Primeur weekly 2016-02-22

Crowd computing

Come and build Sisunen, a real supercomputer ...

Quantum computing

A new spin on quantum computing: Scientists train electrons with microwaves ...

Focus on Europe

Bright Computing names Bill Wagner as Chief Executive Officer ...

PRACEdays16 registration is now open ...

ISC High Performance keynote proclaims women's excellence in computational science ...

Flemish Supercomputer Centre selects Mellanox's end-to-end EDR 100Gb/s InfiniBand solution to further science and medical research ...

Middleware

IBM delivers Blockchain-as-a-Service for developers and commits to making blockchain ready for business ...

Hardware

IBM and Cognitiva to usher in a new era of cognitive computing using Watson in Latin America ...

New supercomputer for computational chemistry, biology and physics at University of Western Australia ...

FlashLite sets SPEC benchmark world records ...

GridGain raises $15 million in Series B financing led by Sberbank and MoneyTime Ventures ...

Met Office celebrates 'topping out' of supercomputer complex ...

Applications

Groundbreaking leader of computation at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory retires ...

Titan probes depths of biofuel's biggest barrier ...

New projects pair U.S. manufacturers with Oak Ridge National Laboratory computing resources ...

AweSim-EWI project among those chosen for DOE HPC4Mfg award ...

Simulation reconstructs in detail the volcanic super-eruption which slowed the advance of modern man in Europe ...

University of Nebraska-Licoln supercomputers help gravitational wave discovery ...

The Cloud

EMC and VMware introduce hyper-converged VCE VXRAIL Appliance family ...

IBM unveils new mainframe for encrypted hybrid Clouds ...

Calix uses Oracle Cloud Platform to accelerate innovation ...

IBM Watson Health announces plans to acquire Truven Health Analytics for $2.6B, extending its leadership in value-based care solutions ...

Zycko deploys VM Aware storage solution from Mellanox and Tintri for private Cloud data centre ...

Award honours work of Genomics Virtual Lab team at University of Queensland ...

Connected high-speed data storage coming to University of Queensland ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2016-02-22

Crowd computing

Anyone who wants to now has the chance to build a fully functional supercomputer, Sisunen ("Little Sisu"). On the first weekend in March, Heureka will be running workshops in which children - of both school age and under - can build and try out a supercomputer under the guidance of CSC's experts. The computing power of this machine will be many times that of a regular home computer. Read further...

Quantum computing

In what may provide a potential path to processing information in a quantum computer, researchers have switched an intrinsic property of electrons from an excited state to a relaxed state on demand using a device that served as a microwave "tuning fork". The team's findings could also lead to enhancements in magnetic resonance techniques, which are widely used to explore the structure of materials and biomolecules, and for medical imaging. Read further...

Focus on Europe

Bill Wagner has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer of Bright Computing, an independent provider of management software for high performance computing (HPC) clusters, Big Data clusters, and OpenStack Clouds, effective immediately. As Bright Computing's CEO, Bill succeeds Matthijs van Leeuwen, who founded the company and served as its CEO since 2009. Mr. Van Leeuwen will remain with Bright Computing as Chief Strategy Officer and board member. Read further...
PRACEdays16 will be held from 10 to 12 May 2016 in Prague, Czech Republic. Registration is open from 15 February until 29 April 2016 and a special hotel rate at the conference venue - Orea Pyramida Hotel - is available until 10 March. The conference fee is 60 euro per participant, which will give access to all sessions and the social programme. The PRACEdays16 programme will follow the tradition set by the 2014 and 2015 editions and will include international keynote presentations from high-level scientists and researchers from academia and industry, including among others Sharon Broude Geva, Director of Advanced Research Computing (ARC), University of Michigan, United States; Christoph Gümbel, Director Virtual Vehicle, Porsche AG, Germany; and Martin Winter, European Chemical Industry Council. The registration deadline is 29 April 2016. Read further...
The ISC High Performance Conference Tuesday keynote session will highlight contributions from female researchers and scientists in advancing the field of computational science. This ongoing commitment to recognize the importance of diversity in the HPC community will provide a platform for women to address computational challenges in HPC, science and engineering. Read further...
The Flemish Supercomputer Centre (VSC) in Belgium, has selected Mellanox's end-to-end 100Gb/s EDR interconnect solutions to be integrated into a new LX-series supercomputer that is to be supplied by NEC Corporation. The system, which will be the fastest supercomputer (Tier-1) and the first complete end-to-end EDR 100Gb/s InfiniBand system in Belgium, is another example of the increasing global adoption of EDR InfiniBand technology. Read further...

Middleware

To help developers quickly begin exploring the use of blockchain in the enterprise, IBM has made nearly 44,000 lines of code available to the Linux Foundation's open source Hyperledger Project to help developers easily build secure distributed ledgers that can be used to exchange most anything of value. Read further...

Hardware

IBM and GBM Corporation, an IT integration company in the Central American and Caribbean region, have signed a strategic partnership to accelerate the use of IBM's Watson cognitive computing capabilities in Latin America. GBM has created a new company, Cognitiva, for this purpose in the region. Read further...
The study of gravitational waves is one of a number of research areas that will benefit from 'Pople', a high-performance computing (HPC) cluster which is the latest addition to the Faculty of Science at the University of Western Australia (UWA). Read further...
Research Computing Centre (RCC)'s data-intensive high performance computer, FlashLite, has set two world records to become the world's most powerful shared memory server. The ARC-funded FlashLite was installed in Spring Hill's Polaris Data Centre in August last year and is available for use to Australian researchers, including those at the University of Queensland. Read further...
GridGain Systems, provider of the enterprise-grade In-Memory Data Fabric based on Apache Ignite, has raised $15 million in Series B financing led by Sberbank and MoneyTime Ventures, with the participation of Almaz Capital and RTP Ventures. Victor Orlovski, General Partner at MoneyTime Ventures, will also join the GridGain board of directors. The funding round will be used to expand sales, marketing and R&D, and to fuel GridGain's continued international growth. Through its participation in the Apache Ignite open source project, GridGain owns a strong leadership position in the in-memory computing market, which Gartner expects to grow to $10 billion by 2019. Read further...
The Met Office and Exeter Science Park mark a significant phase in the construction of the new home for the new supercomputer. Built by Willmott Dixon, and designed by Atkins, the complex will house part of the new Met Office supercomputer and marks another significant milestone in its High Performance Computing (HPC) project. Read further...

Applications

Dona Crawford, Associate Director for Computation at National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)'s Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), has announced her retirement after 15 years of leading Livermore's Computation Directorate. Read further...
Ask a biofuel researcher to name the single greatest technical barrier to cost-effective ethanol, and you're likely to receive a one-word response: lignin. Cellulosic ethanol - fuel derived from woody plants and waste biomass - has the potential to become an affordable, renewable transportation fuel that rivals gasoline, but lignin, one of the most ubiquitous components of the plant cell wall, gets in the way. Read further...
The Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) will support four new industry projects announced as part of DOE's High Performance Computing for Manufacturing (HPC4Mfg) Programme. The programme pairs selected companies with national labs, including ORNL, Lawrence Berkeley and Lawrence Livermore (LLNL) national laboratories, which will provide expertise in and access to high performance computing systems aimed at manufacturing challenges. Each of the initial 10 projects will be funded at approximately $300,000 for a total of $3 million. Read further...
The AweSim programme at the Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC) and EWI have been selected to develop one of 10 national industry projects under the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) High Performance Computing for Manufacturing (HPC4Mfg) programme. AweSim and EWI will partner with Oak Ridge National Laboratories (ORNL) to develop a Cloud-based advanced welding simulation tool for broad industry use, under a project entitled: "Weld Predictor App". Read further...
A new study on the Campanian Ignimbrite super-eruption, which took place some 39,000 years ago near the modern city of Naples, provides a detailed reconstruction of this natural phenomenon which slowed the advance of Modern Humans in Europe. For the first time, researchers have reconstructed the two phases of the super-eruption which deposited an amount of ash equivalent to approximately eight times the volume of Everest, between southern Italy and the Siberian plains. The study has been published in the magazineNature Scientific Reports. Read further...
Detecting gravitational waves that emerged from a collision of black holes about 1.3 billion years ago took the efforts of 1,000-plus scientists over more than two decades, culminating with a February 11 announcement of the historic feat. As it turns out, crunching the galaxies of data spawned by the discovery has also demanded collaboration - this time among a series of global supercomputer networks guided in part by computer scientists at University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Holland Computing Center. Read further...

The Cloud

EMC Corporation and VMware Inc. have launched the new VCE VxRail Appliance family, the only integrated and jointly engineered hyper-converged infrastructure appliances (HCIA) for VMware environments. The VxRail Appliance family brings together the best of EMC and VMware including EMC rich data services and leading systems management capabilities with VMware's leading hyper-converged software that includes VMware vSphere, vCenter Server and VMware Virtual SAN, the simple, powerful, efficient software defined storage natively integrated with vSphere - all in a single product family with one point of support. Hybrid storage or all-flash VxRail Appliances extend and simplify VMware customer environments and deliver key performance and capacity advantages in a simple, turnkey and easily scalable HCIA. Read further...
IBM has unveiled a new mainframe, bringing the security of data encryption without slowing down system performance to mid-sized organisations. The new system, IBM z13s, is enabled and optimized for hybrid Cloud environments and can help secure critical information and transactions better than before. Read further...
Calix, a provider of broadband communications access systems and software, is using the Oracle Cloud Platform to significantly speed the development and delivery of innovative new services such as Web content management and customer portals for its customers, which include many of the world's leading service providers. Read further...
IBM Watson Health has plans to acquire Truven Health Analytics, a provider of Cloud-based health care data, analytics and insights for $2.6 billion. Truven will bring more than 8,500 clients, including U.S. federal and state government agencies, employers, health plans, hospitals, clinicians and life sciences companies to the IBM Watson Health portfolio. Read further...
Zycko, an international specialist IT distributor of innovative IT solutions, has deployed a software-defined storage solution consisting of Mellanox 56Gb Ethernet networking and hybrid Flash VM Aware storage from Tintri. This pairing of optimized technologies provides Zycko with simplified deployment and data centre management while simultaneously lowering energy consumption and capital expenditures. Read further...
Research Computing Centre (RCC) Director Professor David Abramson won aniTnewsBenchmark Award for Education Chief Information Officer of the year on 17 February 2016. The award was for his work on the Genomics Virtual Lab (GVL), a suite of user-friendly Cloud-based genomics analysis tools powered by the NeCTAR federated research Cloud. Read further...
The Research Computing Centre (RCC) at the University of Queensland (UQ) is building an experimental data fabric that connects on-campus computing hardware to data storage in QRIScloud, the Queensland node of Australia's research Cloud. Working with UQ's IT Services Division on a proof of concept project, RCC is building MeDiCI, the Metropolitan Data Caching Infrastructure, that supports data collection on campus, close to scientific instruments, data sources and local computers. These collections will be connected to the significant storage and processing capabilities of the Polaris Data Centre, where QRIScloud is sited. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2016-02-22

Crowd computing

Come and build Sisunen, a real supercomputer ...

Quantum computing

A new spin on quantum computing: Scientists train electrons with microwaves ...

Focus on Europe

Bright Computing names Bill Wagner as Chief Executive Officer ...

PRACEdays16 registration is now open ...

ISC High Performance keynote proclaims women's excellence in computational science ...

Flemish Supercomputer Centre selects Mellanox's end-to-end EDR 100Gb/s InfiniBand solution to further science and medical research ...

Middleware

IBM delivers Blockchain-as-a-Service for developers and commits to making blockchain ready for business ...

Hardware

IBM and Cognitiva to usher in a new era of cognitive computing using Watson in Latin America ...

New supercomputer for computational chemistry, biology and physics at University of Western Australia ...

FlashLite sets SPEC benchmark world records ...

GridGain raises $15 million in Series B financing led by Sberbank and MoneyTime Ventures ...

Met Office celebrates 'topping out' of supercomputer complex ...

Applications

Groundbreaking leader of computation at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory retires ...

Titan probes depths of biofuel's biggest barrier ...

New projects pair U.S. manufacturers with Oak Ridge National Laboratory computing resources ...

AweSim-EWI project among those chosen for DOE HPC4Mfg award ...

Simulation reconstructs in detail the volcanic super-eruption which slowed the advance of modern man in Europe ...

University of Nebraska-Licoln supercomputers help gravitational wave discovery ...

The Cloud

EMC and VMware introduce hyper-converged VCE VXRAIL Appliance family ...

IBM unveils new mainframe for encrypted hybrid Clouds ...

Calix uses Oracle Cloud Platform to accelerate innovation ...

IBM Watson Health announces plans to acquire Truven Health Analytics for $2.6B, extending its leadership in value-based care solutions ...

Zycko deploys VM Aware storage solution from Mellanox and Tintri for private Cloud data centre ...

Award honours work of Genomics Virtual Lab team at University of Queensland ...

Connected high-speed data storage coming to University of Queensland ...