Primeur weekly 2015-06-08

The Cloud

Updates to HP Helion portfolio help customers unlock value of a hybrid infrastructure ...

IBM acquires Blue Box to accelerate open hybrid Clouds ...

EuroFlash

GBP 313 million boost For UK Big Data research ...

Results of the CRISMA EU project help rescue teams prepare for catastrophes ...

A powerful HMMER for data mining to find equence relationships deep in evolutionary time ...

Eight million euro for visual computing ...

Still time to save on ISC 2015 registration – Register online by June 10 ...

Cray global growth continues with opening of new EMEA headquarters in the United Kingdom ...

PRACE supercomputers help researchers calculate mass difference between neutrons and protons ...

EGI-INSPIRE: Building the digital European Research Area from the ground up ...

New ERA Roadmap offers synergies with Science Europe Roadmap ...

PRACE awards second phase contracts for Pre-Commercial Procurement ...

Open applications for programme "Master in High Performance Computing (MHPC)" now available ...

Entangled photons unlock new super-sensitive characterisation of quantum technology ...

Mainz physicists provide important component for the Large Hadron Collider at CERN ...

USFlash

New version ArrayFire v3.0 released ...

Three Princeton projects awarded supercomputer hours ...

UC Merced selects Advanced Clustering to build supercomputer ...

NCSA scales CD-adapco's STAR-CCM+ to new world record of 102,000 cores on Blue Waters ...

Former P&G exec brings savvy to OSC industry engagement efforts ...

Supernova hunting with supercomputers ...

Physicists eager to begin analysis of data from new, higher energy run of LHC ...

Meraculous: Deciphering the 'book of life' with supercomputers ...

NEC launches SDN-compatible switches for large data centres ...

Advance in quantum error correction ...

Donuts, math, and superdense teleportation of quantum information ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2015-06-08

The Cloud

At HP Discover 2015, HP has introduced updates to the HP Helion portfolio that will help enterprises realize the benefits of transitioning to a hybrid infrastructure. HP introduced HP Helion CloudSystem 9.0, the next release of its flagship integrated enterprise Cloud solution, and enhancements to HP Helion Managed Cloud Services to manage enterprise workloads in a secure hosted Cloud environment. Read further...
IBM has acquired Blue Box Group Inc., a managed private Cloud provider built on OpenStack. Blue Box is a privately held company based in Seattle that provides businesses with a simple, private Cloud as a service platform, based on OpenStack. Customers benefit from the ability to more easily deploy workloads across hybrid Cloud environments. Financial details were not disclosed. Read further...

EuroFlash

British Universities and Science Minister Jo Johnson has unveiled a GBP 313 million partnership with IBM to boost Big Data research in the UK. Following on from Government's GBP 113 million commitment in the Autumn Statement to expand the Hartree Centre at Daresbury over the next five years, IBM will further support the project with a package of technology and onsite expertise worth up to GBP 200 million. Read further...
In 2012, 40 researchers, technicians and operators from 17 European institutions joined forces in the EU's CRISMA project to develop simulation and modelling solutions that help public authorities and rescue teams prepare for crisis situations. Now to conclude the project, the consortium will present its concepts for modelling and simulation. Read further...
HMMER, a fast, sensitive search tool, helps biologists find sequence relationships deep in evolutionary time. HMMER algorithms are now available through a dedicated website at EMBL-EBI. Read further...
The German Research Foundation (DFG) has approved the creation of a new transregional collaborative research centre (SFB/Transregio) for the University of Konstanz, University of Stuttgart, and the Max-Planck-Institute for biological cybernetics in Tübingen. The new SFB/Transregio 161 "Quantitative Methods for Visual Computing" is concerned with the computer-assisted processing and representation of image information. The goal is to make the quality and applicability of data and images determinable and measurable. The DFG will support the research for the next four years with approximately eight million euro. Read further...
The early bird registration period for the 30th annual ISC High Performance conference will close June 10, 2015, thus bringing the opportunity for attendees to save over 30 percent off the on-site registration rates to an end. The organizers encourage participants not to wait until the last minute to register. Read further...
Cray Inc. has established its European, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) headquarters at the company's new office in Bristol, United Kingdom. Cray continues to expand its presence in the supercomputing and Big Data markets across the region, and its new headquarters strengthens the company's commitment to the commercial, academic, and government customers in these countries. Read further...
With the help of PRACE HPC resources, a team of physicists from France, Germany, and Hungary headed by Zoltán Fodor, a researcher from Wuppertal, has successfully calculated the tiny neutron-proton mass difference. The results of this research, published in the 27 March 2015 edition ofScience, are considered a milestone by many physicists and confirm the theory of the strong interaction. Read further...
Scientific research today is no longer conducted within national boundaries - the huge amount of scientific data from computing simulations and instruments in international facilities means that scientists are becoming increasingly dependent on cross-border distributed computing and storage resources for the large-scale analysis of data. Read further...
The European Research and Innovation Area Committee (ERAC) has achieved the endorsement of the 'European Research Area Roadmap 2015-2020' by the Competitiveness Council. Read further...
Three contractors were awarded in the Second Phase of PRACE's Pre-commercial Procurement (PCP). PRACE started this pre-commercial procurement (PCP) to obtain R&D services which should result in future PRACE HPC systems to become more energy efficient. Read further...
The Master in High Performance Computing (MHPC) is an innovative degree programme that prepares students for exciting careers in the fast-growing field of HPC. Set in the stimulating research environment of its co-organizer institutions, SISSA and ICTP, the programme combines lectures with hands-on and applied projects to prepare future HPC specialists for academia and industry. Deadline for application is July 6, 2015. Read further...
A new protocol for estimating unknown optical processes, called unitary operations, with precision enhanced by the unique properties of quantum mechanics has been demonstrated by scientists and engineers from the University of Bristol, UK, and the Centre for Quantum Technologies in Singapore. Read further...
After a two-year operational pause and two months after its restart in April 2015, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at the CERN research centre is now again recording data at energies as high as never before. These high-energy collisions at the world's largest and most powerful particle accelerator are the beginning of a new era of particle physics and scientists hope that they will provide new insights into the structure of matter and possibly even a fundamental revision of the concepts of physics. Some 50 researchers from Mainz University will be actively participating in the research at the LHC in the coming years. For the restart, they have contributed an important component. Read further...

USFlash

ArrayFire v3.0 has been released. This new version features major changes to ArrayFire's visualization library, a new CPU back-end, and dense linear algebra for OpenCL devices. It also includes improvements across the board for ArrayFire's OpenCL back-end. Read further...
Three Princeton University-related computer programmes have been chosen to run on a new supercomputer that will deliver enhanced scientific findings when it begins crunching numbers in 2018. The three projects were among 13 selected to run in the Center for Accelerated Application Readiness programme at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility. The codes will run on Summit, a supercomputer that will have more than five times the computing power of Titan, the current U.S. leader, which can perform up to 27 quadrillion - or million billion - calculations a second. Read further...
University of California Merced has selected Advanced Clustering Technologies to build a cluster supercomputer that will support research at the institution. Read further...
The National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) recently set a new world record by scaling CD-adapco's flagship simulation tool STAR-CCM+ to 102,000 cores on the Blue Waters supercomputer. STAR-CCM+ is a comprehensive multidisciplinary engineering simulation tool used across many industries to stimulate innovation and lower product development costs. CD-adapco joined with NCSA's Private Sector Programme and Blue Waters manufacturer Cray to push the code to new heights and address the ever-increasing demands of fast turnaround time. Read further...
Is there a better way to design production systems that will adapt to the aerodynamics of a peanut during roasting? Or to the size of a baby during diaper design? Or to the likelihood of a detergent bottle being dropped? For the person given these challenges, the answer for each is "yes", and the means is "powerful computers". Read further...
Type Ia supernovae are famous for their consistency. Ironically, new observations suggest that their origins may not be uniform at all. Using a "roadmap" of theoretical calculations and supercomputer simulations, astronomers observed for the first time a flash of light caused by a supernova slamming into a nearby star, allowing them to determine the stellar system from which the supernova was born. This finding confirms one of two competing theories about the birth of Type Ia supernovae. But taken with other observations, the results imply that there could be two distinct populations of these objects. The details of these findings appeared May 20 in an advance online issue ofNature. Read further...
When experiments at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in Switzerland started collecting the first 13-teraelectronvolt (TeV) particle collisions data, a long wait was over for three University of Massachusetts Amherst physicists, who now could begin some of the most exciting years of their careers searching for new subatomic particles, evidence of extra dimensions and the nature of dark matter. Read further...
Genomes are like the biological owner's manual for all living things. Cells read DNA instantaneously, getting instructions necessary for an organism to grow, function and reproduce. But for humans, deciphering this "book of life" is significantly more difficult. Read further...
NEC Corporation has developed Software-Defined Networking (SDN) compatible switches that enable network configurations equivalent to several thousand server racks, aimed at the large data centres operated by telecom carriers and service providers. The switches go on sale globally starting today. Read further...
Quantum computers are largely theoretical devices that could perform some computations exponentially faster than conventional computers can. Crucial to most designs for quantum computers is quantum error correction, which helps preserve the fragile quantum states on which quantum computation depends. Read further...
Putting a hole in the centre of the donut - a mid-nineteenth-century invention - allows the deep-fried pastry to cook evenly, inside and out. As it turns out, the hole in the centre of the donut also holds answers for a type of more efficient and reliable quantum information teleportation, a critical goal for quantum information science. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2015-06-08

The Cloud

Updates to HP Helion portfolio help customers unlock value of a hybrid infrastructure ...

IBM acquires Blue Box to accelerate open hybrid Clouds ...

EuroFlash

GBP 313 million boost For UK Big Data research ...

Results of the CRISMA EU project help rescue teams prepare for catastrophes ...

A powerful HMMER for data mining to find equence relationships deep in evolutionary time ...

Eight million euro for visual computing ...

Still time to save on ISC 2015 registration – Register online by June 10 ...

Cray global growth continues with opening of new EMEA headquarters in the United Kingdom ...

PRACE supercomputers help researchers calculate mass difference between neutrons and protons ...

EGI-INSPIRE: Building the digital European Research Area from the ground up ...

New ERA Roadmap offers synergies with Science Europe Roadmap ...

PRACE awards second phase contracts for Pre-Commercial Procurement ...

Open applications for programme "Master in High Performance Computing (MHPC)" now available ...

Entangled photons unlock new super-sensitive characterisation of quantum technology ...

Mainz physicists provide important component for the Large Hadron Collider at CERN ...

USFlash

New version ArrayFire v3.0 released ...

Three Princeton projects awarded supercomputer hours ...

UC Merced selects Advanced Clustering to build supercomputer ...

NCSA scales CD-adapco's STAR-CCM+ to new world record of 102,000 cores on Blue Waters ...

Former P&G exec brings savvy to OSC industry engagement efforts ...

Supernova hunting with supercomputers ...

Physicists eager to begin analysis of data from new, higher energy run of LHC ...

Meraculous: Deciphering the 'book of life' with supercomputers ...

NEC launches SDN-compatible switches for large data centres ...

Advance in quantum error correction ...

Donuts, math, and superdense teleportation of quantum information ...