Primeur weekly 2016-04-11

Focus

IPCEI project on high performance computing and Big Data enabled applications to serve as a pilot for the European Data Infrastructure ...

Exascale supercomputing

ExaNoDe selects underlying technology components ...

Quantum computing

Changing the colour of single photons in a diamond quantum memory ...

New laser technique promises super-fast and super-secure quantum cryptography ...

NUS-led research team discovers novel way of transferring magnetic information ...

Oregon researchers use light and sound waves to control electron states ...

Focus on Europe

More computing power for Swiss research ...

Cray awarded contract to upgrade Cray systems at Germany's National Meteorological Service ...

PRACE 12th Call for Proposals reinforces FET flagship projects ...

Middleware

Tomorrow's meteorological code ...

Silicon Mechanics and Bright Computing announce recipients of 5th Annual Research Cluster Grant ...

Hewlett Packard Enterprise expands high-performance computing server portfolio ...

Supermicro presents its Total Solution for Lustre on ZFS at Lustre User Group 2016 ...

Hardware

OpenPOWER Foundation reveals new servers and Big Data analytics innovations ...

Bibliotheca Alexandrina Egypt Selects Huawei HPC Solution to Build Massive Computing Platform ...

NVIDIA Pascal GPUs to double speed of Europe's fastest supercomputer ...

NVIDIA delivers massive performance leap for Deep Learning, HPC applications with NVIDIA Tesla P100 accelerators ...

NVIDIA launches world's first deep learning supercomputer ...

Advancing health research through Canada's fastest supercomputer ...

Supermicro exhibits new GPU SuperServer, SuperBlade and SuperWorkstations at NVIDIA GPU Technology Conference ...

Raji Krishnaswami joins Panasas as Director of Asia Pacific-Japan ...

Applications

Call for participation to the EMiT conference 2016 in Barcelona ...

HDF5 pioneer joins NERSC Data Analytics team ...

University of Michigan and IBM collaborate on data-centric high performance computing system ...

Scientists push Valleytronics one step closer to reality ...

Hard mathematical problems as basis for new cryptographic techniques ...

IBM Watson Health closes acquisition of Truven Health Analytics ...

Researchers reveal Zika virus structure, a critical advance in the development of treatments ...

The Cloud

New Oracle Exadata X6 Database Machine delivers next-generation flash performance, massive storage capacity, and real-time OLTP ...

Cirrascale launches innovative multi-GPU Cloud service aimed at tackling multi-GPU deep learning training applications ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2016-04-11

Focus

At the EGI Conference 2016 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands,Primeur Magazine had the opportunity to talk with Antonio Zoccoli from the Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (INFN) in Rome, Italy, about a new Important Project of Common European Interest (IPCEI), concerning high performance computing (HPC) and Big Data predictions. The project was announced in Luxembourg in December . The project will be part of the new European Strategy on Cloud computing that includes Exascale supercomputing, that will be announced next week in Brussels. Antonio Zoccoli explains that the basic idea of the project is to develop a new infrastructure which can provide services to different communities, both in research and in applications, for example public administration, smart energy, in short, different applications that are not forming part of the research feed. Read further...

Exascale supercomputing

The European project ExaNoDe - European Exascale Processor Memory Node Design - will develop a compute element aimed towards Exascale computing. ExaNoDe will build a node-level prototype with technologies that exhibit a significant potential for Exascale computing. The building blocks are heterogeneous compute elements - ARM-v8 low-power processors and FPGAs, 3D active interposers for compute density and UNIMEM, an advanced memory scheme for low-latency, high-bandwidth memory access. ExaNoDe will use a commercially available ARM-v8 based computing architecture. CEA-Leti has developed a state-of-the-art silicon interposer which will be used in the ExaNoDe project. This interposer exploits CEA's integration expertise, forming the basis for high-performance devices with advanced communication capabilities. Read further...

Quantum computing

Researchers from the Institute for Quantum Computing at the University of Waterloo and the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) have, for the first time, converted the colour and bandwidth of ultrafast single photons using a room-temperature quantum memory in diamond. Read further...
Researchers have developed a new method to overcome one of the main issues in implementing a quantum cryptography system, raising the prospect of a useable 'unbreakable' method for sending sensitive information hidden inside particles of light. By 'seeding' one laser beam inside another, the researchers, from the University of Cambridge and Toshiba Research Europe, have demonstrated that it is possible to distribute encryption keys at rates between two and six orders of magnitude higher than earlier attempts at a real-world quantum cryptography system. The results are reported in the journalNature Photonics. Read further...
A team led by researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) has achieved a major breakthrough in magnetic interaction. By adding a special insulator, they make electrons "twirl" their neighbouring "dance partners" to transfer magnetic information over a longer range between two thin layers of magnetic materials. This novel technique enables magnetic information to make their way from one magnetic layer to another, synonymous to the encoding and transmission of data. Read further...
University of Oregon physicists have combined light and sound to control electron states in an atom-like system, providing a new tool in efforts to move toward quantum-computing systems. The work was done on diamond topped with a layer of zinc oxide containing electrical conductors and performed at a temperature of 8 degrees Kelvin (-445.27 Fahrenheit, -265.15 Celsius) - just above absolute zero. Read further...

Focus on Europe

Europe's most powerful supercomputer Piz Daint is being upgraded, a move that is expected to at least double its computing power. ETH Zurich is investing around CHF 40 million to allow researchers to perform simulations, data analyses and visualisations even more efficiently in the future. Read further...
Cray Inc. has signed a contract to upgrade and expand the Cray XC supercomputers and Cray Sonexion storage systems at Germany's National Meteorological Service - the Deutscher Wetterdienst (DWD). Located in Offenbach, Germany, DWD is one of the world's premier numerical weather prediction centres. Read further...
The 12th PRACE Regular Call for Proposals yielded 92 eligible proposals of which 27, including 2 continuations of multi-year projects from the 10th Call, were awarded a total of 689.2 million core hours. This brings the total awarded projects to 435 and the total awarded core hours to 11.4 thousand million. The 25 awarded projects and 2 multi-year continuations are led by principal investigators from 10 different European countries. This Call also welcomed scientists and researchers from Canada, India and USA as collaborators in several projects. Read further...

Middleware

Allinea Software, a provider of software tools for developing and optimizing code on high performance computers, is helping weather and climate researchers to adapt advanced weather models, to better exploit today's technology capability and get ready for future platforms. The company addressed leading climatologists and meteorologists on best practices for scalable code development at the 4th ENES HPC Workshop on the 6th-7th April 2016. The session referenced the application of Allinea's tools across over 20 weather and climate customers worldwide. Read further...
Silicon Mechanics, in conjunction with Bright Computing, an independent provider of cluster and Cloud management software for high performance computing (HPC) clusters, Big Data clusters, and OpenStack Clouds, has announced the recipients of the fifth annual Research Cluster Grant (RCG); the University of New Orleans and the University of California, Merced. Each grant awardee will receive a High-Performance Computing (HPC) cluster with the latest high-performance processing and GPU technologies, valued at over $100,000 for use in demonstrated research purposes going forward. This is the second year that the award has been awarded to two institutions. Read further...
Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has introduced new workload-optimized compute platforms and solutions to help customers accelerate innovation and time-to-value with deep learning systems, high-performance computing (HPC) and financial services industry (FSI) applications. Read further...
Super Micro Computer Inc. debuted its Total Solution for Lustre on ZFS leveraging Intel Enterprise Edition for Lustre at the Lustre User Group (LUG) conference. The fully integrated software-defined storage solution based on Supermicro 4U 90x top-load 3.5" 8TB hot-swap storage JBOD, 2U SuperStorage servers with Simply Double extreme performance all-flash 48x NVMe options, and 1U Ultra SuperServer accelerates deployment and scalability while lowering storage acquisition and operational costs. Read further...

Hardware

The OpenPOWER Foundation has revealed more than 50 new infrastructure and software innovations, spanning the entire system stack, including systems, boards, cards and accelerators. Unveiled at the second annual OpenPOWER Summit, these new products build upon 30 OpenPOWER-based solutions already in the marketplace. Read further...
Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Egypt, one of the oldest libraries in the world, selects Huawei high-performance computing (HPC) solution to build a massive computing platform. Huawei HPC solution uses extraordinary high-density FusionServer servers, and employs high-speed InfiniBand (IB) for computing networks. The HPC clusters can achieve a theoretical peak speed of 118 Tera floating point operations per second (TFLOPS) while the entire solution will provide 288 TB in storage capacity for concurrent file systems. These features enable Huawei HPC solution to support the applications requiring massive computing. Read further...
Pascal architecture-based NVIDIA Tesla GPU accelerators will power an upgraded version of Europe's fastest supercomputer, the Piz Daint system at the Swiss National Supercomputing Center (CSCS) in Lugano, Switzerland. The upgrade is expected to more than double Piz Daint's speed, with most of the system's performance expected to come from its Tesla GPUs. Read further...
NVIDIA has introduced the NVIDIA Tesla P100 GPU, the most advanced hyperscale data centre accelerator ever built. The latest addition to the NVIDIA Tesla Accelerated Computing Platform, the Tesla P100 enables a new class of servers that can deliver the performance of hundreds of CPU server nodes. Today's data centres - vast network infrastructures with numerous interconnected commodity CPU servers - process large numbers of transactional workloads, such as web services. But they are inefficient at next-generation artificial intelligence and scientific applications, which require ultra-efficient, lightning-fast server nodes. Read further...
NVIDIA has unveiled the NVIDIA DGX-1, the world's first deep learning supercomputer to meet the unlimited computing demands of artificial intelligence. The NVIDIA DGX-1 is the first system designed specifically for deep learning - it comes fully integrated with hardware, deep learning software and development tools for quick, easy deployment. It is a turnkey system that contains a new generation of GPU accelerators, delivering the equivalent throughput of 250 x86 servers. Read further...
The University of Alberta's Li Ka Shing Institute of Virology (LKSIOV) and the Southern Ontario Smart Computing Innovation Platform (SOSCIP) have signed a partnership to support advanced research using high-performance computing. Launched in 2012, SOSCIP is an Ontario-based collaborative research consortium, with 15 member academic institutions, Ontario Centres of Excellence and IBM Canada Ltd. as the lead industrial partner. SOSCIP brings together industry and academic researchers to support collaborative research projects in Big Data analytics and high-performance computing. Read further...
Super Micro Computer Inc., a global expert in high-performance, high-efficiency server, storage technology and green computing solutions, debuted its next generation GPU server architecture alongside new GPU optimized SuperServer, SuperBlade, and SuperWorkstation solutions at the NVIDIA GPU Technology Conference (GTC). Supermicro exhibits at GTC included 1U GPU SuperServers supporting up to 4x NVIDIA Tesla GPU accelerators, 2U 2x GPU TwinPro, 4U 12x GPU FatTwin, 4U 8x GPU, 4U/Tower 4+1 GPU SuperServers and 7U SuperBlade 20x GPU system solutions. Read further...
Panasas, an expert in performance scale-out network-attached storage (NAS), has appointed Raji Krishnaswami as director of the Asia Pacific-Japan (APJ) region. Raji Krishnaswami, based in Tokyo, Japan, will be responsible for expanding Panasas' presence across the region, focusing on growth in media and entertainment (M&E) as well as life science, research and education markets. Read further...

Applications

The third edition of the EMiT (EMerging Technology) conference 2016 will be held on 2nd and 3rd June 2016 in Barcelona, Spain. It brings together experts from all areas of computing to examine how to best take advantage of the changing landscape of computer hardware and overcome research barriers for fields such as computational fluid dynamics (CFD), computational mechanics, life sciences, energy efficiency and financial modelling. Building on the successes of EMiT 2014 and EMiT 2015, EMiT 2016 aims to continue to provide a platform for the cutting edge in computing technologies and techniques, as well as broaden the conference's international reach. Read further...
Quincey Koziol, who has spent more than two decades helping to develop and refine the Hierarchical Data Format (HDF) I/O library used by thousands of organisations across government, academia and industry to manage large scientific data files, recently left the HDF Group to join NERSC as principal data architect in the Data and Analytics Services group. Read further...
The University of Michigan is collaborating with IBM to develop and deliver "data-centric" supercomputing systems designed to increase the pace of scientific discovery in fields as diverse as aircraft and rocket engine design, cardiovascular disease treatment, materials physics, climate modelling and cosmology. The system is designed to enable high performance computing applications for physics to interact, in real time, with Big Data in order to improve scientists' ability to make quantitative predictions. IBM's systems use a GPU-accelerated, data-centric approach, integrating massive datasets seamlessly with high performance computing power, resulting in new predictive simulation techniques that promise to expand the limits of scientific knowledge. Read further...
Scientists with the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have taken a big step toward the practical application of "valleytronics", which is a new type of electronics that could lead to faster and more efficient computer logic systems and data storage chips in next-generation devices. As reported online April 4 in the journalNature Nanotechnology, the scientists experimentally demonstrated, for the first time, the ability to electrically generate and control valley electrons in a two-dimensional semiconductor. Read further...
Researchers from the Ruhr-Universität Bochum develop new cryptographic algorithms that are based on particularly hard mathematical problems. They would be virtually unbreakable. Cryptographic methods are typically created following the ad-hoc principle: somebody comes up with an algorithm; others attempt to break it - if they don't succeed, it means that the algorithm is secure. The team headed by Prof. Dr. Eike Kiltz who holds the Chair for Cryptography at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum opted for a different approach. They base their security algorithms on hard mathematical problems. Read further...
IBM Watson Health has completed the $2.6 billion acquisition of Truven Health Analytics, a provider of Cloud-based health care data, analytics and insights. Truven brings more than 8,500 clients to the Watson Health portfolio, including U.S. federal and state government agencies, employers, health plans, hospitals, clinicians and life sciences companies. Data and insights from Truven inform benefit decisions for one in three Americans. Read further...
A team led by Purdue University researchers is the first to determine the structure of the Zika virus, which reveals insights critical to the development of effective antiviral treatments and vaccines. The team also identified regions within the Zika virus structure where it differs from other flaviviruses, the family of viruses to which Zika belongs that includes dengue, West Nile, yellow fever, Japanese encephalitis and tick-borne encephalitic viruses. Read further...

The Cloud

Oracle has released the Oracle Exadata X6 Database Machine, introducing game-changing performance, capacity and availability, all at no additional cost. Oracle Exadata continues to lead the industry with breakthrough technology that delivers extreme performance and the best price/performance for online transaction processing (OLTP), analytics and consolidated database workloads. Read further...
Cirrascale Corporation, a premier developer of blade, rackmount, and Cloud solutions enabling GPU-driven deep learning infrastructure, today announced the official launch of its Cloud-based GPU-as-a-Service product optimized for the deep learning landscape. Originally showcased at the Supercomputing 2015 conference in its pre-release phase, the service is the only one of its kind to offer the industry's most up-to-date, dedicated 4, 8 or 16 GPUs as a bare metal offering with all available GPUs being peered together on a single root complex. This gives users the full power of modern, dedicated, directly accessible GPUs - such as the NVIDIA Tesla M40 GPU Accelerators - and associated compute hardware, as well as ultimate flexibility in system configuration. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2016-04-11

Focus

IPCEI project on high performance computing and Big Data enabled applications to serve as a pilot for the European Data Infrastructure ...

Exascale supercomputing

ExaNoDe selects underlying technology components ...

Quantum computing

Changing the colour of single photons in a diamond quantum memory ...

New laser technique promises super-fast and super-secure quantum cryptography ...

NUS-led research team discovers novel way of transferring magnetic information ...

Oregon researchers use light and sound waves to control electron states ...

Focus on Europe

More computing power for Swiss research ...

Cray awarded contract to upgrade Cray systems at Germany's National Meteorological Service ...

PRACE 12th Call for Proposals reinforces FET flagship projects ...

Middleware

Tomorrow's meteorological code ...

Silicon Mechanics and Bright Computing announce recipients of 5th Annual Research Cluster Grant ...

Hewlett Packard Enterprise expands high-performance computing server portfolio ...

Supermicro presents its Total Solution for Lustre on ZFS at Lustre User Group 2016 ...

Hardware

OpenPOWER Foundation reveals new servers and Big Data analytics innovations ...

Bibliotheca Alexandrina Egypt Selects Huawei HPC Solution to Build Massive Computing Platform ...

NVIDIA Pascal GPUs to double speed of Europe's fastest supercomputer ...

NVIDIA delivers massive performance leap for Deep Learning, HPC applications with NVIDIA Tesla P100 accelerators ...

NVIDIA launches world's first deep learning supercomputer ...

Advancing health research through Canada's fastest supercomputer ...

Supermicro exhibits new GPU SuperServer, SuperBlade and SuperWorkstations at NVIDIA GPU Technology Conference ...

Raji Krishnaswami joins Panasas as Director of Asia Pacific-Japan ...

Applications

Call for participation to the EMiT conference 2016 in Barcelona ...

HDF5 pioneer joins NERSC Data Analytics team ...

University of Michigan and IBM collaborate on data-centric high performance computing system ...

Scientists push Valleytronics one step closer to reality ...

Hard mathematical problems as basis for new cryptographic techniques ...

IBM Watson Health closes acquisition of Truven Health Analytics ...

Researchers reveal Zika virus structure, a critical advance in the development of treatments ...

The Cloud

New Oracle Exadata X6 Database Machine delivers next-generation flash performance, massive storage capacity, and real-time OLTP ...

Cirrascale launches innovative multi-GPU Cloud service aimed at tackling multi-GPU deep learning training applications ...