Primeur weekly 2016-11-21

Exascale supercomputing

Brookhaven Lab to lead and partner on DOE exascale computing projects ...

Quantum computing

World's fastest quantum simulator operating at the atomic level ...

Tracking the flow of quantum information ...

Tyndall technology lights the way for quantum computing ...

New attacks on location-based quantum cryptography ...

Focus on Europe

Fall 2016 edition of the e-IRG newsletter available ...

Fujitsu in joint intercontinental data centre coordination field trial using cold data storage ...

Asetek announces first installation using InRackCDU technology ...

Middleware

Altair PBS Cloud is Altair's latest technology to further HPC appliance solutions ...

Intel HPC Orchestrator to include PBS Pro for workload management ...

Altair expands the availability of PBS Professional ...

Adaptive Computing launches new Reporting & Analytics solution ...

Adaptive Computing opens up platform of products ...

Adaptive Computing improves ease-of-use & cost efficiency in Moab HPC Suite 9.1 release ...

Hardware

PGI accelerator compilers for POWER architecture enable easy on-ramp to GPU acceleration with POWER8 and NIVIDA NVLink ...

Liquid silicon: Computer chips could bridge the gap between computation and storage ...

Cray expands customer base for Cray Urika-GX system and previews upcoming software release ...

Fujitsu develops analysis technology to improve communication performance of virtual networks ...

Applications

NVIDIA teams with National Cancer Institute, U.S. Department of Energy to create AI platform for accelerating cancer research ...

Supercomputer simulations help develop new approach to fight antibiotic resistance ...

Earlham Institute receives supercomputing award for wheat research ...

Chinese research team that employs high performance computing to understand weather patterns wins 2016 ACM Gordon Bell Prize ...

Cray systems power deep learning in supercomputing at scale ...

IBM and Topcoder bring Watson to more than one million developers ...

IBM Watson Health and Broad Institute launch major research initiative to study why cancers become drug resistant ...

Julia for Astronomy: Parallel computing with Julia on NERSC supercomputer increases speed of image analysis 225x ...

Julia Computing and IBM present Julia for Deep Learning at SC16 ...

TOP500

Jefferson Lab's newest cluster makes TOP500 list of fastest supercomputers ...

Hewlett Packard Enterprise/SGI Cheyenne and Pleiades systems named on TOP500 list ...

The Cloud

Fujitsu and SUSE expand strategic alliance to develop and support open source products ...

IBM closes acquisition of Sanovi Technologies ...

Tencent Cloud joins IBM and Mellanox to break data sorting world records ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2016-11-21

Exascale supercomputing

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Exascale Computing Project (ECP) just awarded $34 million in first-year funding to 35 software development proposals and $12 million to four co-design centre proposals. Scientists at the DOE's Brookhaven National Laboratory are leading one of these software development projects, SOLLVE, and contributing to one of these co-design centres, CODAR. SOLLVE will focus on OpenMP functionality for exascale computing; CODAR will concentrate on online data analysis and reduction at the exascale. Read further...

Quantum computing

Kenji Ohmori, Institute for Molecular Science, National Institutes of Natural Sciences, Japan, has collaborated with Matthias Weidemüller, University of Heidelberg; Guido Pupillo, University of Strasbourg; Claudiu Genes, University of Innsbruck; and their coworkers to develop the world's fastest simulator that can simulate quantum mechanical dynamics of a large number of particles interacting with each other within one billionths of a second. Read further...
If objects in motion are like rainwater flowing through a gutter and landing in a puddle, then quantum objects in motion are like rainwater that might end up in a bunch of puddles, all at once. Figuring out where quantum objects actually go has frustrated scientists for years. Read further...
Researchers at Tyndall National Institute develop scalable, electrically driven photon sources to drive powerful quantum technologies. Quantum computing is heralded as the next revolution in terms of global computing. Google, Intel and IBM are just some of the big names investing millions currently in the field of quantum computing which will enable faster, more efficient computing required to power the requirements of our future computing needs. Read further...
For secure communication of classified information, researchers want to deploy the sender's location, so a receiver can be sure that a message is, for instance, really coming from the White House. Classic location-based methods are shown to be unsafe but location-based quantum cryptography seemed to have a chance. In 2014 researchers demonstrated that this method was not safe for a group of cooperating attackers having an infinite amount of 'entangled states'. However, the method could still be safe for realistic attacks. Florian Speelman, PhD student from Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) in Amsterdam, studied quantum attacks with teleportation techniques and showed that some of the location-based protocols were also not safe for a realistic number of entangled states. Florian Speelman defended his PhD thesis 'Position-based Quantum Cryptography and Catalytic Computation' on 16 November at the University of Amsterdam (UvA). Read further...

Focus on Europe

The Fall edition of the e-IRG newsletter is now available for download. Read further...
Osaka University, Scality Inc., and Fujitsu Limited are jointly executing a cold data storage-focused field trial of intercontinental data centre coordination, together with partners in Japan and Europe. Based on a consortium for collaboration between academia and industry established in April 2016, the field trial will be conducted from November 2016 through to December 2017, and carried out between the data centres in Osaka University's Cybermedia Center and the data centres owned by Paris-based AntemetA. Read further...
The University of Regensburg has selected Asetek InRackCDU technology to cool one of the first Intel Xeon Phi based HPC clusters in Europe. The Fujitsu installation is a joint research project (SFB/TRR-55) with the University of Wuppertal and Jülich Supercomputing Center. This installation was first disclosed by Asetek on June 22nd, 2016. Read further...

Middleware

Altair will make available Altair PBS Cloud, its latest appliance solution to further Cloud computing for organisations. Altair PBS Cloud is the solution to build and run high-performance computing (HPC) appliances for both public Clouds, private Clouds, and bare-metal infrastructure. Altair will release Altair PBS Cloud in the first quarter of 2017 following conclusion of a private preview. Read further...
Altair's market-leading, high-performance computing (HPC) job scheduler, PBS Professional (PBS Pro) will be included as the preferred workload management solution in the Intel HPC Orchestrator software stack beginning with the first quarter of 2017. Altair and Intel plan to enter into an agreement whereby Altair will provide level three support for PBS Pro to customers who purchase Intel's HPC Orchestrator. Read further...
Altair's market-leading high-performance computing (HPC) workload manager, PBS Professional (PBS Pro) is being included in Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) Core HPC Software Stack and in the HPE High Performance Computing Software Stack. The Core HPC Software Stack is available now via download. The HPE High Performance Computing Software Stack is available now as part of customer beta testing and will be released in the first quarter of 2017. Read further...
Adaptive Computing, provider of award-winning workload and resource orchestration software, has released its new Reporting & Analytics tool for enabling organisations to gain the insights that improve resource utilization and efficiency, ultimately helping to better align resource usage with mission objectives. Organisations heavily invest in expensive resources and high-skilled individuals to achieve their goals, only to find that many resources go underutilized and that people are often less productive than desired. By streaming in massive amounts of workload and resource usage data from their High Performance Computing (HPC), High Throughput Computing (HTC) and Grid Computing environments, and then correlating that information against users, groups, and accounts, organizations can gain insights into exactly how their investment is being used and how well it aligns with their goals. Read further...
Adaptive Computing, provider of award-winning workload and resource orchestration software, has opened its commercial platform of products in two crucial ways in order to give customers easier access to its best-of-breed tools. First, Adaptive Computing has taken its Moab HPC Suite - Enterprise Edition and modularized the capabilities into individually licensable offerings to provide openness of choice to customers, so they select only what they want, when they want it. Second, Adaptive Computing has begun extending these and other of its best-of-breed offerings to unify and simplify the experience of users, administrators and managers across a broad range of schedulers/resource managers such as Torque, Slurm, SGE, Moab, Maui, PBS Pro, and LSF. Read further...
Adaptive Computing has made available the latest major release of Moab HPC Suite and related add-ons. The new release introduces several improvements for increasing resource/cost efficiency and ease-of-use. In addition, its new full suite installation wizard makes it possible to install Moab HPC Suite 9.1 and associated add-ons in less than an hour. Read further...

Hardware

NVIDIA has made available the PGI Accelerator Fortran, C and C++ compiler suite, including support for OpenACC directives-based parallel programming, for computer systems based on POWER CPUs, including IBM OpenPOWER LC servers that combine POWER8 CPUs with NVIDIA NVLink interconnect technology with NVIDIA Tesla GPU accelerators. Read further...
Computer chips in development at the University of Wisconsin (UW)-Madison could make future computers more efficient and powerful by combining tasks usually kept separate by design. Read further...
Cray Inc. has received new customers for the Cray Urika-GX system at the 2016 Supercomputing Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, and highlighted expanded capabilities for the agile analytics platform coming in December. Cray continues to build momentum for the Cray Urika-GX system, which fuses supercomputing technologies with an open, enterprise-ready software framework for Big Data analytics. Read further...
Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd. has developed an automatic analysis technology to improve communications performance and quality in virtual networks. With the spread of virtualization technologies, such as the Cloud, software defined networking (SDN), and network functions virtualization (NFV), there is demand for the ability to flexibly set up and operate high performance virtual infrastructure. In order to set up and operate virtual infrastructure for operations that require high performance, it is necessary for experts with knowledge of both hardware and software to take time to analyze bottlenecks and set up the virtual infrastructure appropriately. This results in high operating costs with frequent changes to the system structure or usage situation. Read further...

Applications

NVIDIA is teaming up with the National Cancer Institute, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and several national laboratories on an initiative to accelerate cancer research. The initiative - known as the Cancer Moonshot, announced by President Barack Obama during his 2016 State of the Union Address, and led by Vice President Joseph Biden - aims to deliver a decade of advances in cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment in just five years. The research efforts include a focus on building an AI framework called CANDLE - Cancer Distributed Learning Environment, which will provide a common discovery platform that brings the power of AI to the fight against cancer. Read further...
Supercomputer simulations at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have played a key role in discovering a new class of drug candidates that hold promise to combat antibiotic resistance. In a study led by the University of Oklahoma with ORNL, the University of Tennessee and Saint Louis University, lab experiments were combined with supercomputer modelling to identify molecules that boost antibiotics' effect on disease-causing bacteria. Read further...
The Earlham Institute (EI) has been recognised for their high-performance computing bread wheat genome project, presented at the leading supercomputing event SC16 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Awarded for 'Best Use of HPC Application in Life Sciences' the Earlham Institute - previously TGAC - has been accoladed for its research analysing the highly-complex wheat genome, using the SGI UV 300 - SGI's largest instance for life sciences. Read further...
ACM, a global professional computing society, has named a 12-member Chinese team the recipients of the 2016 ACM Gordon Bell Prize for their research project, "10M-Core Scalable Fully-Implicit Solver for Nonhydrostatic Atmospheric Dynamics". The winning team presented a solver - method for calculating atmospheric dynamics. The ACM Gordon Bell Prize tracks the progress of parallel computing and rewards innovation in applying high performance computing to challenges in science, engineering, and large-scale data analytics. The award was bestowed during the International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis (SC16) in Salt Lake City, Utah. Read further...
At the 2016 Supercomputing Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, Cray Inc. has unveiled new deep learning capabilities across its line of supercomputing and cluster systems. With validated deep learning toolkits and the most scalable supercomputing systems in the industry, Cray customers can now run deep learning workloads at their fullest potential - at scale on a Cray supercomputer. Read further...
At the IBM Watson Developer Conference, IBM has signed a partnership with Topcoder, a global software development community comprised of more than one million designers, developers, data scientists, and competitive programmers, to advance learning opportunities for cognitive developers who are looking to harness the power of Watson to create the next generation of artificial intelligence apps, APIs, and solutions. This partnership also benefits businesses that gain access to an increased talent pool of developers through the Topcoder Marketplace with experience in cognitive computing and Watson. Read further...
IBM Watson Health and the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard have launched a research initiative aimed at discovering the basis of cancer drug resistance. The five year, $50 million project will study thousands of drug resistant tumours and draw on Watson's computational and machine learning methods to help researchers understand how cancers become resistant to therapies. The anonymized data will be made available to the scientific community to catalyze research worldwide. Read further...
Researchers from Julia Computing, UC Berkeley, Intel, the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC), Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and JuliaLabs@MIT have developed a new parallel computing method to dramatically scale up the process of cataloging astronomical objects. This major improvement leverages 8,192 Intel Xeon processors in Berkeley Lab's new Cori supercomputer and Julia, the high-performance, open-source scientific computing language to deliver a 225x increase in the speed of astronomical image analysis. Read further...
Julia Computing and IBM presented Julia for Deep Learning at SC16, the world's largest supercomputing conference held in Salt Lake City, Utah. This exciting new technology combines IBM's Power8 server platform and NVIDIA Tesla K80 GPU accelerators with the superior speed and performance of the Julia mathematical and scientific computing language. Read further...

TOP500

For the third time in its history, Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility is home to one of the world's 500 fastest supercomputers. The SciPhi-XVI supercomputer was just listed as a TOP500 Supercomputer Site on November 14, placing 397th on the 48th edition of the list of the world's top supercomputers. Read further...
The NASA Ames Research Center's supercomputer, Pleiades, was ranked #13 and is the most powerful HPE/SGI supercomputer on the prestigious TOP500 list at the SC16 Conference, the international conference for High-Performance Computing (HPC), Networking, Storage and Analysis. In addition, the National Center for Atmospheric Research's (NCAR) SGI ICE XA supercomputer, Cheyenne, was ranked #20 in the same list. Read further...

The Cloud

SUSE and Fujitsu are strengthening their strategic alliance to commit resources, from development to marketing and sales, within the open source community to hybrid Cloud products, mission-critical support and future container technologies. Read further...
IBM has completed the acquisition of Sanovi Technologies, a privately held company that provides hybrid Cloud recovery, Cloud migration and business continuity software for enterprise data centres and Cloud infrastructure. Adding these capabilities along with advanced analytics will better enable IBM to bolster its Software Defined Resiliency strategy and delivery of Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery services for clients undergoing digital and hybrid Cloud transformation. Read further...
Tencent Cloud has been named the Winner of the Sort Benchmark annual global computing competition for 2016. Tencent Cloud and the Big Data Collaboration team spent less than 99 seconds (98.8 seconds) finishing sorting 100 terabytes of data in the Indy GraySort category, improving on 2015's best result, 329 seconds, by a factor of 3.3. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2016-11-21

Exascale supercomputing

Brookhaven Lab to lead and partner on DOE exascale computing projects ...

Quantum computing

World's fastest quantum simulator operating at the atomic level ...

Tracking the flow of quantum information ...

Tyndall technology lights the way for quantum computing ...

New attacks on location-based quantum cryptography ...

Focus on Europe

Fall 2016 edition of the e-IRG newsletter available ...

Fujitsu in joint intercontinental data centre coordination field trial using cold data storage ...

Asetek announces first installation using InRackCDU technology ...

Middleware

Altair PBS Cloud is Altair's latest technology to further HPC appliance solutions ...

Intel HPC Orchestrator to include PBS Pro for workload management ...

Altair expands the availability of PBS Professional ...

Adaptive Computing launches new Reporting & Analytics solution ...

Adaptive Computing opens up platform of products ...

Adaptive Computing improves ease-of-use & cost efficiency in Moab HPC Suite 9.1 release ...

Hardware

PGI accelerator compilers for POWER architecture enable easy on-ramp to GPU acceleration with POWER8 and NIVIDA NVLink ...

Liquid silicon: Computer chips could bridge the gap between computation and storage ...

Cray expands customer base for Cray Urika-GX system and previews upcoming software release ...

Fujitsu develops analysis technology to improve communication performance of virtual networks ...

Applications

NVIDIA teams with National Cancer Institute, U.S. Department of Energy to create AI platform for accelerating cancer research ...

Supercomputer simulations help develop new approach to fight antibiotic resistance ...

Earlham Institute receives supercomputing award for wheat research ...

Chinese research team that employs high performance computing to understand weather patterns wins 2016 ACM Gordon Bell Prize ...

Cray systems power deep learning in supercomputing at scale ...

IBM and Topcoder bring Watson to more than one million developers ...

IBM Watson Health and Broad Institute launch major research initiative to study why cancers become drug resistant ...

Julia for Astronomy: Parallel computing with Julia on NERSC supercomputer increases speed of image analysis 225x ...

Julia Computing and IBM present Julia for Deep Learning at SC16 ...

TOP500

Jefferson Lab's newest cluster makes TOP500 list of fastest supercomputers ...

Hewlett Packard Enterprise/SGI Cheyenne and Pleiades systems named on TOP500 list ...

The Cloud

Fujitsu and SUSE expand strategic alliance to develop and support open source products ...

IBM closes acquisition of Sanovi Technologies ...

Tencent Cloud joins IBM and Mellanox to break data sorting world records ...