Primeur weekly 2015-06-22

Exascale supercomputing

Innovative architecture made in Europe brings Mont-Blanc one step further to Exascale ...

The Cloud

IBM and Sogeti forge alliance to accelerate hybrid Cloud development ...

IBM opens first Cloud data centre in Italy ...

Desktop Grids

European Grid Infrastructure (EGI) to open Call for Participation in EGI Community Forum 2015 ...

EuroFlash

ActiveEon products available worldwide on Microsoft AZURE ...

Center for Biological Sequence Analysis at the Technical University of Denmark installs liquid-cooled solution from CoolIT Systems ...

Flanders HPC in 2014 ...

Japan's renowned HPC expert to chair the ISC programme in 2016 ...

HPC Wales to lead European HPC network SESAME-NET ...

CESGA collaborates in SESAME-NET a European network of HPC competence centres for SMEs ...

Public Health England Leverages DataDirect Networks Cloud and Big Data storage to accelerate sequencing service time to results from days to hours ...

Complex, large-scale genome analysis made easier ...

USFlash

Nallatech has introduced the 385A - a production-ready, server-qualified FPGA card  ...

University of Tokyo's Institute for Solid State Physics received its next supercomputer system from SGI Japan ...

IBM Announces Major Commitment to advance Apache Spark, calling it potentially the most significant open source project of the next decade ...

D-Wave systems breaks the 1000 qubit quantum computing barrier ...

Simulating the interior dynamics of stars and giant exoplanets ...

Supercomputers surprisingly link DNA crosses to cancer ...

PETRONAS selects SGI to accelerate research & development in subsurface imaging for its upstream businesses ...

Culturing the connectome ...

SGI signs OEM agreement with Red Hat ...

Legrand announces agreement to acquire Raritan ...

Automating microbial genome sequence decontamination ...

Mellanox announces ConnectX-4 Lx, 25/50 Gigabit Ethernet network adapter ...

Mellanox introduces the world's first 25/100 Gigabit Open Ethernet-based switch ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2015-06-22

Exascale supercomputing

Early in February, Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) successfully deployed the Mont-Blanc prototype. After three years of intensive research effort, the team installed a two-rack prototype which is now available to the Mont-Blanc consortium partners. This has been a formidable challenge as this is the first time that a large HPC system based on mobile embedded technology has been deployed and made fully operational to a scientific community composed of scientists of six of the most important research centres in Europe. Read further...

The Cloud

IBM and Sogeti, a subsidiary of the Capgemini Group, are partnering to bring IBM's Cloud platform-as-a-service (PaaS), Bluemix, to developers and clients across 15 countries worldwide to help them integrate and analyze data easier and more efficiently. As the largest deployment of Cloud Foundry in the world, Bluemix will help Sogeti build hybrid Cloud applications across public, private and on-premise infrastructure faster; leveraging IBM's open-standards based approach to cloud to streamline integration of data. Read further...
Continuing to strengthen its global Cloud presence in the European market, IBM has opened its first Cloud data centre in Italy. Located in Cornaredo, a municipality in the Province of Milan, the new facility provides the fast-growing Italian Cloud market with a local IBM Cloud presence, allowing customers to deploy their workloads in the country and benefit from a low-latency connection into IBM Cloud's global platform, which securely integrates data and applications for clients around the world. Read further...

Desktop Grids

EGI has opened the call for participation in the EGI Community Forum 2015. The event will be held in Bari, Italy from Tuesday, 10 November 2015 until Friday, 13 November 2015. The theme for this year is "Building Next Generation e-Infrastructures through Communities". The deadline for paper abstract submission is July 12, 2015. Read further...

EuroFlash

Following the strong and long lasting partnership between Microsoft and ActiveEon, Azure Marketplace now features ActiveEon Workload Scheduler. Read further...
CoolIT Systems Inc., a global expert in Direct Contact Liquid Cooling technology, has successfully deployed its Rack DCLC liquid cooling solution at the Center for Biological Sequence Analysis (CBS) at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU). The installation addresses DTU's need to be CO2 neutral in the university's High Performance Computing (HPC) facility by replacing traditional air cooling with highly efficient liquid. The liquid cooled servers form part of the HPC system known as "Computerome". With 16,000+ cores and 92 TB memory, Computerome is ranked 121 of the TOP500 supercomputers in the world. Read further...
The Flemish Supercomputer Centre has published its annual report 2014. Despite its name, the centre is not located in one place, but distributed over several Flemish universities. The University of Ghent, for instance, houses the TOP500 supercomputer of the Flemish Supercomputer Centre. There is an organisation called the Herculesstichting (Hercules Foundation), which is the legal umbrella of HPC for science in Flanders. Read further...
ISC Events, the organizer of the ISC High Performance Conference (ISC 2016), has appointed Prof. Dr. Satoshi Matsuoka of Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan, as the next programme chairman. This appointment is in line with the organizers' pledge to promote diversity and underlines the international dimension of this conference. Read further...
High Performance Computing (HPC) Wales, with support from Bangor University, has been awarded a grant by the European Commission under the EU's Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme to coordinate a European Network of HPC Competency Centres for SMEs called SESAME-NET. Read further...
The Supercomputing Centre of Galicia (CESGA) is promoting a European network of competence centres of High-Performance Computing (HPC) for SMEs. This network, called SESAME-NET - HPC Expertise for Small and Medium Enterprise Network, is funded through the European Commission's programme for research and innovation, Horizon 2020. Read further...
Public Health England (PHE) is pioneering a next-generation, centralized sequencing service to generate and analyze the near-complete genetic code of pathogenic bacteria and viruses, storing the data generated on DataDirect Networks' (DDN) SFA high-performance storage engine in combination with the company's EXAScaler Lustre File System Appliance and WOS Object Storage platform. Read further...
Researchers at EMBL-EBI have developed a new approach to studying the effect of multiple genetic variations on different traits. The new algorithm, published inNature Methods, makes it possible to perform genetic analysis of up to 500,000 individuals - and many traits - at the same time. Read further...

USFlash

Nallatech, a supplier of high-performance FPGA solutions, has introduced the 385A - a production-ready, server-qualified FPGA card capable of accelerating a new generation of energy-efficient data centre applications. Read further...
SGI Japan Ltd., part of SGI, a global expert in high performance solutions for compute, data analytics and data management, has shipped an order to the Institute for Solid State Physics (ISSP) of the University of Tokyo, for its next supercomputer system. The new system will be used by material science researchers across Japan and is scheduled to start operation on July 1 of this year. The theoretical calculation performance of the system is about 2.65 petaflops, approximately 14.5 times the performance of a conventional system, and it will be among the largest SGI systems in Japan. Read further...
IBM has made a major commitment to Apache Spark, potentially the most important new open source project in a decade that is being defined by data. At the core of this commitment, IBM plans to embed Spark into its industry-leading Analytics and Commerce platforms, and to offer Spark as a service on IBM Cloud. IBM will also put more than 3,500 IBM researchers and developers to work on Spark-related projects at more than a dozen labs worldwide; donate its breakthrough IBM SystemML machine learning technology to the Spark open source ecosystem; and educate more than one million data scientists and data engineers on Spark. Read further...
D-Wave Systems Inc., a quantum computing company, has broken the 1000 qubit barrier, developing a processor about double the size of D-Wave's previous generation and far exceeding the number of qubits ever developed by D-Wave or any other quantum effort. This is a major technological and scientific achievement that will allow significantly more complex computational problems to be solved than was possible on any previous quantum computer. Read further...
In the two decades since the first exoplanets were found in the mid-1990s, astronomers have discovered nearly 2,000 planets outside our solar system. Many of these are known as "hot Jupiters", planets that are similar in size to Jupiter but are much closer to their host stars, and therefore have faster orbits and much hotter surface temperatures. Read further...
Supercomputers have helped scientists find a surprising link between cross-shaped or cruciform pieces of DNA and human cancer, according to a study at the University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin). DNA naturally folds itself into cross-shaped structures called cruciforms that jut out along the sprawling length of its double helix. DNA cruciforms are abundant; scientists estimate as many as 500,000 cruciform-forming sequences may exist on average in a normal human genome. Over 80 percent of DNA cruciforms are considered small, i.e., under 100 base pairs of DNA. Small cruciforms enable DNA replication and gene expression, essential for human life. But scientists have also suspected these small cruciforms - a structure of DNA itself - to be linked to mutations that can elevate cancer risk. Read further...
Petroliam Nasional Berhad (PETRONAS) has chosen SGI to provide high-performance computing solutions to accelerate its research and development in subsurface imaging for enhancing the probability of success in its upstream businesses. Read further...
Mapping the human brain's network of interconnections, known as the connectome is typically done with help from computational tools because recreating interconnections between different brain regions has been challenging in the lab. Researchers at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) have developed a method to recreate connections between neurons from two different brain areas in a dish. Their findings were published inFrontiers in Systems Neuroscience. Read further...
SGI has signed an OEM agreement with Red Hat. This agreement enables SGI's world-class service organisation to provide support of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) to customers across SGI's full product line. This means that customers who choose RHEL can call SGI directly for any RHEL support they may require for their platform. Read further...
Legrand, North America has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Raritan, a New Jersey-based company specializing in data centre infrastructure solutions. The scope of the acquisition would include Raritan's intelligent power and KVM businesses, while its Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) software business would spin off into Sunbird Software, a new company and strategic partner of Raritan to be chaired by Ching-I Hsu, CEO and founder of Raritan. Read further...
Single cell genomics and metagenomics are pioneering techniques that have helped researchers assess environmental microbial community structure and function. As projects applying these techniques scale up, however, researchers are hindered by the lack of a high-throughput process to review assembled genome sequences. Currently removing the contaminant sequences from the microbial genomes being uploaded to public databases is a manual and time-consuming process that requires information about the contaminant sequences in order to remove them. Read further...
Mellanox Technologies Ltd., a supplier of high-performance, end-to-end interconnect solutions, has launched its ConnectX-4 Lx 10/25/40/50 Gigabit Ethernet adapter, delivering optimal cost-performance and scalable connectivity for Cloud, Web 2.0 and storage platforms. The first adapter designed to serve as a direct replacement for commonly deployed 10 Gigabit Ethernet adapters, the ConnectX-4 Lx allows businesses to migrate to higher-performance technology as their bandwidth requirements increase without demanding an infrastructure overhaul or added operating expense. Read further...
Mellanox Technologies Ltd., a supplier of high-performance, end-to-end interconnect solutions for data centre servers and storage systems, has introduced the industry's first 100 Gigabit Ethernet, Open Ethernet-based, non-blocking switch. Spectrum, the next generation of its Open Ethernet-based switch IC, overcomes current data centre challenges by providing a highly flexible and scalable solution that allows businesses to deploy the hardware-software combinations best suited to meet their unique needs. With Spectrum, Mellanox is the first to offer end-to-end 10/25/40/50 and 100 Gigabit Ethernet connectivity. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2015-06-22

Exascale supercomputing

Innovative architecture made in Europe brings Mont-Blanc one step further to Exascale ...

The Cloud

IBM and Sogeti forge alliance to accelerate hybrid Cloud development ...

IBM opens first Cloud data centre in Italy ...

Desktop Grids

European Grid Infrastructure (EGI) to open Call for Participation in EGI Community Forum 2015 ...

EuroFlash

ActiveEon products available worldwide on Microsoft AZURE ...

Center for Biological Sequence Analysis at the Technical University of Denmark installs liquid-cooled solution from CoolIT Systems ...

Flanders HPC in 2014 ...

Japan's renowned HPC expert to chair the ISC programme in 2016 ...

HPC Wales to lead European HPC network SESAME-NET ...

CESGA collaborates in SESAME-NET a European network of HPC competence centres for SMEs ...

Public Health England Leverages DataDirect Networks Cloud and Big Data storage to accelerate sequencing service time to results from days to hours ...

Complex, large-scale genome analysis made easier ...

USFlash

Nallatech has introduced the 385A - a production-ready, server-qualified FPGA card  ...

University of Tokyo's Institute for Solid State Physics received its next supercomputer system from SGI Japan ...

IBM Announces Major Commitment to advance Apache Spark, calling it potentially the most significant open source project of the next decade ...

D-Wave systems breaks the 1000 qubit quantum computing barrier ...

Simulating the interior dynamics of stars and giant exoplanets ...

Supercomputers surprisingly link DNA crosses to cancer ...

PETRONAS selects SGI to accelerate research & development in subsurface imaging for its upstream businesses ...

Culturing the connectome ...

SGI signs OEM agreement with Red Hat ...

Legrand announces agreement to acquire Raritan ...

Automating microbial genome sequence decontamination ...

Mellanox announces ConnectX-4 Lx, 25/50 Gigabit Ethernet network adapter ...

Mellanox introduces the world's first 25/100 Gigabit Open Ethernet-based switch ...