Primeur weekly 2014-12-22

Focus

SimScale engineering simulation platform is perfectly running in a web browser now ...

EuroFlash

RSC Group has entered in the Top10 of the world leading supercomputer vendors by TOP500 list ...

ISC High Performance introduces workshops in 2015 ...

ADVA Optical Networking transforms fiber access networks with new Access Link Monitoring solution ...

Telindus Telecom deploys ADVA Optical Networking's encryption technology to secure operator network and Cloud services ...

Institute of Aircraft Design at the University of Stuttgart selects Bright Cluster Manager for its HPC data centre ...

Imec partners with Huawei on high-bandwidth optical data link technology ...

Six new projects enabling scientific discovery to start in 2015 ...

ENTRA: Better software cuts computer energy use ...

USFlash

Cray awarded $30 million contract from the Department of Defense High Performance Computing Modernization Programme ...

High Performance Computing Modernization Programme (HPCMP) doubles capabilities ...

Ancient wisdom boosts sustainability of biotech cotton ...

Compute Canada attracts High Performance Computing talent to lead upgrades to the national advanced research platform ...

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory a major contributor to Washington state economy ...

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs taps IBM Watson to help accelerate and enhance care delivery ...

More than 100 teams expected for ASC15, road-showed at Melbourne and Nanjing ...

Stanford team combines logic, memory to build a 'high-rise' chip ...

Tulane has one of the world's fastest computers ...

Funding ended for University of California High-Performance AstroComputing Center ...

Simulations at NERSC help illuminate attosecond laser experiment findings ...

Riding a 100G InfiniBand backbone, InfiniCortex, the Intercontinental Supercomputing Architecture, debuts in New Orleans ...

Quantum physics just got less complicated ...

Switching to spintronics ...

Lasers, multiple languages support and more with wysiwyg R34 ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2014-12-22

Focus

At ISC Cloud'14 in Heidelberg,Primeur Magazinehad the opportunity to interview David Heiny, co-founder and Managing Director of SimScale GmbH, a Cloud-based engineering simulation platform. SimScale is a start-up founded by five people who met at the Munich Technical University and who developed a web-based engineering simulation environment. Read further...

EuroFlash

According to the current 44th edition of the TOP500 list, RSC Group has entered in the Top10 of the world leading supercomputer vendors. RSC is the only Russian developer and manufacturer of high-performance computing systems in the leading group of the rating by the number of deployed supercomputers. After doubling its presence in the TOP500 list to four systems, RSC Group holds the 9th place among the world leading supercomputer vendors. RSC Group is the leader with 44% share among all Russian supercomputers in this global rating. The total peak performance of RSC systems in the TOP500 list has exceeded 2 Petaflops. The current edition of the rating includes 9 supercomputers from Russia. Read further...
Based on popular demand, the ISC High Performance conference will debut full-day and half-day workshops on July 16, 2015, which is the last day of next year's event. The goal of the workshops is to provide the high performance computing community a focused, in-depth platform for presentations, discussion and interaction in subjects that interest and concern them. Read further...
ADVA Optical Networking has launched its new FSP 3000 Access Link Monitoring (ALM) solution in a clear response to operators' demands for greater insights into their rapidly expanding fiber access networks. With strong demand for a growing range of dark fiber access applications, including mobile fronthaul, mobile backhaul, business and wholesale, operators are looking for new ways to obtain continuous real-time performance data. This level of network intelligence will enable operators to sell dark fiber services with stringent Service Level Agreements (SLAs) at little extra cost - something that was not possible until now. The opportunity to develop new revenue sources here is profound. The ADVA FSP 3000 ALM is currently in trials with several major operators and will be commercially available in early 2015. Read further...
Telindus Telecom, a global alternative operator in Luxembourg, has deployed the ADVA FSP 3000 with advanced encryption technology to ensure the security of its operator network and Cloud services. Telindus Telecom's Cloud infrastructure is focused on serving Luxembourg's enterprise market - a market with some of the most rigorous security and confidentiality requirements in the world. As such, it's imperative that it features the most robust protection possible. ADVA Optical Networking's encryption technology will safeguard all data as it travels between Telindus Telecom's multiple data centre locations and ensure continuous access to mission-critical Cloud-based business services. Read further...
Bright Computing is providing Bright Cluster Manager software to the Institute of Aircraft Design at the University of Stuttgart for use in its high performance computing (HPC) data centre. The university says that Bright's user-friendly interface was the primary reason for its selection. Read further...
Nanoelectronics research centre Imec and global ICT expert Huawei have taken a further step in their strategic partnership focusing on optical data link technology. The joint research on silicon-based optical interconnects is expected to deliver benefits including high speed, low power consumption and cost savings. Read further...
The Netherlands eScience Center has initiated six new projects in the areas of Environment and Sustainability, Life Sciences & eHealth, Humanities and Social Sciences and Physics and Beyond. The projects, scheduled to start in 2015, are collaborations with research teams from multiple Dutch academic groups and represent the latest step in the continued development of NLeSC's project portfolio. Read further...
A European Union research project is developing tools to help software engineers create energy-efficient code, which could reduce electricity consumption at data centres by up to 50% and improve battery life in smart devices. Read further...

USFlash

The US Department of Defense (DoD) High Performance Computing Modernization Programme (HPCMP) has awarded Cray a $30 million supercomputer contract for two Cray XC40 supercomputers and two Cray Sonexion storage systems. Read further...
The Department of Defense (DOD) High Performance Computing Modernization Programme (HPCMP) just completed its fiscal year 2014 investment in supercomputing capability supporting the DOD science, engineering, test and acquisition communities. The total acquisition is valued at $65 million, including acquisition of two supercomputing systems with corresponding hardware and software maintenance services. At 8.4 petaFLOPs, this procurement more than doubles the HPCMP's aggregate supercomputing capability, increasing from 8.1 petaFLOPs to 16.5 petaFLOPs. Read further...
Advocates of biotech crops and those who favour traditional farming practices such as crop diversity often seem worlds apart, but a new study shows that these two approaches can be compatible. An international team led by Chinese scientists and Bruce Tabashnik at the University of Arizona (UA)'s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences discovered that the diverse patchwork of crops in northern China slowed adaptation to genetically engineered cotton by a wide-ranging insect pest. The results are published in the advance online edition ofNature Biotechnology. Read further...
Compute Canada has appointed Dr. Gregory Newby as its new Chief Technology Officer. Dr. Newby joined Compute Canada from Saudi Arabia where he led the planning and acquisition for a world-class supercomputer for King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Thuwal. Prior to his role as Manager of the KAUST Supercomputing Core Laboratory, Dr. Newby was the Director of the Arctic Region Supercomputing Center during his 11-year stay at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. A passionate advocate for using information technology to benefit society, Dr. Newby volunteers as Director and CEO of Project Gutenberg, which offers more than 46,000 free eBooks worldwide. Read further...
The Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) directly and indirectly supported more than $1.3 billion and 6,800 jobs in the Washington state economy last year, as well as another $1.2 billion dollars and over 6,400 jobs through closely related economic activities. Read further...
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is using Watson technology in a pilot to assist physicians in helping accelerate the process of evidence-based medical decision making. The VA joins leading health care organisations that are working with IBM Watson to help improve efficiency and quality of care being delivered. As part of the multi-year contract, the VHA will also work with Watson for a clinical focus supporting veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Read further...
The registration of the 2015 ASC Student Supercomputer Challenge (ASC15) has been launched worldwide. After SC14, the ASC15 "Road Show" has also been held in Melbourne, Australia and Nanjing, China, with a number of local universities attended. Read further...
For decades, the mantra of electronics has been smaller, faster, cheaper. Today, Stanford engineers add a fourth word - taller. At a conference in San Francisco, a Stanford team revealed how to build high-rise chips that could leapfrog the performance of the single-story logic and memory chips on today's circuit cards. Read further...
The analysis of Big Data is critical to most research disciplines, with important applications in fields such as genomics, meteorology, remote sensing, molecular modelling, artificial intelligence, digital media, robotics and more. Tulane University was ranked recently 271 of the top 500 supercomputer sites in the world. Read further...
Funding has not been renewed for 2015 and beyond for the five-year-old University of California High-Performance AstroComputing Center (UC-HiPACC). UC-HiPACC's major programmes are therefore suspended: the advanced International Summer Schools on AstroComputing (ISSAC), the spring and fall programme of small grants for students and researchers, the support of relevant meetings and workshops, plus the computational science press room outreach news service and the popular AstroShorts for astronomy clubs. Read further...
The entire semiconductor industry, not to mention Silicon Valley, is built on the propensity of electrons in silicon to get kicked out of their atomic shells and start to move through the material. These mobile electrons are routed and switched though transistors, carrying the digital information that characterizes our age. An international team of physicists and chemists at the University of California, Berkeley, has for the first time taken snapshots of this ephemeral event using attosecond pulses of soft x-ray light lasting only a few billionths of a billionth of a second. The researchers then used supercomputing resources at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory's National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) to help them better understand their findings. Read further...
At Supercomputing 2014, a team led by Singapore's Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*Star) unveiled the InfiniCortex. This ground-breaking demonstration introduced a new architecture designed to meet the challenge of building the next generation of supercomputers. Through the process of this collaboration, the team set records for the longest encrypted InfiniBand link running at 100Gbits/s. Obsidian's Longbow InfiniBand range extenders successfully interfaced HPC traffic with 100Gbits/s optical wavelengths, crossing the Pacific on Tata Communication's TGN-IA subsea cable, spanning in excess of 20,000km. Read further...
Here's a nice surprise: quantum physics is less complicated than we thought. An international team of researchers has proved that two peculiar features of the quantum world previously considered distinct are different manifestations of the same thing. The result has been published 19 December inNature Communications. Read further...
In a development that holds promise for future magnetic memory and logic devices, researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)'s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Cornell University successfully used an electric field to reverse the magnetization direction in a multiferroic spintronic device at room temperature. This demonstration, which runs counter to conventional scientific wisdom, points a new way towards spintronics and smaller, faster and cheaper ways of storing and processing data. Read further...
CAST Software introduces wysiwyg R34 lighting design software suite, the biggest release ever - for lighting designers, graphics and video professionals. Laser light visualization in wysiwyg is available in both Perform and Design editions. In Live Mode, lasers can be controlled with the Pangolin Control System and Sollinger Animation. In design mode, a generic fixture can be used and generic laser patterns can be added. New Shaded View Visual Effects enhance the visualisation using ambient occlusion, global illumination and source disc bloom. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2014-12-22

Focus

SimScale engineering simulation platform is perfectly running in a web browser now ...

EuroFlash

RSC Group has entered in the Top10 of the world leading supercomputer vendors by TOP500 list ...

ISC High Performance introduces workshops in 2015 ...

ADVA Optical Networking transforms fiber access networks with new Access Link Monitoring solution ...

Telindus Telecom deploys ADVA Optical Networking's encryption technology to secure operator network and Cloud services ...

Institute of Aircraft Design at the University of Stuttgart selects Bright Cluster Manager for its HPC data centre ...

Imec partners with Huawei on high-bandwidth optical data link technology ...

Six new projects enabling scientific discovery to start in 2015 ...

ENTRA: Better software cuts computer energy use ...

USFlash

Cray awarded $30 million contract from the Department of Defense High Performance Computing Modernization Programme ...

High Performance Computing Modernization Programme (HPCMP) doubles capabilities ...

Ancient wisdom boosts sustainability of biotech cotton ...

Compute Canada attracts High Performance Computing talent to lead upgrades to the national advanced research platform ...

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory a major contributor to Washington state economy ...

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs taps IBM Watson to help accelerate and enhance care delivery ...

More than 100 teams expected for ASC15, road-showed at Melbourne and Nanjing ...

Stanford team combines logic, memory to build a 'high-rise' chip ...

Tulane has one of the world's fastest computers ...

Funding ended for University of California High-Performance AstroComputing Center ...

Simulations at NERSC help illuminate attosecond laser experiment findings ...

Riding a 100G InfiniBand backbone, InfiniCortex, the Intercontinental Supercomputing Architecture, debuts in New Orleans ...

Quantum physics just got less complicated ...

Switching to spintronics ...

Lasers, multiple languages support and more with wysiwyg R34 ...