Primeur weekly 2016-04-25

Special

European Cloud Initiative to give Europe a global lead in the data-driven economy ...

e-IRG Roadmap will help shape the European Open Science Cloud proposed by the European Commission ...

European Commission wants prototype exascale supercomputer systems based on European hardware technology by 2018 ...

European Commission to tackle the second quantum revolution with 1 billion euro flagship ...

European Commission announces European Cloud Initiative, including exascale supercomputing - and three other initiatives ...

Focus

e-IRG's Sverker Holmgren and ESFRI's John Womersley and Giorgio Rossi on mutual collaboration between e-IRG and ESFRI ...

Quantum computing

Quantum computing closer as RMIT drives towards first quantum data bus ...

Focus on Europe

HiPEAC needs help to define the future of computing systems ...

Cambridge to research future computing tech that could ignite a technology field ...

Hardware

pH Miners Inc.'s new deal offers $3,000 savings on Bitcoin and Litecoin miners ...

AMAX chosen as NVIDIA DGX-1 authorized reseller ...

Spectra Logic unveils the world's largest capacity tape library ...

Ohio Supercomputer Center names new system after Jesse Owens ...

Cray appoints Brian Turner to Board of Directors ...

Applications

HPC-facilitated modelling of bone may be key to helping those affected by bone disease ...

NERSC resources help find mismatches in MJO modelling ...

Student teams showcase year-long computing projects ...

The Cloud

GEANT launches pan-European tender for IaaS services ...

EuroFlash

Registration open for Hartree Centre Summer Schools 2016 ...

USFlash

OpenMP ARB appoints Michael Klemm as new CEO ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2016-04-25

Special

The Commission on 19 April 2016 presented its blueprint for Cloud-based services and world-class data infrastructure to ensure science, business and public services reap benefits of Big Data revolution. Europe is the largest producer of scientific data in the world, but insufficient and fragmented infrastructure means this 'Big Data' is not being exploited to its full potential. By bolstering and interconnecting existing research infrastructure, the Commission plans to create a new European Open Science Cloud that will offer Europe's 1.7 million researchers and 70 million science and technology professionals a virtual environment to store, share and re-use their data across disciplines and borders. This will be underpinned by the European Data Infrastructure, deploying the high-bandwidth networks, large scale storage facilities and supercomputer capacity necessary to effectively access and process large datasets stored in the Cloud. This world-class infrastructure will ensure Europe participates in the global race for high performance computing in line with its economic and knowledge potential. Read further...
On April 19, the European Commission presented a vision for the European Science Cloud that will bring together current and future data infrastructures. The European Open Science Cloud will be created for European researchers and their global scientific collaborators by integrating and consolidating e-infrastructure platforms, federating existing scientific Clouds and research infrastructures, and supporting the development of Cloud-based services. Read further...
The European Commission has released a Communication - a plan - about the "European Cloud Initiative". But it is not only about Cloud computing in the traditional sense. It also encompasses the plan for exascale supercomputing and HPC in general. The European Cloud Initiative contains the European Open Science Cloud, the European Data Infrastructure and trust/security. The HPC and supercomputing plans can be found in the European Data Infrastructure, with some of the HPC usage in the European Open Science Cloud. By 2020 Europe should be back with a supercomputer in the Top 3 of fastest machines in the world. It should be a "first of a kind machine" and based on European technology. In fact, the Commission thinks it would be good to develop two different types of exascale technology. The total costs for the European Cloud Initiative are estimated at about 6,7 billion euro of which 2 billion will come from the European Horizon 2020 programme. The Data infrastructure part, including HPC and supercomputing will cost 3,5 billion. Read further...
In the slipstream of the Communication about the European Cloud Initiative released on April 19, 2016, the European Commission also deployed its plans to embark on the path of quantum technology because quantum computing is the logical big step beyond anything currently envisaged at the high-end of computing technology, including exascale high-performance computing, according to the European Commission. The European Commission will start the preparatory steps for an ambitious, long-term and large-scale quantum technologies flagship initiative, including consultation of stakeholders, impact assessment, taking into account results of the interim evaluation of the Horizon 2020 Programme by the end of 2017, with the aim to launch the ramp up phase in 2018. In total, the European Commission will invest an estimated 4.7 billion euro in the European Cloud Initiative of which 1 billion euro will be dedicated to the quantum technologies flagship. Read further...
On April 19, the European Commission announced four initiatives: 1. Digitising European industry: Reaping the full benefits of a digital single market; 2. A European Cloud Initiative; 3. Priorities for ICT standards; and 4. e-Government action plan. Read further...

Focus

At the occasion of the joint e-IRG/ESFRI meeting in Amsterdam, The Netherlands on March 11, 2016,Primeur Magazinehad the opportunity to perform a triple interview with Sverker Holmgren, e-IRG Chair; John Womersley, current ESFRI Chair; and Giorgio Rossi, current vice-president and future president of ESFRI. All three had been present at several adjacent events addressing e-infrastructures and research infrastructures, including the e-IRG Open Workshop, the ESFRI experience workshop and the ESFRI roadmap launch event. Read further...

Quantum computing

RMIT University researchers have trialed a quantum processor capable of routing quantum information from different locations in a critical breakthrough for quantum computing. The work opens a pathway towards the "quantum data bus", a vital component of future quantum technologies. Read further...

Focus on Europe

HiPEAC has launched a call for contributions to the 2017 edition of the HiPEAC Vision, which will set out the way forward for computing systems over the next ten years. Read further...
A Cambridge-led project aiming to develop a new architecture for future computing based on superconducting spintronics - technology designed to increase the energy-efficiency of high-performance computers and data storage - has been announced. Read further...

Hardware

pH Miners Inc. has launched a special offer on its powerful Bitcoin and Litecoin miners which will enable customers to buy four miners for the price of three, saving an impressive $3000. The new offer allows customers to mix and match units according to their preference in Bitcoins or Litecoins. For example, if a customer would like two Bitcoin miners and one Litecoin miner, they will still qualify for the special offer and will be able to choose either a Bitcoin or Litecoin miner as their fourth free unit. No matter what assortment of miners they prefer, they will still qualify for the offer when they purchase three units at one time. With each device retailing at $3,000 each, this promotional deal offers fantastic savings to pH Miners Inc. clients. Read further...
AMAX, a provider of award-winning deep learning solutions, has been named one of only six NVIDIA authorized DGX-1 resellers, the world's first purpose-built Deep Learning supercomputer in a box. The NVIDIA DGX-1 is the first system built with groundbreaking NVIDIA Pascal powered Tesla P100 GPU accelerators, interconnected with NVIDIA NVLink. The DGX-1 features eight P100 cards delivering 170 TFlops of compute power and 768 GB/s of bandwidth, which NVIDIA claims gives the DGX-1 the equivalent performance of 250 servers all within in a single box. Designed to accelerate training and iteration for faster innovation and time-to-market, the DGX-1 delivers 56x more performance than CPU-only servers, and 75x faster training, completing in 2 hours what would take a dual-socket Xeon E5-2697v3 server 150 hours to train. Read further...
Spectra Logic, a deep storage expert, has launched Spectra TFinity ExaScale Edition, the world's largest and most richly-featured tape storage system. Designed to address the needs of organisations with exponential data growth, such as media and entertainment, high performance computing and traditional IT, the Spectra TFinity ExaScale Edition was unveiled at the NAB Show, the annual trade show of the National Association of Broadcasters. Read further...
Having set collegiate athletics afire a year earlier with four world records set or tied in a single day, Jesse Owens sprinted to four gold medals and two Olympic records at the 1936 Berlin Games and refuted the Nazi notion of Aryan racial superiority. Because of his legacy as a renowned Olympic champion, a beacon for racial equality and a constant youth advocate, officials at the Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC) and the Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE) will name their next supercomputer after the sprinter who was raised in Cleveland, Ohio. Read further...
Cray Inc.'s Board of Directors has appointed Brian V. Turner as a member of the Board and as a member of its Audit and Compensation Committees, effective April 18, 2016. Brian Turner previously served as the chief financial officer of Coinstar Inc., a publicly-traded provider of automated retail solutions that changed its name to Outerwall Inc. in 2013. During his six-year tenure at the company, Coinstar grew from approximately 400 employees to more than 2,600 employees, and increased revenue from $175 million to $1 billion. Brian Turner has also held financial leadership positions at RealNetworks Inc., BSquare Corporation, and Radisys Corporation. Earlier in his career, he held multiple positions at Price Waterhouse, which is now part of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. Read further...

Applications

Professor Iwona Jasiuk has spent the past 10 years studying bones to understand why bones break and to assess bone quality. While her research has been looking at the problem both experimentally and computationally, she is currently focusing on the use of high scale computations to model bone by using patient specific medical images. Read further...
An Alaska-sized pulse of clouds and precipitation congregates over the Indian Ocean and lumbers east. Soon it will be mustering monsoons over Mumbai and developing downpours for Portland. So big, so enigmatic, it has a name: Madden-Julian Oscillation (MJO). The MJO occurs on its own timetable - every 30 to 60 days - but its worldwide impact spurs scientists to unlock its secrets. The ultimate answer? Timely preparation for the precipitation havoc it brings - and insight into how it will behave when pressured by a warming climate. Read further...
More than 200 New Mexico students and their teachers will come together April 25-26 at Los Alamos National Laboratory to showcase their computing research projects at the 26th annual New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge expo and awards ceremony. Read further...

The Cloud

GEANT and its National Research and Education Network (NREN) partners have launched a pan-European Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) tender aimed at further accelerating the adoption of Cloud services by research and education institutions. The successful tender will lead to a range of framework agreements through which European NRENs can offer their customers a portfolio of IaaS services. Read further...

EuroFlash

The Hartree Centre Summer Schools are back for 2016, and they are bigger and better than ever. The Hartree Centre Summer Schools will develop core skills in Big Data, engineering simulation, visualisation and high performance computing (HPC) over four individual weeks of tuition and hands-on training. You can choose the disciplines that best suit your needs - or even attend all four. Each week of the Summer School series is limited to 45 attendees. Read further...

USFlash

The Board of Directors of the OpenMP Architecture Review Board (ARB) has appointed Dr. Michael Klemm as the new CEO of the OpenMP organisation, a group of vendors and research organisations creating the standard for one of the most popular shared-memory and embedded parallel programming models in use today. Dr. Klemm succeeds Mr. Michael Wong, who served as the OpenMP CEO for almost 5 years. The Board of Directors and the members of the OpenMP ARB would like to thank Mr. Wong for his dedication and leadership over the past years. During his tenure, the OpenMP language standard added support for coprocessors and accelerators, became more agile by adding a procedure for publishing Technical Reports and yearly ratifications to the standard, and significantly grew in membership. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2016-04-25

Special

European Cloud Initiative to give Europe a global lead in the data-driven economy ...

e-IRG Roadmap will help shape the European Open Science Cloud proposed by the European Commission ...

European Commission wants prototype exascale supercomputer systems based on European hardware technology by 2018 ...

European Commission to tackle the second quantum revolution with 1 billion euro flagship ...

European Commission announces European Cloud Initiative, including exascale supercomputing - and three other initiatives ...

Focus

e-IRG's Sverker Holmgren and ESFRI's John Womersley and Giorgio Rossi on mutual collaboration between e-IRG and ESFRI ...

Quantum computing

Quantum computing closer as RMIT drives towards first quantum data bus ...

Focus on Europe

HiPEAC needs help to define the future of computing systems ...

Cambridge to research future computing tech that could ignite a technology field ...

Hardware

pH Miners Inc.'s new deal offers $3,000 savings on Bitcoin and Litecoin miners ...

AMAX chosen as NVIDIA DGX-1 authorized reseller ...

Spectra Logic unveils the world's largest capacity tape library ...

Ohio Supercomputer Center names new system after Jesse Owens ...

Cray appoints Brian Turner to Board of Directors ...

Applications

HPC-facilitated modelling of bone may be key to helping those affected by bone disease ...

NERSC resources help find mismatches in MJO modelling ...

Student teams showcase year-long computing projects ...

The Cloud

GEANT launches pan-European tender for IaaS services ...

EuroFlash

Registration open for Hartree Centre Summer Schools 2016 ...

USFlash

OpenMP ARB appoints Michael Klemm as new CEO ...