Primeur weekly 2016-10-03

Exascale supercomputing

NCI continues to lead Australian HPC capabilities with adoption of cutting-edge Intel processors ...

Quantum computing

D-Wave Systems previews 2000-qubit quantum system ...

First quantum photonic circuit with an electrically driven light source ...

Focus on Europe

Earlham Institute embraces Green-HPC for Collaborative Genome Analysis at Icelandic Data Centre Verne Global ...

Fortissimo has launched 2nd Open Call for proposals ...

STFC Computers get to the heart of the matter ...

Rob van Nieuwpoort, professor by special appointment of Efficient Computing for eScience ...

VTT Centre for Nuclear Safety inaugurated ...

Middleware

Allinea launches CUDA 8 support to enable code development for newest NVIDIA GPU technology ...

China endeavours to build a Big Data 'Smart Ocean' ...

Percepto and Orange Silicon Valley showcase advanced autonomous drone platform with 4G/LTE connectivity ...

Hardware

TSMC recognizes Synopsys with three partner awards for Interface IP and joint development of 7-nm ...

NetSpeed releases Gemini 3.0 cache-coherent NoC IP to supercharge heterogeneous SoC designs ...

Quantum provides Petascale data storage and management for major European research institutions ...

The University of Tokyo and the Joint Center for Advanced High Performance Computing (JCAHPC) to deploy DDN's file cache system IME14K ...

Introducing Xavier, the NVIDIA AI supercomputer for the future of autonomous transporation ...

Penguin Computing to deliver scalable enterprise storage for HPC, Big Data and VM ...

Applications

Loyola Marymount University researchers predict climate change will bring more droughts, more floods and water shortage ...

UMass Amherst engineers lead research team on creating new devices that emulate human biological synapses ...

Computer engineers boost app speeds by more than 9 percent ...

North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics awarded access to high-performance supercomputer ...

Hartree Centre presents at International Industrial Supercomputing Workshop ...

Mapping the electric underground ...

IBM Foundation collaborates with AFT and education leaders to use Watson to help teachers ...

Crosstalk analysis of biological networks for improved pathway annotation ...

How to merge two black holes in a simple way ...

Nijmegen provides solution for secure processing of patient data ...

The Cloud

Penguin Computing announces availability of unique multi-user remote desktop collaboration for Scyld Cloud workstation ...

Microsoft unveils new offerings to empower IT and drive digital transformation ...

Eurofiber’s Secure Cloud Connect service provides safe access to the Cloud ...

New NetApp software and Flash systems simplify data management, boost performance in the hybrid Cloud ...

Penguin Computing announces OpenPOWER server platform and go-to-market partner Mark III systems ...

Clarient Global adopts IBM Cloud and VMware for enhanced private Cloud capabilities ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2016-10-03

Exascale supercomputing

The National Computational Infrastructure in Canberra, Australia's national advanced computing facility, is the first Australian institution to deploy the latest generation of Intel Xeon Phi processors, formerly code named 'Knights Landing'. Read further...

Quantum computing

D-Wave Systems Inc., the world's first quantum computing company, has issued details of its most advanced quantum computing system, featuring a new 2000-qubit processor. The announcement was made at the company's inaugural users group conference in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The new processor doubles the number of qubits over the previous generation D-Wave 2X system, enabling larger problems to be solved and extending D-Wave's significant lead over all quantum computing competitors. The new system also introduces control features that allow users to tune the quantum computational process to solve problems faster and find more diverse solutions when they exist. In early tests these new features have yielded performance improvements of up to 1000 times over the D-Wave 2X system. Read further...
Whether for use in safe data encryption, ultrafast calculation of huge data volumes or so-called quantum simulation of highly complex systems: Optical quantum computers are a source of hope for tomorrow's computer technology. For the first time, scientists now have succeeded in placing a complete quantum optical structure on a chip, as outlined in theNature Photonicsjournal. This fulfills one condition for the use of photonic circuits in optical quantum computers. Read further...

Focus on Europe

The Earlham Institute (EI) has signed a new partnership with Verne Global, a global developer at the forefront of data centre infrastructure design. EI has selected Verne Global's data centre campus in Iceland to investigate the efficiencies of distributing large-scale genomics and computational biology data analysis. The research institute is renowned for its contribution to the analysis and data-sharing of the highly complex wheat genome that is critical to securing future global food supplies. Read further...
The Fortissimo 2 project has launched its 2nd Open Call for proposals. This call for proposals targets the augmentation of the application experiments currently being carried out within Fortissimo and Fortissimo 2 focusing on modelling and simulation of coupled physical processes and high-performance data analytics (HPDA) and in all cases targeting benefits for engineering and manufacturing SMEs and Mid-caps. Read further...
Scientists are using powerful supercomputers to visualise how blood flows through implanted blood pumps, which prolong the lives of heart patients waiting for a donor. The work will help to reduce the number of prototypes needed for clinical testing - so saving on time, materials and costs - and potentially lead to the earlier availability of devices for patient use. Read further...
Netherlands eScience Center director of eScience Technology, Rob van Nieuwpoort (1975) has been named professor by special appointment of Efficient Computing for eScience at the University of Amsterdam's (UvA) Faculty of Science. This chair has been established with the support of the Netherlands eScience Center. Rob van Nieuwpoort is combining his post as professor by special appointment with his position as director of eScience Technology at the Netherlands eScience Center. Read further...
The new VTT Centre for Nuclear Safety (CNS), which is intended for research purposes, has been inaugurated in Espoo, Finland. Both experimental work and computational modelling will be carried out in the facility. Read further...

Middleware

Allinea Software has made available its new software release, version 6.1, which offers full support for programming parallel code on the Pascal GPU architecture, CUDA 8 from NVIDIA. Read further...
China, on its way of implementing the strategy of building a maritime power, is endeavouring to promote the development of maritime Big Data and the building of "Smart Ocean". Read further...
Percepto will demonstrate its advanced computer vision capabilities for autonomous drones using 4G/LTE connectivity at Orange Silicon Valley's Drones Connected Conference. Read further...

Hardware

TSMC is recognizing Synopsys with three "2016 Partner of the Year" awards for Interface IP and joint development of 7-nanometer (nm) mobile and HPC design platforms. Synopsys and TSMC have been collaborating for more than 16 years, most recently to accelerate the adoption of FinFET technology for optimum power, performance and area for the 7-nm process. This is the 6th consecutive year Synopsys has received both IP and electronic design automation (EDA) accolades from TSMC. Read further...
NetSpeed Systems Inc., has released its Gemini 3.0 cache-coherent network-on-chip IP that maximizes the performance of heterogeneous multicore system-on-chip (SoC) designs for Cloud computing, automotive, mobile and IoT applications. Read further...
Two of Europe's premier research institutions are using Quantum Corporation's StorNext workflow storage as the foundation for managing their growing data and enabling a range of scientific initiatives. GWDG - the computing centre for the University of Göttingen and computing and IT competence centre for the Max Planck Society - deployed StorNext-powered disk and tape systems in a multi-tier solution to meet its performance and access requirements for 7PB of data. Separately, the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry also turned to Quantum for an end-to-end storage and archive solution that would support greater collaboration and continuous access to an ever-expanding volume of data. Read further...
The University of Tokyo and the Joint Center for Advanced High Performance Computing (JCAHPC) decided to deploy DDN's burst buffer solution "IME14K" for their new systems. Read further...
At the inaugural GPU Technology Conference Europe, NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang has unveiled Xavier, NIVIDIA's all-new AI supercomputer, designed for use in self-driving cars. Read further...
Penguin Computing's new enterprise storage offering, FrostByte, is a complete, high-performance storage solution that integrates Penguin's new Scyld FrostByte software with an optimized high-performance storage platform. FrostByte will support multiple open software storage technologies including including Lustre, Ceph, GlusterFS and Swift. First available is FrostByte-L, using Intel's Enterprise Lustre. Read further...

Applications

A projected increase of 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit (2 degrees Celsius) in the Southwest United States could cause an increase in the frequency and intensity of floods and droughts that would leave Southern California with water shortages in the coming decades, according to scientists at Loyola Marymount University (LMU) and the Climate Change Science Institute at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Read further...
Engineers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst are leading a research team that is developing a new type of nanodevice for computer microprocessors that can mimic the functioning of a biological synapse - the place where a signal passes from one nerve cell to another in the body. The work is featured in the advance online publication ofNature Materials. Read further...
Researchers from North Carolina State University and Samsung Electronics have found a way to boost the speed of computer applications by more than 9 percent. The improvement results from techniques that allow computer processors to retrieve data more efficiently. Read further...
North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics (NCSSM) students will have access to the powerful Bridges supercomputer to help them conduct research, particularly in computational chemistry. Read further...
The Hartree Centre's Alison Kennedy and Michael Gleaves recently returned from presenting at the International Industrial Supercomputing Workshop, which took place 22-23 September 2016 at Barcelona Supercomputing Centre. Read further...
The National Computational Infrastructure has generated new optimisation solutions to help resolve important details emerging from magnetotelluric studies of the Australian continent. Read further...
Teachers will have access to a new, first-of-its-kind, free tool using IBM's innovative Watson cognitive technology that has been trained by teachers and designed to strengthen teachers' instruction and improve student achievement, the IBM Foundation and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) has announced. Read further...
Researchers at Stockholm University and Science for Life Laboratory have developed a new computer algorithm for analysing gene function called BinoX, which was e-published inNucleic Acids Researchon September 22, Ogris et al., 2016a. The method, developed by Professor Erik Sonnhammer's research group, associates experimentally derived gene lists and known pathways. It does this in a new way, by employing a large gene network and determining if a gene list and a pathway has more network links than expected, using the binomial distribution. This is a significant advance over previous methods, and as a result BinoX yields substantially better accuracy. In particular, the improvement compared to the commonly used gene overlap enrichment method is massive; the sensitivity was benchmarked to increase by more than 60 times at the same time as the false positive rate was reduced to zero. Read further...
The merger of two black holes, such as the one which produced the gravitational waves discovered by the LIGO Observatory, is considered an extremely complex process that can only be simulated by the world's most powerful supercomputers. However, two theoretical physicists from the University of Barcelona in Spain have demonstrated that what occurs on the space-time boundary of the two merging objects can be explained using simple equations, at least when a giant black hole collides with a tiny black hole. Read further...
Thanks to a technique developed by Radboud University large-scale research involving patient data can be done without threat to either the security of the information or the privacy of the patients. This technique will be used for a new, large-scale study of Parkinson's disease. Read further...

The Cloud

Penguin Computing has introduced Scyld Cloud Workstation 3.0, a 3D-accelerated remote desktop solution which provides true multi-user remote desktop collaboration for Cloud-based Linux and Windows desktops. Read further...
At its annual Microsoft Ignite conference on September 26, 2016, Microsoft Corp. has introduced new products and services spanning security, productivity, intelligence and the Cloud that will make it easier for IT professionals to drive digital transformation throughout their organisations. In addition, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen announced that Adobe is bringing its Marketing Cloud to Microsoft Azure and making it the preferred digital marketing solution for Dynamics 365 Enterprise. Read further...
Eurofiber has launched Secure Cloud Connect. This new service offers organisations a direct, redundant connection with leading Cloud platforms, such as Microsoft Azure and Office 365, and IBM SoftLayer over a fiber connection that is kept separate from the public Internet. Eurofiber Secure Cloud Connect enables businesses to connect to the Cloud safely and securely, meaning they have fast and reliable access to their data and applications in the Cloud at all times. Read further...
NetApp has launched new NetApp ONTAP software, flash systems and expanded public Cloud support that provide the modern foundation to help customers maximize the value of their data in the hybrid Cloud. Read further...
Penguin Computing, a provider of high performance computing, enterprise data centre and Cloud solutions, has made available Penguin Magna 1015, an OpenPOWER based system for Cloud and hyperscale data centre environments. Read further...
Clarient Global LLC, a joint venture established to transform client data and document management in the financial services industry, has selected VMware Cloud Foundation on IBM Cloud to continue to enhance its existing SoftLayer private Cloud implementation for its Clarient Entity Hub platform. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2016-10-03

Exascale supercomputing

NCI continues to lead Australian HPC capabilities with adoption of cutting-edge Intel processors ...

Quantum computing

D-Wave Systems previews 2000-qubit quantum system ...

First quantum photonic circuit with an electrically driven light source ...

Focus on Europe

Earlham Institute embraces Green-HPC for Collaborative Genome Analysis at Icelandic Data Centre Verne Global ...

Fortissimo has launched 2nd Open Call for proposals ...

STFC Computers get to the heart of the matter ...

Rob van Nieuwpoort, professor by special appointment of Efficient Computing for eScience ...

VTT Centre for Nuclear Safety inaugurated ...

Middleware

Allinea launches CUDA 8 support to enable code development for newest NVIDIA GPU technology ...

China endeavours to build a Big Data 'Smart Ocean' ...

Percepto and Orange Silicon Valley showcase advanced autonomous drone platform with 4G/LTE connectivity ...

Hardware

TSMC recognizes Synopsys with three partner awards for Interface IP and joint development of 7-nm ...

NetSpeed releases Gemini 3.0 cache-coherent NoC IP to supercharge heterogeneous SoC designs ...

Quantum provides Petascale data storage and management for major European research institutions ...

The University of Tokyo and the Joint Center for Advanced High Performance Computing (JCAHPC) to deploy DDN's file cache system IME14K ...

Introducing Xavier, the NVIDIA AI supercomputer for the future of autonomous transporation ...

Penguin Computing to deliver scalable enterprise storage for HPC, Big Data and VM ...

Applications

Loyola Marymount University researchers predict climate change will bring more droughts, more floods and water shortage ...

UMass Amherst engineers lead research team on creating new devices that emulate human biological synapses ...

Computer engineers boost app speeds by more than 9 percent ...

North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics awarded access to high-performance supercomputer ...

Hartree Centre presents at International Industrial Supercomputing Workshop ...

Mapping the electric underground ...

IBM Foundation collaborates with AFT and education leaders to use Watson to help teachers ...

Crosstalk analysis of biological networks for improved pathway annotation ...

How to merge two black holes in a simple way ...

Nijmegen provides solution for secure processing of patient data ...

The Cloud

Penguin Computing announces availability of unique multi-user remote desktop collaboration for Scyld Cloud workstation ...

Microsoft unveils new offerings to empower IT and drive digital transformation ...

Eurofiber’s Secure Cloud Connect service provides safe access to the Cloud ...

New NetApp software and Flash systems simplify data management, boost performance in the hybrid Cloud ...

Penguin Computing announces OpenPOWER server platform and go-to-market partner Mark III systems ...

Clarient Global adopts IBM Cloud and VMware for enhanced private Cloud capabilities ...