Primeur weekly 2016-06-13

Exascale supercomputing

Paul Messina discusses rewards, challenges for new exascale project ...

Quantum computing

Analogue quantum computation has been universally digitized using superconducting circuits ...

World-first pinpointing of atoms at work for quantum computers ...

Controlling quantum states atom by atom ...

Focus on Europe

Euro 2016: Computer predicts football results ...

HPC community gears up for ISC 2016 - record number of attendees expected ...

Middleware

Bright Computing partners with ProfitBricks to offer customers an elastic high performance computing solution ...

One Stop Systems introduces the GPUltima with Bright Computing's HPC Cluster Manager ...

BeeGFS Omni-Path certification: 12GB/s per server ...

Bright Computing unveils its plans for the International Supercomputing Expo ...

Mellanox paves the way to higher efficiency data centres with 25 Gb/s Ethernet ...

IBM invests to accelerate development and commercialization of disruptive technologies in Asia ...

Hardware

DVV data centre to host new magnitUDE supercomputer ...

CSIR's Centre for High Performance Computing unveils the fastest computer in Africa ...

PNNL appoints Liyuan Liang director of Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory ...

Forrester Research names Cray a strong performer in Big Data Hadoop Optimized Systems ...

PRACE to issue Newsletter 17 ...

Dell enables customers to maximize performance of enterprise applications and core business workloads with PowerEdge four-socket servers ...

Michigan State University celebrates arrival of new supercomputer ...

Applications

Materials project releases massive trove of battery and molecule data ...

NERSC fields its first Student Cluster Competition team ...

Simulating chemical evolution with Piz Daint ...

Skyrmions à la carte ...

The Cloud

IBM launches industry's first development environment for Apache Spark - delivered in the Cloud for rapid adoption ...

Leadtek looks to build on healthcare solutions leverage its longtime high-performance visual computing technologies by eyeing medical IoT opportunities ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2016-06-13

Exascale supercomputing

The U.S. exascale initiative has an ambitious goal: to develop supercomputers a hundred times more powerful than today's systems. That's the kind of speed that can help scientists make serious breakthroughs in solar and sustainable energy technology, weather forecasting, batteries and more. Read further...

Quantum computing

The QUTIS group, led by the Ikerbasque professor Enrique Solano, is a world expert in theoretical proposals for quantum simulation and quantum computation with superconducting circuits and other quantum technologies, which are carried out and verified at major international scientific and technological labs. The American company Google has one of the most advanced labs in this field and is a world leader in this technology. Read further...
Scientists can now identify the exact location of a single atom in a silicon crystal, a discovery that is key for greater accuracy in tomorrow's silicon based quantum computers. It's now possible to track and see individual phosphorus atoms in a silicon crystal allowing confirmation of quantum computing capability, but which also has use in nano detection devices. Read further...
An international consortium led by researchers at the University of Basel has developed a method to precisely alter the quantum mechanical states of electrons within an array of quantum boxes. The method can be used to investigate the interactions between various types of atoms and electrons, which is essential for future quantum technologies, as the group reports in the journalSmall. Read further...

Focus on Europe

A computer simulation created at TU Wien (Vienna) predicts the results of the group stage of the Euro 2016: France, Slovakia, Poland, Belgium and Austria are predicted to win all three group stage matches, Italy will not make it to the next round. Read further...
In less than 11 days, HPC enthusiasts will be converging on the city of Frankfurt to attend the annual ISC High Performance conference, which is set to bring together people from over 46 countries. Thanks to its global reach, ISC 2016 will be the most significant HPC forum so far this year. The event promises to be well-attended as current registration numbers point toward a record number of attendees. Attendance is up by more than eight percent compared to last year at this time. There are especially large contingents from Germany, the US, UK, China, Japan and France. If the current trend continues, the conference will make history with an attendance of over 3,000 participants. Read further...

Middleware

Bright Computing, a provider of hardware-agnostic cluster and Cloud management software, has signed a partnership with ProfitBricks, the Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) company based in Germany. ProfitBricks provides virtual data centres that enable corporate customers to combine the advantages of Cloud computing with the established look and feel of a traditional data centre. The company offers the unique advantage of guaranteeing performance by mapping the physical processor one-to-one with the virtual processor; virtual machines can be easily transferred to ProfitBricks with no "lock-in" effect. Furthermore, ProfitBricks offers a simple price model with fair minute-based billing and an unrivalled price-performance ratio. Read further...
One Stop Systems Inc. (OSS), a provider of next-generation GPU-based clusters for high performance computing applications has launched the GPUltima product line to employ Bright Computing's HPC Cluster Manager software. Bright Computing is a provider of comprehensive software solutions for provisioning and managing HPC clusters. Read further...
ThinkParQ GmbH, the Fraunhofer HPC spin-off behind the parallel file system BeeGFS, has initiated a collaboration with the Intel Omni-Path Architecture (OPA) team and certification of BeeGFS over OPA. During the certification process, outstanding performance of BeeGFS in combination with Intel's new OPA interconnect technology on dual-socket Broadwell Xeon E5-2680v4 systems was observed. In an IOR single-stream throughput benchmark between a single client node and a single BeeGFS storage server, more than 8GB/s write throughput were achieved at only 2.8% CPU utilization. For an IOR benchmark with 4 file streams on the same set-up, BeeGFS was able to deliver a throughput of more than 12GB/s at only 6.2% CPU utilization on the server. With typical 4U storage servers, this enables file I/O rates of up to 120GB/s in a single rack. Read further...
Bright Computing will be exhibiting and presenting at the International Supercomputing High Performance Expo (ISC), taking place June 20 to 22, in Frankfurt Germany. Read further...
Mellanox Technologies Ltd., a supplier of high-performance, end-to-end interconnect solutions for data centre servers and storage systems, has made available the ConnectX-4 Lx 10/25 Gigabit Ethernet adapters, delivering optimal cost-performance and scalable connectivity for Enterprise, Cloud, Telco, Web 2.0 and Storage applications. Solutions powered by Mellanox, data center architects can now upgrade server communication from 10 to 25 Gb/s within the rack and leverage 100 Gb/s connections between switches to deliver application acceleration at a lower Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). Read further...
In less than five years, disruptive technologies such as cognitive computing and blockchain are expected to drive dramatic shifts in every industry, from health care, to financial services, to tourism. To help clients of all sizes in the Asia Pacific region lead in shaping the future of their industries, IBM plans to assist in the rapid prototyping and commercialization of solutions based on cognitive computing and blockchain. Read further...

Hardware

Here is true the saying "Good things are worth waiting for". Best housed is now the new high performance computer at the University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE), which was acquired through a large equipment funding of the German Research Foundation (DFG) in the amount of 3,3 million euro. Read further...
The Centre for High Performance Computing (CHPC) of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has unveiled the fastest computer on the continent, a petaflops (PFLOPs) machine. This is a supercomputer with processing speed capable of a thousand-trillion floating point operations per second. Floating point operations or flops are used in computing to calculate extremely long numbers. Read further...
World-class chemist Liyuan Liang has been selected as the director of EMSL, the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory - a Department of Energy user facility on the campus of the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). Read further...
Forrester Research has named Cray a "strong performer" in The Forrester Wave: Big Data Hadoop Optimized Systems, Q2 2016 report. The independent research firm used a 26-point criteria evaluation system that covered current offering, strategy, and market presence in the evaluation of seven leading vendors in the report. Read further...
The 17th edition of the PRACE Newsletter can be downloaded. Read further...
Dell has introduced performance and capability updates to its PowerEdge 13th generation four-socket server portfolio, engineered for enterprise customers with large scale server deployments to solutions requirements for remote and branch offices. Designed to optimize performance for Big Data and real-time analytics and dense virtualization deployments the updated PowerEdge servers enable the flexibility, scalability and manageability of customers' demand for the future-ready enterprise. Read further...
Michigan State University's (MSU) Institute for Cyber-Enabled Research, or iCER, has introduced its newest supercomputing resource at a Cluster Ceremony on June 10, 2016. At the event, iCER celebrated the launch of three new hybrid clusters in the High Performance Computing Center's supercomputing system. This addition will elevate the school's capacity for academic work that can be facilitated by utilizing high-performance computing. Read further...

Applications

The Materials Project, a Google-like database of material properties aimed at accelerating innovation, has released an enormous trove of data to the public, giving scientists working on fuel cells, photovoltaics, thermo-electrics and a host of other advanced materials a powerful tool to explore new research avenues. But it has become a particularly important resource for researchers working on batteries. Read further...
Five former NERSC interns and one current intern have joined forces to participate in the Student Cluster Competition at ISC16, June 20-22 in Frankfurt, Germany, marking the first time that NERSC has fielded a Student Cluster Competition team. Read further...
Scientists have used Piz Daint to simulate crucial steps in the formation of ammonia as a prebiotic molecule. Ammonia is an important precursor to nitrogen-containing organic molecules such as amino acids from which the proteins of living organisms are constructed. Read further...
Magnetic vortices - so-called skyrmions - were predicted theoretically more than 25 years ago, but it has only been possible to observe them experimentally in magnetic materials in recent years. Skyrmions are stable, can have a diameter of just a few nanometres, and can be moved efficiently by electrical currents. Therefore, they are presently being discussed as candidates for high density, energy-saving data storage and processing. However, until very recently, the only materials known to exhibit skyrmions did so at extremely low temperatures. Scientists at Kiel University and Forschungszentrum Jülich have predicted that skyrmions can also be realized for application at room temperature - and their properties specifically adjusted - when enveloped in magnetic layer structures. Their results have been published in the current issue (June 3, 2016) of the renowned scientific journalNature Communications. Read further...

The Cloud

IBM has launched the first Cloud-based development environment for near real-time, high performance analytics, giving data scientists the ability to access and ingest data and deliver insight-driven models to developers. Available on the IBM Cloud Bluemix platform, the Data Science Experience provides 250 curated data sets, open source tools and a collaborative workspace to help data scientists uncover and share meaningful insights with developers, making it easier to rapidly develop applications that are infused with intelligence. Read further...
Founded in 1986, Leadtek has three decades of experience in delivering high quality visual computing solutions and maintaining reliable supply. The widespread graphics display cards and market activities range Leadtek a unique and unmatched position in Asia. In order to handle the increasing number of design engineers and required graphics power in supporting varying hardware set-ups and dozens of different applications, Leadtek adopted NVIDIA GRID virtual desktops and application technology to streamline its visual computing server solutions with optimized GPU resources. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2016-06-13

Exascale supercomputing

Paul Messina discusses rewards, challenges for new exascale project ...

Quantum computing

Analogue quantum computation has been universally digitized using superconducting circuits ...

World-first pinpointing of atoms at work for quantum computers ...

Controlling quantum states atom by atom ...

Focus on Europe

Euro 2016: Computer predicts football results ...

HPC community gears up for ISC 2016 - record number of attendees expected ...

Middleware

Bright Computing partners with ProfitBricks to offer customers an elastic high performance computing solution ...

One Stop Systems introduces the GPUltima with Bright Computing's HPC Cluster Manager ...

BeeGFS Omni-Path certification: 12GB/s per server ...

Bright Computing unveils its plans for the International Supercomputing Expo ...

Mellanox paves the way to higher efficiency data centres with 25 Gb/s Ethernet ...

IBM invests to accelerate development and commercialization of disruptive technologies in Asia ...

Hardware

DVV data centre to host new magnitUDE supercomputer ...

CSIR's Centre for High Performance Computing unveils the fastest computer in Africa ...

PNNL appoints Liyuan Liang director of Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory ...

Forrester Research names Cray a strong performer in Big Data Hadoop Optimized Systems ...

PRACE to issue Newsletter 17 ...

Dell enables customers to maximize performance of enterprise applications and core business workloads with PowerEdge four-socket servers ...

Michigan State University celebrates arrival of new supercomputer ...

Applications

Materials project releases massive trove of battery and molecule data ...

NERSC fields its first Student Cluster Competition team ...

Simulating chemical evolution with Piz Daint ...

Skyrmions à la carte ...

The Cloud

IBM launches industry's first development environment for Apache Spark - delivered in the Cloud for rapid adoption ...

Leadtek looks to build on healthcare solutions leverage its longtime high-performance visual computing technologies by eyeing medical IoT opportunities ...