Primeur weekly 2015-10-26

Special

DZ Bank believes in Cloud computing but has to move with caution ...

Peter Coveney's views on the Virtual Human, the Human Brain Project, the medical practice and curriculum, and the interrelation of supercomputing and data storage ...

Focus

Exascale: not simply a matter of re-writing the applications and more parallelism ...

Exascale supercomputing

New report on energy-efficient computing ...

Photons open the gateway for quantum networks ...

Quantum computing

Loophole-free Bell test TU Delft crowns 80-years-old debate on nature of reality: Einsteins "spooky action" is real ...

Focus on Europe

IBM, UK STFC Hartree Centre, NVIDIA and Mellanox launch high performance computing POWER Acceleration and Design Center for business ...

Middleware

Bright Computing's Panos Labropoulos to speak at Amsterdam Spark Summit ...

Rogue Wave Software acquires enterprise PHP expert Zend ...

SGI exceeds 200 Terabyte milestone in total systems running SAP HANA ...

Hardware

Nor-Tech innovates ruggedized portable custom supercomputer for CAE and other applications ...

Comet: A supercomputer for the 'long tail' of science ...

U.S. Army unveils Excalibur, one of the world's top 20 supercomputers ...

Supermicro's new X11 UP solutions with highest performance and efficiency support latest Intel Xeon processor E3-1200 v5 family ...

New custom-designed storage system by DDN boosts Intel Omni-Path fabric speed in HPC, web and Cloud workflows by 100 percent ...

Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration selects Penguin Computing's Tundra extreme scale solution for National Labs ...

Applications

IBM expands data discovery and Q&A power of Watson Analytics ...

Cray's high-density GPU system sets new performance standard for ECHELON reservoir simulation software ...

New SDSC award provides easy path to supercomputing for neuroscientists ...

UC San Diego/SDSC study uncovers mechanism to block a cancer pathway ...

Utah researchers develop software to better understand brain's network of neurons ...

DrugDiscovery@TACC portal helps researchers worldwide with drug therapeutics ...

Supercomputing helps ecologists overturn popular theory ...

The Cloud

EMC and VMware reveal new Cloud services business ...

Dell introduces industry-first hybrid Cloud system with bold payment structure to simplify and minimize risks of Cloud adoption ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2015-10-26

Special

At the recent ISC Cloud and Big Data Conference in Frankfurt,Primeur Magazinehad the opportunity to interview Jan Vitt, Head of IT Operations at DZ Bank, on how to approach Cloud computing services in a financial environment. In essence, DZ Bank holds on to a conservative policy driven by regulations of the European banking authorities that are asking to put heavy emphasis on data protection, IT security and very close monitoring of Cloud computing providers or external IT providers in general. Read further...
At the recent ISC Cloud and Big Data Conference in Frankfurt,Primeur Magazinehad the opportunity to interview Peter Coveney from the University College London about the Virtual Human and the technologies involved with the simulation of the human physiological processes. The main message behind Peter Coveney's keynote presentation at the conference was answering to the need to perform very high fidelity reliable predictions from modelling and simulation. These methodologies require high performance computing or they can't even get out of the starting blocks. Read further...

Focus

During the "European Exascale Research" workshop that followed the ISC15 Conference in Frankfurt, Germany, Michele Weiland from EPCC talked about the CRESTA project which was finished at the end of December 2014 after having run for 39 months. CRESTA stands for Collaborative Research into Exascale Systemware, Tools and Applications. The team consisted in a mix of European HPC centres, including EPCC in Edinburgh, HLRS in Stuttgart, CSC in Finland, and KTH in Stockholm. One of the core partners was Cray as a hardware supplier. The welding tools providers were the Technical University of Dresden and Allinea from Warwick came in with DDT and Map. In the project there were also a number of application owners and specialists including the Abo Akademi and Jyvaskylan Yliopisto, both from Finland; University College London and ECMWF in Reading, the European centre for medium-range weather forecast; the Ecole Central in Paris; DLR in Cologne; KTH in Stockholm; and USTUTT in Stuttgart. The project is rather northern European focused since no partner came further than south of Paris, unfortunately, as Michele Weiland stated. Read further...

Exascale supercomputing

A report that resulted from a workshop jointly funded by the Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) and National Science Foundation (NSF) outlines key factors limiting progress in computing - particularly related to energy consumption - and novel research that could overcome these barriers. The findings and recommendations in the report are in alignment with the nanotechnology-inspired Grand Challenge for Future Computing announced by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. The Grand Challenge calls for new approaches to produce computing systems capable of operating with the efficiency of the human brain. It also aligns with the National Strategic Computing Initiative announced by an Executive Order signed by the President July 29. Read further...
There is tremendous potential for new information technology based on light (photons). Photons (light particles) are very well suited for carrying information and quantum technology based on photons - called quantum photonics, will be able to hold much more information than current computer technology. But in order to create a network with photons, you need a photon contact, a kind of transistor that can control the transport of photons in a circuit. Researchers at the Niels Bohr Institute in collaboration with researchers from the Korea Institute of Science and Technology have managed to create such a contact. The results are published in the scientific journalNature Communications. Read further...

Quantum computing

In 1935, Einstein asked a profound question about our understanding of Nature: are objects only influenced by their nearby environment? Or could, as predicted by quantum theory, looking at one object sometimes instantaneously affect another far-away object? Einstein did not believe in quantum theory’s prediction, famously calling it "spooky action". Exactly 80 years later, a team of scientists led by professor Ronald Hanson from Delft University of Technology finally performed what is seen as the ultimate test against Einstein's worldview: the loophole-free Bell test. The scientists found that two electrons, separated 1.3 km from each other on the Delft University campus, can indeed have an invisible and instantaneous connection: the spooky action is real. Read further...

Focus on Europe

IBM, in collaboration with NVIDIA and Mellanox, and the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) Hartree Centre have launched plans for the UK's first POWER Acceleration and Design Center (PADC) designed to help UK businesses exploit high performance computing on OpenPOWER systems for Modelling & Simulation and Big Data Analytics. Read further...

Middleware

Bright Computing's Senior Support Engineer, Panos Labropoulos has been invited to present at Spark Summit, to be held in Amsterdam, October 27-29, 2015. Spark Summit is the premier event that brings the Apache Spark community together to hear from leading production users of Spark, Spark SQL, Spark Streaming and related projects. This is the first time that the 3-day event will take place in Europe. Read further...
Rogue Wave Software has acquired Zend Technologies, an expert in end-to-end PHP web and mobile application development and deployment solutions. With 50 percent of the web workload running on PHP, including Magento, Drupal, and WordPress, Zend products drive PHP in the enterprise, from code creation through production deployment. Read further...
Following its introduction one year ago, global deployments of the SGI UV 300H single-node system provide in total over 200 Terabytes (TB) of in-memory computing capacity to organisations running the SAP HANA platform. More than 50 systems have been installed in organisations to run a variety of applications on SAP HANA, including the SAP ERP, SAP Supply Chain Management (SCM), SAP Bank Analyzer, and SAP Business Warehouse applications, as well as advanced analytics. Collectively these systems have performed with 99.99 percent uptime as measured by mean time to resolution (MTTR). Deployments also include multiple systems configured for high availability and disaster recovery to help provide "five 9s" (99.999 percent) application availability. Read further...

Hardware

Northern Computer Technologies - Nor-Tech, a provider of people friendly custom supercomputers, just designed a portable easy-to-deploy HPC cluster. The ruggedized portable cluster brings supercomputing capacity to locations where HPC couldn't go before. Read further...
The San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California, San Diego has formally launched "Comet", a new petascale supercomputer designed to transform scientific research by expanding computational access among a larger number of researchers and across a wider range of domains. Read further...
The U.S. Army introduced its newest supercomputer, Excalibur, which will help ensure soldiers have the technological advantage on the battlefield, officials said. The Excalibur is the 19th most powerful computer in the world. About 50 officials gathered for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory, or ARL, Department of Defense Supercomputing Resource Center. Read further...
Super Micro Computer has launched its new X11 generation UP systems and solutions raising the bar on performance and efficiency for their single processor platforms, delivering the industry's broadest range of workstations, long-life embedded solutions and motherboard platforms supporting the new Intel Xeon processor E3-1200 v5 family, formerly code-named Skylake-S. Read further...
DataDirect Networks (DDN) has introduced the industry's first custom Intel Omni-Path enabled storage architecture, DDN Omni-Connect. DDN Omni-Connect enabled storage platforms deliver best in breed cost and performance for the next generation of web, Cloud and HPC data intensive environments with the need for Omni-Path connectivity. Read further...
Penguin Computing, a provider of high-performance computing, enterprise data centre and Cloud solutions, has been awarded a contract with the U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) to install the company's Tundra Extreme Scale (ES) series. Read further...

Applications

IBM has introduced new data discovery and question-and-answer capabilities for Watson Analytics that will make it even easier for users to extract insights from their data. IBM also announced widespread adoption, with half a million professionals registering for this groundbreaking data exploration and visualization service since its introduction less than a year ago. Read further...
At the 2015 Society of Exploration Geophysicists International Exposition and 85th Annual Meeting (SEG) in New Orleans, Louisiana, Cray Inc. has launched the achievement of a new performance benchmark for reservoir simulations using Stone Ridge Technology's ECHELON reservoir simulation software and the Cray CS-Storm cluster supercomputer. Read further...
The National Science Foundation (NSF) and the United Kingdom's Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) have awarded funding for the Neuroscience Gateways project led by the San Diego Supercomputer Center at the University of California, San Diego. The project will contribute to the national BRAIN initiative announced by the Obama administration in 2013 to advance researchers' understanding of the human brain. Read further...
Cisplatin is part of the chemotherapy treatment programmes for many of the most common types of cancer. This important drug has now been shown to play an unexpected role in blocking one of the pathways most commonly involved in driving the growth of cancers, according to a recent study by researchers at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) as well as the university's Moores Cancer Center and Department of Neurosciences. Read further...
The animal brain is so complex, it would take a supercomputer and vast amounts of data to create a detailed 3D model of the billions of neurons that power it. But computer scientists and a professor of ophthalmology at the University of Utah have developed software that maps out a monkey's brain and more easily creates a 3D model, providing a more complete picture of how the brain is wired. Their process was announced at Neuroscience 2015, the annual Society for Neuroscience meeting in Chicago. Read further...
Where do you turn if you are a researcher who needs to quickly identify drug candidates for diseases ranging from obesity to tuberculosis to leishmaniasis, a tropical disease caused by the bite of a sand fly? You turn to the DrugDiscovery@TACC portal, which is currently helping more than 100 researchers worldwide model, simulate and generate data that is laying the foundation for new medicines. Thus far, more than seven million hours of computational work has been completed and dozens of drug leads have been found. Read further...
With an estimated 350,000 plant species on earth, one of the greatest challenges facing ecologists is quantifying plant diversity and understanding its relationship to plant survival. To make matters more difficult, even with all of the observation data collected by independent botanists and researchers for the last 500 years it has been nearly impossible to organize all of these data without the appropriate computational power. Recent access, however, to Big Data supercomputing resources is revolutionizing the field. This research has been recently published in a series of papers in journals includingEcology,Ecography,Ecology and Evolution, and theProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Read further...

The Cloud

EMC Corporation and VMware plan to form the Federation's new Cloud services business by combining their respective Cloud capabilities, along with existing Virtustream Cloud offerings, under the Virtustream brand. Virtustream will be jointly owned by VMware and EMC and led by Rodney Rogers, CEO of Virtustream. The parties are finalizing a definitive agreement for the transaction. Virtustream's financial results will be consolidated into VMware's financial statements beginning in Q1 2016. Read further...
Dell has expanded its Cloud portfolio with a new hybrid Cloud solution, featuring technology jointly developed with Microsoft, designed to break down the barriers customers experience on their path to Cloud. Additionally, Dell also is offering an industry-unique payment solution to help customers simplify and minimize risks associated with Cloud adoption. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2015-10-26

Special

DZ Bank believes in Cloud computing but has to move with caution ...

Peter Coveney's views on the Virtual Human, the Human Brain Project, the medical practice and curriculum, and the interrelation of supercomputing and data storage ...

Focus

Exascale: not simply a matter of re-writing the applications and more parallelism ...

Exascale supercomputing

New report on energy-efficient computing ...

Photons open the gateway for quantum networks ...

Quantum computing

Loophole-free Bell test TU Delft crowns 80-years-old debate on nature of reality: Einsteins "spooky action" is real ...

Focus on Europe

IBM, UK STFC Hartree Centre, NVIDIA and Mellanox launch high performance computing POWER Acceleration and Design Center for business ...

Middleware

Bright Computing's Panos Labropoulos to speak at Amsterdam Spark Summit ...

Rogue Wave Software acquires enterprise PHP expert Zend ...

SGI exceeds 200 Terabyte milestone in total systems running SAP HANA ...

Hardware

Nor-Tech innovates ruggedized portable custom supercomputer for CAE and other applications ...

Comet: A supercomputer for the 'long tail' of science ...

U.S. Army unveils Excalibur, one of the world's top 20 supercomputers ...

Supermicro's new X11 UP solutions with highest performance and efficiency support latest Intel Xeon processor E3-1200 v5 family ...

New custom-designed storage system by DDN boosts Intel Omni-Path fabric speed in HPC, web and Cloud workflows by 100 percent ...

Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration selects Penguin Computing's Tundra extreme scale solution for National Labs ...

Applications

IBM expands data discovery and Q&A power of Watson Analytics ...

Cray's high-density GPU system sets new performance standard for ECHELON reservoir simulation software ...

New SDSC award provides easy path to supercomputing for neuroscientists ...

UC San Diego/SDSC study uncovers mechanism to block a cancer pathway ...

Utah researchers develop software to better understand brain's network of neurons ...

DrugDiscovery@TACC portal helps researchers worldwide with drug therapeutics ...

Supercomputing helps ecologists overturn popular theory ...

The Cloud

EMC and VMware reveal new Cloud services business ...

Dell introduces industry-first hybrid Cloud system with bold payment structure to simplify and minimize risks of Cloud adoption ...