Primeur weekly 2015-11-30

Focus

Turkey to prepare itself for European Open Science Cloud ...

Quantum computing

Quantum computer coding in silicon now possible ...

Middleware

Open Science Grid using SDSC's Comet supercomputer virtual clusters ...

IBM and OpenPOWER members deliver accelerated technologies to break Big Data speed barriers ...

Hardware

Hewlett Packard Enterprise sees significant momentum in high-performance computing ...

Mellanox announces ConnectX-4 Lx Programmable adapter with onboard Xilinx FPGA acceleration ...

Mellanox introduces the Switch-IB 2, world's first 100Gb/s smart switch ...

Supermicro debuts new 4U 90/60-bay storage server alongside 1U 4x GPU, NVMe, high-density server and storage solutions ...

Los Alamos National Labs selects Aeon Computing's next generation of supercomputing infrastructure ...

Dell innovation to democratize high performance computing and accelerate mainstream adoption ...

State grant enables energy-saving retrofit of Lawrence Livermore computing clusters ...

Applications

NSF-supported supercomputing resources enable research that would otherwise be impossible ...

New supercomputer simulations enhance understanding of protein motion and function ...

Scientists use supercomputer to model plasma turbulence, and solve a 50-year-old mystery ...

IBM Research and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute pioneer next-generation cognitive environments for business decision making ...

How DNA and a supercomputer can help sustain honey bee populations ...

IRB Barcelona develops an advanced method and the first platform of DNA simulations ...

INCITE grants awarded to 56 computational research projects ...

OLCF supercomputer's GPUs advance earthquake simulations for high-frequency seismic hazard map ...

Researchers trains Watson AI to 'chat' and spark more creativity in humans ...

TOP500

HPC system Hazel Hen of High Performance Computing Center Stuttgart captures position 8 on new TOP500 list ...

HPCG-Benchmark: GCS Centre HLRS runs Europe's fastest supercomputer ...

The Cloud

ICGC brings more genomic health data to researchers on the Amazon Web Services Cloud ...

Penguin Computing increases customer compute capacity with availability of the Tundra platform on its Penguin Computing on Demand HPC Cloud service ...

Hewlett Packard Enterprise delivers Docker solutions from the data centre to the Cloud ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2015-11-30

Focus

During the e-IRG Open Workshop, recently held in Belval/Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg,Primeur Magazinehad the opportunity to talk with Mehmet Mirat Satoglu from ULAKBIM, the Turkish Academic Network and Information Center. Mehmet Mirat Satoglu is a new member to the e-IRG Delegates Meeting. He is the Director of TUBITAK, the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey. TUBITAK supports services and projects for infrastructure. Read further...

Quantum computing

A team of Australian engineers has proven - with the highest score ever obtained - that a quantum version of computer code can be written, and manipulated, using two quantum bits in a silicon microchip. The advance removes lingering doubts that such operations can be made reliably enough to allow powerful quantum computers to become a reality. The result, obtained by a team at Australia's University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Sydney, appears in the international journalNature Nanotechnology. Read further...

Middleware

The Open Science Grid (OSG), a multi-disciplinary research partnership specializing in high-throughput computational services funded by the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation, has added high-performance virtualized clusters to its global infrastructure by taking advantage of a new and unique capability of Comet, the National Science Foundation's newest supercomputer at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC). Read further...
IBM and several fellow OpenPOWER Foundation members have revealed new technologies, collaborations and developer resources to enable clients to analyze data more deeply and with incredible speed. The new offerings center on the tight integration of IBM's open and licensable POWER processors with accelerators, dedicated high performance processors that can be optimized for computationally intensive software code. Read further...

Hardware

More than a third of the high-performance computing (HPC) market is leveraging HPE Compute platforms to process, analyze and manage data securely across HPC workloads. The Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center, Texas Advanced Computing Center at the University of Texas at Austin, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Ghent University and the Academic Computer Centre Cyfronet, are among the organisations using HPE solutions based on the HPE Apollo server line to solve some of the world's most challenging problems in science and engineering. HPE also announced the first solution deployments resulting from the HPC alliance with Intel. Read further...
Mellanox Technologies Ltd., a supplier of high-performance, end-to-end interconnect solutions for data centre servers and storage systems, has launched the ConnectX-4 Lx Programmable adapter to enable public and private Clouds, Web 2.0 infrastructures, telecommunications, and high-performance computing infrastructures to achieve the highest performance and maximum flexibility. The ConnectX-4 Lx Programmable adapter provides users with the maximum flexibility to offload CPU utilization by migrating portions of their data processing logic to an on-board Xilinx FPGA, while taking advantage of Mellanox network controller's hardware-based application accelerations, unmatched scalability and efficiency. Read further...
Mellanox Technologies Ltd. has introduced Switch-IB 2, the new generation of its InfiniBand switch optimized for High-Performance Computing, Web 2.0, database and Cloud data centres, capable of 100Gb/s per port speeds. Switch-IB 2 is the world's first smart network switch that offloads MPI operations from the CPU to the network to deliver 10X performance improvements. Switch-IB 2 will enables a performance breakthrough in building the next generation scalable and data intensive data centres, enabling users to gain a competitive advantage. Read further...
Super Micro Computer Inc., a global expert in high-performance server, storage and networking architecture innovations, debuts a new 4U SuperStorage server (SSG-6048R-E1CR60N) featuring 60x top-load, hot-swap 3.5" SATA3/SAS3 12Gb/s bays or 6x optional NVMe bays, and 2x rear 2.5" hot-swap SATA3 drive bays. The new storage server supports dual Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 v3 (145W/165W) for highest processing power, up to 1.5TB ECC LRDIMM in 24x DIMMs, 2x PCI-E 3.0 (x16) + 1x PCI-E 3.0 (x8) expansion options, H/W RAID (0, 1, 5, 6, 10, 50, 60) with optional SuperCap, SIOM flexible networking options, IPMI 2.0, front 3.5" LCD status display and redundant 2000W Titanium Level high-efficiency (96%+) power supplies. Read further...
Los Alamos National Security LLC (LANS) has selected high-performance storage from Aeon Computing to support its Advanced Simulation and Institutional Computing programmes, which encompass a broad range of secure and collaborative scientific efforts that involve national security, physical and environmental sciences, cosmology, and other scientific research at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). Read further...
Dell has unveiled sweeping advancements to its industry-leading high performance computing (HPC) portfolio. These advances include innovative new systems designed to simplify mainstream adoption of HPC and data analytics in research, manufacturing and genomics. Dell also unveiled expansions to its HPC Innovation Lab and showcased next-generation technologies including the Intel Omni-Path Fabric. Read further...
Supercomputers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) will be retrofitted with liquid cooling systems under a California Energy Commission (CEC) grant to assess potential energy savings. Read further...

Applications

When researchers need to compare complex new genomes, or map new regions of the Arctic in high-resolution detail, or detect signs of dark matter, or make sense of massive amounts of functional MRI data, they turn to the high-performance computing and data analysis systems supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF). Read further...
Supercomputing simulations at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory could change how researchers understand the internal motions of proteins that play functional, structural and regulatory roles in all living organisms. The team's results are featured inNature Physics. Read further...
For more than 60 years, fusion scientists have tried to use "magnetic bottles" of various shapes and sizes to confine extremely hot plasmas, with the goal of producing practical fusion energy. But turbulence in the plasma has, so far, confounded researchers' ability to efficiently contain the intense heat within the core of the fusion device, reducing performance. Now, scientists have used one of the world's largest supercomputers to reveal the complex interplay between two types of turbulence known to occur in fusion plasmas, paving the way for improved fusion reactor design. Read further...
IBM Research has plans for a multi-year collaboration with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute to pioneer new frontiers in the scientific field of immersive cognitive systems. The research collaboration will be housed in the newly established Cognitive and Immersive Systems Lab (CISL) on the Rensselaer campus in the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC). Read further...
To uncover what plants honey bees rely on, researchers from the Ohio State University are using the latest DNA sequencing technology and a supercomputer. They spent months collecting pollen from beehives and have developed a multi-locus meta-barcoding approach to identify which plants, and what proportions of each, are present in pollen samples. A single beehive can collect pollen from dozens of different plant species, and this pollen is useful evidence of the hive's foraging behaviour and nutrition preferences. Read further...
Seeing through simulations what is not possible to observe directly through experimental means. Molecular dynamics is a technique that allows the simulation of DNA movement, its folding into double, triple or quadruple strands, and even its interaction with proteins and drugs. Molecular dynamics is used to address the processes that occur over time scales ranging from picoseconds to minutes and it can be used for molecular systems of various sizes, from few nanometres to a meter. Read further...
The U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science announced 56 projects aimed at accelerating discovery and innovation to address some of the world's most challenging scientific questions. The projects will share 5.8 billion core hours on America's two most powerful supercomputers dedicated to open science. The diverse projects will advance knowledge in critical areas ranging from sustainable energy technologies to next-generation materials. Read further...
The San Andreas Fault system, which runs almost the entire length of California, is prone to shaking, causing about 10,000 minor earthquakes each year just in the southern California area. However, cities that line the fault, like Los Angeles and San Francisco, have not experienced a major destructive earthquake - of magnitude 7.5 or more - since their intensive urbanizations in the early twentieth century. With knowledge that large earthquakes occur at about 150-year intervals on the San Andreas, seismologists are certain that the next 'big one' is near. Read further...
Georgia Institute of Technology researchers are exploring and pushing the boundaries of artificial intelligence (AI) by partnering with one of AI's most notable citizens - IBM's Watson - to advance how computers could help humans creatively solve problems in a wide variety of professions. Read further...

TOP500

The Gauss Centre for Supercomputing (GCS) continues to be a global key player in High Performance Computing (HPC). Its latest HPC installation, the Cray XC40 system named Hazel Hen, which was recently taken into operation at GCS member centre HLRS - High Performance Computing Center Stuttgart, gave its debut on position 8 of the 46th edition of the TOP500 which lists the most powerful HPC systems world-wide. With its Rmax performance of 5.64 Petaflops on the Linpack benchmark, Hazel Hen to date is the strongest German representative in the world of supercomputing and the most powerful HPC system of PRACE - Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe, the Tier-0 infrastructure of the European HPC network. Read further...
HPC system Hazel Hen of GCS member centre HLRS - High Performance Computing Center Stuttgart - is Europe's fastest supercomputer on the High Performance Conjugate Gradient (HPCG) benchmark list. This was announced at the Supercomputing Conference 2015 in Austin, Texas. The newly created HPCG benchmark represents the behaviour of HPC systems running real applications. Hazel Hen, a Cray XC40 system, captured a strong position 6 by delivering a performance of 138 Teraflops and with this took the European lead amongst the world's fastest supercomputers. Read further...

The Cloud

The International Cancer Genome Consortium (ICGC) has announced that 1,200 encrypted cancer whole genome sequences are now securely available on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud for access by cancer researchers worldwide. The Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR), which houses the ICGC's Data Coordination Center (DCC), copied ICGC genome data onto the AWS Cloud and is providing authorized researchers with credentials to access and analyze the data using secure mechanisms. The ICGC Data Access Compliance Office has established a framework that protects the confidentiality of research participants while working to ensure that the research will benefit future cancer patients. Read further...
Penguin Computing, a provider of high performance, enterprise data centre and Cloud solutions, has made available its OCP-compliant Tundra platform on the company’s Penguin Computing on Demand (POD) public HPC Cloud service. Read further...
At DockerCon Europe, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) introduced a comprehensive line-up of new solutions built for the Docker ecosystem. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2015-11-30

Focus

Turkey to prepare itself for European Open Science Cloud ...

Quantum computing

Quantum computer coding in silicon now possible ...

Middleware

Open Science Grid using SDSC's Comet supercomputer virtual clusters ...

IBM and OpenPOWER members deliver accelerated technologies to break Big Data speed barriers ...

Hardware

Hewlett Packard Enterprise sees significant momentum in high-performance computing ...

Mellanox announces ConnectX-4 Lx Programmable adapter with onboard Xilinx FPGA acceleration ...

Mellanox introduces the Switch-IB 2, world's first 100Gb/s smart switch ...

Supermicro debuts new 4U 90/60-bay storage server alongside 1U 4x GPU, NVMe, high-density server and storage solutions ...

Los Alamos National Labs selects Aeon Computing's next generation of supercomputing infrastructure ...

Dell innovation to democratize high performance computing and accelerate mainstream adoption ...

State grant enables energy-saving retrofit of Lawrence Livermore computing clusters ...

Applications

NSF-supported supercomputing resources enable research that would otherwise be impossible ...

New supercomputer simulations enhance understanding of protein motion and function ...

Scientists use supercomputer to model plasma turbulence, and solve a 50-year-old mystery ...

IBM Research and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute pioneer next-generation cognitive environments for business decision making ...

How DNA and a supercomputer can help sustain honey bee populations ...

IRB Barcelona develops an advanced method and the first platform of DNA simulations ...

INCITE grants awarded to 56 computational research projects ...

OLCF supercomputer's GPUs advance earthquake simulations for high-frequency seismic hazard map ...

Researchers trains Watson AI to 'chat' and spark more creativity in humans ...

TOP500

HPC system Hazel Hen of High Performance Computing Center Stuttgart captures position 8 on new TOP500 list ...

HPCG-Benchmark: GCS Centre HLRS runs Europe's fastest supercomputer ...

The Cloud

ICGC brings more genomic health data to researchers on the Amazon Web Services Cloud ...

Penguin Computing increases customer compute capacity with availability of the Tundra platform on its Penguin Computing on Demand HPC Cloud service ...

Hewlett Packard Enterprise delivers Docker solutions from the data centre to the Cloud ...