Primeur weekly 2015-11-16

Focus

eScience and open access are really taking off now globally, according to Tony Hey ...

Exascale supercomputing

NEXTGenIO project tackles HPC's I/O challenges ...

EXDCI: towards a common HPC strategy in Europe ...

TERA 1000: CEA completes first milestone towards Exascale ...

National Labs collaborate to shape development of next-generation supercomputers ...

Quantum computing

Los Alamos National Laboratory orders a 1000+ Qubit D-Wave 2X quantum computer ...

Focus on Europe

DDN Storage awarded 18+ petabyte hyper-converged storage contract at CEA major French government research site ...

ARM accelerates mathematical computation on 64-bit ARM-based HPC systems ...

Kitware and NICE collaborate to push visualization to the next level ...

The Alan Turing Institute and Intel to form strategic partnership ...

Eurotech HiVe HPC system now generally available with ARM CPUs ...

Middleware

Somerville release of Einstein toolkit launched ...

New Cactus Computational Toolkit release launched ...

Bright Computing announces integration with Dell PowerEdge servers for HPC environments ...

High performance computing leaders unite to develop open source framework ...

Altair to open source PBS Professional HPC technology in 2016 ...

Hardware

Altera FPGAs accelerate servers at Texas Advanced Computing Center ...

DDN introduces the world's fastest hybrid SSD and disk, high density embedded storage platform ...

DDN storage selected by Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) to deliver a 40x speed up in scientific research and innovation ...

DDN Annual High Performance Computing Trends survey reveals that data storage has become the most strategic part of the HPC data centre ...

Supercomputer project to study solid-state drives under data-intensive workloads ...

Cray to join OpenHPC Community ...

PEZY and Imagination team up to develop next-generation HPC systems ...

Applications

Intersect360 Research issues Processors Report as part of the HPC User Site Census series ...

Oak Ridge National Laboratory and industry partners use high-performance computing to drive alloy design ...

Berkeley Lab-UC Berkeley team's programme can reconstruct entire genomes in just minutes ...

HPC Advisory Council announces Stanford High-Performance Computing Conference 2016 ...

Boston Children's Hospital to tap IBM Watson to tackle rare paediatric diseases ...

TOP500

China's Tianhe-2 supercomputer maintains top spot on list of world's TOP500 supercomputers ...

The Cloud

NUMECA steps farther into the era of software as a service with UberCloud containers ...

Markets and Markets issues report on Cloud HPC market ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2015-11-16

Focus

At the Third eScience Symposium, recently held at the ArenA in Amsterdam, The Netherlands,Primeur Magazinehad the opportunity to talk with Tony Hey from the eScience Institute at the University of Washington in Seattle about eScience and the fourth paradigm for scientific discovery. Before that, Tony Hey has been leading the UK's eScience programme and between 2005 and 2015, he has ten years with Microsoft Research, directing their external research activities and doing eScience in Microsoft with Jim Gray. Together, they wrote a book titled "The Fourth Paradigm: Data-Intensive Scientific Discovery". In 2015, Tony Hey has been having a sabbatical at the University of Washington's eScience Center. They have some very interesting activities there, so it has been a very interesting time in the spades for Tony Hey. Read further...

Exascale supercomputing

A consortium led by EPCC, the supercomputing centre at the University of Edinburgh, has successfully started the NEXTGenIO project. NEXTGenIO is an R&D project funded by the European Commission that will develop solutions to high performance computing's (HPC) input/output (I/O) challenges. Read further...
The recently launched project EXDCI "European eXtreme Data and Computing Initiative" has the mission to coordinate the development and implementation of a common strategy for the European HPC ecosystem. Started on September 1st 2015 this initiative is managed by PRACE and ETP4HPC. The mission of EXDCI is to foster collaboration among the key players in the HPC ecosystem, including the Centres of Excellence (CoEs), the exascale projects and the FETHPC projects. EXDCI will develop technological and application roadmaps towards exascale including training. It will organize conferences and workshops. The next event hosted by EXDCI will be the European HPC Summit from 9 to 13 May in Prague, Czech Republic, and will include among others the organisation of several workshops with CoEs and FETHPC/Exascale projects, as well as the PRACEdays16. Read further...
The first phase of TERA 1000, the new pre-exascale supercomputer, has been delivered and installed by Atos at CEA/DAM - the CEA's military applications Division. Completion of this first phase makes it possible to reduce energy consumption by a factor of five, compared to the previous supercomputer TERA 1001, while doubling its peak compute performance. Read further...
Three of the Department of Energy's leading national laboratories are working together to solve some of the world's most challenging problems by ensuring that the nation's scientific community has access to leading edge computing systems to carry out their research. Lawrence Berkeley, Los Alamos, and Sandia national laboratories have formed the Alliance for Application Performance at Extreme Scale (APEX) to focus on the design, acquisition and deployment of future advanced technology high performance computing systems. Read further...

Quantum computing

Los Alamos National Laboratory will acquire and install the latest D-Wave quantum computer, the 1000+ qubit D-Wave 2X system. Los Alamos, a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security, will lead a collaboration within the Department of Energy and with select university partners to explore the capabilities and applications of quantum annealing technology, consistent with the goals of the government-wide National Strategic Computing Initiative. The National Strategic Computing Initiative, created by executive order of President Obama in late July, is intended "to maximize [the] benefits of high-performance computing (HPC) research, development, and deployment". Read further...

Focus on Europe

DataDirect Networks (DDN), a global expert in high-performance, massively scalable storage, has expanded its long term relationship as a provider for CEA, the French Atomic Energy and Alternative Energies Commission. CEA, an expert in worldwide HPC innovation and leadership, has selected DDN's SFA14KE as the core storage for this year's comprehensive refresh of its data management infrastructure, "GS1K". Read further...
Further strengthening its commitment to high performance computing (HPC) servers, ARM introduced new math libraries that are precision-tuned for 64-bit ARMv8-A processors. ARM Performance Libraries are foundational math routines designed to enable the maximum performance of computational software running on ARM-based HPC (high-performance computing) servers and systems. ARM math libraries take advantage of each silicon partner's specific micro-architecture innovations and features within their SoCs based on the ARMv8-A architecture to ensure peak system performance. The HPC community will have an opportunity to see the first public demonstrations of ARM Performance Libraries at the SC15 conference. Read further...
Kitware, developer of ParaView, and NICE, whose Desktop Cloud Visualization (DCV) enables technical computing users to remotely access interactive engineering and scientific applications, are partnering to enhance ParaView's remote accessibility from supercomputing centres and the Cloud. Read further...
The Alan Turing Institute and Intel have agreed to form a long term strategic partnership to deliver a research programme focused on high-performance computing and data analytics. Researchers from both organisations will work together on the programme alongside co-funded research fellows and software engineers. Read further...
Eurotech's HiVe HPC system is now generally available, not only with x86 CPUs, but also with ARM-64 based processors provided by Applied Micro Circuits Corporation. The HiVe supercomputer leverages a new original high performance computing (HPC) system architecture combining extreme density and best-in-class energy efficiency. The new architecture is based on an innovative highly modular and scalable way of packaging electronics and water cooling, leaving no space unutilized and boasting record-breaking computational density. The HiVe is currently the densest HPC system in the market with a peak performance of more than 1 PFlop/s in one square meter (1.5 PFlop/s per square meter when equipped with NVIDIA Tesla K80). Read further...

Middleware

The twelfth release with the code name "Somerville" of the Einstein Toolkit, an open, community developed software infrastructure for relativistic astrophysics has been launched. This release includes, among other things, improvements to the Cactus flesh, re-writes of the space-time solver McLachlan, a new GRMHD evolver (IllinoisGRMHD), and a multi-grid elliptic solver working in Carpet (CTThorns). In addition, bug fixes accumulated since the previous release in May 2015 have been included. Read further...
The 4.3.0 release of the Cactus Computational Toolkit, an open source problem solving environment designed for scientists and engineers, has been launched. This release includes, among other things, improvements to the Cactus flesh, new utility thorns, and changes and additions to the external library thorns. In addition, bug fixes accumulated since the previous release have been included. Read further...
The latest version of its Bright Cluster Manager software, version 7.1, is now integrated with Dell's 13th generation PowerEdge server portfolio. The integration enables systems administrators to easily deploy and configure Dell infrastructure using Bright Cluster Manager. Read further...
The Linux Foundation, a non-profit organisation dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux and collaborative development, intends to form the OpenHPC Collaborative Project. This project will provide a new, open source framework to support the world's most sophisticated high performance computing environments. Read further...
Altair will provide an open source licensing option for its market-leading HPC workload manager, PBS Professional (PBS Pro). Scheduled to be released to the open source community in mid-2016, PBS Pro will become available under two different licensing options for commercial installations and as an Open Source Initiative compliant version. The decision includes working closely with Intel and the Linux Foundation's OpenHPC Collaborative Project to integrate the open source version of PBS Pro. Read further...

Hardware

Programmable logic technology from Altera Corporation is now in place inside a new, advanced server cluster at the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at the University Texas at Austin, which seeks to help researchers and academia to run complex algorithmic-based research. Altera field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) are used as accelerators on the Microsoft Project Catapult board, and turn commodity servers into high-performance, power-efficient machines. Read further...
DataDirect Networks (DDN) has made available the revolutionary new DDN SFA14K and SFA14KE; the highest performance hybrid storage and hyper-converged platforms in the industry today. The new SFA14K and SFA14KE deliver the world's fastest, densest storage with more than 6 million IOPS and 60GB/sec in 4U with scalability to nearly 7PB of capacity in a single rack. The SFA14K delivers industry leading, hybrid block storage array performance. The SFA14KE hyper-converged solution allows users to leverage the power of the SFA14K performance while also leveraging the embedded processor power to run virtual machines, embedded applications and file systems within the storage array to significantly reduce complexity, latency and data centre footprint. Read further...
The Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at the University of Texas in Austin has selected DDN's new SFA14K to deliver the performance, capacity and density needed for TACC's latest Lonestar supercomputer. With 50 percent more cores and four times the performance of its predecessor, Lonestar 5 required the most advanced storage solution to support an exponential surge in Big Data resulting from hundreds of diverse research projects in astronomy, computational science, physics, bioinformatics, biomedicine, climate change, life sciences and more. Read further...
DataDirect Networks has issued the results of its annual High Performance Computing (HPC) Trends survey, which showed that HPC end-users view data storage as the most strategic part of the HPC data centre and that managing mixed I/O performance and rapid data growth remain the biggest challenges for HPC organisations going into 2016. Read further...
The addition of the 800GB (gigabyte) Seagate SAS SSDs will significantly boost Comet's data analytics capability by expanding its node-local storage capacity for data-intensive workloads. Pairs of the drives will be added to all 72 compute nodes in one rack of Comet, alongside the existing SSDs. This will bring the flash storage in a single node to almost 2TB (terabytes), with total rack capacity at more than 138TB. Read further...
Cray Inc. plans to join the OpenHPC Project led by the Linux Foundation. Cray's participation in OpenHPC will focus on making technology contributions that will help to standardize software stack components, leverage open-source technologies, and simplify the maintenance and operation of the software stack for end-users. Read further...
Imagination Technologies (IMG.L) and PEZY Computing K.K. have signed a strategic partnership focused on development of next-generation efficient high performance computing (HPC) systems. Through the collaboration, PEZY, a Japan-based processor company, will integrate Imagination's highly efficient 64-bit MIPS Warrior CPUs in its next-generation PEZY-SC2 many-core processors for supercomputers and other high-performance applications. Read further...

Applications

The Processors Report is part of Intersect360 Research's Site Census series and provides an examination of the processor use in systems found at a sample of HPC user sites. Intersect360 Research surveyed a broad range of users about their current computer system installations, storage systems, networks, middleware, and applications software supporting these computer installations. The goal in this analysis is to examine the processor suppliers, products, and configurations used in high performance computing systems. Read further...
The Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), FCA US LLC, and the foundry giant, Nemak of Mexico, are combining their strengths to create lightweight powertrain materials that will help the auto industry speed past the technological roadblocks to its target of 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025. Read further...
A cascade of genetic information is drowning science. Sequencing machines decode plant and animal DNA so quickly computers can't analyze the resulting data fast enough. It's especially true for genome assembly, the final step in compiling the strings of letters that represent every creature's genetic instructions. Now researchers from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the University of California, Berkeley, have developed an assembly programme so efficient they believe it could handle output from all the world's sequencers on just part of one supercomputer. Read further...
The HPC Advisory Council, an organisation for high-performance computing research, outreach and education, has announced the HPC Advisory Council Stanford High-Performance Computing Conference 2016 on February 24-25, 2016 at Stanford, California. The conference will focus on High-Performance Computing (HPC) usage models and benefits, the future of supercomputing, latest technology developments, best practices and advanced HPC topics, as well as new topics surrounding machine learning and Big Data. Read further...
IBM and Boston Children's Hospital intend to collaborate to apply IBM's Watson cognitive platform to help clinicians identify possible options for the diagnosis and treatment of rare paediatric diseases. The news was unveiled at the Global Pediatric Innovation Summit + Awards. Read further...

TOP500

For the sixth consecutive time, Tianhe-2, a supercomputer developed by China's National University of Defense Technology, has retained its position as the world's no. 1 system, according to the 46th edition of the twice-yearly TOP500 list of the world's most powerful supercomputers. Overall, change at the top of the list is again minor, with only two new systems in the Top 10: the Trinity supercomputer built by Cray and jointly deployed by the Department of Energy's (DOE) Los Alamos and Sandia national laboratories, and the Hazel-Hen system built by Cray and installed at the HLRS - Höchstleistungsrechenzentrum Stuttgart in Germany. Read further...

The Cloud

NUMECA and UberCloud have released NUMECA's complete suite of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) software powered by UberCloud application software containers, now also available as a service in any Cloud. All major NUMECA's Flow Integrated Environment FINE software packages such as FINE/Marine, FINE/Turbo, FINE/Acoustics, FINE/Design3D, AutoMesh, and FINE/Open with OpenLabs are now also available in an UberCloud Container running on any server and in any Cloud. Read further...
The report is titled "Cloud High Performance Computing (HPC) Market by Service Type (HPC IAAS, HPC PAAS, Data Organization and Workload Management, Clustering Software and Analytics Tool, Professional Service and Managed Service) - Global Forecast to 2020". The Cloud High Performance Computing (HPC) Market size is estimated to grow from USD 4.37 billion in 2015 to USD 10.83 billion by 2020, at an estimated compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 19.9% from 2015 to 2020. The report aims at estimating the market size and future growth potential of Cloud HPC market across different segments, such as service type, deployment model, organization size, end user, and region. The base year considered for the study is 2014 and the market size is forecast from 2015 to 2020. The complex applications management, emergence of big data market, and adoption of pay-as-you-go model is expected to play a key role in fueling the growth of the Cloud HPC market during the forecast period. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2015-11-16

Focus

eScience and open access are really taking off now globally, according to Tony Hey ...

Exascale supercomputing

NEXTGenIO project tackles HPC's I/O challenges ...

EXDCI: towards a common HPC strategy in Europe ...

TERA 1000: CEA completes first milestone towards Exascale ...

National Labs collaborate to shape development of next-generation supercomputers ...

Quantum computing

Los Alamos National Laboratory orders a 1000+ Qubit D-Wave 2X quantum computer ...

Focus on Europe

DDN Storage awarded 18+ petabyte hyper-converged storage contract at CEA major French government research site ...

ARM accelerates mathematical computation on 64-bit ARM-based HPC systems ...

Kitware and NICE collaborate to push visualization to the next level ...

The Alan Turing Institute and Intel to form strategic partnership ...

Eurotech HiVe HPC system now generally available with ARM CPUs ...

Middleware

Somerville release of Einstein toolkit launched ...

New Cactus Computational Toolkit release launched ...

Bright Computing announces integration with Dell PowerEdge servers for HPC environments ...

High performance computing leaders unite to develop open source framework ...

Altair to open source PBS Professional HPC technology in 2016 ...

Hardware

Altera FPGAs accelerate servers at Texas Advanced Computing Center ...

DDN introduces the world's fastest hybrid SSD and disk, high density embedded storage platform ...

DDN storage selected by Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) to deliver a 40x speed up in scientific research and innovation ...

DDN Annual High Performance Computing Trends survey reveals that data storage has become the most strategic part of the HPC data centre ...

Supercomputer project to study solid-state drives under data-intensive workloads ...

Cray to join OpenHPC Community ...

PEZY and Imagination team up to develop next-generation HPC systems ...

Applications

Intersect360 Research issues Processors Report as part of the HPC User Site Census series ...

Oak Ridge National Laboratory and industry partners use high-performance computing to drive alloy design ...

Berkeley Lab-UC Berkeley team's programme can reconstruct entire genomes in just minutes ...

HPC Advisory Council announces Stanford High-Performance Computing Conference 2016 ...

Boston Children's Hospital to tap IBM Watson to tackle rare paediatric diseases ...

TOP500

China's Tianhe-2 supercomputer maintains top spot on list of world's TOP500 supercomputers ...

The Cloud

NUMECA steps farther into the era of software as a service with UberCloud containers ...

Markets and Markets issues report on Cloud HPC market ...