Primeur weekly 2016-03-14

Exascale supercomputing

Argo project tests exascale prototype with Chameleon ...

Quantum computing

Protected Majorana states for quantum information ...

Focus on Europe

ISC 2016 is now open for registration ...

Aston University to benefit from GBP 204 million government investment ...

Hardware

Hewlett Packard Enterprise accelerates all-flash data centre adoption ...

IBM 4Q server revenue outpaces overall 4Q server market growth ...

Virgin Media Business to power Met Office supercomputer ...

Mellanox showcases end to end 100Gb/s Ethernet solutions for Content Distribution Networks ...

Mellanox introduces world's first 25/50 Gb/s OCP Ethernet adapters for single and multi-host technology ...

Mellanox adds Cumulus Linux support for Ethernet switches ...

Lenovo and Juniper Networks announce global partnership ...

INRS takes giant step forward in generating optical qubits ...

Supermicro debuts Simply Double storage architecture optimized for Cloud, HPC, data centre, and enterprise at CeBIT 2016 ...

CSIRO uses Dell supercomputer to help combat post-childbirth complications in women ...

Seagate demonstrates fastest-ever SSD Flash drive ...

Worldwide server market revenues increase 5.2% in the fourth quarter as demand in China once again drives the market forward, according to IDC ...

Applications

Multi-scale simulations solve a plasma turbulence mystery ...

Big Data project aims to make breathing easier by mapping air quality ...

Data-intensive supercomputer brings new users to high performance computing for science ...

Study offers clearest picture yet of how HIV defeats a cellular defender ...

The Cloud

IBM opens first Cloud data centre in South Africa ...

Virtual time machine of Earth's geology now in the Cloud ...

Ground-breaking Elastic Computing solution from ProfitBricks and Bright ...

Rackspace expands OpenStack leadership with next generation bare metal servers ...

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Edition: weekly - Issue: 2016-03-14

Exascale supercomputing

Last year, President Obama announced the Strategic Computing Initiative, an executive order to increase the capacity of high performance computing (HPC) research, development, and deployment in the United States. One of the objectives is to accelerate towards exascale computing systems. Exascale computing, capable of one exaFLOPs, or one billion billion calculations per second, will further advance research, enhance national security, and give the U.S. a competitive advantage. However, there exist many challenges in building a supercomputer 1,000 times more powerful than its predecessor, the first petascale computer, the IBM Roadrunner, in 2008. Scaling up existing technologies and architectures of current petaflop systems will not lead to exascale. Researchers must redesign the entire system - from power, to memory, to system software - to make this future technology a reality. Read further...

Quantum computing

Quantum technology has the potential to revolutionize computation, cryptography, and simulation of quantum systems. However, quantum physics places a new demand on information processing hardware: quantum states are fragile, and so must be controlled without being measured. Researchers at the Niels Bohr Institute have now demonstrated a key property of Majorana zero modes that protects them from decoherence. The result lends positive support to the existence of Majorana modes, and goes further by showing that they are protected, as predicted theoretically. The results have been published in the prestigious scientific magazineNature. Read further...

Focus on Europe

Early registration at reduced rates is now open for ISC High Performance, the largest high performance computing forum in Europe. By registering between now and May 11, attendees can save over 45 percent off the onsite registration rates. Now in its 31st year, the ISC High Performance conference and exhibition will be held from June 19-23 at Messe Frankfurt. Read further...
Science minister Jo Johnson has announced that Aston is to receive funding as part of two major investments in science and engineering research totaling GBP 204 million. Aston University will receive GBP 778,552 and is one of forty UK universities who are to share a GBP 167 million allocation that will support doctoral training over a two year period. A further GBP 37 million is to 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...

Hardware

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has made storage portfolio enhancements to help enterprises capture the benefits of an all-flash data centre while shielding them from risk. New offerings include: HPE 3PAR 20840 converged flash array; HPE StoreOnce 5500 and multi-node 6600 data protection; and the Get Thinner Guarantee programme. Through consolidation, cost reduction, and greater performance, the all-flash data centre can reduce IT budgets by one-third while improving business agility. To safely and securely realize these benefits at scale, enterprises and service providers require a Tier-1 flash storage architecture that delivers multi-protocol support and advanced data protection. Read further...
IDC reported that IBM achieved worldwide factory revenue growth and outpaced the overall server market by more than 3% year-over-year in the fourth quarter of 2015. According to IDC, IBM achieved revenue growth for its z Systems along with strong growth for Linux on IBM Power Systems year-over-year in 4Q15. This performance is evidence of the transformation of the IBM server portfolio. The IDC report further builds on a successful 2015 for z Systems and Power Systems - helping to propel IBM Systems to a full year of revenue growth. Read further...
Virgin Media Business has won a contract to provide the connectivity that will power the Met Office's next generation supercomputer - one of the world's fastest, high performance computers. The computer is capable of more than 23,000 trillion calculations per second and will allow scientists to provide accurate weather forecasting and help countries become more resilient to high impact weather. As such, it is reliant on fast, secure and reliable connectivity that can manage huge amounts of data traffic. Read further...
Mellanox Technologies Ltd., a supplier of high-performance, end-to-end interconnect solutions for data centre servers and storage systems, has introduced a 100Gb/s Ethernet reference architecture for Content Distribution Network (CDN) applications. The reference architecture is based on advanced servers equipped with Mellanox 100Gb/s Ethernet adapters, switches, and cables. The scalability and performance of the CDN platform with ConnectX-4 100Gb/s Ethernet NICs has been demonstrated by Netflix in a video streaming applications supporting tens of thousands of users from a single server. Read further...
Mellanox Technologies Ltd. has unveiled ConnectX-4 Lx adapters, the world's first 25 & 50Gb/s Ethernet single and multi-host adapters for Open Compute Project (OCP) at the OCP Summit. The ConnectX-4 Lx based adapters are the first dedicated single and multi-host solutions for OCP, enabling significant performance upgrades for 10/25 and 40/50 Gb/s Ethernet networks, without requiring overhauling existing data centre cabling infrastructure. The contributions includes single and multi-host versions of both the ConnectX-4 & ConnectX-4 Lx adapters with 25, 50 & 100 Gb/s Ethernet technology. Read further...
Mellanox Technologies Ltd. has added Cumulus Linux support for the Spectrum line of 10/25, 40/50, and 100 Gb/s Ethernet switches. The addition of Cumulus Linux provides customers a best in class Network Operating System (NOS) with the highest performance and most predictable Ethernet switch platform. The availability of third party NOS solutions is the cornerstone of the Open Ethernet initiative and provides customers with freedom of choice. Read further...
Lenovo and Juniper Networks, an industry expert in network innovation, have started a global strategic partnership to leverage synergies in their respective product and technology portfolios to build the next generation of converged, hyper-converged, and hyper-scale data centre infrastructure solutions for enterprise and web-scale customers. The alliance reflects a shared commitment to deliver simplified, flexible, and high-performance solutions that will provide customers faster time-to-application value with reduced operating costs. Read further...
The optical chip developed at the Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique (INRS) by Professor Roberto Morandotti's team overcomes a number of obstacles in the development of quantum computers, which are expected to revolutionize information processing. The international research team has demonstrated that on-chip quantum frequency combs can be used to simultaneously generate multiphoton entangled quantum bit (qubit) states. Read further...
Super Micro Computer highlights its new 2U Simply Double storage architecture at CeBIT 2016 in Hannover, Germany. Supermicro's new Simply Double SuperStorage solutions double the density and capacity in a 2U form factor. Read further...
The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australia's national science agency, has teamed up with solutions provider Dell to deliver CSIRO's newest high performance computing cluster (HPC), named Pearcey. Read further...
Seagate Technology plc has unveiled a production-ready unit of the fastest single solid-state drive (SSD) demonstrated to date, with throughput performance of 10 gigabytes per second (GB/s). The early unit meets Open Compute Project (OCP) specifications, making it ideal for hyperscale data centres looking to adopt the fastest flash technology with the latest and most sustainable standards. Read further...
According to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Server Tracker, factory revenue in the worldwide server market increased 5.2% year over year to $15.3 billion in the fourth quarter of 2015 (4Q15). This was the seventh consecutive quarter of year-over-year revenue growth, as server market demand remained positive due to an on-going enterprise refresh cycle coupled with continued infrastructure build-out by Cloud service providers. Worldwide server shipments increased 3.8% to 2.6 million units in 4Q15 when compared with the same year-ago period. For the full year 2015, worldwide server revenue increased 8.0% to $55.1 billion when compared to 2014, while worldwide unit shipments increased 4.9% to 9.7 million units, a record high. Read further...

Applications

Cutting-edge simulations run at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory's National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) over a two-year period are helping physicists better understand what influences the behaviour of the plasma turbulence that is driven by the intense heating necessary to create fusion energy. This research has yielded exciting answers to long-standing questions about plasma heat loss that have previously stymied efforts to predict the performance of fusion reactors and could help pave the way for this alternative energy source. Read further...
Heavy city traffic contributes significantly to air pollution and health problems such as asthma, but University of Texas at Dallas researchers think another kind of traffic - data traffic - might help citizens better cope with pollution. Read further...
Handling Big Data can sometimes feel like driving on an unpaved road for researchers with a need for speed and supercomputers. "When you're in the world of data, there are rocks and bumps in the way, and a lot of things that you have to take care of", stated Niall Gaffney, a former Hubble Space Telescope scientist who now heads the Data Intensive Computing group at the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC). Read further...
A new study offers the first atomic-scale view of an interaction between the HIV capsid - the protein coat that shepherds HIV into the nucleus of human cells - and a host protein known as cyclophilin A. This interaction is key to HIV infection, according to researchers. A paper describing the research appears in the journalNature Communications. Read further...

The Cloud

IBM is opening a new IBM Cloud Data Center in Johannesburg, South Africa. The new Cloud centre is the result of a close collaboration with Gijima and Vodacom and is designed to support Cloud adoption and customer demand across the continent. IBM will provide clients with a complete portfolio of Cloud services for running enterprise and as a service workloads. Read further...
How did Madagascar once slot next to India? Where was Australia a billion years ago? Cloud-based virtual globes developed by a team led by University of Sydney geologists mean anyone with a smartphone, laptop or computer can now visualise, with unprecedented speed and ease of use, how the Earth evolved geologically. Reported inPLOS ONE, the globes have been gradually made available since September 2014. Some show Earth as it is today while others allow reconstructions through 'geological time', harking back to the planet's origins. Read further...
Bright Computing, a provider of hardware-agnostic cluster and Cloud management software, has teamed up with the Germany-based Infrastructure as a Service provider (IaaS), ProfitBricks, to provide a cutting edge elastic HPC solution to a Swiss University. ProfitBricks was formed in 2010 to provide virtual data centres for corporate customers, allowing them to combine the advantages of Cloud computing with the established look and feel of a traditional data centre. Read further...
Rackspace has launched the next generation of OnMetal Cloud servers powered by OpenStack - bare metal, single-tenant servers that are API-provisioned in two minutes, providing near-instant scalability and elasticity. This latest version of OnMetal Cloud servers delivers innovative connectivity between public Cloud and dedicated hardware and enables unprecedented hybrid Cloud performance. Both Microsoft and Linux workloads can now benefit from these next generation capabilities by capitalizing on the flexibility of public Cloud with the performance and security of bare metal servers. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2016-03-14

Exascale supercomputing

Argo project tests exascale prototype with Chameleon ...

Quantum computing

Protected Majorana states for quantum information ...

Focus on Europe

ISC 2016 is now open for registration ...

Aston University to benefit from GBP 204 million government investment ...

Hardware

Hewlett Packard Enterprise accelerates all-flash data centre adoption ...

IBM 4Q server revenue outpaces overall 4Q server market growth ...

Virgin Media Business to power Met Office supercomputer ...

Mellanox showcases end to end 100Gb/s Ethernet solutions for Content Distribution Networks ...

Mellanox introduces world's first 25/50 Gb/s OCP Ethernet adapters for single and multi-host technology ...

Mellanox adds Cumulus Linux support for Ethernet switches ...

Lenovo and Juniper Networks announce global partnership ...

INRS takes giant step forward in generating optical qubits ...

Supermicro debuts Simply Double storage architecture optimized for Cloud, HPC, data centre, and enterprise at CeBIT 2016 ...

CSIRO uses Dell supercomputer to help combat post-childbirth complications in women ...

Seagate demonstrates fastest-ever SSD Flash drive ...

Worldwide server market revenues increase 5.2% in the fourth quarter as demand in China once again drives the market forward, according to IDC ...

Applications

Multi-scale simulations solve a plasma turbulence mystery ...

Big Data project aims to make breathing easier by mapping air quality ...

Data-intensive supercomputer brings new users to high performance computing for science ...

Study offers clearest picture yet of how HIV defeats a cellular defender ...

The Cloud

IBM opens first Cloud data centre in South Africa ...

Virtual time machine of Earth's geology now in the Cloud ...

Ground-breaking Elastic Computing solution from ProfitBricks and Bright ...

Rackspace expands OpenStack leadership with next generation bare metal servers ...