Primeur weekly 2015-11-02

Special

Fortissimo marketplace is one-stop shop for SMEs in search of HPC-based components for advanced simulation ...

ClusterVision's Trinity is making OpenStack suitable for HPC workloads ...

Focus

Digital humanities' project CLARIAH is digitizing datasets from various sources to get new science out of them ...

Exascale supercomputing

The supercomputers of tomorrow need new software to perform a billion billion computer operations per second ...

Focus on Europe

CoolIT Systems receives order to expand liquid-cooled solution at PSNC to 1160 compute nodes ...

Researchers from Kiel and Bochum develop new information storage device ...

EuroLab-4-HPC to issue cross-site proposals for Call 2015 ...

European Commission to organize Information Day on Horizon 2020 Research Infrastructures Work Programme 2016-17 ...

Innovative infrastructure offers significant energy savings in data centre energy consumption ...

ISC 2016 is now open for various submission and participation opportunities ...

The CEA Computing Center selects Scality for HPC storage ...

European Commission and Human Brain Project sign Framework Partnership Agreement ...

Mediation process for the Human Brain Project officially concluded ...

Middleware

Egypt-based Brightskies Technologies joins Bright Partner Programme and announces first customer win ...

Hardware

Cray reports third quarter financial results ...

Oracle announces breakthrough processor and systems design with SPARC M7 ...

Kyoto University's Institute for Chemical Research selects SGI for next supercomputer ...

SGI introduces breakthrough Intel-based system to enable real-time business with Oracle Database In-Memory ...

Mellanox Open Ethernet switches accepted by Open Compute Project ...

Applications

US Council on Competitiveness Report on High Performance Computing illustrates path to enhancing U.S. manufacturing and innovation ...

Researchers model birth of universe in one of largest cosmological simulations ever run ...

SDSC names Karen R. Flammer Director of Education ...

New computational strategy finds brain tumour-shrinking molecules ...

Finalists compete for prestigious ACM Gordon Bell Prize in High Performance Computing ...

The Cloud

HP Helion OpenStack 2.0 delivers a production ready, enterprise grade Cloud platform ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2015-11-02

Special

At the recent ISC Cloud and Big Data Conference in Frankfurt, Primeur Magazine had the opportunity to talk with Francis Wray, manager of the Fortissimo project, about the marketplace the project team has established. Francis Wray worked for the company scapos AG, a small company which makes business selling various types of software. The objective of Fortissimo is twofold. One of the aims is to create a brokerage where all the necessary components for high performance computing based simulation are present. Those components range from the end user who has a requirement through to the domain expert, through to the HPC expert, through to the centres who provide cycles, through to ISVs. The objective is to create a marketplace where the different skills of the different participants in the value chain can be brokered and used by SMEs whose business can benefit from advanced simulations. Read further...
At the recent ISC Cloud and Big Data Conference in Frankfurt,Primeur Magazinehad the opportunity to talk with Hans Then, Team Leader of Software Development at ClusterVision. Hans Then is responsible for developing the product Trinity. Trinity is a character from the Matrix-trilogy and actually the Trinity product is inspired on that. ClusterVision developed Trinity in response to customer requests. Around 2012-2013, many of the ClusterVision customers approached the company, asking it about OpenStack and what they could do with that. ClusterVision is a typical HPC-oriented specialist that is looking at OpenStack, a Cloud environment, from an HPC perspective. ClusterVision started to develop Trinity because if found that OpenStack, useful as it is as a tool, is not very well suited to HPC workloads. Read further...

Focus

At the Third eScience Symposium, recently held at the ArenA in Amsterdam, The Netherlands,Primeur Magazinehad the opportunity to talk with José van Dijck, President of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). José van Dijck is Professor of Media Studies at the University of Amsterdam. She is very interested in digital humanities as a new branch of the humanities that has become interested in digital sources. Her team is working with digital text but also with digital images and sounds. They work with structured data and they are interested in how the digital data becomes a new material from which they draw new interpretations. All this data is putting a lot of new challenges to the team as researchers. Read further...

Exascale supercomputing

A billion billion, i.e. 1018 computer operations per second (1 exaflop/s) is the level of performance that the next generation of supercomputers should be able to deliver. However, programming such supercomputers is a challenge. In October 2015, the European Commission began funding "ExaHyPE", an international project coordinated at the Technische Universität München (TUM), which seeks to establish the algorithmic foundations for exascale supercomputers in the next four years. The aim is to develop novel software, initially for simulations in geophysics and astrophysics, which will be published as open-source software for further use. The grant totals 2.8 million euro. Read further...

Focus on Europe

CoolIT Systems has received an order to deliver a second deployment of its Rack DCLC data centre liquid cooling solution to the Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Center (PSNC) in partnership with Huawei and Itprojekt. Building on the success of their existing liquid cooled deployment with CoolIT, PSNC has purchased an additional 17 racks of liquid cooled Huawei servers for a project total of 20 racks. A new feature of this expanded deployment will see the server energy captured in the liquid being re-used for heating buildings on campus, making this installation one of the most efficient HPC clusters in EMEA. Read further...
Scientists from Kiel University and the Ruhr Universität Bochum (RUB) have developed a new way to store information that uses ions to save data and electrons to read data. This could enable the size of storage cells to be reduced to atomic dimensions. But that is not the only advantage of the new technology, as the researchers reported in the journalScientific Reports. Read further...
EuroLab-4-HPC has issued the first call for proposals for Cross-Site Collaboration Grants to initiate and promote Cross-site Actions. The deadline for submission is November 23, 2015. Read further...
The European Commission is organising an Information and Networking day to present the e-Infrastructure part of the Horizon 2020 Research Infrastructures Work Programme 2016-17 on November 30, 2015. Read further...
Researchers from the ParaDIME project have successfully developed a number of methodologies which enable savings in data centre energy consumption ranging from 30% to 60%. These methodologies tackle several critical power-related research challenges, from using different current and future devices to inter-datacentre VM (virtual machine) scheduling. Read further...
ISC High Performance, taking place June 19-23, 2016 in Frankfurt, Germany, is now open to various submission opportunities. Whether your interest lies in workshops, tutorials, birds-of-a-feather (BoF) sessions, research papers, research posters or in the student volunteer programme, ISC is welcoming proposals from all members of the high performance computing (HPC) community. Read further...
Scality, an expert in software-based storage for the information age, has been selected by the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) to power its HPC storage needs at the Scientific Computing Complex of the CEA's Military Applications Division (DAM). Scality and CEA will work together to advance their ongoing research and development projects, as well as CEA's own HPC contributions, including the "Lustre", "RobinHood" and "Ganesha" software solutions, and to collaborate on an exascale project environment. CEA selected the Scality RING because it allows hardware freedom; CEA can choose to implement any standard x86 hardware today, as well as in the future, without worrying about data migration or the ability to use mixed hardware. Because the Scality RING scales out linearly and limitlessly, CEA will have endless storage to meet their many large scale HPC needs. Read further...
The European Commission (EC) and the Human Brain Project (HBP) have signed the Horizon 2020 Framework Partnership Agreement (FPA) for the Human Brain Project (HBP). The HBP is an EU-funded FET Flagship initiative that aims to accelerate our understanding of the human brain, make advances in defining and diagnosing brain disorders, and develop new brain-like ICT technologies. This ten-year project started in October 2013 and is nearing the end of its Ramp-Up Phase funded under the EU's FP7. The next phase of HBP, the Operational Phase, will begin as of April 2016. Read further...
The recently signed Framework Partnership Agreement, which has been negotiated between the Human Brain Project (HBP) and the European Commission (EC), is a touchstone for the implementation of the mediation group's recommendations. The mediation group which started its work in autumn 2014 regards this juncture as the official conclusion of its work and also as an opportunity to provide a short overview of how its recommendations have been met so far. The further implementation of the new agreement must be monitored by the HBP supervisory bodies and the European Commission. Read further...

Middleware

Brightskies Technologies has signed up to the Bright Partner Programme. Based in Egypt, Brightskies Technologies provides services around high performance computing and code optimization, virtualisation and Cloud computing, Big Data, as well as embedded systems software development. Brightskies offers a range of pre-sales and post-sales support, including proof of concepts, system implementation, customisation, migration, administration and training. Read further...

Hardware

Cray Inc. has issued financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2015. All figures are based on U.S. GAAP unless otherwise noted. Revenue for the third quarter of 2015 was $191.4 million, which compares with $159.4 million in the third quarter of 2014. Net income for the third quarter of 2015 was $10.9 million, or $0.27 per diluted share, compared to net income of $7.4 million, or $0.18 per diluted share in the third quarter of 2014. Non-GAAP net income was $19.5 million, or $0.48 per diluted share for the third quarter of 2015, compared to non-GAAP net income of $10.0 million, or $0.25 per diluted share for the same period last year. Read further...
Oracle has introduced an all-new family of SPARC systems built on the 32-core, 256-thread SPARC M7 microprocessor. The systems feature Security in Silicon for advanced intrusion protection and encryption; SQL in Silicon that delivers unparalleled database efficiency; and world record performance spanning enterprise, Big Data, and Cloud applications. Read further...
SGI Japan Ltd., part of SGI, a global expert in high-performance solutions for compute, data analytics and data management, announced the acceptance of an order from the Institute for Chemical Research (ICR) at Kyoto University in Kyoto, Japan for its next supercomputer system, an SGI UV 2000. Read further...
SGI, a global expert in high-performance solutions for compute, data analytics, and data management and Gold level member in Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN), has introduced the SGI UV 300RL. A new model in the SGI UV server line certified and supported with Oracle Linux, SGI UV 300RL provides up to 32 sockets and 24 terabytes (TBs) of shared memory. The solution enables enterprises that have standardized on Intel-based servers to run Oracle Database In-Memory on a single system to help achieve real-time operations and accelerate data analytics at unprecedented scale. Read further...
Mellanox Technologies Ltd. has announced the acceptance of its 10GbE and 40GbE switch systems by the Open Compute Project (OCP). Read further...

Applications

The US Council on Competitiveness has formally released "Modeling, Simulation and Analysis, and High Performance Computing: Force Multiplier for American Innovation", a report of the National Digital Engineering Manufacturing Consortium (NDEMC). The report was released during the U.S. Economic Development Administration's Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership Annual Summit. Read further...
Researchers are sifting through an avalanche of data produced by one of the largest cosmological simulations ever performed, led by scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory. The simulation, run on the Titan supercomputer at DOE's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, modelled the evolution of the universe from just 50 million years after the Big Bang to the present day - from its earliest infancy to its current adulthood. Over the course of 13.8 billion years, the matter in the universe clumped together to form galaxies, stars and planets; but we're not sure precisely how. Read further...
The San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California, San Diego, has appointed Karen R. Flammer as Director of Education at SDSC, succeeding Diane Baxter, who officially retires on November 30. Karen R. Flammer officially began her new role on October 1. Read further...
Patients with glioblastoma, a type of malignant brain tumour, usually survive less than 15 months following diagnosis. Since there are no effective treatments for the deadly disease, University of California, San Diego researchers developed a new computational strategy to search for molecules that could be developed into glioblastoma drugs. In mouse models of human glioblastoma, one molecule they found shrank the average tumor size by half. The study was published October 12, 2015 byOncotarget. Read further...
Five outstanding research efforts in high performance technical computing have been shortlisted as finalists in supercomputing's most prestigious competition, the ACM Gordon Bell Prize in High Performance Computing. The $10 000 prize will be presented to the winner during SC15 in Austin, Texas, USA. Read further...

The Cloud

At the OpenStack Summit Tokyo 2015, HP has launched HP Helion OpenStack 2.0, a production ready, open source based Cloud platform designed to meet enterprise requirements. As organisations strive for the right mix of traditional IT and private Cloud technology to run their mission-critical applications and protect sensitive data, many are turning to the flexibility and economics of the OpenStack project. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2015-11-02

Special

Fortissimo marketplace is one-stop shop for SMEs in search of HPC-based components for advanced simulation ...

ClusterVision's Trinity is making OpenStack suitable for HPC workloads ...

Focus

Digital humanities' project CLARIAH is digitizing datasets from various sources to get new science out of them ...

Exascale supercomputing

The supercomputers of tomorrow need new software to perform a billion billion computer operations per second ...

Focus on Europe

CoolIT Systems receives order to expand liquid-cooled solution at PSNC to 1160 compute nodes ...

Researchers from Kiel and Bochum develop new information storage device ...

EuroLab-4-HPC to issue cross-site proposals for Call 2015 ...

European Commission to organize Information Day on Horizon 2020 Research Infrastructures Work Programme 2016-17 ...

Innovative infrastructure offers significant energy savings in data centre energy consumption ...

ISC 2016 is now open for various submission and participation opportunities ...

The CEA Computing Center selects Scality for HPC storage ...

European Commission and Human Brain Project sign Framework Partnership Agreement ...

Mediation process for the Human Brain Project officially concluded ...

Middleware

Egypt-based Brightskies Technologies joins Bright Partner Programme and announces first customer win ...

Hardware

Cray reports third quarter financial results ...

Oracle announces breakthrough processor and systems design with SPARC M7 ...

Kyoto University's Institute for Chemical Research selects SGI for next supercomputer ...

SGI introduces breakthrough Intel-based system to enable real-time business with Oracle Database In-Memory ...

Mellanox Open Ethernet switches accepted by Open Compute Project ...

Applications

US Council on Competitiveness Report on High Performance Computing illustrates path to enhancing U.S. manufacturing and innovation ...

Researchers model birth of universe in one of largest cosmological simulations ever run ...

SDSC names Karen R. Flammer Director of Education ...

New computational strategy finds brain tumour-shrinking molecules ...

Finalists compete for prestigious ACM Gordon Bell Prize in High Performance Computing ...

The Cloud

HP Helion OpenStack 2.0 delivers a production ready, enterprise grade Cloud platform ...