Primeur weekly 2017-02-20

Focus

HPC expert Genias Benelux to show its skillful expertise in brandnew website ...

Are billion Euro Flagships the right way to finance innovative areas like graphene, human brain research and quantum computing? ...

Exascale supercomputing

Advanced fusion code led by PPPL selected to participate in Early Science Programmes on three new DOE Office of Science pre-exascale supercomputers ...

Focus on Europe

From robotics to particle physics: Data analytics gets the spotlight in Distinguished Talk series at ISC 2017 ...

A new spin on electronics ...

Data mining tools for personalized cancer treatment ...

Why host HPC in Iceland to tackle Big Data for life sciences at Earlham Insititute ...

Biological experiments become transparent - anywhere, any time ...

Middleware

IBM delivers new platform to help clients address storage challenges at massive scale ...

Hewlett Packard Enterprise unveils most significant 3PAR Flash storage innovations to date ...

Hardware

Tokyo Institute of Technology partners with DDN on Tsubame3.0 to build forward-looking AI and Big Data computing infrastructure ...

Mellanox demonstrates four times improvement in crypto performance with Innova IPsec 40G Ethernet network adapter ...

Supermicro launches BigTwin - the industry's highest performing Twin multi-node system supporting the full range of CPUs, maximum memory and all-flash NVMe ...

Applications

Researchers catch extreme waves with higher-resolution modelling ...

Researchers are creating software to 'clean' large datasets, making it easier for scientists and the public to use Big Data ...

Designing new materials from 'small' data ...

Success by deception ...

DNA computer brings 'intelligent drugs' a step closer ...

'Lossless' metamaterial could boost efficiency of lasers and other light-based devices ...

Perimeter Institute researchers apply machine learning to condensed matter physics ...

When treating brain aneurysms, two isn't always better than one ...

Real-time MRI analysis powered by supercomputers ...

Analyzing data for transportation systems using TACC's Rustler, XSEDE ECSS support ...

NCSA facilitates performance comparisons with China's nr. 1 supercomputer ...

IBM delivers Watson for cyber security to power cognitive security operations centres ...

The Cloud

Optimizing data centre placement and network design to strengthen Cloud computing ...

Dutch start-up solution impacts data centres ...

OpenFog Consortium releases landmark reference architecture for Fog computing ...

IBM brings machine learning to the private Cloud ...

IBM accelerates hybrid Cloud adoption by enabling channel partners to offer VMware solutions ...

Oracle launches Cloud service to help organisations integrate disparate data and drive real-time analytics ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2017-02-20

Focus

Genias Benelux has launched a new website. Genias is the publisher ofPrimeur Magazine, the weekly news service for high performance computing, supercomputing and Cloud computing in Europe and abroad. The company provides the visitor with a concise overview of the services it is offering. The website also presents an overview of the different projects in which Genias has participated over the years and the initiatives that the company currently is supporting. Read further...
The European Commission released an interim evaluation by independent experts of the current two FET flagships in Europe that are planned to take a budget of around one billion euro in 10 years. The one is the Graphene flagship, the other is the Human Brain project. They are not only involved in research about the topic itself but also do ground breaking developments in infrastructures and computing, like neuromorphic computing. The interim evaluation did not look at the flagships themselves - this is done by separate scientific expert panels, but at the flagship as a funding instrument. Flagships take up a considerable part of the available research funding in Europe for a certain project, so they better work. This is even more important because the Commission is working on another flagship for Quantum computing, and is also working on plans to perhaps have an HPC/Supercomputing flagship in the near future. Read further...

Exascale supercomputing

U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) high-performance computer sites have selected a dynamic fusion code, led by physicist C.S. Chang of the DOE's Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL), for optimization on three powerful new supercomputers. The PPPL-led code was one of only three codes out of more than 30 science and engineering programmes selected to participate in Early Science programmes on all three new supercomputers, which will serve as forerunners for even more powerful exascale machines that are to begin operating in the United States in the early 2020s. Read further...

Focus on Europe

In a continuous effort to diversify topics at the ISC High Performance conference, two of this year's presentations in the Distinguished Talk series will focus on data analytics in manufacturing and scientific applications. The ISC 2017 Distinguished Talk series will offer five talks, spread over June 20 and June 21. The five-day technical programme sessions will be held from June 19 through June 22. Over 3000 attendees are expected at this year's conference. Read further...
Modern computer technology is based on the transport of electric charge in semiconductors. But this technology's potential will be reaching its limits in the near future, since the components deployed cannot be miniaturized further. But, there is another option: using an electron's spin, instead of its charge, to transmit information. A team of scientists from Munich and Kyoto is now demonstrating how this works. Read further...
In the laboratories of Institute of Molecular Medicine Finland (FIMM), drug testing is done ex vivo. That is, various leukemia drugs are tested with patient samples instead of the patients themselves. This enables the researchers to test different drug combinations efficiently and without burdening the patient. Read further...
As part of a new partnership with Icelandic-based data infrastructure providers Verne Global, a first for the academic HPC (high-performance computing) community in the UK, Head of Earlham Institute's Scientific Computing Dr. Tim Stitt introduced the exciting project which will reduce the institute's energy costs by 70%. Read further...
Biological experiments are generating increasingly large and complex sets of data. This has made it difficult to reproduce experiments at other research laboratories in order to confirm - or refute - the results. The difficulty lies not only in the complexity of the data, but also in the elaborate computer programmes and systems needed to analyse them. Scientists from the Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine (LCSB) of the University of Luxembourg have now developed a new bioinformatics tool that will make the analysis of biological and biomedical experiments more transparent and reproducible. Read further...

Middleware

IBM and Hortonworks have made available Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) for IBM Elastic Storage Server (ESS) and IBM Spectrum Scale. The agreement with Hortonworks will lead to certification of Hortonworks HDP on Power with IBM Spectrum Scale and Hortonworks HDP on x86 with IBM Spectrum Scale. Read further...
Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has launched its most significant set of 3PAR storage innovations to date, including a next-generation HPE 3PAR Operating System that provides a futureproof foundation for hybrid IT. Read further...

Hardware

The Tokyo Institute of Technology has selected DataDirect Networks (DDN) as its strategic storage infrastructure provider for the new TSUBAME3.0 supercomputing system. The innovative design of the TSUBAME3.0 is a major step along an evolutionary path toward a fundamental convergence of data and compute. TSUBAME3.0 breaks with many of the conventions of the world's top supercomputers, incorporating elements and design points from containerization, cloud, artificial intelligence (AI) and Big Data, and it exhibits extreme innovation in the area of power consumption and system efficiency. Read further...
Mellanox Technologies Ltd., a supplier of high-performance, end-to-end interconnect solutions for data centre servers and storage systems, has introduced superior crypto throughput of line rate using Mellanox’s Innova IPsec Network Adapter, demonstrating more than three times higher throughput and more than four times better CPU utilization when compared to x86 software-based server offerings. Mellanox’s Innova IPsec adapter provides seamless crypto capabilities and advanced network accelerations to modern data centres, thereby enabling the ubiquitous use of encryption across the network while sustaining unmatched performance, scalability and efficiency. By replacing software-based offerings, Innova can reduce data center expenses by 60 percent or more. Read further...
Super Micro Computer Inc., a global expert in compute, storage and networking technologies including green computing, has launched the fifth generation of its Twin family, the new BigTwin server architecture. Read further...

Applications

Surfers aren't the only people trying to catch big waves. Scientists at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory are trying to do so, too, at least in wave climate forecasts. Read further...
Like a teenager's bedroom, Big Data is often messy. Malfunctioning computers, data entry errors and other hard-to-spot problems can skew datasets and mislead people - everyone from data scientists to data hobbyists - trying to draw conclusions from raw data. Vizier, a software tool under development by a University at Buffalo (UB)-led research team, aims to pro-actively catch those errors. Read further...
Finding new functional materials is always tricky. But searching for very specific properties among a relatively small family of known materials is even more difficult. Read further...
When computers independently identify bodies of water and their outlines in satellite images, or beat the world's best professional players at the board game Go, then adaptive algorithms are working in the background. Programmers supply these algorithms with known examples in a training phase: images of bodies of water and land, or sequences of Go moves that have led to success or failure in tournaments. Similarly to how our brain nerve cells produce new networks during learning processes, the special algorithms adapt in the learning phase based on the examples presented to them. This continues until they are able to differentiate bodies of water from land in unknown photos, or successful sequences of moves from unsuccessful ones. Read further...
Researchers at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) present a new method that should enable controlled drug delivery into the bloodstream using DNA computers. Led by biomedical engineer Maarten Merkx the team developed the first DNA computer capable of detecting several antibodies in the blood and performing subsequent calculations based on this input. This is an important step towards the development of smart, 'intelligent' drugs that may allow better control of medication with fewer side-effects and at lower cost. Read further...
Engineers at the University of California San Diego have developed a material that could reduce signal losses in photonic devices. The advance has the potential to boost the efficiency of various light-based technologies including fiber optic communication systems, lasers and photovoltaics. Read further...
A machine learning algorithm designed to teach computers how to recognize photos, speech patterns, and hand-written digits has now been applied to a vastly different set of data: identifying phase transitions between states of matter. Read further...
The old adage about two being better than one doesn't necessarily apply to brain surgery. That's according to a study performed by University at Buffalo engineers that used high performance computing to examine how to best treat aneurysms. Read further...
One of the main tools doctors use to detect diseases and injuries in cases ranging from multiple sclerosis to broken bones is magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). However, the results of an MRI scan take hours or days to interpret and analyze. This means that if a more detailed investigation is needed, or there is a problem with the scan, the patient needs to return for a follow-up. A new, supercomputing-powered, real-time analysis system may change that. Read further...
In the next 10 years you are going to see some form of autonomous or connected vehicles on the streets. Natalia Ruiz Juri, a research associate with the University of Texas at Austin's Center for Transportation Research (CTR) is fairly certain of this. She is one of many researchers at CTR and The University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin) who are studying the wide range of technical, social and policy aspects of connected and autonomous vehicle (CAV) technologies. Read further...
China has topped supercomputer rankings on the international TOP500 list of fastest supercomputers for the past eight years. They have maintained this status with their newest supercomputer, Sunway TaihuLight, constructed entirely from Chinese processors. Read further...
IBM Security has made available Watson for Cyber Security, the industry's first augmented intelligence technology designed to power cognitive security operations centres (SOCs). Over the past year, Watson has been trained on the language of cybersecurity, ingesting over 1 million security documents. Watson can now help security analysts parse thousands of natural language research reports that have never before been accessible to modern security tools. Read further...

The Cloud

Telecommunication experts estimate the amount of data stored 'in the Cloud' or in remote data centres around the world, will quintuple in the next five years. Whether it's streaming video or business' database content drawn from distant servers, all of this data is - and will continue in the foreseeable future to be - accessed and transmitted by lasers sending pulses of light along long bundles of flexible optical fibers. Read further...
Asperitas, cleantech start-up from the Amsterdam area, one of the world's data centre hotspots, is introducing a unique solution based on a total liquid cooling concept called Immersed Computing. After 1.5 years of research and development with an ecosystem of partners Asperitas is launching their first market ready solution, the AIC24, at the international industry event Data Centre World & Cloud Expo Europe. Read further...
The OpenFog Consortium has released the OpenFog Reference Architecture, a universal technical framework designed to enable the data-intensive requirements of the Internet of Things (IoT), 5G and artificial intelligence (AI) applications. The RA marks a significant first step toward creating the standards necessary to enable high-performance, interoperability and security in complex digital transactions. Read further...
IBM has introduced IBM Machine Learning, the first cognitive platform for continuously creating, training and deploying a high volume of analytic models in the private Cloud at the source of vast corporate data stores. Even using the most advanced techniques, data scientists - in shortest supply among today's IT skills - might spend days or weeks developing, testing and retooling even a single analytic model one step at a time. Read further...
IBM is helping to accelerate hybrid Cloud adoption by providing its channel partners an easy way to sell VMware Cloud Foundation and other VMware-based Cloud services. As a part of these new efforts, IBM Business Partners will now be able to offer Cloud services, which clients can utilize to quickly extend their existing VMware environments to the IBM Cloud. Read further...
Oracle has expanded Oracle Cloud Platform's data integration offerings with the launch of Oracle Data Integrator Cloud. This new Cloud service significantly simplifies and accelerates cross-enterprise data integration to support real-time analytics that help organisations drive better business decisions. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2017-02-20

Focus

HPC expert Genias Benelux to show its skillful expertise in brandnew website ...

Are billion Euro Flagships the right way to finance innovative areas like graphene, human brain research and quantum computing? ...

Exascale supercomputing

Advanced fusion code led by PPPL selected to participate in Early Science Programmes on three new DOE Office of Science pre-exascale supercomputers ...

Focus on Europe

From robotics to particle physics: Data analytics gets the spotlight in Distinguished Talk series at ISC 2017 ...

A new spin on electronics ...

Data mining tools for personalized cancer treatment ...

Why host HPC in Iceland to tackle Big Data for life sciences at Earlham Insititute ...

Biological experiments become transparent - anywhere, any time ...

Middleware

IBM delivers new platform to help clients address storage challenges at massive scale ...

Hewlett Packard Enterprise unveils most significant 3PAR Flash storage innovations to date ...

Hardware

Tokyo Institute of Technology partners with DDN on Tsubame3.0 to build forward-looking AI and Big Data computing infrastructure ...

Mellanox demonstrates four times improvement in crypto performance with Innova IPsec 40G Ethernet network adapter ...

Supermicro launches BigTwin - the industry's highest performing Twin multi-node system supporting the full range of CPUs, maximum memory and all-flash NVMe ...

Applications

Researchers catch extreme waves with higher-resolution modelling ...

Researchers are creating software to 'clean' large datasets, making it easier for scientists and the public to use Big Data ...

Designing new materials from 'small' data ...

Success by deception ...

DNA computer brings 'intelligent drugs' a step closer ...

'Lossless' metamaterial could boost efficiency of lasers and other light-based devices ...

Perimeter Institute researchers apply machine learning to condensed matter physics ...

When treating brain aneurysms, two isn't always better than one ...

Real-time MRI analysis powered by supercomputers ...

Analyzing data for transportation systems using TACC's Rustler, XSEDE ECSS support ...

NCSA facilitates performance comparisons with China's nr. 1 supercomputer ...

IBM delivers Watson for cyber security to power cognitive security operations centres ...

The Cloud

Optimizing data centre placement and network design to strengthen Cloud computing ...

Dutch start-up solution impacts data centres ...

OpenFog Consortium releases landmark reference architecture for Fog computing ...

IBM brings machine learning to the private Cloud ...

IBM accelerates hybrid Cloud adoption by enabling channel partners to offer VMware solutions ...

Oracle launches Cloud service to help organisations integrate disparate data and drive real-time analytics ...