Primeur weekly 2016-02-08

Focus

Reaching towards fully-integrated 3D tomography using new generation of algorithms and high performant scanning equipment and GPU clusters ...

Whole genome sequencing using HPC clusters in project MinE to find a cure for ALS ...

Exascale supercomputing

How to fit ten million computers into a single Supercomputer? The ExaNeSt project paves the way. European consortium becomes the trailblazer in the development of the most challenging architectures ...

Focus on Europe

Europe and Brazil join forces to improve the efficiency of the energy sector with HPC ...

Upcoming e-IRG Workshop will focus on the Progress of the e-Infrastructure Commons ...

CCRT boosts industrial innovation with a petascale supercomputer from Bull ...

Middleware

Ellexus launches tool to load balance shared storage called Mistral ...

Frame unveils powerful new visual supercomputer in the Cloud ...

Hardware

Poznan Supercomputing & Networking Center and Huawei launch HPC cluster, liquid cooled by CoolIT Systems ...

DDN WOS object storage software wins 2016 Storage Visions Award for secure, collaborative Cloud storage ...

Auburn University unveils $1 million supercomputer and initiates new technology acquisition plan ...

AMD reveals world's first hardware-virtualized GPU product line ...

High Performance Computing (HPC) market worth 36.62 billion USD by 2020 ...

Mellanox promotes Amit Katz to Vice President of Ethernet Switch Sales ...

Applications

Ofiice of Naval Research-sponsored technology simulates how legs bleed ...

Anton 2 supercomputer at PSC will increase speed and size of molecular simulations ...

NCSA awarded grant to examine effective practices in industrial HPC ...

A stellar collaboration: Supercomputing and NASA's IRIS Observatory ...

Carnegie Mellon joins IARPA project to reverse-engineer brain algorithms ...

Bionik Laboratories to utilize machine learning and analytics to improve neurological rehabilitation ...

IBM Watson Ecosystem opens for business in India ...

American Heart Association, IBM Watson Health and Welltok team up to transform heart health ...

The Cloud

Nimbix addresses enterprise call for high-performance computing with executive sales hire ...

IBM launches Cloud data and analytics marketplace for developers ...

IBM closes deal to acquire The Weather Company's product and technology businesses ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2016-02-08

Focus

During the SURFsara Super D Event, recently held at Felix Meritis in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Primeur Magazine had the opportunity to talk with Joost Batenburg from the Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica - CWI about 3D tomography. Joost Batenburg is a researcher a CWI in Amsterdam, the Netherlands national Research Institute for Mathematics and Computer Science and a part-time professor at the Mathematical Institute of the University of Leiden. Joost Batenburg's research domain is tomography, a form of 3D image reconstruction from projections. The most well-known example of tomography is a medical CT scanner where X-ray images are recorded from a large number of angles, all around the patient. The technique of tomography is to take as input the series of X-ray images and then compute a 3D image of what the patients look like at the inside. You can use this technique not only for medical imaging but also to look inside nanostructures from images using an electron microscope, for non-destructive testing, to look into a variety of industrial objects, and for a broad range of other applications. Read further...
During the SURFsara Super D Event, recently held at Felix Meritis in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Primeur Magazine had the opportunity to talk with Jan Veldink, a neurologist and professor in neurogenetics from the University Medical Center (UMC) in Utrecht about Lou Gherig's disease, aslo known as ALS. Jan Veldink is coordinating the project MinE, which is a large genome sequencing project for ALS. ALS is a lethal disease within 3 to 5 years that is typically occurring in people over sixty of age but younger people can be affected as well. Currently, there is no cure so researchers desperately need more insight in its causes and hopefully thereby new treatments. Read further...

Exascale supercomputing

The next generation of supercomputers must be capable of a billion billion calculations per second. These are referred to as Exascale computers and with this ability to undertake such volume of calculations, they will transform our understanding of the world through advanced simulation and problem solving. It will take ten million processors working together to achieve Exascale - the equivalent of asking ten million individuals to solve, in a single second, a problem that would normally take one person 3 months - about ten million seconds; so how can this be achieved? A step towards the Exascale vision is being made by a European Consortium, funded by the Horizon2020 initiative of the EU and entitled ExaNeSt, which is building its first straw man prototype this year, 2016. Read further...

Focus on Europe

On 2 and 3 February 2016, the High Performance Computing for Energy (HPC4E) project officially launched with a kick-off meeting for partners at Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC). Coordinated by BSC and running from 1 December 2015 to 30 November 2017, the project has been granted 2 million euro in funding by the EU's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. HPC4E brings together European and Brazilian partners that include both companies within the energy sector, such as REPSOL, TOTAL, Iberdrola and Petrobras, as well as the following research centres: BSC, CIEMAT, Inria, University of Lancaster (ULANC), COPPE, LNNC, ITA, Universidad Federal do Rio Grande do Sur and Universidad Federal de Pernambuco. Read further...
The next Open e-IRG Workshop, titled "Progress of the e-Infrastructure Commons: integration and interoperability - funding and revenue models" will be organized under the auspices of the Dutch EU Presidency of the European Union in Amsterdam on 9 March 2016. Read further...
Following a tender bid, the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission, CEA, and its industrial partners at the Centre for Computing Research and Technology, CCRT, have invested in a new petaflop supercomputer of ~1.4 Pflops, designed by Bull, the Atos brand for technology products and software. Three times more powerful than the current computer at CCRT, it will be installed in the CEA's Very Large Computing Centre in Bruyères-le-Châtel, France, mid-2016 to cover expanding industrial needs. Read further...

Middleware

UK-based start-up Ellexus Ltd has launched its inaugural product to profile and load balance shared storage across high performance computing (HPC) clusters. This ground breaking new software, called Mistral, has the potential to save the HPC industry millions in wasted compute resources and improve the quality of service across compute clusters around the world. Read further...
Frame, the Cloud service that lets users run any software in a browser, has released its new system, Pro 64GB, that designers and engineers can use to run their most performance-demanding applications in the Cloud. Frame Pro 64GB is optimized for modern, multi-core simulation and rendering applications. It packs 2 Intel Xeon CPUs, 4 NVIDIA GRID GPUs, 64GB of memory, and an SSD flash drive in a Cloud-based system that users can access on demand for under $4 per hour. Read further...

Hardware

CoolIT Systems, a global expert in Direct Contact Liquid Cooling (DCLC) technologies for data centre, server and desktop markets, has successfully completed the second deployment of its Rack DCLC liquid cooling solution at the Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Center (PSNC) in partnership with Huawei. Read further...
DataDirect Networks' WOS 360 v2.0 object storage software was named a Visionary Product in the Professional Class Storage category at the fifteenth Annual Storage Visions Conference. The groundbreaking WOS enables organisations to build highly reliable, infinitely scalable and cost-efficient storage repositories to meet any unstructured data need and the most demanding storage requirements. With massively scalable storage technology that is able to outpace the performance requirements and growth of Enterprise Big Data, DDN continues to lead the market with revolutionary products that solve the end-to-end data lifecycle from cache and SSD to high performance file storage, Cloud and archive. Read further...
Auburn University has unveiled its new $1 million supercomputer that will enhance research across campus, from microscopic gene sequencing to huge engineering tasks. The university is also initiating a plan to purchase a new one every few years as research needs evolve and expand. Read further...
​AMD has revealed the world's first hardware virtualized GPU products - AMD FirePro S-Series GPUs with Multiuser GPU (MxGPU) technology. AMD's ground-breaking hardware-virtualized GPU architecture delivers an innovative solution in response to emerging user experiences such as remote workstation, Cloud gaming, Cloud computing, and Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI). Read further...
According to a new market research report, "High Performance Computing Market by Components Type (Servers, Storage, Networking Devices, & Software), Services, Deployment Type, Server Price Band, Vertical, & Region - Global Forecast to 2020", published by MarketsandMarkets, the HPC market is estimated to grow from USD 28.08 billion in 2015 and projected to be of USD 36.62 billion by 2020, at a high Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 5.45% during the forecast period. Read further...
Mellanox Technologies Ltd., a supplier of high-performance, end-to-end interconnect solutions for data centre servers and storage systems, has promoted Amit Katz to Vice President of Ethernet Switch Sales. Read further...

Applications

To make training for combat medics more realistic, researchers at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) have designed the first detailed computer simulation model of an injured human leg - complete with spurting blood. Sponsored by the Office of Naval Research (ONR), the simulator was created at UCLA's Center for Advanced Surgical and Interventional Technology (CASIT). The research team included surgeons, fluid dynamicists, biomedical engineers, mathematicians and psychologists. Read further...
A $1.8-million National Institutes of Health grant to the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC) will make a next-generation Anton 2 supercomputer developed by D. E. Shaw Research (DESRES) available to the biomedical research community. A specialized system for modelling the function and dynamics of biomolecules, the Anton 2 machine at PSC will be the only one of its kind publicly available to U.S. scientists. The grant also extends the operation of the Anton 1 supercomputer currently at PSC until the new Anton 2 is deployed, expected in the Fall of 2016. Read further...
Being a principal investigator for a $300,000 National Science Foundation (NSF) award to evaluate and share practices in partnerships between high performance computing (HPC) and industry was not on Merle Giles' radar before he started working with NCSA. Read further...
The Sun's atmosphere is a powerful, dynamic environment, with distinct layers characterized by complex physical processes that are not yet well understood. Over the past few years, technological advances have made it possible for scientists to study the solar atmosphere more closely than ever before by using space-based observatories, such as NASA's Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS), together with high-performance computer modeling, simulation, and analysis back on Earth. Read further...
Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) is embarking on a five-year, $12 million research effort to reverse-engineer the brain, seeking to unlock the secrets of neural circuitry and the brain's learning methods. Researchers will use these insights to make computers think more like humans. The research project, led by Tai Sing Lee, professor in the Computer Science Department and the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition (CNBC), is funded by the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) through its Machine Intelligence from Cortical Networks (MICrONS) research programme. MICrONS is advancing President Barack Obama's BRAIN Initiative to revolutionize the understanding of the human brain. Read further...
Bionik Laboratories Corp., a pioneering medical device and robotics company with a focus in developing technologies and solutions for individuals with neurological disorders, is working with IBM to develop a unique analytics system and apply sophisticated machine learning algorithms to improve the outcomes of neurological rehabilitation. Read further...
IBM announced InspireOne Technologies and TEXTIENT as the first two India-based partners to join the IBM Watson Ecosystem. The companies will begin developing cognitive computing solutions in the region. InspireOne Technologies is using IBM Watson cognitive APIs in its professional development app to empower employees to develop their leadership skills, and TEXTIENT is a marketing insights platform tapping Watson to develop real-time brand perception reports. Read further...
The American Heart Association (AHA) plans to develop a first of its kind workplace health solution that leverages the cognitive computing power of IBM Watson. In the first application of Watson to cardiovascular disease, AHA, IBM and Welltok will create a new offering that combines AHA's science-based metrics and health assessments with cognitive analytics, delivered on Welltok's health optimization platform. The effort is intended to help alleviate the burden of cardiovascular diseases, which affect more than 85 million Americans today. Read further...

The Cloud

Nimbix, an expert in Cloud-based, High-Performance Computing (HPC) infrastructure and applications, has appointed Chuck Kelly as Senior Vice President of Sales. Chuck Kelly will be responsible for expanding the company's enterprise sales organisation and its channel of application providers, Cloud consultants and resellers, through focused HPC marketing and sales initiatives. Read further...
IBM has launched a broad expansion of its Cloud Data Services portfolio with more than 25 services now available on the IBM Cloud. They are designed to help developers build, deploy and manage web and mobile applications and enable data scientists to discover hidden trends using data and analytics in the Cloud. The hybrid Cloud services can be deployed across multiple Cloud providers and are based on open source technologies, open ecosystems that include company and third-party data, and open architectures that allows data to easily flow amongst the different services. Read further...
IBM has closed the acquisition of The Weather Company's B2B, mobile and Cloud-based web-properties, weather.com, Weather Underground, The Weather Company brand and WSI, its global business-to-business brand. The cable TV segment was not acquired by IBM, but will license weather forecast data and analytics from IBM under a long-term contract. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2016-02-08

Focus

Reaching towards fully-integrated 3D tomography using new generation of algorithms and high performant scanning equipment and GPU clusters ...

Whole genome sequencing using HPC clusters in project MinE to find a cure for ALS ...

Exascale supercomputing

How to fit ten million computers into a single Supercomputer? The ExaNeSt project paves the way. European consortium becomes the trailblazer in the development of the most challenging architectures ...

Focus on Europe

Europe and Brazil join forces to improve the efficiency of the energy sector with HPC ...

Upcoming e-IRG Workshop will focus on the Progress of the e-Infrastructure Commons ...

CCRT boosts industrial innovation with a petascale supercomputer from Bull ...

Middleware

Ellexus launches tool to load balance shared storage called Mistral ...

Frame unveils powerful new visual supercomputer in the Cloud ...

Hardware

Poznan Supercomputing & Networking Center and Huawei launch HPC cluster, liquid cooled by CoolIT Systems ...

DDN WOS object storage software wins 2016 Storage Visions Award for secure, collaborative Cloud storage ...

Auburn University unveils $1 million supercomputer and initiates new technology acquisition plan ...

AMD reveals world's first hardware-virtualized GPU product line ...

High Performance Computing (HPC) market worth 36.62 billion USD by 2020 ...

Mellanox promotes Amit Katz to Vice President of Ethernet Switch Sales ...

Applications

Ofiice of Naval Research-sponsored technology simulates how legs bleed ...

Anton 2 supercomputer at PSC will increase speed and size of molecular simulations ...

NCSA awarded grant to examine effective practices in industrial HPC ...

A stellar collaboration: Supercomputing and NASA's IRIS Observatory ...

Carnegie Mellon joins IARPA project to reverse-engineer brain algorithms ...

Bionik Laboratories to utilize machine learning and analytics to improve neurological rehabilitation ...

IBM Watson Ecosystem opens for business in India ...

American Heart Association, IBM Watson Health and Welltok team up to transform heart health ...

The Cloud

Nimbix addresses enterprise call for high-performance computing with executive sales hire ...

IBM launches Cloud data and analytics marketplace for developers ...

IBM closes deal to acquire The Weather Company's product and technology businesses ...