Primeur weekly 2016-05-02

Focus

Intertwining of Internet of Things, Cloud and Big Data is engine for creation of vibrant ecosystem of innovation, says Mario Campolargo ...

Rene Belsø pleas that organized high level scientists have their say about funding the e-Infrastructure ...

Quantum computing

Important effect observed in development of quantum storage ...

Dartmouth-led team devises new technique to probe 'noise' in quantum computing ...

Researchers create a first frequency comb of time-bin entangled qubits ...

Focus on Europe

Optical processing pioneer wins project with DARPA ...

Middleware

Berkeley Lab hosts Fourth X-Stack PI Meeting ...

ODH Inc. and IBM Watson Health introduce Mentrics, a population health management platform to transform behavioural health care ...

Hardware

SGI reports fiscal third quarter 2016 financial results ...

Cray to relocate its Saint Paul location to the offices at Mall of America ...

Applications

Huazhong University of Science and Technology crowned the ASC16 Champion ...

New discovery may help engineers design quieter jet airplanes ...

SDSC supercomputers and CIPRES Gateway help define new "Tree of Life" ...

Tooling up for cleaner skies and quieter aircraft ...

Dr. Zoe Cournia winner of the 1st PRACE Ada Lovelace Award for HPC ...

University of Wyoming student wins prestigious Blue Waters Graduate Fellowship ...

Numerical simulations shed new light on early universe ...

Research group joins Intel's Parallel Computing Centers programme ...

Aspen Elementary, Los Alamos Middle School students take top award in 26th New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge ...

The Cloud

Bright Computing announces Bright OpenStack integration with Talligent Openbook billing software for OpenStack Clouds ...

Halliburton turns to IBM Cloud to help evaluate development decisions for oil and gas fields ...

IBM boosts support to OpenStack's RefStack Project to advance common language between Clouds ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2016-05-02

Focus

At the recent Cloudscape 2016 event in Brussels,Primeur Magazinehad the opportunity to talk with Mario Campolargo, Director of the Internet of Things at the European Commission, and asked him about the most important topics today in Cloud computing. These topics are reflected in the topics that Cloudscape 2016 also addressed at the meeting, bringing the establishment of Cloud, the Internet of Things and data together, according to Mario Campolargo. He was able to talk to the industry at the Cloudscape 2016 event and expressed the thought that it is inevitable that the Internet of Things (IoT), data and the Cloud are emerging. Mario Campolargo sees the intertwining of these three key concepts as a real engine for the creation of a vibrant ecosystem of innovation. Read further...
At the e-IRG workshop in Amsterdam, Primeur Magazine had the opportunity to talk to Rene Belsø, Head of Development and International Relations of the Danish e-Infrastructure Cooporation (DeIC) about the future of e-Infrastructures. Rene Belsø explained that one needs to adapt to the changing structural setting for the infrastructure providers. A few dynamics are becoming more and more evident. For example, most average researchers, outside the realm of the more fundamental hard scientists, are pretty happy with what the commercial market can offer. They are moving to the Dropbox, to the Amazon compute Cloud and so on. They are happy with what they can get. They have a good user interface and a reliable service. Of course, they don't see the bill but sometimes they do. But otherwise it is good stuff that they can get from the private market. It has its problems with security and ownership control but still, that does not stop them. It is a development that has come here to stay. Read further...

Quantum computing

Rare earth materials are prime candidates for storing quantum information, because the undesirable interaction with their environment is extremely weak. Consequently however, this lack of interaction implies a very small response to light, making it hard to read and write data. Leiden physicists have now observed a record-high Purcell effect, which enhances the material's interaction with light. Ordinary computers perform calculations with bits - ones and zeros. Quantum computers on the other hand use qubits. These information units are a superposition of 0 and 1; they represent simultaneously a zero and a one. It enables quantum computers to process information in a totally different way, making them exponentially faster for certain tasks, like solving mathematical problems or decoding encryptions. Read further...
Dartmouth College and Griffith University researchers have devised a new way to "sense" and control external noise in quantum computing. Quantum computing may revolutionize information processing by providing a means to solve problems too complex for traditional computers, with applications in code breaking, materials science and physics, but figuring out how to engineer such a machine remains elusive. The findings appear in the journalPhysical Review Letters. Read further...
Quantum mechanics, with its counter-intuitive rules for describing the behaviour of tiny particles like photons and atoms, holds great promise for profound advances in the security and speed of how we communicate and compute. Now an international team of researchers has built a chip that generates multiple frequencies from a robust quantum system that produces time-bin entangled photons. In contrast to other quantum state realizations, entangled photons don't need bulky equipment to keep them in their quantum state, and they can transmit quantum information across long distances. The new device creates entangled photons that span the traditional telecommunications spectrum, making it appealing for multi-channel quantum communication and more powerful quantum computers. Read further...

Focus on Europe

Cambridge University spin-out Optalysys has been awarded a $350k grant for a 13-month project from the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). The project will see the company advance their research in developing and applying their optical co-processing technology to solving complex mathematical equations. These equations are relevant to large-scale scientific and engineering simulations such as weather prediction and aerodynamics. Read further...

Middleware

Berkeley Lab hosted the fourth annual X-Stack PI meeting April 6 and 7, 2016, where X-Stack researchers, the facilities teams, application scientists and developers from national laboratories, universities and industry met to share the latest developments in X-Stack application codes and identify further modifications. Read further...
Behavioural health analytics provider ODH Inc. and IBM Watson Health have launched Mentrics, a leading-edge population health management platform designed to help managed care organisations transform the quality and cost of behavioural health care. Built specifically for managed care organisations that handle behavioural health benefits, Mentrics will streamline data and care coordination while generating valuable insights to help optimize care for patients with behavioural health conditions. Read further...

Hardware

SGI, a global expert in high-performance solutions for compute, data analytics and data management, has reported financial results for its fiscal third quarter ended March 25, 2016. The data is presented on both a GAAP and non-GAAP basis. Read further...
In order to support the long-term growth of the company, Cray Inc. has signed a lease to be the new anchor tenant at The Offices @ MOA property in Bloomington, Minnesota. Located at Mall of America (MOA), The Offices @ MOA is a brand new office complex that offers quick access to retail, hospitality, parking and public transportation. Under the terms of the agreement, Cray will lease approximately 87,500 square feet of new office space in the top four floors of the 10-story building. Additionally, Cray has options to expand further in the building if necessary. Read further...

Applications

ASC Student Supercomputer Challenge 2016 (ASC16) concluded in Wuhan on April 22, 2016. The event was co-organized by Inspur and Huazhong University of Science and Technology. The co-host Huazhong University of Science and Technology, won the championship and the e Prize with its extraordinary performance. Shanghai Jiaotong University was runner-up, and Zhejiang University won the Highest Computing Award. In addition, Nanyang Technological University, Beihang University, National University of Defense Technology and Sun Yat-sen University won the Application Innovation Awards. The most popular team prize was won by Hong Kong Baptist University and Nanyang Technological University. Read further...
If you've ever experienced the exceptionally powerful and reverberating sounds of a jet during take-off, you likely won't be surprised that the noise produced by jet engines is ranked among the loudest of human-generated noises. Understanding jet noise is an intriguing fundamental problem of fluid physics - beguiling researchers for more than 60 years. Some of this fascination with jet noise stems from the fact that seemingly random fluctuations associated with flow turbulence produce strikingly ordered acoustic fields. In other words: If we can understand how turbulent jets make noise, it will in turn provide a fundamentally new understanding of the turbulence behind it. Read further...
An outline for a new tree of life, depicting the evolution of life on this planet that included more than 1,000 new types of bacteria and Archaea lurking in the Earth's nooks and crannies, was made possible with the help of supercomputing resources and a phylogenetics "gateway" created at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC), based at the University of California San Diego. Read further...
Let's see a show of hands: Who wants to breathe in more jet fumes and hear the thunder and boom of planes taking off and landing? What, no raised hands? No surprise there. Everyone who has spent any amount of time near an airport puts up with the sound of airplane noise, but may brush it off as just an everyday annoyance. Yet studies abound with evidence that exposure to such noise leads to increased stress, possible hearing loss, and other negative health effects. To create cleaner, quieter aircraft now and in the future, NASA is working with aviation industry partners to develop green aviation tools and technologies that will improve fuel efficiency, reduce harmful carbon emissions, and meet noise restriction standards for people living around airports and for passengers in airplane cabins. Read further...
Dr. Zoe Cournia, a computational chemist, investigator - Assistant Professor level at the Biomedical Research Foundation, Academy of Athens (BRFAA), Greece has been selected as the recipient of the 1st PRACE Ada Lovelace Award for HPC. The Award will be bestowed at PRACEdays16, to be held 10-12 May 2016 in Prague. Dr. Cournia was selected for her outstanding contributions and impact on HPC in Europe on a global level. Read further...
A University of Wyoming (UW) graduate student will have the opportunity to use one of the world's most powerful supercomputers to research wind farm simulations. Andrew Kirby, a doctoral candidate in the UW Department of Mechanical Engineering tutored by Dimitri Mavriplis, a UW professor of mechanical engineering, has been awarded a 2016-17 Blue Waters Graduate Fellowship. Each year, only 10 such fellowships are awarded nationally on a competitive basis. Read further...
Innovative multidisciplinary research in nuclear and particle physics and cosmology has led to the development of a new, more accurate computer code to study the early universe. The code simulates conditions during the first few minutes of cosmological evolution to model the role of neutrinos, nuclei and other particles in shaping the early universe. Read further...
A research team of high performance computer experts is beginning the task of modernizing a computer software package that leverages large-scale, 3D modelling to research fatigue and fracture analyses, primarily in metals. The research is a result of the Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC) being selected as an Intel Parallel Computing Center (Intel PCC). The Intel PCC programme provides funding to universities, institutions and research labs to modernize key community codes used across a wide range of disciplines to run on current state-of-the-art parallel architectures. The primary focus is to modernize applications to increase parallelism and scalability through optimizations that leverage cores, caches, threads and vector capabilities of microprocessors and coprocessors. Read further...
Andy Corliss, Phillip Ionkov and Ming Lo of Aspen Elementary, and Max Corliss of Los Alamos Middle School won first place in the New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge for their project, "Solving the Rubik's Cube 2.0", at Los Alamos National Laboratory. They created a three-dimensional simulation of a Rubik's cube, as well as an implementation of a cube-solving algorithm; they also won the Most Professional Presentation award for their efforts. Read further...

The Cloud

Bright Computing, an independent provider of management software for high performance computing (HPC) clusters, Big Data clusters, and OpenStack Clouds, announces that its Bright OpenStack solution is now fully integrated with Talligent's advanced proprietary Openbook billing software for OpenStack Clouds. Read further...
Halliburton has adopted IBM Cloud to run its sophisticated reservoir simulation software to help it better understand how complex oil and gas fields might behave under different development scenarios. Halliburton, a global service provider to the oil and gas industry, uses large reservoir simulation models to help oil and gas companies select the right development strategy to maximize production from oil and gas fields. These decisions can involve billions of dollars for a large field. Read further...
In a move to drive greater Cloud interoperability, IBM has contributed significant new features to the RefStack Project, which was created as part of the OpenStack community's effort to drive interoperability across Clouds. The ability to move data and apps from one cloud to another is a major obstacle in the evolution of Cloud and business. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2016-05-02

Focus

Intertwining of Internet of Things, Cloud and Big Data is engine for creation of vibrant ecosystem of innovation, says Mario Campolargo ...

Rene Belsø pleas that organized high level scientists have their say about funding the e-Infrastructure ...

Quantum computing

Important effect observed in development of quantum storage ...

Dartmouth-led team devises new technique to probe 'noise' in quantum computing ...

Researchers create a first frequency comb of time-bin entangled qubits ...

Focus on Europe

Optical processing pioneer wins project with DARPA ...

Middleware

Berkeley Lab hosts Fourth X-Stack PI Meeting ...

ODH Inc. and IBM Watson Health introduce Mentrics, a population health management platform to transform behavioural health care ...

Hardware

SGI reports fiscal third quarter 2016 financial results ...

Cray to relocate its Saint Paul location to the offices at Mall of America ...

Applications

Huazhong University of Science and Technology crowned the ASC16 Champion ...

New discovery may help engineers design quieter jet airplanes ...

SDSC supercomputers and CIPRES Gateway help define new "Tree of Life" ...

Tooling up for cleaner skies and quieter aircraft ...

Dr. Zoe Cournia winner of the 1st PRACE Ada Lovelace Award for HPC ...

University of Wyoming student wins prestigious Blue Waters Graduate Fellowship ...

Numerical simulations shed new light on early universe ...

Research group joins Intel's Parallel Computing Centers programme ...

Aspen Elementary, Los Alamos Middle School students take top award in 26th New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge ...

The Cloud

Bright Computing announces Bright OpenStack integration with Talligent Openbook billing software for OpenStack Clouds ...

Halliburton turns to IBM Cloud to help evaluate development decisions for oil and gas fields ...

IBM boosts support to OpenStack's RefStack Project to advance common language between Clouds ...