Primeur weekly 2016-05-30

Focus

CERN technology for Large Hadron Collider to evolve from computing Grid to scientific Cloud ...

Quantum computing

Purdue professor selected to establish Station Q Purdue, part of Microsoft Station Q ...

Top international award for UNSW Australia quantum computing chief ...

D-Wave Systems to organize Quantum Computing Seminar at ISC16 ...

New device steps toward isolating single electrons for quantum computing ...

Dartmouth team creates new method to control quantum systems ...

Focus on Europe

The Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias will participate in new European SUNDIAL network ...

Discover how digital technology impacts scientific practice ...

Digital Infrastructures for Research 2016 to issue Call for Papers ...

Middleware

Cray Urika-GX system harnesses supercomputing performance to tackle Big Data analytics ...

Hardware

Cavium announces ThunderX2 ...

Gigantic ultrafast spin currents ...

Introducing the AMD FirePro S7100X, the industry’s first and only hardware-virtualized GPU for blade servers ...

STULZ USA announces strategic investment and commercial partnership with CoolIT Systems ...

Made-in-India supercomputers by August 2017 under govt's Rs 4,500-crore National Supercomputing Mission ...

Applications

KIT brings outstanding experimental physicist back to Germany ...

NOAA's premier forecast model goes 4D ...

Argonne launches first tech incubator ...

Current atmospheric models underestimate the dirtiness of Arctic air ...

The Cloud

FleetCor adopts IBM Cloud to help businesses stay in the fast lane ...

EnerTech of Kuwait Investment Authority selects Cloud-based analytics service from IBM and Waterfund for insights into water costs ...

IBM offers Watson services on Twilio marketplace ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2016-05-30

Focus

At the EGI Conference 2016 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Primeur Magazine had the opportunity to talk with Eckhard Elsen, Director of Research and Computing at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland. Eckhard Elsen talked about some of the programmes that are being performed at CERN. The main business at CERN is fundamental physics and particle physics in which the researchers collide protons at very high energy and look at the products of the collision. The collisions are registered in very huge detectors that produce enormous data rates and data streams for analysis. Read further...

Quantum computing

A Purdue University professor has been selected to lead Station Q Purdue, part of an elite team assembled by Microsoft's Station Q to pursue a path to quantum computing. Google, IBM, Intel and Microsoft have put resources into research teams striving to discover a path to quantum computing. At Microsoft, the quantum computing research effort is spearheaded by Microsoft Station Q. Read further...
For her world-leading research in the fabrication of atomic-scale devices for quantum computing, University of New South Wales (UNSW) Australia's Scientia Professor Michelle Simmons has been awarded a prestigious Foresight Institute Feynman Prize in Nanotechnology. Two international Feynman prizes, named in honour of the late Nobel Prize winning American physicist Richard Feynman, are awarded each year in the categories of theory and experiment to researchers whose work has most advanced Feynman's nanotechnology goal of molecular manufacturing. Read further...
D-Wave Systems, a quantum computing company, will be organizing a quantum computing seminar at the upcoming International Supercomputing Conference in Frankfurt, Germany. The seminar will take place June 20, from 14:00 - 17:00, in the Matrix conference room at the Frankfurt Marriott hotel - across the street from the Messe Frankfurt convention centre - at Hamburger Allee 2. Read further...
If biochemists had access to a quantum computer, they could perfectly simulate the properties of new molecules to develop novel drugs in ways that would take the fastest existing computers decades. Electrons represent an ideal quantum bit, with a "spin" that when pointing up can represent a 0 and down can represent a 1. Such bits are small - even smaller than an atom - and because they do not interact strongly, they can remain quantum for long periods. However, exploiting electrons as qubits also poses a challenge because they must be trapped and manipulated. Which is exactly what David Schuster, assistant professor of physics, and his collaborators at UChicago, Argonne National Laboratory and Yale University have done. Read further...
Dartmouth College researchers have discovered a method to design faster pulses, offering a new way to accurately control quantum systems. Quantum physics defines the rules that govern the realm of the ultra-small - the atomic and sub-atomic world - which explains the behavior of matter and its interactions. Scientists have been trying to exploit the seemingly strange properties of this quantum world to build practical devices, such as ultra-fast computers or ultra-precise quantum sensors. Building a practical device, however, requires accurately controlling your device to make it do what you want. This turns out to be challenging since quantum properties are very fragile. Read further...

Focus on Europe

SUNDIAL - SUrvey Network for Deep Imaging Analysis and Learning - is a new "Marie Curie" European Innovative Training Network (ITN) which will start in April 2017 and in which the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC) will play a key role. The objective is to train young researchers in computer science and astronomy and in the automated learning of large quantities of data, "Big Data", to answer questions about the evolution of the properties of galaxies while opening up the field of automatic structure recognition. Read further...
The Netherlands eScience Center will be organizing its 4th National eScience Symposium in the Amsterdam ArenA on October 13, 2016 between 9h30 and 18h00, under the theme "Science in a Digital World". "Science in a Digital World" is a day-long event where scientists and researchers from different fields meet to discover how digital technology impacts scientific practice. The symposium will feature five thematic sessions showcasing world-class data-driven and compute-intensive research in different fields: Sports & eHealth, Social, Astronomy, Smart Energy, and Data Science. The thematic sessions are organized in partnership with ASTRON, Centraal Bureau voor de Statistiek (CBS), COMMIT2data, Leiden Centre of Data Science (LCDS) and SURFsara. Read further...
The Digital Infrastructures for Research 2016 (DI4R) is the first event jointly organised by EGI, EUDAT, GÉANT, OpenAIRE and RDA Europe with a focus on users. The event will take place in Krakow between 28-30 September 2016. The deadline to submit abstracts for sessions, presentations and tutorials is the 3rd of June, 2016. Posters can be submitted until 20 July, 2016. Read further...

Middleware

Cray Inc. has launched the Cray Urika-GX system - the first agile analytics platform that fuses supercomputing technologies with an open, enterprise-ready software framework for Big Data analytics. The Cray Urika-GX system gives customers unprecedented versatility for running multiple analytics workloads concurrently on a single platform that leverages the speed of a Cray supercomputer. Read further...

Hardware

Cavium Inc., a provider of semiconductor products that enables intelligent processing for enterprise, Cloud, data centre, wired and wireless networking, has launched ThunderX2, the second generation of workload optimized ARM server SoCs. Read further...
Scientists from TU Wien - Vienna - are proposing a new method for creating extremely strong spin currents. They are essential for spintronics, a technology that could replace today's electronics. In our computer chips, information is transported in form of electrical charge. Electrons or other charge carriers have to be moved from one place to another. For years scientists have been working on elements that take advantage of the electrons angular momentum - their spin - rather than their electrical charge. This new approach, called "spintronics" has major advantages compared to common electronics. It can operate with much less energy. Read further...
​AMD has launched AMD Multiuser GPU (MxGPU) for blade servers, AMD FirePro S7100X GPU. AMD MxGPU is the industry's first and only hardware-virtualized GPU compliant with the SR-IOV (Single Root I/O Virtualization) PCIe virtualization standard. The AMD FirePro S7100X GPU is a simple, secure solution for graphics virtualization providing workstation-class experience for up to 16 users that is practically indistinguishable from a native desktop experience. Using AMD Multiuser GPU (MxGPU) technology, the AMD FirePro S7100X GPU harnesses silicon expressly designed for graphics virtualization and conforming with the virtualization industry standard, SR-IOV to allow easy integration into existing hypervisor ecosystems. The AMD FirePro S7100X GPU is the newest addition to the AMD line of graphics virtualization products, designed in an ultra-compact form factor with a TGP of just 100W that makes it ideal for blade server deployments. Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) is the first to offer the AMD FirePro S7100X GPU in HPE ProLiant WS460c Gen9 Graphics Server Blades available now. Read further...
Global mission critical cooling solutions provider STULZ, through its US entity STULZ Air Technology Systems, Inc., has engaged in a strategic investment and commercial partnership with CoolIT Systems Inc., a global manufacturer of energy efficient Direct Contact Liquid Cooling (DCLC) technologies for High Performance Computing, Cloud and Enterprise markets. Read further...
India is all set to have an indigenously-built supercomputer by 2017. The Indian government has launched a Rs 4,500-crore programme, which aims at helping India enter an elite league of nations who have made advancements in the field. The supercomputer project is being handled by the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing, said Ashutosh Sharma, Secretary in the Ministry of Science and Technology. Param, India's first supercomputer was also built by the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing. Read further...

Applications

Germany's award in the highest amount for researchers from abroad was handed over to Professor Wolfgang Wernsdorfer on May 3, in Berlin. The pioneer of molecular spin electronics will now return from France to Germany. From June 01, 2016, Wolfgang Wernsdorfer will continue his research for the development of future quantum computers at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). The research award in the amount of 5 million euro was handed over by the State Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Cornelia Quennet-Thielen, and the President of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Professor Helmut Schwarz. Read further...
NOAA's powerful new supercomputers paved the way for another upgrade to the U.S. Global Forecast System (GFS), NOAA's primary model for weather prediction. The upgrade builds on last year's significant boost to the GFS, which more than doubled the resolution of the model grid from 27 kilometers to 13 kilometers, resulting in higher resolution model output and more precise weather forecasts and warnings. Read further...
Developing transformative energy technologies and cleaner manufacturing processes and new materials requires more than a great idea and some committed people. It takes an innovation ecosystem. To meet this challenge, the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) and Argonne National Laboratory have launched a new innovation accelerator programme for science and energy entrepreneurs called Chain Reaction Innovations (CRI). Read further...
Black carbon aerosols - particles of carbon that rise into the atmosphere when biomass, agricultural waste, and fossil fuels are burned in an incomplete way - are important for understanding climate change, as they absorb sunlight, leading to higher atmospheric temperatures, and can also coat Arctic snow with a darker layer, reducing its reflectivity and leading to increased melting. Unfortunately, current simulation models, which combine global climate models with aerosol transport models, consistently underestimate the amount of these aerosols in the Arctic compared to actual measurements during the spring and winter seasons, making it difficult to accurately assess the impact of these substances on the climate. Read further...

The Cloud

FleetCor, a provider of fuel credit card and specialized payment products, processing approximately 1.9 billion transactions during 2015, will use IBM Cloud services to help support its growth into new markets. With global commercial card purchases projected to grow by 13 percent last year to over $1.79 trillion, the industry is accelerating in the digital age, and companies like FleetCor are remodelling their IT environments to integrate new payment solutions and increased workload capacities. FleetCor will leverage IBM Cloud Managed Services for z Systems - which extends the scalable and security-rich transaction processing capabilities of the IBM z Systems mainframe to a hybrid Cloud environment - to meet new business demands such as increased secure transaction processing with new data insight capabilities. Read further...
EnerTech, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the National Technology Enterprises Company - itself a subsidiary of Kuwait Investment Authority - selected the Waterfund Insight Service to model and prioritize its strategic water technology investments. IBM developed the Waterfund Insights Service, a Cloud Business Solution, to provide national and local governments the ability to better understand and forecast the actual costs of water under different hydrological and financial scenarios, creating the financial transparency required to stimulate capital investment in fresh water. Read further...
IBM is collaborating with Twilio, the Cloud communications platform for developers, to introduce two new offerings, IBM Watson Message Sentiment and IBM Watson Message Insights, which will be available as Add-Ons in Twilio's recently announced Marketplace. Pre-integrated with Twilio's APIs, the new Watson offerings are now readily accessible as "Add-ons" to the more than one million registered developers in Twilio's community, in addition to the developers who currently access Watson technology via Bluemix, IBM's Cloud platform. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2016-05-30

Focus

CERN technology for Large Hadron Collider to evolve from computing Grid to scientific Cloud ...

Quantum computing

Purdue professor selected to establish Station Q Purdue, part of Microsoft Station Q ...

Top international award for UNSW Australia quantum computing chief ...

D-Wave Systems to organize Quantum Computing Seminar at ISC16 ...

New device steps toward isolating single electrons for quantum computing ...

Dartmouth team creates new method to control quantum systems ...

Focus on Europe

The Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias will participate in new European SUNDIAL network ...

Discover how digital technology impacts scientific practice ...

Digital Infrastructures for Research 2016 to issue Call for Papers ...

Middleware

Cray Urika-GX system harnesses supercomputing performance to tackle Big Data analytics ...

Hardware

Cavium announces ThunderX2 ...

Gigantic ultrafast spin currents ...

Introducing the AMD FirePro S7100X, the industry’s first and only hardware-virtualized GPU for blade servers ...

STULZ USA announces strategic investment and commercial partnership with CoolIT Systems ...

Made-in-India supercomputers by August 2017 under govt's Rs 4,500-crore National Supercomputing Mission ...

Applications

KIT brings outstanding experimental physicist back to Germany ...

NOAA's premier forecast model goes 4D ...

Argonne launches first tech incubator ...

Current atmospheric models underestimate the dirtiness of Arctic air ...

The Cloud

FleetCor adopts IBM Cloud to help businesses stay in the fast lane ...

EnerTech of Kuwait Investment Authority selects Cloud-based analytics service from IBM and Waterfund for insights into water costs ...

IBM offers Watson services on Twilio marketplace ...