Primeur weekly 2015-07-06

Special

Moving up to an Open Science Commons ...

HPC in the Baltic region ...

Data Access helps its customers get the most out of their HPC investments ...

The importance of being earnest about the long tail of research ...

Comstor to simply the IP management of clusters ...

Arbor Networks to protect organisations against DDoS attacks ...

Open Science perspective highlighted at e-IRG workshop in Riga ...

Focus on Europe

IBM, NVIDIA and Mellanox launch Design Center for Big Data and High Performance Computing ...

Launch event of SuperMUC Phase 2 on June 29, 2015 ...

Bright welcomes PC Link Egypt to its Partner Network ...

Middleware

OpenMP Device Constructs ...

Bright Computing to release Version 7.1 of Bright Cluster Manager at the ISC High Performance 2015 Conference ...

Agenda announced for PBS Works User Group Meeting ...

Hardware

CoolIT Systems reaches 50th patent milestone ...

DDN outlines strategic vision driving rapid adoption of DDN high performance storage technology throughout the enterprise ...

Nallatech 510T FPGA accelerator disrupts the data centre ...

Japan Atomic Energy Agency chooses SGI ICE X for new supercomputer system ...

ADVA Optical Networking unveils all-new Data Center Interconnect solution ...

ADVA Optical Networking launches new NFV demarcation product family ...

T-Systems and ADVA Optical Networking showcase the future of Terabit networking in unique demonstration ...

DDN object storage usage grows to 200+ billion objects; now world's 2nd largest object platform behind Amazon ...

Applications

Blue Waters simulations suggest there are fewer faint galaxies than expected ...

Researcher discovers groundwater modelling breakthrough ...

Internet of Things Turning New York's Lake George Into “World’s Smartest Lake ...

Producing spin-entangled electrons ...

The quantum middle man ...

New method of quantum entanglement packs vastly more data in a photon ...

The Cloud

Computational scientist Peter Coveney keynotes at ISC Cloud & Big Data ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2015-07-06

Special

At the e-IRG Workshop, held in Riga, Latvia, on June 3, 2015,Primeur Magazinehad the opportunity to interview Sergio Andreozzi, Strategy and Policy Manager in the European Grid Infrastructure (EGI), on the topic of the Open Science Commons. The concept of Open Science Commons is very useful to the discussion of the e-IRG Workshop, according to Sergio Andreozzi. Before defining Open Science Commons, Sergio Andreozzi would like to define the two terms of which the concept is composed. Open Science refers to the process of opening the creation and dissemination of scholar knowledge to as many participants as possible. It is a concept that already existed in the 17th century with the birth of the journal systems and which goal it was to offer researchers a channel to disseminate the results of their work. It was a step towards opening science in terms of opening its resuls. Read further...
Beginning of June, the Baltic HPC conference took place in Riga, Latvia. This included the local organisation of the e-IRG workshop and a one-day HPC oriented event. The HPC day included a wide variety of topics, from developing parallel software for heart simulation to the recent developments in exascale supercomputing on a European scale. Read further...
At the Baltic HPC and Cloud Computing Conference, held June 4, 2015 in Riga, Latvia,Primeur Magazinehad the opportunity to interview Anders Lindmark, CEO of Data Access in Sweden. Data Access' main focus is knowledge based HPC consultancy. It has been in business for nearly 30 years now. The company has gained large expertise in big supercomputers, vector machines, software solutions and services. The two things Data Access is focusing on right now are first of all HPC for universities which consists of traditional HPC, big clusters and maximum performance for a minimum amount of money, and secondly, software tools for HPC. Read further...
At the e-IRG Workshop, held on June 3, 2015 in Riga, Latvia,Primeur Magazinehad the opportunity to interview Wolfram Horstmann, Director of the State and University Library at the Georg-August University in Göttingen, Germany, and member of the LIBER Executive Board, which is the European Association of Research Libraries. Wolfram Horstmann held a presentation at the e-IRG Workshop about the long tail of data. There are several aspects that Wolfram Horstmann usually wants to mention about the long tail when he is offered the chance to do so. Read further...
At the Baltic HPC and Cloud Computing Conference, held June 4, 2015 in Riga, LatviaPrimeur Magazinehad the opportunity to interview Joakim Arbhede, Business Development Manager at Comstor, a company that distributes Cisco parts all over the world and helps partners and universities with setting up their configuration and install Cisco equipment in their building in order to provide them with the right solutions for the right environment. Read further...
At the Baltic HPC and Cloud Computing Conference, held June 4, 2015 in Riga, Latvia,Primeur Magazinehad the opportunity to interview Micael Engström from Arbor Networks, who is Enterprise Sales Manager for the Nordic and Baltic countries, on how the Internet of Things can actually become the Botnet of Things. Arbor Networks is an American company which during the last fifteen years has been focusing and actively working on the protectection of organisations and customers against Distributed Denial-of-Service (DDoS) attacks. This is really becoming a huge challenge for many organisations today since we have so many devices out there, particularly in the coming five years when the Internet of Things will be growing so fantastically up to between 25 and 50 billion devices, excluding PCs and mobile phones, that will be connected with high-speed Internet access many times. Read further...
The e-IRG workshop, held on June 3, 2015 in Riga, covered the theme of Policy Aspects of Open Science for e-Infrastructures. At this workshop the requirements and consequences of the transition to Open Science on e-Infrastructure policies were discussed. Topics covered the policies on governing the access to data, computing and networking resources, sharing of resources and the transfer of knowledge. The Workshop sessions addressed the issues on how different policies have to be adapted to support Open Science and how widening countries could benefit from these changes. Ilmars Slaidins, co-chair of e-IRG, responsible for the local organisation of the e-IRG workshop, gave a short summary of the Open Science perspective presented at the e-IRG workshop, at the Baltic HPC & Cloud Computing Conference 2015 on June 4, 2015 in Riga. Read further...

Focus on Europe

IBM, in collaboration with NVIDIA and Mellanox, has established a POWER Acceleration and Design Center in Montpellier, France to advance the development of data-intensive research, industrial, and commercial applications. Read further...
On June 29th, 2015, the expansion of High Performance Computer SuperMUC was officially put into operation during an opening ceremony at the Leibniz Supercomputing Centre (Leibniz-Rechenzentrum, LRZ) of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities in Garching near Munich. "SuperMUC Phase 2" provides an additional peak performance of 3.6 Petaflops to the previously available 3.2 Petaflops, pushing the maximum theoretical computing power of SuperMUC to now 6.8 Petaflops (6.8 quadrillion floating point operations per second). Read further...
Egypt-based PC Link is the latest organisation to join the partner programme of Bright Computing, an expert in high performance infrastructure management solutions for Cloud, Big Data and HPC. Read further...

Middleware

Target directives extend the OpenMP parallel threading directives to enable code running on a host to launch target code on one or more target devices. Target directives enable applications to easily target compute-intensive sections of code for execution on devices. The target execution operations may create storage on a device, transfer data to and from the device, and execute the code section on the device. The target execution can be conditionally based on an if clause, such that the code will execute on the host if the target device is not available. Fallback to the host makes programs written with OpenMP device constructs portable to systems that do not have any device. Read further...
Bright Computing, a provider of hardware-agnostic cluster and Cloud management software, will be releasing Version 7.1 of Bright Cluster Manager for HPC at the ISC High Performance 2015 conference. The event will be held July 12-16, 2015, in Frankfurt, Germany. Read further...
Engineers, IT administrators, cluster managers, and users of high-performance computing (HPC) systems will have the opportunity to learn from and collaborate with the best minds in supercomputing at the 2015 PBS Works User Group Meeting, September 14-17 in Silicon Valley. Read further...

Hardware

The U.S Patent and Trademark Office has granted CoolIT Systems Inc., a global expert in Direct Contact Liquid Cooling technology, three new patents in the space of liquid cooling. These patents bring CoolIT's patent portfolio to 50 issued patents and represent the company's continued commitment to innovation in data centre cooling. Read further...
DataDirect Networks (DDN), an expert in high-performance, massively scalable storage, has outlined its future technology architecture and roadmap. Throughout 2015 and beyond, DDN is bringing to market a portfolio of products that capitalize on the broadening demand for performance-optimized solutions to deliver software defined storage (SDS), Cloud, data analytics, data lakes and active archives in data-intensive enterprises globally. Leveraging flash-caching software, solid state and hybrid arrays, object storage and a software defined end-to-end architecture, DDN's converged and hyper-converged solutions deliver the industry's highest performance, most scalable storage platforms. Read further...
Nallatech, a supplier of high-performance FPGA solutions, has introduced the 510T - an FPGA co-processor designed to deliver ultimate performance per watt for compute-intensive data centre applications. The 510T is a GPU-sized 16-lane PCIe 3.0 card featuring two of Altera's new floating-point enabled Arria 10 FPGAs delivering up to sixteen times the performance of the previous generation. Applications can achieve a total sustained performance of up to 3 TFlops. Read further...
SGI Japan Ltd., part of SGI, a global expert in high performance solutions for compute, data analytics and data management, has accepted an order from Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) for the Agency's next supercomputer system. The large-scale parallel calculation system with SGI ICE X, the world's most powerful distributed-memory system, will help various research and development projects, including improvement in atomic safety and technical assistance for nuclear emergency preparedness projects. The new supercomputer will commence operation in November of this year. Read further...
ADVA Optical Networking has launched its all-new Data Center Interconnect (DCI) solution. The ADVA FSP 3000 CloudConnect has been jointly engineered with leading Internet Content Providers (ICPs) and Cloud Service Providers (CSPs) to ensure that it meets stringent density, scalability and energy demands - something it does with ease. Available in multiple chassis configurations, including four rack units (4RUs), the ADVA FSP 3000 CloudConnect features the market's first 400Gbit/s single line card. Read further...
ADVA Optical Networking has introduced its new Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) product family to the industry at the Open Networking Summit (ONS) 2015. The ADVA FSP 150-GE110Pro Series is a unique multi-layer service demarcation solution that has been specifically engineered to enable network operators to smoothly introduce NFV-based services. This new technology is built around openness, security and service assurance - critical components for NFV-optimized Network Interface Devices (NIDs). The ADVA FSP 150-GE110Pro Series is currently in trials with a number of network operators and will be commercially available later in 2015. Read further...
ADVA Optical Networking has successfully participated in T-Systems' advanced Terabit Demonstrator project. The project is focused on showcasing the transportation of terabit applications over a distance in excess of 1,000km. ADVA Optical Networking's technology is a key component of this project and its 100Gbit/s coherent capabilities meet the extremely high data rates and stringent quality of service demanded by such data-intensive applications. What's more, ADVA Optical Networking used the Terabit Demonstrator to showcase its latest 33GHz ultra-narrow channel spacing technology. This is a major breakthrough for 100Gbit/s coherent products. Read further...
DataDirect Networks (DDN) has made available the latest release of its advanced WOS object storage platform. Coming off a year of 250 percent year-over-year revenue bookings growth and its vast object storage leadership with more than 225 billion objects managed by DDN WOS, DDN continues to fuel its object storage momentum with the announcement of its new WOS 360 v2.0 release. WOS 360 2.0 offers a full suite of new options to expand use cases in enterprises, Cloud, BYOD shared storage, deep archive, video streaming, and file sync and share offerings. Read further...

Applications

There may be far fewer galaxies further out in the Universe then might be expected, suggests a new study based on simulations conducted using the Blue Waters supercomputer at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, with resulting data transferred to SDSC Cloud at the San Diego Supercomputer Center at the University of California, San Diego, for future analysis. Read further...
A University of Wyoming professor has made a discovery that answers a nearly 100-year-old question about water movement, with implications for agriculture, hydrology, climate science and other fields. After decades of effort, Fred Ogden, University of Wyoming's Cline Chair of Engineering, Environment and Natural Resources in the Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering and Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources, and a team of collaborators published their findings in the journalWater Resources Researchthis spring. The paper, titled "A new general 1-D vadose zone flow solution method", presents an equation to replace a difficult and unreliable formula that's stymied hydrologic modellers since 1931. Read further...
The Jefferson Project at Lake George, one of the most ambitious research projects to deploy Big Data and analytics technology to manage and protect a body of fresh water, is entering a new phase in which enormous amounts of data will be captured from sensors and analyzed. Scientists anticipate that insights uncovered from the data collection and discovery stage of the project will not only help manage and protect one of America's most famous lakes, it will also create a blueprint to preserve important lakes, rivers, and other bodies of fresh water around the globe. Read further...
A team from the RIKEN Center for Emergent Matter Science, along with collaborators from several Japanese institutions, have successfully produced pairs of spin-entangled electrons and demonstrated, for the first time, that these electrons remain entangled even when they are separated from one another on a chip. This research could contribute to the creation of futuristic quantum networks operating using quantum teleportation, which could allow information contained in quantum bits - qubits - to be shared between many elements on chip, a key requirement to scale up the power of a quantum computer. The ability to create non-local entangled electron pairs - known as Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen pairs - on demand has long been a dream. Read further...
Researchers at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) have identified a system that could store quantum information for longer times, which is critical for the future of quantum computing. This study was recently published inPhysical Review Letters. Quantum computing - which aims to use particles on the atomic scale to make calculations and store the results - has the potential to solve some key problems much faster than current computers. Read further...
A team of researchers led by UCLA electrical engineers has demonstrated a new way to harness light particles, or photons, that are connected to each other and act in unison no matter how far apart they are - a phenomenon known as quantum entanglement. In previous studies, photons have typically been entangled by one dimension of their quantum properties - usually the direction of their polarization. Read further...

The Cloud

ISC Events, the organizer of the inaugural ISC Cloud & Big Data conference, is introducing Professor Peter V. Coveney of University College London (UCL) as the conference keynoter. Professor Coveney will be talking about the current state-of-the-art in the development of personalized medicine on September 30, 2015. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2015-07-06

Special

Moving up to an Open Science Commons ...

HPC in the Baltic region ...

Data Access helps its customers get the most out of their HPC investments ...

The importance of being earnest about the long tail of research ...

Comstor to simply the IP management of clusters ...

Arbor Networks to protect organisations against DDoS attacks ...

Open Science perspective highlighted at e-IRG workshop in Riga ...

Focus on Europe

IBM, NVIDIA and Mellanox launch Design Center for Big Data and High Performance Computing ...

Launch event of SuperMUC Phase 2 on June 29, 2015 ...

Bright welcomes PC Link Egypt to its Partner Network ...

Middleware

OpenMP Device Constructs ...

Bright Computing to release Version 7.1 of Bright Cluster Manager at the ISC High Performance 2015 Conference ...

Agenda announced for PBS Works User Group Meeting ...

Hardware

CoolIT Systems reaches 50th patent milestone ...

DDN outlines strategic vision driving rapid adoption of DDN high performance storage technology throughout the enterprise ...

Nallatech 510T FPGA accelerator disrupts the data centre ...

Japan Atomic Energy Agency chooses SGI ICE X for new supercomputer system ...

ADVA Optical Networking unveils all-new Data Center Interconnect solution ...

ADVA Optical Networking launches new NFV demarcation product family ...

T-Systems and ADVA Optical Networking showcase the future of Terabit networking in unique demonstration ...

DDN object storage usage grows to 200+ billion objects; now world's 2nd largest object platform behind Amazon ...

Applications

Blue Waters simulations suggest there are fewer faint galaxies than expected ...

Researcher discovers groundwater modelling breakthrough ...

Internet of Things Turning New York's Lake George Into “World’s Smartest Lake ...

Producing spin-entangled electrons ...

The quantum middle man ...

New method of quantum entanglement packs vastly more data in a photon ...

The Cloud

Computational scientist Peter Coveney keynotes at ISC Cloud & Big Data ...