Primeur weekly 2016-12-19

Crowd computing

Quake-detection app captured nearly 400 temblors worldwide ...

Quantum computing

Microsoft intensifies quantum cooperation with QuTech ...

Fast track control accelerates switching of quantum bits ...

Two electrons go on a quantum walk and end up in a qudit ...

Researchers discovered elusive half-quantum vortices in a superfluid ...

Focus on Europe

New e-IRGSP5 support project held its kick-off meeting in Barcelona ...

European Commission to organize eInfrastructure Proposers' Day on January 19, 2017 ...

ARM extends HPC offering with acquisition of software tools provider Allinea Software ...

Martin Kersten appointed ACM Fellow ...

PRACE Preparatory Access Type D expected for early 2017 ...

PRACE SHAPE 4th Call awards 4 new innovative European SME projects ...

Middleware

DDN collaborates with Synergy Solutions Management to offer video surveillance and HPC design, test and training at new Innovations Lab ...

GridGain Professional Edition 1.8 adds in-memory SQL Grid to industry-leading in-memory computing platform ...

Technique shrinks data sets for easier analysis ...

Hardware

Intersect360 Research to launch 9th Annual HPC Budget Map survey ...

DDN named a global leader in object storage by IDC ...

Mellanox 25G/100G Ethernet solutions enables Artificial Intelligence Speech Recognition Technology at iFLYTEK ...

Applications

BMW Group to start research with IBM Watson ...

Fincantieri selects IBM Cloud to meet growing international demand for more efficient shipbuilding ...

Better ranking for Big Data using seriation solution ...

Eye-popping view of CO2, critical step for carbon-cycle science ...

Supercomputer simulation reveals 2D glass can go infinitely soft ...

Extraordinary animation reveals ocean's role in El Niños ...

Pitt engineers receive $500,000 award from NASA to advance additive manufacturing ...

Rice and Baylor team sets new mark for 'deep learning' ...

Method enables machine learning from unwieldy data sets ...

Barrow identifies new genes responsible for ALS using IMB Watson Health ...

Global brain initiatives generate tsunami of neuroscience data ...

The Cloud

Q2 SaaS and PaaS Cloud revenues for Oralce up 81%, and up 89% in non-GAAP constant currency ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2016-12-19

Crowd computing

The University of California, Berkeley's worldwide network of smartphone earthquake detectors has recorded nearly 400 earthquakes since the MyShake app was made available for download in February, with one of the most active areas of the world the fracking fields of Oklahoma. Read further...

Quantum computing

Microsoft is doubling its investment in quantum research. It is already an important private partner of QuTech - a collaboration between TU Delft and TNO - and will be extending its cooperation with the Delft quantum institute. In addition to this, Microsoft is to set up its own lab on the campus at TU Delft. The lab will be led by Professor Leo Kouwenhoven, who has been hired by Microsoft for this position. He will remain a professor at TU Delft and continue to supervise PhD candidates and students. The position of director of research at QuTech will be filled (ad interim) by Professor Ronald Hanson. Read further...
From laptops to cellphones, today's technology advances through the ever-increasing speed at which electric charges are directed through circuits. Similarly, speeding up control over quantum states in atomic and nanoscale systems could lead to leaps for the emerging field of quantum technology. Read further...
Scientists from the Institute of Physics and Technology of the Russian Academy of Sciences and MIPT have let two electrons loose in a system of quantum dots to create a quantum computer memory cell of a higher dimension than a qubit - a quantum bit. In their study published in Scientific Reports , the researchers demonstrate for the first time how quantum walks of several electrons can help to implement quantum computation. Read further...
Researchers in Aalto University, Finland, and P.L. Kapitza Institute in Moscow have discovered half-quantum vortices in superfluid helium. This vortex is a topological defect, exhibited in superfluids and superconductors, which carries a fixed amount of circulating current. Read further...

Focus on Europe

On December 1, 2016 the new e-IRGSP5 project, the follow-up project of e-IRGSP4, was launched to continue the support for the e-Infrastructure Reflection Group (e-IRG). The nine partners in the project consortium held their kick-off meeting December 12-13, 2016. The meeting was hosted by the Barcelona Supercomputing Center, one of the e-IRGSP5 partners. The e-IRGSP5 project will run for 24 months and is coordinated by Leibniz Universität Hannover (LUH) in Germany. Read further...
The European Commission is organizing an eInfrastructure Proposers' Day, taking place in Amsterdam on January 19, 2017 from 09:00 to 18:00 at the Infinity facilities, Amstelveenseweg 500, 1081 KL Amsterdam, The Netherlands. The objective of the event is to allow the consortia currently preparing proposals for EINFRA-12-2017 to present their concepts and get additional input from potential partners. Read further...
ARM has acquired Allinea Software, an industry expert in development and performance analysis tools that maximize the efficiency of software for high performance computing (HPC) systems. Currently, 80 percent of the world's top 25 supercomputers use Allinea's tools, with key customers including the US Department of Energy, NASA, a range of supercomputing national labs and universities, and private companies using HPC systems for their own scientific computation. Read further...
CWI fellow Martin Kersten has been appointed as one of the 2016 fellows of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM). Martin Kersten was specifically selected for his work on the design and implementation of column store and main memory database systems. The award is a great scientific honour, as only 2 Dutch computer scientists - Edsger Dijkstra and Andrew Tanenbaum - have received this symbol of excellence prior to Martin Kersten. The predecessors of Martin Kersten also worked at CWI. Read further...
The objective of PRACE Preparatory Access is to allow PRACE users to optimise, scale and test codes on PRACE systems. Preparatory Access (PA) Type D offers users to start the optimisation work on a PRACE Tier-1 system to finally reach PRACE Tier-0 system scalability. Read further...
PRACE aisbl opened the fourth SHAPE call for proposals between 22 June and 9 September 2016. The Selection Committee, made up of representatives of the PRACE Industrial Advisory Committee (IAC), the PRACE Board of Directors (BoD) and the PRACE IP Project, reviewed all applications and awarded four innovative projects submitted by European SMEs for access to PRACE systems. Read further...

Middleware

DataDirect Networks (DDN) has partnered with Synergy Solutions Management to offer organisations access to a first-of-its-kind facility in North America where users can plan, design and test video surveillance and high performance computing (HPC) solutions and conduct training. The Synergy Innovations Lab, located near Vancouver, Canada, provides a fully-equipped testing lab that allows users to evaluate solutions within a mixed workload environment. Read further...
GridGain Systems, provider of enterprise-grade in-memory computing solutions based on Apache Ignite, has made available GridGain Professional Edition 1.8, a fully supported version of Apache Ignite 1.8. GridGain Professional Edition 1.8 includes an In-Memory SQL Grid, which extends the platform by providing in-memory distributed database capabilities. The In-Memory SQL Grid will help users dramatically speed up and scale out their SQL applications with minimal or no code changes. Users are now able to query data in GridGain using SQL through ODBC/JDBC and also modify the data using DML statements with no custom coding required. Enhanced geospatial functionality is also included. The In-Memory SQL Grid will make the GridGain in-memory computing platform easier to integrate and enable more functionality for a wide variety of use cases including web-scale applications and the Internet of Things (IoT). GridGain Professional Edition 1.8 also includes Redis protocol support and support for .NET Entity Framework 2nd-Level Cache and ASP.NET Session Caching. Read further...
One way to handle Big Data is to shrink it. If you can identify a small subset of your data set that preserves its salient mathematical relationships, you may be able to perform useful analyses on it that would be prohibitively time consuming on the full set. Read further...

Hardware

Intersect360 Research is conducting its ninth annual HPC Budget Map survey. The objective of this survey is to identify how HPC budgets are distributed on a percentage basis, among and within categories such as hardware, software, facilities, staff, and services. Your input will provide the industry with insights on the HPC market. Read further...
IDC has once again recognized DataDirect Networks (DDN) as a leader in object storage in its "IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Object-Based Storage 2016 Vendor Assessment". This marks the fourth year that DDN has been ranked as a leader in object storage by the IDC MarketScape report, reflecting DDN's flexible, diversified product portfolio and unrivaled leadership in object storage at scale. Read further...
One of China's leading intelligent speech and language technologies' companies, iFLYTEK, has chosen Mellanox's end-to-end 25G and 100G Ethernet solutions based on ConnectX adapters and Spectrum switches for their next generation machine learning centre. The partnership between Mellanox and iFLYTEK will enable iFLYTEK to achieve a high speech recognition rate of 97 percent. Read further...

Applications

IBM has signed a new collaboration with the BMW Group, through which the companies will work together to explore the role of Watson cognitive computing in personalizing the driving experience and creating more intuitive driver support systems for cars of the future. Read further...
Fincantieri, one of the world's largest shipbuilding groups and number one by diversification and innovation is adopting a hybrid Cloud solution from IBM to improve the efficiency of designing, building and deploying new vessels in response to the growing global demand for shipbuilding. Read further...
The recent availability of large data sets leads to the challenge of identifying patterns and structures in them. These patterns can be deployed to improve the user experience, like finding better rankings for "the best hotels that are still available in the Christmas holiday near the city centre of Rome". Researcher Matteo Seminaroti from Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) in Amsterdam developed methods to improve sorting and ranking methods by using combinatorial optimization techniques for so-called seriation problems. He defended his PhD thesis, entitled "Combinatorial Algorithms for the Seriation Problem" on 2 December 2016 at Tilburg University. His research can be used for better and faster ranking Big Data in machine learning and data analysis. Read further...
A new NASA supercomputer project builds on the agency's satellite measurements of carbon dioxide and combines them with a sophisticated Earth system model to provide one of the most realistic views yet of how this critical greenhouse gas moves through the atmosphere. Read further...
Scientists in Japan have revealed that if a glassy solid possesses a planar (sheet-like) structure, it can exhibit enhanced thermal vibration motion due to the same mechanism known for the planar crystals - two-dimensional crystals, by using large-scale simulations on supercomputers. Read further...
Australian researchers from the National Computational Infrastructure (NCI) and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science have produced a remarkable high-resolution animation of the largest El Niño ever recorded. Read further...
Additive manufacturing researchers at the University of Pittsburgh's Swanson School of Engineering and simulation software company ANSYS Inc. are among 13 university-led proposals to capture an Early Stage Innovations grant from NASA's Space Technology Research Grants Programme. Read further...
Neuroscience and artificial intelligence experts from Rice University and Baylor College of Medicine have taken inspiration from the human brain in creating a new "deep learning" method that enables computers to learn about the visual world largely on their own, much as human babies do. Read further...
When data sets get too big, sometimes the only way to do anything useful with them is to extract much smaller subsets and analyze those instead. Read further...
Barrow Neurological Institute and IBM Watson Health have issued results of a revolutionary study that has identified new genes linked to Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. The discovery gives ALS researchers new insights that will pave the way for the development of new drug targets and therapies to combat one of the world's most devastating and deadly diseases. Read further...
Three years ago the White House launched the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative to accelerate the development and application of novel technologies that will give us a better understanding about how brains work. Read further...

The Cloud

Oracle Corporation has issued fiscal 2017 Q2 results. Total Revenues were $9.0 billion, flat in U.S. dollars and up 1% in constant currency. Non-GAAP Total Revenues were $9.1 billion, up 1% in U.S. dollars and up 2% in constant currency. Cloud software as a service (SaaS) and platform as a service (PaaS) revenues were $878 million, up 81% in U.S. dollars and up 83% in constant currency. Non-GAAP SaaS and PaaS revenues were $912 million, up 87% in U.S. dollars and up 89% in constant currency. Total Cloud Revenues, including infrastructure as a service (IaaS), were $1.1 billion, up 62% in U.S. dollars and up 64% in constant currency. Cloud plus On-Premise Software Revenues were $7.2 billion, up 2% in U.S. dollars and up 3% in constant currency. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2016-12-19

Crowd computing

Quake-detection app captured nearly 400 temblors worldwide ...

Quantum computing

Microsoft intensifies quantum cooperation with QuTech ...

Fast track control accelerates switching of quantum bits ...

Two electrons go on a quantum walk and end up in a qudit ...

Researchers discovered elusive half-quantum vortices in a superfluid ...

Focus on Europe

New e-IRGSP5 support project held its kick-off meeting in Barcelona ...

European Commission to organize eInfrastructure Proposers' Day on January 19, 2017 ...

ARM extends HPC offering with acquisition of software tools provider Allinea Software ...

Martin Kersten appointed ACM Fellow ...

PRACE Preparatory Access Type D expected for early 2017 ...

PRACE SHAPE 4th Call awards 4 new innovative European SME projects ...

Middleware

DDN collaborates with Synergy Solutions Management to offer video surveillance and HPC design, test and training at new Innovations Lab ...

GridGain Professional Edition 1.8 adds in-memory SQL Grid to industry-leading in-memory computing platform ...

Technique shrinks data sets for easier analysis ...

Hardware

Intersect360 Research to launch 9th Annual HPC Budget Map survey ...

DDN named a global leader in object storage by IDC ...

Mellanox 25G/100G Ethernet solutions enables Artificial Intelligence Speech Recognition Technology at iFLYTEK ...

Applications

BMW Group to start research with IBM Watson ...

Fincantieri selects IBM Cloud to meet growing international demand for more efficient shipbuilding ...

Better ranking for Big Data using seriation solution ...

Eye-popping view of CO2, critical step for carbon-cycle science ...

Supercomputer simulation reveals 2D glass can go infinitely soft ...

Extraordinary animation reveals ocean's role in El Niños ...

Pitt engineers receive $500,000 award from NASA to advance additive manufacturing ...

Rice and Baylor team sets new mark for 'deep learning' ...

Method enables machine learning from unwieldy data sets ...

Barrow identifies new genes responsible for ALS using IMB Watson Health ...

Global brain initiatives generate tsunami of neuroscience data ...

The Cloud

Q2 SaaS and PaaS Cloud revenues for Oralce up 81%, and up 89% in non-GAAP constant currency ...