Primeur weekly 2016-03-21

Exascale supercomputing

Neuromorphic computer coming online ...

GCS Centres successfully complete extreme scaling workshops ...

Quantum computing

Semiconductor-inspired superconducting quantum computing devices ...

Focus on Europe

The new ESFRI Roadmap on Research Infrastructures in Europe was launched ...

EGI FitSM training calendar for 2016 online ...

EPCC PhD student to conduct research survey women in HPC ...

Middleware

Oracle unleashes new innovations in data analytics with free and open interfaces to on-chip accelerators ...

Helping scientists get ready for Knights Landing ...

Hardware

Three ways UNLV's supercomputer has lived up to its promise and propelled research and economic development ...

Experiment shows magnetic chips could dramatically increase computing's energy efficiency ...

DDN Enterprise NAS offerings set new industry standards in performance, scale and economics ...

DDN Enterprise NAS recognized as market leader, ahead of IBM, HP and Dell ...

ARM and TSMC announce multi-year agreement to collaborate on 7nm FinFET process technology for high-performance compute ...

Altera demonstrates dual-mode 56-Gbps PAM-4 and 30-Gbps NRZ transceiver technology for Stratix 10 FPGAs and SoCs ...

Scientists suggest a 100 times faster type of memory cell based on superconductors ...

Los Alamos National Laboratory and Seagate heat up data archiving for supercomputers ...

Cascade Technologies doubles compute capacity within existing racks by deploying CoolIT Systems Direct Liquid Cooling ...

Applications

New 'machine unlearning' technique wipes out unwanted data quickly and completely ...

Experimentation and largest-ever quantum simulation of a disordered system explain quantum many-particle problem ...

DOE High Performance Computing for manufacturing programme seeks to fund new industry proposals ...

The Cloud

Teradata completes security and compliance audits for Teradata Cloud ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2016-03-21

Exascale supercomputing

The novel, brain-inspired computing system BrainScaleS will be launched at the Kirchhoff Institute for Physics of Heidelberg University. A workshop will inform about possible applications of the neuromorphic system now coming online. The workshop is addressed to users from academic research, industry and education and will be broadcasted as a web stream on 22 March 2016 from 3 pm to 6 pm CET. The BrainScaleS system has been constructed by an international research team led by Prof. Dr. Karlheinz Meier in the framework of the Human Brain Project (HBP) funded by the European Commission. Read further...
GCS centres Jülich Supercomputing Centre (JSC) and Leibniz Supercomputing Centre Garching/Munich (LRZ) have once again invited their high performance computing (HPC) users to Extreme Scaling Workshops. Prime goal of these workshops, for which more than 20 application teams had qualified, was to improve the computational efficiency of applications by expanding their parallel scalability across the hundreds of thousands of compute cores of the GCS supercomputers JUQUEEN and SuperMUC. The Code_Saturne (Computational Fluid Dynamics) and the Seven-League Hydro Code (hydrodynamics in stellar evolution) were both able to show strong scalability across the entire JUQUEEN BlueGene/Q system and thereby qualified for membership of JSC's High-Q Club. The VERTEX programme - simulation of supernovae explosions - emerged as winner of the LRZ challenge on SuperMUC, an IBM System X iDataPlex. Read further...

Quantum computing

Builders of future superconducting quantum computers could learn a thing or two from semiconductors, according to a report inNature Communications. By leveraging the good ideas of the natural world and the semiconductor community, researchers may be able to greatly simplify the operation of quantum devices built from superconductors. They call this a "semiconductor-inspired" approach and suggest that it can provide a useful guide to improving superconducting quantum circuits. Read further...

Focus on Europe

Large telescopes, particle accelerators and biobanks are among the topics covered by the eight new Research Infrastructure projects that were announced on March 10, 2016 as part of the 2016 Roadmap for the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI). Its launch was hosted by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) at its headquarters in Amsterdam. The event was organized under the Dutch Presidency by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) in close cooperation with ESFRI, the European Commission and the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science. Discussions focused on strategic roadmapping, long-term sustainability and the socio-economic impact of research infrastructures. Read further...
EGI has announced the first dates of 2016 for FitSM training and certification. FitSM is a pragmatic, lightweight and achievable standard for IT service management. It is modular and provides auditable requirements as well as practical ITSM implementation guidance through templates, samples, and guides allowing to more easily implement established best practices. Read further...
Athina Frantzana, a PhD student in the Edinburgh Parallel Computer Centre (EPCC) at the University of Edinburgh, UK and member of the Women in High Performance Computing (WHPC) network is currently working on understanding the obstacles facing women in the HPC community and how to improve equality. The main objective of the research is to quantify the demographics based on gender and other data, identify the reasons of the under-representation of women in HPC and suggest the best practices in engaging more women in the HPC community. Her supervisor is Dr. Toni Collis. Read further...

Middleware

Empowering developers to build the next generation of Big Data analytics platforms, Oracle released a free and open API and developer kit for its Data Analytics Accelerator (DAX) in SPARC processors through its Software in Silicon Developer Programme. The programme also lets developers view sample use cases and programme code, and to test and validate how DAX can speed up analytics applications while test driving Software in Silicon Technology. Read further...
A provider of software tools for optimizing code on high performance computers, Allinea Software, is helping code developers and users to get ready for the new Intel Xeon Phi processor, codenamed Knights Landing. The company addressed an audience of early adopters on best practice for code optimization at the Intel Xeon Phi Users Group (IXPUG) EMEA Conference in Ostrava on March 16, 2016. Read further...

Hardware

When Rob Roy, founder and CEO of the data storage company Switch, asked the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) a very simple question - "How can we help?" - no one could have imagined the impact it would have on the university and the community. In short order, the answer led to an unprecedented partnership that's providing UNLV with one of the fastest, most powerful supercomputers ever created, the Intel Cherry Creek. Read further...
In a breakthrough for energy-efficient computing, engineers at the University of California, Berkeley, have shown for the first time that magnetic chips can operate with the lowest fundamental level of energy dissipation possible under the laws of thermodynamics. The findings, published on March 11, 2016 in the peer-reviewed journalScience Advances, mean that dramatic reductions in power consumption are possible - as much as one-millionth the amount of energy per operation used by transistors in modern computers. Read further...
DataDirect Networks (DDN) has introduced the industry's fastest and most flexible scale-out network attached storage (NAS) solution. The newest product in the DDN GRIDScaler product family, the GS14K, delivers the speed and scale that data intensive environments need to accelerate analytics, increase reliability and integrate into modern workflows such as Hadoop, OpenStack and scale-out NAS environments. The GS14K is offered as an All Flash Array or Hybrid Storage platform, delivering the advantages of NAS data access with the high performance benefits of parallel files systems to support today's modern, Big Data demands in an economical, easy to manage appliance. The GS14K revolutionizes the data centre. Read further...
DataDirect Networks (DDN) has earned top honours in the Storage magazine/SearchStorage.com Quality Awards. Enterprises have been rapidly adopting DDN Storage for data analytics, low latency network drives, content collaboration/distribution and compute intensive workflows. The growing Enterprise preference for DDN Storage is highlighted by the user community recognizing DDN for the first time in the Enterprise NAS Quality awards. An additional tribute to DDN's capabilities is the strong ranking in the Top 3 providers with a position just 0.02 points behind EMC VNX and Isilon solutions. Read further...
ARM and TSMC have signed a multi-year agreement to collaborate on a 7nm FinFET process technology which includes a design solution for future low-power, high-performance compute SoCs. The new agreement expands the companies' long-standing partnership and advances leading-edge process technologies beyond mobile and into next-generation networks and data centres. Additionally, the agreement extends previous collaborations on 16nm and 10nm FinFET that have featured ARM Artisan foundation Physical IP. Read further...
Altera, now the Programmable Solutions Group (PSG) within Intel Corporation, has unveiled the transceiver technology that will enable Stratix 10 FPGAs and SoCs to support data rates up to 56 Gbps. Altera is demonstrating the FPGA industry’s first dual-mode 56-Gbps pulse-amplitude modulation with 4-levels (PAM-4) and 30-Gbps non-return-to-zero (NRZ) transceivers. The transceiver technology doubles the bandwidth available on a single transceiver channel, while providing equipment manufacturers scalability to build future systems. Stratix 10 FPGAs and SoCs are optimized to support the massive amounts of data that are being transmitted across copper backplanes and optical interconnects used in data centre infrastructure and telecommunications equipment. Read further...
A group of scientists from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology and from the Moscow State University (MSU) has developed a fundamentally new type of memory cell based on superconductors - this type of memory will be able to work hundreds of times faster than the types of memory devices commonly used today, according to an article published in the journalApplied Physics Letters. Read further...
Seagate Technology and Los Alamos National Laboratory are researching a new storage tier to enable massive data archiving for supercomputing. The joint effort is aimed at determining innovative new ways to keep massive amounts of stored data available for rapid access, while also minimizing power consumption and improving the quality of data-driven research. Read further...
CoolIT Systems, a global expert in direct contact liquid cooling (DCLC) technologies for data centres, servers and desktops, has enabled Cascade Technologies to increase their compute density by 2.5 times within their existing floor space, rack space and air conditioning capacity by deploying liquid cooling. Read further...

Applications

Machine learning systems are everywhere. Computer software in these machines predict the weather, forecast earthquakes, provide recommendations based on the books and movies we like and, even, apply the brakes on our cars when we are not paying attention. To do this, computer systems are programmed to find predictive relationships calculated from the massive amounts of data we supply to them. Machine learning systems use advanced algorithms - a set of rules for solving math problems - to identify these predictive relationships using "training data". This data is then used to construct the models and features within a system that enables it to correctly predict your desire to read the latest best-seller, or the likelihood of rain next week. Read further...
Using some of the largest supercomputers available, physics researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have produced one of the largest simulations ever to help explain one of physics most daunting problems. Read further...
A new U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) programme designed to spur the use of high-performance supercomputers to advance U.S. manufacturing is now seeking a second round of proposals from industry to compete for approximately $3 million in new funding. Read further...

The Cloud

Coalfire ISO Inc. has certified the Teradata Cloud Information Security Management System (ISMS) as conforming to the ISO/IEC 27001 Information security Standard. Coalfire ISO Inc. is an independent Certification Body (CB) certified by the ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board (ANAB) to conduct ISO 27001 IT Audits of Information Security Management Systems per the conforming ISO standards. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2016-03-21

Exascale supercomputing

Neuromorphic computer coming online ...

GCS Centres successfully complete extreme scaling workshops ...

Quantum computing

Semiconductor-inspired superconducting quantum computing devices ...

Focus on Europe

The new ESFRI Roadmap on Research Infrastructures in Europe was launched ...

EGI FitSM training calendar for 2016 online ...

EPCC PhD student to conduct research survey women in HPC ...

Middleware

Oracle unleashes new innovations in data analytics with free and open interfaces to on-chip accelerators ...

Helping scientists get ready for Knights Landing ...

Hardware

Three ways UNLV's supercomputer has lived up to its promise and propelled research and economic development ...

Experiment shows magnetic chips could dramatically increase computing's energy efficiency ...

DDN Enterprise NAS offerings set new industry standards in performance, scale and economics ...

DDN Enterprise NAS recognized as market leader, ahead of IBM, HP and Dell ...

ARM and TSMC announce multi-year agreement to collaborate on 7nm FinFET process technology for high-performance compute ...

Altera demonstrates dual-mode 56-Gbps PAM-4 and 30-Gbps NRZ transceiver technology for Stratix 10 FPGAs and SoCs ...

Scientists suggest a 100 times faster type of memory cell based on superconductors ...

Los Alamos National Laboratory and Seagate heat up data archiving for supercomputers ...

Cascade Technologies doubles compute capacity within existing racks by deploying CoolIT Systems Direct Liquid Cooling ...

Applications

New 'machine unlearning' technique wipes out unwanted data quickly and completely ...

Experimentation and largest-ever quantum simulation of a disordered system explain quantum many-particle problem ...

DOE High Performance Computing for manufacturing programme seeks to fund new industry proposals ...

The Cloud

Teradata completes security and compliance audits for Teradata Cloud ...