Primeur weekly 2017-01-09

Focus

Erik Fledderus highlights importance of ongoing dialogue and role of national nodes in realising e-IRG Roadmap 2016 vision ...

Quantum computing

Quantum simulation technique yields topological soliton state in SSH model ...

Focus on Europe

39th ORAP Forum on Global Emergent and Future HPC Architectures, I/O and Storage to be held March 28, 2017 ...

Random access memory on a low energy diet ...

Middleware

Bright Computing rolls out tiered partner programme for resellers in EMEA and APAC ...

Delft University of Technology acquires a source licence of the CoSy compiler development system for advanced research ...

Hardware

Penguin Computing announces Scyld ClusterWare 7 for large clusters ...

Eurocom upgrades Mobile Supercomputer laptops with Kaby Lake desktop processors up to Intel Core i7 7700K ...

Applications

NVIDIA and AUDI partner to put world's most advanced AI car on road by 2020 ...

Transportation supplier ZF and NVIDIA announce AI-based self-driving system for cars, trucks, and commercial vehicles ...

BMW Group, Intel and Mobileye will have autonomous test vehicles on the roads by the second half of 2017 ...

Panasonic Automotive and IBM partner to develop cognitive vehicle infotainment system with Watson ...

Panasonic and IBM join forces to develop cognitive personal concierge solutions with Watson ...

Vanderbilt School of Engineering offers new master of cyber-physical systems degree ...

Supercomputer simulations helping to improve wind predictions ...

Asian scientist launches Asia's first supercomputing magazine ...

Open-source plant database confirms top US bioenergy crop ...

The BGRF joins Diversity.AI to prevent age discrimination in aging biomarker development ...

Artificial intelligence seen as a key technology to enable better balancing of UK's energy market ...

IBM and Illumina partner to standardize genomic data interpretation ...

The Cloud

Atos to acquire Engage ESM ...

HERE and NVIDIA partner on AI technology for HD mapping from Cloud to car ...

NVIDIA and ZENRIN collaborate on AI-powered HD mapping for Japan ...

Intel to acquire 15 percent ownership of HERE ...

Philips highlights Cloud-based innovations at the forefront of digital health during CES ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2017-01-09

Focus

After the recent e-IRG Workshop, held in Bratislava, Slovak Republic,Primeur Magazinehad the opportunity to speak with Erik Fledderus, Chair of the working group responsible for the new edition of the e-IRG Roadmap. Erik Fledderus explained that the Roadmap 2016 basically shows the way forward for e-Infrastructure providers. It formulates advice to the key stakeholders - the operators themselves of course - but also the Member States, the scientific communities, and the European Commission. They are all part of this road ahead where the European Open Science Cloud is clearly part of the game but also the long tail of science: the daily struggle of users of where to go with their data. All these things are in the background and should be addressed on a level that might not be directly applicable for an individual researcher but in the end should make his or her life better and simpler. Read further...

Quantum computing

Topological insulators, an exciting, relatively new class of materials, are capable of carrying electricity along the edge of the surface, while the bulk of the material acts as an electrical insulator. Practical applications for these materials are still mostly a matter of theory, as scientists probe their microscopic properties to better understand the fundamental physics that govern their peculiar behaviour. Read further...

Focus on Europe

The 39th ORAP Forum on Global Emergent and Future HPC Architectures, I/O and Storage will be organized on March 28, 2017 at CNRS, rue Michel-Ange, in Paris, France. Read further...
Memory chips are among the most basic components in computers. The random access memory is where processors temporarily store their data, which is a crucial function. Researchers from Dresden and Basel have now managed to lay the foundation for a new memory chip concept. It has the potential to use considerably less energy than the chips produced to date - this is important not only for mobile applications but also for Big Data computing centres. Read further...

Middleware

Bright Computing, a global expert in cluster and Cloud infrastructure automation software, has launched a tiered partner programme for value added reseller partners in Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Asia Pacific. Read further...
Delft University of Technology (TUDelft) acquires a source license of the CoSy compiler development system for advanced research from ACE Associated Computer Experts bv (ACE). Read further...

Hardware

Penguin Computing, provider of high performance computing, enterprise data centre and Cloud solutions, has launched a new version of its Scyld ClusterWare high performance computing cluster management solution with enhanced functionality for support of large scale clusters. Read further...
Eurocom is upgrading the line of high-performance Mobile Supercomputer laptops with Intel Kaby Lake Desktop class processors. The EUROCOM Sky X9E2, X7E2, X4E2 and Tornado F5 Mobile Supercomputers will all receive the Intel Kaby lake Intel Core i7 desktop class processor upgrade. Read further...

Applications

NVIDIA and Audi have shifted their decade-long partnership into high gear, announcing that they are collaborating to put advanced AI cars on the road starting in 2020. Speaking at the opening keynote at CES, NVIDIA founder and CEO Jen-Hsun Huang, joined on stage by Audi of America President Scott Keogh, said future Audi car models will use deep learning to tackle the complexities of driving. Read further...
ZF, one of the industry's largest automotive suppliers and top supplier to Europe's trucking industry, has launched the ZF ProAI self-driving system, based on the NVIDIA DRIVE PX 2 AI car computer, for cars, trucks and other commercial vehicles for factories, agriculture and mining. Read further...
BMW Group, Intel and Mobileye have announced that a fleet of approximately 40 autonomous BMW vehicles will be on the roads by the second half of 2017, demonstrating the significant advancements made by the three companies towards fully autonomous driving. Revealing this at a podium discussion held at CES, the companies further explained that the BMW 7 Series will employ cutting-edge Intel and Mobileye technologies during global trials starting in the U.S. and Europe. Read further...
Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America has introduced the Panasonic Cognitive Infotainment platform designed to provide OEMs and fleet providers a set of cognitive vehicle solutions combining Panasonic's market leading infotainment expertise with IBM's Watson and Cloud technologies. Read further...
Panasonic and IBM have announced their work together on a digital concierge service to enhance consumer experiences and expectations while traveling. The empowered consumer expects a seamless, easy and personalized travel experience. A hotel's digital capabilities and amenities can impact a traveler's decision about where they book a stay. Today, Panasonic and IBM are introducing a creative and immersive experience that not only benefits the consumer, but also allows hotels to upgrade traveler experiences in the very competitive hospitality market. Read further...
A new master's degree from the Vanderbilt University School of Engineering is designed to prepare students to meet the dramatic rise in workforce needs in such high-profile fields as the Internet of Things - the advanced connectivity of devices and systems - the security of cyber domains, the smart grid and defense. The new Cyber-Physical Systems professional master's degree programme is scheduled to begin classes in August 2017. The 12-month, 30-hour interdisciplinary programme aims to put graduates on a fast career path in companies of all sizes and in a variety of industries related to IoT that are critical to U.S. innovation and competitiveness. Read further...
A research team led by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is performing simulations at the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF), a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science User Facility, to develop numerical weather prediction models that can provide more accurate wind forecasts in regions with complex terrain. The team, funded by DOE in support of its Wind Forecast Improvement Project II (WFIP 2), is testing and validating the computational models with data being collected from a network of environmental sensors in the Columbia River Gorge region. Read further...
Singapore-based publisher Asian Scientist Publishing Pte Ltd. has launchedSupercomputing Asia, a new print title dedicated to tracking the latest developments in high performance computing across the region and making supercomputing accessible to the layman. The debut issue features exclusive interviews with Professor Jack Dongarra, compiler of the TOP500 supercomputer ranking, Associate Professor Fu Haohuan, deputy director of the National Supercomputing Center Wuxi, supercomputing pioneer Professor Gordon Bell, and green supercomputing expert Professor Satoshi Matsuoka. Read further...
Scientists have confirmed that Miscanthus, long speculated to be the top biofuel producer, yields more than twice as much as switchgrass in the US using an open-source bioenergy crop database gaining traction in plant science, climate change, and ecology research. Read further...
Earlier this year scientists at the Biogerontology Research Foundation contributed to the development of Aging.AI, which utilized an ensemble of deep neural networks trained on the basic features from blood tests of reasonably healthy patients of Central and Eastern European origin. The results of the study were published in the journalAgingand are available on the Pubmed Commons system. Read further...
Upside Energy and Heriot-Watt University have been awarded a Knowledge Transfer Partnership grant by Innovate UK to maximize the opportunities presented by the emerging energy demand response market. Read further...
IBM Watson Health and Illumina Inc. have signed a groundbreaking partnership to expand access to genome data interpretation by integrating Watson for Genomics into Illumina's BaseSpace Sequence Hub and tumour sequencing process. The collaboration is designed to help standardize and simplify genomic data interpretation. Read further...

The Cloud

Atos, a global expert in digital services, has acquired Engage ESM, a provider in the enterprise-service management sector and a ServiceNow Gold Services Partner. This acquisition will enable Atos to offer enterprise and emerging customers an enhanced portfolio of Cloud-based service-management solutions and further solidifies the position of Atos as Europe's number one brand in IT and digital services. Atos is a ServiceNow Gold Sales Partner. Read further...
With their sights set on a driverless future, HERE and NVIDIA have extended their collaboration to develop HERE HD Live Map into the industry-leading real-time, high-definition mapping solution for autonomous vehicles. Read further...
NVIDIA is collaborating with ZENRIN, one of Japan's major mapping companies, to develop a Cloud-to-car HD map solution for self-driving cars. Read further...
Intel has agreed to purchase a 15 percent ownership stake in HERE, a global provider of digital maps and location-based services, from HERE's current indirect shareholders: AUDI AG, BMW AG and Daimler AG. Read further...
Philips is showcasing innovative connected health products and solutions that empower consumers to become ever-more engaged in their health. Leveraging Philips' expertise in the consumer and professional health care domains, and the advanced analytics and computing power of the company's secure HealthSuite Cloud platform, these new connected digital health products and services further illustrate Philips' commitment to delivering meaningful innovations for every stage of life - from birth to healthy living and healthy aging. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2017-01-09

Focus

Erik Fledderus highlights importance of ongoing dialogue and role of national nodes in realising e-IRG Roadmap 2016 vision ...

Quantum computing

Quantum simulation technique yields topological soliton state in SSH model ...

Focus on Europe

39th ORAP Forum on Global Emergent and Future HPC Architectures, I/O and Storage to be held March 28, 2017 ...

Random access memory on a low energy diet ...

Middleware

Bright Computing rolls out tiered partner programme for resellers in EMEA and APAC ...

Delft University of Technology acquires a source licence of the CoSy compiler development system for advanced research ...

Hardware

Penguin Computing announces Scyld ClusterWare 7 for large clusters ...

Eurocom upgrades Mobile Supercomputer laptops with Kaby Lake desktop processors up to Intel Core i7 7700K ...

Applications

NVIDIA and AUDI partner to put world's most advanced AI car on road by 2020 ...

Transportation supplier ZF and NVIDIA announce AI-based self-driving system for cars, trucks, and commercial vehicles ...

BMW Group, Intel and Mobileye will have autonomous test vehicles on the roads by the second half of 2017 ...

Panasonic Automotive and IBM partner to develop cognitive vehicle infotainment system with Watson ...

Panasonic and IBM join forces to develop cognitive personal concierge solutions with Watson ...

Vanderbilt School of Engineering offers new master of cyber-physical systems degree ...

Supercomputer simulations helping to improve wind predictions ...

Asian scientist launches Asia's first supercomputing magazine ...

Open-source plant database confirms top US bioenergy crop ...

The BGRF joins Diversity.AI to prevent age discrimination in aging biomarker development ...

Artificial intelligence seen as a key technology to enable better balancing of UK's energy market ...

IBM and Illumina partner to standardize genomic data interpretation ...

The Cloud

Atos to acquire Engage ESM ...

HERE and NVIDIA partner on AI technology for HD mapping from Cloud to car ...

NVIDIA and ZENRIN collaborate on AI-powered HD mapping for Japan ...

Intel to acquire 15 percent ownership of HERE ...

Philips highlights Cloud-based innovations at the forefront of digital health during CES ...