Primeur weekly 2016-10-17

Focus

Digital Curation Centre collaborates with infrastructure providers to help researchers with Data Management Planning ...

Focus on Europe

Allinea tools helping science on first major Intel Xeon Phi deployments. ...

PRACE Call 14 is now open - More systems, more power, more hours ...

2016 Dutch Data Prize to be awarded on November 9, 2016 ...

DDN and Lenovo expand collaboration at HPC Innovation Center in Germany ...

PRACE strengthened its international connections at ICRI 2016 ...

Middleware

Oldenburg University chooses Bright infrastructure management technology for its new HPC environment ...

Hardware

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign professor to receive ACM/IEEE-CS Kennedy Award ...

New York University using NVIDIA DGX-1 supercomputer to push boundaries of AI ...

PGS expands industry leading supercomputing platform with purchase of second Cray XC supercomputer ...

Supermicro exhibits All-Flash NVMe and 3U/6U MicroBlade and IoT Solutions at GITEX 201s ...

Applications

Industry leaders join forces to promote new high-performance interconnect ...

UTA researchers developing novel model to help data centre service providers guarantee service-level objectives ...

IBM's Watson helps employees tackle cancer ...

Siemens Healthineers and IBM Watson Health forge global alliance for Population Health Management ...

SUG meeting illustrates wealth of OSC-supported research ...

Emmy Noether independent junior research group TWIST investigates new magnetic structures for spintronics applications ...

University of Arizona receives $1.9 million award to test computer-assisted surgical training ...

Microsoft expands artificial intelligence (AI) efforts with creation of new Microsoft AI and Research Group ...

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Norwegian researchers collaborate to improve cancer screening ...

Physics Nobel Prize winners' work laid foundation for researchers at ORNL ...

The Cloud

VMware and Amazon Web Services announce strategic partnership ...

IBM redefines security, availability and economics of storing data in the hybrid Cloud ...

Tech leaders unite to enable new Cloud data centre server designs for Big Data, machine learning, analytics, and other emerging workloads ...

AMD collaborates with Alibaba Cloud to deliver Cloud computing services based on AMD Radeon Pro GPU technologies ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2016-10-17

Focus

At the Digital Infrastructures for Research Conference in Krakow, Poland,Primeur Magazinehad the opportunity to talk with Sarah Jones from the Digital Curation Centre in Edinburgh. The background of Sarah Jones originally lies in physical archives. She was working with the collections at the University of Glasgow and the National Health Board archive. Through an archive masters course she got involved with digital curation. She has worked on various projects but for the last eight years she has been with the Digital Curation Centre that is specifically dealing with research data management in the United Kingdom's higher education sector. The Digital Curation Centre is helping universities to support researchers. The Centre is working largely with intermediaries, with library, IT and research offices within universities to build capacity and skills within those institutions. Read further...

Focus on Europe

Allinea Software's tool suite for developing and optimizing high performance code is already deployed and supporting some of the major research labs in moving to the newest Intel Xeon Phi Processor, KNL. Read further...
PRACE Call 14 is open under the new framework of the PRACE 2 programme. PRACE welcomes CSCS, Switzerland as the 5th PRACE hosting partner making available their system Piz Daint, and the new MareNostrum4 system provided by BSC, Spain. These two Tier-0 systems contribute compute core hours to Call 14 as well as the ones provided by France - GENCI, Germany - GCS, and Italy - CINECA. In total PRACE can offer more than 2000 million compute core hours which is 3 times more than in previous calls and now offers a cumulated peak performance of more than 50 Petaflops. Read further...
The Dutch Data Prize awards the efforts of researchers who collect and document data in order to make the data accessible to others. The winners will receive a sculpture and 5,000 euro, to be spent on making their datasets more accessible, e.g. by organising a symposium or putting the data online. The award ceremony will be held on 9 November, at NWO in The Hague. Read further...
DataDirect Networks (DDN) has launched a new collaboration with Lenovo at its Global HPC Innovation Center in Stuttgart, Germany, which offers a permanent R&D and application benchmarking site for customers. DDN EXAScaler storage incorporating the Lustre file system is installed at the centre, and allows users to benchmark the storage and file system elements of an HPC Solution from DDN in combination with Lenovo's HPC systems and solutions. Read further...
The International Conference on Research Infrastructures ICRI 2016 gathered policy makers and researchers from around the world to discuss the progress and developments of Research Infrastructures (RI). PRACE had the pleasure to be part of the well-established international forum with a presentation by Florian Berberich, Member of the Board of Directors of PRACE, and a booth in the exhibition. Over 600 delegates from 60 countries attended ICRI 2016 at Cape Town, South Africa from 3 October to 5 October 2016. Read further...

Middleware

Oldenburg University in Germany has once again chosen to renew its license agreement with Bright Computing. Oldenburg first became a Bright Computing customer in 2011, choosing Bright Cluster Manager to administer its small HPC environment. In recent years the Oldenburg HPC system has grown to a considerable 600-node cluster to provide an increasing amount of compute power to various departments within the university. With a small IT team and limited administration resources available, when it came time to upgrade the university's IT hardware, the IT Services team at Oldenburg took the decision to continue using the Bright infrastructure management technology to overarch the HPC environment. Read further...

Hardware

The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and IEEE Computer Society have named William D. Gropp, a Professor of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, as the recipient of the 2016 ACM/IEEE Computer Society Ken Kennedy Award for highly influential contributions to the programmability of high performance parallel and distributed computers. The award will be presented at SC 16: International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis, beginning November 13 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Read further...
New York University's (NYU) Center for Data Science is at the cutting edge of fields with revolutionary implications such as machine learning, natural language processing, computer vision and intelligent machines. Because computing speed is critical to accelerating experimentation and advancing research, the centre's Computational Intelligence, Learning, Vision and Robotics (CILVR) lab recently acquired a NVIDIA DGX-1 AI supercomputer to fuel this work like never before. Read further...
At the 2016 Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG) International Exposition in Dallas, Texas, Cray Inc. announced that PGS has significantly enhanced its supercomputing capabilities with the purchase of a new 12-cabinet Cray XC supercomputer. PGS, a worldwide oil-and-gas company and an expert in marine seismology, also added an additional 2.8 petabytes of capacity to its Cray Sonexion storage system. Read further...
Super Micro Computer Inc., a global expert in compute, storage, and networking technologies and green IT, is exhibiting its latest NVMe optimized server and storage solutions at GITEX 2016 in booth SR-M9, Dubai World Trade Centre, October 16-20, 2016. Read further...

Applications

A group of technology companies has introduced the Gen-Z Consortium, an industry alliance working to create and commercialize a new scalable computing interconnect and protocol. This flexible, high-performance memory semantic fabric provides a peer-to-peer interconnect that easily accesses large volumes of data while lowering costs and avoiding today's bottlenecks. The alliance members include AMD, ARM, Cavium Inc., Cray, Dell EMC, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), Huawei, IBM, IDT, Lenovo, Mellanox Technologies, Micron, Microsemi, Red Hat, Samsung, Seagate, SK hynix, Western Digital Corporation, and Xilinx. Read further...
Data centres provide thousands of services for users, who have certain expectations for run-times, delays and other services, especially in Cloud computing. However, due to the lack of good understanding as to how to translate the service-level objectives for a service into exact resource requirements at individual computing servers that carry out the service, data centre service providers today overprovision their resources to meet service-level objectives, resulting in low data centre resource utilization and high cost. Read further...
Many IBM U.S. employees fighting cancer will be able to tap into Watson for insights into their cancer treatment as well as potential clinical trial options. Through a unique collaboration with Best Doctors, an expert clinical consultation provider, qualifying IBMers and their family members will have access to Watson's suite of oncology offerings for insights on cancer treatment options, when covered under IBM's U.S. medical plan. The benefit will be available as of January 1, 2017. Read further...
IBM and Siemens Healthineers have closed a five-year, global strategic alliance in Population Health Management (PHM). The alliance aims to help hospitals, health systems, integrated delivery networks, and other providers deliver value-based care to patients with complex, chronic and costly conditions such as heart disease and cancer. The health-focused alliance is the first of its kind for the companies, which have a long-standing global relationship that spans diverse industry sectors including IBM's work with Siemens Building Technologies, Siemens PLM and Siemens Digital Grid. It also marks Siemens entry into PHM. Read further...
More than ever, academic and manufacturing researchers from across Ohio are turning to the high performance computing power offered by the Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC). On October 6, 2016, an abundance of that research was on display at OSC's semi-annual Statewide Users Group (SUG) meeting. Read further...
Theoretical physicist Dr. Karin Everschor-Sitte will be setting up an Emmy Noether independent junior research group at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) with the aid of funding from the German Research Foundation (DFG). The work group TWIST - short for Topological Whirls in SpinTronics - will be looking at skyrmions. These are new magnetic 'particles' named after the physicist Tony Skyrme that could in future ensure that the storage media in our computers become smaller and more efficient. A skyrmion can be described as a kind of node or vortex within a magnetic texture. Skyrmions are characterized by the fact that they are more stable than any other magnetic structures and react particularly readily to spin currents. This is why skyrmions are considered to be of relevance to technological applications in the field of spintronics, a young physics discipline that is exploring not only the electronic charges of such particles, but also their spin, i.e., their magnetic properties. Read further...
Laparoscopic surgery is routine for many surgeries, including gallbladder and appendix removal. In these minimally invasive procedures, surgical instruments are inserted into a patient's body, along with a fiber-optic camera and lighting system, through a five-millimeter incision. Laparoscopic surgery can reduce complications and speed patient recovery, but it presents unique challenges for surgeons. Read further...
Microsoft Corporation has formed the Microsoft AI and Research Group, bringing together Microsoft's world-class research organisation with more than 5,000 computer scientists and engineers focused on the company's AI product efforts. The new group will be led by computer vision luminary Harry Shum, a 20-year Microsoft veteran whose career has spanned leadership roles across Microsoft Research and Bing engineering. Read further...
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) computer scientists and Norwegian researchers are collaborating to apply high performance computing (HPC) to the analysis of medical data to improve screening for cervical cancer. Read further...
The theories recognized with this year's Nobel Prize in Physics underpin research ongoing at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), where scientists are using neutrons as a probe to seek new materials with extraordinary properties for applications such as next-generation electronics, superconductors, and quantum computing. Read further...

The Cloud

VMware and Amazon Web Services (AWS) have signed a strategic partnership that brings the two experts in Enterprise IT together to deliver a vSphere-based Cloud service running on AWS. This service will make it easier for customers to run any application, using a set of familiar software and tools, in a consistent hybrid Cloud environment. Read further...
IBM is introducing a new Cloud object storage service that redefines the security, availability and economics of storing, managing and accessing massive amounts of digital information across hybrid Clouds. The company's breakthrough new IBM Cloud Object Storage offering derives from IBM's acquisition of Cleversafe and its significant portfolio of patents which are designed to deliver clients better value with industry-leading security. Read further...
Technology experts AMD, Dell EMC, Google, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, IBM, Mellanox Technologies, Micron, NVIDIA and Xilinx have launched a new, open specification that can increase data centre server performance by up to 10x, enabling corporate and Cloud data centers to speed up Big Data, machine learning, analytics, and other emerging workloads. Servers and related products based on the new standard are expected in the second half of 2017. Read further...
At the Alibaba Computing Conference, AMD President and CEO Dr. Lisa Su joined Simon Hu, president of Alibaba Cloud, the Cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group, to announce a collaboration between the two companies to strengthen research and cooperation related to the use of AMD Radeon Pro GPU technology in Alibaba Cloud's global data centres. Through the partnership, Alibaba Cloud plans to use AMD technology to help expand its Cloud computing offerings and accelerate adoption of its Cloud-based services. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2016-10-17

Focus

Digital Curation Centre collaborates with infrastructure providers to help researchers with Data Management Planning ...

Focus on Europe

Allinea tools helping science on first major Intel Xeon Phi deployments. ...

PRACE Call 14 is now open - More systems, more power, more hours ...

2016 Dutch Data Prize to be awarded on November 9, 2016 ...

DDN and Lenovo expand collaboration at HPC Innovation Center in Germany ...

PRACE strengthened its international connections at ICRI 2016 ...

Middleware

Oldenburg University chooses Bright infrastructure management technology for its new HPC environment ...

Hardware

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign professor to receive ACM/IEEE-CS Kennedy Award ...

New York University using NVIDIA DGX-1 supercomputer to push boundaries of AI ...

PGS expands industry leading supercomputing platform with purchase of second Cray XC supercomputer ...

Supermicro exhibits All-Flash NVMe and 3U/6U MicroBlade and IoT Solutions at GITEX 201s ...

Applications

Industry leaders join forces to promote new high-performance interconnect ...

UTA researchers developing novel model to help data centre service providers guarantee service-level objectives ...

IBM's Watson helps employees tackle cancer ...

Siemens Healthineers and IBM Watson Health forge global alliance for Population Health Management ...

SUG meeting illustrates wealth of OSC-supported research ...

Emmy Noether independent junior research group TWIST investigates new magnetic structures for spintronics applications ...

University of Arizona receives $1.9 million award to test computer-assisted surgical training ...

Microsoft expands artificial intelligence (AI) efforts with creation of new Microsoft AI and Research Group ...

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Norwegian researchers collaborate to improve cancer screening ...

Physics Nobel Prize winners' work laid foundation for researchers at ORNL ...

The Cloud

VMware and Amazon Web Services announce strategic partnership ...

IBM redefines security, availability and economics of storing data in the hybrid Cloud ...

Tech leaders unite to enable new Cloud data centre server designs for Big Data, machine learning, analytics, and other emerging workloads ...

AMD collaborates with Alibaba Cloud to deliver Cloud computing services based on AMD Radeon Pro GPU technologies ...