Primeur weekly 2016-05-09

Focus

NIST's Robert Bohn and Oxford University's David Wallom expand on Cloud standards and the Cloud landscape ...

With trust, openness and empowerment, there is a bright future for Cloud computing, according to Microsoft's Elena Bonfiglioli ...

Quantum computing

IBM makes quantum computing available on IBM Cloud to accelerate innovation ...

Quantum logical operations realized with single photons ...

Focus on Europe

Celebrating HPC and research at University College London ...

Still time to save on ISC 2016 registration - Register by May 11 ...

Current status of the Flemish supercomputer ...

Middleware

Bright Computing names Bill Griffin as Chief Financial Officer ...

Hardware

Invitation to participate in HPC Site Census study ...

CSRA to deliver high capacity connectivity to support education priorities in Alabama ...

Cray reports first quarter 2016 financial results ...

Applications

SDSC researchers publish book on using GPU accelerators for nanosciences ...

Movidius announces deep learning accelerator and Fathom software framework ...

GPU-powered systems take top spot and set new record in Student Supercomputer Competition ...

Fine-tuning forecasts of nighttime storms on the plains ...

Sudden collapse: Supercomputing spotlight on gels ...

BSC and IrsiCaixa create bioinformatics method to predict the effectiveness of antiretroviral drugs with different HIV mutations ...

University of Wyoming faculty have until May 22 to apply for supercomputer use ...

Webinar on performance tuning and optimization of GROMACS ...

IBM and SK Holdings C&C Alliance brings Watson and the cognitive era to South Korea ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2016-05-09

Focus

At the recent Cloudscape 2016 event in Brussels, Primeur Magazine had the opportunity to talk with Robert Bohn, Cloud computing programme manager at NIST, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, located in Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA and David Wallom, Associate Professor and Associate Director of Innovation at the e-Research Center of the University of Oxford, about Cloud standards and the Cloud landscape in general. Robert Bohn chose to take one step back and asked: "Why standards in the first place?" Standards have a way of building trust in products that you are buying. That trust will generate commerce. NIST works under the Department of Commerce and is very interested in commercial aspects. Essentially, standards and trust give you that commerce and finally jobs. That is why NIST cares about standards. They help to build and create innovation in the marketplace. One there is a standard in place and you have implementations from different sources: let the best implementation win. That is how standards are used in the first place. Read further...
At the recent Cloudscape 2016 event in Brussels, Primeur Magazine had the opportunity on women's day to talk with Elena Bonfiglioli, Managing Director for Health Industry in Europe, Middle East and Africa for the public sector at Microsoft. Elena Bonfiglioli said that Cloud beyond gender is a great equalizer in society and across genders and that we need to make sure that the participation of women in the technology sector, in the IT, in the STEM studies gets to its full potential. Microsoft is very committed as part of its diversity and inclusion programmes and strategies to make sure that there is a wide participation of young girls in the STEM studies. That will make the future of Cloud also as a pink Cloud. Read further...

Quantum computing

IBM scientists have built a quantum processor that users can access through a first-of-a-kind quantum computing platform delivered via the IBM Cloud onto any desktop or mobile device. IBM believes quantum computing is the future of computing and has the potential to solve certain problems that are impossible to solve on today's supercomputers. The Cloud-enabled quantum computing platform, called IBM Quantum Experience, will allow users to run algorithms and experiments on IBM's quantum processor, work with the individual quantum bits (qubits), and explore tutorials and simulations around what might be possible with quantum computing. Read further...
Scientists from all over the world are working on concepts for future quantum computers and their experimental realization. Commonly, a typical quantum computer is considered to be based on a network of quantum particles that serve for storing, encoding and processing quantum information. In analogy to the case of a classical computer a quantum logic gate that assigns output signals to input signals in a deterministic way would be an essential building block. A team around Dr. Stephan Dürr from the Quantum Dynamics Division of Prof. Gerhard Rempe at the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics has now demonstrated in an experiment how an important gate operation - the exchange of the binary bit values 0 and 1 - can be realized with single photons. A first light pulse containing one photon only is stored as an excitation in an ultracold cloud of about 100 000 rubidium atoms. This gives rise to the effect that a second light pulse that passes through the cloud exhibits a phase shift of 180 degrees. Read further...

Focus on Europe

On 6 April 2016 was the official launch of University College London's (UCL) brand new High Performance Computing system, Grace. Julian Fielden, Managing Director at OCF, provider of high performance computing, storage and data analytics, provides a recap of the day's event. OCF customers are able to achieve amazing things - from discovering the origins of the Universe to understanding links between genetics and disease, to name just two examples - so it was a great pleasure to present at the launch of University College London's new HPC machine, Grace. Read further...
The early bird registration period for the 31st annual ISC High Performance conference will close May 11, thus bringing the opportunity for attendees to save over 45 percent off the on-site registration rates to an end. The organizers encourage participants not to wait until the last minute to register. This year the conference will once again be held in the world-class conference destination - Frankfurt, Germany. The ISC 2016 conference and exhibition anticipates an attendance of 3,000 participants from around the world. So far 146 companies have signed up to exhibit, and the organizers continue to receive co-exhibitor registrations, pointing to a hopeful total of 160 exhibitors on the 2016 show floor. Read further...
Since October 2012 Flanders has an operational tier-1 infrastructure at Ghent University within the framework of the Flemish Supercomputer Center (VSC). The Hercules Foundation is responsible for the management. The VSC is fully operational since 2014. In recent years, evaluation moments were provided for applications by the universities and the strategic research centres (SOCs) for computing time on the tier-1 supercomputer. In addition to researchers at the Flemish public institutions of knowledge, companies can also make use of this large supercomputing infrastructure. The participation of companies remains a challenge. Read further...

Middleware

Bright Computing, an independent provider of management software for high performance computing (HPC) clusters, Big Data clusters, and OpenStack Clouds, has appointed Bill Griffin as its Chief Financial Officer. The appointment of a seasoned Silicon Valley financial leader with more than 25 years of experience in financial, operational and executive management positions will help drive the company to its next phase of growth, maturity, and success. Read further...

Hardware

Intersect360 Research is conducting its ninth annual HPC Site Census survey. Your input will help technology and services suppliers better understand the server, storage, network, and software technology currently in use at High Performance Computing sites. Read further...
CSRA Inc., a provider of next-generation IT solutions and professional services to government organisations, announced that its operating subsidiary, CSC State and Local Solutions LLC, will continue to support the Alabama Supercomputer Authority (ASA) by providing high-capacity network and internet connections to 550 schools and school districts, community colleges, universities and libraries throughout the state. CSRA received a recompete contract from the ASA, for services valued at $96 million over a five-year period of performance. Read further...
Cray Inc. has issued financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2016. All figures are based on U.S. GAAP unless otherwise noted. Revenue for the first quarter of 2016 was $105.5 million, which compares with $79.6 million in the first quarter of 2015. Net loss for the first quarter of 2016 was $5.0 million, or $0.13 per diluted share, compared to a net loss of $9.4 million, or $0.24 per diluted share in the first quarter of 2015. Non-GAAP net loss was $5.3 million, or $0.13 per diluted share for the first quarter of 2016, compared to non-GAAP net loss of $10.9 million, or $0.28 per diluted share for the same period of 2015. Read further...

Applications

Two researchers with the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California San Diego are editors of a just-published book that explores the latest developments in electronic structure calculations on modern computer hardware and explains how graphics processing units (GPUs) can be efficiently exploited to perform such calculations more rapidly than previously possible. Read further...
Movidius, an expert in low-power machine vision technology, has launched both the Fathom Neural Compute Stick - the world's first deep learning acceleration module, and Fathom deep learning software framework. Both tools hand-in-hand will allow powerful neural networks to be moved out of the Cloud, and deployed natively in end-user devices. Read further...
For the fourth consecutive year, NVIDIA's Tesla Accelerated Computing Platform helped set new milestones in the Asia Student Supercomputer Challenge, the world's largest supercomputer competition. Each year, the brightest minds from universities around the world compete to find out who can build the fastest, most efficient supercomputer. At ASC16, GPUs once again powered the winning team, and helped another break the performance record on an industry-standard supercomputing benchmark. Read further...
The Midwestern plains of the U.S. are known for their dramatic storms: tornadoes, hail, thunderstorms. But one storm feature has mystified researchers: why does their frequency seem to peak at night? Xuguang Wang, an associate professor of meteorology at the University of Oklahoma, is part of a team working on the multi-agency PECAN - Plains Elevated Convection At Night - project, designed to advance the understanding - and prediction - of nocturnal, warm-season precipitation through improved use of data and simulation. Read further...
What exactly is life? A popular idea with some scientists in the early 1800s held that life was constructed of yet-unseen building blocks of a fundamental life force. The success around that time with microscopes in seeing tiny things for the first time helped drive the idea that through an eyepiece one could find the core of life. Read further...
The effectiveness of antiretroviral drugs used to treat HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) is frequently affected by the virus' ability to develop genetic mutations. Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) and IrsiCaixa, the Catalan AIDS Research Institute, have developed a bioinformatics method to predict the effect of each mutation on the resistance of the virus to such drugs. An article published in theJournal of Chemical Information and Modelingexplains how this method has effectively predicted the resistance of the virus with genetic mutations in the HIV-1 protease, a protein which is essential for the replication of the virus, to the drugs amprenavir and darunavir. The method could easily be applied to other drugs and proteins. Read further...
University of Wyoming (UW) faculty members have the opportunity to apply for a large allocation to use computational and storage resources at the National Center for Atmospheric Science (NCAR)-Wyoming Supercomputing Center (NWSC) in Cheyenne to support their research in earth systems and atmospheric sciences. Applications are due May 22, 2016. Read further...
Want to know more about how to get the best value from your simulation settings and hardware for GROMACS perfomance? This webinar will provide a quick overview of GROMACS internals and how that affects how fast your simulation runs. A few straightforward considerations can often improve your time-to-science. The webinar will cover the use of GPUs and CPUs, in a single node and in parallel, including the gmx tune_pme optimization tool. Tips for benchmarking with GROMACS will also be provided. The webinar presenter is Mark Abraham, GROMACS project manager. The webinar will take place on May 11, 2016 between 16:00-17:00 CET (Central European Time). Read further...
IBM and SK Holdings C&C Ltd., a South Korean IT services company, plan to bring IBM's Watson cognitive services to South Korea. The strategic alliance, which includes training Watson to understand Korean, is designed to dramatically accelerate the adoption of cognitive computing throughout the region, giving South Korea-based developers a set of localized APIs and services they can use to help create their own applications and build new businesses. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2016-05-09

Focus

NIST's Robert Bohn and Oxford University's David Wallom expand on Cloud standards and the Cloud landscape ...

With trust, openness and empowerment, there is a bright future for Cloud computing, according to Microsoft's Elena Bonfiglioli ...

Quantum computing

IBM makes quantum computing available on IBM Cloud to accelerate innovation ...

Quantum logical operations realized with single photons ...

Focus on Europe

Celebrating HPC and research at University College London ...

Still time to save on ISC 2016 registration - Register by May 11 ...

Current status of the Flemish supercomputer ...

Middleware

Bright Computing names Bill Griffin as Chief Financial Officer ...

Hardware

Invitation to participate in HPC Site Census study ...

CSRA to deliver high capacity connectivity to support education priorities in Alabama ...

Cray reports first quarter 2016 financial results ...

Applications

SDSC researchers publish book on using GPU accelerators for nanosciences ...

Movidius announces deep learning accelerator and Fathom software framework ...

GPU-powered systems take top spot and set new record in Student Supercomputer Competition ...

Fine-tuning forecasts of nighttime storms on the plains ...

Sudden collapse: Supercomputing spotlight on gels ...

BSC and IrsiCaixa create bioinformatics method to predict the effectiveness of antiretroviral drugs with different HIV mutations ...

University of Wyoming faculty have until May 22 to apply for supercomputer use ...

Webinar on performance tuning and optimization of GROMACS ...

IBM and SK Holdings C&C Alliance brings Watson and the cognitive era to South Korea ...