Primeur weekly 2015-11-09

Special

HARNESS explored principles to integrate heterogeneous resources into Cloud platform ...

Focus

Combining the benefits of both GPU and CPU in heterogeneous computing ...

Exascale supercomputing

Towards future supercomputing: EU project Exa2Green improves energy efficiency in high performance computing ...

DEEP project unveils next-generation HPC platform ...

Focus on Europe

Launch of BioExcel - Centre of Excellence for Biomolecular Research ...

Information security community for e-infrastructures crystalises at WISE workshop ...

ALCF helps tackle the Large Hadron Collider's Big Data challenge ...

Middleware

Bright Computing to release updates to popular management software at SC15 ...

Altair partners with South Africa's Centre for High Performance Computing ...

Cray, AMPLab, NERSC collaboration targets Spark performance on HPC platforms ...

Hardware

Singapore scientists among the first to benefit from Infinera Cloud Xpress with 100 GbE for data centre interconnect ...

Supermicro world record performance benchmarks for SYS-1028GR-TR with Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors announced at Fall 2015 STAC Summit ...

IBM Teams with Mellanox to help maximize performance of Power Systems LC line servers for Cloud and cluster deployments ...

LSU deploys new IBM supercomputer "Delta" to advance Big Data research in Louisiana ...

Applications

Nomadic computing speeds up Big Data analytics ...

Clemson researchers and IT scientists team up to tackle Big Data ...

Calcium-48's 'neutron skin' thinner than previously thought ...

Oklahoma University collaborating in NSF South Big Data Regional Innovation Hub ...

Columbia to lead Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub ...

University of Miami gets closer to helping find a cure for gastrointestinal cancer thanks to DDN storage ...

The Cloud

Cornell leads new National Science Foundation federated Cloud project ...

Bright Computing reveals plans for Cloud Expo Frankfurt ...

UberCloud delivers CAE Applications as a Service ...

IBM plans to acquire The Weather Company's product and technology businesses; extends power of Watson to the Internet of Things ...

Oracle updates Oracle Cloud Infrastructure services ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2015-11-09

Special

At the recent ISC Cloud and Big Data Conference in Frankfurt,Primeur Magazinehad the opportunity to talk with Alexander Wolf, professor at Imperial College London and coordinator of the HARNESS project which has been exploiting heterogeneous resources in Cloud data centres during the past three years. Alexander Wolf is very proud of and happy with the project results. Read further...

Focus

At the Third eScience Symposium, recently held at the ArenA in Amsterdam, The Netherlands,Primeur Magazinehad the opportunity to talk with Ana Lucia Varbanescu, an assistant professor in the Informatics Institute at the University of Amsterdam on the efficiency of modern heterogeneous systems and has a background in high performance computing at Delft University of Technology and the Amsterdam Free University. Heterogeneous computing uses the GPUs and CPUs together in a good fashion. This is what we have seen in the past couple of years. Read further...

Exascale supercomputing

Future exascale supercomputers will be capable of performing a quintillion, i.e. 1018 floating point operations per second - a work rate that equates the computing power of about one hundred of today's supercomputers. The availability of such immense computing power will allow for fundamental progress in answering complex scientific research questions, as they arise in environmental sciences, energy or economy. However, the path towards exascale computing involves numerous challenges, with a key one being power consumption. Using today's technologies, such supercomputers would consume the power of a small town. How to tackle this challenge and make exascale computing more power efficient? The Exa2Green project has taken up this challenge and developed new energy-aware computing paradigms for future exascale computing. Read further...
At the final review, the 16 partners involved in the EU-funded project DEEP presented their innovative HPC platform: a 500 TFlop/s prototype system implements the Cluster-Booster concept which has a lot in common with a turbocharged engine and operates with a full system software stack and programming environment engineered for performance and ease of use. The DEEP system achieves the highest density and energy efficiency due to Eurotech's Aurora technology, while it showcases the EXTOLL HPC interconnect, and also leverages Intel multi- and many-core processors. Read further...

Focus on Europe

The BioExcel project has officially been launched on the 1st of November 2015. The project is a collaboration between eleven European academic and industrial partners to develop a Centre of Excellence for Biomolecular Research. The centre will facilitate the use of high performance computing (HPC) and high-throughput computing (HTC) in biomolecular research, both in academia and industry. This is extremely important these days as research from the life sciences has a huge impact on many vital areas of our lives - from the development of new drugs and medical treatments to improving agricultural and food production techniques and even the development of innovative materials for use in many household and commercial items. Read further...
The recent WISE - Wise Information Security for collaborating E-infrastructures - workshop has resulted in a unified community that will be led by a steering committee, with a mailing list and specific working groups. This community aims to provide a trusted global framework for security experts to exchange experience and knowledge. Read further...
Argonne physicists are using Mira to perform simulations of Large Hadron Collider (LHC) experiments with a leadership-class supercomputer for the first time, shedding light on a path forward for interpreting future LHC data. Researchers at the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF) helped the team optimize their code for the supercomputer, which has enabled them to simulate billions of particle collisions faster than ever before. Read further...

Middleware

Bright Computing, a provider of hardware-agnostic cluster and Cloud management software, will release several updates and enhancements to its most popular management software solutions at SC15, which takes place November 15-20, 2015, in Austin, Texas. The updates will include more than a dozen features that simplify OpenStack deployment, add built-in integration functionality, and greatly improve Big Data integration, including support for the latest releases from Apache, Cloudera, Hortonworks, and Pivotal. Read further...
The Centre for High Performance Computing (CHPC) will host its 9th national meeting from November 30 - December 5 in Pretoria and Altair South Africa will once again be a Platinum Sponsor and exhibit at the event, with live demonstrations of the software capabilities. Close to 500 delegates are expected to attend the event, being hosted at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Convention Centre in Pretoria, an increase from last year of almost 350. Read further...
As data-centric workloads become increasingly common in scientific and industrial applications, a pressing concern is how to design large-scale data analytics stacks that simplify analysis of the resulting data. A new collaboration between Cray, researchers at UC Berkeley's AMPLab and Berkeley Lab's National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) is working to address this issue. Read further...

Hardware

The National Supercomputer Centre (NSCC) and Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) in Singapore have implemented the Infinera Cloud Xpress - 100 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) with 100 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) to connect the two data centres in bustling research campuses in Biopolis and Fusionopolis, Singapore with hyper-scale density, operational simplicity and low power consumption. NSCC/A*STAR is the first publically announced customer using this newest member of the Cloud Xpress family. Read further...
Super Micro Computer Inc.'s SYS-1028GR-TR supporting dual Intel Xeon processor E5-2697 v3 (Haswell EP) 14-core at 2.6GHz and dual Intel Xeon Phi 7120P (Knights Corner) coprocessors has set the new STAC-A2 world speed record. The 1U high density form factor SYS-1028GR-TR is optimized for high performance computing applications with support for dual Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 v3 and up to 3x Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors. It has achieved world record benchmark results, showing the solution's ability to accelerate computation time for financial risk calculations. Read further...
IBM has selected Mellanox's ConnectX-4 EDR InfiniBand adapters and EDR 100Gb/s IB switch systems for their new Power Systems LC line of servers designed for Cloud environments and high performance cluster deployments and infused with OpenPOWER-based innovations. The technology will be utilized in the servers and high performance computing clusters as a part of an open architecture model which will feature technology from IBM, Mellanox and several other members of the OpenPOWER Foundation. Read further...
Louisiana State University (LSU) has collaborated with IBM to deploy a powerful supercomputer to advance Big Data research in Louisiana. The new computer has been named Delta, referencing both the Mississippi delta region and the use of the term in the sciences to mean "change". Delta's unique design brings a new way of conducting computational research to LSU. The supercomputer will be housed at the LSU Center for Computation & Technology, or CCT. Read further...

Applications

How do Netflix or Facebook know which movies you might like or who you might want to be friends with? Here's a hint: It starts with a few trillion data points and involves some complicated math and a lot of smart computer programming. The ability to make sense of massive amounts of raw data - a process known as data analytics - has already brought benefits to consumers and long-lost friends and is beginning to have a real impact in medicine, law enforcement and public services. Read further...
While researchers at Clemson University have recently announced an array of breakthroughs in agricultural and life sciences, the size of the data sets they are now using to facilitate these achievements is like a mountain compared to a molehill in regard to what was available just a few years ago. But as the amount of "Big Data" being generated and shared throughout the scientific community continues to grow exponentially, new issues have arisen. Where should all this data be stored and shared in a cost-effective manner? How can it be most efficiently transferred across advanced data networks? How will researchers be interacting with the data and global computing infrastructure? Read further...
An international team led by Gaute Hagen of the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory used America's most powerful supercomputer, Titan, to compute the neutron distribution and related observables of calcium-48, an isotope with an atomic nucleus consisting of 20 protons and 28 neutrons. Computing the nucleus from first principles revealed that the difference between the radii of neutron and proton distributions - called the "neutron skin" - is considerably smaller than previously thought. The collaboration also made predictions for physical quantities that are current targets of precision measurements. These calculations also impact the size of a neutron star, thereby connecting objects that differ in size by 18 orders of magnitude. The work is published in the journalNature Physics. Read further...
The University of Oklahoma (OU) will play an active role in the South Big Data Regional Innovation Hub - a new National Science Foundation initiative to build innovative public-private partnerships that address regional challenges with Big Data analysis. The South Big Data Regional Innovation Hub, led by the Georgia Institute of Technology and the University of North Carolina's Renaissance Computing Institute, serves Oklahoma and 15 other states as well as the District of Columbia. Read further...
Columbia University will lead a $1.25 million project funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) to share data, tools and ideas for tackling some of the big challenges facing the northeastern United States. As lead agency for the Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub, one of four NSF-sponsored hubs, Columbia will bring together experts in the public and private sector to collaborate on data-driven solutions to problems in health care, energy, finance, urbanization, natural science and education. Read further...
The University of Miami's Center for Computational Science (CCS) has deployed high-performance, DDN GS12K scale-out file storage to speed scientific discoveries and boost collaboration with researchers around the world. CCS maintains one of the largest centralized academic cyberinfrastructures in the country, which fuels vital and critical discoveries in Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, gastrointestinal cancer, paralysis and climate modelling as well as marine and atmospheric science research. Read further...

The Cloud

Cornell University will lead a five-year, $5 million project sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to build a federated Cloud comprised of data infrastructure building blocks (DIBBs) designed to support scientists and engineers requiring flexible workflows and analysis tools for large-scale data sets, known as the Aristotle Cloud Federation. The federated Cloud will be deployed at Cornell University (CU), the University at Buffalo (UB), and the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) and shared by seven science teams with over forty global collaborators. Read further...
Bright Computing, a provider of hardware-agnostic cluster and Cloud management software, will exhibit at Cloud Expo Frankfurt, 10-11 November 2015. With over 5,000 expected visitors, Cloud Expo Frankfurt is the largest trade show in Germany dedicated to the Cloud market. Read further...
UberCloud has released popular commercial and open source technical applications coming in Docker-based UberCloud Containers which are ready-to-execute packages of software designed to deliver the tools that engineers need to complete their task in hand. Popular commercial and open-source tools are pre-installed, configured, and tested, in UberCloud Containers, and are run on bare metal, without loss of performance. They are ready to execute, literally in an instant with no need to install software, deal with complex OS commands, or configure. Read further...
IBM has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire The Weather Company's B2B, mobile and Cloud-based web properties, including WSI, weather.com, Weather Underground and The Weather Company brand. The TV segment - The Weather Channel - will not be acquired by IBM, but will license weather forecast data and analytics from IBM under a long-term contract. The combination of technology and expertise from the two companies will serve as the foundation for the new Watson IoT Unit and Watson IoT Cloud platform, building on a $3 billion commitment made by IBM in March 2015 to invest in related offerings and services. Read further...
During his keynote at Oracle OpenWorld, Oracle President Thomas Kurian announced a major update to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure services, providing organisations with a comprehensive set of elastic Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) offerings including elastic compute and storage to run any enterprise application in the Cloud. The new Oracle IaaS services include: Oracle Compute Cloud, Oracle Storage Cloud - Archive and File Storage, Oracle Network Cloud, and Oracle Container Cloud. Making it even easier for customers to quickly deploy new applications in the Oracle Cloud, Oracle is also expanding the Oracle Cloud Marketplace to include partner certified machine images of pre-configured applications and software. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2015-11-09

Special

HARNESS explored principles to integrate heterogeneous resources into Cloud platform ...

Focus

Combining the benefits of both GPU and CPU in heterogeneous computing ...

Exascale supercomputing

Towards future supercomputing: EU project Exa2Green improves energy efficiency in high performance computing ...

DEEP project unveils next-generation HPC platform ...

Focus on Europe

Launch of BioExcel - Centre of Excellence for Biomolecular Research ...

Information security community for e-infrastructures crystalises at WISE workshop ...

ALCF helps tackle the Large Hadron Collider's Big Data challenge ...

Middleware

Bright Computing to release updates to popular management software at SC15 ...

Altair partners with South Africa's Centre for High Performance Computing ...

Cray, AMPLab, NERSC collaboration targets Spark performance on HPC platforms ...

Hardware

Singapore scientists among the first to benefit from Infinera Cloud Xpress with 100 GbE for data centre interconnect ...

Supermicro world record performance benchmarks for SYS-1028GR-TR with Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors announced at Fall 2015 STAC Summit ...

IBM Teams with Mellanox to help maximize performance of Power Systems LC line servers for Cloud and cluster deployments ...

LSU deploys new IBM supercomputer "Delta" to advance Big Data research in Louisiana ...

Applications

Nomadic computing speeds up Big Data analytics ...

Clemson researchers and IT scientists team up to tackle Big Data ...

Calcium-48's 'neutron skin' thinner than previously thought ...

Oklahoma University collaborating in NSF South Big Data Regional Innovation Hub ...

Columbia to lead Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub ...

University of Miami gets closer to helping find a cure for gastrointestinal cancer thanks to DDN storage ...

The Cloud

Cornell leads new National Science Foundation federated Cloud project ...

Bright Computing reveals plans for Cloud Expo Frankfurt ...

UberCloud delivers CAE Applications as a Service ...

IBM plans to acquire The Weather Company's product and technology businesses; extends power of Watson to the Internet of Things ...

Oracle updates Oracle Cloud Infrastructure services ...