Primeur weekly 2015-10-05

Special

Developing hardware for the exascale era in the DEEP and DEEP-ER projects ...

Exascale supercomputing

Is 3D-stacked memory the solution for HPC? ...

Quantum computing

Scientists produce status check on quantum teleportation ...

Focus on Europe

12th PRACE Call for Proposals for Project Access now open ...

ESiWACE and ESCAPE: integrating leading edge climate and weather simulations into HPC ...

Human Brain Project (HBP) pre-commercial procurement has entered its final phase ...

Imperial announces winner of competition to name supercomputer ...

NLeSC Integrator Barend Mons appointed Chair of European Commission's high level expert group ...

Middleware

IBM expands Watson platform for next generation of builders; extends industry's largest portfolio of cognitive APIs ...

Hardware

Large hyper data centres making use of Climaveneta high efficiency solutions ...

Dialog Semiconductor to acquire Atmel for $4.6 billion ...

IBM research breakthrough paves way for post-silicon future with carbon nanotube electronics ...

Mellanox Technologies announces definitive agreement to acquire EZchip ...

Kyoto University's Yukawa Institute for Theoretical Physics awards supercomputer contract to Cray ...

Applications

SDSC extends its "network" with Graph Analytics Training ...

NVIDIA designates University of Wyoming as GPU research centre ...

Spectacular new era in satellite meteorology unveiled ...

University of Maryland awarded $1 million from NIST for next-generation cryptography ...

NWSC Visitor Center designed to educate and inspire public about science ...

New supercomputer software takes us one giant step closer to simulating the human brain ...

Titan helps unpuzzle decades-old plutonium perplexities ...

Alexander Szalay named recipient of 2015 IEEE Computer Society Sidney Fernbach Award ...

The Cloud

SDSC upgrades Cloud computing and storage services ...

Cloud28+ community launches Unified European Cloud Catalogue ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2015-10-05

Special

During the "European Exascale Research" workshop that followed the ISC15 Conference in July in Frankfurt, Germany, Norbert Eicker from the Bergische Universitaet Wuppertal and the Juelich Supercomputing Center, talked about the alternative approach in the DEEP and DEEP-ER projects to treat heterogeneous cluster computing. The presentation not only concentrated on hardware but also covered applications in order to help application developers to adapt to the new approach. The project teams also had to develop some system-level software programming model. Norbert Eicker explained the general concept of DEEP, the hardware architecture and the programming paradigm. For DEEP-ER, he addressed the topics of I/O and resiliency. Read further...

Exascale supercomputing

Emerging 3D-stacking technology enables DRAM devices that support much higher bandwidths than traditional DIMMs. The first commercial products Hybrid Memory Cube and High Bandwidth Memory will soon hit the market, and some of the publicity surrounding these emerging memory devices suggests that they will bring significant performance improvements. Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) researchers have analysed how 3D-stacked DRAMs will affect performance of high-performance computing (HPC) applications, and they concluded that simple replacement of conventional DIMMs with 3D-stacked devices may not lead to announced performance improvements. In order to properly exploit the benefits of the novel high-bandwidth memory solutions, BSC computer architects suggest rethinking about the design of the overall computer systems, mainly processors and memory controllers. Read further...

Quantum computing

Mention the word 'teleportation' and for many people it conjures up "Beam me up, Scottie" images of Captain James T Kirk. But in the last two decades quantum teleportation - transferring the quantum structure of an object from one place to another without physical transmission - has moved from the realms of Star Trek fantasy to tangible reality. Read further...

Focus on Europe

PRACE proposals can be based on a 12-months schedule, or, for multi-year projects, on a 24- or 36-months schedule. The allocation of awarded resources is made for 1 year at a time with provisional allocations awarded for the 2nd and 3rd year. Read further...
An international workshop on High Performance Computing has opened in Rome under the auspices of the European Commission (EC). As part of its strategy to structure the European HPC-ecosystem, the EC is bringing together EXDCI - the European eXtreme Data and Computing Initiative; ETP4HPC - the European Technology Platform for High Performance Computing; PRACE, the Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe; and the European Commission. Read further...
The pre-commercial procurement of research and development services for interactive supercomputers has successfully entered its third and final phase. Interactivity will be a key feature of a future high-performance computing (HPC) infrastructure for brain research. After selection in July 2015, two bidding consortia comprising leading providers of HPC solutions, namely Cray and a consortium of IBM and NVIDIA, have now each been awarded a contract. Within one year, both contractors will deliver pilot systems that will be deployed and operated at the Jülich Supercomputing Centre (JSC). Read further...
Imperial has chosen a new name for its supercomputer, following more than one hundred entries from students, alumni and staff. The supercomputer's new name is Helen, in recognition of Helen Kemp Porter who was the first female Professor at Imperial. Professor James Stirling, Provost of Imperial, and Professor Peter Haynes, Academic Champion for High Performance Computing, pored over the entries and decided that Kay Barrett, from the Department of ICT, had put forward the most fitting name for the supercomputer. Read further...
Professor Barend Mons has been appointed Chair of the Commission High Level Expert Group "European Open Science Cloud", initiated by the European Commission, DG Research and Innovation. Barend Mons is professor in Biosemantics at the Human Genetics department at the Human Genetics department of Leiden University Medical Center, is Head of Node for ELIXIR-NL at the Dutch Techcentre for Life Sciences, Integrator Life Sciences at the Netherlands eScience Center, and board member of the Leiden Centre of Data Science. Read further...

Middleware

IBM has expanded the industry's largest and most diverse set of cognitive APIs, technologies and tools for developers who are creating products, services and applications embedded with Watson. The announcement was made by IBM during its forum on cognitive computing and Artificial Intelligence, where the company announced a new Watson location in San Francisco. IBM also previewed new platform innovations and research projects that will extend its industry-leading cognitive portfolio. Read further...

Hardware

Data centre capacity is growing with the increasing number of IP connections, traffic and need for storage, generating large hyper data centres more and more often. A newly published market study from BSRIA shows that this kind of hyper data centre is very open to deploying "new" technologies opting for a combination of free cooling, liquid cooling and chilled-water cooling, thus changing the market for precision air conditioning. Read further...
Dialog Semiconductor has agreed to acquire Atmel in a cash and stock transaction for total consideration of approximately $4.6 billion. The acquisition creates a global leader in both Power Management and Embedded Processing solutions. The transaction results in a fast growing and innovative powerhouse, supporting Mobile Power, IoT and Automotive customers. The combined company will address an attractive, fast growing market opportunity of approximately $20 billion by 2019. Read further...
IBM Research has achieved a major engineering breakthrough that could accelerate carbon nanotubes replacing silicon transistors to power future computing technologies. IBM scientists demonstrated a new way to shrink transistor contacts without reducing performance of carbon nanotube devices, opening a pathway to dramatically faster, smaller and more powerful computer chips beyond the capabilities of traditional semiconductors. The results are being reported in the October 2 issue ofScience(DOI: 10.1126/science.aac8006). Read further...
Mellanox Technologies Ltd., a supplier of end-to-end interconnect solutions for servers and storage systems, and EZchip, an expert in high-performance processing solutions for carrier and data centre networks, have entered into a definitive merger agreement under which Mellanox shall acquire 100 percent of EZchip's outstanding ordinary shares for a cash purchase price of $25.5 per share implying a transaction value of approximately $811 million (approximately $620 million net of cash). The terms of the transaction have been unanimously approved by both the Mellanox and EZchip Boards of Directors. Read further...
Cray Inc. has been awarded a contract to provide a Cray XC40 supercomputer to the Yukawa Institute for Theoretical Physics (YITP) at Kyoto University in Japan. The Yukawa Institute for Theoretical Physics is one of the world's premier institutions and is renowned for pioneering research in contemporary theoretical physics. The institute is named in honour of the first Japanese citizen to win the Nobel Prize, Kyoto University Professor Hideki Yukawa, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1949. In 2008, YITP's then director, Toshihide Maskawa, was also awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics. Read further...

Applications

The San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California, San Diego, in partnership with UC San Diego Extension and through a sponsorship from Cray Inc., is offering a "boot camp" in Graph Analytics on November 2-3 at its facilities on the northwest end of campus. Read further...
The University of Wyoming (UW) has been named a GPU Research Center by NVIDIA, a world expert in visual computing. The designation, which took effect earlier this summer, makes UW one of only 50 such centres in the nation. The new centre will help the university expand its computational sciences presence and gain additional federal funding to build on the capabilities of the newly formed Computational Science and Engineering (CSE) Group within the College of Engineering and Applied Science, and the Advanced Research Computing Center, which houses and manages campuswide high-performance computing hardware, such as the Mount Moran cluster. Read further...
The Australian Bureau of Meteorology has made near real-time imagery from the Japanese Himawari-8 satellite available to the public via its new web viewer. Himawari-8 is currently the most advanced dedicated weather satellite in the world. Read further...
Three University of Maryland (UMD) researchers have been awarded $1 million from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to support research developing next-generation cryptography. Jonathan Katz, a professor of computer science at UMD and director of the Maryland Cybersecurity Center (MC2), is the principal investigator of the three-year collaborative project. Read further...
A simulated mini-tornado, various short videos depicting everything from wind to wildfire simulations, and a number of interactive touch-screen kiosks will make their debut and help the science come alive when the NCAR-Wyoming Supercomputing Center (NWSC) is ceremonially opened October 15 by an invite-only delegation composed of the many partners behind its construction. Read further...
Breakthrough computer software that will be used to power the world's fastest supercomputers of the future allowing us to model and simulate incredibly complex systems such as the human brain or global weather patterns is now being tested for use at the Science and Technology Facilities Council's (STFC) Daresbury Laboratory, at Sci-Tech Daresbury in Cheshire. Read further...
First produced in 1940, plutonium is one of the most electronically complicated elements on Earth - and because of its complexities, scientists have been struggling to prove the existence of its magnetic properties ever since. Finally, that struggle is over, thanks to a timely combination of theory, algorithm and code developments, neutrons experiments, and Titan - the second-most-powerful supercomputer in the world. Read further...
Alexander Szalay, a Bloomberg Distinguished Professor at the Johns Hopkins University, has been selected as the recipient of the 2015 IEEE Computer Society Sidney Fernbach Award. Alexander Szalay was recognized "for his outstanding contributions to the development of data-intensive computing systems and on the application of such systems in many scientific areas including astrophysics, turbulence, and genomics". Read further...

The Cloud

The San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California, San Diego, has made significant upgrades to its Cloud-based storage system to include a new range of computing services designed to support science-based researchers, especially those with large data requirements that preclude commercial Cloud use, or who require collaboration with Cloud engineers for building Cloud-based services. Read further...
The Cloud28+ initiative has entered a new phase with the beta launch of a centralized Cloud services catalogue for the European Union (EU) and a streamlined certification scheme. Cloud28+ is a community of commercial and public sector organisations with the common goal to remove barriers to Cloud adoption imposed by the fragmentation of the European market, by creating a one-stop shop for Cloud services in the European Union. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2015-10-05

Special

Developing hardware for the exascale era in the DEEP and DEEP-ER projects ...

Exascale supercomputing

Is 3D-stacked memory the solution for HPC? ...

Quantum computing

Scientists produce status check on quantum teleportation ...

Focus on Europe

12th PRACE Call for Proposals for Project Access now open ...

ESiWACE and ESCAPE: integrating leading edge climate and weather simulations into HPC ...

Human Brain Project (HBP) pre-commercial procurement has entered its final phase ...

Imperial announces winner of competition to name supercomputer ...

NLeSC Integrator Barend Mons appointed Chair of European Commission's high level expert group ...

Middleware

IBM expands Watson platform for next generation of builders; extends industry's largest portfolio of cognitive APIs ...

Hardware

Large hyper data centres making use of Climaveneta high efficiency solutions ...

Dialog Semiconductor to acquire Atmel for $4.6 billion ...

IBM research breakthrough paves way for post-silicon future with carbon nanotube electronics ...

Mellanox Technologies announces definitive agreement to acquire EZchip ...

Kyoto University's Yukawa Institute for Theoretical Physics awards supercomputer contract to Cray ...

Applications

SDSC extends its "network" with Graph Analytics Training ...

NVIDIA designates University of Wyoming as GPU research centre ...

Spectacular new era in satellite meteorology unveiled ...

University of Maryland awarded $1 million from NIST for next-generation cryptography ...

NWSC Visitor Center designed to educate and inspire public about science ...

New supercomputer software takes us one giant step closer to simulating the human brain ...

Titan helps unpuzzle decades-old plutonium perplexities ...

Alexander Szalay named recipient of 2015 IEEE Computer Society Sidney Fernbach Award ...

The Cloud

SDSC upgrades Cloud computing and storage services ...

Cloud28+ community launches Unified European Cloud Catalogue ...