Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2017-01-02

Crowd computing

The Third International Conference on BOINC-based High-performance computing: Fundamental and Applied Science for Technology - BOINC:FAST'2017 - will be held August 28 - September 1, 2017, in Petrozavodsk, Russia. The deadline for paper submission is April 3, 2017. Read further...

Quantum computing

On 28 November Yfke Dulek from the University of Amsterdam has received the Ngi-NGN master thesis Information prize for Informatics & Computer Science consisting of 5000 euro, at the Koninklijke Hollandsche Maatschappij der Wetenschappen in Haarlem. Her thesis Quantum homomorphic encryption for polynomial-sized circuits is about a special encryption method she developed during her MSc project. With this method, third parties can perform computations on encrypted quantum data without decoding. Read further...

Focus on Europe

Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) has worked with Cobham Gaisler to develop Leopard, a 4-core Leon-based processor that is suitable for measurement-based timing analysis. Leopard is especially suited for the space domain, where Leon processors are widely used, and its capabilities have been satisfactorily evaluated with use cases from the European Space Agency and Airbus Defence and Space. Leopard has been developed within the PROXIMA project. Read further...
Air pollution is a trending topic in big cities and also in Spain. During the last week of 2016, cities such as Madrid and Barcelona suffered of intense air pollution episodes due to the high levels of NO2 in the air, surpassing sometimes the limits recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO). Read further...

Middleware

Atos, through its technology brand Bull, marks its debut in Switzerland by installing the bullion S servers of the new enterprise resource planning (ERP) system on the basis of SAP HANA at its client OPO Oeschger. OPO Oeschger AG is a Swiss SME that specializes in selling fittings, tools and machines for furniture, doors and buildings to tradesmen and public works companies. Read further...

Hardware

Researchers at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have made another important breakthrough in the field of future magnetic storage devices. Already in March 2016, the international team investigated structures, which could serve as magnetic shift register or racetrack memory devices. This type of storage promises low access times, high information density, and low energy consumption. Now, the research team achieved the billion-fold reproducible motion of special magnetic textures, so-called skyrmions, between different positions, which is exactly the process needed in magnetic shift registers thereby taking a critical step towards the application of skyrmions in devices. The work was published in the research journalNature Physics. Read further...
Worldwide factory revenue for the high performance computing (HPC) technical server market grew by 3.9% to $2.8 billion in the third quarter of 2016 (3Q16), compared with $2.7 billion in the prior-year third quarter. Revenue for the first three quarters of 2016 totaled $8.1 billion, up 3.4% from the $7.8 billion total for the same period last year, according to new data from International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide High-Performance Technical Server QView. Read further...
If you want to figure out how to get the most out of a brand new supercomputer, try crowdsourcing. That's the idea behind the Intel Xeon Phi User's Group (IXPUG), the user group for the new Intel Xeon Phi "manycore" processor that is the heart of the new Theta machine recently installed at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory as a stepping-stone to its next-generation supercomputer, Aurora. Read further...

Applications

A team of researchers from the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) in Newark, New Jersey in collaboration with their colleagues from the University of Oklahoma (OU) in Norman, Oklahoma have demonstrated a novel image-based simulation approach consisting of Bone Tissue Engineering (BTE) experiments, micro-Computed Tomography (mCT) sample scanning, "Virtual Histology" image segmentation, and Lattice Boltzmann Method (LBM) fluid dynamics which results in realistic simulations of BTE scaffolds cultured in flow perfusion bioreactors. Read further...
Rutgers Senior Vice President Christopher Molloy, the founder of the Rutgers Discovery Informatics Institute (RDI2) and researchers from universities statewide were among those to participate in a celebration of Caliburn, Rutgers' new supercomputer, on December 15, 2016, on the university's Busch Campus in Piscataway. Read further...
Atos, an international expert in digital services, again belongs to the leading companies for SAP HANA services in the German market. This is the result of the latest edition of the SAP HANA Vendor Benchmark 2017 of Experton Group, part of the Information Services Group (ISG), and West Trax. Read further...
Searching for recurring patterns in network systems has become a fundamental part of research and discovery in fields as diverse as biology and social media. KAUST researchers have developed a pattern or graph-mining framework that promises to significantly speed up searches on massive network data sets. Read further...
Artificial intelligence (AI) is learning - from the real world. Nine months ago, a computer beat one of the world's best players at one of the world's oldest games, Go. That was the start of a new era, the era of new IT: Intelligent Technology, according to Fei-Yue Wang, a professor at the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Read further...
Washington State University (WSU) archaeologists are at the helm of new research using sophisticated computer technology to learn how past societies responded to climate change. Their work, which links ancient climate and archaeological data, could help modern communities identify new crops and other adaptive strategies when threatened by drought, extreme weather and other environmental challenges. Read further...
Qure.ai, a health care AI subsidiary of Fractal Analytics, has won the Social Innovation Award at the Nvidia Emerging Companies Summit, India. Read further...