Primeur weekly 2016-09-05

Focus

ClusterVision specializes in cluster design and implementation as well as cluster management using Trinity ...

Federated Compute Canada moving from computer-focused to data-focused organisation ...

Quantum computing

Colours from darkness: Researchers in Finland develop alternative approach to quantum computing ...

Focus on Europe

SGI Opens European Research Centre in Collaboration With the Irish Centre for High-End Computing ...

EGI and EXTraS: serving the Astronomy and Astrophysics community ...

Netherlands eScience Center is looking for eScience Research Engineers ...

Middleware

Altair wins 2016 Jaguar Land Rover Supplier Excellence Award ...

ALA Services LLC acquires Adaptive Computing  ...

Bright Computing announces Bright for Deep Learning solution ...

Hardware

Mellanox Ethernet offload engines enable new levels of application efficiency with VMware vSphere ...

Indiana University celebrates launch of three new high performance computing systems ...

Bridges supercomputer at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center enters production ...

Historic Dell and EMC transaction set to close on September 7, 2016 ...

Dell unveils new systems and solutions to accelerate the adoption of converged infrastructure and simplify virtualized environments from thin client to the Cloud ...

Filmlance turns to DDN end-to-end media workflow management to meet its rapidly growing storage needs ...

HP thin client solutions power transition to Cloud-based workloads ...

New cooling method for supercomputers to save millions of gallons of water ...

Mellanox and Huawei advance RDMA technology with leading-edge NVMe Over Fabrics solution ...

Chinese IC design firm Phytium Technology unveils 64-core CPU ...

Get under the hood of Parker, NVIDIA's newest SOC for autonomous vehicles ...

Applications

Artificial intelligence expedites breast cancer risk prediction ...

National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) supercomputing model provides insights from higher wind and solar generation in the Eastern power grid ...

Blue Waters supercomputer used to create 3D elevation models for White House Arctic initiative ...

Researchers discover machines can learn by simply observing ...

Hunt for ninth planet reveals new extremely distant Solar System objects ...

First gravitational waves form after 10 million years ...

New light on the complex nature of hot Jupiter atmospheres ...

Materials that compute advances as Pitt engineers demonstrate pattern recognition ...

How machine learning can help with voice disorders ...

A data-cleaning tool for building better prediction models ...

Electrons at the speed limit ...

With Keck Foundation support, Colorado State researchers to study how viruses attack ...

$12 million federal contract to Missouri University to found education programme for National Intelligence Agency ...

Altair's HyperWorks latest functionalities provide complete solution for aerospace ...

The Cloud

IBM Study: Hybrid Clouds dominate and enable companies to innovate and exceed expectations ...

Mellanox Ethernet solutions accelerate Germany's most advanced Cloud data centre ...

IBM expands Cloud footprint in Korea ...

IBM and VMware expand partnership to enable easy hybrid Cloud adoption ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2016-09-05

Focus

On the Exhibition floor at ISC 2016 in Frankfurt, Germany,Primeur Magazinetalked with Samira Mellenbergh, EMEA Account Manager at ClusterVision. As a system integrator ClusterVision helps design the architecture of HPC clusters into implementation and deployment. The company is also looking at support and service, at how it can improve the environment of its customers. ClusterVision is looking into solutions, not only in the traditional HPC space but also for Cloud and Big Data. This means internal Clouds with the customers in sight. For this purpose, ClusterVision is using its latest native software development, called Trinity, which was being showcased at the ClusterVision ISC booth. Read further...
At the EGI Conference 2016 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands,Primeur Magazinehad the opportunity to talk with Dugan O'Neil from Compute Canada. In Canada there is one national provider in what is called advanced research computing. This includes high performance computing, high throughput computing, and Cloud. Essentially, if it is something that researchers from an academic institution want to do and it is beyond what they are comfortably doing themselves on desktop machines and small clusters, they come to Compute Canada. Compute Canada has a wide variety of different services to offer and a wide variety of different hardware platforms that it needs to support. It is an international organisation. Canada is a very wide country, supporting researchers from the Atlantic to the Pacific. Right now, there are about 10,000 active researchers, 3,000 different research projects and 10,000 researcher groups. Read further...

Quantum computing

Researchers at Aalto University have demonstrated the suitability of microwave signals in the coding of information for quantum computing. Previous development of the field has been focusing on optical systems. Microwaves created at near absolute zero temperature provide uniquely correlated and controllable states. Read further...

Focus on Europe

SGIhas made a significant investment in extreme scale software research at the Irish Centre for High-End Computing (ICHEC), a top European centre. The investment highlights the commitment of SGI to the European software research community. These resources, including SGI application software and supercomputing hardware expertise, will assist scientists as they explore issues related to climate change, weather forecasting, and environmental research among many other topics. Read further...
EGI has signed an agreement (SLA) between a group of service providers and the EXTraS project - Exploring the X-ray Transient and variable Sky. EXTraS is going to harvest the hitherto unexplored temporal domain information buried in the serendipitous data collected by the European Photon Imaging Camera instrument on-board the ESA's X-ray space observatory XMM-Newton, in 13 years of observations. Read further...
The Netherlands eScience Center (NLeSC) supports and reinforces multidisciplinary, data and computational intensive research through creative and innovative use of digital technologies in all its manifestations. NLeSC stimulates data-driven research across all scientific disciplines in collaboration with universities, research institutes and industry. In this way NLeSC enhances science (eScience) and creates a bridge between science and state-of-the-art digital technologies. NLeSC is looking for enthusiastic eScience Research Engineers (m/f). Read further...

Middleware

Altair has received a prestigious Jaguar Land Rover Supplier Excellence Award. This award, which recognizes suppliers who consistently demonstrate excellent operational delivery, issue resolution, quality, flexibility and understanding of Jaguar Land Rover's standards, was presented to Altair by Jaguar Land Rover CEO, Dr. Ralf Speth and TV presenter Jodie Kidd at an exclusive ceremony held in the company's heartland in the West Midlands. Read further...
ALA Services LLC has acquired Adaptive Computing Enterprises Inc. of Provo, Utah USA, on September 1, 2016. Read further...
Bright Computing, a provider of vendor-independent cluster and Cloud management software, has launched its Bright for Deep Learning solution at the Disney Data & Analytics Conference 2016 in Orlando, Florida. Bright for Deep Learning makes it faster and easier for organisations to use deep learning techniques in their businesses. Read further...

Hardware

Mellanox Technologies Ltd., a supplier of high performance Cloud and storage networking solutions, has introduced software driver support for ConnectX-4 Ethernet and RoCE - RDMA over Converged Ethernet - on VMware vSphere, the industry's leading virtualization platform. Now, for the first time, virtualized enterprise applications are able to realize the same industry-leading performance and efficiency as non-virtualized environments. The new vSphere software for ConnectX-4 delivers three critical new capabilities; increased Ethernet network speeds at 25/50 and 100 Gb/s, virtualized application communication over RoCE, and advanced network virtualization and Software Defined Networking (SDN) acceleration support. Read further...
Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, cancer - all three are deadly diseases, all three are part of genomic research happening at Indiana University through the Precision Health Initiative - and all three will soon benefit from newly available computing systems at Indiana University. Read further...
The Bridges system at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC) entered production operations last month, in support of advances in science, research, engineering, and education. Following approval by the National Science Foundation (NSF), this status change marks the transition to completing integration with other Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) compute resources, which will streamline use for the approximately 400 research projects that are already using Bridges. Read further...
Dell Inc. and EMC Corp. intend to close the transaction to combine Dell and EMC on September 7, 2016. Dell Technologies, the name of the new combined company, will begin operating immediately following the close of the transaction. Read further...
At VMworld 2016, Dell has ushered in the next phase of the multi-billion dollar converged systems market with the introduction of the Dell Validated System for Virtualization, the industry's most flexible converged system to-date. Dell also introduced new client virtualization solutions with enhanced performance for demanding power users and VMware has selected Dell Financial Services as its preferred financing partner. Read further...
Filmlance, one of Sweden's largest independent media production companies, is replacing its entire Quantum StorNext file system and storage infrastructure with DDN's MEDIAScaler workflow management and end-to-end storage solution. The new solution, based on DDN's MEDIAScaler offering, is designed to work with increasingly higher-resolution formats - such as 4K, 8K, UHD, HDR and IMF - as well as to accommodate rapidly rising camera counts and higher frame rates. Deploying DDN MEDIAScaler will enable Filmlance to meet the Big Data requirements of today's films and TV series shot in ultra-high definition. Read further...
HP Inc. has delivered a powerful trio of thin client solutions to improve the transition of companies' computing workloads to the Cloud. The HP t630 Thin Client, ThinPro 6 operating system and the industry's first zero client support for VMware Blast Extreme together provide powerful and secure virtual solutions for data-intensive businesses whose end-users need to manipulate rich content in the Cloud. Read further...
In different parts of the country, people discuss gray-water recycling and rainwater capture to minimize the millions of gallons of groundwater required to cool large data centres. But the simple answer in many climates, said Sandia National Laboratories researcher David J. Martinez, is to use liquid refrigerant. Read further...
Mellanox Technologies Ltd., a supplier of high performance Cloud and storage networking solutions, has previewed a new leading-edge NVMe-oF (NVM Express over Fabrics) solution, jointly developed by Mellanox and Huawei, at Huawei Connect 2016 (HC 2016) in Shanghai, August 31 - September 2. Read further...
Phytium Technology Co. Ltd., a Chinese integrated circuit (IC) design firm, has unveiled its latest product, a 64-core central processing unit (CPU), and a related prototype computer server at a technology event in Silicon Valley. Read further...
NVIDIA has taken the cloak off Parker, its newest mobile processor that will power the next generation of autonomous vehicles. Speaking at the Hot Chips conference in Cupertino, California, NVIDIA revealed the architecture and underlying technology of this highly advanced processor, which is ideally suited for automotive applications like self-driving cars and digital cockpits. Read further...

Applications

Researchers at Houston Methodist have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) software that reliably interprets mammograms, assisting doctors with a quick and accurate prediction of breast cancer risk. According to a new study published inCancer, the computer software intuitively translates patient charts into diagnostic information at 30 times human speed and with 99 percent accuracy. Read further...
A new study from the United States Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) used high-performance computing capabilities and innovative visualization tools to model, in unprecedented detail, how the power grid of the eastern United States could operationally accommodate higher levels of wind and solar photovoltaic generation. The analysis considered scenarios of up to 30 percent annual penetration of wind and solar. Read further...
The high-resolution topographic maps of Alaska released on September 1, 2016 - part of a White House Arctic initiative to inform better decision-making in the Arctic - were made possible by the Blue Waters supercomputer at the University of Illinois' National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA). Blue Waters is the world's largest computing and data analysis resource on an academic campus. Read further...
It is now possible for machines to learn how natural or artificial systems work by simply observing them, without being told what to look for, according to researchers at the University of Sheffield. Read further...
In the race to discover a proposed ninth planet in our Solar System, Carnegie's Scott Sheppard and Chadwick Trujillo of Northern Arizona University have observed several never-before-seen objects at extreme distances from the Sun in our Solar System. Scott Sheppard and Chadwick Trujillo have now submitted their latest discoveries to the International Astronomical Union's Minor Planet Center for official designations. A paper about the discoveries has also been accepted byThe Astronomical Journal. Read further...
If two galaxies collide, the merging of their central black holes triggers gravitational waves, which ripple throughout space. An international research team involving the University of Zurich has now calculated that this occurs around 10 million years after the two galaxies merge - much faster than previously assumed. Read further...
Fascinating new light could be shed on the complex atmospheres of planets which orbit stars outside our own solar system, thanks to pioneering new research. A team of international researchers, led by astrophysicists from the University of Exeter, Columbia University and NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, used state-of -the-art modelling techniques to extensively study the atmosphere of a 'hot Jupiter' found 150 lightyears from Earth. Read further...
The potential to develop "materials that compute" has taken another leap at the University of Pittsburgh's Swanson School of Engineering, where researchers for the first time have demonstrated that the material can be designed to recognize simple patterns. This responsive, hybrid material, powered by its own chemical reactions, could one day be integrated into clothing and used to monitor the human body, or developed as a skin for "squishy" robots. Read further...
There's no human instinct more basic than speech, and yet, for many people, talking can be taxing. 1 in 14 working-age Americans suffer from voice disorders that are often associated with abnormal vocal behaviours - some of which can cause damage to vocal cord tissue and lead to the formation of nodules or polyps that interfere with normal speech production. Read further...
Big Data sets are full of dirty data, and these outliers, typos and missing values can produce distorted models that lead to wrong conclusions and bad decisions, be it in health care or finance. With so much at stake, data cleaning should be easier. Read further...
Speed may not be witchcraft, but it is the basis for technologies that often seem like magic. Modern computers, for instance, are as powerful as they are because tiny switches inside them steer electric currents in fractions of a billionth of a second. The incredible data flows of the internet, on the other hand, are only possible because extremely fast electro-optic modulators can send information through fibre-optic cables in the shape of very short light pulses. Today's electronic circuits already routinely work at frequencies of several gigahertz (a billion oscillations per second) up to terahertz (a thousand billion oscillations). The next generation of electronics will therefore, sooner or later have to reach the realm of petahertz, which is a thousand times faster still. If and how electrons can be controlled that fast, however, is still largely unknown. In a groundbreaking experiment, a team led by ETH professor Ursula Keller has now investigated how electrons react to petahertz fields. Read further...
Colorado State University (CSU) life science researchers Tim Stasevich and Brian Musky have received a four-year, $1.2 million grant from the W.M. Keck Foundation for a project that combines sensitive microscopes and sophisticated computation to quantify protein expression in single cells. Their project is titled "Multiplexed Real-Time Quantification of RNA to Protein Translation in Live Cells", and is bolstered by additional support from CSU. Read further...
Sailors, pilots, military service men and women deployed around the world, and government officials who make national security decisions all rely on the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) to provide them with timely geospatial information. The University of Missouri (MU) College of Engineering was awarded a five-year, $12 million contract to deliver a comprehensive data science education programme to train the NGA workforce and potentially other members of the US Intelligence Community. Read further...
Altair's flagship software suite HyperWorks has released a number of new features that greatly improve workflows and provide a complete framework of model building and stress analysis solutions for aerospace. The new tools greatly increase efficiency for aerospace engineers in their daily tasks, including concept design, global and detailed finite element model build, post-processing and certification report generation. Read further...

The Cloud

Almost every company is using the Cloud, but not for everything, finds a new IBM study. Seventy-eight percent of respondents say their Cloud initiatives are coordinated or fully integrated, compared to just 34 percent in 2012. And, among high performing organisations, that number climbs to 83 percent. At the same time, nearly half of workloads - 45 percent - are expected to remain on-premises with dedicated servers. Read further...
SysEleven, a managed hosting provider located in Berlin, Germany, has selected the Mellanox Open Ethernet Spectrum and Cumulus solutions to build its new SDN-Based, fully automated Cloud-based data centre. The Mellanox solutions include the Spectrum SN2410 and SN2700 25/50/100G Ethernet switches, ConnectX-4 Lx 25/50G Ethernet adapters and LinkX cables for inclusion into its fully-automated OpenStack, Cloud-based data centre. Read further...
IBM has opened a new IBM Cloud Data Center in Korea, in collaboration with SK Holdings C&C. Located outside of Seoul in Pangyo, the new data centre is designed to support growing Cloud adoption and customer demand across the country. According to IDC, an information technology research firm, the public Cloud services market in Korea is expected to grow from $445 million in 2015 to approximately $1B in 2019. Read further...
At VMworld 2016, VMware and IBM have made available industry-first Cloud services that enable organisations to quickly and easily move enterprise workloads to the Cloud. With more than 500 clients engaged, the global partnership between IBM and VMware is helping more organisations extend existing workloads to the Cloud in hours, versus weeks or months. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2016-09-05

Focus

ClusterVision specializes in cluster design and implementation as well as cluster management using Trinity ...

Federated Compute Canada moving from computer-focused to data-focused organisation ...

Quantum computing

Colours from darkness: Researchers in Finland develop alternative approach to quantum computing ...

Focus on Europe

SGI Opens European Research Centre in Collaboration With the Irish Centre for High-End Computing ...

EGI and EXTraS: serving the Astronomy and Astrophysics community ...

Netherlands eScience Center is looking for eScience Research Engineers ...

Middleware

Altair wins 2016 Jaguar Land Rover Supplier Excellence Award ...

ALA Services LLC acquires Adaptive Computing  ...

Bright Computing announces Bright for Deep Learning solution ...

Hardware

Mellanox Ethernet offload engines enable new levels of application efficiency with VMware vSphere ...

Indiana University celebrates launch of three new high performance computing systems ...

Bridges supercomputer at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center enters production ...

Historic Dell and EMC transaction set to close on September 7, 2016 ...

Dell unveils new systems and solutions to accelerate the adoption of converged infrastructure and simplify virtualized environments from thin client to the Cloud ...

Filmlance turns to DDN end-to-end media workflow management to meet its rapidly growing storage needs ...

HP thin client solutions power transition to Cloud-based workloads ...

New cooling method for supercomputers to save millions of gallons of water ...

Mellanox and Huawei advance RDMA technology with leading-edge NVMe Over Fabrics solution ...

Chinese IC design firm Phytium Technology unveils 64-core CPU ...

Get under the hood of Parker, NVIDIA's newest SOC for autonomous vehicles ...

Applications

Artificial intelligence expedites breast cancer risk prediction ...

National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) supercomputing model provides insights from higher wind and solar generation in the Eastern power grid ...

Blue Waters supercomputer used to create 3D elevation models for White House Arctic initiative ...

Researchers discover machines can learn by simply observing ...

Hunt for ninth planet reveals new extremely distant Solar System objects ...

First gravitational waves form after 10 million years ...

New light on the complex nature of hot Jupiter atmospheres ...

Materials that compute advances as Pitt engineers demonstrate pattern recognition ...

How machine learning can help with voice disorders ...

A data-cleaning tool for building better prediction models ...

Electrons at the speed limit ...

With Keck Foundation support, Colorado State researchers to study how viruses attack ...

$12 million federal contract to Missouri University to found education programme for National Intelligence Agency ...

Altair's HyperWorks latest functionalities provide complete solution for aerospace ...

The Cloud

IBM Study: Hybrid Clouds dominate and enable companies to innovate and exceed expectations ...

Mellanox Ethernet solutions accelerate Germany's most advanced Cloud data centre ...

IBM expands Cloud footprint in Korea ...

IBM and VMware expand partnership to enable easy hybrid Cloud adoption ...