Primeur weekly 2016-03-29

Crowd computing

Tuberculosis to be tackled using crowd computing power ...

Quantum computing

Unlocking the gates to quantum computing ...

Focus on Europe

ISC to announce the 2016 Hans Meuer Award winning research paper ...

PRACE Ada Lovelace Award for HPC nominations in now open ...

Middleware

Bright Computing names Dan Kuczkowski as Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales ...

Hardware

Intersect360 Research to present 8th HPC Budget Allocation Map: Budget Expectations ...

SC16 Student Cluster Competition still open till April 15, 2016 ...

Mellanox announces first 200Gb/s silicon photonics devices, doubling the performance in the QSFP form factor ...

Mellanox and InnoLight announce the availability and interoperability of 100Gb/s PSM4 transceivers at 1310 and 1550nm wavelengths ...

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and IBM collaborate to build brain-inspired supercomputer ...

Applications

KAUST IT Research Computing implements HPC Add-ons for research applications in order to automate the access to HPC resources ...

Could material defects actually improve solar cells? ...

NERSC announces 4th annual HPC Achievement Award winners ...

Research powers ahead with new supercomputer at University of Adelaide ...

Predicting severe hail storms ...

Honda selects IBM Watson IoT technology enabling real-time racing decisions for Formula One power unit operation ...

New computational method reveals significant degeneration of knee cartilage in overweight people ...

Breakthrough technology to improve cyber security ...

Researchers to develop new computing technology to minimize risks of data breaches ...

Record-speed data transmission could make Big Data more accessible ...

Robust network of connections between neurons performing similar tasks shows fundamentals of how brain circuits are wired ...

The Cloud

IBM opens Bluemix Garage in Europe to fuel Cloud development ...

GEANT and Amazon Web Services - breaking down barriers to cloud services adoption ...

Oracle unveils suite of breakthrough services to help simplify Cloud adoption by global corporations ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2016-03-29

Crowd computing

The University of Nottingham is launching a new study to address tuberculosis (TB), one of the world's most deadly diseases, supported by IBM's World Community Grid - one of the most powerful and fastest virtual supercomputers on the planet. Hundreds of thousands of volunteers from around the world are expected to donate vast computing resources to this crowd computing infrastrcuture to aid the effort. Well-established in the US, this is the first time World Community Grid has supported a UK research project. Read further...

Quantum computing

Researchers from Griffith University and the University of Queensland have overcome one of the key challenges to quantum computing by simplifying a complex quantum logic operation. They demonstrated this by experimentally realising a challenging circuit - the quantum Fredkin gate - for the first time. Read further...

Focus on Europe

A research paper in the area of Message Passing Interface (MPI) performance, has been selected to receive the 2016 Hans Meuer Award. The awarding will take place at the ISC High Performance conference on June 20, 2016. Titled "Mitigating MPI Message Matching Misery", the paper was submitted by Mario Flajslik, James Dinan, and Keith Underwood of Intel Corporation. In it, they propose a series of structures and algorithms to address the performance challenges associated with MPI message ordering in the presence of wildcards. Read further...
At PRACEdays16 - the PRACE Scientific and Industrial Conference 2016, which will be held from 10 to 12 May in Prague, Czech Republic, under the motto HPC for Innovation: when Science meets Industry - PRACE will present for the first time the PRACE Ada Lovelace Award for HPC to a woman who is making an outstanding contribution to and impact on HPC in Europe, at a global level. Read further...

Middleware

Bright Computing, an independent provider of cluster and Cloud management software for high performance computing (HPC) clusters, Big Data clusters, and OpenStack Clouds, has appointed Dan Kuczkowski as Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales. Dan Kuczkowski will play a key role in shaping and steering the sales team to drive aggressive growth. Leading both direct and indirect sales, Dan Kuczkowski will focus on broadening Bright Computing's footprint across the clustered and Cloud-based IT infrastructures of leading companies, government agencies, and academic institutions. Read further...

Hardware

Intersect360 Research surveyed the High Performance Computing user community to complete its eighth Site Budget Allocation Map, a look at how HPC sites divide and spend their budgets. Intersect360 Research surveyed users on their spending in seven top-level categories: hardware, software, facilities, staffing, services, Cloud/utility/outsourcing computing, and other. Each category was further divided into constituent subcategories, resulting in 27 unique items included in the analysis. Additionally, the respondents were asked about their future budget expectations. Read further...
Held as part of the SC16 Students@SC Programme, the Student Cluster Competition SCC provides a one- of-a-kind multi-disciplinary educational experience. The competition is designed to introduce the next generation of students to the high-performance computing community. Over the years, the competition has drawn teams from around the world, and continues to be exciting, educational, and a truly rewarding experience for students, advisors, vendor partners and SC participants. The submissions for Student Cluster Competition team proposals close on April 15, 2016. Read further...
Mellanox Technologies Ltd., a supplier of high-performance, end-to-end intelligent interconnect solutions for data centre servers and storage systems, has made a demonstration of 50Gb/s silicon photonics optical modulators and detectors at the Optical Fiber Communication (OFC) conference. The demonstrated devices are the key component in 200Gb/s and 400Gb/s LinkX cables and transceivers. This demonstration is an important milestone toward providing end-to-end solutions for HDR 200Gb/s InfiniBand and Ethernet interconnect infrastructure. Read further...
Mellanox Technologies Ltd., Ixia and InnoLight Technology Corp., announced the advent of interoperable parallel single mode (PSM4) transceivers that allow Cloud and Web 2.0 companies to mix and match transceivers in their data centres. Representing a world's first for the industry, the OFC Ethernet demo with Ixia QSFP28 Xcellon-Multis Load module and Mellanox Spectrum switch confirms 50Gb/s and 100Gb/s interoperability between Mellanox 1550nm PSM4 transceivers and InnoLight 1310nm PSM4 transceivers. Read further...
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has purchased a first-of-a-kind brain-inspired supercomputing platform for deep learning inference developed by IBM Research. Based on a breakthrough neurosynaptic computer chip called IBM TrueNorth, the scalable platform will process the equivalent of 16 million neurons and 4 billion synapses and consume the energy equivalent of a tablet computer - a mere 2.5 watts of power for the 16 TrueNorth chips. The brain-like, neural network design of the IBM Neuromorphic System is able to infer complex cognitive tasks such as pattern recognition and integrated sensory processing far more efficiently than conventional chips. Read further...

Applications

The diversity of the computing ecosystem at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) is rapidly increasing. Researchers have access to the ninth fastest supercomputer in the world - Shaheen Cray X40 - and several other HPC clusters, among them are the Noor clusters. Most researchers also work on local Windows, Mac, or Linux workstations. The research applications run on all these systems, from low-end workstations to HPC systems - clusters and supercomputer. Read further...
Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) are using supercomputers to study what may seem paradoxical: certain defects in silicon solar cells may actually improve their performance. The findings, published January 11, 2016 inApplied Physics Letters, run counter to conventional wisdom, according to Paul Stradins, the principal scientist and a project leader of the silicon photovoltaics group at NREL. Read further...
The Department of Energy's National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) announced the winners of the 2016 High Performance Computing (HPC) Achievement Awards on March 22, 2016 during the annual NERSC Users Group meeting at Berkeley Lab. The awards recognize NERSC users who have either demonstrated an innovative use of HPC resources to solve a scientific problem or whose work has had an exceptional impact on scientific understanding or society. To encourage younger scientists who are using HPC in their research, NERSC also features two early career awards. Read further...
University of Adelaide researchers will have access to vast computing power under a new supercomputer launched at the University. Named "Phoenix" by the University, the supercomputer gives researchers as much as 30 times more computing power than before, with no application or waiting times. Previously, researchers requiring high performance computing (HPC) were accessing external, shared national or state HPC resources which had to be booked in advance. The new supercomputer will mean ready access and faster research outcomes. Read further...
When a hail storm moved through Fort Worth, Texas on May 5, 1995, it battered the highly populated area with hail up to 4 inches in diameter and struck a local outdoor festival known as the Fort Worth Mayfest. The Mayfest storm was one of the costliest hailstorms in U.S history, causing more than $2 billion in damage and injuring at least 100 people. Read further...
Honda R&D is monitoring and analyzing data from more than 160 sensors in Formula One (F1) cars using IBM Watson Internet of Things (IoT) technology. Now, drivers and crews can apply data and analytics in real-time to help streamline performance and improve fuel efficiency, enabling drivers to make real-time racing decisions based on this data, such as speed adjustments and pit stops. Read further...
Osteoarthritis is a degenerative disease in which the articular cartilage protecting the joint starts to degenerate and wear off over time. The main risk factors of osteoarthritis are advanced age and overweight-induced significant stresses on the knee joint. Current imaging methods such as MRI and X-ray provide information about the thickness and composition of the cartilage, but they do not provide a quantitative estimate of the patient-specific risk of osteoarthritis or its progression. Read further...
An international team of researchers has made a breakthrough in generating single photons - the single quanta of light particles - as carriers of quantum information in security systems. The findings are set to revolutionise cybersecurity, along with advancing quantum computing, which can search large databases exponentially faster. Work will be continued through the Australian Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology, which launches at the University of Sydney in April 2016. Read further...
In today's hyper-connected world, cybersecurity is always top of mind for University of Houston (UH) computer scientist Larry Shi. He said when it comes to data breaches, it's not a question of if, but when. Larry Shi is the recipient of a $369,803 NATO award through its Science for Peace and Security (SPS) Programme to keep Big Data secure on the Cloud. He will be designing a new framework to protect Big Data processing and solve some related problems, such as efficiency, untrusted system administrators and side-channel threats. He and his team have observed that certain computing devices have special features that may help address these Cloud-based security concerns. Read further...
With record-breaking speeds for fiber-optic data transmission, University of Illinois engineers have paved a fast lane on the information superhighway - creating on-ramps for Big Data in the process. Graduate researcher Michael Liu presented the research team's developments in oxide-VCSEL technology, which underpins fiber-optic communications systems, at the Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Exposition in Anaheim, California. The research team was led by electrical and computer engineering professor Milton Feng - who was in attendance at the conference - and also included professor emeritus Nick Holonyak Jr. and graduate researcher Curtis Wang. Read further...
Even the simplest networks of neurons in the brain are composed of millions of connections, and examining these vast networks is critical to understanding how the brain works. An international team of researchers, led by R. Clay Reid, Wei Chung Allen Lee and Vincent Bonin from the Allen Institute for Brain Science, Harvard Medical School and Neuro-Electronics Research Flanders (NERF), respectively, has published the largest network to date of connections between neurons in the cortex, where high-level processing occurs, and have revealed several crucial elements of how networks in the brain are organized. The results are published in the journalNature. Read further...

The Cloud

IBM has opened a Bluemix Garage in Nice, France to help European organisations of all sizes and industries accelerate the development and design of next-generation apps on IBM Cloud. Read further...
Cloud computing - on-demand delivery of IT resources on a pay-as-you-go basis - offers huge opportunity for millions of users. Its benefits include reduced capital investment, economies of scale, faster set-up and improved agility, and the ability to reach global audiences quickly and easily. Read further...
Oracle has launched a new family of offerings designed to enable organisations to easily move to the Cloud and remove some of the biggest obstacles to Cloud adoption. These first-of-a-kind services provide CIOs with new choices in where they deploy their enterprise software and a natural path to easily move business critical applications from on-premises to the Cloud. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2016-03-29

Crowd computing

Tuberculosis to be tackled using crowd computing power ...

Quantum computing

Unlocking the gates to quantum computing ...

Focus on Europe

ISC to announce the 2016 Hans Meuer Award winning research paper ...

PRACE Ada Lovelace Award for HPC nominations in now open ...

Middleware

Bright Computing names Dan Kuczkowski as Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales ...

Hardware

Intersect360 Research to present 8th HPC Budget Allocation Map: Budget Expectations ...

SC16 Student Cluster Competition still open till April 15, 2016 ...

Mellanox announces first 200Gb/s silicon photonics devices, doubling the performance in the QSFP form factor ...

Mellanox and InnoLight announce the availability and interoperability of 100Gb/s PSM4 transceivers at 1310 and 1550nm wavelengths ...

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and IBM collaborate to build brain-inspired supercomputer ...

Applications

KAUST IT Research Computing implements HPC Add-ons for research applications in order to automate the access to HPC resources ...

Could material defects actually improve solar cells? ...

NERSC announces 4th annual HPC Achievement Award winners ...

Research powers ahead with new supercomputer at University of Adelaide ...

Predicting severe hail storms ...

Honda selects IBM Watson IoT technology enabling real-time racing decisions for Formula One power unit operation ...

New computational method reveals significant degeneration of knee cartilage in overweight people ...

Breakthrough technology to improve cyber security ...

Researchers to develop new computing technology to minimize risks of data breaches ...

Record-speed data transmission could make Big Data more accessible ...

Robust network of connections between neurons performing similar tasks shows fundamentals of how brain circuits are wired ...

The Cloud

IBM opens Bluemix Garage in Europe to fuel Cloud development ...

GEANT and Amazon Web Services - breaking down barriers to cloud services adoption ...

Oracle unveils suite of breakthrough services to help simplify Cloud adoption by global corporations ...