Primeur weekly 2017-01-16

Focus

e-IRG to publish Roadmap 2016 as a next step towards the e-Infrastructure Commons ...

Former and new e-IRG Chair to discuss need to intensify collaborations with Research Data Alliance, ESFRI and European Commission ...

Exascale supercomputing

Mont-Blanc project selects Cavium's ThunderX2 processor for its new ARM-based HPC platform ...

Quantum computing

D-Wave initiates open quantum software environment ...

"Weak Measurement" with strong results ...

Focus on Europe

The Pirbright Institute chooses an Atos supercomputer to help fight viral diseases of animals and people ...

Atos coordinates the European inteGRIDy project that will pilot a new energy framework across 8 countries ...

Hungary becomes ELIXIR Member ...

First milestone in European HPC strategy achieved ...

European Commision to organize Info Session on ICT-41-2017: Next Generation Internet ...

Middleware

Research data zone to improve collaboration in data-intensive research ...

Hardware

Cray appoints Stathis Papaefstathiou to Senior Vice President of Research and Development ...

Cray announces selected preliminary 2016 financial results ...

Mellanox Ethernet solutions selected to accelerate Baidu's Machine Learning platforms ...

IBM delivers new all-flash storage for cognitive workloads ...

Bridges supercomputer completed: upgrade of PSC's Big Data system now in production ...

UK procurement for Servers, Storage and Solutions including HPC - final lots awarded ...

Science DMZ is focus of latest library of network training videos aimed at global audience ...

Taking graphics cards beyond gaming ...

Applications

IBM Watson Health announces collaboration to study the use of blockchain technology for secure exchange of health care data ...

Collaborating on Big Data to unravel disease processes ...

Astronomers pinpoint radio flashes from long-long ago in a galaxy far-far away ...

Physicists awarded funding to enhance our understanding of the universe ...

Upping the Ante: top poker pros face off vs. Artificial Intelligence ...

University of North Texas researchers use TACC supercomputers to create first all-atom simulation of genome editing in action ...

IUPUI study: Training computers to differentiate between people with the same name ...

ELFI: Engine for Likelihood-Free Inference facilitates more effective simulation ...

The Cloud

451 Research: Application containers will be a $2.7 billion market by 2020 ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2017-01-16

Focus

The e-Infrastructure Reflection Group (e-IRG) has published a new version of its Roadmap document. The e-IRG Roadmap 2016 is taking up the e-Infrastructure Commons concept. The document intends to define a clear route on how to evolve the European e-Infrastructure system further. The new Roadmap edition aims to turn the vision of the e-Infrastructure Commons into reality by 2020, and has recommendations to all stakeholders to progress on the way towards the e-Infrastructure Commons. Read further...
After the recent e-IRG Workshop, held in Bratislava, Slovak Republic,Primeur Magazinehad the opportunity to speak with the former e-IRG Chair Sverker Holmgren and the new e-IRG Chair as of January 2017, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Gabriele von Voigt about the results of the e-IRG Workshop. Read further...

Exascale supercomputing

The Mont-Blanc European project has selected Cavium's ThunderX2 ARM server processor to power its new High Performance Computing (HPC) prototype. The ambition of the Mont-Blanc project is to define the architecture of an Exascale-class compute node based on the ARM architecture, and capable of being manufactured at industrial scale. The project takes a holistic approach, encompassing not just hardware, but also operating system and tools, and applications. The new platform will therefore be a key asset to all Mont-Blanc partners, to assess options for maximum compute efficiency, to further develop the software ecosystem for ARM HPC platforms, and to implement life-size tests. Read further...

Quantum computing

D-Wave Systems Inc., an expert in the development and delivery of quantum computing systems and software, has released an open-source, quantum software tool as part of its strategic initiative to build and foster a quantum software development ecosystem. The new tool, qbsolv, enables developers to build higher-level tools and applications leveraging the quantum computing power of systems provided by D-Wave, without the need to understand the complex physics of quantum computers. The promise of qbsolv and quantum acceleration is to enable faster solutions to larger and more complex problems. Users given early access to qbsolv have validated its benefits, and started to develop and release new software tools and applications building on it. Read further...
At TU Wien, a new method was developed allowing for quick and precise measurement of quantum states. Read further...

Focus on Europe

High-Performance Computing (HPC) and Big Data technology provided by Atos will speed up the processing of omics information and epidemiological studies at the Pirbright Institute, a world leading centre of research into viral diseases of livestock and those that spread from animals to people (zoonoses). Read further...
Atos, an expert in digital transformation, coordinates the inteGRIDy European project, which seeks to connect innovative services, technologies and emerging mechanisms of intelligent electric networks through the deployment of a scalable and replicable platform. This platform will allow the connection of the current energy network with the different market players, as well as providing improved capabilities for the monitoring of consumption and generation profiles. Read further...
Hungary has become the 21st Member to join ELIXIR, following the signature of the ELIXIR Consortium Agreement by Dr. József Pálinkás, President of the National Research, Development and Innovation Office in Hungary. Read further...
The first coordinated acquisition at European level of world-class innovative High Performance Computing (HPC) solutions will be launched in a few months. Read further...
The European Commission (EC) is organizing a web-based info session on January 25, 2017, that will give an introduction to the new Next Generation Internet Initiative, an overview of the topic and the objectives of the call. The session will only be web-streamed. Read further...

Middleware

The SURF innovation project "Research data zone" has started. The University of Amsterdam/Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (UvA/HvA) and SURF are working together to build a campus network infrastructure that is optimized for the transport of research data. The aim is to generate a blueprint for a research data zone architecture so that researchers are able to collaborate in a better way in data-intensive research. Read further...

Hardware

Cray Inc. has appointed Stathis Papaefstathiou to the position of senior vice president of research and development. Stathis Papaefstathiou will be responsible for leading the software and hardware engineering efforts for all of Cray's research and development projects. Read further...
Cray Inc. has issued selected preliminary 2016 financial results. The 2016 anticipated results are based on preliminary financial data and are subject to change until the year-end financial reporting process is complete. Read further...
Mellanox Technologies Ltd.'s Spectrum Ethernet switches and ConnectX-4 100Gb/s Ethernet adapters have been selected by Baidu, a Chinese language Internet search provider, for Baidu's Machine Learning platforms. The need for higher data speed and most efficient data movement placed Spectrum and RDMA-enabled ConnectX-4 adapters as key components to enable world leading machine learning platforms. With the Mellanox solutions, Baidu was able to demonstrate 200 percent improvement in machine learning training times, resulting in faster decision making. Read further...
IBM has introduced new, all-flash storage solutions designed for midrange and large enterprises, where high availability, continuous up-time, and performance are critical. These are built to provide the speed and reliability needed for workloads ranging from enterprise resource planning (ERP) and financial transactions to cognitive applications like machine learning and natural language processing. The solutions are designed to support cognitive workloads which clients can use to uncover trends and patterns that help improve decision-making, customer service and ROI. Read further...
The Phase 2 Upgrade of the Bridges supercomputer at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC) has been approved by the National Science Foundation (NSF), which funded the project. The approval makes new Bridges hardware, introduced as a technical upgrade, available for research allocations to the national scientific community. Read further...
The final lots of the national Servers, Storage and Solutions Agreement have now been awarded. The agreement, worth an estimated GBP 200 - GBP 600 million in business over the life of the agreement, allows over 150 universities across the UK to purchase server and storage requirements through an EU compliant route. High Performance Computing and/or Data Intensive Computing)has been awardedto Atos IT Services, Clustervision, Dell, Fujitsu, HPE, Huawei, Lenovo and XMA. Read further...
For members of the established research and education (R&E) networking community, attending conferences or sitting in on workshop sessions is the normal way to learn about the latest equipment, architecture, tools and technologies. Read further...
A highly efficient mathematical solver designed to run on graphics processors gives scientists and engineers a powerful new tool for a common computational problem. Read further...

Applications

IBM Watson Health has signed a research initiative with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) aimed at defining a secure, efficient and scalable exchange of health data using blockchain technology. IBM and the FDA will explore the exchange of owner mediated data from several sources, such as Electronic Medical Records, clinical trials, genomic data, and health data from mobile devices, wearables and the "Internet of Things". The initial focus will be on oncology-related data. 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. SURF contributed to the study by supplying lightpaths, compute expertise and e-infrastructure. Read further...
Astronomers - among them scientists from ASTRON, University of Amsterdam, Leiden University and JIVE in the Netherlands - have for the first time pinpointed the location of a so-called 'fast radio burst- - a type of short-duration radio flash of enigmatic origin - and have used this to identify its host galaxy. The team presented their findings at the American Astronomical Society's winter meeting in Grapevine, Texas. The results appear inNatureand theAstrophysical Journal Letters. Read further...
Theoretical physicists from the University of Plymouth have been awarded funding to enhance our understanding of the world and the universe that surrounds us. The researchers, led by Dr. Antonio Rago, have been awarded a Consolidated Grant from the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC). It will enable them to build on existing work exploring phenomena within and Beyond the Standard Model, the theory that describes all the elementary particle interactions. Read further...
Four of the world's best professional poker players will compete against artificial intelligence developed by Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) in an epic rematch to determine whether a computer can beat humans playing one of the world's toughest poker games. Read further...
One of the most talked about biological breakthroughs in the past decade was the discovery of the genome editing tool CRISPR/Cas9, which can alter DNA and potentially remove the root causes of many hereditary diseases. Originally found as part of the immune system of the Streptococcus pyogenes bacteria, CRISPR associated protein 9 (CAS9), in its native state, recognizes foreign DNA sequences and disables them. Read further...
All individuals are unique but millions of people share names. How to distinguish - or as it is technically known, disambiguate - people with common names and determine which John Smith or Maria Garcia or Wei Zhang or Omar Ali is a specific John Smith, Maria Garcia, Wei Zhang or Omar Ali - or even someone previously unidentified? Read further...
The Engine for Likelihood-Free Inference is open to everyone, and it can help significantly reduce the number of simulator runs. Read further...

The Cloud

The application container market will grow from $762 million in 2016 to $2.7 billion by 2020, according to 451 Research's latest Cloud-Enabling Technologies Market Monitor report. Despite making up a relatively small portion of the overall Cloud-Enabling Technologies (CET) market, application containers will see the fastest growth compared to other segments, with an estimated CAGR of 40% through 2020. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2017-01-16

Focus

e-IRG to publish Roadmap 2016 as a next step towards the e-Infrastructure Commons ...

Former and new e-IRG Chair to discuss need to intensify collaborations with Research Data Alliance, ESFRI and European Commission ...

Exascale supercomputing

Mont-Blanc project selects Cavium's ThunderX2 processor for its new ARM-based HPC platform ...

Quantum computing

D-Wave initiates open quantum software environment ...

"Weak Measurement" with strong results ...

Focus on Europe

The Pirbright Institute chooses an Atos supercomputer to help fight viral diseases of animals and people ...

Atos coordinates the European inteGRIDy project that will pilot a new energy framework across 8 countries ...

Hungary becomes ELIXIR Member ...

First milestone in European HPC strategy achieved ...

European Commision to organize Info Session on ICT-41-2017: Next Generation Internet ...

Middleware

Research data zone to improve collaboration in data-intensive research ...

Hardware

Cray appoints Stathis Papaefstathiou to Senior Vice President of Research and Development ...

Cray announces selected preliminary 2016 financial results ...

Mellanox Ethernet solutions selected to accelerate Baidu's Machine Learning platforms ...

IBM delivers new all-flash storage for cognitive workloads ...

Bridges supercomputer completed: upgrade of PSC's Big Data system now in production ...

UK procurement for Servers, Storage and Solutions including HPC - final lots awarded ...

Science DMZ is focus of latest library of network training videos aimed at global audience ...

Taking graphics cards beyond gaming ...

Applications

IBM Watson Health announces collaboration to study the use of blockchain technology for secure exchange of health care data ...

Collaborating on Big Data to unravel disease processes ...

Astronomers pinpoint radio flashes from long-long ago in a galaxy far-far away ...

Physicists awarded funding to enhance our understanding of the universe ...

Upping the Ante: top poker pros face off vs. Artificial Intelligence ...

University of North Texas researchers use TACC supercomputers to create first all-atom simulation of genome editing in action ...

IUPUI study: Training computers to differentiate between people with the same name ...

ELFI: Engine for Likelihood-Free Inference facilitates more effective simulation ...

The Cloud

451 Research: Application containers will be a $2.7 billion market by 2020 ...