Primeur weekly 2015-09-28

Special

Some perspectives on which approach to choose in the race towards exascale ...

System monitoring for energy-efficiency in the MontBlanc and DEEP-ER projects ...

Focus

In the following two years, 2016-2017, the European Union will spend over 150 million euro on HPC, ranging from HPC support for industry to exascale development ...

Quantum computing

D-Wave Systems announces multi-year agreement to provide its technology to Google, NASA and USRA's Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab ...

Focus on Europe

PRACE to issue Newsletter 16 ...

Leibniz Supercomputing Centre in Garching near Munich to host 59th International HPC User Forum ...

Middleware

New support for CAMERA to develop computational mathematics for experimental facilities research ...

Hardware

Nor-Tech pioneers low-cost supercomputer solution ...

Curtiss-Wright launches new OpenHPEC Initiative to bring supercomputing software tools to embedded COTS systems ...

ADVA Optical Networking and PSNC trial 400G DCI technology in Research and Education Network ...

CENIC awarded International Networking Grant from NSF ...

Mellanox and Ixia demonstrate industry-first interoperability of 100Gb/s Ethernet platforms over 2km of optical fiber with silicon photonics transceivers ...

Applications

New 'stealth dark matter' theory may explain mystery of the universe's missing mass ...

One step closer to a new kind of computer ...

TACC supercomputers power RNA-seq analysis tools at summer bioinformatics workshop ...

LLNL joins Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute to promote industry adoption of supercomputing ...

Desika Narayanan unlocks the secrets to the brightest galaxies in the universe ...

Health care organisations select Mellanox InfiniBand-based Cloud ...

The Cloud

Dew helps ground Cloud computing ...

Computer scientist seeks stronger security shroud for the Cloud ...

Rescale and CTC announce strategic partnership to provide Cloud HPC Platform in Japan ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2015-09-28

Special

Following the ISC15 Conference in Frankfurt, Germany, a series of workshops was organized the day after the conference.Primeur Magazineattended the workshop on European Exascale Research organized by researchers from the Barcelona Supercomputing Center and the Juelich Supercomputer Center. The introductory keynote was provided by Gilad Shainer from the HPC Advisory Council who talked about the various approaches that are now being considered in order to move forward in the race towards exascale. The magic word is co-design in order to get some real results. Gilad Shainer took us into the world of co-design to discover that there are multiple pathways that can be followed in co-design. Read further...
During the "European Exascale Research" workshop that followed the ISC15 Conference in Frankfurt, Germany, Axel Auweter from the Leibniz Rechenzentrum talked about energy efficiency monitoring with regard to the upcoming exascale systems in the future. Axel Auweter has been involved in two projects that both started out three years ago with a blank sheet of paper. According to Axel Auweter, we cannot talk about exascale computing in terms of scalability and programmability without addressing the very essential topic of making a significant leap in energy efficiency. How do we go about it? Read further...

Focus

The European Commission published the draft of the Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2016-2017. Although not final, real changes are very unlikely. Horizon 2020 is the European Research and Development programme. It supprts R&D on a European scale, supplementing national R&D programmes. Every two years, a detailed work programme is published, describing in detail which amount of grant money will be available for which type of R&D. HPC is one of the topics that are in focus. There is a wide range of topics in different sub programmes of the two year 2016-2017 Work Programme. We collect them to give a comprehensive overview. Please keep in mind this is a two-year plan, so it might well be that the focus shifts in 2018-2019. The target is not yet exascale in the next two years, but 250 Petaflop/s at 15MwW should be achievable in 2019. Meanwhile both the PRACE supercomputing infrastructure will be supported and The Human Brain project will receive 25 million to invest in a specialized 50 Petaflop/s supercomputer. Read further...

Quantum computing

D-Wave Systems Inc., a major quantum computing company, has entered into a new agreement covering the installation of a succession of D-Wave systems located at NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California. This agreement supports collaboration among Google, NASA and Universities Space Research Association (USRA) that is dedicated to studying how quantum computing can advance artificial intelligence and machine learning, and the solution of difficult optimization problems. The new agreement enables Google and its partners to keep their D-Wave system at the state-of-the-art for up to seven years, with new generations of D-Wave systems to be installed at NASA Ames as they become available. Read further...

Focus on Europe

PRACE has published a new edition of the PRACE Newsletter. Read further...
The Leibniz Supercomputing Centre (LRZ), member of the Gauss Centre for Supercomputing (GCS), will serve as host venue for the 59th International HPC User Forum on October 15 and 16, 2015. The forum, which aims at promoting the health of the global High Performance Computing (HPC) industry and addresses issues of common concern to users, is scheduled to bring together representatives of many different fields in HPC, including users, vendors, industry analysts, and others. Anyone with an interest in compute- or data-intensive high performance computing is heartily invited to join the meeting at the LRZ facilities in Garching near Munich in Germany. Read further...

Middleware

Experimental science is evolving. With the advent of new technology, scientific facilities are collecting data at increasing rates and higher resolution. However, making sense of this data is becoming a major bottleneck. New mathematics and algorithms are needed to extract useful information from these experiments. Read further...

Hardware

Nor-Tech (Northern Computer Technologies), a provider of HPCs for CAE and related applications, recently engineered a low-cost supercomputer configuration that reduces the HPC purchase cost by 2/3 to 3/4 - about $20,000 less for an 8 GPU server. The solution is a good fit for nearly all, but not all organisations. Read further...
Curtiss-Wright Corporation's Defense Solutions division has launched its new OpenHPEC Initiative to bring, for the first time, proven and robust development tools from the Commercial HPC market to COTS system integrators designing highly scalable supercomputer-class High Performance Embedded Computing (HPEC) system solutions for Aerospace & Defense applications. The OpenHPEC initiative will provide HPEC system integrators with access to best-of-class open architecture APIs and tools - including a cluster manager, debugger, profiler, and communication and vector math libraries - to ease and improve the design and verification of multi-node systems while greatly improving their time-to-deployment. Read further...
ADVA Optical Networking has successfully completed a rigorous trial of its 400Gbit/s coherent data centre interconnect (DCI) technology with the Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Center (PSNC). The trial was conducted over 385km of fiber, spreading between two research and education centres in Poznan and Warsaw. The ADVA FSP 3000 CloudConnect with its unique DCI technology transported data continuously for 14 hours without any block errors - something no one else in the industry has done. What's more, ADVA Optical Networking used software-defined optics to deliver flexible data rates and modulation. This means the network can intelligently scale from 200Gbit/s to 300Gbit/s to 400Gbit/s and from QPSK to 8QAM to 16QAM as required. Read further...
The Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California (CENIC), along with the Pacific Northwest Gigapop (PNWGP) as a sub awardee and co-author of the proposal, has been awarded a grant of nearly $3.5 million from the National Science Foundation's International Research Network Connections (IRNC) programme. The grant will allow the expansion of Pacific Wave and further enable U.S.-Asia scientific research collaborations through both increases in capacity and the development of the Pacific Wave Software Defined Exchange (SDX) over a five-year period. Read further...
Ixia, a provider of Ethernet test, application performance and security resilience solutions has successfully interoperated with the Mellanox LinkX 100Gb/s transceivers at full 100GbE line rate between the Ixia Xcellon-Multis 100GbE enhanced load module and Mellanox Spectrum 32-port, non-blocking 100GbE Open Ethernet switch system. This industry-first interoperability demonstration ensures equipment manufacturers are able to rapidly commercialize network equipment as enterprises and Web 2.0 service providers look to migrate their data centres to a 100GbE networking infrastructure to remain competitive in the demanding hyperscale space. Read further...

Applications

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists have come up with a new theory that may identify why dark matter has evaded direct detection in Earth-based experiments. A group of national particle physicists known as the Lattice Strong Dynamics Collaboration, led by a Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory team, has combined theoretical and computational physics techniques and used the Laboratory's massively parallel 2-petaflop Vulcan supercomputer to devise a new model of dark matter. It identifies it as naturally "stealthy" - like its namesake aircraft, difficult to detect - today, but would have been easy to see via interactions with ordinary matter in the extremely high-temperature plasma conditions that pervaded the early universe. Read further...
An international group of physicists, including Aleksandr Golubov, head of the MIPT Laboratory of Topological Quantum Phenomena in Superconductor Systems, recently presented results of experiments testing a new phenomenon in the journalScience. The results may assist scientists in the creation of an essentially new kind of electronics - Mott transition, or the transition of an insulator to a conductor. Read further...
Undergraduate biology labs are designed to prepare students for real-life biology work. These labs usually involve tried and true exercises like animal dissections, investigating enzymes, and microscope work. While traditional lab work is important, the field is rapidly evolving with the proliferation of Big Data and burgeoning technology. Computation and biology are now inextricably linked, perhaps signaling a need to trade in goggles for time manipulating the command line. But is the field ready for this change? Read further...
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) will combine decades of expertise to help American industry and businesses expand use of high performance computing (HPC) under a recently signed memorandum of understanding. Read further...
The brightest galaxies in the universe, known as submillimetre galaxies (SMGs), aren't visible to the naked eye. But look through an infrared telescope, and they light up the sky. These galaxies are old, dating back probably 12 or 13 billion years, and what makes them so luminous is that they form stars very quickly. In our Milky Way galaxy, for example, one or two stars per year are formed on average; these SMGs form about 1000. The origins of these types of galaxies have, since their discovery in the 1990s, been uncertain, but a new paper inNatureby researchers led by Haverford Assistant Professor of Astronomy Desika Narayanan offers the first viable model. Read further...
The HPC4Health Consortium, led by The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) and the University Health Network's Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, has selected its InfiniBand networking solutions to improve patient care and help researchers to optimize treatment with the ultimate goal of finding a cure for cancer. The end-to-end FDR 56Gb/s InfiniBand networking solution was adopted as the foundation of the centre's cancer and genomics programme, to accelerate the sharing, processing and analysis of data generated from radiology imaging, medical imaging analysis, protein folding, x-ray diffraction in order to improve patient care and expedite cancer research. Read further...

The Cloud

The most obvious disadvantage of putting your data in the Cloud is losing access when you have no internet connection. According to research publishes in theInternational Journal of Cloud Computing, this is where "dew" could help. Yingwei Wang of the Department of Computer Science, at the University of Prince Edward Island, Charlottetown, Canada, describes what he refers to as a "Cloud-dew" architecture that offers an efficient and elegant way to counteract Cloud downtime and communication difficulties. Read further...
Dr. Zhiqiang Lin, of the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science at UT Dallas, is working to advance the field of Cloud computing, and in the process, has developed a technique that allows one computer in a virtual network to monitor another for invasions or viruses. Dr. Lin's research has earned the assistant professor of computer science a National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award, which provides him with $500,000 in funding for five years. Read further...
ITOCHU Techno-Solutions Corporation (CTC), headquartered in Tokyo, has formed a strategic partnership with Rescale Inc. to become a reseller of Rescale's Cloud simulation platforms. Rescale provides a unified environment that allows companies to accelerate their engineering and science simulations using customizable high performance computing (HPC) resources. CTC now provides this customizable HPC, simulation platform, covering everything from the design and construction of the HPC environment to operation and support. CTC's current focus for this service is on companies in the manufacturing industry, centering on automobiles and precision machines that use large-scale computer simulations, as well as the construction and pharmaceutical industries. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2015-09-28

Special

Some perspectives on which approach to choose in the race towards exascale ...

System monitoring for energy-efficiency in the MontBlanc and DEEP-ER projects ...

Focus

In the following two years, 2016-2017, the European Union will spend over 150 million euro on HPC, ranging from HPC support for industry to exascale development ...

Quantum computing

D-Wave Systems announces multi-year agreement to provide its technology to Google, NASA and USRA's Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab ...

Focus on Europe

PRACE to issue Newsletter 16 ...

Leibniz Supercomputing Centre in Garching near Munich to host 59th International HPC User Forum ...

Middleware

New support for CAMERA to develop computational mathematics for experimental facilities research ...

Hardware

Nor-Tech pioneers low-cost supercomputer solution ...

Curtiss-Wright launches new OpenHPEC Initiative to bring supercomputing software tools to embedded COTS systems ...

ADVA Optical Networking and PSNC trial 400G DCI technology in Research and Education Network ...

CENIC awarded International Networking Grant from NSF ...

Mellanox and Ixia demonstrate industry-first interoperability of 100Gb/s Ethernet platforms over 2km of optical fiber with silicon photonics transceivers ...

Applications

New 'stealth dark matter' theory may explain mystery of the universe's missing mass ...

One step closer to a new kind of computer ...

TACC supercomputers power RNA-seq analysis tools at summer bioinformatics workshop ...

LLNL joins Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute to promote industry adoption of supercomputing ...

Desika Narayanan unlocks the secrets to the brightest galaxies in the universe ...

Health care organisations select Mellanox InfiniBand-based Cloud ...

The Cloud

Dew helps ground Cloud computing ...

Computer scientist seeks stronger security shroud for the Cloud ...

Rescale and CTC announce strategic partnership to provide Cloud HPC Platform in Japan ...