancer research ...

Green500: German Supercomputer a World Champion in Saving Energy ...

Gauss Centre for Supercomputing strengthens position as global high performance computing player ...

All-time record of computing time allocated at Gauss Centre for Supercomputing ...

HLRS supercomputer "Hornet" replaces "Hermit" ...

New Netherlands Digital Infrastructure foundation (DINL) connects Dutch digital infrastructure ...

New image for "Big Data" tools ...

Using the world's largest supercomputers to understand regional sea level changes ...

Largest European bioinformatics centre selects Mellanox InfiniBand for high-performance supercomputer ...

Characteristics of a universal simulator: Study narrows the scope of research on quantum computing ...

Global quantum communications - no longer the stuff of fiction? ...

Quantum Metrology Institute to support UK network of Quantum Technology Hubs ...

HPC Advisory Council and the ISC High Performance announce university teams for HPCAC-ISC 2015 Student Cluster Competition ...

InfoComm announces education line up at ISE 2015 ...

USFlash

A better Beagle: $2 million upgrade to UChicago supercomputer will boost biomedical research ...

Cornell scientists run 24x7 on the Dell | Terascala HPC Storage Solution ...

MIT and other 33 universities lead the registration for ASC15 ...

PSC receives NSF Award for Bridges supercomputer ...

Innovative new supercomputers increase nation's computational capacity and capability ...

Supercomputer for Astronomy "ATERUI" upgraded to double its speed ...

End to end 5G for super, superfast mobile ...

Arizona State University and IBM move ultrafast, low-cost DNA sequencing technology a step closer to reality ...

$50-million partnership to strengthen health research in Newfoundland and Labrador ...

Dot Hill Systems collaborates with Intel and Mellanox on new scale-out, Lustre file serving solution for high performance computing ...

Dell announces new solutions to address the most demanding high-performance computing environments ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2014-12-01

The Cloud

Scientists and engineers in all disciplines can now store, share and analyze data through Jetstream, the first all-science cyber-computing platform, a $6.5 million project funded by the National Science Foundation. The iPlant Collaborative based at the University of Arizona's (UA) BIO5 Institute will play an important role in development and operation of Jetstream. Read further...
IBM has made new additions to the Mobility Services portfolio of solutions to help enterprise clients see maximum business benefit leveraging mobile. The offerings include a new analytics solution that gives global businesses the tools needed to fine tune their mobile initiatives. In addition IBM is announcing a new desktop-as-a-service offering that brings all the capabilities of a powerful desktop to mobile devices in a pre-packaged subscription service delivered on the IBM Cloud. Read further...

EuroFlash

For their calculations, researchers at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) will now, starting in 2015, have access to the world's second-fastest computer. The Dresden research initiative is one of 56 projects the US Department of Energy has granted access to Titan as part of their INCITE programme. HZDR's 3D simulations of laser-accelerated ions is listed as one of their six 2015 highlights. The Dresden scientists are hoping that the computations will yield new insights that may prove useful in proton-based cancer therapy. Read further...
A new supercomputer, L-CSC from the GSI Helmholtz Center, emerged as the most energy-efficient - or greenest - supercomputer in the world, according to the 16th edition of the twice-yearly Green500 list. The L-CSC cluster was the first and only supercomputer on the list to surpass 5 gigaflops/watt (billions of operations per second per watt). Like so many of the most energy-efficient supercomputers in the world over the past few years, L-CSC is a heterogeneous supercomputer that is powered by GPU accelerators, namely AMD FirePro S9150 GPUs. It marks the first time that a supercomputer using AMD GPUs has held the top spot. Read further...
The Gauss Centre for Supercomputing (GCS) further strengthened its position as a global player in High-Performance Computing (HPC). With its latest HPC-system, the recently installed supercomputer Hornet of the High Performance Computing Center Stuttgart (HLRS), making its debut in the TOP500 list of November 2014 as new number 16, GCS now has all its three HPC-systems positioned in the top-20 of the most powerful supercomputers worldwide. Delivering a performance of 5.00 PetaFlops on the Linpack benchmark (Rmax), supercomputer JUQUEEN of GCS member centre Jülich Supercomputing Centre (JSC) defended position 8 in the TOP500 while HPC-system SuperMUC of the Leibniz Supercomputing Centre (LRZ) Garching/Munich (Rmax 2.90 PetaFlops) is now registered on the 14th place. Supercomputer Hornet (HLRS) follows closely with its Linpack performance of 2.76 PetaFlops. Read further...
For the most recent 12th Call for Large-Scale Projects, the Gauss Centre for Supercomputing (GCS) allocated a previously unachieved number of computing core hours for scientific research activities: A total of 1,029 million core hours have been granted to 17 outstanding scientific research projects. The consortia of national researchers and scientists whose projects were selected for funding are provided access to the petascale supercomputing infrastructures of the three GCS member centres, High Performance Computing Center Stuttgart (HLRS), Jülich Supercomputing Centre (JSC), and Leibniz Supercomputing Centre München-Garching (LRZ) starting immediately. The supported ambitious simulation projects represent leading-edge research activities in scientific fields such as Aerodynamics, Astrophysics, Biology and Life Sciences, Elementary Particle Physics, Fluid Dynamics, and Theoretical Chemistry. Read further...
The Gauss Centre for Supercomputing's (GCS) member centre, the High Performance Computing Center Stuttgart (HLRS), successfully completed the installation of the HPC system "Hornet". The new HLRS supercomputer, a Cray XC40 system which delivers a peak performance of 3.8 PetaFlops, has been declared fully operational and will be available for its scientific and industrial usership as of immediately. Read further...
The new Netherlands Digital Infrastructure (DINL) foundation serves as a representative of and point of contact for the Dutch digital infrastructure sector. This joint initiative by AMS-IX, DHPA, ISPConnect, NLnet, SIDN and SURFnet seeks to stimulate economic growth in the Netherlands by facilitating a safe and reliable on-line economy. Read further...
Big Data represents both an opportunity and a challenge for scientists. The huge amount of data that can be generated by the latest scientific instruments could lead to important scientific discoveries, but only if scientists can efficiently process that data. This is especially true for analytical scientists studying biological materials using a fairly new technique known as mass spectrometry imaging (MSI). Help is now at hand, however, from a recent European project called Computis, which has come up with a range of new tools for efficiently processing MSI data. Read further...
In the eSALSA project, an international team is studying the effects of climate change. It uses four interconnected supercomputers. The project won the Enlighten Your Research Global Award. Read further...
The Center for Biological and Sequence Analysis (CBS) at the Riso Campus of Denmark Technical University (DTU) has selected Mellanox's end-to-end FDR 56Gb/s InfiniBand solution for the centre's new supercomputer, making Denmark a global leader in bioinformatics. Mellanox's InfiniBand interconnect solution delivers the scalability, high performance and bandwidth needed for researchers around the world to share information and collaborate on the molecular analysis of people and their diseases to discover patterns and determine treatment methods. Read further...
According to many scientists, quantum computers will have great importance in the future but, despite all efforts, research in this field is still in its infancy. One of the difficulties is understanding what criteria a quantum system should meet to be able to solve problems that are impossible for conventional computers. An international research team headed by Sissa has just published a study that establishes a basic characteristic that universal quantum simulators should possess. Read further...
Neither quantum computers nor quantum cryptography will become prevalent technologies without memory systems able to manipulate quantum information easily and effectively. The Faculty of Physics at the University of Warsaw (FUW) has recently made inroads into popularizing quantum information technologies by creating an atomic memory with outstanding parameters and an extremely simple construction. Read further...
A new national network of Quantum Technology Hubs, that will explore the properties of quantum mechanics and how they can be harnessed for use in technology, has been unveiled by Greg Clark, Minister of State for Universities, Science and Cities. As part of the UK National Quantum Technologies Programme (UKNQT), the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) will also establish a Quantum Metrology Institute (QMI) at its Teddington site. This new Institute will cover all of NPL's leading-edge quantum science and metrology research and provide the expertise and facilities needed for academia and industry to test, validate, and ultimately commercialise new quantum research and technologies. By bringing together industry engineers, academic researchers, and NPL scientists in a highly collaborative environment, the QMI will play a key role in the creation of a UK industry based on quantum technologies. Read further...
The HPC Advisory Council (HPCAC), an organisation for high-performance computing research, outreach and education, and ISC High Performance, formerly known as the International Supercomputing Conference, have announced the 11 university teams from around the world for the HPCAC-ISC 2015 Student Cluster Competition (SCC) during the ISC 2015 programme of events. Read further...
InfoComm International, a trade association representing the audiovisual and information communications industries worldwide and co-owner of the Integrated Systems Europe (ISE 2015) tradeshow, announces its most comprehensive InfoComm University training to date at ISE 2015. ISE 2015 takes place from 10-12 February 2015, at the Amsterdam RAI. Read further...

USFlash

For three years, the Beagle supercomputer has driven University of Chicago biology and medical research into new computational territories, fueling groundbreaking research in genomics, drug design, and personalized medicine. Now, with a $2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health, UChicago's high-performance computing resource for biomedical research is ready for an upgrade that will enable the next wave of pioneering discoveries. Read further...
Terascala's TeraOS software is powering two HPC storage systems 24x7 at the Cornell University Center for Advanced Computing (CAC). For these systems, Terascala provides the software stack that has been pre-certified on the Dell | Terascala HPC Storage Solution (HSS). Cornell researchers rely on these turnkey appliances for high speed throughput, management simplicity, and robust scalability. These are fundamental storage requirements in their mission to accelerate scientific discovery and spur innovation. Read further...
On November 18, the 2015 ASC student supercomputer challenge (ASC15) has successfully concluded the orientation at the Supercomputing Conference 14 in New Orleans, Louisiana. 34 international universities have registered for ASC15 on scene. Registered universities include Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), University of Colorado, University of Tennessee, University of California, Los Angeles, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Monash University, Leiden University, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Wuhan University, etc. National Tsing Hua University, which won the Highest Linpack Award at SC14, is the first registered university. The university has also attended ASC13 and ASC14. Read further...
The Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC) has received a National Science Foundation (NSF) award to create a uniquely capable supercomputer designed to empower new research communities, bring desktop convenience to supercomputing, expand campus access and help researchers needing to tackle vast data to work more intuitively. Called Bridges, the new supercomputer will consist of three tiered, memory-intensive resources to serve a wide variety of scientists, including those new to supercomputing and without specialized programming skills. Read further...
Tens of thousands of researchers US nationwide currently harness the power of massive supercomputers to solve research problems that cannot be answered in the lab. However, studies show this represents only a fraction of the potential users of such resources. Read further...
The Center for Computational Astrophysics (CfCA) of the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ) upgraded the supercomputer Cray XC30 system "ATERUI". By introducing state-of-the-art CPUs, the theoretical peak performance increased from 502 Tflops to 1.058 Pflops, which means that ATERUI made the leap to become a petaflops computer. The new ATERUI will expand the horizons for simulations to understand the Universe and astrophysical phenomena. Read further...
A collaboration between NEC Electronics Samsung and several academic centres in China and Iran, is investigating how software-defined cellular networking might be used to give smart phone users the next generation of super-superfast broadband, 5G. They provide details in theInternational Journal of Communication Networks and Distributed Systems. Read further...
A team of scientists from Arizona State University's (ASU) Biodesign Institute and IBM's T.J. Watson Research Center have developed a prototype DNA reader that could make whole genome profiling an everyday practice in medicine. Read further...
Memorial University will receive $50 million over the next five years to support an unprecedented health care initiative that will provide enhanced, personalized patient care through collaborative, multi-disciplinary research. Less than 20 percent of applied medical research is translated into a possible device, medication or therapy; the launch of the new Translational and Personalized Medicine Initiative (TPMI) aims to change that by bringing bench research to the patient's bedside. Read further...
Dot Hill Systems Corp., a trusted supplier of innovative enterprise-class storage systems, has unveiled a new scale-out high performance Lustre file serving solution in collaboration with Intel for software and management and Mellanox for networking, at the 2014 International Conference on High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis (SC14). Read further...
At SC14, Dell continued to push the boundaries of high-performance computing (HPC) by unveiling the PowerEdge C4130, the next addition in the Dell PowerEdge server portfolio that is an industry leader in GPU/accelerator density to speed even the most demanding workloads. Dell also introduced Dell Storage for HPC with Intel Enterprise Edition for Lustre software (Intel EE for Lustre software), one of the first solutions that has been engineered and validated with Intel to bring an HPC file system to enterprise and research organisations of all types. These HPC achievements deliver on Dell's promise to enable discovery and innovation through collaboration, and provide market-ready solutions that help solve the real HPC challenges customers are facing. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2014-12-01

The Cloud

New NSF-funded platform takes science to the Clouds ...

New IBM Mobile Services tap analytics and Cloud to drive workforce productivity and customer satisfaction ...

EuroFlash

US supercomputer Titan does calculations for HZDR cancer research ...

Green500: German Supercomputer a World Champion in Saving Energy ...

Gauss Centre for Supercomputing strengthens position as global high performance computing player ...

All-time record of computing time allocated at Gauss Centre for Supercomputing ...

HLRS supercomputer "Hornet" replaces "Hermit" ...

New Netherlands Digital Infrastructure foundation (DINL) connects Dutch digital infrastructure ...

New image for "Big Data" tools ...

Using the world's largest supercomputers to understand regional sea level changes ...

Largest European bioinformatics centre selects Mellanox InfiniBand for high-performance supercomputer ...

Characteristics of a universal simulator: Study narrows the scope of research on quantum computing ...

Global quantum communications - no longer the stuff of fiction? ...

Quantum Metrology Institute to support UK network of Quantum Technology Hubs ...

HPC Advisory Council and the ISC High Performance announce university teams for HPCAC-ISC 2015 Student Cluster Competition ...

InfoComm announces education line up at ISE 2015 ...

USFlash

A better Beagle: $2 million upgrade to UChicago supercomputer will boost biomedical research ...

Cornell scientists run 24x7 on the Dell | Terascala HPC Storage Solution ...

MIT and other 33 universities lead the registration for ASC15 ...

PSC receives NSF Award for Bridges supercomputer ...

Innovative new supercomputers increase nation's computational capacity and capability ...

Supercomputer for Astronomy "ATERUI" upgraded to double its speed ...

End to end 5G for super, superfast mobile ...

Arizona State University and IBM move ultrafast, low-cost DNA sequencing technology a step closer to reality ...

$50-million partnership to strengthen health research in Newfoundland and Labrador ...

Dot Hill Systems collaborates with Intel and Mellanox on new scale-out, Lustre file serving solution for high performance computing ...

Dell announces new solutions to address the most demanding high-performance computing environments ...