Primeur weekly 2016-05-23

Crowd computing

Zika treatment search launched, fueled by IBM's World Community Grid ...

Quantum computing

Quantum Manifesto to call for one billion euro investment in European quantum computer ...

Focus on Europe

Lenovo helps the European Space Agency map the Milky Way ...

PRACEdays16 concludes with ambitions met and raised ...

GASPI tutorial at EPFL Lausanne ...

Hardware

Lincoln Laboratory establishes a supercomputing centre ...

Microsoft supports Sydney University quantum effort ...

Atos simplifies and speeds up implementation of Big Data solutions ...

Mellanox announces new executive appointments ...

DDN introduces Flashscale: game-changing performance and cost optimized all-flash array delivering 6 million IOPS in 4U for as low as $1/GB ...

Dell makes groundbreaking leap forward with uniquely adaptable, future-ready storage solutions ...

Applications

Funding to support development of the Virtual Physiological Human ...

Zika hackathon fights disease with Big Data ...

SGI rapidly surpasses 600 Terabyte milestone for total systems running SAP HANA ...

ANSYS introduces first Big Data and machine learning system for engineering simulation ...

Galaxy formation simulations benefit NASA's future space telescope ...

UTA prepares Titan supercomputer to process the data from quadrillions of proton collisions generated in the new Large Hadron Collider experiments ...

The Cloud

IBM Cloud first to offer latest NVIDIA GRID with Tesla M60 GPU, speeding up virtual desktop applications ...

Jabil speeds global collaboration with IBM Cloud ...

Univa announces Navops Command for managing enterprise container workload on Kubernetes distributions ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2016-05-23

Crowd computing

IBM's World Community Grid and scientists are launching an international study to identify drug candidates to cure Zika, a fast spreading virus that the World Health Organization has declared a global public health emergency. IBM and a global team of scientists are inviting anyone with a computer or Android device to join the #OpenZika project. Volunteers don't need to provide time, expertise or money to help; they simply run an app on their Windows, Mac, Linux or Android devices that automatically performs virtual experiments for scientists whenever the machines are otherwise idle. Read further...

Quantum computing

3400 leaders from science, research and business call on the European Union to invest 1 billion euro in the development of quantum technologies. With this call, known as the Quantum Manifesto, they support the initiative of the Dutch Minister Henk Kamp and Commissioner Günther Oettinger to build a European programme for quantum technology. On 17 May 2016, Minister Kamp and Commissioner Günther Oettinger received the Quantum Manifesto at a conference in the framework of the European presidency in Amsterdam. Read further...

Focus on Europe

After almost five years of placing its trust in Lenovo's data centre solutions, the European Space Agency (ESA) has renewed its contract with Lenovo and continues to rely on Lenovo NeXtScale System for processing large volumes of data generated as a result of the Gaia Project. Read further...
PRACEdays16 was held from 10 to 12 May 2016 in Prague, Czech Republic. More than 220 participants joined the plenary and parallel sessions for keynote presentations and discussions about and between science, industry and HPC. Read further...
During the PASC16 Conference taking place June 8-10, 2016 in Lausanne, Switzerland at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), a minisymposium is organized around GASPI on June 8, 2016. The GASPI tutorial is taking place in room BC 410, located in the "BC building", on the EPFL campus in Lausanne. The meeting is co-located with PASC 2016 and free of charge. Read further...

Hardware

MIT Lincoln Laboratory has been a world expert in interactive supercomputing since the 1950s. In 1955, TX-0, the first fully transistor-based computer, was built to support a wide range of research at the laboratory and the MIT campus, and became the basis for the second-largest computing company in the world, Digital Equipment Corporation. In 2001, the laboratory developed Parallel Matlab, which enabled thousands of researchers worldwide to use interactive supercomputing for high-performance data analysis. In 2008, the laboratory demonstrated the largest single problem ever run on a computer, using its TX-2500 supercomputer, a part of the system called LLGrid. In April 2016, the laboratory acknowledged the importance of the LLGrid world-class computing capability with the establishment of the Lincoln Laboratory Supercomputing Center (LLSC). Read further...
Leading scientists and directors from Microsoft's quantum computing programme have visited Australia to speak at the launch of the Australian Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology (AINST) and its headquarters, a new $150 million building where electrons are manipulated at temperatures of just above -273.15C - colder than deep space. Read further...
Through its technology brand Bull, Atos launches a Big Data appliance - the Data lake & analytics factory by bullion. Big-Data-in-a-box: integrated with the bullion server as an appliance that industrializes data collection, storage and analytics. This significantly enhances data analytics agility, security and efficiency in real-time. It offers organisations fast and cost efficient means to exploit the value of their existing data. The Data lake & analytics factory by bullion is the latest innovation part of the Atos Codex offer. Read further...
Mellanox Technologies Ltd., a supplier of high-performance, end-to-end intelligent interconnect solutions for data centre servers and storage systems, has promoted Yaël Asseraf Shenhav to Vice President, Product Marketing, reporting to Gilad Shainer, Vice President, Marketing; Lior Ofer to Vice President, Global Support and Services, reporting to Aviram Gutman, Vice President Customer Support; and Yotam Lahav to Vice President, Project Management and US Field Engineering reporting to Aviram Gutman, Vice President, Customer Support. Read further...
DataDirect Networks (DDN) has launched DDN Flashscale, a new family of all-flash scale-out and scale-up storage solutions, which delivers the highest performance and capacity in a cost-optimized and feature rich platform designed for Enterprise Big Data and Analytics, Web Scale Cloud, and HPC environments. Read further...
Dell has launched Storage Center Operating System 7, the culmination of a three-year effort to redefine the economics of enterprise storage with an innovative platform which embraces and helps accelerate the industry shift to modern, flash-based architectures. Read further...

Applications

CompBioMed, a to-be established distributed Centre of Excellence in Computational Biomedicine, recently received H2020 funding from the European Commission. Aim of this European project is to facilitate the uptake and exploitation of high performance computing within the biomedical modelling community. CompBioMed is part of an active research community that works on the development of the 'Virtual Physiological Human'. Alfons Hoekstra from the University of Amterdam Computational Science Lab participates in the project. Read further...
More than 50 data scientists, engineers, and University of Texas at Austin students gathered on May 15, 2016 to use Big Data to fight the spread of Zika for the "Austin Zika Hackathon" at the Cloudera offices downtown. Zika, a mosquito-borne disease that can cause fever and birth defects, threatens to spread to the United States. As of mid-May 2016, Mexico had reported 272 cases of Zika, according toUSA Today. The problem has grown so large that President Obama has requested $1.9 billion to halt the spread of Zika. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control is now ramping up collection of data that tracks Zika spread. But big gaps exist in linking different kinds of data, and that makes it tough for experts to predict where it will go next and what to do to prevent it. Read further...
Deployments of the SGI UV 300H servers as a single-node (scale-up) system now provide in total over 600 Terabytes of in-memory computing capacity to organisations running the SAP HANA platform. SGI also announced that the SGI UV 300H is now SAP-certified for SAP HANA under general availability for up to 20-sockets and 15 Terabytes of shared memory to run SAP S/4HANA and other transactional SAP applications on SAP HANA, enabling data analysis in real time at unparalleled scale. SGI featured the SGI UV 300H at SAPPHIRE NOW in Orlando, Florida. Read further...
ANSYS has married the advanced computer science of elastic computing, Big Data and machine learning to the physics-based world of engineering simulation - offering the industry a first look at the future of product development. Available today, the unique ANSYS SeaScape architecture enables organisations to innovate faster than the ever. ANSYS SeaHawk is the first product taking advantage of this new platform capability to deliver accelerated design optimization of next-generation chips. Read further...
Gravity pulls everything together, right? We grow up learning and understanding this basic scientific rule. But if that's so, why is the expansion of the universe speeding up instead of slowing down? "It's like throwing your car keys in the air and having them accelerate upwards and disappear from sight", stated David Weinberg, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Astronomy at the Ohio State University (OSU). David Weinberg is hoping that NASA's Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST) will play a central role in resolving this puzzle after it launches in the mid-2020s. Read further...
University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) physicists are preparing the Titan supercomputer at Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility in Tennessee to support the analysis of data generated from the quadrillions of proton collisions expected during this season's Large Hadron Collider particle physics experiments. The LHC is the world's most powerful particle accelerator, located at the European Organization for Nuclear Research or CERN near Geneva in Switzerland. Its collisions produce subatomic fireballs of energy, which morph into the fundamental building blocks of matter. Read further...

The Cloud

IBM has become the first company to offer the NVIDIA Tesla M60 GPU accelerator in the Cloud, giving companies of all sizes easier and more affordable access to the latest virtual desktop applications with no compromise to performance. IBM continues to be in lock step with NVIDIA in bringing its latest GPU technology to the Cloud. The Tesla M60 joins other NVIDIA GPU offerings on IBM Cloud, including the Tesla K80 and Tesla K10 GPUs, which accelerate deep learning, data analytics and high performance computing (HPC) workloads. Read further...
Jabil Circuit, a supply chain management and electronics manufacturing company, has deployed high-speed file transfer solutions from Aspera, an IBM company, running on the IBM Cloud to enable global users to send and exchange high-value design and engineering files quickly and reliably. Read further...
Univa, an innovator of workload management, has introduced Navops Command at OSCON - Everything Open Source Conference. First of its kind, Navops Command implements sophisticated workload placement and advanced policy management for enterprises to take full advantage of containers on any Kubernetes distribution. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2016-05-23

Crowd computing

Zika treatment search launched, fueled by IBM's World Community Grid ...

Quantum computing

Quantum Manifesto to call for one billion euro investment in European quantum computer ...

Focus on Europe

Lenovo helps the European Space Agency map the Milky Way ...

PRACEdays16 concludes with ambitions met and raised ...

GASPI tutorial at EPFL Lausanne ...

Hardware

Lincoln Laboratory establishes a supercomputing centre ...

Microsoft supports Sydney University quantum effort ...

Atos simplifies and speeds up implementation of Big Data solutions ...

Mellanox announces new executive appointments ...

DDN introduces Flashscale: game-changing performance and cost optimized all-flash array delivering 6 million IOPS in 4U for as low as $1/GB ...

Dell makes groundbreaking leap forward with uniquely adaptable, future-ready storage solutions ...

Applications

Funding to support development of the Virtual Physiological Human ...

Zika hackathon fights disease with Big Data ...

SGI rapidly surpasses 600 Terabyte milestone for total systems running SAP HANA ...

ANSYS introduces first Big Data and machine learning system for engineering simulation ...

Galaxy formation simulations benefit NASA's future space telescope ...

UTA prepares Titan supercomputer to process the data from quadrillions of proton collisions generated in the new Large Hadron Collider experiments ...

The Cloud

IBM Cloud first to offer latest NVIDIA GRID with Tesla M60 GPU, speeding up virtual desktop applications ...

Jabil speeds global collaboration with IBM Cloud ...

Univa announces Navops Command for managing enterprise container workload on Kubernetes distributions ...