Primeur weekly 2016-08-08

Focus

OpenSoC Fabric to create Open Source Network-on-Chip systems for demonstration purposes ...

ExaNoDe project is looking for chiplet solutions stacked on an active silicon interposer ...

Quantum computing

New quantum computer module sets stage for general-purpose quantum computers ...

Diamond-based light sources will lay a foundation for quantum communications of the future ...

Focus on Europe

IBM scientists imitate the functionality of neurons with a phase-change device ...

European Commission issues booklet on e-Infrastructures as the foundation of the European Open Science Cloud ...

Middleware

Bright Computing releases Version 7.3 of Bright Cluster Manager and Bright OpenStack ...

Hardware

HiPEAC community delivers video processing with up to eight times faster edge detection and 50 times faster motion detection ...

AMD open sources professional GPU-optimized photorealistic renderer ...

Curtiss-Wright collaborates with Dolphin Interconnect Solutions to dramatically increase HPEC system fabric speed ...

New UK consortium to explore use of magnetic skyrmions in data storage ...

Smallest photodetector worldwide for optical data transmission ...

Cray reports second quarter 2016 financial results and updates 2016 outlook ...

Panasas introduces ActiveStor 20 ...

World's Highest Density Deep Learning Supercomputer in a Box by Joint Creators Orange and CoCoLink Korea ...

Applications

Rail researchers select liquid cooled computing for Big Data risk analysis ...

SC16 selects industry veteran Katharine Frase as keynote speaker ...

University of Kentucky biology graduate student wins prestigious Blue Waters Fellowship ...

Partnership between University of Maryland and U.S. Army Research Laboratory harnesses the power of defense supercomputing to create opportunities for scientific discovery ...

Personalized virtual brains: Big data - big theory ...

Analysis of metastatic prostate cancers suggests treatment options ...

Penn researchers improve computer modeling for designing drug-delivery nanocarriers ...

The Cloud

5.3 million euro HNSciCloud tender for Hybrid Cloud Platform released ...

IBM captures leadership position in hybrid Cloud environment adoption, according to research firm ...

IBM named leader in private Cloud adoption by market research firm ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2016-08-08

Focus

After the workshop on International Cooperation following ISC 2016 in Frankfurt, Germany,Primeur Magazinehad the opportunity to talk with John Shalf from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory about Open Source hardware. What John Shalf and his colleagues are tempting to do with Open Source hardware is very similar to Open Source software, except that now with the advent of new productive hardware generation languages like Chisel, they can now have collaborative teams that develop hardware designs that are Open Source and can be shared across a larger group of researchers. These languages like Chisel, the RISC-V processors in ISA, and John Shalf's team's development of OpenSoC, all this enables you to combine together many components, such as the processors and memory controllers, onto a single chip to create a System-on-Chip. In the past, this has been a very expensive proposition because of the licensing costs with the different vendors that sold the IP. Now, there is a platform where ordinary researchers can work together to create real experiments with SoC hardware. Read further...
After the workshop on International Cooperation following ISC 2016 in Frankfurt, Germany,Primeur Magazinehad the opportunity to talk with Paul Carpenter, a senior researcher in the Computer Sciences Department at the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) about the ExaNoDe project. Paul Carpenter is working in system architectures and programming models. The ExaNoDe project is building a prototype of an HPC machine based on 64-bit ARM processors and 3D integration. The ARM processors are not extended in this project. ExaNoDe is more focused on the system architecture and the 3D integration aspects, as well as the software stack, including the programming model support. Read further...

Quantum computing

A team of researchers, led by University of Maryland Physics Professor Christopher Monroe, has introduced the first fully programmable and reconfigurable quantum computer module in a paper published as the cover article in the August 4 issue of the journalNature. The new finding represents a leap in the field of quantum computers according to experts, and already is drawing significant scientific attention. Read further...
Dmitry Fedyanin from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology and Mario Agio from the University of Siegen and LENS have predicted that artificial defects in the crystal lattice of diamond can be turned into ultrabright and extremely efficient electrically-driven quantum emitters. Their work published in theNew Journal of Physicsdemonstrates the potential for a number of technological breakthroughs, including the development of quantum computers and secure communication lines, which, in contrast to previously proposed schemes, would be able to operate at room temperature. Read further...

Focus on Europe

IBM scientists have created randomly spiking neurons using phase-change materials to store and process data. This demonstration marks a significant step forward in the development of energy-efficient, ultra-dense integrated neuromorphic technologies for applications in cognitive computing. Read further...
Under the auspicies of the European Commission, 24 EU-funded projects that in various ways address e-Infrastructures, under which also the e-IRGSP4 supporting project for e-IRG, have contributed to a brochure explaining the fundamental role of e-Infrastructures in the life of European researchers and innovators. Read further...

Middleware

Bright Computing, a provider of vendor-independent cluster and Cloud management software, released Version 7.3 of Bright Cluster Manager and Bright OpenStack, its industry-leading software solutions. The updates incorporate enhanced support for containers, enhanced integration with Amazon Web Services (AWS), improvements to the interface with the Ceph distributed object store and file system, and a variety of other updates that make deployment and configuration easier and more intuitive. Read further...

Hardware

Researchers at the Czech Institute of Information Theory and Automation (UTIA) have demonstrated video processing algorithms for the Sundance EMC2 platform using the Xilinx system-on-chip (SDSoC) 2015.4 design environment. Hardware accelerators used in the demonstration were found to achieve up to eight times faster edge detection and 50 times faster motion detection without a significant increase in power dissipation, hence significantly reducing energy consumption. Read further...
AMD's powerful physically-based rendering engine is becoming open source, giving developers access to the source code. As part of GPUOpen, Radeon ProRender - formerly previewed as AMD FireRender - enables creators to bring ideas to life through high-performance applications and workflows enhanced by photorealistic rendering. Alongside Radeon ProRender, developers also have access to Radeon Rays on GPUOpen.com, a high-efficiency, high-performance, heterogeneous ray tracing intersection library for GPU, CPU or APU on virtually any platform. GPUOpen is an AMD initiative designed to assist developers in creating ground-breaking games, professional graphics applications and GPU computing applications with superior performance and lifelike experiences, using no-cost open development tools and software. Read further...
Curtiss-Wright's Defense Solutions division is collaborating with Dolphin Interconnect Solutions to bring Dolphin's eXpressWare PCIe Software Suite to the embedded aerospace and defense market. Available separately or as part of Curtiss-Wright's OpenHPEC Accelerator Suite of best-in-class software tools, this PCIe Fabric Communications suite speeds and simplifies the design of high-speed, low-latency PCIe fabric-based peer-to-peer communications in OpenVPX-based High Performance Embedded Computing (HPEC) systems for demanding Radar, SIGINT and EW applications. Read further...
The use of nanoscale magnetic whirlpools, known as magnetic skyrmions, to create novel and efficient ways to store data will be explored in a new GBP 7 million research programme led by Durham University. Read further...
Data traffic is growing worldwide. Glass-fiber cables transmit information over long distances at the speed of light. Once they have reached their destination, however, these optical signals have to be converted into electrical signals for subsequent processing in the computer. KIT researchers have now developed a novel type of photodetector that needs far less space than conventional ones. The component has a base area of less than one millionth of a square millimeter without the data transmission rate being affected adversely. The corresponding article is published in the Optica journal. Read further...
Cray Inc. has issued financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2016. All figures are based on U.S. GAAP unless otherwise noted. Read further...
Panasas, an expert in performance scale-out network-attached storage (NAS), has introduced ActiveStor 20, its latest generation hybrid scale-out NAS appliance, featuring a 65 percent increase in flash and a 25 percent increase in hard drive capacity. High-density flash drives and 10 terabyte (TB) HGST Ultrastar He10 helium-based hard drives deliver superior unstructured sequential file and mixed-workload performance with rapid access to large and small files alike. Scalabiltity increases to more than 45 petabytes (PB) in a single namespace and performance ramps up to 360 gigabytes per second (GB/s) and 2.6M IOPS. Read further...
Orange Silicon Valley, a Silicon Valley Business Innovation Center for global telecom operator Orange, and CocoLink Corp, a spin-off of Seoul National University, have built a functional prototype of one of the world's highest density Deep Learning Supercomputer in a box using CoCoLink's KLIMAX 210, a server designed for Exascale. They were able to load 20 Functional GPUs in a single 4 Rack Unit Sized server. With 20 NVIDIA K40 GPUs set at overclock (GPU boost 2) mode, the system is capable of delivering a screaming 100 TeraFLOPS in a single box with 57,600 cores. With specially engineered high performance heat sinks, this pushes the limit of computational density in any server without resorting to liquid cooling. Read further...

Applications

The Institute of Railway Research (IRR) at the University of Huddersfield has selected a pioneering high-performance computing system from Iceotope, a liquid cooling technology company, to run railway safety Big Data risk analysis outside of the data centre. Read further...
Katharine Frase has been selected as the SC16 Keynote Speaker and will focus her discussion on "Cognitive Computing: how can we accelerate human decision making, creativity and innovation using techniques from Watson and beyond?" as she delivers the keynote on November 15, 2016 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Read further...
University of Kentucky doctoral student Paul Hime has been awarded the Blue Waters Graduate Fellowship from the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA). Paul Hime, a graduate student in Associate Professor David Weisrock's lab in the Department of Biology, is one of only 10 students across the country who has been selected for the programme. Read further...
The University of Maryland (UMD) and the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL), the central laboratory that provides world-class research for the Army, have signed a strategic partnership to provide high-performance computing (HPC) resources for use in higher education and research communities. As a result of this synergistic partnership, students, professors, engineers and researchers will have unprecedented access to technologies that enable scientific discovery and innovation. Read further...
The brain is an adaptable and highly complex system. However, much remains to be known about the way in which individual components of the brain interact in order to produce cognitive performance. Under the leadership of Dr. Petra Ritter, a team of researchers at Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin are using personalized simulations to help them uncover the nature of the internal processes involved. Their work is being funded by the European Research Council (ERC), which has allocated a total of 1.87 million euro over five years. Read further...
Cancer researchers have applied a comprehensive set of analytical tools to lethal cases of metastatic prostate cancer, yielding a detailed map of the complex networks of interactions among genes and proteins that enable prostate cancer cells to proliferate and evade treatment. The team also developed a computational approach for analyzing patient-specific data to help doctors choose the most effective drugs for individual patients. Read further...
A team of University of Pennsylvania researchers has developed a computer model that will aid in the design of nanocarriers, microscopic structures used to guide drugs to their targets in the body. The model better accounts for how the surfaces of different types of cells undulate due to thermal fluctuations, informing features of the nanocarriers that will help them stick to cells long enough to deliver their payloads. Read further...

The Cloud

On 21 July, 2016, Helix Nebula - The Science Cloud (HNSciCloud) launched a 5.3 million euro tender for the establishment of a European hybrid Cloud platform. The purpose of the platform is to support the deployment of high-performance computing and Big-Data capabilities for scientific research. Read further...
IBM has been named number one in hybrid Cloud environments by leading independent technology market research firm Technology Business Research Inc. (TBR). In TBR's semiannual Cloud Customer Research survey of more than 1,800 enterprise respondents, IBM was identified as the global leader in hybrid environment adoption thanks to its large enterprise customer base, brand reputation and expertise in hybrid integration and IT transformation. Read further...
IBM has been named number one in private Cloud by the independent technology market research firm Technology Business Research Inc. (TBR). In TBR's semi-annual Cloud Customer Research survey of more than 1,800 enterprises around the world, respondents identified IBM as a global private Cloud leader for the breadth of its Cloud portfolio and expertise in Cloud migration. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2016-08-08

Focus

OpenSoC Fabric to create Open Source Network-on-Chip systems for demonstration purposes ...

ExaNoDe project is looking for chiplet solutions stacked on an active silicon interposer ...

Quantum computing

New quantum computer module sets stage for general-purpose quantum computers ...

Diamond-based light sources will lay a foundation for quantum communications of the future ...

Focus on Europe

IBM scientists imitate the functionality of neurons with a phase-change device ...

European Commission issues booklet on e-Infrastructures as the foundation of the European Open Science Cloud ...

Middleware

Bright Computing releases Version 7.3 of Bright Cluster Manager and Bright OpenStack ...

Hardware

HiPEAC community delivers video processing with up to eight times faster edge detection and 50 times faster motion detection ...

AMD open sources professional GPU-optimized photorealistic renderer ...

Curtiss-Wright collaborates with Dolphin Interconnect Solutions to dramatically increase HPEC system fabric speed ...

New UK consortium to explore use of magnetic skyrmions in data storage ...

Smallest photodetector worldwide for optical data transmission ...

Cray reports second quarter 2016 financial results and updates 2016 outlook ...

Panasas introduces ActiveStor 20 ...

World's Highest Density Deep Learning Supercomputer in a Box by Joint Creators Orange and CoCoLink Korea ...

Applications

Rail researchers select liquid cooled computing for Big Data risk analysis ...

SC16 selects industry veteran Katharine Frase as keynote speaker ...

University of Kentucky biology graduate student wins prestigious Blue Waters Fellowship ...

Partnership between University of Maryland and U.S. Army Research Laboratory harnesses the power of defense supercomputing to create opportunities for scientific discovery ...

Personalized virtual brains: Big data - big theory ...

Analysis of metastatic prostate cancers suggests treatment options ...

Penn researchers improve computer modeling for designing drug-delivery nanocarriers ...

The Cloud

5.3 million euro HNSciCloud tender for Hybrid Cloud Platform released ...

IBM captures leadership position in hybrid Cloud environment adoption, according to research firm ...

IBM named leader in private Cloud adoption by market research firm ...