Primeur weekly 2015-10-12

Special

EXA2CT project helps applications from industry partners scale better using appropriate solvers, programming models and proto apps ...

Mont-Blanc: Even with cheap technology it is possible to perform decent scientific computing ...

Exascale supercomputing

Seagate leading SAGE storage project for the Exascale funded by Horizon 2020 ...

Crowd computing

BOINC:FAST2015 conference proceedings are now available ...

SRBase project new to BOINC community ...

Quantum computing

Crucial hurdle overcome in quantum computing ...

Chance effect of lab's fluorescent lights leads to discovery ...

Focus on Europe

Joint e-IRG/ESFRI session on Policy Aspects of Research Infrastructures and e-Infrastructures of Global Scale at ICT2015 ...

A major proof of concept for brain simulation ...

Hardware

NSF grant funds purchase of new HPC system for the University of Houston  ...

Turkey's Anadolu University chooses HPC solution from Bright, Dell and Eduline ...

Expansion of HPC system at High Performance Computing Center Stuttgart completed: Hornet is now Hazel Hen ...

New processes in modern ReRAM memory cells decoded ...

High-powered supercomputer to boost Rocky Mountain research ...

SanDisk and HP launch partnership to create memory-driven computing solutions ...

Ohio Supercomputer Center in seach of name for newest supercomputer system ...

Superconductivity trained to promote magnetization ...

New IBM Linux servers infuse technology from OpenPOWER Foundation to run Big Data workloads at half the cost of x86 based servers ...

Dell acquires EMC for USD$67 billion ...

New OpenSwitch developers community accelerates data centre networking with a consistent, modern Open Source network OS ...

Applications

Early users to test new Burst Buffer on Cori ...

The Cloud

World's largest dedicated Cloud HPC system for bioinformatics ...

IBM plans to acquire Cleversafe to propel object storage into the hybrid Cloud ...

NVIDIA GPUs to accelerate Microsoft Azure ...

UC San Diego researchers team up with Illumina to speed-read your microbiome ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2015-10-12

Special

During the "European Exascale Research" workshop that followed the ISC15 Conference in July in Frankfurt, Germany, Tom Vander Aa from Imec, Leuven, Belgium, talked about solvers, programming models and proto apps in the EXA2CT project. Tom Vander Aa explained that the technology that he discussed in his talk is not exascale-specific and can be used out of exascale too. He considers the term "exascale" as a buzz word and he much more believes in an evolutionary approach. Read further...
During the "European Exascale Research" workshop that followed the ISC15 Conference in Frankfurt, Germany, Filippo Mantovani from the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) talked about the Mont-Blanc project that uses mobile technology in HPC. He explained about the experiments the team performed on the prototype. The first Mont-Blanc project began in 2011 with the goal to develop a European exascale approach using commodity and embedded cost-effective technology and has been finished mid-2015. In the meantime the second Mont-Blanc project has started off. So, there was a period of overlap between the two projects but the Mont-Blanc partnership and collaboration has remained constant over time. The project has data centres but has also ARM and Bull involved as industrial partners. Read further...

Exascale supercomputing

Seagate Technology plc, launched the SAGE European Exascale HPC project. Seagate will lead the project, working with nine partners across sectors, industries, and countries to research and redefine data storage in the era of extreme data and Exascale computing. Read further...

Crowd computing

The BOINC:FAST 2015 conference was held 14-18 September at the Karelian Research Centre of the Russian Academy of Sciences. The slides are now available online. Read further...
The BOINC community has welcomed the SRBase project. SRBase is a mathematical research project that uses Internet-connected computers trying to solve Sierpinski/Riesel Bases up to 1030. You can participate by downloading and running a free programme on your computer. Read further...

Quantum computing

A quantum logic gate in silicon has been built for the for the first time, making calculations between two qubits of information possible. The significant advance, by a team at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Sydney appears in the international journalNature. Read further...
An accidental discovery of a "quantum Etch-a-Sketch" that may lead to the next generation of advanced computers and quantum microchips has been made by team of scientists from Penn State University and the University of Chicago. The team accidentally has discovered a new way of using beams of light to draw and erase quantum-mechanical circuits on topological insulators, a unique class of materials with intriguing electronic properties. Read further...

Focus on Europe

During ICT2015 in Lisbon, Portugal, e-IRG and ESFRI are organising a session on "Policy Aspects of Research- en e-Infrastructures of Global Scale" on October 22, 2015 in Room 11 in the Centro de Congressos de Lisboa, from 9h50 to 10h35. The session is jointly organised by e-IRG and ESFRI. The session will be composed of short presentations followed by an interactive part. Read further...
An international team led by scientists of the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) have completed a first draft computer reconstruction of a piece of the neocortex. The electrical behaviour of the virtual brain tissue was simulated on supercomputers and found to match the behaviour observed in a number of experiments on the brain. Further simulations revealed novel insights into the functioning of the neocortex. This first step towards the digital reconstruction and simulation of the brain is published inCell. Read further...

Hardware

A grant from the National Science Foundation will provide the University of Houston (UH) research groups with faster computational power and offer invaluable training benefits for students. The $950,000 Major Research Instrument grant funds the purchase of a new high-performance computer (HPC) that will be equipped with new technology, called accelerators, which promises to be the prevailing trend of the future. Read further...
Anadolu University has chosen a collaborative solution from Bright Computing, Dell and Eduline, for its high performance computing (HPC) environment. Anadolu is a public university in Eskisehir, a city in North West Turkey, and the second largest university in the world by enrollment. Anadolu University was created in 1982 when four existing higher education institutes in Eskisehir merged. Read further...
The High Performance Computing Center Stuttgart (HLRS), member of the Gauss Centre for Supercomputing, has completed the second upgrade of its supercomputing-installation. The Cray XC40 system at HLRS - code named "Hazel Hen" - delivers a peak performance of 7.42 Petaflops (quadrillion floating point operations per second), almost twice as much as the previous system known as Hornet. Hazel Hen, which marks the final expansion stage as defined in HLRS's system roadmap, has now officially been released for operation and is available to support the vast national and European scientific and industrial usership in their pursuit of R&D breakthroughs. Read further...
Resistive memory cells or ReRAMs for short are deemed to be the new super information-storage solution of the future. At present, two basic concepts are being pursued, which, up to now, were associated with different types of active ions. But this is not quite correct, as Jülich researchers working together with their Korean, Japanese and American colleagues were surprised to discover. In valence change memory (VCM) cells, not only are negatively charged oxygen ions active, but - akin to electrochemical metallization memory (ECM) cells - so too are positively charged metal ions. The effect enables switching characteristics to be modified as required and makes it possible to move back and forth from one concept to the other, as reported by the researchers in the journalsNature NanotechnologyandAdvanced Materials. Read further...
A supercomputer that can cut day-long computations down to seconds is coming to Colorado State University. Colorado State's Information Science and Technology Center (ISTeC), in collaboration with the University of Colorado at Boulder, has received a $2.73 million National Science Foundation grant to purchase a state-of-the-art, high-performance computing (HPC) system. Colorado State and University of Colorado will share the purchase and support of the system, which totals $3.9 million. The system will be available to faculty, students and staff at both institutions to advance research and education. Read further...
SanDisk Corporation and HP have signed a long-term partnership to collaborate on a new technology within the Storage Class Memory (SCM) category. The partnership will center around HP's Memristor technology and expertise and SanDisk's non-volatile ReRAM memory technology and manufacturing and design expertise to create new enterprise-wide solutions for Memory-driven Computing. The two companies also will partner in enhancing data centre solutions with Solid State Drives (SSDs). Read further...
Engineers at the Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC) have just launched the Ruby Cluster and are now planning to build a newer, even more powerful system in the 2015-16 academic year. The new supercomputer will help researchers in their quest to make amazing discoveries and important innovations. What the new supercomputer can't do, though, is give itself a name. That's why the Ohio Supercomputer Center is asking to submit ideas to name the newest system. Read further...
Superconductivity, which is almost incompatible with magnetic field, under certain conditions is able to promote magnetization. Russian scientist Natalya Pugach from the Skobeltsyn Institute of Nuclear Physics at the Lomonosov Moscow State University discovered this yet to be explained effect with her British colleagues, whose theory group headed by Professor Matthias Eschrig. They suggest that techniques based on this effect are able to move us closer to future supercomputers: spintronic devices. Their study was published in the prestigiousNature Physicsjournal. Read further...
IBM has introduced new Linux servers that perform data analytics workloads faster and cheaper than a comparable x86-based server. The new Power Systems LC servers were designed based on technologies and development efforts contributed by OpenPOWER Foundation partners - including Canonical, Mellanox, NVIDIA, Tyan and Wistron. The OpenPOWER Foundation, an organisation with more than 150 members worldwide, builds solutions on top of the open architecture of IBM's POWER processor. This open and collaborative model allows for rapid innovation not currently available using alternative, closed innovation methods. Read further...
Dell Inc. and EMC Corporation have signed a definitive agreement under which Dell, together with its owners, Michael S. Dell, founder, chairman and chief executive officer of Dell, MSD Partners and Silver Lake, a global expert in technology investing, will acquire EMC Corporation, while maintaining VMware as a publicly-traded company. Read further...
HP has launched the OpenSwitch community and a new open source network operating system (NOS). HP and key supporters, Accton Technology Corporation, Arista, Broadcom, Intel, and VMWare, are delivering a community-based platform that provides developers and users the ability to accelerate innovation, avoid vendor lock-in, and realize investment protection as they rapidly build data centre networks customized for unique business applications. Read further...

Applications

NERSC has selected a number of HPC research projects to participate in the centre's new Burst Buffer Early User Programme, where they will be able to test and run their codes using the new Burst Buffer feature on the centre's newest supercomputer, Cori. Read further...

The Cloud

Bioinformatics researchers from across the UK and international collaborators will soon be able to benefit from a new private Cloud HPC system to support their work on bacterial pathogens. The Cloud Infrastructure for Microbial Bioinformatics (CLIMB) project, a collaboration between the University of Birmingham, the University of Warwick, Cardiff University, and Swansea University, will create a free-to-use, world leading cyber infrastructure specifically designed for microbial bioinformatics research. Read further...
IBM has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Cleversafe Inc., a developer and manufacturer of object-based storage software and appliances. The acquisition will strengthen IBM's leadership positions in storage and hybrid Cloud and support clients' drive to next generation mobile, social and analytics applications. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Read further...
Microsoft will offer NVIDIA GPU-enabled professional graphics applications and accelerated computing capabilities to customers worldwide through its Cloud platform, Microsoft Azure. Deploying the latest version of NVIDIA GRID in its new N-Series virtual machine offering, Azure is the first Cloud computing platform to provide NVIDIA GRID 2.0 virtualized graphics for enterprise customers. Read further...
The human microbiome - the total collection of bacteria, viruses and other micro-organisms living in and on your body - has been linked to a variety of health and disease states, including obesity, allergies, asthma, and a rapidly growing list of other conditions. But as researchers try to sort out the complex relationship between microbial populations and human health and use that information to diagnose or treat disease, they are generating a deluge of microbial sequence data that first needs to be organized and analyzed. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2015-10-12

Special

EXA2CT project helps applications from industry partners scale better using appropriate solvers, programming models and proto apps ...

Mont-Blanc: Even with cheap technology it is possible to perform decent scientific computing ...

Exascale supercomputing

Seagate leading SAGE storage project for the Exascale funded by Horizon 2020 ...

Crowd computing

BOINC:FAST2015 conference proceedings are now available ...

SRBase project new to BOINC community ...

Quantum computing

Crucial hurdle overcome in quantum computing ...

Chance effect of lab's fluorescent lights leads to discovery ...

Focus on Europe

Joint e-IRG/ESFRI session on Policy Aspects of Research Infrastructures and e-Infrastructures of Global Scale at ICT2015 ...

A major proof of concept for brain simulation ...

Hardware

NSF grant funds purchase of new HPC system for the University of Houston  ...

Turkey's Anadolu University chooses HPC solution from Bright, Dell and Eduline ...

Expansion of HPC system at High Performance Computing Center Stuttgart completed: Hornet is now Hazel Hen ...

New processes in modern ReRAM memory cells decoded ...

High-powered supercomputer to boost Rocky Mountain research ...

SanDisk and HP launch partnership to create memory-driven computing solutions ...

Ohio Supercomputer Center in seach of name for newest supercomputer system ...

Superconductivity trained to promote magnetization ...

New IBM Linux servers infuse technology from OpenPOWER Foundation to run Big Data workloads at half the cost of x86 based servers ...

Dell acquires EMC for USD$67 billion ...

New OpenSwitch developers community accelerates data centre networking with a consistent, modern Open Source network OS ...

Applications

Early users to test new Burst Buffer on Cori ...

The Cloud

World's largest dedicated Cloud HPC system for bioinformatics ...

IBM plans to acquire Cleversafe to propel object storage into the hybrid Cloud ...

NVIDIA GPUs to accelerate Microsoft Azure ...

UC San Diego researchers team up with Illumina to speed-read your microbiome ...