Primeur weekly 2016-05-17

Quantum computing

New design of primitive quantum computer finds application ...

Scientists take a major leap toward a perfect quantum metamaterial ...

A compact, efficient single photon source that operates at ambient temperatures on a chip ...

D-Wave Systems and 1QBit partner with financial industry experts to launch Quantum for Quants online community ...

Focus on Europe

Spring 2016 edition of the e-IRG newsletter available ...

Up to 150,000 euro up for grabs per European SME to fund CPS experiments ...

Alder Hey Children's Hospital set to become UK's first cognitive hospital ...

Leibniz Supercomputing Centre to host Workshop on HPC for Water Related Hazards ...

Registration still open for 9th International Workshop on Parallel Matrix Algorithms and Applications ...

Ron Perrott, an international leader in high performance computing receives ACM Distinguished Service Award ...

Middleware

Allinea tools to unleash research potential for Flemish supercomputer users ...

NSF grant to enable research computing infrastructure dedicated to science and engineering ...

Hardware

Leading thinkers convene in UK to tackle supercomputer efficiency barriers ...

Fujitsu receives order for 25 Petaflop/s supercomputer from the University of Tokyo and the University of Tsukuba ...

Call for Papers for PGAS Applications Workshop ...

IBM scientists achieve storage memory breakthrough ...

Applications

The Sun's magnetic field during the grand minimum is in fact at its maximum ...

IBM and UMBC collaborate to advance cognitive cybersecurity ...

Ten PhD students from across the USA selected as Blue Waters Graduate Fellows ...

Tiny terrors: Researcher works to uncover how bacteria develop antibiotic resistance through efflux pumps ...

Exxact Corporation extends its deep learning solutions with NVIDIA DGX-1 deep learning system ...

Engine design takes a major leap at Argonne ...

The Cloud

IBM Watson to tackle cybercrime ...

EuroFlash

TGAC installs largest SGI UV 300 supercomputer for Life Sciences worldwide to solve the most demanding data intensive problems ...

USFlash

US must up its game or risk being surpassed in supercomputing race by China, Japan & EU, new ITIF report finds ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2016-05-17

Quantum computing

Scientists and engineers from the Universities of Bristol and Western Australia have developed how to efficiently simulate a "quantum walk" on a new design for a primitive quantum computer. Quantum computers have significant potential to open entirely new directions for processing information and to overhaul the way that we think about and use the science of computation. Modern computers already play a huge role in society - they routinely handle and process vast amounts of data and solve calculations at an incredible rate. However, there are some problems that they just cannot solve in a useful amount of time, no matter how fast they become. The concept of a quantum computer aims to address this, exploring uncharted computation and solving at least some of these problems that classical computers cannot. Read further...
Scientists have devised a way to build a "quantum metamaterial" - an engineered material with exotic properties not found in nature - using ultracold atoms trapped in an artificial crystal composed of light. The theoretical work represents a step toward manipulating atoms to transmit information, perform complex simulations or function as powerful sensors. Read further...
Quantum information science and technology has emerged as a new paradigm for dramatically faster computation and secure communication in the 21st century. At the heart of any quantum system is the most basic building block, the quantum bit or qbit, which carries the quantum information that can be transferred and processed - this is the quantum analogue of the bit used in current information systems. The most promising carrier qbit for ultimately fast, long distance quantum information transfer is the photon, the quantum unit of light. Read further...
D-Wave Systems Inc., a quantum computing company, 1QB Information Technologies Inc., a quantum software firm, and financial industry experts have launched Quantum for Quants, an online community designed specifically for quantitative analysts and other experts focused on complex problems in finance. Launched at the Global Derivatives Trading & Risk Management conference in Budapest, the online community will allow quantitative finance and quantum computing professionals to share ideas and insights regarding quantum technology and to explore its application to the finance industry. Through this community financial industry experts will also be granted access to quantum computing software tools, simulators, and other resources and expertise to explore the best ways to tackle the most difficult computational problems in finance using entirely new techniques. Read further...

Focus on Europe

The Spring edition of the e-IRG newsletter is now available for download. Read further...
Small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Europe can apply for up to 150,000 euro to develop new products and components for cyber-physical systems (CPS) under the latest call from the EuroCPS project. The deadline for applications is 1 June 2016, and applicants will be notified of whether their application has been successful by 20 July 2016. Read further...
Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust has launchedd a ground-breaking multi-year collaborative programme with the Science and Technology Facilities Council's (STFC) Hartree Centre, supported by IBM, to create the United Kingdom's first 'cognitive' hospital by harnessing 'Big Data' and the power of IBM's Watson technology platform. Read further...
The Czech-Bavarian Competence Team for Supercomputing Applications invites all interested researchers to a workshop on large-scale simulation of water-related hazard scenarios. Contributed presentations are welcome for June 30 on all related topics, such as simulation of rain-induced floods, storm surges, tsunamis, and similar events. The workshop will be organized June 29 - July 1, 2016, at the Leibniz Supercomputing Centre in Munich, Germany. Read further...
The 9th International Workshop on Parallel Matrix Algorithms and Applications (PMAA16) will be held in Bordeaux, France, and will run from July 6 to 8, 2016. Read further...
ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery, has announced that Ron Perrott, an international leader in the development and promotion of parallel computing, will receive ACM's prestigious Distinguished Service Award. With nearly 100,000 members, ACM is the world's largest and most prominent computing society. The goal of ACM's Awards and Recognition Programme is to highlight outstanding technical and professional achievements and contributions in computer science and IT. Ron Perrott will be formally honoured at the ACM Awards Banquet on June 11 in San Francisco. Read further...

Middleware

The Flemish Supercomputer Center (VSC) is helping scientists and researchers to unleash their potential and accelerate a host of important supercomputer based discoveries using tools from Allinea, a provider of software for developing and optimizing high performance code. Allinea's software tools will be used to speed up code performance and results for users of its state of the art new machine for High Performance Computing (HPC) based research. The new Tier-1 TOP500 NEC cluster is expected to go live in October 2016, replacing the previous Tier-1 and representing Belgium's largest investment in HPC to date. Read further...
Florida Atlantic University has received a $500,000, two-year grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to install networking infrastructure to amplify its ability to conduct data-intensive science and engineering research. The network design, referred to as a DMZ, isolates research traffic from other university network operations to achieve high performance. The network will provide faculty and students with a tenfold increase in capacity. Read further...

Hardware

Global efforts to bring about crucial improvements in supercomputing efficiency and energy usage were placed centre stage as the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) welcomed users and vendors from around the world to London for the Cray User Group 2016 conference. Read further...
Fujitsu has received an order for a many-core large-scale supercomputer system from the University of Tokyo and the University of Tsukuba. The system will be deployed to the Joint Center for Advanced High-Performance Computing (JCAHPC), which the two universities jointly operate. The new supercomputer will be an x86 cluster system consisting of 8,208 of the latest FUJITSU Server PRIMERGY x86 servers. These will run on the next-generation Intel Xeon Phi processors (Intel development code name: Knights Landing), and achieve a theoretical aggregate performance of 25 petaflops (PFLOPS). The system is due to be completely operational starting December 2016, when it is expected to be Japan's highest-performance supercomputer. Read further...
The PGAS Applications Workshop will be held on November 14, 2016 in Salt Lake City, Utah in conjunction with SC16 and in cooperation with SIGHPC, the ACM Special interest Group on HPC. The scope of the PAW workshop is to provide a forum for exhibiting case studies of PGAS programming models in the context of real-world applications as a means of better understanding practical applications of PGAS technologies. The submission deadline for papers is July 31, 2016. Read further...
For the first time, scientists at IBM Research have demonstrated reliably storing 3 bits of data per cell using a relatively new memory technology known as phase-change memory (PCM). The current memory landscape spans from venerable DRAM to hard disk drives to ubiquitous flash. But in the last several years PCM has attracted the industry's attention as a potential universal memory technology based on its combination of read/write speed, endurance, non-volatility and density. For example, PCM doesn't lose data when powered off, unlike DRAM, and the technology can endure at least 10 million write cycles, compared to an average flash USB stick, which tops out at 3,000 write cycles. This research breakthrough provides fast and easy storage to capture the exponential growth of data from mobile devices and the Internet of Things. Read further...

Applications

The study of the Sun's long-term variation over a millennium by means of supercomputer modelling showed that during a time period of the Maunder Minimum type, the magnetic field may hide at the bottom of the convection zone. The study conducted by the Aalto University Department of Computer Science, the ReSoLVE Centre of Excellence and the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research seeks explanation for the mechanisms underlying the long-term variation in solar activity. The research team comprised Maarit Käpylä, Petri Käpylä, Nigul Olspert, Axel Brandenburg, Jaan Pelt, Jörn Warnecke and Bidya B. Karak. The recently published study was carried out by running a global computer model of the Sun on Finland's most powerful supercomputer over a period of six months. Read further...
IBM Research and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) plan for a multi-year collaboration to create the Accelerated Cognitive Cybersecurity Laboratory (ACCL), which will be housed within the College of Engineering and Information Technology at UMBC. Opening in the fall of 2016, the lab will work to advance scientific frontiers in the application of cognitive computing to cybersecurity via analytics and machine learning, while also exploring specialized computer power optimized for these new intensive computing workloads. Read further...
Ten outstanding computational science PhD students from across the USA have been selected to receive Blue Waters Graduate Fellowships for 2016-2017. The fellowship programme, now in its third year, provides substantial support and the opportunity to leverage the petascale power of National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois's Blue Waters supercomputer to advance their research. The awards are made to outstanding PhD graduate students who have decided to incorporate high performance computing and data analysis into their research. Read further...
There are many ways that bacteria can develop antibiotic resistance - through acquiring resistance from another bacterium, or through the function of protein complexes known as efflux pump that expel antibiotics out of the bacterial cell. These protein structures are extremely small - if the period at the end of this sentence is one millimeter, then 100,000 pumps will fit inside the period, according to Fatemeh Khalili-Araghi, assistant professor in physics at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Fatemeh Khalili-Araghi is working to understand how the efflux pumps function in gram-negative bacteria like E. coli. Read further...
Exxact Corporation, a provider of high performance computing solutions for GPU-accelerated deep learning research, will offer the new NVIDIA DGX-1 deep learning system, further expanding its extensive portfolio of deep learning hardware solutions. Read further...
The search for a truly revolutionary engine design that can make dramatic gains in efficiency requires deep scientific understanding and tools. Lots and lots of tools. In the past, tools were needed to make prototypes, requiring repeated testing and retrofitting along with a healthy dose of engineer's intuition to determine which ideas held the most promise. In the future, however, the most important tool for designing engines may well be computers, specifically supercomputers that can virtually test and evaluate thousands of designs simultaneously, weeding out the less promising and leaving behind only those with the most potential, thereby greatly reducing development costs. Read further...

The Cloud

IBM Security has introduced Watson for Cyber Security, a new Cloud-based version of the company's cognitive technology trained on the language of security as part of a year-long research project. To further scale the system, IBM plans to collaborate with eight universities to greatly expand the collection of security data IBM has trained the cognitive system with. Read further...

EuroFlash

With the world's largest SGI UV 300 installation for Life Sciences, with one of the largest Intel SSD for PCIe deployments worldwide, TGAC's new supercomputing platform gives the research Institute access to the next-generation of SGI UV technology for genomics. This will enable The Genome Analysis Centre (TGAC) researchers to store, categorise and analyse more genomic data in less time for decoding living systems and answering crucial biological questions. Read further...

USFlash

The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), a technology policy think tank, in a new report urged U.S. policymakers to take decisive steps to ensure the United States continues to be a world leader in high-performance computing. Otherwise, it risks being surpassed by China, Japan, and the European Union at the expense of its economic competitiveness and national security. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2016-05-17

Quantum computing

New design of primitive quantum computer finds application ...

Scientists take a major leap toward a perfect quantum metamaterial ...

A compact, efficient single photon source that operates at ambient temperatures on a chip ...

D-Wave Systems and 1QBit partner with financial industry experts to launch Quantum for Quants online community ...

Focus on Europe

Spring 2016 edition of the e-IRG newsletter available ...

Up to 150,000 euro up for grabs per European SME to fund CPS experiments ...

Alder Hey Children's Hospital set to become UK's first cognitive hospital ...

Leibniz Supercomputing Centre to host Workshop on HPC for Water Related Hazards ...

Registration still open for 9th International Workshop on Parallel Matrix Algorithms and Applications ...

Ron Perrott, an international leader in high performance computing receives ACM Distinguished Service Award ...

Middleware

Allinea tools to unleash research potential for Flemish supercomputer users ...

NSF grant to enable research computing infrastructure dedicated to science and engineering ...

Hardware

Leading thinkers convene in UK to tackle supercomputer efficiency barriers ...

Fujitsu receives order for 25 Petaflop/s supercomputer from the University of Tokyo and the University of Tsukuba ...

Call for Papers for PGAS Applications Workshop ...

IBM scientists achieve storage memory breakthrough ...

Applications

The Sun's magnetic field during the grand minimum is in fact at its maximum ...

IBM and UMBC collaborate to advance cognitive cybersecurity ...

Ten PhD students from across the USA selected as Blue Waters Graduate Fellows ...

Tiny terrors: Researcher works to uncover how bacteria develop antibiotic resistance through efflux pumps ...

Exxact Corporation extends its deep learning solutions with NVIDIA DGX-1 deep learning system ...

Engine design takes a major leap at Argonne ...

The Cloud

IBM Watson to tackle cybercrime ...

EuroFlash

TGAC installs largest SGI UV 300 supercomputer for Life Sciences worldwide to solve the most demanding data intensive problems ...

USFlash

US must up its game or risk being surpassed in supercomputing race by China, Japan & EU, new ITIF report finds ...