Primeur weekly 2016-11-28

Exascale supercomputing

Japan plans supercomputer to leap into technology future, according to Reuters ...

Quantum computing

Bridging the advances in AI and quantum computing for drug discovery and longevity research ...

Single photon converter - a key component of quantum internet ...

Light on the quantum computer ...

Construction of practical quantum computers radically simplified ...

Focus on Europe

India to become Associate Member State of CERN ...

PRACE looks back on a successful week at SC16 ...

PRACE has issued Newsletter 18 ...

Middleware

Bright Computing announces partnership with Beta IT ...

New update available for Solid Sands' SuperTest Mondrian release ...

Hardware

KEEP programme proves to boost application performance for KNL ...

At Bates, high-performance computing is for everyone - not just superheroes ...

Macom announces definitive agreement to acquire AppliedMicro ...

RSC Tornado with 72-cores Intel Xeon Phi 7290 sets a new world record of computing density of 1.41 Pflops per rack ...

Applications

Clemson scientists unveil software that revolutionizes habitat connectivity modelling ...

Computer modelling could lead to new method for detecting, managing prostate cancer ...

Stellar simulators ...

TGen awarded $200,000 by NVIDIA Foundation to accelerate its technology ...

A new perovskite could lead the next generation of data storage ...

Making spintronic neurons sing in unison ...

When nerve cells detect patterns for acquired knowledge ...

Machine learning to help physicians ...

ASC17 to compete on the Sunway TaihuLight ...

XSEDE Stampede supercomputer models 3D human pre-initiation complex ...

BSC researchers demonstrate that scaling-in on large-memory nodes saves up to 52% of energy consumed in HPC systems ...

TOP500

The CEA Tera1000 Bull sequana by Atos enters the TOP500 most powerful supercomputers in the world ...

The Cloud

Inspur joins OpenStack Foundation as the newest gold member ...

IBM triples Cloud data centre capacity in the UK ...

Oracle buys Dyn ...

Desktop Grids

PrimeGrid's Seventeen or Bust subproject ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2016-11-28

Exascale supercomputing

Japan plans to build the world's fastest-known supercomputer in a bid to arm the country's manufacturers with a platform for research that could help them develop and improve driverless cars, robotics and medical diagnostics. Read further...

Quantum computing

Insilico Medicine Inc. and YMK Photonics Inc. have signed a research collaboration and business cooperation to develop photonics quantum computing and accelerated deep learning techniques for drug discovery, biomarker development and aging research. On the 15th of November, in the presence of over 800 YMK employees, customers, partners and investors, the Chairman of YMK Holdings, Mr. Kim Young Mo, the CEO of Insilico Medicine, Alex Zhavoronkov, PhD and Head of Insilico Korea, Professor Youngsook Park signed a memorandum of understanding to pursue mutual benefit in deep learning and cognitive photonics computing. Read further...
A Polish-British team of physicists has constructed and tested a compact, efficient converter capable of modifying the quantum properties of individual photons. The new device should facilitate the construction of complex quantum computers, and in the future may become an important element in global quantum networks, the successors of today's Internet. Read further...
Physicist Martin van Exter works with light at nanoscale, at the forefront of nanocomputer research. But as Director of Education he also has a vision for physics teaching. He held his inaugural lecture on 18 November 2016. Read further...
Scientists at the University of Sussex have invented a ground-breaking new method that puts the construction of large-scale quantum computers within reach of current technology. Quantum computers could solve certain problems - that would take the fastest supercomputer millions of years to calculate - in just a few milliseconds. Read further...

Focus on Europe

On November 21, 2016, CERN Director General, Fabiola Gianotti, and Chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission and Secretary of the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) of the Government of India, Sekhar Basu have signed an Agreement admitting India to CERN as an Associate Member. The Government of India still needs to notify CERN of its final approval for the Agreement to enter into force. Read further...
The PRACE booth team welcomed more than 600 visitors during the exhibition days at SC16 in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. PRACE experts presented different PRACE activities: Peer Review, SHAPE - SME HPC Adoption Programme in Europe, Training and Education at the PRACE booth to SC16 attendees. Furthermore PRACE welcomed two external speakers: Toni Collis, Director of Women in HPC and Sidharth Kumar, University of Utah, USA. This year PRACE provided for the first time a shared space to the EXDCI project - European Extreme Data & Computing Initiative. Read further...
PRACE has issued the 18th edition of its newsletter. Read further...

Middleware

Beta IT has become the latest partner of Bright Computing to sign up to its reseller programme. Based in the United Arab Emirates and operating across the Middle East region, Beta IT supports customers in the service provider, banking, government, energy and education sectors. The company provides multi-technology solutions for organisations that seek successful integration of complex systems. Beta IT offers services that satisfy customers' business demands, leveraging their accumulated technical knowledge, unique quality assurance programme, and continuous development of staff. Read further...
Solid Sands, supplier of SuperTest, the industry-leading and largest test and validation suite for C and C++ compilers and libraries, has launched its latest update for the SuperTest Mondrian release. This update is again a radical advancement from previous versions of SuperTest, providing customers with superior C mathematical library tests. The additional compiler and library tests in this update focus on completely covering the C11 language. Read further...

Hardware

Inspur released a report at the 2016 Global Supercomputing Conference (SC16) sharing the latest developments and applications of the KEEP programme. The KEEP programme - Knights Landing Evaluation and Escalation Programme - is a pilot programme jointly launched this past June by Inspur and Intel - based on Intel's new generation many-core processor, Knights Landing (KNL). Read further...
The Bates College's new high-performance computing set-up is not visually dazzling, at least compared with the huge computer we remember from Batman's Batcave, circa 1968. It occupies barely half of a 6-foot-tall computer rack. But then again, the computing set-up, known as a "cluster" because it links 12 separate computers, doesn't need to fill a whole cave. And perhaps most important, it's a shared resource - not reserved for one or two superheroes. Read further...
Macom Technology Solutions Holdings Inc., a supplier of high-performance analogue RF, microwave, millimeterwave and photonic semiconductor products, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Applied Micro Circuits Corporation, a global expert in Connectivity and Computing solutions for next-generation Cloud infrastructure and data centres, for approximately $8.36 per share, consisting of $3.25 in cash and 0.1089 Macom shares per share of AppliedMicro. This price for each share of AppliedMicro represented a 15.4% premium over the company's closing price of $7.25 on November 18th. Macom intends to divest the well-positioned but non-strategic Compute business within the first 100 days of closing. Read further...
RSC Group, a developer and system integrator of innovative solutions for high-performance computing (HPC) segment and data centres in Russia and CIS, demonstrated a new generation of its high performance, scalable and energy-efficient RSC Tornado solution with direct liquid cooling based on the 72-cores Intel Xeon Phi 7290, a top-bin model in this processor family, at SC16 international Supercomputing Conference and Exhibition. Read further...

Applications

A trio of Clemson University scientists has unveiled a groundbreaking computational software called 'GFlow' that makes wildlife habitat connectivity modelling vastly faster, more efficient and superior in quality and scope. Read further...
New research co-authored by Brigham Young University (BYU) researchers may lead to a more accurate system for early detection, diagnosis, and treatment of prostate cancer. The new study, published inProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, details a computer model that uses medical images to reproduce the growth patterns of prostate cancer on the anatomy of a patient's prostate. Read further...
Astrophysicists at University of California - Santa Barbara's (UCSB) Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics will use a supercomputer to explore the driving forces behind mass loss in massive stars. It's an intricate process through which massive stars lose their gas as they evolve, and a more complete understanding could be just calculations away - if only those calculations didn't take several millennia to run on normal computers. Now, astrophysicists Matteo Cantiello and Yan-Fei Jiang of UC Santa Barbara's Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics (KITP) may find a way around that problem. Read further...
Faster and more precise information about how best to treat cancer patients should be possible thanks to a $200,000 Compute the Cure grant from the NVIDIA Foundation to the Translational Genomics Research Institute. This process will advance the practice of precision medicine by quickly informing doctors with the best options for attacking each individual patient's cancer. Read further...
EPFL scientists have developed a new perovskite material with unique properties that can be used to build next-generation hard drives. Read further...
What do fire flies, Huygens's wall clocks, and even the heart of choir singers, have in common? They can all synchronize their respective individual signals into one single unison tone or rhythm. Now researchers at University of Gothenburg have taught two different emerging classes of nano-scopic microwave signal oscillators, which can be used as future spintronic neurons, to sing in unison with their neighbours. Read further...
Researchers from Heidelberg and Graz investigate how neurons sample probability distributions. For observations based on sensory data, the human brain must constantly verify which "version" of reality underlies the perception. The answer is gleaned from probability distributions that are stored in the nerve cell network itself. The neurons are able to detect patterns that reflect acquired knowledge. Applying mathematical methods, physicists from Heidelberg University and researchers from Graz University of Technology have proven this phenomenon in their investigations. The current research results, published in the journalPhysical Review, are of major significance in developing new types of computer systems. Read further...
Physicians have long used visual judgment of medical images to determine the course of cancer treatment. A new programme package from Fraunhofer researchers reveals changes in images and facilitates this task using deep learning. The experts will demonstrate this software in Chicago from November 27 to December 2 at RSNA, the world's largest radiology meeting. Read further...
During SC16, the Asia Supercomputer Community announced that the Sunway TaihuLight, the world's most powerful computer, will be used as a competition platform in the 2017 ASC Student Supercomputer Challenge. The team registration and proposal application process began during SC16 and is now open to all universities and organisations worldwide. Read further...
It sounds like something out of the Borg in Star Trek. Nano-sized robots self-assemble to form biological machines that do the work that keeps one alive. And yet something like this really does go on. Every cell in our body - be they flesh and blood, brain and everything in between - has identical DNA, the twisted staircase of nucleic acids uniquely coded to each organism. Complex assemblages that resemble molecular machines take pieces of DNA called genes and make a brain cell when needed, instead of, say, a bone cell. These molecular machines are so complex, yet so tiny, that scientists today are just starting to understand their structure and function using the latest microscopes and supercomputers. Biological molecular machines could lay the foundation for developing cures to diseases like cancer. How small can one see, and what will one find? Read further...
BSC researchers have received the award for Best Paper of the MEMSYS 2016 Conference with the paper entitled "Large-memory nodes for energy efficient High-Performance Computing". Energy consumption is by far the most important contributor to HPC cluster operational costs, and it accounts for a significant share of the total cost of ownership. In the awarded paper, BSC experts prove that a practical energy-saving approach is to scale-in the application on large-memory nodes. Achieving energy savings of up to 52% means that the investment in upgrading the hardware would be recovered in a system lifetime of less than five years. The study is an important finding of the BSC Memory Systems team using Samsung DRAM memory with technical support of Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. Read further...

TOP500

The first Bull sequana equipped with Bull eXascale Interconnect (BXI) has entered the TOP500 ranking of the most powerful supercomputers in the world. A total of 20 supercomputers developed by Atos are currently ranked in the TOP500 list. The Bull sequana supercomputer equipped with BXI is the first "cell" of the 25-petaflop supercomputer that Atos will supply to the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) in 2017 as part of the Tera1000 project. Its architecture heralds the next generation of exascale supercomputers for the 2020s. The first phase of the Tera1000 supercomputer at CEA is currently ranked at nr. 55 in the TOP500. Read further...

The Cloud

The OpenStack Board approved Inspur as gold member of the Foundation, reaffirming the company's commitment to industry collaboration and open standards. Read further...
IBM is adding four new Cloud data centres infused with cognitive intelligence in the UK, to keep pace with growing client demand. The investment in the new facilities underscores IBM's long-standing commitment to providing innovative solutions to the UK market and triples its Cloud centre capacity in the UK. Read further...
Oracle has signed an agreement to acquire Dyn, a Cloud-based Internet Performance and DNS provider that monitors, controls, and optimizes Internet applications and Cloud services to deliver faster access, reduced page load times, and higher end-user satisfaction. Read further...

Desktop Grids

On 31 October 2016, 22:13:54 UTC, PrimeGrid's Seventeen or Bust subproject found the MegaPrime: 10223*231172165+1. The prime is 9,383,761 digits long and will enter Chris Caldwell's "The Largest Known Primes Database", ranked 7th overall. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2016-11-28

Exascale supercomputing

Japan plans supercomputer to leap into technology future, according to Reuters ...

Quantum computing

Bridging the advances in AI and quantum computing for drug discovery and longevity research ...

Single photon converter - a key component of quantum internet ...

Light on the quantum computer ...

Construction of practical quantum computers radically simplified ...

Focus on Europe

India to become Associate Member State of CERN ...

PRACE looks back on a successful week at SC16 ...

PRACE has issued Newsletter 18 ...

Middleware

Bright Computing announces partnership with Beta IT ...

New update available for Solid Sands' SuperTest Mondrian release ...

Hardware

KEEP programme proves to boost application performance for KNL ...

At Bates, high-performance computing is for everyone - not just superheroes ...

Macom announces definitive agreement to acquire AppliedMicro ...

RSC Tornado with 72-cores Intel Xeon Phi 7290 sets a new world record of computing density of 1.41 Pflops per rack ...

Applications

Clemson scientists unveil software that revolutionizes habitat connectivity modelling ...

Computer modelling could lead to new method for detecting, managing prostate cancer ...

Stellar simulators ...

TGen awarded $200,000 by NVIDIA Foundation to accelerate its technology ...

A new perovskite could lead the next generation of data storage ...

Making spintronic neurons sing in unison ...

When nerve cells detect patterns for acquired knowledge ...

Machine learning to help physicians ...

ASC17 to compete on the Sunway TaihuLight ...

XSEDE Stampede supercomputer models 3D human pre-initiation complex ...

BSC researchers demonstrate that scaling-in on large-memory nodes saves up to 52% of energy consumed in HPC systems ...

TOP500

The CEA Tera1000 Bull sequana by Atos enters the TOP500 most powerful supercomputers in the world ...

The Cloud

Inspur joins OpenStack Foundation as the newest gold member ...

IBM triples Cloud data centre capacity in the UK ...

Oracle buys Dyn ...

Desktop Grids

PrimeGrid's Seventeen or Bust subproject ...