Primeur weekly 2016-03-07

Focus

Azerbaijan e-infrastructure is developing fast thanks to project partnership with European Community ...

Quantum computing

Quantum leap for new UK centre ...

British minister announces GBP 204 million investment in doctoral training and Quantum Technologies science ...

Surrey's GBP 3 million grant puts the UK in pole position in the race to quantum technologies ...

Focus on Europe

Highly realistic virtual neurons fruit of an Allen Institute and Blue Brain collaboration ...

Middleware

Bright Computing announces partnership with France-based Alineos ...

Adaptive Computing launches high productivity remote visualization ...

Hardware

Mellanox delivers next generation network processor to key telco customers ...

TE Connectivity signs enterprise license agreement with ANSYS ...

OCF delivers new 181 Teraflop/s HPC resource for University College London ...

Cray appoints Fred Kohout as Chief Marketing Officer ...

The University of Rijeka takes a leap and unveils the most powerful supercomputer in the Adriatic region, designed by Bull ...

DDN continues run as global leader in 2015 TOP500 list of global supercomputing centres ...

Applications

SKODA AUTO drives innovation and automotive advancements powered by new SGI supercomputer ...

IBM and New York Genome Center to create comprehensive, open cancer data repository to tap cognitive insights from Watson ...

Updated workflows for new LHC ...

Cornell opens $25 million NSF platform for discovering new materials ...

World-leading supercomputer instrumental in discovery of proof point for Albert Einstein's general theory of relativity by Cardiff University ...

World's first parallel computer based on biomolecular motors ...

The Cloud

American Sleep Apnea Association and IBM launch SleepHealth app ...

Oracle unveils first data protection solution with seamless Cloud tiering ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2016-03-07

Focus

During the e-IRG Open Workshop, held in November 2015 in Belval/Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg, Primeur Magazine had the opportunity to talk with Rasim Alguliyev, Ramiz Aliguliyev, and Vugar Musayev from the Institute of Information Technology, which is part of the National Academy of Sciences (ANAS) in Azerbaijan. The Institute of Information Technology was founded in 1971. Azerbaijan is building a national scientific and educational network community, called AzScienceNet. AzScienceNet harvests research institutions and is working on the training and popularization of ICT knowledge in Azerbaijan. Another goal is to apply all the innovation, knowledge and experience to practice and to cooperate with state authorities and business structures. The Institute of Information Technology is the main institution in Azerbaijan that is responsible for developing ICT technology in Azerbaijan. It has 500 employees. Read further...

Quantum computing

The development of quantum technology is to be the focus of a new GBP 2.7 million UK Centre for Superconducting and Hybrid Quantum Systems (UK-CSQS). The UK-CSQS collaboration, with founder members Lancaster University, Royal Holloway London and the National Physical Laboratory, brings together the UK's most experienced scientists working on superconducting quantum technologies and aims to provide shared access to nanofabrication and measurement facilities at all three sites. Read further...
Universities and Science minister Jo Johnson has announced two major investments in science and engineering research totaling GBP 204 million. Forty UK universities will share in GBP 167 million that will support doctoral training over a two year period, while GBP 37 million will be put into developing the graduate skills, specialist equipment and facilities that will put UK Quantum Technologies research at the forefront of the field. Read further...
A new GBP 3 million grant announced by Universities and Science minister Jo Johnson has been awarded to the University of Surrey to provide the answer to the challenge of enabling solid state quantum technologies, leading to quantum computers. Quantum computers rely on the production and control of 'qubits'. These qubits are often single, isolated atoms placed within another highly pure material such as single phosphorus atoms in a silicon crystal, or single nitrogen atoms in a diamond (carbon) crystal. They can be connected together to act as miniscule super-processors of unprecedented flexibility. However, these processors built from many qubits connected together are extremely difficult to construct. Read further...

Focus on Europe

The Allen Institute for Brain Science and the Blue Brain Project are deepening their collaboration. The US-based Allen Institute is releasing a set of 40 computer models of neurons from the mouse visual cortex, created using tools developed by the Swiss-based Blue Brain Project at EPFL. Using Blue Brain technology, the researchers were able to reproduce the physiology and electrical activity of the neurons with an extremely high level of detail. Read further...

Middleware

Bright Computing, a provider of hardware-agnostic cluster and Cloud management software, has signed a partnership with France-based high performance computing (HPC) specialist, Alineos. Alineos, an HPC pioneer in France since 2000, supports its customers' desire to innovate and compete in the fast-paced HPC market. Alineos provides turnkey solutions that integrate the latest technology, to offer French enterprises, universities, public sector departments and research houses scalable, customised, and high-end HPC solutions. Read further...
Adaptive Computing, provider of award-winning workload and resource orchestration software, has integrated Remote Visualization with Moab's workload submission portal, Viewpoint, in order to improve ease-of-use and increase user productivity. Organisations invest heavily in expensive resources and high-skilled individuals to achieve their goals, only to find that many resources go underutilized and that people are often less productive than desired. By integrating remote visualization with Viewpoint, organisations avoid having to purchase high-end desktops for all their knowledge workers, instead sharing expensive resources over back-end servers and improving productivity by avoiding the wait time of moving large data sets between users and enabling greater collaboration. Read further...

Hardware

Mellanox Technologies Ltd.'s next generation network processor, the NPS-400, is now sampling and has been shipped to strategic customers. In addition, ZTE has selected NPS-400 for its new line cards design for carrier-grade router platforms. The NPS-400 is the most advanced network processor available today, capable of performing advanced deep packet processing for security and telecommunications applications at over 800Gb/s. Read further...
TE Connectivity, a global expert in connectivity, entered into an enterprise license agreement to leverage ANSYS' engineering simulation software. This enterprise license agreement - which provides broad access to the ANSYS portfolio - enables TE to solve the industry's most challenging multiphysics problems and to provide its customers with some of the most innovative solutions on the market. Read further...
Researchers from across University College London are now benefiting from a brand new High Performance Computing (HPC) system, named Grace, in honour of pioneering computer scientist Grace Hopper. Designed and integrated by HPC Big Data and analytics integrator OCF, utilising Lenovo and DDN technology, this new central HPC resource will complement specific departments' specialist HPC services and will run alongside UCL's existing HPC machines, Legion and Emerald. Read further...
Cray Inc. has appointed Fred Kohout to the position of chief marketing officer. Fred Kohout will be responsible for leading Cray's marketing efforts globally, and will oversee the development and execution of the company's strategic marketing programmes, business development initiatives and partnerships. Read further...
Atos, a global expert in digital services, has successfully installed the most powerful supercomputer in the Adriatic region. The supercomputer designed by Bull, the Atos brand for technology products and software, is called Bura and is located at the University of Rijeka. It is the most powerful supercomputer in the Adriatic region and provides students and scientists with opportunities for further education, biotechnological research, and scientific work. Read further...
DataDirect Networks has continued its leadership as the dominant storage provider of the world's fastest supercomputers for the seventh consecutive year with storage solutions that power two-thirds of identifiable sites on the most recent TOP500.org rankings list. The TOP500 list ranks the largest supercomputing environments by performance capabilities, highlighting the vendors and technologies that can uniquely deliver the capabilities to power the most data intensive environments on the globe. Read further...

Applications

SKODA AUTO a.s. has launched into operation a SGI UV and two SGI ICE high performance computing (HPC) systems to further enhance its computer-aided engineering capabilities. SKODA AUTO is one of the world's oldest car manufacturers and draws on 110 years of production expertise. The new installation will integrate with SKODA AUTO's existing SGI supercomputer to reach over 30,000 Intel Xeon E5 family processor cores. Read further...
At the White House Precision Medicine Initiative Summit, the New York Genome Center and IBM announced that they are collaborating to create a comprehensive and open repository of genetic data to accelerate cancer research and scale access to precision medicine using cognitive insights from IBM Watson. Analyzing this data alongside the medical community's growing knowledge about cancer could help accelerate the ability of doctors to deliver personalized treatment to individual patients. Read further...
After a massive upgrade, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the world's most powerful particle collider is now smashing particles at an unprecedented 13 tera-electron-volts (TeV) - nearly double the energy of its previous run from 2010-2012. In just one second, the LHC can now produce up to 1 billion collisions and generate up to 10 gigabytes of data in its quest to push the boundaries of known physics. And over the next decade, the LHC will be further upgraded to generate about 10 times more collisions and data. Read further...
Cornell University is leading an effort that will empower scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs throughout the nation to design and create new interface materials - materials that do not exist in nature and possess unprecedented properties - thanks to a $25 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Read further...
The discovery announced by an international team of scientists, including Cardiff University's Gravitational Physics Group, of the detection of the first-ever gravitational waves proving Albert Einstein's 1915 general theory of relativity was supported by a Bull supercomputer. This world-leading technology is the power behind much scientific research by universities, research institutions and, to a growing extent, by business. Read further...
A study published inProceedings of the National Academy of Sciencesreports a new parallel-computing approach based on a combination of nanotechnology and biology that can solve combinatorial problems. The approach is scalable, error-tolerant, energy-efficient, and can be implemented with existing technologies. Read further...

The Cloud

The American Sleep Apnea Association (ASAA) and IBM have introduced the SleepHealth app designed for iPhone and Apple Watch and the patient-driven SleepHealth Mobile Study to help identify connections between sleep habits and health outcomes. The SleepHealth study uses the open source ResearchKit framework designed by Apple to enable participants to easily complete tasks and submit surveys right from the SleepHealth app. SleepHealth is the first ResearchKit study to run on the data-rich Watson Health Cloud. Read further...
Oracle has launched the all new StorageTek Virtual Storage Manager (VSM) 7 System, the most secure and scalable data protection solution for mainframe and heterogeneous systems with the additional capability to provide fully automated tiering directly to the public cloud. Furthermore, Oracle's StorageTek VSM 7 System has been architected to seamlessly integrate with Oracle Storage Cloud Service - Object Storage and Oracle Storage Cloud Service - Archive Service and provides storage administrators with a built-in Cloud strategy. With Oracle, Cloud storage is now as accessible as on-premise storage. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2016-03-07

Focus

Azerbaijan e-infrastructure is developing fast thanks to project partnership with European Community ...

Quantum computing

Quantum leap for new UK centre ...

British minister announces GBP 204 million investment in doctoral training and Quantum Technologies science ...

Surrey's GBP 3 million grant puts the UK in pole position in the race to quantum technologies ...

Focus on Europe

Highly realistic virtual neurons fruit of an Allen Institute and Blue Brain collaboration ...

Middleware

Bright Computing announces partnership with France-based Alineos ...

Adaptive Computing launches high productivity remote visualization ...

Hardware

Mellanox delivers next generation network processor to key telco customers ...

TE Connectivity signs enterprise license agreement with ANSYS ...

OCF delivers new 181 Teraflop/s HPC resource for University College London ...

Cray appoints Fred Kohout as Chief Marketing Officer ...

The University of Rijeka takes a leap and unveils the most powerful supercomputer in the Adriatic region, designed by Bull ...

DDN continues run as global leader in 2015 TOP500 list of global supercomputing centres ...

Applications

SKODA AUTO drives innovation and automotive advancements powered by new SGI supercomputer ...

IBM and New York Genome Center to create comprehensive, open cancer data repository to tap cognitive insights from Watson ...

Updated workflows for new LHC ...

Cornell opens $25 million NSF platform for discovering new materials ...

World-leading supercomputer instrumental in discovery of proof point for Albert Einstein's general theory of relativity by Cardiff University ...

World's first parallel computer based on biomolecular motors ...

The Cloud

American Sleep Apnea Association and IBM launch SleepHealth app ...

Oracle unveils first data protection solution with seamless Cloud tiering ...