Primeur weekly 2015-12-07

Quantum computing

A quantum spin on molecular computers ...

Researchers confirm 'realistic' answer to quantum network puzzle ...

Focus on Europe

ISC 2016 introduces PhD Forum and extends deadline for research papers ...

Quantum computer made of standard semiconductor materials ...

Future direction of global research and e-infrastructures landscape in e-IRG/ESFRI organized network session at ICT2015 in Lisbon ...

EGI-UberCloud partnership is bridging research and innovation ...

Finnish ministry issues policy on future development of scientific computing ...

HPC Advisory Council and the ISC High Performance Conference announce university teams for HPCAC-ISC 2016 Student Cluster Competition ...

GEANT agrees new Board, community programme and cost sharing model ...

Spanish Council of Ministers supports the acquisition of MareNostrum 4 ...

NEC's SX-ACE vector supercomputer contributes to research at three German institutes - University of Kiel, Alfred Wegener Institute and the High Performance Computing Center Stuttgart ...

Middleware

TACC's HPC team works to increase technical diversity in supercomputing ...

Hardware

Mellanox promotes Freddy Gabbay to Vice President of Software ...

SanDisk and Supermicro form strategic alliance to deliver software defined all-flash storage solutions ...

Seagate and Newisys demonstrate flash storage architecture capable Of 1TB/s ...

Hewlett Packard Enterprise introduces new class of system to power next era in hybrid infrastructure ...

Applications

Sequoia supercomputer enables Gordon Bell Prize-winning simulation on Earth's mantle ...

Unveiling the turbulent times of a dying star ...

Missing link found between turbulence in collapsing star and hypernova, gamma-ray burst ...

New insights into the creation of heavy elements ...

Manipal Hospitals adopts Watson for Oncology to help physicians identify options for individualized, evidence-based cancer care across India ...

TOP500

Liquid immersion cooling from Green Revolution Cooling helps Tokyo Institute of Technology achieve top honours at Green500 three years in a row ...

The Cloud

Univa announces support for Microsoft Azure ...

Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Microsoft announce plans to deliver integrated hybrid IT infrastructure ...

IBM advances hybrid capabilities to China and unveils Bluemix Local ...

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Edition: weekly - Issue: 2015-12-07

Quantum computing

If quantum computers existed, they would revolutionize computing as we know it. Based on fundamental properties of matter, the potential power of these theoretical workhorses would solve problems in a new way, cracking extremely complex spy codes and precisely modeling chemical systems in a snap. InACS Central Science, researchers create cleverly designed molecules to get one step closer to this goal. Read further...
Scientists at the University of York's Centre for Quantum Technology have discovered new evidence to support the development of scalable and secure high rate quantum networks. Earlier research with colleagues at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and the University of Toronto, saw the development of a protocol that used continuous-variable quantum systems to achieve key-rates at metropolitan distances at three orders-of-magnitude higher than previously. Read further...

Focus on Europe

The ISC High Performance Conference is excited to introduce the PhD Forum, which allows PhD students to present their research results in a setting that sparks the exchange of scientific knowledge and lively discussions. The call is now open and interested students are encouraged to submit their proposals by February 15, 2016. Read further...
Physicists at the Technical University of Munich, the Los Alamos National Laboratory and Stanford University, USA have tracked down semiconductor nanostructure mechanisms that can result in the loss of stored information - and halted the amnesia using an external magnetic field. The new nanostructures comprise common semiconductor materials compatible with standard manufacturing processes. Read further...
Around 35 persons filled the small room to its maximum capacity during the networking session on "Policy Aspects of Research- and e-Infrastructures of Global Scale" that was jointly organised by e-IRG and ESFRI during the ICT 2015 event in Lisbon on 22 October 2015. The session consisted of six short five minutes presentations followed by an interactive part. Read further...
EGI has signed a collaboration with UberCloud based on a shared vision to embrace distributed computing, storage and data related technologies. The agreement is grounded on a joint commitment to increase IT resources in order to speed up time to market and enable development and innovation of new and more competitive products and services. Read further...
The computing Ministry of Education and Culture has published guidelines on how services for scientific computing will be developed in Finland. The document includes the first description of Enterprise Architecture (EA) of Scientific Computing Resources and Services. The architecture description focuses on the current and target status of scientific computing, as well as the strategy for its development. Read further...
The HPC Advisory Council (HPCAC), an organisation for high-performance computing research, outreach and education, and ISC High Performance, Europe's premier HPC conference, have announced the 12 university teams from around the world that are selected to compete in the HPCAC-ISC 2016 Student Cluster Competition at ISC 2016 conference and exhibition, held from June 19-23, 2016 in Frankfurt, Germany. Read further...
Representatives of the GEANT membership elected a new Chair and members of the Board of Directors during the General Assembly (GA) meeting that was hosted by RESTENA in Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg, on 25-26 November 2015. A new cost-sharing model and community programme were also adopted, and a new member organisation was admitted. Read further...
The Spanish Council of Ministers has authorized budget modifications necessary for the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness in order to provide 34 million euro to the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) - National Center for Supercomputing for the acquisition of 'MareNostrum 4'. With this authorization, the Council of Ministers initiates the process that has to enable BSC to tender and purchase one of the most advanced supercomputers in the world during 2016. Read further...
NEC Corporation's SX-ACE vector supercomputers delivered to the University of Kiel, Alfred Wegener Institute and the High Performance Computing Center Stuttgart have begun operating and contributing to research. The SX-ACE is highly suitable for scientific computing that requires super-high-speed parallel processing and advanced simulations using large-scale data. The University of Kiel is using the product for simulations of climate change and oceanic phenomena. At Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI), a member of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centers, the SX-ACE is being used for the numerical modelling of oceanographic physics and chemistry, as well as climatic variations particularly in the Earth's polar regions. The High Performance Computing Center Stuttgart (HLRS), one of Europe's premier science and innovation hubs offering world-class computing facilities, is capitalizing on the system for research, product development, and a spectrum of industrial applications in automotive, material design, and chemical fields through academia-industry collaborations. Read further...

Middleware

Today, the landscape of high performance computing (HPC) is much different than that of 15 years ago. In addition to scientists who use advanced computing systems, there has been a recent influx of researchers, including students from previously under-represented disciplines as varied as the humanities, economics, and social sciences, who are learning to take advantage of HPC for their varying research needs. Read further...

Hardware

Mellanox Technologies Ltd., a supplier of high-performance, end-to-end interconnect solutions for data centre servers and storage systems, has promoted Freddy Gabbay to vice president of software. Mr. Gabbay will report to Amit Krig, Mellanox's vice president of software. Read further...
SanDisk Corporation, a global expert in flash storage solutions, and Supermicro, a global specialist in Green Computing solutions for the data centre, Cloud and enterprise, have signed a strategic alliance to bring out a unique class of next-generation software defined all-flash storage solutions for the data centre. At the core of this collaboration are SanDisk's InfiniFlash system - a high-capacity and extreme-performance flash-based storage system and Supermicro's high-performance servers. The joint solution aligns with the growth of disaggregated data centres propelled by Big Data and Cloud environments. Read further...
When speed matters in high-performance computing (HPC) storage, Seagate Technology plc and Newisys have the industry's fastest flash storage design. 21 Newisys NSS-2601 with dual NSS-HWxEA storage server modules deployed with Seagate's newest SAS 1200.2 SSD drives can be combined in a single 42U rack to achieve block I/O performance of 1TB/s with 5PB of storage. Each Newisys 2U server with 60 Seagate SSDs is capable of achieving bandwidth of 49GB/s. Newisys is a division of Sanmina Corporation and a provider of data centre products for enterprise and Cloud applications. Read further...
Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has launched HPE Synergy, the first platform designed to run both traditional and Cloud native applications for organisations seeking the benefits of running a hybrid infrastructure. Based on groundbreaking new architecture developed by Hewlett Packard Enterprise, HPE Synergy leverages fluid resource pools, software defined intelligence and a unified API to provide the foundation for organisations to continually optimize the right mix of traditional IT and private Cloud resources. Read further...

Applications

The full power of Lawrence Livermore's Sequoia supercomputer played a key role in the Earth mantle convection simulation by a University of Texas-led team that won the 2015 Gordon Bell Prize, announced at this year's Supercomputing Conference (SC15). Read further...
All the stars in the sky will eventually die - and some will really go out with a bang. When a dying star goes supernova, it explodes with such ferocity that it outshines the entire galaxy in which it lived, spewing material and energy across unimaginable distances at near-light speed. In some cases, these cosmic cataclysms defy expectations, blasting not symmetrically in all directions - as an exploding firework might - but instead launching two narrow beams, known as jets, in opposite directions. Understanding how these jets are created is a vexing challenge, but an international research team has recently employed powerful computer simulations to sleuth out some answers. The team - led by Philipp Mösta, NASA Einstein Fellow at UC Berkeley, with Caltech researchers Christian Ott, David Radice and Luke Roberts, Perimeter Institute computational scientist Erik Schnetter, and Roland Haas of the Max-Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics - published their findings November 30 inNature. Read further...
A supercomputer simulation of a mere 10 milliseconds in the collapse of a massive star into a neutron star proves that these catastrophic events, often called hypernovae, can generate the enormous magnetic fields needed to explode the star and fire off bursts of gamma rays visible halfway across the universe. The results of the simulation, published online November 30 in advance of publication in the journalNature, demonstrate that as a rotating star collapses, the star and its attached magnetic field spin faster and faster, forming a dynamo that revs the magnetic field to a million billion times the magnetic field of Earth. Read further...
Alpha particles, as the nuclei of the helium atom are also called, play a decisive role in the formation of heavier elements. Carbon, for instance, is formed from the fusion of these alpha particles. If another helium nucleus is added, oxygen is formed - another prerequisite for the development of life on Earth. In the current issue of the journalNature, an international team of researchers is now presenting a new method using supercomputers to create detailed simulations of these birth processes inside stars. The method reduces the computational effort required and for the first time makes it possible, using the Jülich supercomputer JUQUEEN, to do a complete calculation of the scattering process of two alpha particles. Read further...
Manipal Hospitals' corporate and teaching facilities will adopt Watson for Oncology, a cognitive computing platform trained by Memorial Sloan-Kettering that analyzes data to identify evidence-based treatment options, helping oncologists to provide cancer patients with individualized health care. More than 200,000 individuals receive care for cancer at Manipal facilities each year. This will be the first deployment of Watson in India and the first engagement of its kind as the country advances efforts to transform health care. Read further...

TOP500

The results for the latest edition of the Green500 list of the most efficient supercomputers were announced during the SC15 - Supercomputing 2015 - conference held in Green Revolution Cooling's hometown of Austin, Texas. Tokyo Institute of Technology's Tsubame-KFC supercomputer, running in Green Revolution Cooling's oil immersion cooling system came out ahead of a number of past winners as the most efficient commercially available solution, and the second most efficient supercomputer overall. This is the third year in a row in which the system has received top honours on the list, previously being ranked #1 in November 2013, and June 2014. Read further...

The Cloud

Univa, an innovator in workload management and optimization solutions, is now offering support for Microsoft Azure, enabling the creation by Univa customers of dynamic clusters on demand, in the Cloud. The Univa product suite features the Univa Grid Engine resource manager, a proven, powerful and integrated workload utilization solution for dynamically shared enterprise clusters, and the new Univa Grid Engine Container Edition product, which fully incorporates Docker containers into Univa Grid Engine. Read further...
At Hewlett Packard Enterprise Discover, HPE and Microsoft have launched new innovation in Hybrid Cloud computing through Microsoft Azure, HPE infrastructure and services, and new programme offerings. The extended partnership appoints Microsoft Azure as a preferred public Cloud partner for HPE customers while HPE will serve as a preferred partner in providing infrastructure and services for Microsoft's hybrid Cloud offerings. Read further...
IBM will expand the availability of IBM's hybrid Cloud capabilities to China through the launch of Bluemix Local, its Cloud computing platform that allows enterprises to quickly build apps in a secure manner and deploy them across public, private and on-premises environments. The delivery of Bluemix Local brings Chinese enterprises and developers the speed and ease of hybrid app development on Bluemix behind a client's firewall. Built on an open architecture to provide increased flexibility, Bluemix Local frees up the time that organisations have traditionally spent managing infrastructure and moving data and apps between disparate Cloud environments. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2015-12-07

Quantum computing

A quantum spin on molecular computers ...

Researchers confirm 'realistic' answer to quantum network puzzle ...

Focus on Europe

ISC 2016 introduces PhD Forum and extends deadline for research papers ...

Quantum computer made of standard semiconductor materials ...

Future direction of global research and e-infrastructures landscape in e-IRG/ESFRI organized network session at ICT2015 in Lisbon ...

EGI-UberCloud partnership is bridging research and innovation ...

Finnish ministry issues policy on future development of scientific computing ...

HPC Advisory Council and the ISC High Performance Conference announce university teams for HPCAC-ISC 2016 Student Cluster Competition ...

GEANT agrees new Board, community programme and cost sharing model ...

Spanish Council of Ministers supports the acquisition of MareNostrum 4 ...

NEC's SX-ACE vector supercomputer contributes to research at three German institutes - University of Kiel, Alfred Wegener Institute and the High Performance Computing Center Stuttgart ...

Middleware

TACC's HPC team works to increase technical diversity in supercomputing ...

Hardware

Mellanox promotes Freddy Gabbay to Vice President of Software ...

SanDisk and Supermicro form strategic alliance to deliver software defined all-flash storage solutions ...

Seagate and Newisys demonstrate flash storage architecture capable Of 1TB/s ...

Hewlett Packard Enterprise introduces new class of system to power next era in hybrid infrastructure ...

Applications

Sequoia supercomputer enables Gordon Bell Prize-winning simulation on Earth's mantle ...

Unveiling the turbulent times of a dying star ...

Missing link found between turbulence in collapsing star and hypernova, gamma-ray burst ...

New insights into the creation of heavy elements ...

Manipal Hospitals adopts Watson for Oncology to help physicians identify options for individualized, evidence-based cancer care across India ...

TOP500

Liquid immersion cooling from Green Revolution Cooling helps Tokyo Institute of Technology achieve top honours at Green500 three years in a row ...

The Cloud

Univa announces support for Microsoft Azure ...

Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Microsoft announce plans to deliver integrated hybrid IT infrastructure ...

IBM advances hybrid capabilities to China and unveils Bluemix Local ...