Primeur weekly 2016-09-12

Focus

SGI is merging compute and storage together in one single system ...

Piz Daint excellent in weather forecasting on GPU accelerators using high resolution COSMO model ...

Exascale supercomputing

ORNL receives Exascale Computing Project awards to develop next-gen applications ...

The Exascale Computing Project announces $39.8 million in first-round development awards ...

Argonne-led projects among $39.8 million in first-round Exascale Computing Project awards ...

Berkeley Lab to lead 5 exascale projects and support 6 others ...

Quantum computing

NREL discovery creates future opportunity in quantum computing ...

Focus on Europe

Call open for ISC 2017 Research Papers - Submission by December 2, 2016 ...

European researchers simplify optimal software execution on complex electronics ...

OLCF staff engage at International Supercomputing Conference ...

Aegis Data partners with Open Compute Project provider Hyperscale IT to capitalise on demand for scalable compute ...

Hardware

Researchers use hardware to accelerate core-to-core on-chip communication ...

DDN delivers high performance data storage fabric at the University of Queensland ...

Supermicro introduces NVIDIA Pascal GPU-enabled server solutions featuring NVIDIA Tesla P100 ...

IBM Linux servers designed to accelerate artificial intelligence, deep learning and advanced analytics ...

University of Arkansas gets fastest Internet connection in the state ...

Fujitsu receives order for Super-Kamiokande experiment computer system from University of Tokyo ...

National Center for Atmospheric Research selects Juniper Networks technology to foster global collaboration and aid in the study of climate change and global warming ...

Applications

For first time, carbon nanotube transistors outperform silicon ...

Memory for future wearable electronics ...

Computer simulation reveals p53 weak spots and opens new avenues against cancer ...

Avoiding 'traffic jam' creates impossibly bright 'lighthouse' ...

Scientists discover what extraordinary compounds may be hidden inside Neptune and Uranus ...

New research reveals hundreds of undiscovered black holes ...

IBM and Harrow Council to bring Watson Care Manager to individuals in the UK ...

Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility dives into deep learning ...

Recreating our galaxy in a supercomputer ...

Gachon University Gil Medical Center adopts IBM Watson for Oncology trained by Memorial Sloan Kettering, marking Watson's first deployment in Korea ...

The Cloud

New service improves Cloud storage usage on mobile devices ...

Univa joins Microsoft Enterprise Cloud Alliance ...

Consultation on Cloud computing research innovation - Challenges for WP 2018-2020 ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2016-09-12

Focus

On the Exhibition floor at ISC 2016 in Frankfurt, Germany,Primeur Magazinetalked with Kirill Malkin, Director of Storage Engineering for SGI. He is very happy to be at the company at this time of significant changes occurring in the HPC community and overall technology shift. Kirill Malkin is focused on data management work. SGI has a tremendous history of managing data for HPC. Kirill Malkin is managing data for high-performance computing workflows. More and more, high performance computing is relying on workflow, rather than just the definition of petaflops or petabytes that are stored. It's important for HPC users to complete their tasks within a certain period of time rather than just achieve a certain performance with Linpack. Read further...
After the workshop on International Cooperation following ISC 2016 in Frankfurt, Germany,Primeur Magazinehad the opportunity to talk with Thomas Schulthess from the Swiss National Supercomputing Center (CSCS) and from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology - ETH Zurich about Piz Daint, Europe's fastest supercomputer ranked at no. 8 in the June 2016 edition of the TOP500, which is located at CSCS. Piz Daint is part of the bigger initiative that is being run in Switzerland, both in application software development investments and in vendor collaborations, like NVIDIA in this particular case. This allowed CSCS to build the system in 2013. Thomas Schulthess is happily surprised that Piz Daint is still in the top 10 and in the top spot of European supercomputers for such a long time. In the fall, Piz Daint will be upgraded. Read further...

Exascale supercomputing

The Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) has received funding from DOE's Exascale Computing Project (ECP) to develop applications for future exascale systems that will be 50 to 100 times more powerful than today's fastest supercomputers. Read further...
The Department of Energy's Exascale Computing Project (ECP) has launched its first round of funding with the selection of 15 application development proposals for full funding and seven proposals for seed funding, representing teams from 45 research and academic organisations. Read further...
The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Exascale Computing Project (ECP) has launched its first round of funding with the selection of 15 application development proposals for full funding and seven proposals for seed funding, representing teams from 45 research and academic organisations. Read further...
Scientists at the Department of Energy's (DOE) Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) will lead or play key roles in developing 11 critical research applications for next-generation supercomputers as part of DOE's Exascale Computing Project (ECP). Read further...

Quantum computing

Scientists at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) discovered a use for perovskites that runs counter to the intended usage of the hybrid organic-inorganic material. Read further...

Focus on Europe

Submissions are now open for the ISC 2017 Conference Research Paper Sessions, which aim to provide first-class opportunities for engineers and scientists in academia, industry and government to present research that will shape the future of high performance computing. Submissions will be accepted through December 2, 2016. Read further...
The SAVE project has been completed. SAVE challenged a team of engineers and researchers to explore how complex hardware systems can more efficiently execute data intensive applications. Funded by the European Union, SAVE has led to a number of innovations in hardware, software and operating system (OS) components. When integrated together, they can reduce application deployment costs and maximize usage of heterogeneous system computing units, resulting in energy efficiency being improved by up to twenty percent. Read further...
For more than 30 years, high-performance computing (HPC) experts from around the world have gathered to share supercomputing ideas, insights, and innovations at the International Supercomputing Conference (ISC). This year's conference, held earlier this summer in Frankfurt, Germany, continued this tradition of cooperation. Always looking for an opportunity to collaborate with HPC experts, staff members from the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF) - a US Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science User Facility located at DOE's Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) - came to teach, learn, and discuss the future of supercomputing. Read further...
Aegis Data has entered into an agreement with data centre hardware firm Hyperscale IT, which is providing it with access to Open Compute hardware services. The partnership will allow Aegis Data's customers to significantly benefit from greater flexibility and lower total cost of ownership when it comes to fulfilling their compute needs. Read further...

Hardware

Researchers from North Carolina State University and the Intel Corporation have developed a new way to significantly accelerate core-to-core communication. Their advance relies on hardware to coordinate efforts between cores for multiprocessor operations. Read further...
The University of Queensland has deployed DDN high-performance storage solutions to improve data access between its main campus and its off-site data centre. Leveraging DDN GRIDScaler parallel file system appliances integrated with IBM Spectrum Scale - built upon GPFS, the Australian research university has rolled out an innovative new data storage fabric that spans both the main campus and its off-site data centre, known as MeDiCI - the metropolitan data caching infrastructure, and allows users to access data regardless of where it resides quickly and easily - no additional user involvement is required. Read further...
Super Micro Computer Inc., a global expert in compute, storage, networking technologies and green computing has made available its SuperServer solutions optimized for NVIDIA Tesla P100 accelerators with the new Pascal GPU architecture. Read further...
IBM has revealed a series of new servers designed to help propel cognitive workloads and to drive greater data centre efficiency. Featuring a new chip, the Linux-based line-up incorporates innovations from the OpenPOWER community that deliver higher levels of performance and greater computing efficiency than available on any x86-based server. Read further...
The University of Arkansas has joined the most prestigious research institutions in the United States with a new 100-gigabit connection to the internet, ten times the speed and reliability of the previous 10 gigabits per second. Read further...
Fujitsu has received an order for an experiment-analysis system from Kamioka Observatory, part of the Institute for Cosmic Ray Research (ICRR) at the University of Tokyo. The system is destined for Kamioka Observatory's Super-Kamiokande facility, which is helping to shed light on the workings of the universe through the observation of neutrinos, and is scheduled to go operational in March 2017. Read further...
Juniper Networks, an industry expert in automated, scalable and secure networks, has been selected by the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) to provide the networking infrastructure for a new supercomputer that will be used by researchers to predict climate patterns and assess the effects of global warming. Read further...

Applications

For decades, scientists have tried to harness the unique properties of carbon nanotubes to create high-performance electronics that are faster or consume less power. Now, for the first time, University of Wisconsin (UW)-Madison materials engineers have created carbon nanotube transistors that outperform state-of-the-art silicon transistors. Read further...
Last March, the artificial intelligence (AI) programme AlphaGo beat Korean Go champion Lee Se-Dol at the Asian board game. "The game was quite tight, but AlphaGo used 1200 CPUs and 56,000 watts per hour, while Lee used only 20 watts. If a hardware that mimics the human brain structure is developed, we can operate artificial intelligence with less power", pointed out Professor Yu Woo Jong. In collaboration with Sungkyunkwan University, researchers from the Center for Integrated Nanostructure Physics within the Institute for Basic Science (IBS), have devised a new memory device inspired by the neuron connections of the human brain. The research, published inNature Communications, highlights the devise's highly reliable performance, long retention time and endurance. Moreover, its stretchability and flexibility makes it a promising tool for the next-generation soft electronics attached to clothes or body. Read further...
p53 has long been known to be a key protein associated with many cancers. Its main function is to suppress tumour formation in the body, and thus protect it from cancer development. However, p53 is considerably less stable compared to its two cousins, p63 and p73. Of the three proteins, p53 is the one that has deviated the most from its ancestral invertebrate version. All three proteins have a region in their sequences that is responsible for recognizing and binding to target gene sequences, called a DNA binding domain (DBD). Read further...
A supercomputer recreated a blinking impossibly bright "monster pulsar". The central energy source of enigmatic pulsating Ultra Luminous X-ray sources (ULX) could be a neutron star according to numerical simulations performed by a research group led by Tomohisa Kawashima at the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ). Read further...
Using computer modelling, chemists from MIPT and Skoltech - the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology - have found out which molecules may be present in the interiors of Uranus, Neptune, and the icy satellites of the giant planets. The scientists discovered that at high pressures, which are typical for the interiors of such planets, exotic molecular and polymeric compounds are formed. These compounds include carbonic acid and orthocarbonic acid, the latter also known as 'Hitler's Acid'. Read further...
New research by the University of Surrey published in the journalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Societyhas shone light on a globular cluster of stars that could host several hundred black holes, a phenomenon that until recently was thought impossible. Read further...
IBM Watson Health and Harrow Council have signed a 10-year agreement to use cognitive technologies to help people with personalised social care needs choose the best services. The commercial agreement is the first of its kind with a UK local authority, and marks the first implementation of Watson Care Manager outside of the USA. Read further...
Though they sprout from the same family tree, scientific computing and artificial intelligence (AI) make up their own distinct branches of computing. Recent advances in an offshoot of AI called deep learning, however, is attracting the attention of scientists who see potential in the machine-learning technique for discovering new knowledge in their respective domains. Read further...
Astronomers have created the most detailed computer simulation to date of our Milky Way galaxy's formation, from its inception billions of years ago as a loose assemblage of matter to its present-day state as a massive, spiral disk of stars. Read further...
Gachon University Gil Medical Center will adopt IBM Watson for Oncology trained by Memorial Sloan Kettering, which is designed to provide physicians with evidence-based medical treatment options. The Cloud-based platform analyzes large volumes of structured and unstructured data to help physicians offer individualized, data-driven treatment options for cancer patients. This will be the first deployment of IBM Watson in Korea. Read further...

The Cloud

A new service developed at Binghamton University, State University of New York could improve performance of mobile devices that save data to the Cloud. Read further...
Univa, an innovator of workload management products, has joined the Microsoft Enterprise Partner Cloud Alliance. This latest partnership agreement reinforces Univa's commitment to providing best-in-class solutions built on the Microsoft Cloud stack. Read further...
The European Commission - DG CONNECT, Unit "Cloud and Software" - is consulting all interested stakeholders on the future research and innovation challenges in the area of Cloud Computing to be addressed in the forthcoming H2020 LEIT ICT Work Programme 2018-2020. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2016-09-12

Focus

SGI is merging compute and storage together in one single system ...

Piz Daint excellent in weather forecasting on GPU accelerators using high resolution COSMO model ...

Exascale supercomputing

ORNL receives Exascale Computing Project awards to develop next-gen applications ...

The Exascale Computing Project announces $39.8 million in first-round development awards ...

Argonne-led projects among $39.8 million in first-round Exascale Computing Project awards ...

Berkeley Lab to lead 5 exascale projects and support 6 others ...

Quantum computing

NREL discovery creates future opportunity in quantum computing ...

Focus on Europe

Call open for ISC 2017 Research Papers - Submission by December 2, 2016 ...

European researchers simplify optimal software execution on complex electronics ...

OLCF staff engage at International Supercomputing Conference ...

Aegis Data partners with Open Compute Project provider Hyperscale IT to capitalise on demand for scalable compute ...

Hardware

Researchers use hardware to accelerate core-to-core on-chip communication ...

DDN delivers high performance data storage fabric at the University of Queensland ...

Supermicro introduces NVIDIA Pascal GPU-enabled server solutions featuring NVIDIA Tesla P100 ...

IBM Linux servers designed to accelerate artificial intelligence, deep learning and advanced analytics ...

University of Arkansas gets fastest Internet connection in the state ...

Fujitsu receives order for Super-Kamiokande experiment computer system from University of Tokyo ...

National Center for Atmospheric Research selects Juniper Networks technology to foster global collaboration and aid in the study of climate change and global warming ...

Applications

For first time, carbon nanotube transistors outperform silicon ...

Memory for future wearable electronics ...

Computer simulation reveals p53 weak spots and opens new avenues against cancer ...

Avoiding 'traffic jam' creates impossibly bright 'lighthouse' ...

Scientists discover what extraordinary compounds may be hidden inside Neptune and Uranus ...

New research reveals hundreds of undiscovered black holes ...

IBM and Harrow Council to bring Watson Care Manager to individuals in the UK ...

Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility dives into deep learning ...

Recreating our galaxy in a supercomputer ...

Gachon University Gil Medical Center adopts IBM Watson for Oncology trained by Memorial Sloan Kettering, marking Watson's first deployment in Korea ...

The Cloud

New service improves Cloud storage usage on mobile devices ...

Univa joins Microsoft Enterprise Cloud Alliance ...

Consultation on Cloud computing research innovation - Challenges for WP 2018-2020 ...