Primeur weekly 2015-08-24

Special

Australia doing well in supercomputing with considerable amount of flops per capita ...

India to expose large HPC ambition with launch of National Supercomputing Mission ...

National Center for High-performance Computing in Taiwan aims at merging supercomputer and Big Data facilities ...

Crowd computing

Max Planck scientists discover elusive gamma-ray pulsar with distributed computing project Einstein@Home ...

BOINC 7.6 released for Windows and Mac ...

Quantum computing

D-Wave Systems announces the general availability of the 1000+ qubit D-Wave 2X quantum computer ...

Securing data from tomorrow's supercomputers ...

A little light interaction leaves quantum physicists beaming ...

Focus on Europe

Danish Meteorological Institute selects Cray supercomputer to power its weather forecasts - will be installed in Iceland ...

Hardware

Seagate Technology to acquire Dot Hill Systems ...

Dolphin demonstrates 300ns latency across PCI Express network at IDF ...

GigaSpaces wins "Most Innovative Flash Memory Customer Implementation" award at Flash Memory Summit ...

QLogic announces strategic partnership with ASI ...

Lenovo and SimpliVity announce alliance to deliver enterprise-grade hyperconverged infrastructure solutions ...

SDSC awarded one-year extension for Gordon supercomputer ...

Applications

Supercomputers listen to the heart ...

Argonne pushing boundaries of computing in engine simulations ...

The Cloud

IBM unveils Linux-only mainframe and builds on Linux success ...

Oracle buys Maxymiser ...

New IBM Cloud services give developers more Ffexibility to integrate Java-based resources into Bluemix ...

Oracle helps organisations power customer experiences with latest releases of Oracle Service Cloud and Oracle Social Cloud ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2015-08-24

Special

At the HPC in Asia Workshop on July 15, 2015 at ISC 2015 in Frankfurt, Germany, Neil Stringfellow from the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre, gave an update on supercomputing in Australia. Read further...
The HPC in India status report and roadmap was presented by Rajat Moona from C-DAC at the HPC in Asia Workshop on July 15, 2015 at ISC 2015 in Frankfurt, Germany. Read further...
During the HPC in Asia Workshop at ISC 2015 in Frankfurt, Germany, Weicheng Huang from the National Center for High-performance Computing (NCHC) in Taiwan gave an overview of the status of HPC in Taiwan. Read further...

Crowd computing

Gamma-ray pulsars are remnants of explosions that end the lives of massive stars. They are highly-magnetized and rapidly rotating compact neutron stars. Like a cosmic lighthouse they emit gamma-ray photons in a characteristic pattern that repeats with every rotation. However, since only very few gamma-ray photons are detected, finding this hidden rhythm in the arrival times of the photons is computationally challenging. Now, an international team led by researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute, AEI) in Hannover, Germany, has discovered a new gamma-ray pulsar hidden in plain sight in data from the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope. The improved, adaptive data analysis methods and the computing power from the distributed volunteer computing project Einstein@Home were key to their success. Read further...
A new version of BOINC is ready for public use. Read further...

Quantum computing

D-Wave Systems Inc., a major global quantum computing company, has made available the D-Wave 2X quantum computing system. The D-Wave 2X features a 1000+ qubit quantum processor and numerous design improvements that result in larger problem sizes, faster performance and higher precision. At 1000+ qubits, the D-Wave 2X quantum processor evaluates all 21000possible solutions simultaneously as it converges on optimal or near optimal solutions, more possibilities than there are particles in the observable universe. No conventional computer of any kind could represent this many possibilities simultaneously, further illustrating the powerful nature of quantum computation. Read further...
For the powerful quantum computers that will be developed in the future, cracking online bank account details and credit cards numbers will be a cinch. But a team of cryptographers which includes Queensland University of Technology's Dr. Douglas Stebila is already working at future-proofing the privacy of today's Internet communications from tomorrow's powerful computers. Dr. Stebila, along with researchers Joppe Bos from chip maker NXP Semiconductors and Craig Costello and Michael Naehrig from Microsoft Research, have developed upgrades to the Internet's core encryption protocol that will prevent quantum computer users from intercepting Internet communications. Read further...
A team of physicists at the University of Toronto have taken a step toward making the essential building block of quantum computers out of pure light. Their advance, described in a paper published inNature Physics, has to do with a specific part of computer circuitry known as a "logic gate". Read further...

Focus on Europe

Cray Inc. has been awarded a $6 million contract to provide the Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI) with a Cray XC supercomputer and a Cray Sonexion 2000 storage system. Through an arrangement with the Icelandic Meteorological Office (IMO), DMI has chosen to install the new Cray supercomputer and Sonexion storage system at the IMO data centre in Reykjavik, Iceland for year-round power and cooling efficiency. This marks the first-ever Cray system in Iceland, and the first remote installation of a production weather system through a joint venture between two national meteorological centres. Read further...

Hardware

Seagate Technology plc and Dot Hill Systems Corp. have entered into a definitive agreement under which a wholly-owned indirect subsidiary of Seagate will commence a tender offer for all of the outstanding shares of Dot Hill in an all-cash transaction valued at $9.75 per share, or a total of approximately $694 million on a fully-diluted equity value basis. As Dot Hill has approximately $49 million in cash on its balance sheet as of June 30, 2015, the transaction reflects an enterprise value of approximately $645 million. The consideration represents a 50% premium over the preceding three month stock price average. Read further...
Dolphin Interconnect Solutions has demonstrated a record low application latency of 300 nanoseconds at IDF 2015. Dolphin achieved this record by adding Intel Xeon Non Transparent Bridging (NTB) support to its existing PCI Express network product. In addition, Dolphin announced a new PCIe 3.0 host adapter, the PXH810 Host Adapter, which achieves 540 nanoseconds of latency at 64Gbps wire speeds. Read further...
GigaSpaces Technologies, a provider of in-memory computing and Cloud orchestration technologies, has received the "Most Innovative Flash Memory Customer Implementation" award at the Flash Memory Summit, in Santa Clara, California, on August 12. The company was honoured among Best of Show winners for its application of XAP MemoryXtend with SanDisk ZetaScale software with customer Wolters Kluwer Health. Read further...
QLogic, a supplier of high performance network infrastructure solutions, has signed a strategic distribution agreement with ASI, a distributor of solution building I/O and reference architecture blueprints to its family of over 12,000 VARs throughout North America. QLogic and ASI will work together to provide increased sales and profitability to resellers who deliver optimized server and storage networking infrastructure solutions for next generation workloads to Cloud, enterprise and telco customers in the U.S. Read further...
Lenovo and SimpliVity have signed a partnership to deliver hyperconverged infrastructure solutions based on their joint technologies. SimpliVity's OmniStack data virtualization platform will now be available as an integrated solution with Lenovo System x3650 servers through Arrow Electronics. The solution will be offered in the North America channel in Q4. Read further...
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California, San Diego, a one-year extension to continue operating its Gordon supercomputer, providing continued access to the cluster for a wide range of researchers with data-intensive projects. The result of a five-year, $20 million NSF grant awarded in late 2009, Gordon entered operations in early 2012 as one of the 50 fastest supercomputers in the world at the time - and the only one to employ massive amounts of flash-based memory, making it many times faster than conventional high-performance computing (HPC) systems for some data-intensive analyses. Read further...

Applications

New supercomputer models have come closer than ever to capturing the behaviour of normal human heart valves and their replacements, according to recent studies by groups including scientists at the Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences (ICES) at the University of Texas (UT) at Austin and the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Iowa State University. The studies focused on how heart valve tissue responds to realistic blood flow. The new models can help doctors make more durable repair and replacement of heart valves. Read further...
When you're trying to understand the complex inner workings of a virtual engine, with its millions of variables and untold number of uncertainties, the most important horsepower number isn't the one under the hood; it's the one in the computer rack next door. Researchers at the Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory will be testing the limits of computing horsepower this year with a new simulation project from the Virtual Engine Research Institute and Fuels Initiative that will harness 60 million computer core hours to reduce those uncertainties and pave the way to more effective engine simulations. Read further...

The Cloud

IBM has achieved a significant expansion of the mainframe's strategy of embracing open source-based technologies and open-source communities to provide clients with the most secure, highest performance capabilities for an era where mainframes increasingly anchor corporate analytics and hybrid Clouds. Read further...
Oracle has signed an agreement to acquire Maxymiser, a provider of Cloud-based software that enables marketers to test, target and personalize what a customer sees on a Web page or mobile app, substantially increasing engagement and revenue. Maxymiser optimizes over 20 billion customer experiences per month for brands such as Allianz, HSBC, Lufthansa, Tommy Hilfiger and Wyndham. Read further...
IBM has announced general availability and improvements to a set of services for IBM's platform-as-a-service (PaaS), Bluemix, that enable developers to more seamlessly integrate Java-based resources into their Cloud-based applications. Read further...
Oracle has unveiled significant new functionality within Oracle Service Cloud and Oracle Social Cloud that helps organisations deliver better customer experience and drive more informed business decisions. The new social customer service capabilities enable brands to increase social engagement and business insights via a new community self-service solution, enhanced social service and incident routing, and extended social listening and analytics capabilities to private data sources. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2015-08-24

Special

Australia doing well in supercomputing with considerable amount of flops per capita ...

India to expose large HPC ambition with launch of National Supercomputing Mission ...

National Center for High-performance Computing in Taiwan aims at merging supercomputer and Big Data facilities ...

Crowd computing

Max Planck scientists discover elusive gamma-ray pulsar with distributed computing project Einstein@Home ...

BOINC 7.6 released for Windows and Mac ...

Quantum computing

D-Wave Systems announces the general availability of the 1000+ qubit D-Wave 2X quantum computer ...

Securing data from tomorrow's supercomputers ...

A little light interaction leaves quantum physicists beaming ...

Focus on Europe

Danish Meteorological Institute selects Cray supercomputer to power its weather forecasts - will be installed in Iceland ...

Hardware

Seagate Technology to acquire Dot Hill Systems ...

Dolphin demonstrates 300ns latency across PCI Express network at IDF ...

GigaSpaces wins "Most Innovative Flash Memory Customer Implementation" award at Flash Memory Summit ...

QLogic announces strategic partnership with ASI ...

Lenovo and SimpliVity announce alliance to deliver enterprise-grade hyperconverged infrastructure solutions ...

SDSC awarded one-year extension for Gordon supercomputer ...

Applications

Supercomputers listen to the heart ...

Argonne pushing boundaries of computing in engine simulations ...

The Cloud

IBM unveils Linux-only mainframe and builds on Linux success ...

Oracle buys Maxymiser ...

New IBM Cloud services give developers more Ffexibility to integrate Java-based resources into Bluemix ...

Oracle helps organisations power customer experiences with latest releases of Oracle Service Cloud and Oracle Social Cloud ...