Primeur weekly 2016-07-11

Focus

On supercomputing turning into Exascale, cheetah, elephant and invisible force ...

New Japanese PEZY and ExaScaler companies take Shoubu supercomputer to top of Green500 ...

Calculating while keeping your feet warm ...

Super Micro Computer performs magic with Intel Xeon Phi, Omni-Path and NVIDIA P100 Pascal technology in upcoming products ...

Crowd computing

CERN launches gigabit project in Kansas City ...

Quantum computing

Quantum matter without memory loss ...

2016 Dirac Medal for Physics to Chapman University's Visiting Professor Sandu Popescu ...

Bowtie-shaped nanostructures may advance the development of quantum devices ...

Focus on Europe

RSC receives Intel HPC Data Center Specialist status ...

DDN plans to invest tens of millions of euros in Europe by opening and staffing a flagship advanced technology centre in Paris ...

Middleware

Linvision joins the Bright partner community ...

Softdrive makes software available on many computing systems at the same time ...

Hardware

Exxact announces planned production of HPC solutions using the NVIDIA Tesla P100 GPU ...

Fujitsu develops energy-saving technology to cool data centres ...

Major energy savings when computers learn to share ...

Applications

UC San Diego and Human Vaccines Project harness advances in machine learning ...

ISS turns to IBM Watson IoT to transform management of 25,000 buildings worldwide ...

Discovering the origin of stars through 3D simulation ...

UPMC and IBM to apply artificial intelligence and machine learning to transform health care supply chain ...

Rice University lab runs crowd-sourced competition to create Big Data diagnostic tools ...

TOP500

Visiting Professor at BSC wins the latest Graph 500 Big Data benchmarking ranking ...

The Cloud

American Heart Association announces strategic collaboration with Amazon Web Services to advance precision cardiovascular medicine with AWS Cloud ...

IBM closes acquisition of EZSource ...

Fujitsu and Oracle team up to drive Cloud computing ...

Red Hat and Eurotech launch end-to-end, fully open source IoT Cloud platform project ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2016-07-11

Focus

On June 22, 2016, Thomas Sterling, Professor at the School of Informatics and Computing and Director for Research in Extreme Scale Technologies at Indiana University, traditionally and for the 13th time already, provided the closing keynote presentation at the ISC 2016 Conference in Frankfurt, Germany. The theme of his talk was "Entering the 100 Petaflops Era". He was happy to announce that the past year since ISC 2015 had been full of innovative HPC events so this time he had really something in the pocket to entertain the audience with. The stagnation seems to be over. The Chinese dominate supercomputing. The age of 100 Petaflops is here, not for just one single machine but as an international direction and acceleration. Over the next two to three years, a number of machines will be unrolled that will reach and surpass the 100 Petaflops barrier. Plans are now crystalizing internationally towards Exascale, even though the HPC world is challenged by what Exascale truly means for the value of computing, as Thomas Sterling stated. Read further...
In the opening session at ISC 2016 in Frankfurt, Germany, Motoaki Saito, President, CEO and founder of PEZY Computing and ExaScaler, Motoyoshi Kurokawa from ACCC Riken, and Sunao Torii from ExaScaler were awarded thanks to the no. 1 ranking in the Green500 of the Japanese Shoubu supercomputer. The top-ranked Shoubu supercomputer at RIKEN is a heterogeneous machine. It is a supercomputer with two or more different types of "silicon brains". Specifically, the Shoubu supercomputer consists of Haswell CPU processors from Intel and new many-core accelerators from PEZY Computing, coupled with an energy-efficient software design. Primeur Magazine had the opportunity to ask Motoaki Saito more about the winning machine and the share that PEZY Computing had in this victory. Read further...
On the Exhibition floor at ISC 2016 in Frankfurt, Germany, Primeur Magazine met with Paul Benoit, CEO of Qarnot Computing. This company has developed the Q.Rad digital heater, a unique concept in which distributed computing power is used to heat people's houses. Q.Rad is the first computing heater embedding a microprocessor as a heater. Inside the heater one can find the equivalent of three large servers. All these heaters are connected to the Internet. People who have a digital heater in their home or office, can regulate the heat using a thermostat. Depending on the thermostat, Qarnot has a software platform that will distribute computing inside those heaters. This is a totally new form of data centre. Read further...
On the Exhibition floor at ISC 2016 in Frankfurt, Germany, Brian Watson, Assisted Product Manager with server solution's company Super Micro Computer, showed Supermicro's new products, providing Primeur Magazine with extended explanation about their capabilities. Brian Watson introduced the company's Xeon Phi x200 processor-based systems - formerly code named Knights Landing. The first system Brian Watson showed was the tower development platform, hosting a single non-fabric Xeon Phi x200 processor. It still has the old PCI-E 2 by 16 available and a by 4 and a by 8 mechanical slot, taking advantage of all the memory channels of the Xeon Phi x200 processor with its 6 DIMM slots supporting up to 384 gigabytes of RAM. This is perfect for any kind of Xeon Phi developer or the academic setting, as well as for anybody who wants to get their feet wet and get started with Xeon Phi development. Read further...

Crowd computing

CERN has launched the CERN+KC Gigabit Challenge, which uses gigabit optical fiber Internet connections now available in Kansas city to handle data-intensive computing problems. Read further...

Quantum computing

Now a team of scientists around Dr. Christian Gross and Professor Immanuel Bloch, Director at the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics (MPQ) and Chair of Quantum Optics at LMU Munich, in cooperation with David Huse from Princeton University, has obtained evidence of such a behaviour in a two-dimensional quantum system of cold rubidium atoms trapped in an optical lattice, published inScience, 24 June 2016. Read further...
Professor Sandu Popescu from the University of Bristol and Distinguished Visiting Professor and founding member of the Institute for Quantum Studies (IQS) at Chapman University in California, has won the 2016 Dirac Medal in Physics for his research on fundamental aspects of quantum physics. Read further...
Bowtie-shaped nanoparticles made of silver may help bring the dream of quantum computing and quantum information processing closer to reality. These nanostructures, created at the Weizmann Institute of Science and described recently inNature Communications, greatly simplify the experimental conditions for studying quantum phenomena and may one day be developed into crucial components of quantum devices. Read further...

Focus on Europe

RSC Group, a developer and system integrator of innovative solutions for high-performance computing (HPC) segment and data centres in Russia and CIS, has received the elite HPC Data Center Specialist partner status from Intel Corporation which confirms the very high level competence of the company's employees and its business experience in development and deployment of HPC solutions based on Intel server products - Intel Xeon Phi and Intel Xeon E5-2600 processor families, Intel Server Boards, Intel SSDs and high-speed interconnect Intel Omni-Path fabric. Only 12 companies in the EMEA region have received such recognition while only 35 Intel partners have got it worldwide. RSC also participates in the Intel Technology Provider Programme at Platinum level and in the Intel Fabric Builders Programme. Read further...
DataDirect Networks (DDN), responding to strong demand in the French market and across Europe for high performance Big Data storage solutions, has relocated and expanded its Paris office to provide ample space for its new European Advanced Technology Research and Development (R&D) Centre and fast-paced staff growth. Read further...

Middleware

Linvision has become the latest company to join the Bright Computing partner network, to serve customers across Benelux, France and Germany. Based in the Netherlands, Linvision HPC BV is an expert in the design, build, integration and support of High Performance Computing (HPC) systems, ranging from standalone servers to complex clusters. With over 17 years of experience, Linvision's deep understanding of the HPC market enables the company to offer customers the best technical solutions, along with in-depth knowledge and excellent client support. Founded in 1999 as a "techno starter" from the Delft University of Technology, many researchers in The Netherlands and other European countries have already experienced Linvision as a useful knowledge partner in the field of HPC. Read further...
SURFsara has introduced Softdrive, a new service that makes software implementation a lot easier for users of the SURFsara Grid infrastructure and other distributed infrastructures. Software implementations on Softdrive become automatically available on several systems but can only be managed at one single location. Read further...

Hardware

Exxact Corporation, a provider of high performance computing solutions, has planned the production of HPC solutions using the NVIDIA Tesla P100 GPU accelerator for PCIe. Exxact will be integrating the Tesla P100 into their Quantum family of servers, which are currently offered with either NVIDIA Tesla M40 or K80 GPUs. The NVIDIA Tesla P100 for PCIe-based servers was introduced at the recent 2016 International Supercomputing Conference and is anticipated to deliver massive leaps in performance and value compared with CPU-based systems. NVIDIA stated the new Tesla P100 will help meet unprecedented computational demands planted on modern data centres. Read further...
Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd. has developed highly accurate predictive technology for such metrics as temperature and humidity, enabling energy-saving operations of air-conditioning equipment in data centres. With the aim of preventing global warming, there is a demand for energy-saving in data centres, particularly with air-conditioning equipment, which can account for between 30% and 50% of total electricity use. Now, to flexibly respond to the dynamic status changes that are issues unique to data centres, such as moving information equipment in and out and changing rack arrangements, Fujitsu Laboratories has developed a highly accurate prediction technology that sequentially builds a model that predicts air-conditioning effects from collected data, enabling reductions in air conditioner energy use. Read further...
Computer scientists have developed a tweak for computer operating systems that could make large data centres 25 percent more efficient by sharing their processing power. Researchers at the Australian National University (ANU) and Microsoft collaborated to develop the new system mechanisms, which give big improvements in energy efficiency for servers that run searches and interact with users. Read further...

Applications

The Human Vaccines Project is teaming with the University of California San Diego to apply advances in machine learning to solve critical problems impeding the development of vaccines and therapeutics for a wide range of diseases. The Human Vaccines Project is a new global public-private partnership of academic research centres, industry, non-profits and government agencies designed to accelerate the development of next-generation vaccines and immunotherapies. Read further...
ISS A/S, a global provider of facility services, has signed a commercial agreement with IBM to use the power of Watson IoT to transform the management of over 25,000 buildings around the world. Read further...
Imagine yourself in a video game zooming back through space and time at warp speed. Along the way you are pulled by gravity, buffeted by turbulent gases and magnetic waves, and exposed to intense radiation. At 350,000 years, you witness the birth of early stars, and then warp back to the present to tell scientists what you observed. You're on the path to solving one of the most perplexing challenges for scientists today - the physical processes that form stars and star clusters in the Milky Way and beyond. Read further...
In an effort to apply data-driven insights to one of the most fundamental aspects of running a health care system, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) has formed Pensiamo, an independent company that aims to help hospitals improve supply chain performance through a comprehensive source-to-pay offering, including cognitive analytics with IBM Watson Health technologies. IBM is a minority owner of Pensiamo. Read further...
Big Data has a bright future in personalized medicine, as demonstrated by an international competition centred at Rice University that suggested ways forward for treatment of patients with leukemia. In the DREAM 9 challenge, 31 teams of computational researchers applied competing methods to a unique set of patient data gathered from hundreds of patients with acute myeloid leukemia at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Read further...

TOP500

Professor Toyotaro Suzumura, Visiting Professor at Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC-CNS) and his JST CREST team have won first place for the third time in a row in the latest Graph 500 Big Data benchmarking ranking. His team used the K computer, located in Kobe, Japan, in collaboration with RIKEN, Tokyo Institute of Technology and Kyushu University. The results were announced on 21 June at the International Supercomputing Conference (ISC16) held in Frankfurt, Germany. Read further...

The Cloud

The American Heart Association (AHA) has established a new collaboration with Amazon Web Services Inc. (AWS), a Cloud computing infrastructure, to enable and advance discoveries in cardiovascular science and medicine using Cloud technology. The collaboration with AWS marks a major new initiative for the AHA's Institute for Precision Cardiovascular Medicine. The Institute aims to advance the science and practice of precision medicine to improve cardiovascular health in both individuals and populations by fostering research that takes into account the systems biology arising from a person's genes, environment and lifestyle. Read further...
IBM has completed the acquisition of EZ Legacy Ltd. (EZSource), an application discovery and understanding company that helps developers understand and visualize software to more easily modify mainframe applications. Financial details were not disclosed. Read further...
Fujitsu Limited, Oracle Corporation, and Oracle Corporation Japan have agreed to form a new strategic alliance to deliver enterprise-grade, world-class Cloud services to customers in Japan and their subsidiaries around the world. Read further...
Red Hat Inc., a provider of open source solutions, and Eurotech, a provider of Machine-to-Machine (M2M) platforms and Internet of Things (IoT) solutions, have launched a new, open source Eclipse Foundation project to manage IoT edge devices, from connectivity and configuration to application lifecycle. The co-sponsored project, Eclipse Kapua, combines with the existing Eclipse Kura project to offer IoT developers and end users an open platform for end-to-end IoT implementations, helping them to avoid costly, proprietary lock-in and accelerate community-driven development. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2016-07-11

Focus

On supercomputing turning into Exascale, cheetah, elephant and invisible force ...

New Japanese PEZY and ExaScaler companies take Shoubu supercomputer to top of Green500 ...

Calculating while keeping your feet warm ...

Super Micro Computer performs magic with Intel Xeon Phi, Omni-Path and NVIDIA P100 Pascal technology in upcoming products ...

Crowd computing

CERN launches gigabit project in Kansas City ...

Quantum computing

Quantum matter without memory loss ...

2016 Dirac Medal for Physics to Chapman University's Visiting Professor Sandu Popescu ...

Bowtie-shaped nanostructures may advance the development of quantum devices ...

Focus on Europe

RSC receives Intel HPC Data Center Specialist status ...

DDN plans to invest tens of millions of euros in Europe by opening and staffing a flagship advanced technology centre in Paris ...

Middleware

Linvision joins the Bright partner community ...

Softdrive makes software available on many computing systems at the same time ...

Hardware

Exxact announces planned production of HPC solutions using the NVIDIA Tesla P100 GPU ...

Fujitsu develops energy-saving technology to cool data centres ...

Major energy savings when computers learn to share ...

Applications

UC San Diego and Human Vaccines Project harness advances in machine learning ...

ISS turns to IBM Watson IoT to transform management of 25,000 buildings worldwide ...

Discovering the origin of stars through 3D simulation ...

UPMC and IBM to apply artificial intelligence and machine learning to transform health care supply chain ...

Rice University lab runs crowd-sourced competition to create Big Data diagnostic tools ...

TOP500

Visiting Professor at BSC wins the latest Graph 500 Big Data benchmarking ranking ...

The Cloud

American Heart Association announces strategic collaboration with Amazon Web Services to advance precision cardiovascular medicine with AWS Cloud ...

IBM closes acquisition of EZSource ...

Fujitsu and Oracle team up to drive Cloud computing ...

Red Hat and Eurotech launch end-to-end, fully open source IoT Cloud platform project ...