Primeur weekly 2016-12-12

Crowd computing

New TN-Grid platform is hosting gene@home ...

Quantum computing

Further improvement of qubit lifetime for quantum computers ...

Focus on Europe

Cray works with Microsoft and CSCS to reach new performance milestone for deep learning at scale ...

PHENOMEN project to lay the foundations for a new age of information processing ...

Research into the theoretical bases of future wireless communications ...

Mont-Blanc project Event ARM: On the road to HPC ...

Middleware

Allinea webinar targets I/O optimization ...

Hardware

Mellanox's EDR 100Gb/s InfiniBand accelerates the largest National Institute of Health supercomputer ...

Mellanox announces record breaking performance enabling stateful packet processing at 400Gb/s with the NPS-400 network processor ...

Atos achieves SAP HANA certification for its bullion server operating up to 16TB of data ...

NVIDIA delivers AI supercomputer to Berkeley ...

New tender for the SURFnet8 service layer published ...

High performance graphene photodetectors set speed record ...

Applications

Scientists take 'blue-action' to help society cope with the impacts of Arctic climate changes ...

Eight new eScience projects to start in 2017 ...

University of Wyoming Faculty supercomputer use deadline is December 23, 2016 ...

Collaborating on Big Data to unravel disease processes ...

Weather the storm: Improving Great Lakes modelling ...

What to do with the data? ...

Big Data approach to water quality applied at shale drilling sites ...

The Cloud

Amazon Web Services Cloud now available to customers from data centres in Canada ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2016-12-12

Crowd computing

TN-Grid is a platform that uses Internet-connected computers to do research in various scientific projects. TN-Grid is based at the Research Area of Trento of the National Research Council of Italy (CNR) and currently hosted by the University of Trento (UNITN). The first project they are hosting is gene@home, a collaboration with Fondazione Edmund Mach (FEM) & the Department of Information Engineering and Computer Science (DISI) of UNITN. Read further...

Quantum computing

An international team of scientists has succeeded in making further improvements to the lifetime of superconducting quantum circuits. An important prerequisite for the realization of high-performance quantum computers is that the stored data should remain intact for as long as possible. The researchers, including Jülich physicist Dr. Gianluigi Catelani, have developed and tested a technique that removes unpaired electrons from the circuits. These are known to shorten the qubit lifetime. Read further...

Focus on Europe

At the 2016 Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS) Conference in Barcelona, Spain, Cray Inc. has issued the results of a deep learning collaboration between Cray, Microsoft, and the Swiss National Supercomputing Centre (CSCS) that expands the horizons of running deep learning algorithms at scale using the power of Cray supercomputers. Read further...
The Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV) is taking part in the European project PHENOMEN which kicked off last September. Funded through the highly-competitive H2020 Future and Emerging Technologies (FET-Open) programme, it aims to lay the foundations of a new information technology. PHENOMEN is a ground-breaking project that will combine advances in photonics, mechanics and electronics to develop the first optically-driven phonon sources and detectors, all at the nano scale. Read further...
A Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) scientist, Tobias Koch, has received an ERC Starting Grant, one of the most important grants in Europe for young researchers, to establish the theoretical and mathematical bases that will enable faster and more efficient wireless communications in the future. The research project to be carried out by Tobias Koch will be within the UC3M Signal Theory and Communications Department, under the name LOLITA - Information Theory for Low-Latency Wireless Communications. Read further...
The Mont-Blanc project is organizing the event ARM: on the road to HPC on January 16-17, 2017 in Barcelona. The event aims to bring together experts from industry and academia to exchange their experiences and knowledge among all the major players that contributes to make ARM-based scientific computing a reality. Read further...

Middleware

Allinea Software, a provider of tools for developing and optimizing high performance applications, will hold a free webinar on January, 5, 2017, which deals with overcoming common hurdles and realizing the potential for performance improvement presented by optimizing I/O. The webinar is part of a Software Performance Series that will focus on the full spectrum of checks and monitors required to fully optimize high performance software, covering workload, memory, communication, cores and vectorization throughout the entire series. Read further...

Hardware

NIH, the U.S. National Institute of Health's Center for Information Technology, has selected Mellanox 100G EDR InfiniBand solutions to accelerate its 'Biowulf' data centre, the largest data centre at NIH. The project is a result of a collaborative effort between Mellanox, CSRA Inc., DataDirect Networks (DDN), and Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE). Read further...
Mellanox Technologies Ltd., a supplier of high-performance, end-to-end interconnect solutions for data centre servers and storage systems, has made available Deep Packet Inspection and Stateful Packet Processing software libraries showing unprecedented performance on Mellanox's newest NPS-400 Network Processor. These software libraries, coupled with the hardware acceleration capabilities of the NPS-400, enable Deep Packet Inspection processing for application recognition at record breaking processing rates of up to 400Gb/s, in conjunction with handling of 100 million flows with an average packet size of 400 bytes. These processing capabilities enable Mellanox customers to build world-leading Intrusion Detection Systems and Intrusion Prevention Systems and to accelerate processing capabilities for switch routers. Read further...
Atos, through its technology brand Bull, announces that bullion, its high-end enterprise x86 server, is now certified for operating the SAP HANA platform up to 16TB. The modular and ultra-flexible architecture helps simplify operations and improve business productivity and IT efficiency. Clients can easily upscale and personalize their in-memory needs over time with this scalable server that can handle up to 16 TeraBytes (TB) of memory. Today, Atos is one of only two players worldwide delivering a certified platform over 8TB. Read further...
NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang earlier this year delivered the NVIDIA DGX-1 AI supercomputer in a box to the University of California, Berkeley's Berkeley AI Research Lab (BAIR). BAIR's over two dozen faculty and more than 100 graduate students are at the cutting edge of multi-modal deep learning, human-compatible AI and connecting AI with other scientific disciplines and the humanities. Read further...
The new tender for the SURFnet8 service layer was published on 1 December. SURFnet is looking for a partner that will provide network equipment and software for the SURFnet network service layer. Suppliers can respond to the tender until 31 January 2017. Read further...
Graphene is an ideal material for optical communications systems. A new, waveguide-integrated photodetector from AMO, Germany sets a record high bandwidth for ultrafast, high data rate graphene devices. Read further...

Applications

While the Arctic faces rapid warming and less sea ice currently covers the Arctic Ocean than ever before at this time of the year, an international partnership launches a major project to improve our detailed understanding of the processes and impacts of this changing climate and to construct better long-term forecast systems for the increasingly extreme weather of the Arctic and the wider northern hemisphere. Read further...
The Netherlands eScience Center has initiated eight new projects in the areas of Environment & Sustainability, Life Sciences & eHealth, Humanities & Social Sciences, Physics & Beyond and Disruptive Computer & Data Science. Read further...
University of Wyoming (UW) faculty members who are interested in using the National Center for Atmospheric Science (NCAR)-Wyoming Supercomputing Center (NWSC) in Cheyenne for their computational research have until December 23, to submit an application to request a large core-hour allocation on Cheyenne, the newly installed supercomputer at the NWSC. Read further...
Patients with the same illness often receive the same treatment, even if the cause of the illness is different for each person. Six Dutch universities are combining forces to chart the different disease processes for a range of common conditions. This represents a new step towards ultimately being able to offer every patient more personalised treatment. The results of this study have been published in two articles in the authoritative scientific journalNature Genetics. Read further...
Up until now, atmospheric models and hydrodynamic models have remained separate to a large extent in the Great Lakes region, with only a few attempts to loosely couple them. In a new study, published online in theJournal of Climate, an integrated model brings together climate and water models. Read further...
Rapid advances in computing constantly translate into new technologies in our everyday lives. The same is true for high-energy physics. The field has always been an early adopter of new technologies, applying them in ever more complex experiments that study fine details of nature's most fundamental processes. Read further...
A computer programme is diving deep into water quality data from Pennsylvania, helping scientists detect potential environmental impacts of Marcellus Shale gas drilling. Read further...

The Cloud

Amazon Web Services Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company, has launched the AWS Canada (Central) Region. With this launch, AWS now provides 40 Availability Zones across 15 technology infrastructure regions globally, with another seven Availability Zones and three regions in the UK, France, and China expected to come online in the coming months. Tens of thousands of Canadian customers are using other AWS Regions and starting today, developers, start-ups, and enterprises, as well as government, education, and non-profit organisations can leverage the AWS Cloud to run their applications and store their data on infrastructure in Canada. Developers can sign-up and get started today at http://aws.amazon.com. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2016-12-12

Crowd computing

New TN-Grid platform is hosting gene@home ...

Quantum computing

Further improvement of qubit lifetime for quantum computers ...

Focus on Europe

Cray works with Microsoft and CSCS to reach new performance milestone for deep learning at scale ...

PHENOMEN project to lay the foundations for a new age of information processing ...

Research into the theoretical bases of future wireless communications ...

Mont-Blanc project Event ARM: On the road to HPC ...

Middleware

Allinea webinar targets I/O optimization ...

Hardware

Mellanox's EDR 100Gb/s InfiniBand accelerates the largest National Institute of Health supercomputer ...

Mellanox announces record breaking performance enabling stateful packet processing at 400Gb/s with the NPS-400 network processor ...

Atos achieves SAP HANA certification for its bullion server operating up to 16TB of data ...

NVIDIA delivers AI supercomputer to Berkeley ...

New tender for the SURFnet8 service layer published ...

High performance graphene photodetectors set speed record ...

Applications

Scientists take 'blue-action' to help society cope with the impacts of Arctic climate changes ...

Eight new eScience projects to start in 2017 ...

University of Wyoming Faculty supercomputer use deadline is December 23, 2016 ...

Collaborating on Big Data to unravel disease processes ...

Weather the storm: Improving Great Lakes modelling ...

What to do with the data? ...

Big Data approach to water quality applied at shale drilling sites ...

The Cloud

Amazon Web Services Cloud now available to customers from data centres in Canada ...