Primeur weekly 2015-12-14

Quantum computing

QuSoft research center for quantum software launched in Amsterdam ...

IBM awarded IARPA grant to advance research towards a universal quantum computer ...

Focus on Europe

HPC Advisory Council Switzerland Conference 2016 issues Call for Participation ...

Solid Sands announces partnership with Vector Software for compiler validation ...

EPCC to host FLACS HPC service for explosion modelling for industry ...

House of Representatives of the Netherlands invests extra 8 million in ICT infrastructure ...

GCS awards 1358 million computing core hours to national scientific large-scale projects ...

RDA Europe supports 20 Europeans to attend the RDA 7th Plenary Meeting, 1-3 March, Tokyo, Japan ...

European Commission to organize Info Day about Horizon 2020 ICT-LEIT opportunities for research funding grants ...

Middleware

India-based Micropoint joins Bright Partner Programme to play a key role in the Indian Government's "National Supercomputing Mission" ...

Hardware

CoolIT Systems named Exporter of the Year at 2015 Alberta Export Awards ...

Department of Energy's ESnet and NERSC blaze 400G production network path ...

Mellanox 10/40 Gigabit Ethernet switches approved for use in U.S. Department of Defense networks ...

Mellanox Technologies appoints Shai Cohen to its Board of Directors ...

Seagate enhances RealStor storage arrays for greater enterprise performance, data centre versatility and disaster recovery ...

Applications

Titan helps researchers explore explosive star scenarios ...

Computational researchers testing advanced machine learning tools for HPC at NERSC ...

Largest ensemble simulation of global weather using real-world data ...

Photons on a chip set new paths for secure communications ...

Trailblazing approach to modelling Earth's geological processes wins Gordon Bell Prize ...

NCAR to develop wildland fire prediction system for Colorado ...

Chapman University named as part of U.S. Army Research Office grant for physics ...

The Cloud

Novo Nordisk and IBM partner to build diabetes care solutions on the Watson Health Cloud ...

Cloud28+ launches enterprise Cloud catalogue with 680 services ...

SK Holdings C&C taps IBM to accelerate Cloud adoption in Korea ...

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Edition: weekly - Issue: 2015-12-14

Quantum computing

On 3 December 2015 QuSoft, the first research centre dedicated to quantum software,has been launched. It is a joint initiative of the Dutch Center for Mathematics and Informatics (CWI), the University of Amsterdam (UvA) and the Free University (VU), and will be located at Amsterdam Science Park, The Netherlands. QuSoft complements the research conducted by QuTech, which focuses on the development of quantum hardware, and thus strengthens the position of Amsterdam and the Netherlands in world-class quantum information research. Read further...
The U.S. Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) programme has notified IBM that it will award its scientists a major multi-year research grant to advance the building blocks for a universal quantum computer. Read further...

Focus on Europe

The HPC Advisory Council and the Swiss Supercomputing Centre will host the HPC Advisory Council Switzerland Conference 2016 in the Lugano Convention Centre, Lugano, Switzerland, from March 21-23, 2016. Read further...
Solid Sands and Vector Software have signed a partnership. Solid Sands, the supplier of SuperTest, the industry-leading and largest compiler test and validation suite for C and C++ and Vector Software, a provider of innovative software solutions for robust embedded software quality, have joined forces to integrate VectorCAST with SuperTest. This will reduce compiler revalidation time to the absolute minimum by only executing test cases which are impacted by compiler code changes and reporting in a standardized format, thus giving Project Management minimal disruption and an immediate shift back to on-time delivery. Read further...
A partnership between EPCC and GexCon AS has created a unique explosion-modelling service for the petrochemical, nuclear, and general process-manufacturing industries. FLACS is a Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) code for modelling explosions and atmospheric dispersion. Industry safety engineers normally run FLACS on a local workstation to support a risk assessment programme. However, GexCon's FLACS software is hosted on EPCC's High Performance Compute (HPC) infrastructures, so substantially reducing the time usually required to complete an assessment. Read further...
On 8 December 2015, the House of Representatives of the Netherlands accepted the amendment by Mei Li Vos (PvdA) and Kees Verhoeven (D66) to make an extra 8 million euro available in 2016 to invest in SURF's ICT infrastructure. The ICT infrastructure is crucial for the Dutch knowledge-based economy and science. This infrastructure includes both the digital hardware and software - digital networks, computational power and storage, as the data infrastructure including databases and collections. The investment is necessary to update and replace components of the Dutch supercomputers. Read further...
The Gauss Centre for Supercomputing (GCS) with the 14th Call for Large-Scale Projects has achieved new all-time highs in various categories: 1358 million awarded core hours of compute time mark the largest amount of compute hours ever assigned within the framework of a GCS Large-Scale Call. The granted computing time will be divided between a hitherto unachieved number of 19 national outstanding scientific large-scale projects from the fields of Aerodynamics and Fluid Dynamics, Astrophysics, Biology and Life Sciences, Chemistry, Climate and Meteorology, Elementary Particle Physics, Material Sciences, and Theoretical Chemistry. Finally, the assignment of 200 million core hours of compute time on supercomputer Hazel Hen of the High Performance Computing Center Stuttgart (HLRS), awarded to a research project by the Institute of Aerodynamics (AIA) of the RWTH Aachen University, means a new record amount of core hours allocated to an individual scientific simulation project. Read further...
RDA Europe is running two programmes to facilitate participation of 20 European RDA members to attend the 7th RDA Plenary meeting in Toyko, Japan. 10 RDA Early Career Researchers & Scientists working on data and 10 active RDA members are sought. Hosted and co-organised by the Japanese Science and Technology Agency (JST) under the theme "Making data sharing work in the era of Open Science" the 7th Research Data Alliance Plenary meeting is taking place in Tokyo, Japan from the 1-3 March 2016. Read further...
The European Commission's DG CONNECT ('Net Futures' Directorate) is hosting an Info Day about current open 'calls' for research funding grants and calls under "Horizon 2020 ICT Leadership in Enabling and Industrial Technologies (LEIT)" that will open soon. The Info Day will take place on January 25, 2015 at the Albert Borschette Congress Center (CCAB), Brussels, Belgium. Read further...

Middleware

India-based Micropoint has signed up to Bright Computing's partner programme. With regional offices across India, Micropoint helps organisations implement infrastructure solutions, comprising HPC clusters - both CPU only and hybrid, Cloud based solutions, networking products, high speed interconnects for HPC clusters, training services, and more. Micropoint customers include government and defence organisations, academic institutes and research labs, engineering and manufacturing companies, and financial services institutions. Read further...

Hardware

CoolIT Systems has been named 2015 Exporter of the Year Award at the Alberta Export Awards ceremony hosted by Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) and JuneWarren-Nickle's Energy Group (JWE) in Calgary on December 3, 2015. Read further...
The Department of Energy's Energy Sciences Network (ESnet) and the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) have built a 400 gigabit-per-second (Gbps) super-channel, the first-ever 400G production link to be deployed by a national research and education network. The connection, nicknamed the BayExpress, will provide critical support for NERSC's 6,000 users as the facility moves from its current location in Oakland, California to the main campus of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley over the next year. Both ESnet and NERSC are DOE Office of Science User Facilities and have a track record of deploying leading-edge technologies to advance scientific research. Read further...
The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) has approved the Mellanox SwitchX series of 10/40 Gigabit Ethernet switches for use on U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) networks. This move comes as a direct result of the DISA awarding Mellanox Federal Systems the Unified Capabilities Approved Product List (UC APL) certification for the Mellanox SwitchX series of Ethernet switches. Read further...
Shai Cohen has been appointed to the Mellanox's Board of Directors effective December 7, 2015. Before announcing his retirement in April 2015, Shai Cohen, a co-founder of Mellanox, has served as Mellanox's chief operating officer where he oversaw all internal operations, the production of Mellanox's industry-leading suite of InfiniBand and Ethernet hardware and software solutions, and co-lead the company's research and development. Read further...
Seagate Technology plc, a world expert in storage solutions, has introduced major enhancements to its AssuredSAN RealStor (RealStor) family of hybrid and all-flash storage arrays, enabling OEMs to provide customers with greater options for cost-competitive, high-performance midrange enterprise-class storage. Seagate now has additional powerful features in the RealStor 6004 hybrid storage array, already the product family's highest performing solution. Read further...

Applications

Exploding stars may seem like an unlikely yardstick for measuring the vast distances of space, but astronomers have been mapping the universe for decades using these stellar eruptions, called supernovas, with surprising accuracy. Type Ia supernovas - exploding white dwarf stars - are considered the most reliable distance markers for objects beyond our local group of galaxies. Because all Type Ia supernovas give off about the same amount of light, their distance can be inferred by the light intensity observed from Earth. Read further...
Deep learning is not a new concept in academic circles or behind the scenes at "Big Data" companies like Google and Facebook, where algorithms for automated pattern recognition are a fundamental part of the infrastructure. But when it comes to applying these same tools to the extra-large scientific datasets that pass through the supercomputers at NERSC on a daily basis, it's a different story. Now a collaborative effort at Berkeley Lab is working to change this scenario by applying deep learning software tools developed for high performance computing environments to a number of "grand challenge" science problems running computations at NERSC and other supercomputing facilities. Read further...
When performing numerical weather predictions, it is important that the simulation itself be accurate, but it is also key for real-world data, based on observations, to be accurately entered into the model. Typically, weather simulations work by having the computer conduct a number of simulations based on the current state, and then entering observational data into the simulation to nudge it in a way that puts it closer to the actual state. The problem of incorporating data in the simulation - data assimilation - has become increasingly complex with the large number of types of available data, such as satellite observations and measurements taken from ground stations. Typically, supercomputers today spend an approximately equal amount of time running the simulations and incorporating the real-world data. Read further...
Researchers from RMIT University in Melbourne have helped crack the code to ultra-secure telecommunications of the future in an international research project that could also expedite the advent of quantum computing. A team co-led by RMIT MicroNano Research Facility Director Professor David Moss has added a new twist to create photon pairs that fit on a tiny computer chip. Read further...
A 10-member team led by Johann Rudi of the University of Texas at Austin are the recipients of the 2015 ACM Gordon Bell Prize for their entry entitled "An Extreme-Scale Implicit Solver for Complex PDEs: Highly Heterogeneous Flow in Earth's Mantle". The winning team includes representatives from the University of Texas at Austin, IBM Corporation, California Institute of Technology and the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at New York University. The ACM Gordon Bell Prize tracks the progress of parallel computing and rewards innovation in applying high performance computing to challenges in science, engineering, and large-scale data analytics. The award was bestowed during SC15 in Austin, Texas. Read further...
The state of Colorado is turning to the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) to establish the country's most advanced system for predicting wildland fire behaviour, including where and how quickly the blazes will spread. Developed in response to legislation that Gov. John Hickenlooper signed in May, the new agreement creates an innovative research and development partnership to generate real-time, 18-hour forecasts of active wildfires in the state. NCAR will work with the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control's new Center of Excellence for Advanced Technology Aerial Firefighting in Rifle to design and develop the system and begin testing it as early as next year. Read further...
Chapman University is a recipient of an Army Research Office (ARO) grant as part of a larger award to U.C. Berkeley designed to understand the continuous measurement of superconducting quantum bits using microwave fields. The initial award of the ARO grant is more than $4 million over four years, of which $400,000 is subcontracted to Chapman University. The principal investigator from Chapman University on the project is Justin Dressel, Ph.D., assistant professor of physics. The project is titled the Theory for Continuous Quantum State Tracking and Error Correction, or CQSTEC. Read further...

The Cloud

Novo Nordisk and IBM Watson Health will work together to create diabetes solutions built on the Watson Health Cloud. The agreement combines Novo Nordisk's deep understanding of diabetes with IBM's leadership in cognitive computing. The companies will explore possibilities for improved diabetes care via insights from real-time, real world evidence of Novo Nordisk diabetes treatments and devices. By harnessing the potential of the Watson Health Cloud, Novo Nordisk aims to further advance its offerings to people living with diabetes and their health care professionals. Read further...
Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has made available the Cloud28+ Cloud service catalogue. The catalogue enables European enterprises to easily search for Cloud services to meet their specific business requirements. Cloud28+ customers can also sort for a specific data centre location and provider by which a Cloud service is operated, thus ensuring compliance with local laws and business requirements. Cloud 28+ is a community of commercial and public sector organisations aimed at expanding cloud service adoption across the European region. Read further...
IBM and Korean IT services company SK Holdings C&C have signed an agreement to develop Cloud solutions and services for enterprises across a variety of industries. Jointly, the companies intend to drive over $200 million as a result of this collaboration over the next five years. SK Holdings C&C selected IBM as its premier provider of Cloud infrastructure services in order to help businesses digitally transform into the new era of Cloud computing. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2015-12-14

Quantum computing

QuSoft research center for quantum software launched in Amsterdam ...

IBM awarded IARPA grant to advance research towards a universal quantum computer ...

Focus on Europe

HPC Advisory Council Switzerland Conference 2016 issues Call for Participation ...

Solid Sands announces partnership with Vector Software for compiler validation ...

EPCC to host FLACS HPC service for explosion modelling for industry ...

House of Representatives of the Netherlands invests extra 8 million in ICT infrastructure ...

GCS awards 1358 million computing core hours to national scientific large-scale projects ...

RDA Europe supports 20 Europeans to attend the RDA 7th Plenary Meeting, 1-3 March, Tokyo, Japan ...

European Commission to organize Info Day about Horizon 2020 ICT-LEIT opportunities for research funding grants ...

Middleware

India-based Micropoint joins Bright Partner Programme to play a key role in the Indian Government's "National Supercomputing Mission" ...

Hardware

CoolIT Systems named Exporter of the Year at 2015 Alberta Export Awards ...

Department of Energy's ESnet and NERSC blaze 400G production network path ...

Mellanox 10/40 Gigabit Ethernet switches approved for use in U.S. Department of Defense networks ...

Mellanox Technologies appoints Shai Cohen to its Board of Directors ...

Seagate enhances RealStor storage arrays for greater enterprise performance, data centre versatility and disaster recovery ...

Applications

Titan helps researchers explore explosive star scenarios ...

Computational researchers testing advanced machine learning tools for HPC at NERSC ...

Largest ensemble simulation of global weather using real-world data ...

Photons on a chip set new paths for secure communications ...

Trailblazing approach to modelling Earth's geological processes wins Gordon Bell Prize ...

NCAR to develop wildland fire prediction system for Colorado ...

Chapman University named as part of U.S. Army Research Office grant for physics ...

The Cloud

Novo Nordisk and IBM partner to build diabetes care solutions on the Watson Health Cloud ...

Cloud28+ launches enterprise Cloud catalogue with 680 services ...

SK Holdings C&C taps IBM to accelerate Cloud adoption in Korea ...