Primeur weekly 2015-09-14

Quantum computing

Improved stability of electron spins in qubits ...

Focus on Europe

Problematic relationship: Small models of the brain distort contact intensity between neurons ...

European Commission asks infrastructure operators to participate in the on-line consultation on the Charter for Access to Research Infrastructures ...

Top-rank junior researcher of Yale University comes to KIT in Karlsruhe ...

Competition opens to name Imperial's supercomputer ...

Silicon nanoparticle is a new candidate for an ultrafast all-optical transistor ...

8th European Altair Technology Conference update ...

Ultrafast uncoupled magnetism in atoms ...

E4 Computer Engineering and AppliedMicro demonstrate the effectiveness of power-efficient X-Gene-based technology in computational fluid dynamics environments ...

Middleware

Bright Computing partners with GTE ...

Research and Markets issues report on Global Distributed Data Grid Market 2015-2019 ...

Hardware

Atos supports Brazil in the race to High-Performance Computing with the installation of a Bull supercomputer in Petropolis (RJ) ...

Call for Participation in HPC Site Census Study ...

Altera launches worldwide SoC FPGA developers forums ...

Donations help create 'supercomputer' for students ...

Applications

ANSYS and Cray smash supercomputing records ...

$3.5 million to mix supercomputer simulations with Big Data ...

SDSC participates in Coursera Global Skills Initiative ...

Celeste: A new model for cataloguing the universe ...

Researcher finds female mice sing during courtship ...

Researchers mine information from next-generation subsurface flow simulations ...

The Cloud

X-ISS launches CloudHPC service to extend high performance computing to the Cloud ...

IBM Watson Health announces new partnerships, new Cloud services and global HQ in Cambridge, Massachusetts ...

Months-long cancer gene analysis in an evening: using CycleCloud on Google Compute Engine Preemptible VMs ...

IBM acquires StrongLoop to extend enterprise reach using IBM Cloud ...

IBM Watson Health Cloud capabilities expand ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2015-09-14

Quantum computing

Calculation with electron spins in a quantum computer assumes that the spin states last for a sufficient period of time. Physicists at the University of Basel and the Swiss Nanoscience Institute have now demonstrated that electron exchange in quantum dots fundamentally limits the stability of this information. Control of this exchange process paves the way for further progress in the coherence of the fragile quantum states. The report from the Basel-based researchers appears in the scientific journalPhysical Review Letters. Read further...

Focus on Europe

The goal of brain simulations using supercomputers is to understand the processes in our brain. This is a mammoth task: the activity of an estimated 100 billion nerve cells - also known as neurons - must be represented. It is also a task that has historically been impossible because even the most powerful computers in the world can only simulate one percent of the nerve cells due to memory constraints. For this reason, scientists have turned to downscaled models. However, this downscaling is problematic, as shown by a recent Jülich study published inPLOS Computational Biology. Read further...
The European Commission has published a "European Charter for Access to Research Infrastructures" in June of this year. Now, the Commission has opened an on-line survey for infrastructure providers and stakeholders to participate in a survey regarding this Charter. The online survey closes on October 11th 2015. Read further...
Physicist Ioan M. Pop is one of six international top-rank junior researchers receiving one of the highest endowed science awards in Germany, the Sofja Kovalevskaja Award 2015 of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. The junior researcher, who has been working at Yale University in the USA, will use the prize money of up to 1.65 million euro to establish an own working group at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). Ioan M. Pop studies quantum mechanics effects in superconducting circuits, which promise to lead to even faster computation processes. Read further...
The Imperial community is invited to take part in a competition to name one of the College's supercomputers. Many supercomputers or High Performance Computing (HPC) systems around the world have been named after great scientists or other notable figures such as those from Greek mythology. For example, Harvard University hosts Odyssey; the University of Cambridge has Darwin; the University of Sydney's supercomputer is named after the Greek goddess Artemis; and the UK National Supercomputing Service has called their HPC Archer. Read further...
Physicists from the Department of Nanophotonics and Metamaterials at ITMO University have experimentally demonstrated the feasibility of designing an optical analogue of a transistor based on a single silicon nanoparticle. Because transistors are some of the most fundamental components of computing circuits, the results of the study have crucial importance for the development of optical computers, where transistors must be very small and ultrafast at the same time. The study was published in the scientific journalNano Letters. Read further...
The 8th European Altair Technology Conference (ATC), planned for September 29th - October 1st, 2015 at the Cité des Sciences in Paris, France will be relocated to the "Cité de la Musique", due to a fire related, temporary shutdown of the originally planned conference facility until the middle of October. The new location is situated in the same area of Paris, La Villette and just a 10 minute walk from the original venue. Read further...
Future computers will require a magnetic material which can be manipulated ultra-rapidly by breaking the strong magnetic coupling. A study has been published inNature Communicationsin which Swedish and German scientists demonstrate that even the strongest magnetic coupling may be broken within picoseconds (10-12 s). This will open up an exciting new area of research. Read further...
E4 Computer Engineering, an Italian manufacturer of High Performance Computing (HPC) and enterprise hardware solutions, and AppliedMicro, a global expert in computing and connectivity solutions, have issued the results of tests carried out independently on a GPU cluster provided to EnginSoft Italy, a premier global consulting firm in the field of Simulation Based Engineering Science (SBES). Read further...

Middleware

Bright Computing, an expert in high performance infrastructure management solutions for Cloud, Big Data and HPC, has signed a partnership with G.T.Enterprises, a pioneer in introducing new and innovative technologies to the Indian market. Read further...
Research and Markets has issued the addition of the "Global Distributed Data Grid Market 2015-2019" report to their offering. The global distributed data grid market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 16.35% over the period 2014-2019. Read further...

Hardware

Bull, the Atos brand for Atos technology products and software, provides Brazil with its first Petascale High-Performance Computing infrastructure for open use by the academic community as part of a partnership with the National Scientific Computing Laboratory (LNCC) and the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MCTI). Read further...
Intersect360 Research is conducting its eighth annual HPC Budget Map survey. The objective of this survey is to identify how HPC budgets are distributed on a percentage basis, among and within categories such as hardware, software, facilities, staff, and services. Your input will provide the industry with insights on the HPC market. Read further...
Altera Corporation has launched the Altera SoC Developers Forums (ASDF). These inaugural events in Silicon Valley; Frankfurt, Germany; and Shenzhen, China bring together partners, developers and engineers who are focused on using the fine-grained heterogeneous computing technology in ARM-based SoC FPGAs to address next-generation embedded computing applications. The ASDF provides an environment where system architects, hardware engineers, software developers and firmware engineers can collaborate, discuss ideas and challenges, and learn the latest technology and SoC FPGA product news from Altera and its partners. Read further...
The word to keep in mind is no longer "plastics". It's "parallel". Parallel computing is the wave of the future in science and engineering, and thanks to donations from Intel and Dell Corporations, Cornell students will get hands-on experience with the technology. Read further...

Applications

ANSYS and Cray Inc., working in conjunction with two supercomputing centres, have smashed the previous simulation world record by scaling ANSYS Fluent to 129,000 compute cores - enabling organisations to spur innovation by creating complete virtual prototypes of their products. ANSYS achieved these breakthroughs by working with the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) and the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC). Read further...
A new way of computing could lead to immediate advances in aerodynamics, climate science, cosmology, materials science and cardiovascular research. The National Science Foundation will provide $2.42 million to develop a unique facility for refining complex, physics-based computer models with Big Data techniques at the University of Michigan. The university will provide an additional $1.04 million. Read further...
The San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California, San Diego, is participating in a new programme to add technology-oriented courses to the online learning network Coursera to better prepare job seekers in the highly specialized tech sector. Read further...
The roots of tradition run deep in astronomy. From Galileo and Copernicus to Hubble and Hawking, scientists and philosophers have been pondering the mysteries of the universe for centuries, scanning the sky with methods and models that, for the most part, haven't changed much until the last two decades. Now a Berkeley Lab-based research collaboration of astrophysicists, statisticians and computer scientists is looking to shake things up with Celeste, a new statistical analysis model designed to enhance one of modern astronomy's most time-tested tools: sky surveys. Read further...
They don't use gondolas or croon like Sinatra. But scientists have known for a long time that male mice belt out something like love songs to females when the time seems right to them. What they didn't know - until a University of Delaware researcher developed a sophisticated array of microphones and a sound analysis chamber - was that female mice were singing back. Read further...
Ask a geoscientist how he or she feels about the phrase, "out of sight, out of mind", and you likely will meet some serious resistance. The scientist likely would explain that learning how different materials interact with one another below the Earth's surface is of the utmost importance. Indeed, a robust research community of theoreticians, experimentalists, and computational scientists has been collaborating to gain greater insight into how different states, or phases, of matter interact with one another when they are below ground. Read further...

The Cloud

eXcellence in IS Solutions Inc. (X-ISS), a provider of High Performance Computing (HPC) and Big Data solutions, has introduced CloudHPC, a consulting service created to guide organisations through the complex process of moving their HPC systems into the Cloud environment. Read further...
Opening its new IBM Watson Health global headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts, IBM introduced a pair of new Cloud services, and revealed major new partnerships - all reflecting IBM's commitment to helping advance the quality of health globally. Deborah DiSanzo is joining the company as the business unit's General Manager. Read further...
Cycle Computing's mission is to enable customers to easily access the Big Compute resources required to solve problems and meet deadlines. Over the years Cycle's software has orchestrated workloads both internally and externally while accelerating the move to Cloud. This is why Cycle was ready when the Broad Institute came to the company with a problem: Their cancer researchers saw value in a highly-complex genome analysis, but even though they already had powerful processing systems in-house, running the analysis would take months or more. This was a perfect opportunity to utilize Google Compute Engine's Preemptible VMs to further their cancer research, which was a natural part of Cycle's mission. Read further...
IBM has acquired StrongLoop Inc., a software provider, to help developers connect enterprise applications to mobile, Internet of Things (IoT) and web applications in the Cloud. StrongLoop is a provider of popular application development software - known as enterprise Node.js - that enables software developers to build applications using application programming interfaces (APIs). Read further...
IBM Watson Health is expanding the IBM Watson Health Cloud with the introduction of the IBM Watson Health Cloud for Life Sciences Compliance and the IBM Watson Care Manager. The IBM Watson Health Cloud for Life Sciences Compliance will help biomedical companies bring medical innovations to market more efficiently. This first-in-class solution will help the companies fast-track the deployment of a GxP compliant infrastructure and applications while adhering to stringent requirements for hosting, accessing and sharing regulated data. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2015-09-14

Quantum computing

Improved stability of electron spins in qubits ...

Focus on Europe

Problematic relationship: Small models of the brain distort contact intensity between neurons ...

European Commission asks infrastructure operators to participate in the on-line consultation on the Charter for Access to Research Infrastructures ...

Top-rank junior researcher of Yale University comes to KIT in Karlsruhe ...

Competition opens to name Imperial's supercomputer ...

Silicon nanoparticle is a new candidate for an ultrafast all-optical transistor ...

8th European Altair Technology Conference update ...

Ultrafast uncoupled magnetism in atoms ...

E4 Computer Engineering and AppliedMicro demonstrate the effectiveness of power-efficient X-Gene-based technology in computational fluid dynamics environments ...

Middleware

Bright Computing partners with GTE ...

Research and Markets issues report on Global Distributed Data Grid Market 2015-2019 ...

Hardware

Atos supports Brazil in the race to High-Performance Computing with the installation of a Bull supercomputer in Petropolis (RJ) ...

Call for Participation in HPC Site Census Study ...

Altera launches worldwide SoC FPGA developers forums ...

Donations help create 'supercomputer' for students ...

Applications

ANSYS and Cray smash supercomputing records ...

$3.5 million to mix supercomputer simulations with Big Data ...

SDSC participates in Coursera Global Skills Initiative ...

Celeste: A new model for cataloguing the universe ...

Researcher finds female mice sing during courtship ...

Researchers mine information from next-generation subsurface flow simulations ...

The Cloud

X-ISS launches CloudHPC service to extend high performance computing to the Cloud ...

IBM Watson Health announces new partnerships, new Cloud services and global HQ in Cambridge, Massachusetts ...

Months-long cancer gene analysis in an evening: using CycleCloud on Google Compute Engine Preemptible VMs ...

IBM acquires StrongLoop to extend enterprise reach using IBM Cloud ...

IBM Watson Health Cloud capabilities expand ...