Primeur weekly 2017-03-20

Focus

CEO Steve Cotter elaborates on GEANT's backbone infrastructure, service deployment and KPI development ...

Exascale supercomputing

MicroVisor, a new hypervisor technology, paves the way for low-power data centres ...

Crowd computing

iEx.ec announces token crowdsale to launch the first distributed Cloud Crowdcomputing platform ...

Quantum computing

Digital pioneering work: Volkswagen uses quantum computers ...

D-Wave and Virginia Tech join forces to advance quantum computing ...

D-Wave 2000Q system to be installed at Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab run by Google, NASA, and Universities Space Research Association ...

Focus on Europe

NVIDIA partners with Bosch for system based on next-generation DRIVE PX Xavier platform ...

New supercomputer for RWTH Aachen ...

European 'Big Data' e-infrastructure to support biodiversity research Lifewatch now ERIC legal entity ...

ISC 2017 dedicates a day to deep learning ...

Hardware

Los Alamos National Laboratory donation adding to University of New Mexico supercomputing power ...

BASF selects HPE to build supercomputer for global chemical research ...

Top weather and climate sites rely on DDN storage for more accurate, faster simulations, forecasts and predictions ...

Noodle.ai unveils BEAST Enterprise Artificial Intelligence supercomputing technology - powered by NVIDIA DGX-1 AI supercomputer ...

Simons Foundation's Flatiron Institute to repurpose SDSC's 'Gordon' supercomputer ...

Applications

A scientist and a supercomputer re-create a tornado ...

Arthritis Research UK introduces IBM Watson-powered 'virtual assistant' to provide information and advice to people with arthritis ...

High-precision calculations on supercomputers help reveal the physics of the universe ...

IDx and IBM Watson Health forge alliance for eye health ...

IBM Watson Health to integrate MedyMatch Technology into cognitive imaging offerings to help doctors identify head trauma and stroke ...

Simultaneous detection of multiple spin states in a single quantum dot ...

Computer simulation of protein synthesis reveals awesome complexity of cell machinery ...

Computer simulations first step toward designing more efficient amine chemical scrubbers ...

The prototype of a chemical computer detects a sphere ...

The Cloud

Oracle announces fiscal 2017 Q3 results ...

IBM and Red Hat Collaborate to Accelerate Hybrid Cloud Adoption with OpenStack ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2017-03-20

Focus

At the occasion of the Digital Infrastructures for Research (DI4R) Conference, held in Krakow, Poland in the Fall of 2016,Primeur Magazinewas able to speak with Steve Cotter, the new CEO of GEANT, the the pan-European network for scientific excellence, research, education and innovation. GEANT connects about 10.000 institutions across 41 different countries. GEANT provides the backbone infrastructure that connects all the different national networks, not only to themselves, but also to its international collaborators abroad, to over 100 other research and education networks around the world. Read further...

Exascale supercomputing

New hypervisor technology developed as part of EUROSERVER is set to bring significant power savings for data centres. The MicroVisor is a lightweight, remotely controllable and fully configurable virtualization platform that is optimized to operate on all mainstream processors, thus offering a flexible and economical option for data centre architects. By increasing server utilization to unprecedented levels, the MicroVisor helps remove the virtualisation tax typical on cloud service hypervisors, meaning fewer or smaller low power servers are needed and thereby enabling energy savings. Read further...

Crowd computing

Crowdcomputing computing platform iEx.ec will open its token crowdsale on 6th April at midday, 13:00 GMT. The project aims to create a distributed Cloud environment to meet the rising need for computationally intense and decentralised business practices. Read further...

Quantum computing

The Volkswagen Group is the world's first automaker to use quantum computers, further expanding its digital competence for the future. In this context, Volkswagen Group IT is cooperating successfully with quantum computing company D-Wave Systems on a research project for traffic flow optimization. In the course of this project, IT experts from the Volkswagen labs in San Francisco and Munich have been the first to develop a smart mobility program on the D-Wave quantum computer. Quantum computers can solve highly complex problems many times faster than conventional supercomputers. To date, quantum computing technology has been used primarily by scientific institutes, government agencies, and in the aerospace sector. Read further...
D-Wave Systems Inc., an expert in quantum computing systems and software, and Virginia Tech, Virginia's most comprehensive university and its leading research institution, have established a joint effort to provide greater access to quantum computers for researchers from the Intelligence Community and Department of Defense. Read further...
Google, NASA, and Universities Space Research Association (USRA) have elected to upgrade their D-Wave 2X quantum computer to the new D-Wave 2000Q system, under the terms of their multi-year agreement, to support QuAIL's pioneering research on how quantum computing can be applied to artificial intelligence, machine learning, and difficult optimization problems. Read further...

Focus on Europe

Bosch, a large automotive supplier, is working with NVIDIA to develop artificial intelligence self-driving systems for mass market cars. Bosch CEO Dr. Volkmar Denner unveiled the collaboration during his keynote address at Bosch Connected World, in Berlin, at Bosch Group's annual Internet of Things conference. Read further...
RWTH Aachen University now has access to a new supercomputer, delivered earlier this month by NEC Deutschland GmbH. The new system will provide researchers in the engineering and natural sciences with high-performance computing capacity and support their wide‐ranging research needs. Thanks to the new supercomputer, RWTH Aachen is now in the top ten of German universities in terms of HPC resources. Read further...
The European Commission granted the legal status of European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC) to the e-Science and Technology European Infrastructure for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research (LifeWatch). With this measure, the European Union (EU) provides the facility with many administrative advantages enjoyed by international organisations and therefore helps to successfully implement the infrastructure project. Read further...
ISC High Performance will bring users, as well as academic and industry leaders, to spend a full day together on June 21, to discuss the recent advances in artificial intelligence based on deep learning technology. This year's ISC High Performance conference and exhibition will be held at Messe Frankfurt from June 18-22, and will be attended by over 3000 HPC community members, including researchers, scientists and business people. Read further...

Hardware

A new computing system to be donated to the University of New Mexico Center for Advanced Research Computing (CARC) by Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) will put the "super" in supercomputing. The system is nine times more powerful than the combined computing power of the four machines it is replacing, according to CARC interim director Patrick Bridges. Read further...
BASF SE and Hewlett Packard Enterprise will collaborate to develop one of the world's largest supercomputers for industrial chemical research at BASF's Ludwigshafen headquarters this year. Based on the latest generation of HPE Apollo 6000 systems, the new supercomputer will drive the digitalization of BASF's worldwide research. Read further...
DataDirect Networks' (DDN) industry-leading data storage solutions for high performance computing (HPC) are driving an increasing number of weather and climate research facilities around the globe to meet the needs for accuracy and timeliness of their forecasts and predictions. Weather and climate modelling centres are ingesting and producing ever-increasing volumes of data and utilizing some of the most powerful supercomputers and innovative HPC technologies available to improve model accuracy and granularity. As a data storage leader in HPC, DDN supports dozens of weather and climate supercomputing organisations and has experienced more than 60 percent growth in this sector customer base in the past year. Read further...
Noodle Analytics Inc., the Enterprise Artificial Intelligence company, has made available the Noodle.ai BEAST, an AI platform powered by the NVIDIA DGX-1 AI supercomputer. The announcement coincided with the one-year anniversary of Noodle.ai's founding on March 14, 2016 - pi day. Read further...
The San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California San Diego and the Simons Foundation's Flatiron Institute in New York have reached an agreement under which the majority of SDSC's data-intensive Gordon supercomputer will be used by Simons for ongoing research following completion of the system's tenure as a National Science Foundation (NSF) resource on March 31. Read further...

Applications

With the tornado season fast approaching or already underway in vulnerable states throughout the U.S., new supercomputer simulations are giving meteorologists unprecedented insight into the structure of monstrous thunderstorms and tornadoes. One such recent simulation recreates a tornado-producing supercell thunderstorm that left a path of destruction over the central Great Plains in 2011. Read further...
Arthritis Research UK and IBM have developed a Watson-powered 'virtual personal assistant' to provide information and advice to people living with arthritis. The charity has teamed up with IBM to ensure people seeking help will have access to personalised information from the Arthritis Research UK website, delivered in a form that feels like a natural conversation. The service will be accessible on mobile phones and computers, without the need to download an app. There are currently 300 people with arthritis helping Arthritis Research UK to test and feedback before it is launched publicly on the charity's website later this year. Read further...
On their quest to uncover what the universe is made of, researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory are harnessing the power of supercomputers to make predictions about particle interactions that are more precise than ever before. Argonne researchers have developed a new theoretical approach, ideally suited for high-performance computing systems, that is capable of making predictive calculations about particle interactions that conform almost exactly to experimental data. This new approach could give scientists a valuable tool for describing new physics and particles beyond those currently identified. Read further...
IBM Watson Health and IDx LLC have forged a five-year strategic alliance to advance eye health through cognitive computing applications. The alliance aims to help primary care providers, hospitals, health systems, and integrated delivery networks deliver value-based care to patients with diabetic retinopathy and other serious eye conditions such as glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration. The alliance expands IBM Watson Health's focus on eye health. Read further...
MedyMatch Technology has signed a collaboration with IBM Watson Health to bring MedyMatch's A.I.-based clinical decision support application to imaging experts working in hospital emergency rooms and other acute care settings to help doctors identify instances of intracranial bleeding as a result of head trauma and stroke. Initially, IBM Watson Health's Imaging group will distribute the MedyMatch brain bleed detection application globally through its vendor neutral sales channels. Moving forward, IBM Watson Health and MedyMatch will develop interoperability between MedyMatch's application and IBM Watson Health Imaging's offerings. Read further...
Quantum dots are very small particles that exhibit luminescence and electronic properties different from those of their bulk materials. As a result, they are attractive for use in solar cells, opto-electronics, and quantum computing. Quantum computing involves applying a small voltage to quantum dots to regulate their electron spin state, thus encoding information. While traditional computing is based on a binary information system, electron spin states in quantum dots can display further degrees of freedom because of the possibility of superposition of both states at the same time. This feature could increase the density of encoded information. Read further...
Life depends on proteins. These molecules are produced continually in our cells, which act as microscopic production lines - but the process is so complex we have barely begun to understand it. Exploring protein synthesis may, however, be the key to revealing how the body controls the thousands of reactions occurring simultaneously inside us. Read further...
A proof-of-concept molecular modeling study from North Carolina State University that analyzes the efficiency of amine solutions in capturing carbon dioxide is the first step toward the design of cheaper, more efficient amine chemicals for capturing carbon dioxide - and reducing harmful CO2 emissions - in industrial installations. Read further...
Chemical computers are becoming ever more of a reality - this is being proven by scientists from the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw. It turns out that after an appropriate teaching procedure even a relatively simple chemical system can perform non-trivial operations. In their most recent computer simulations researchers have shown that correctly programmed chemical matrices of oscillating droplets can recognize the shape of a sphere with great accuracy. Read further...

The Cloud

Oracle Corporation has issued fiscal 2017 Q3 results. Total Revenues were $9.2 billion, up 2% in U.S. dollars and up 3% in constant currency. Non-GAAP Total Revenues were $9.3 billion, up 3% in U.S. dollars and up 4% in constant currency. Cloud software as a service (SaaS) and platform as a service (PaaS) revenues were $1.0 billion, up 73% in U.S. dollars and up 74% in constant currency. Non-GAAP SaaS and PaaS revenues were $1.1 billion, up 85% in U.S. dollars and up 86% in constant currency. Total Cloud Revenues, including infrastructure as a service (IaaS), were $1.2 billion, up 62% in U.S. dollars and up 63% in constant currency. Total Cloud and On-Premise Software Revenues were $7.4 billion, up 4% in U.S. dollars and up 5% in constant currency. Read further...
IBM and Red Hat Inc. have signed a strategic collaboration designed to help enterprises benefit from the OpenStack platform's speed and economics while more easily extending their existing Red Hat virtualized and cloud workloads to the IBM Private Cloud. As part of this new collaboration, IBM has become a Red Hat Certified Cloud and Service Provider, giving clients greater confidence that they can use Red Hat OpenStack Platform and Red Hat Ceph Storage on IBM Private Cloud when the offering launches for general availability at the end of March 2017. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2017-03-20

Focus

CEO Steve Cotter elaborates on GEANT's backbone infrastructure, service deployment and KPI development ...

Exascale supercomputing

MicroVisor, a new hypervisor technology, paves the way for low-power data centres ...

Crowd computing

iEx.ec announces token crowdsale to launch the first distributed Cloud Crowdcomputing platform ...

Quantum computing

Digital pioneering work: Volkswagen uses quantum computers ...

D-Wave and Virginia Tech join forces to advance quantum computing ...

D-Wave 2000Q system to be installed at Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab run by Google, NASA, and Universities Space Research Association ...

Focus on Europe

NVIDIA partners with Bosch for system based on next-generation DRIVE PX Xavier platform ...

New supercomputer for RWTH Aachen ...

European 'Big Data' e-infrastructure to support biodiversity research Lifewatch now ERIC legal entity ...

ISC 2017 dedicates a day to deep learning ...

Hardware

Los Alamos National Laboratory donation adding to University of New Mexico supercomputing power ...

BASF selects HPE to build supercomputer for global chemical research ...

Top weather and climate sites rely on DDN storage for more accurate, faster simulations, forecasts and predictions ...

Noodle.ai unveils BEAST Enterprise Artificial Intelligence supercomputing technology - powered by NVIDIA DGX-1 AI supercomputer ...

Simons Foundation's Flatiron Institute to repurpose SDSC's 'Gordon' supercomputer ...

Applications

A scientist and a supercomputer re-create a tornado ...

Arthritis Research UK introduces IBM Watson-powered 'virtual assistant' to provide information and advice to people with arthritis ...

High-precision calculations on supercomputers help reveal the physics of the universe ...

IDx and IBM Watson Health forge alliance for eye health ...

IBM Watson Health to integrate MedyMatch Technology into cognitive imaging offerings to help doctors identify head trauma and stroke ...

Simultaneous detection of multiple spin states in a single quantum dot ...

Computer simulation of protein synthesis reveals awesome complexity of cell machinery ...

Computer simulations first step toward designing more efficient amine chemical scrubbers ...

The prototype of a chemical computer detects a sphere ...

The Cloud

Oracle announces fiscal 2017 Q3 results ...

IBM and Red Hat Collaborate to Accelerate Hybrid Cloud Adoption with OpenStack ...