Primeur weekly 2015-08-17

Special

European Commission's Work Programme 2016-2017 is focusing on funding e-Infrastructure services ...

Using Software Defined Data Centres in finance frees up capital for more business ...

UberCloud multi-container environment makes life easier for everyone ...

Quantum computing

Paving the way for a faster quantum computer ...

Quantum computing advance locates neutral atoms ...

Focus on Europe

European consortium develops new approaches for dealing with Big Data ...

Middleware

New major release of BeeGFS with built-in high-availability for storage servers ...

Hardware

Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University deploys 438 node supercomputer on Supermicro TwinBlade and FatTwin SuperServers ...

Mellanox optimizes Flash storage access, enabling faster time-to-decision while lowering cost ...

New supercomputer operational at the University of Regensburg ...

University of Texas and Japan collaborate on next-generation energy efficient data centre ...

NSF gives green light to Pacific Research Platform ...

HP doubles down on Big Data opportunity with new products, services, and developer programmes ...

Applications

Call for Participation to the HPC Advisory Council Spain Conference 2015 ...

DECI-13 call opens on 14 August 2015 ...

Edge Up Sports drafts IBM Watson to help build a championship fantasy football team ...

Illinois researchers construct atomic model of an immature retrovirus ...

Rice University bioengineers advance computing technique for health care and more ...

SDSC researcher awarded $1.4 million NIH structural bioinformatics grant ...

The Cloud

Tracing stars with MonetDB in the Cloud ...

IBM and Hootsuite team to advance Cloud and social integration ...

New IBM Cloud tools accelerate developer use of streaming analytics and data warehouse services on Bluemix ...

Weblog

SDSC names Ilkay Altintas Chief Data Science Officer ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2015-08-17

Special

At ISC 2015 in Frankfurt, Germany,Primeur Magazinetalked with Augusto Burgueno-Arjona from the European Commission, European e-Infrastructure Programme, about e-Infrastructures. e-Infrastructures refer to research and innovation infrastructures and to ICT infrastructures, so basically networking, computing and data infrastructures. The European Commission funds the research projects which covers: networking, GEANT; high performance computing, EGI and PRACE; and projects for data like EUDAT, open science and open access. Those are the major projects. In addition, there are also the projects supporting the Centres of Excellence for HPC, virtual research environments to cover certain thematic areas. Basically, the EC's objective is to fund the ICT layer of e-Infrastructures that are needed for the researchers to carry out research. Read further...
In the session on HPC and Cloud Computing in Financial Services at ISC 2015 in Frankfurt, Germany, Bernhard Schott from Adaptive Computing talked about the conversion of HPC systems to Software Defined Data Centres (SDDC) in finance. Based on his multi-year experience with large-scale infrastructures in financial institutes, he presented a blueprint for service and compute conversion, meeting performance, operations and regulatory requirements. Bernhard Schott explained that the core concept is the conversion of dynamically adapting HPC systems into SDDC that were both formerly developed independently. While he used concrete examples from the Adaptive Computing product portfolio to illustrate components and implementations, the overall concept and the procedural approach is independent of specific technologies. Bernhard Schott also placed a special interest on the interaction between capital binding regulations and the reduction of operational risk by advanced HPC & SDDC concepts. Read further...
ISC15 organized a series of workshops after the conference on July 16, 2015 in Frankfurt, Germany. One of the workshops addressed the topic of "Docker: User-Friendly Application & Service Containers for HPC Environments". Primeur Magazine was present at this interesting workshop. Wolfgang Gentzsch from the UberCloud Community and Marketplace and also co-organizer of this workshop, held a presentation which was titled "Containers for HPC Workloads, Practical Demos & Use Cases". Wolfgang Gentzsch explained that containers are used for scientific and engineering applications. In 2012, UberCloud started its free voluntary Cloud experiments with HPC as a Service, on demand, in a team experiment to explore the end-to-end process using Cloud computing resources as a service, on demand, at the users' fingertips and to learn how to resolve the roadblocks. Since then, 172 experiments have been performed which involved 2500 companies in 72 countries. Fifty case studies have been performed. UberCloud is supported by Intel. Read further...

Quantum computing

Since its conception, quantum mechanics has defied our natural way of thinking, and it has forced physicists to come to grips with peculiar ideas. Although they may be difficult to digest, quantum phenomena are real. What's more, in the last decades, scientists have shown that these bizarre quantum effects can be used for many astonishingly powerful applications: from ultra-secure communication to hacking existing secure communications, and from simulating complex quantum systems to efficiently solving large systems of equations. Read further...
For any computer, being able to manipulate information is essential, but for quantum computing, singling out one data location without influencing any of the surrounding locations is difficult. Now, a team of Penn State physicists has a method for addressing individual neutral atoms without changing surrounding atoms. Read further...

Focus on Europe

Big Data is a major factor driving knowledge discovery and innovation in our information society. However, large amounts of data can only be used efficiently if algorithms for understanding the data are available and if these algorithms can also be appropriately applied in highly scalable systems with thousands of hard drives. Big Data thus presents complex challenges for software developers, as the necessary algorithms can only be created with the aid of specialist skills in a wide range of different fields, such as statistics, machine learning, visualization, databases, and high-performance computing. Read further...

Middleware

The Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Mathematics (ITWM) and ThinkParQ have issued a new major release of the parallel file system BeeGFS. After several months of public beta testing, the new version 2015.03-r1 was officially released. The primary focus for this new release was the introduction of high availability for storage servers as an enterprise feature. Based on data replication across different storage servers, automatic failovers will happen in case of storage server failures and self-healing will resynchronize the server when it comes back. Read further...

Hardware

Super Micro Computer Inc., a global expert in high-performance, high-efficiency server, storage technology and green computing, has deployed a new supercomputer in Japan at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) supporting scientists and researchers focused on discovery and innovation in the life, physical and environmental sciences. The OIST Sango Supercomputer is a collaboration between industry HPC experts, Supermicro, DataDirect Networks and Mellanox to integrate Supermicro 7U TwinBlade and 4U FatTwin compute nodes with lowest-latency and massive storage capacity. Sango, recently ranked #281 on the TOP500, serves the OIST research community with 438 nodes consisting of Intel Xeon E5-2600 v3 processors combined with Intel Xeon Phi 7120P Coprocessors. The supercomputer also provides 3 Petabytes of high-performance DDN Storage integrated via low-latency 56Gb/s FDR InfiniBand. Read further...
Mellanox Technologies Ltd. has introduced a set of storage demonstrations and performance benchmark results which showcase how customers can accelerate applications, analyze data faster, and lower expenditures using Remote Direct Memory Access (RDMA) technology to share solid-state storage. Read further...
In the data centre at the University of Regensburg recently the new supercomputer prototype QPACE 2 has been installed and put into operation. The acronym QPACE stands for "QCD Parallel Computing Engine". Already its predecessor, the research computer QPACE was honoured as the most energy-efficient supercomputer in the world. Read further...
Partnering with the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), which acts as a Japanese government agency, the University of Texas at Austin will begin using alternative energy sources to power some of its high-performance computers. Energy efficiency in data centres is a major focus in the technology industry today, and the programme positions Texas as a leader in both the renewable energy and data centre industries. It will help promote efficiency among scientists who are using advanced computing technology - and provide new educational and research opportunities for UT Austin students and faculty members in emerging energy systems. Read further...
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is funding a $5 million, five-year award for UC San Diego and UC Berkeley to establish the Pacific Research Platform (PRP), a high-capacity, data-centric "freeway system" that will eventually give participating universities and other research institutions the ability to move data about 1,000 times faster than speeds on today's inter-campus shared Internet. Read further...
HP has unveiled a series of new products, services, and programmes designed to help organisations leverage data and analytics to build new products and experiences, run more efficiently, and differentiate against the competition. Read further...

Applications

The HPC Advisory Council and the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) will host the HPC Advisory Council Spain Conference 2015 at the Campus Diagonal Nord in Barcelona, Spain on September 22, 2015. The conference will focus on High-Performance Computing essentials, new developments and emerging technologies, best practices and hands-on training. Read further...
DECI provides cross-national access to European Tier-1 HPC resources - national systems. Access will be awarded for a period of 12 months, beginning 18 January 2016. Resources are available on the following architectures: Cray XC30/Cray XC40, IBM Blue Gene/Q, Intel clusters - various processor and memory configurations - and hybrid systems - clusters with GPGPU accelerators or Xeon Phi Co-processors - made available from Cyprus, Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Poland, Serbia, Spain, Sweden, the Netherlands, and UK. Applicants need not specify a particular machine or architecture, but if they do, we will endeavour to take these preferences into account. Read further...
Edge Up Sports has become an IBM Watson Ecosystem Partner and is developing an app powered by Watson to help fantasy football team owners manage their team's performance in an optimal way for their league. The announcement was made as part of Edge Up Sports launching a Kickstarter campaign to raise $35 thousand for continued product development, giving contributors early access to the app and a role in shaping the product. Read further...
Using molecular modelling and large-scale molecular dynamic simulation, University of Illinois researchers constructed an atomic model of an immature retrovirus. The researchers, from the Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Group at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology at Illinois, published their work in the journalStructure. Read further...
Rice University scientists have developed a Big Data technique that could have a significant impact on health care. The Rice lab of bioengineer Amina Qutub designed an algorithm called "progeny clustering" that is being used in a hospital study to identify which treatments should be given to children with leukemia.Details of the work appear inNature's online journalScientific Reports. Read further...
A bioinformatics researcher at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California, San Diego, has been awarded a three-year National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant worth almost $1.4 million to make biological structures more widely available to scientists, educators, and students. The NIH award, as part of the agency’s Targeted Software Development Awards and its Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) initiative launched in 2012, was granted to Peter Rose, Site Head of the RCSB Protein Data Bank (PDB) West at SDSC and Project Scientist of the Center's Structural Bioinformatics Laboratory, and Andreas Prlić, Technical and Scientific Team lead at the RCSB PDB. Read further...

The Cloud

The Dutch database technology company MonetDB Solutions and CWI will develop new techniques to facilitate the storage and analysis of the vast data volumes from the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) telescope. The project will be funded by a grant in the AstroCompute in the Cloud programme of the SKA Organisation (SKAO) and Amazon Web Services (AWS). Read further...
IBM and Hootsuite are planning to integrate several of their respective Cloud and social technologies as well as expertise, to provide Hootsuite clients a fast and reliable social experience. Hootsuite will migrate its popular App Directory to IBM Cloud's Infrastructure as a Service, SoftLayer. The Hootsuite App Directory is a collection of extensions and applications that business professionals add to their Hootsuite dashboard to create custom views of the social outlets and metrics most important to them. Read further...
IBM is unveiling a new set of services for IBM's platform-as-a-service (PaaS), Bluemix, that enable developers to quickly infuse new analytics capabilities into Cloud-based applications. Read further...

Weblog

Ilkay Altintas has been appointed Chief Data Science Officer of the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California, San Diego, effective immediately. Ilkay Altintas, who joined SDSC in 2001, will lead the strategic coordination of all computational data science activities at SDSC while overseeing application-based solutions and their related technologies. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2015-08-17

Special

European Commission's Work Programme 2016-2017 is focusing on funding e-Infrastructure services ...

Using Software Defined Data Centres in finance frees up capital for more business ...

UberCloud multi-container environment makes life easier for everyone ...

Quantum computing

Paving the way for a faster quantum computer ...

Quantum computing advance locates neutral atoms ...

Focus on Europe

European consortium develops new approaches for dealing with Big Data ...

Middleware

New major release of BeeGFS with built-in high-availability for storage servers ...

Hardware

Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University deploys 438 node supercomputer on Supermicro TwinBlade and FatTwin SuperServers ...

Mellanox optimizes Flash storage access, enabling faster time-to-decision while lowering cost ...

New supercomputer operational at the University of Regensburg ...

University of Texas and Japan collaborate on next-generation energy efficient data centre ...

NSF gives green light to Pacific Research Platform ...

HP doubles down on Big Data opportunity with new products, services, and developer programmes ...

Applications

Call for Participation to the HPC Advisory Council Spain Conference 2015 ...

DECI-13 call opens on 14 August 2015 ...

Edge Up Sports drafts IBM Watson to help build a championship fantasy football team ...

Illinois researchers construct atomic model of an immature retrovirus ...

Rice University bioengineers advance computing technique for health care and more ...

SDSC researcher awarded $1.4 million NIH structural bioinformatics grant ...

The Cloud

Tracing stars with MonetDB in the Cloud ...

IBM and Hootsuite team to advance Cloud and social integration ...

New IBM Cloud tools accelerate developer use of streaming analytics and data warehouse services on Bluemix ...

Weblog

SDSC names Ilkay Altintas Chief Data Science Officer ...