Primeur weekly 2017-02-27

Focus

Square Kilometre Array data crunching will require compute power beyond Moore's Law ...

Exascale supercomputing

ADIOS Version 1.11 moves I/O framework from research to production ...

Focus on Europe

Microsoft researcher tapped for opening keynote at ISC 2017 ...

Atos acquires zData, a premier consulting firm with unparalleled expertise in Big Data solutions ...

HPC5 consortium now registered as official Digital Hub with I4MS ...

Middleware

HPE and Red Hat join forces to give customers greater choice for NFV deployments ...

Hardware

Tokyo Tech supercomputer TSUBAME3.0 scheduled to start operating in summer 2017 ...

NASA saves energy and water with new modular supercomputing facility ...

Mellanox sets new DPDK performance record with ConnectX-5 ...

Mellanox introduces world-leading 6WIND-based router and IPsec Indigo platform at unmatched price/performance ...

Mellanox and ECI smash virtual CPE performance barriers with Indigo-based platform ...

ORNL director moving to new post at Battelle ...

DDN ranks no. 1 as HPC storage market leader and top supplier ...

National Science Foundation funds supercomputer cluster at Penn State ...

Applications

Watson Health Medical Imaging Collaborative expands to 24 members; IBM debuts Watson Imaging Clinical Review, the first cognitive imaging offering ...

3D-e-Chem team develops Virtual Machine for computer-aided drug discovery ...

IBM Research is training Watson to identify eye retina abnormalities ...

Lorentz-eScience competition 2018 to issue Call for Applications ...

Learning how to fine-tune nanofabrication ...

Deep Learning predicts hematopoietic stem cell development ...

New algorithm identifies gene transfers between different bacterial species ...

Artificial intelligence in quantum systems, too ...

ExxonMobil sets record on NCSA's Blue Waters supercomputer ...

The Cloud

eww ITandTEL implements high-performance Platform-as-a-Service environment with Red Hat technologies ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2017-02-27

Focus

During the 4th National eScience Symposium, held in Amsterdam ArenA last October,Primeur Magazinewas able to talk with Chris Broekema, a researcher in high performance computing at ASTRON, the Netherlands Foundation for Radio-astronomy, located in Dwingeloo. This is also the location for the very first dedicated radiotelescope in the Netherlands, the Dwingeloo telescope. ASTRON has a number of radiotelescopes, built in the Netherlands, the Dwingeloo telescope, that was built in the 1950's and located in the Dwingelderveld National Park. The probably most well known radiotelescope in the Netherlands is the Westerbork radiotelescope, a fourteen dish array, located next to the remembrance park Westerbork. Most recently, in the 2000's, ASTRON built the Lofar radiotelescope. This is a distributed sensor array consisting of about 40.000 fairly cheap and fairly small antennas distributed in fields across the north of the Netherlands and most of Western Europe as well. There currently are about a dozen of international stations in Germany, Poland, Sweden, the UK, and France, covering most of Europe. Next year, a station will be built in Ireland so there is a continuous growth in that array. Read further...

Exascale supercomputing

The Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) has issued the latest release of its Adaptable I/O System (ADIOS), a middleware that speeds up scientific simulations on parallel computing resources such as the laboratory's Titan supercomputer by making input/output operations more efficient. Read further...

Focus on Europe

The organizers of the ISC High Performance conference have introduced data scientist, Dr. Jennifer Tour Chayes, the managing director and co-founder of Microsoft Research New England and Microsoft Research New York City, as the ISC 2017 conference keynote speaker. Her talk will be titled "Network Science: From the Massive Online Networks to Cancer Genomics". Read further...
Atos, a global expert in digital services, expands its expertise in Big Data services with the acquisition of zData, an expert in Big Data consulting and solutions for both commercial and enterprise corporations. Atos has signed a share purchase agreement with zData, bringing a unique team of software engineers and data scientists to support its customers' digital transformation journey within all sectors. Read further...
The High Performance Cloud Computing Cross-Border Competence Consortium HPC5 is now registered as an I4MS Digital Innovation Hub. Read further...

Middleware

Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Red Hat Inc. are working together to accelerate the deployment of network functions virtualization (NFV) solutions based on fully open, production-ready, standards-based infrastructures. HPE plans to offer ready-to-use, pre-integrated HPE NFV System solutions and HPE Validated Configurations incorporating Red Hat OpenStack Platform and Red Hat Ceph Storage for communications service providers (CSPs). Read further...

Hardware

The Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech) Global Scientific Information and Computing Center (GSIC) has started development and construction of TSUBAME3.01 - the next-generation supercomputer that is scheduled to start operating in the summer of 2017. Read further...
Though there's been some recent relief in California's long-standing drought, water conservation techniques continue to be a hot topic for facilities that require significant amounts of water for day-to-day operations. The task of powering up and cooling down a high-end computing facility consumes large amounts of electricity and water. NASA is adopting new conservation practices with a prototype modular supercomputing facility at the agency's Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley. Read further...
Mellanox Technologies Ltd.'s ConnectX-5 100Gb/s Ethernet Network Interface Card (NIC) has achieved 126 million packets per second (Mpps) of record-setting forwarding capabilities running the open source Data Path Development Kit (DPDK). This breakthrough performance signifies the maturity of high-volume server I/O to support large-scale, efficient production deployments of Network Function Virtualization (NFV) in both Communication Service Provider (CSP) and Cloud data centres. The DPDK performance of 126 Mpps was achieved on HPE ProLiant 380 Gen9 servers with Mellanox ConnectX-5 100Gb/s interface. Read further...
Mellanox Technologies Ltd. has launched the IDG4400 6WIND Network Routing and IPsec platform based on the combination of Indigo, Mellanox's newest network processor, and 6WIND's 6WINDGate packet processing software, which includes routing and security features such as IPsec VPNs. Read further...
Mellanox Technologies Ltd., a supplier of high-performance, end-to-end smart interconnect solutions for data centre servers and storage systems, and ECI, a global provider of ELASTIC Network solutions, introduced an advanced virtual Customer Premises Equipment (vCPE) platform at the Mobile World Congress 2017. The advanced platform delivers industry-leading performance and efficiency, readying global communication service providers for cost-effective Network Function Virtualization (NFV) deployment. The joint solution is based on ECI's Mercury NFVi platform and uCPE solution accelerated by Mellanox's powerful Indigo network processor which is capable of over 400Gb/s of L2-L7 advanced packet processing. Compared to ordinary, un-accelerated platforms, the ECI-Mellanox joint solution demonstrates more than 30 times improved performance for virtual router, L4-L7 firewall, and L7 QoS network applications. Read further...
Dr. Thom Mason will step down as director of Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) effective July 1, 2017, exactly 10 years after becoming director of the nation’s largest science and energy laboratory. Dr. Mason will take on a new role as Senior Vice President for Laboratory Operations at Battelle in Columbus, Ohio. Battelle, in partnership with the University of Tennessee, has managed and operated ORNL for the U.S. Department of Energy since April 2000. Read further...
DataDirect Networks (DDN) was - once again - the top storage provider among HPC sites surveyed by Intersect360. For the third consecutive year, DDN posted the largest share of installed systems at HPC sites and held its solid lead over other storage providers at HPC sites surveyed in Intersect360 Research's "Top of All Things in HPC" survey. This report caps off a year of strong recognition of DDN as the performance storage leader that included awards ranging from best HPC storage product/technology company, best Big Data innovator, best storage company and best enterprise NAS to leadership recognition in IDC's MarketScape report. Read further...
The Penn State Cyber-Laboratory for Astronomy, Materials, and Physics (CyberLAMP) is acquiring a high-performance computer cluster that will facilitate interdisciplinary research and training in cyberscience and is funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation. The hybrid computer cluster will combine general purpose central processing unit (CPU) cores with specialized hardware accelerators, including the latest generation of NVIDIA graphics processing units (GPUs) and Intel Xeon Phi processors. Read further...

Applications

IBM at HIMSS17 introduced IBM Watson Imaging Clinical Review - the first cognitive imaging offering from Watson Health - and announced the expansion of the Watson Health medical imaging collaborative to 24 organisations worldwide, adding clinical and industry expertise for the worldwide initiative already tackling eye, brain, breast, heart and related conditions. Read further...
A team of cheminformatics and bioinformatics researchers from Netherlands eScience Center, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Radboudumc Nijmegen, and BioAxis Research have developed a freely available virtual machine to enable computer-aided drug design. Read further...
IBM Research has performed new research developments in IBM Watson's ability to detect abnormalities of the eye's retina. The Melbourne based IBM researchers have trained a research version of Watson to recognize abnormalities in retina images, which could in the future offer doctors greater insights and speed in their early identification of patients who may be at risk of eye diseases – such as glaucoma, a leading cause of blindness in the developed world. Read further...
The Netherlands eScience Center and the Lorentz Center are looking for researchers who want to join the Lorentz-eScience competition and organize a workshop at the Lorentz Center@Snellius, Leiden, the Netherlands. Read further...
Daniel Packwood, Junior Associate Professor at Kyoto University's Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences (iCeMS), is improving methods for constructing tiny "nanomaterials" using a "bottom-up" approach called "molecular self-assembly". Using this method, molecules are chosen according to their ability to spontaneously interact and combine to form shapes with specific functions. In the future, this method may be used to produce tiny wires with diameters 1/100,000th that of a piece of hair, or tiny electrical circuits that can fit on the tip of a needle. Read further...
Today, cell biology is no longer limited to static states but also attempts to understand the dynamic development of cell populations. One example is the generation of different types of blood cells from their precursors, the hematopoietic stem cells. "A hematopoietic stem cell's decision to become a certain cell type cannot be observed. At this time, it is only possible to verify the decision retrospectively with cell surface markers", explained Dr. Carsten Marr, head of the Quantitative Single Cell Dynamics Research Group at the Helmholtz Zentrum München's Institute of Computational Biology (ICB). Read further...
Gene transfers are particularly common in the antibiotic-resistance genes of Streptococcus pneumoniae bacteria. When mammals breed, the genome of the offspring is a combination of the parents' genomes. Bacteria, by contrast, reproduce through cell division. In theory, this means that the genomes of the offspring are copies of the parent genome. However, the process is not quite as straightforward as this due to horizontal gene transfer through which bacteria can transfer fragments of their genome to each other. As a result of this phenomenon, the genome of an individual bacterium can be a combination of genes from several different donors. Some of the genome fragments may even originate from completely different species. Read further...
A piece of research at the UPV/EHU-University of the Basque Country uses quantum simulators to imitate life, natural selection, learning and memory. The UPV/EHU's Department of Physical Chemistry has conducted world-class research in physics and quantum computation. This has led to the coining of a new term: Quantum Biomimetics, which consists of reproducing in quantum systems certain properties exclusive of living entities. Specifically, they have imitated natural selection, learning and memory. These mechanisms developed could give quantum computation a boost and facilitate the learning process in machines. Read further...
ExxonMobil, working with the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has achieved a major breakthrough with proprietary software using more than four times the previous number of processors used on complex oil and gas reservoir simulation models to improve exploration and production results. Read further...

The Cloud

eww ITandTEL, one of Austria's major network operators, has deployed Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform and Red Hat CloudForms to develop and implement a customer-facing, scalable and automated Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) environment. This allows the service provider to more quickly build high-performance Cloud solutions for customers and manage these offerings in a more efficient manner with relevant E.U. data protection directives. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2017-02-27

Focus

Square Kilometre Array data crunching will require compute power beyond Moore's Law ...

Exascale supercomputing

ADIOS Version 1.11 moves I/O framework from research to production ...

Focus on Europe

Microsoft researcher tapped for opening keynote at ISC 2017 ...

Atos acquires zData, a premier consulting firm with unparalleled expertise in Big Data solutions ...

HPC5 consortium now registered as official Digital Hub with I4MS ...

Middleware

HPE and Red Hat join forces to give customers greater choice for NFV deployments ...

Hardware

Tokyo Tech supercomputer TSUBAME3.0 scheduled to start operating in summer 2017 ...

NASA saves energy and water with new modular supercomputing facility ...

Mellanox sets new DPDK performance record with ConnectX-5 ...

Mellanox introduces world-leading 6WIND-based router and IPsec Indigo platform at unmatched price/performance ...

Mellanox and ECI smash virtual CPE performance barriers with Indigo-based platform ...

ORNL director moving to new post at Battelle ...

DDN ranks no. 1 as HPC storage market leader and top supplier ...

National Science Foundation funds supercomputer cluster at Penn State ...

Applications

Watson Health Medical Imaging Collaborative expands to 24 members; IBM debuts Watson Imaging Clinical Review, the first cognitive imaging offering ...

3D-e-Chem team develops Virtual Machine for computer-aided drug discovery ...

IBM Research is training Watson to identify eye retina abnormalities ...

Lorentz-eScience competition 2018 to issue Call for Applications ...

Learning how to fine-tune nanofabrication ...

Deep Learning predicts hematopoietic stem cell development ...

New algorithm identifies gene transfers between different bacterial species ...

Artificial intelligence in quantum systems, too ...

ExxonMobil sets record on NCSA's Blue Waters supercomputer ...

The Cloud

eww ITandTEL implements high-performance Platform-as-a-Service environment with Red Hat technologies ...