Primeur weekly 2017-01-23

Exascale supercomputing

China plans to develop powerful exascale computer ...

HiPEAC Vision 2017 finds it is 'time to reinvent computing' ...

Richard Gerber tapped to oversee NERSC's High Performance Computing Department ...

NERSC's first 'NESAP for Data' teams hit the ground running ...

ORNL plays key role in Exascale Computing Project's first year ...

Quantum computing

Seeing the quantum future... literally ...

Focus on Europe

At the vanguard of European computing systems: HiPEAC17 ...

PRACE to offer MOOCs via Future Learn ...

PRACE Summer of HPC 2017 opens for applications ...

Hardware

Hartree Centre to take delivery of powerful new generation supercomputer ...

Indiana University and international partners light 100G transatlantic link over Aqua Comms' AEConnect subsea cable ...

Nanyang Technological University and German scientists turn memory chips into processors to speed up computing tasks ...

Graphene's sleeping superconductivity awakens ...

Supercomputer market to be driven by the development of smart cities through 2021, says Technavio ...

DDN and China-based Inspur sign landmark HPC joint sales and marketing agreement ...

GW4 joins industry partners to develop 'first of its kind' supercomputer ...

Automotive safety hypervisor announced for ARM Cortex-R52 ...

Eastern Mediterranean spurred on by EUMEDCONNECT3 project extension and Lebanon capacity upgrade ...

Applications

King Faisal Prize for Würzburg physicist ...

Largest Populus SNP dataset holds promise for biofuels, materials, and metabolites ...

Glass's off-kilter harmonies: New modelling method focuses attention on amorphous material's unusual vibrational modes ...

Basel physicist Daniel Loss receives the King Faisal International Prize ...

Protein research: the computer as microscope ...

Teaching computers to recognize unhealthy guts ...

2017 International Summer School on HPC Challenges in Computational Sciences to be organized in Boulder, Colorado ...

Diamond shines in molecular dynamics simulations ...

The Cloud

Oracle Cloud Platform expands to help more organisations build and deploy high-performance applications ...

Altair to offer HPC Cloud solutions on Oracle Cloud Platform ...

Oracle buys Apiary ...

Oracle expands Cloud services globally with three new regions in North America and EMEA ...

HPE to acquire SimpliVity and expand leadership in growing hybrid IT industry ...

U.S. Army enlists IBM for $62 million Cloud deal ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2017-01-23

Exascale supercomputing

China is planning to develop a prototype of an exascale computer, considered the next frontier of supercomputers, by the end of 2017, according to a developer. Read further...
A major new report authored by HiPEAC, the European Network on High Performance and Embedded Architecture and Compilation, states that the necessary shifts in the ways in which we design, make and use computers in all their forms will amount to a total reinvention of computing. Read further...
Richard Gerber has been named head of NERSC's High-Performance Computing (HPC) Department, formed in early 2016 to help the centre's 6000 users take full advantage of new supercomputing architectures - those already here and those on the horizon - and guide and support them during the ongoing transition to exascale. Read further...
Following a call for proposals issued last October, NERSC has selected six science application teams to participate in the NERSC Exascale Science Applications Programme for Data (NESAP for Data) programme. Read further...
Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) experts are playing leading roles in the recently established Department of Energy's (DOE's) Exascale Computing Project (ECP), a multi-lab initiative responsible for developing the strategy, aligning the resources, and conducting the R&D necessary to achieve the nation’s imperative of delivering exascale computing by 2021. Read further...

Quantum computing

Scientists at the University of Sydney have demonstrated the ability to "see" the future of quantum systems, and used that knowledge to pre-empt their demise, in a major achievement that could help bring the strange and powerful world of quantum technology closer to reality. Read further...

Focus on Europe

Taking place in Stockholm from 23-25 January, the 12th HiPEAC conference will bring together Europe's top thinkers on computer architecture and compilation to tackle the key issues facing the computing systems on which we depend. HiPEAC17 will see the launch of the HiPEAC Vision 2017, a technology roadmap which lays out how technology affects our lives and how it can, and should, respond to the challenges facing European society and economies, such as the ageing population, climate change and shortages in the ICT workforce. Read further...
PRACE will be offering Massive Open Online Courses. The agreement between PRACE and the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) platform FutureLearn has been signed. PRACE will be moving forward in the development of the PRACE MOOCs with the assistance of FutureLearn's representatives. Read further...
Early-stage postgraduate and late-stage undergraduate students are invited to apply for the PRACE Summer of HPC 2017 programme, to be held in July & August 2017. Consisting of a training week and two months on placement at top HPC centres around Europe, the programme affords participants the opportunity to learn and share more about PRACE and HPC, and includes accommodation, a stipend and travel to their HPC centre placement. Applications open 11 January 2017. Read further...

Hardware

Industry leading digital services company Atos UK&I, has signed a major collaboration with the UK Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) Hartree Centre which includes the purchase of the first Bull sequana X1000 supercomputer system in the UK and one of the most powerful in the world. Read further...
Research flowing between the United States, Europe and Africa got a significant boost early this year when Indiana University (IU) and its partners flipped the switch on a new 100 Gigabits per second (Gbps) transatlantic link. The new network runs over the America-Europe Connect (AEConnect) subsea cable system provided by vendor Aqua Comms DAC in support of the Networks for European, American and African Research, or NEAAR, grant. Read further...
A team of international scientists have found a way to make memory chips perform computing tasks, which is traditionally done by computer processors like those made by Intel and Qualcomm. This means data could now be processed in the same spot where it is stored, leading to much faster and thinner mobile devices and computers. Read further...
Researchers have found a way to trigger the innate, but previously hidden, ability of graphene to act as a superconductor - meaning that it can be made to carry an electrical current with zero resistance. Read further...
According to the latest market study released by Technavio, the global supercomputer market is expected to reach USD 4.95 billion by 2021, growing at a CAGR of 7%. Read further...
DataDirect Networks (DDN) has signed a joint sales and marketing agreement with Inspur, a China-based, Cloud-computing and total-solution-and-services provider, in which the companies will leverage their core strengths and powerful computing technologies to offer industry-leading high-performance computing solutions to HPC customers worldwide. Read further...
GW4 Alliance, together with Cray Inc. and the Met Office, has been awarded GBP 3 million by EPSRC to deliver a new Tier 2 high performance computing (HPC) service for UK-based scientists. This unique new service will provide multiple advanced architectures within the same system in order to enable evaluation and comparison across a diverse range of hardware platforms. Read further...
OpenSynergy is developing the industry's first software hypervisor for the ARM Cortex-R52 processor, ARM's most advanced real-time safety processor. The hypervisor turns any chip based on the Cortex-R52 into several virtual machines capable of simultaneously executing separate software tasks. To address increasing software complexity in devices such as autonomous vehicles and industrial control systems, this approach allows for the isolation of safety-critical functions from those that require less stringent control. In addition, it enables the consolidation of applications onto fewer electronic control units (ECUs) to both manage complexity and reduce cost. Read further...
The year has started well for the NREN and user community across the Eastern Mediterranean thanks to a three-year extension of the EU-funded EUMEDCONNECT3 project, which supports international R&E connectivity for the region. But that's not all: until December 2019 the beneficiary partners in Jordan, Lebanon and Palestine can also benefit from an increase in the European Commission's co-funding share from 36% to 60% of the overall project costs which is set to catalyse further connections and capacity upgrades. Read further...

Applications

"Professor Laurens Molenkamp has significantly contributed to the experimental field of spintronics. His work includes ground-breaking methods for creating and manipulating spin-polarized charge-carrier states in semiconductors. Moreover, Professor Molenkamp has experimentally confirmed the quantum spin-Hall effect, thereby spurring the development of topological insulators." Read further...
Researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have released the largest-ever single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) dataset of genetic variations in poplar trees, information useful to plant scientists as well as researchers in the fields of biofuels, materials science, and secondary plant metabolism. Read further...
Asegun Henry wants to avert the worst effects of climate change by finding new forms of renewable energy and improving the materials that contribute to energy use. Read further...
Professor Daniel Loss from the University of Basel's Department of Physics and the Swiss Nanoscience Institute has been awarded the King Faisal International Prize for Science 2017. The King Faisal Foundation awarded Loss the renowned science prize for his discovery of a concept for development of a quantum computer based on the intrinsic angular momentum of electrons. Daniel Loss has further refined his theory over recent years and established a completely new field of research. Read further...
Using a combination of infrared spectroscopy and computer simulation, researchers at Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB) have gained new insights into the workings of protein switches. With high temporal and spatial resolution, they verified that a magnesium atom contributes significantly to switching the so-called G-proteins on and off. Read further...
A new proof-of-concept study by researchers from the University of California San Diego has succeeded in training computers to "learn" what a healthy versus an unhealthy gut microbiome looks like based on its genetic makeup. Since this can be done by genetically sequencing fecal samples, the research suggests there is great promise for new diagnostic tools that are, unlike blood draws, non-invasive. Read further...
Graduate students and postdoctoral scholars from institutions in Canada, Europe, Japan and the United States are invited to apply for the eighth International Summer School on HPC Challenges in Computational Sciences, to be held June 25 to 30, 2017, in Boulder, Colorado, United States of America. Applications are due March 6, 2017. Read further...
For centuries diamonds have been revered for their strength, beauty, value and utility. Now a team of researchers from Argonne National Laboratory, running molecular dynamics calculations at the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF) and Berkeley Lab's National Energy Research Scientific Computer Center (NERSC), are finding additional reasons to celebrate this complex material - and it has nothing to do with colour, cut or clarity. Read further...

The Cloud

Continuing its rich history of delivering game-changing Cloud services, Oracle has unveiled new enhancements to the Oracle Cloud Platform, making it even more compelling for customers to move business-critical applications to the Cloud. The company announced two industry firsts: the availability of the Oracle Database Cloud Service on bare metal compute, and new virtual machine (VM) compute, load balancing, and storage capabilities, all on the same low latency, high performance modern IaaS platform. With these enhancements, Oracle Cloud Platform now delivers differentiated database performance at every scale, and deeply integrated IaaS capabilities, for customers of any size to easily develop, test, and deploy their business-critical applications in the Cloud. Read further...
Altair has signed a business collaboration with Oracle to build and offer High Performance Computing (HPC) solutions on the Oracle Cloud Platform. This follows Oracle's decision to name Altair's PBS Works as its preferred workload management solution for Oracle Cloud customers. Read further...
Oracle has signed an agreement to acquire Apiary, whose pioneering APIFlow solution provides the framework and tools for developing application programming interfaces (APIs) that share enterprise services and data and help create modern, Cloud-based applications and experiences. Read further...
Continuing its commitment to its Cloud customers through extensive engineering and infrastructure investments, Oracle is planning to bring three new Regions online over the next six months. The regional expansion of Oracle's Cloud footprint will include Reston, Virginia; London, UK; and Turkey. The new Regions are expected to come online by mid-2017. With this expansion, Oracle will have doubled the regional presence of its Cloud platform in the last 24 months, with 29 Regions available globally. Additional Regions are planned to come online in APAC, North America, and the Middle East through mid-2018. Read further...
Hewlett Packard Enterprise has signed a definitive agreement to acquire SimpliVity, a provider of software-defined, hyperconverged infrastructure, for $650 million in cash. The hyperconverged market was estimated to be approximately $2.4 billion in 2016, and is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 25 percent, to nearly $6 billion, by 2020. By bringing together HPE's best-in-class infrastructure, automation and Cloud management software with SimpliVity's industry leading software-defined data management platform, HPE and its partner ecosystem will deliver the industry's only "built-for-enterprise" hyperconverged offering. Read further...
The U.S. Army has signed a five-year, multi-million dollar contract with IBM to build, manage and operate a Cloud solution for greater IT flexibility, efficiency and performance. Designed for the Army's Redstone Arsenal, near Huntsville, Alabama, the solution is part of the Army Private Cloud Enterprise (APCE) programme, a one-year task order with four additional one-year options under the Army Private Cloud 2 (APC2) contract. If the Army exercises all options, the contract would be worth approximately $62 million over the five years. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2017-01-23

Exascale supercomputing

China plans to develop powerful exascale computer ...

HiPEAC Vision 2017 finds it is 'time to reinvent computing' ...

Richard Gerber tapped to oversee NERSC's High Performance Computing Department ...

NERSC's first 'NESAP for Data' teams hit the ground running ...

ORNL plays key role in Exascale Computing Project's first year ...

Quantum computing

Seeing the quantum future... literally ...

Focus on Europe

At the vanguard of European computing systems: HiPEAC17 ...

PRACE to offer MOOCs via Future Learn ...

PRACE Summer of HPC 2017 opens for applications ...

Hardware

Hartree Centre to take delivery of powerful new generation supercomputer ...

Indiana University and international partners light 100G transatlantic link over Aqua Comms' AEConnect subsea cable ...

Nanyang Technological University and German scientists turn memory chips into processors to speed up computing tasks ...

Graphene's sleeping superconductivity awakens ...

Supercomputer market to be driven by the development of smart cities through 2021, says Technavio ...

DDN and China-based Inspur sign landmark HPC joint sales and marketing agreement ...

GW4 joins industry partners to develop 'first of its kind' supercomputer ...

Automotive safety hypervisor announced for ARM Cortex-R52 ...

Eastern Mediterranean spurred on by EUMEDCONNECT3 project extension and Lebanon capacity upgrade ...

Applications

King Faisal Prize for Würzburg physicist ...

Largest Populus SNP dataset holds promise for biofuels, materials, and metabolites ...

Glass's off-kilter harmonies: New modelling method focuses attention on amorphous material's unusual vibrational modes ...

Basel physicist Daniel Loss receives the King Faisal International Prize ...

Protein research: the computer as microscope ...

Teaching computers to recognize unhealthy guts ...

2017 International Summer School on HPC Challenges in Computational Sciences to be organized in Boulder, Colorado ...

Diamond shines in molecular dynamics simulations ...

The Cloud

Oracle Cloud Platform expands to help more organisations build and deploy high-performance applications ...

Altair to offer HPC Cloud solutions on Oracle Cloud Platform ...

Oracle buys Apiary ...

Oracle expands Cloud services globally with three new regions in North America and EMEA ...

HPE to acquire SimpliVity and expand leadership in growing hybrid IT industry ...

U.S. Army enlists IBM for $62 million Cloud deal ...