Primeur weekly 2016-02-01

Crowd computing

The DATA4 Group has acquired a stake in Qarnot computing to support its development both in France and abroad ...

Quantum computing

A new quantum approach to big data ...

Focus on Europe

Bright Computing receives 1,5 million euro Horizon 2020 grant from the European Commission ...

Energy-saving minicomputers for the 'Internet of Things' ...

AppliedMicro selected as the exclusive server provider for the Horizon 2020-funded UniServer project ...

New GBP 20.4 million project set to transform UK pharmaceutical development and manufacturing ...

Swiss National Supercomputing Centre to organize the 2016 CSCS-USI Summer School ...

SISSA and ICTP Master in High Performance Computing to organize MHPC Workshop on High Performance Computing ...

Middleware

Bright and Turkish solution provider BitNet celebrate joint customer win at FNSS ...

Hardware

A step towards keeping up with Moore's Law ...

Nagaoka University of Technology selects SGI to deliver advanced information processing for students and researchers ...

SGI reports fiscal second quarter 2016 financial results ...

Tokyo Institute of Technology and Fujitsu achieve wireless transmission speeds of 56 Gbps, world's fastest ...

Fujitsu and Socionext develop next-generation 56 Gbps transceiver circuit with world's lowest power consumption for optical communications between servers ...

Applications

NSF's iPlant Collaborative rebrands to CyVerse ...

IBM Watson health companies awarded five Best in KLAS designations ...

ANSYS unveils release 17.0 ...

Titan targets tumors ...

Supercomputer services give honey bee researchers critical insight ...

PPPL team wins 80 million processor hours on US' fastest supercomputer ...

The Cloud

IBM enhances LinuxONE for hybrid Cloud environments ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2016-02-01

Crowd computing

DATA4 Group, a European data centre specialist, and Qarnot computing, a start-up that created the first radiators using computer processors as a heat source, have created a high-performance computing system that is unique on the market. The system combines the IT power that is concentrated in DATA4 data centres and the decentralised compute power created by the Qarnot digital heaters. Read further...

Quantum computing

From gene mapping to space exploration, humanity continues to generate ever-larger sets of data - far more information than people can actually process, manage, or understand. Machine learning systems can help researchers deal with this ever-growing flood of information. Some of the most powerful of these analytical tools are based on a strange branch of geometry called topology, which deals with properties that stay the same even when something is bent and stretched every which way. Read further...

Focus on Europe

Bright Computing has been awarded a grant of 1,512,857 euro by the European Commission under its Horizon 2020 programme. The grant will be used for the Bright Beyond HPC programme, which focuses on enhancing and scaling Bright's industry-leading management platform for advanced IT infrastructure, including high performance computing clusters, Big Data clusters, and OpenStack-based private Clouds. Read further...
The 'Internet of Things' is growing rapidly. Mobile phones, washing machines and the milk bottle in the fridge: the idea is that minicomputers connected to these will be able to process information, receive and send data. This requires electrical power. Transistors that are capable of switching information with a single electron use far less power than field effect transistors that are commonly used in computers. However, these innovative electronic switches do not yet work at room temperature. Moreover, they are not compatible with the established production process in the field of micro-electronics. Scientists working on the new EU research project 'Ions4Set' intend to change this. The programme will be launched on February 1, involves partners from five European countries and is scheduled to run for four years. It is coordinated by the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR). Read further...
Applied Micro Circuits Corporation's innovative X-Gene Server-on-a-Chip solution is the exclusive server platform that will be used to develop UniServer, a universal system architecture and software ecosystem for servers. The UniServer technology will be ported on the X-Gene solution and evaluated using smart emerging applications deployed in both classic Cloud business data-centers and in newer environments closer to the data sources. The 3-year project is funded by the Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme in the European Union, totaling 4.8 million euro. Read further...
A newly launched major collaborative project is set to transform the UK pharmaceutical industry by enabling the manufacturing processes of the innovative medicines of the future to be designed digitally. The STFC Hartree Centre is a partner in the GBP 20.4 million ADDoPT - Advanced Digital Design of Pharmaceutical Therapeutics - project, which involves major pharmaceutical companies, Pfizer, GSK, AstraZeneca and Bristol-Myers Squibb. Read further...
CSCS, the Swiss National Supercomputing Centre, is organizing the 2016 CSCS-USI Summer School which will take place from July 17 to 28, 2016 at Hotel Serpiano in Ticino, Switzerland. The Summer School 2016 on Effective High Performance Computing will focus on the effective exploitation of HPC systems. The Summer School is dedicated to Master and Ph.D. students. The deadline for application is April 11, 2016. Read further...
The joint SISSA and ICTP The Master in High Performance Computing (MHPC) programme is organizing its first workshop to highlight the two foundation pillars of the programme: training and science. The workshop, which will run from 24 to 26 February 2016, will be a unique and international event that will highlight state-of-the-art High Performance Computing applied to computational science and engineering. Read further...

Middleware

Bright Computing has joined forces with BitNet, a real-time analytics research and development company based in Turkey, to provide an infrastructure management solution to FNSS. Read further...

Hardware

Along with the fast development of modern information technology, charge-based memories, such as DRAM and flash memory, are being aggressively scaled down to meet the current trend of small size devices. A memory device with high density, faster speed, and low power consumption is desired to satisfy Moore's law in the next few decades. Among the candidates of next-generation memory devices, cross-bar-shaped non-volatile resistive memory (memristor) is one of the most attractive solutions for its non-volatility, faster access speed, ultra-high density and easier fabrication process. Read further...
The Administrative Organization of the National University Corporation, Nagaoka University of Technology in Nagaoka, Japan has selected the SGI UV 300, SGI UV 30EX and SGI Rackable servers and SGI InfiniteStorage 5600 for its next education and research integrated high-performance computing (HPC) system. This system will be installed at the university's Information Processing Center and will start operation on March 1, 2016. It will offer a tenfold performance increase over the previous system. Read further...
SGI, a global expert in high performance solutions for compute, data analytics and data management, has reported financial results for its fiscal second quarter ended December 25, 2015. The data is presented on both a GAAP and non-GAAP basis. Read further...
In an effort to further enlarge the capacity of wireless equipment, Tokyo Institute of Technology and Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd. have developed a CMOS wireless transceiver chip that can process signals at high speeds with little loss across a broad range of frequencies, from 72 to 100 gigahertz (GHz). They also developed technology to modularize it. With these developments, they succeeded in achieving wireless transmission speeds of 56 Gigabits per second (Gbps), the world's fastest. Read further...
Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd. and Socionext Inc. have developed the world's lowest power-consuming transceiver circuit that achieves communications speeds of 56 Gbps per channel. Compared to previous levels, this essentially doubles the speed of data transfers between semiconductor chips, used in servers and switches, and optical modules. Read further...

Applications

The National Science Foundation's premier data management platform for the life sciences has rebranded, shedding the project's original label of iPlant Collaborative and donning the new name CyVerse. The rebrand emphasizes the project's capacity to provide data management and computation services beyond plant sciences, for collaborations across scientific disciplines. Read further...
The 2015/2016 Best in KLAS: Software & Services report recognized two of IBM Watson Health's newly acquired companies for population health and imaging solutions. IBM company Phytel's population health solution suite was named Best in KLAS for the population health category, and IBM Company Merge Healthcare was awarded three Best in KLAS designations and its Hemodynamic solution was named KLAS Category Leader for the fifth consecutive year. Read further...
Engineers across disciplines - from structures to fluids to electromagnetics to systems - will realize step-change improvements in the way they develop products using the newly released ANSYS 17.0. This next generation of ANSYS industry-leading engineering simulation solutions set the scene for the next quantum leaps in product development, enabling unprecedented advancements across an array of industry initiatives from smart devices to autonomous vehicles to more energy-efficient machines. The most feature-rich release in the company's 45-year history, available today, delivers 10x improvements to product development productivity, insight and performance. Read further...
Since lasers were first produced in the early 1960s, researchers have worked to apply laser technology from welding metal to surgeries, with laser technology advancing quickly through the last 50 years. Surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy all play important roles in cancer treatment, and sometimes the best successes come from combining all three approaches. Read further...
In a very significant way, Rodney Richardson has found a key that is unlocking some powerful insight into how we can help sustain the lives of our planet's pollinators. In 2014, the Ohio State University graduate student adapted his previous experience using Ohio Supercomputer Center resources for bioinformatics studies to his current research on honey bee foraging and the result could throw open the doors for this particular area of study. Read further...
The U.S Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded a total of 80 million processor hours on the fastest supercomputer in the nation to an astrophysical project based at the DOE's Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL). The grants will enable researchers led by Amitava Bhattacharjee, head of the Theory Department at PPPL, and physicist Will Fox to study the dynamics of magnetic fields in the high-energy density plasmas that lasers create. Such plasmas can closely approximate those that occur in some astrophysical objects. Read further...

The Cloud

IBM has launched new technology features and collaborations for its LinuxONE family of high-performance Linux systems. The enhancements will enable organisations of all sizes to develop, deploy and manage applications for the Cloud simply and efficiently with robust security. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2016-02-01

Crowd computing

The DATA4 Group has acquired a stake in Qarnot computing to support its development both in France and abroad ...

Quantum computing

A new quantum approach to big data ...

Focus on Europe

Bright Computing receives 1,5 million euro Horizon 2020 grant from the European Commission ...

Energy-saving minicomputers for the 'Internet of Things' ...

AppliedMicro selected as the exclusive server provider for the Horizon 2020-funded UniServer project ...

New GBP 20.4 million project set to transform UK pharmaceutical development and manufacturing ...

Swiss National Supercomputing Centre to organize the 2016 CSCS-USI Summer School ...

SISSA and ICTP Master in High Performance Computing to organize MHPC Workshop on High Performance Computing ...

Middleware

Bright and Turkish solution provider BitNet celebrate joint customer win at FNSS ...

Hardware

A step towards keeping up with Moore's Law ...

Nagaoka University of Technology selects SGI to deliver advanced information processing for students and researchers ...

SGI reports fiscal second quarter 2016 financial results ...

Tokyo Institute of Technology and Fujitsu achieve wireless transmission speeds of 56 Gbps, world's fastest ...

Fujitsu and Socionext develop next-generation 56 Gbps transceiver circuit with world's lowest power consumption for optical communications between servers ...

Applications

NSF's iPlant Collaborative rebrands to CyVerse ...

IBM Watson health companies awarded five Best in KLAS designations ...

ANSYS unveils release 17.0 ...

Titan targets tumors ...

Supercomputer services give honey bee researchers critical insight ...

PPPL team wins 80 million processor hours on US' fastest supercomputer ...

The Cloud

IBM enhances LinuxONE for hybrid Cloud environments ...