Primeur weekly 2016-08-15

Focus

NVIDIA's Tesla P100 GPU to fit into every GPU-enabled server ...

OpenHPC sets out as vibrant community curating cohesive open source software stack for HPC ...

Quantum computing

University of Southern California quantum computing researchers reduce quantum information processing errors ...

Prototype chip could help make quantum computing practical ...

Record-breaking logic gate another important milestone on road to quantum computers ...

National Science Foundation invests $12 million in quantum technologies for secure communication ...

Focus on Europe

Lisa Compute Cluster moved from Almere to Amsterdam ...

Computational Scientist and Data Scientist jobs available in Ireland ...

Hardware

Hewlett Packard Enterprise to acquire SGI to extend leadership in high-growth Big Data analytics and high-performance computing ...

SGI Announces Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2016 Financial Results ...

Mellanox launches integrated networking solutions that accelerate NVMe Over Fabrics ...

Mellanox demonstrates Windows Server 2016 Storage Spaces Direct at Flash Memory Summit ...

Toshiba's ZD6000 dual port NVMe SSD powers DDN IME14K all-flash application and file system accelerator software ...

Supermicro Rack Scale design maximizes next-generation data centre agility, efficiency and scalability ...

Intel to acquire deep learning expert Nervana Systems ...

Scientists glimpse inner workings of atomically thin transistors ...

CAST and PLDA Group demonstrate x86-compliant high compression ratio GZIP acceleration on FPGA, accessible to non-FPGA experts using the QuickPlay software defined FPGA development tool ...

Applications

21 hospitals across China to adopt Watson for Oncology to help physicians personalize cancer care ...

Fujitsu develops high-speed technology to process deep learning ...

K computer and high-tech weather radar come together to predict sudden torrential rains ...

Simulating complex catalysts key to making cheap, powerful fuel cells ...

Toward cost-effective polymer electrolyte fuel cells ...

Indiana University International Networks formalizes vital trans-Pacific collaboration with Japan ...

Researchers re-create reactor in virtual form ...

User-friendly language for programming efficient simulations ...

UCSB professor Linda Petzold receives recognition from the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics ...

UH Cancer Center researchers develop algorithm to find precise cancer treatments ...

New book presents how deep learning neural networks are designed ...

Liquid light switch could enable more powerful electronics ...

The Cloud

New hacking technique imperceptibly changes memory virtual servers ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2016-08-15

Focus

On the Exhibition floor at ISC 2016 in Frankfurt, Germany,Primeur Magazinetalked with Marc Hamilton, Vice President of NVIDIA. Marc Hamilton highlighted the keynote talk of Andrew Ng from Baidu, who explained how high performance computing is being used by Baidu in deep learning and artificial intelligence, and how important it is to have strong scaling in the processor and how hard it is to reach this. Marc Hamilton showed the NVIDIA DGX-1 deep learning supercomputer. This machine uses 8 of the latest Pascal-powered Tesla P100 GPUs and they are laid out in NVIDIA's custom server where the new NVLink connects all of these GPUs for strong scaling, deep learning and HPC applications. Read further...
After the workshop on International Cooperation following ISC 2016 in Frankfurt, Germany,Primeur Magazinehad the opportunity to talk with Robert Wisniewski from Intel, who is chairing the OpenHPC initiative. OpenHPC is an open source, open community initiative to be able to produce a cohesive and comprehensive system software stack that will run a cluster or a supercomputer. The community was announced at the last Supercomputing Conference in November 2015. Since then, over 40 organisations have expressed an interest to join it. This is an organisation through the Linux Foundation. There are now over 25 members who officially have signed on and are actively contributing both to the technical steering committee which is the organisation that drives it through technical contributions as well as an overall governance board. The community itself is designed to be very open, to provide cohesion around a lot of the open activities that exist out there, be it from end users, customers, large supercomputer centres, ISVs, OEMs and vendors, and to provide cohesion about bringing all parties together to work on HPC in particular. Read further...

Quantum computing

Quantum computing remains mysterious and elusive to many, but University of Southern California (USC) Viterbi School of Engineering researchers might have taken us one step closer to bring such super-powered devices to practical reality. The USC Viterbi School of Engineering and Information Sciences Institute is home to the USC-Lockheed Martin Quantum Computing Center (QCC), a super-cooled, magnetically shielded facility specially built to house the first commercially available quantum optimization processors - devices so advanced that there are currently only two in use outside the Canadian company D-Wave Systems Inc., where they were built: The first one went to USC and Lockheed Martin, and the second to NASA and Google. Read further...
Quantum computers are largely hypothetical devices that could perform some calculations much more rapidly than conventional computers can. Instead of the bits of classical computation, which can represent 0 or 1, quantum computers consist of quantum bits, or qubits, which can, in some sense, represent 0 and 1 simultaneously. Read further...
Researchers at the University of Oxford have achieved a quantum logic gate with record-breaking 99.9% precision, reaching the benchmark required theoretically to build a quantum computer. Read further...
To advance the technology necessary for secure communication, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded $12 million to develop systems that use photons in pre-determined quantum states as a way to encrypt data. Read further...

Focus on Europe

The Lisa Compute Cluster has been successfully moved from Almere to the new SURFsara data centre at Amsterdam Science Park. The system is back online for regular use, after one week without service. Read further...
Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for a full-time, fixed term position as Data Scientist and Computational Scientist with the Irish Centre for High End Computing (ICHEC) at the National University of Ireland, Galway. Positions can be based in either ICHEC's Dublin or Galway offices. Closing date for receipt of applications is 4.00 pm on 29th August 2016. Read further...

Hardware

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has signed a definitive agreement to acquire SGI, a global expert in high-performance solutions for compute, data analytics and data management, for $7.75 per share in cash, a transaction valued at approximately $275 million, net of cash and debt. SGI products and services are used for high-performance computing (HPC) and Big Data analytics in the scientific, technical, business and government communities to solve challenging data-intensive computing, data management and virtualization problems. The company has approximately 1,100 employees worldwide, and had revenues of $533 million in fiscal 2016. Read further...
SGI, a global expert in high-performance solutions for compute, data analytics and data management, has issued financial results for its fourth quarter and fiscal year 2016 ended June 24, 2016. Data is presented on both a GAAP and non-GAAP basis. Read further...
Mellanox Technologies Ltd., a supplier of high performance Cloud and storage networking solutions, has introduced a family of end-to-end networking solutions and software for connecting solid-state storage to the fabric. The Mellanox ConnectX-4 adapter, ConnectX-5 adapter and BlueField family of programmable processors support smart offloads that connect solid state drives (SSDs) directly to the network in the most efficient way possible, thereby simplifying system design and reducing both power and storage system costs. Read further...
Mellanox Technologies Ltd., a supplier of high-performance, end-to-end interconnect solutions for data centre servers and storage systems, has showcased a new Windows Server 2016 Storage Spaces Direct Demo at the Samsung Booth at the Flash Memory Summit. The demo ran over a four-node cluster, each node equipped with four of Samsung's NVMe cards and two of Mellanox's ConnectX-4 100GbE RDMA-enabled NICs, which were connected by Mellanox's Spectrum 2700 100GbE switch and LinkX cables. The solution delivers a total of 80GB/s bandwidth; representing more than 90 percent of the accumulating bandwidth that the NVMe cards can deliver locally to the servers. Read further...
Toshiba America Electronic Components Inc.'s (TAEC) ZD6000-series Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) solid state drives (SSD) now feature the quality, capacity, and reliability necessary to enable the latest application acceleration and burst buffer technologies of DataDirect Networks (DDN). This innovative collaboration leveraging the ZD6000 drives within the DDN IME14K appliance delivers game changing performance, offers critical redundancy, and a low latency profile at the application layer, providing impressive compute ROI. Read further...
Super Micro Computer will unveil its new Supermicro Rack Scale Design (Supermicro RSD) at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) in San Francisco, August 16-18, 2016. Read further...
Intel has acquired Nervana Systems. With this acquisition, Intel is formally committing to pushing the forefront of AI technologies. Nervana intends to continue all existing development efforts including the Nervana Neon deep learning framework, Nervana deep learning platform, and the Nervana Engine deep learning hardware. The combination of Nervana's technology and expertise incorporated into Intel's portfolio will take deep learning/AI solutions to the next level. Nervana Systems will continue to operate out of its San Diego headquarters and will retain its talent, brand, and start-up mentality. Read further...
With an eye to the next generation of tech gadgetry, a team of physicists at the University of Texas at Austin has had the first-ever glimpse into what happens inside an atomically thin semiconductor device. In doing so, they discovered that an essential function for computing may be possible within a space so small that it's effectively one-dimensional. Read further...
PLDA GROUP and CAST have demonstrated the results of a tight collaboration to make FPGA-accelerated GZIP compression accessible to developers of data centre applications. This collaboration leverages the QuickPlay software defined FPGA development flow with the integration of a high performance GZIP IP core from CAST. With this combination, software developers without any specific hardware or FPGA expertise can now develop their own FPGA-accelerated GZIP applications and achieve better performance and performance per watt over CPU-executed GZIP compression. Read further...

Applications

IBM and Hangzhou CognitiveCare announced 21 hospitals across China plan to adopt Watson for Oncology trained by Memorial Sloan Kettering, a cognitive computing platform for physicians to help them deliver personalized, evidence-based cancer treatment options. The initial 21-hospital introduction is part of a far-reaching, multi-year partnership through which Hangzhou CognitiveCare will introduce Watson for Oncology to hospitals across China. This is Watson Health's first partnership in China. Read further...
Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd. has developed software technology that uses multiple GPUs to enable high-speed deep learning powered by the application of supercomputer software parallelization technology. A conventional method to accelerate deep learning is to use multiple computers equipped with GPUs, networked and arranged in parallel. The issue with this method is that the effects of parallelization become progressively harder to obtain as the time required to share data between computers increases when more than 10 computers are used at the same time. Read further...
Today, supercomputer-based weather predictions are typically done with simulations that use grids spaced at least one kilometer apart, and incorporate new observational data every hour. However, due to the roughness of the calculations, these simulations cannot accurately predict the threat of torrential rains, which can develop within minutes when cumulonimbus clouds suddenly develop. Now, an international team led by Takemasa Miyoshi of the RIKEN Advanced Center for Computational Science (AICS) has used the powerful K computer and advanced radar observational data to accurately predict the occurrence of torrential rains in localized areas. Read further...
Using a unique combination of advanced computational methods, University of Wisconsin-Madison chemical engineers have demystified some of the complex catalytic chemistry in fuel cells - an advance that brings cost-effective fuel cells closer to reality. Read further...
As we enter the age of hybrid, electric and self-driving cars, interest remains high in finding the next generation of fuel cell technology that is low cost, long lasting and mass producible. In recent years, fuel cell research and development efforts have been focused on improving performance and reducing costs through the development of new materials and better water and heat management processes. Read further...
International Networks at Indiana University (IN@IU) and the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) of Japan have formalized their long-standing partnership by signing an agreement on continued collaboration. Read further...
Researchers with the ORNL-based Consortium for Advanced Simulation of Light (CASL) Water Reactors have performed the first major computational simulation of the operation of a nuclear power reactor. Using a software suite known as the Virtual Environment for Reactor Applications, or VERA, they modelled the first 18 years of operation at Unit 1 of the Watts Bar Nuclear Plant, located near Spring City, Tennessee, about 50 miles southeast of Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). Read further...
Computer simulations of physical systems are common in science, engineering, and entertainment, but they use several different types of tools. Read further...
How does one fluid interact with another fluid? How do neurons relay signals in a brain with interrupted function? How can we choose structural materials to withstand different kinds of stress? Read further...
University of Hawai'i Cancer Center researchers developed a computational algorithm to analyze "Big Data" obtained from tumour samples to better understand and treat cancer. Read further...
In the world of machine learning, deep learning neural networks (DLNN) is the fastest growing field. World Scientific's latest book "Deep Learning Neural Networks: Design and Case Studies" shows how DLNN can be a powerful computational tool for solving prediction, diagnosis, detection and decision problems based on a well-defined computational architecture. Read further...
Researchers have built a miniature electro-optical switch which can change the spin - or angular momentum - of a liquid form of light by applying electric fields to a semiconductor device a millionth of a metre in size. Their results, reported in the journalNature Materials, demonstrate how to bridge the gap between light and electricity, which could enable the development of ever faster and smaller electronics. Read further...

The Cloud

For the first time ever a team of Dutch hacking experts, led by cyber security professor Herbert Bos at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, managed to alter the memory of virtual machines in the Cloud without a software bug, using a new attack technique. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2016-08-15

Focus

NVIDIA's Tesla P100 GPU to fit into every GPU-enabled server ...

OpenHPC sets out as vibrant community curating cohesive open source software stack for HPC ...

Quantum computing

University of Southern California quantum computing researchers reduce quantum information processing errors ...

Prototype chip could help make quantum computing practical ...

Record-breaking logic gate another important milestone on road to quantum computers ...

National Science Foundation invests $12 million in quantum technologies for secure communication ...

Focus on Europe

Lisa Compute Cluster moved from Almere to Amsterdam ...

Computational Scientist and Data Scientist jobs available in Ireland ...

Hardware

Hewlett Packard Enterprise to acquire SGI to extend leadership in high-growth Big Data analytics and high-performance computing ...

SGI Announces Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2016 Financial Results ...

Mellanox launches integrated networking solutions that accelerate NVMe Over Fabrics ...

Mellanox demonstrates Windows Server 2016 Storage Spaces Direct at Flash Memory Summit ...

Toshiba's ZD6000 dual port NVMe SSD powers DDN IME14K all-flash application and file system accelerator software ...

Supermicro Rack Scale design maximizes next-generation data centre agility, efficiency and scalability ...

Intel to acquire deep learning expert Nervana Systems ...

Scientists glimpse inner workings of atomically thin transistors ...

CAST and PLDA Group demonstrate x86-compliant high compression ratio GZIP acceleration on FPGA, accessible to non-FPGA experts using the QuickPlay software defined FPGA development tool ...

Applications

21 hospitals across China to adopt Watson for Oncology to help physicians personalize cancer care ...

Fujitsu develops high-speed technology to process deep learning ...

K computer and high-tech weather radar come together to predict sudden torrential rains ...

Simulating complex catalysts key to making cheap, powerful fuel cells ...

Toward cost-effective polymer electrolyte fuel cells ...

Indiana University International Networks formalizes vital trans-Pacific collaboration with Japan ...

Researchers re-create reactor in virtual form ...

User-friendly language for programming efficient simulations ...

UCSB professor Linda Petzold receives recognition from the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics ...

UH Cancer Center researchers develop algorithm to find precise cancer treatments ...

New book presents how deep learning neural networks are designed ...

Liquid light switch could enable more powerful electronics ...

The Cloud

New hacking technique imperceptibly changes memory virtual servers ...