Primeur weekly 2016-07-25

Special

SpiNNaker and BrainScaleS neuromorphic systems ready for non-expert use in stochastic inference computing ...

Beyond Moore's Law panelists address business maturity of new technologies, future developments, neuromorphic chip training, and memristors ...

Focus

D-Wave works with its customers Lockheed, Google and Los Alamos to design better quantum software ...

Altair's Bill Nitzberg to present PBS Pro open source license version, PBS Simulator and PBS Cloud Manager ...

Quantum computing

Russian physicists discover a new approach for building quantum computers ...

RMIT researchers make leap in measuring quantum states ...

Focus on Europe

Guiding EU researchers along the last mile to Open Digital Science ...

Digital Humanities and Urban Climate proposals win NLeSC-Lorentz Workshop competition ...

European Horizon 2020 Work Programme update supports competitiveness through open science ...

6th Irish Supercomputer List shows Irish HPC capacity doubles with new no. 1 and three new TOP500-class machines ...

PRACE to look for Peer-Review Officer ...

7th International HPC Summer School took place in Ljubljana, Slovenia ...

Middleware

Inria joins the OpenMP ARB ...

Hardware

Gigabyte announces official release of production-ready Cavium ThunderX-based servers ...

The University of Tokyo selects Mellanox EDR InfiniBand to accelerate its newest supercomputer ...

Smallest hard disk to date writes information atom by atom ...

A mini-antenna for the data processing of tomorrow ...

Hangzhou C-SKY Microsystems joins EEMBC Executive Board ...

Electron spin control: Levitated nanodiamond is research gem ...

The Scripps Research Institute leverages powerful end-to-end DDN storage to help reveal secrets to new medical treatments ...

Applications

MSC Software partners with Italian Campania Region Technological Aerospace District for the development of aeronautical programmes ...

Deloitte Advisory Cyber Risk Services and Cray offer advanced Cyber Reconnaissance and Analytics services ...

Strathclyde mathematician wins prize for research into speeding up stroke diagnosis ...

Underlying molecular networks suggest new targets to combat brain cancer ...

An accelerated pipeline to open materials research ...

Rice wins interdisciplinary Big Data grant ...

Study uses text-mining to improve market intelligence on startups ...

The Cloud

The HNSciCloud Pre-Commercial Procurement tender is out: you can bid now ...

CSC and IBM expand strategic alliance with collaboration utilizing IBM Cloud for z to enable clients' move to Cloud ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2016-07-25

Special

In the ISC 2016 session titled "Scaling Beyond the End of Moore's Law", chaired by John Shalf, the third speaker was Karlheinz Meier from the Ruprecht-Karls University in Heidelberg. He talked about the concepts, achievements and challenges in neuromorphic computing. Karlheinz Meier showed an image of the human brain. It is a really complex system consisting of 1015connections or synapses and 1011nodes or neurons. It is a stochastic device and it is not stable nor static. It changes all the time because it is driven by external signals, such as provided by the ears and the eyes. It is not a closed loop but it is able to learn and is self-organized. The brain does not need any software to do useful information processing. Read further...
The ISC 2016 session titled "Scaling Beyond the End of Moore's Law" ended with a panel discussion featuring Josh Fryman from Intel, Damian Steiger from ETH Zurich and Karlheinz Meier from the Ruprecht-Karls University of Heidelberg. The three session speakers answered questions coming from the audience. Read further...

Focus

On the Exhibition floor at ISC 2016 in Frankfurt, Germany, Primeur Magazine talked with Bo Ewald, President of D-Wave International. Bo Ewald helped the company focus on customers, applications and software tools. It grew up and grew all with high performance computing. Bo Ewald used to run computing at Los Alamos National Laboratory, was president at Cray Research, CEO at Silicon Graphics, and several other companies. He has been in high performance computing for a long time and he has been fortunate to work on quantum computing for the last three years. He thinks quantum computing is the most interesting and disruptive thing that he has seen in computing in a long time, maybe in his entire career. Read further...
On the Exhibition floor at ISC 2016 in Frankfurt, Germany, Primeur Magazine talked with Bill Nitzberg from Altair who had three exciting announcements to make. The first was that you can now download an open source license version of PBS Pro. One day after the announcement, Altair already had its first contributor from outside of Altair. The second announcement was about two new products that are coming out in the next couple of months. One is a simulator for PBS and for HPC clusters. The other one is PBS Cloud Manager, a product that lets you build full appliances - hardware, middleware, software - in the Cloud, on Amazon Azure as well as on-premise. Read further...

Quantum computing

Physicists from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT) and the Russian Quantum Center have developed a method which is going to make it easier to create a universal quantum computer - they have discovered a way of using multilevel quantum systems (qudits), each one of which is able to work with multiple "conventional" quantum elements - qubits. Read further...
A breakthrough into the full characterisation of quantum states has been published as a prestigious Editors' Suggestion in the journalPhysical Review Letters. The full characterisation - tomography - of quantum states is a necessity for future quantum computing. However, standard techniques are inadequate for the large quantum bit-strings necessary in full scale quantum computers. Read further...

Focus on Europe

Striving to address societal challenges in sectors including Health, Energy and the Environment, the European Union is developing the European Open Science Cloud, a complete socio-technical environment, including robust e-infrastructures capable of providing data and computational solutions where publicly funded research data are Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Re-usable (FAIR). Read further...
This year the Netherlands eScience Center and the Lorentz Center initiated a new competition in which researchers could win a leading-edge workshop on the application of digitally enhanced research. The workshop topic should bring together researchers from the academic scientific community with those from the public/private sector. Read further...
The European Commission has confirmed the calls and other actions of the second year of the two-year work programmes setting out funding opportunities for 2017. The calls and other actions under the current work programme updates have a budget of 8.5 billion euro. All the calls and related information are published on a single portal. The 2016-2017 Work Programme builds on the success of Horizon 2020 to date, but the current update introduces important novelties. It has the potential to change the nature of EU-funded research thanks to the introduction of open research data in all new Horizon 2020 calls. In response to the migration crisis funding is made available to coordinate research communities and make policy recommendations to facilitate labour market integration of migrants. It also includes key actions supporting a forward-looking climate change policy. Read further...
In a dramatic shake-up of the Irish High Performance Computing landscape, the 6th Irish Supercomputer List features six new machines at positions 1, 2, 3, 8, 20 and 27. The top three machines are TOP500-class, currently featuring at positions 357, 453, and 454 on the 47th TOP500 list. These three machines combined have a performance of 981 Teraflop/s, nearly 1.5 times the combined power of all 28 machines on the December 2015 list. Read further...
The Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe - PRACE AISBL is looking to hire one Peer-review Officer to join its Brussels secretariat. Read further...
A total of 79 graduate students and postdoctoral scholars from 18 countries from institutions in Canada, Europe, Japan and the United States have gathered in the European Green Capital 2016, in Ljubljana, Slovenia, in the last week of June 2016. These students have been selected from among the best in theirs fields through a rigorous review process from several hundred applications, to participate in the Seventh Annual International Summer School on HPC Challenges in Computational Sciences. 27 nationalities and four continents were represented, with a female participation of 23%. Read further...

Middleware

Inria has joined the OpenMP ARB, a group of hardware and software vendors and research organisations creating the standard for the most popular shared-memory parallel programming model in use today. Read further...

Hardware

Gigabyte Technology, a manufacturer of motherboards and barebones for server applications, and Cavium Inc., a provider of semiconductor products that enable intelligent processing for enterprise, Cloud, and data centre, have launched a line-up of products built on the industry-leading ThunderX family of workload-optimized ARM server SoCs. Read further...
Mellanox Technologies Ltd.'s Switch-IB 2 EDR 100Gb/s InfiniBand Switch systems and ConnectX-4 adapters have been chosen by the Information Technology Center at the University of Tokyo to accelerate its new supercomputer for computational science, engineering by large-scale simulations, and data analysis. Read further...
Every day, modern society creates more than a billion gigabytes of new data. To store all this data, it is increasingly important that each single bit occupies as little space as possible. A team of scientists at the Kavli Institute of Nanoscience at Delft University managed to bring this reduction to the ultimate limit: they built a memory of 1 kilobyte (8,000 bits), where each bit is represented by the position of one single chlorine atom. "In theory, this storage density would allow all books ever created by humans to be written on a single post stamp", stated lead-scientist Sander Otte. They reached a storage density of 500 Terabits per square inch (Tbpsi), 500 times better than the best commercial hard disk currently available. His team reported on this memory inNature Nanotechnologyon July 18. Read further...
With the rapid advance of miniaturization, data processing using electric currents faces tough challenges, some of which are insurmountable. Magnetic spin waves are a promising alternative for the transfer of information in even more compact chips. Scientists at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR), as part of an international research venture, have now succeeded in generating spin waves with extremely short wavelengths in the nanometer range - a key feature for their future application. Read further...
The Embedded Microprocessor Benchmark Consortium (EEMBC) has announced that Hangzhou C-SKY Microsystems Corp. Ltd., a supplier of 32-bit embedded CPU cores, has become the consortium's newest executive board member. C-Sky's board membership in EEMBC allows the company to participate in a much larger role in determining the strategic direction of the consortium, demonstrating the overall performance capabilities of its processors, and assisting EEMBC in expanding its member relationships in China. Read further...
Researchers have demonstrated how to control the "electron spin" of a nanodiamond while it is levitated with lasers in a vacuum, an advance that could find applications in quantum information processing, sensors and studies into the fundamental physics of quantum mechanics. Read further...
The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI), one of the world's largest independent organisations focusing on biomedical research, has deployed DataDirect Networks' (DDN) end-to-end data management solutions, including high performance SFA7700X file storage automatically tiered to WOS object storage archive, to support fast analysis and cost-effective retention of research data produced by cryo-electron microscopy (Cryo-EM). Read further...

Applications

MSC Software Corporation, has signed a dynamic partnership with the Campania Region Technological Aerospace District to launch of the SIMULAB Project - Simulation Laboratory for the Development of Aeronautical Programs. MSC will join efforts with DAC - Campania Aerospace Cluster, Formit, Sixtema, and CIRA - Italian Aerospace Research Centre - to facilitate the development of companies involved in the Italian Aerospace industry. Read further...
Deloitte Advisory Cyber Risk Services and Cray Inc. have introduced the first commercially available high-speed, supercomputing threat analytics service, Cyber Reconnaissance and Analytics. The subscription-based offering is designed to help organisations effectively discover, understand and take action to defend against cyber adversaries. Read further...
A mathematician at the University of Strathclyde has shared in a prestigious prize for research into methods for accelerating the diagnosis of strokes. Dr. Victorita Dolean was part of the team of researchers which jointly won the Bull-Joseph Fourier Prize, awarded for their research aimed at saving lives. The prize, recognised in France and internationally, rewards work in numerical simulation and data processing and highlights the skills of teams in high performance scientific computing. Read further...
Glioblastoma is a highly aggressive form of brain cancer with a survival rate generally less than 16 months. With no effective treatments available, a team including researchers from the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at UC San Diego and John Wayne Cancer Institute at Providence Saint John's Health Center sought to uncover several underlying molecular networks that may yield attractive therapeutic targets for this deadly disease. Read further...
Using today's advanced microscopes, scientists are able to capture exponentially more information about the materials they study compared to a decade ago - in greater detail and in less time. While these new capabilities are a boon for researchers, helping to answer key questions that could lead to next-generation technologies, they also present a new problem: How to make effective use of all this data? Read further...
Rice University has received a $1.4 million grant from the National Science Foundation to bring together computer science and statistics for the greater benefit of data science. The grant will fund a new research training group at Rice. The goal is to develop scientists with a combined education in statistics and computer science to work on problems that can be addressed only through interdisciplinary approaches. Read further...
A researcher at the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) has created a new method that uses Big Data analytics and text-mining techniques to improve market intelligence and explain potential mergers and acquisitions of startup companies in the fast-moving high-technology industry. Read further...

The Cloud

The Helix Nebula - the Science Cloud is a 5,3 million euro Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) tender for the establishment of a European hybrid Cloud platform to support the deployment of high-performance computing and Big-Data capabilities for scientific research. Read further...
CSC and IBM have signed a collaboration in which IBM will provide its Cloud Managed Services for z Systems - IBM Cloud for z - and associated mainframe hardware, software, monitoring and governance support to CSC clients who are moving to the Cloud and want a more secure, scalable, flexible information technology infrastructure at significantly reduced operational costs. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2016-07-25

Special

SpiNNaker and BrainScaleS neuromorphic systems ready for non-expert use in stochastic inference computing ...

Beyond Moore's Law panelists address business maturity of new technologies, future developments, neuromorphic chip training, and memristors ...

Focus

D-Wave works with its customers Lockheed, Google and Los Alamos to design better quantum software ...

Altair's Bill Nitzberg to present PBS Pro open source license version, PBS Simulator and PBS Cloud Manager ...

Quantum computing

Russian physicists discover a new approach for building quantum computers ...

RMIT researchers make leap in measuring quantum states ...

Focus on Europe

Guiding EU researchers along the last mile to Open Digital Science ...

Digital Humanities and Urban Climate proposals win NLeSC-Lorentz Workshop competition ...

European Horizon 2020 Work Programme update supports competitiveness through open science ...

6th Irish Supercomputer List shows Irish HPC capacity doubles with new no. 1 and three new TOP500-class machines ...

PRACE to look for Peer-Review Officer ...

7th International HPC Summer School took place in Ljubljana, Slovenia ...

Middleware

Inria joins the OpenMP ARB ...

Hardware

Gigabyte announces official release of production-ready Cavium ThunderX-based servers ...

The University of Tokyo selects Mellanox EDR InfiniBand to accelerate its newest supercomputer ...

Smallest hard disk to date writes information atom by atom ...

A mini-antenna for the data processing of tomorrow ...

Hangzhou C-SKY Microsystems joins EEMBC Executive Board ...

Electron spin control: Levitated nanodiamond is research gem ...

The Scripps Research Institute leverages powerful end-to-end DDN storage to help reveal secrets to new medical treatments ...

Applications

MSC Software partners with Italian Campania Region Technological Aerospace District for the development of aeronautical programmes ...

Deloitte Advisory Cyber Risk Services and Cray offer advanced Cyber Reconnaissance and Analytics services ...

Strathclyde mathematician wins prize for research into speeding up stroke diagnosis ...

Underlying molecular networks suggest new targets to combat brain cancer ...

An accelerated pipeline to open materials research ...

Rice wins interdisciplinary Big Data grant ...

Study uses text-mining to improve market intelligence on startups ...

The Cloud

The HNSciCloud Pre-Commercial Procurement tender is out: you can bid now ...

CSC and IBM expand strategic alliance with collaboration utilizing IBM Cloud for z to enable clients' move to Cloud ...