Primeur weekly 2017-03-27

Focus

Primeur Live! about the EuroHPC annnouncement on European Exascale agreement ...

Focus on Europe

Molecular motor-powered biocomputers ...

PRACE 2: growth in capacity for growth in excellence ...

"Piz Daint" for Europe, European supercomputers for Switzerland ...

Relocation of Paris PoP brings new opportunities for international collaboration ...

ISC High Performance adds STEM Student Day to the 2017 programme ...

The eScience Center and NWO-Shell join forces for future energy ...

Digital revolution needs generosity to cope with citizens' life-changing challenges - Investment in research and innovative HPC, exascale and quantum technologies is key ...

Middleware

Canada funds $125 million Pan-Canadian Artificial Intelligence Strategy ...

e-IRG support project to organise BOF session on Data Infrastructure Assessment at RDA 9th Plenary ...

Hardware

Method speeds testing of new networking protocols ...

Asperitas revealed their first sustainable liquid cooled modular data centre solution ...

DDN names Bret Costelow VP of Global Sales ...

Mellanox introduces new 100Gb/s silicon photonics optical engine product line ...

Mellanox doubles silicon photonics Ethernet transceiver speeds to 200Gb/s ...

Applications

Deep learning and stock trading ...

Parallel computation provides deeper insight into brain function ...

Machine learning lets scientists reverse-engineer cellular control networks ...

Research results in AI for drug discovery to be presented at the BioDataWorld West in San Francisco ...

Breaking the supermassive black hole speed limit ...

When helium behaves like a black hole ...

A robust, two-ion quantum logic gate that operates in a microsecond is designed ...

Big Data approach to predict protein structure ...

Molecular treasure maps to help discover new materials ...

Scientists use IBM Power systems to assemble genome of West Nile mosquito ...

Young talents challenge the world's fastest supercomputer and AI applications ...

Interpretable machine learning for all at Duke University ...

Ohio Supercomputer Center Workshops highlight resources ...

NASA's hybrid computer enables Raven's autonomous rendez-vous capability ...

The Cloud

Precision medicine platform now open for collaborative discovery about cardiovascular diseases ...

IBM automates compliance controls and data security for multi-Cloud workloads ...

Oracle Cloud Platform continues to gain momentum with customers, partners, and developers ...

IBM launches Bluemix Container Service with Kubernetes to fuel highly secure and rapid development of cognitive apps ...

Oracle Health Sciences Data Management Workbench now available in the Cloud ...

Veritas and IBM join forces to drive data management further in the Cloud ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2017-03-27

Focus

Last week at the Digital Day in Rome, seven European countries and the European Commission did unveil plans for a major European HPC programme: an exascale supercomputer based on European technology by 2022. Primeur magazine did cover the event live. Read further...

Focus on Europe

A five-year, 6.1 million euro EU-Horizon 2020 project has been launched that aims to build a new type of powerful computer based on biomolecules. TU Dresden is participating. Read further...
At the occasion of the 25th PRACE Council Meeting in Amsterdam, the PRACE Members ratified a Resolution to proceed with the second phase of their Partnership: PRACE 2. The PRACE 2 programme defines the second period of PRACE from 2017 to 2020. With this agreement, PRACE will strengthen Europe's position as world-class scientific supercomputing provider, a technology considered a key enabler for knowledge development, scientific research, Big Data analytics, solving global and societal challenges, and European industrial competitiveness. Read further...
Ever since the inception of the Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe (PRACE), Switzerland has been actively represented by ETH Zurich and its affiliated National Supercomputing Centre (CSCS). Seven years later, PRACE with its 24 member states has become established as the leading pan-European collaboration in high performance computing (HPC). It offers users from research and industry free access to the latest supercomputer infrastructure, providing them with comprehensive and competent support in all aspects of HPC. PRACE 2 was ratified at the 25th PRACE Council in early March. Switzerland becomes a new Hosting Member in this second phase of PRACE, planned to cover the period from 2017 to 2020. Read further...
Interxion Holding NV, a European provider of carrier- and Cloud-neutral colocation data centre services, announced that the Dutch national research and education network, SURFnet, is expanding into its Paris data centre campus, to leverage further international collaboration through the ANA-300Gfacility. The process is due to be completed by mid-2017. The new location offers a wide range of opportunities for pan-European and transatlantic collaboration. Read further...
ISC High Performance has included the STEM Student Day & Gala at this year's conference. The new programme aims to connect the next generation of regional and international STEM practitioners with the high performance computing (HPC) industry and its key players. ISC 2017 has created this programme to welcome STEM students into the world of HPC with the hope that an early exposure to the community will encourage them to acquire the necessary HPC skills to propel their future careers. Read further...
Future energy requires innovative solutions. Current energy developments are advanced by scientific research on geoscience, wind and solar energy, multiphase flows, computational chemistry and material sciences. The eScience Center and NWO-Shell's Computational Sciences for Energy Research programme (CSER) are joining forces to support this research by opening a joint call for PhD project proposals with eScience support. This new joint call addresses research challenges in the computational sciences for future energy and develops sustainable software tools. Read further...
At the Digital Day'17 event, hosted in Rome by the European Commission as part of the celebrations of the 60 years of the Treaties of Rome, Francesco Profumo, President of the Compagnia di San Paolo, during the session about "Europe as a global player in High Performance Computing", moderated the panel that addressed the question of how HPC can be a new drive in the European Digital Economy. Read further...

Middleware

The Government of Canada is funding a Pan-Canadian Artificial Intelligence Strategy for research and talent that will cement Canada's position as a world leader in AI. The $125 million strategy will attract and retain top academic talent in Canada, increase the number of post-graduate trainees and researchers studying artificial intelligence, and promote collaboration between Canada's main centres of expertise in Montreal, Toronto-Waterloo and Edmonton. The programme will be administered through CIFAR, the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research. The new programme was announced in the federal budget released on 22 March 2017. Read further...
Following the recent publication of the e-IRG document " Evaluation of e-Infrastructures and the development of related Key Performance Indicators ", also known as the KPI document, the support project of the e-Infrastructure Reflection Group (e-IRG) is organising a Birds-of-a-Feather (BOF) session at the Research Data Alliance (RDA) 9th Plenary Meeting in Barcelona, Spain, on April 7, 2017 from 11h00 to 12h30. Read further...

Hardware

The transmission control protocol, or TCP, which manages traffic on the Internet, was first proposed in 1974. Some version of TCP still regulates data transfer in most major data centers, the huge warehouses of servers maintained by popular websites. Read further...
Asperitas, cleantech start-up from the Amsterdam area, has revealed their first solution based on a total liquid cooling concept called Immersed Computing at the international Cloud Expo Europe in London. After 1.5 years of research and development with an extended ecosystem of partners Asperitas has launched their first market ready, plug & play solution, the AIC24. Read further...
DataDirect Networks (DDN) has appointed Bret Costelow as the company's vice president of global sales. In his new role, Bret Costelow will oversee technical computing sales worldwide, and will leverage more than 25 years of sales and sales leadership experience to further boost visibility of DDN's deep technical expertise and high-performance computing (HPC) storage platform offerings, develop new business strategies and drive revenue growth. Bret Costelow's leadership and experience spans leading technology companies, including Intel and Ricoh Americas. Read further...
Mellanox Technologies Ltd., a supplier of high-performance, end-to-end smart interconnect solutions for data centre servers and storage systems, has introduced a new line of 100Gb/s silicon photonics components to serve the growing demand of hyperscale Web 2.0 and Cloud optical interconnects. The new product line provides module makers with access to a fully qualified portfolio of silicon photonics components and optical engine subassemblies. Read further...
Mellanox Technologies Ltd., a supplier of high-performance, end-to-end smart interconnect solutions for data center servers and storage systems, has introduced a new line of 200Gb/s silicon photonics and VCSEL-based transceivers in the same QSFP28 package as today's 100Gb/s products. These new transceivers double the bandwidth for hyperscale Web 2.0 and Cloud 100Gb/s networks. Mellanox is also introducing 200Gb/s Active Optical Cables (AOCs) and Direct Attach Copper Cables (DACs), including breakout cables, to allow for end-to-end 200Gb/s Ethernet networks. Read further...

Applications

In their study, researchers of the School of Business and Economics have shown that algorithms based on artificial intelligence are able to make profitable investment decisions. When applied to the S&P 500 constituents from 1992 to 2015, their stock selections generated annual returns in the double digits - whereas the highest profits were made at times of financial turmoil. The findings have recently been published in theEuropean Journal of Operational Research(EJOR) - a leading outlet in the field of operational research and decision making. Read further...
Unlike experimental neuroscientists who deal with real-life neurons, computational neuroscientists use model simulations to investigate how the brain functions. While many computational neuroscientists use simplified mathematical models of neurons, researchers in the Computational Neuroscience Unit at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) develop software that models neurons to the detail of molecular interactions with the goal of eliciting new insights into neuronal function. Applications of the software were limited in scope up until now because of the intense computational power required for such detailed neuronal models, but recently Dr. Weiliang Chen, Dr. Iain Hepburn, and Professor Erik De Schutter published two related papers in which they outline the accuracy and scalability of their new high-speed computational software, "Parallel STEPS". The combined findings suggest that Parallel STEPS could be used to reveal new insights into how individual neurons function and communicate with each other. Read further...
The flow of information between cells in our bodies is exceedingly complex: sensing, signaling, and influencing each other in a constant flow of microscopic engagements. These interactions are critical for life, and when they go awry can lead to the illness and injury. Read further...
Insilico Medicine, a Big Data analytics company applying deep learning techniques to drug discovery, biomarker development and human longevity research will present new research applying generative adversarial networks to developing new molecular structures for leads in oncology and other diseases at the BioDataWorld West, San Francisco, April 26-27, 2017. Read further...
A new computer simulation helps explain the existence of puzzling supermassive black holes observed in the early universe. The simulation is based on a computer code used to understand the coupling of radiation and certain materials. Read further...
A team of scientists has discovered that a law controlling the bizarre behaviour of black holes out in space - is also true for cold helium atoms that can be studied in laboratories. This finding may be a step toward a long-sought quantum theory of gravity and new advances in quantum computing. Read further...
The UPV/EHU-University of the Basque Country is conducting this work alongside the Boulder group, led by the Nobel laureate David Wineland. Read further...
Nothing works without proteins in the body, they are the molecular all-rounders in our cells. If they do not work properly, severe diseases, such as Alzheimer's, may result. To develop methods to repair malfunctioning proteins, their structure has to be known. Using a Big Data approach, researchers of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) have now developed a method to predict protein structures. Read further...
Scientists at the University of Southampton working with colleagues at the University of Liverpool have developed a new method which has the potential to revolutionise the way we search for, design and produce new materials. The researchers used sophisticated computer modelling to map how molecules assemble and crystallise to form new materials - each molecule leading to a myriad of possible structures, each with different properties and possible applications. Read further...
A team led by researchers from The Center for Genome Architecture (TC4GA) at Baylor College of Medicine have used technologies from IBM, Mellanox and NVIDIA to assemble the 1.2 billion letter genome of the Culex quinquefasciatus mosquito, which carries West Nile virus. The new genome can help enable scientists to better combat West Nile virus by identifying vulnerabilities in the mosquito that the virus uses to spread. Read further...
Recently, the 2017 ASC Student Supercomputer Challenge (ASC17) announced 20 teams for their on-site final competition, including teams from Tsinghua University, Saint Petersburg State University in Russia, University of Miskolc in Hungary and Hong Kong Baptist University. The competition will take place at China's National Supercomputing Center in Wuxi, Jiangsu, China on April 24-28, 2017, and those finalists will challenge Sunway TaihuLight, the world's fastest supercomputer, as well as cutting-edge artificial intelligence applications. Read further...
Cynthia Rudin has joined the faculty of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in Duke University's Pratt School of Engineering with a dual appointment in the Department of Computer Science. A rising star in the swiftly growing field of machine learning, Cynthia Rudin focuses on writing algorithms that are easily interpretable by human experts for practical tasks like predicting energy grid reliability or diagnosing sleep apnea. Read further...
The Ohio Supercomputer Center will offer two workshops on its resources and how to use them on April 13, 2017 on both East and West campuses at the University of Cincinnati. Read further...
A hybrid computing system developed at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, is the enabling technology behind an ambitious experiment testing a relative navigation and autonomous docking capability known as Raven. Read further...

The Cloud

The American Heart Association Precision Medicine Platform - a global, secure data discovery platform, recently developed in collaboration with Amazon Web Services (AWS) - is now open for use. Researchers, physicians, computational biologists, computer engineers and trainees from around the globe can leverage this Cloud-based resource to access and analyze volumes of cardiovascular and stroke data to accelerate the care of patients at risk of the number one killer in the United States and a leading global health threat. Read further...
IBM has launched a new Cloud-based solution that provides workload security for data and applications and automates reporting to assist with regulatory requirements. The solution, IBM Cloud Secure Virtualization, is optimized for technology from Intel and HyTrust to simplify reporting demands for organisations in highly regulated industries and provide hardware-enhanced workload security. Read further...
At its premier developer event, Oracle announced that an increasing number of global enterprises, SMBs, and ISVs are choosing the Oracle Cloud Platform to speed innovation, simplify IT, reduce costs, and deliver stellar customer experiences. 7-Eleven, Altair, Astute Business Solutions, Bitnami, Calypso Technology, Ford Motor Company, GE Capital Business Process Management Services, HashiCorp, Infotech, SAS, Vertiv Corporation, and Zensar Technologies are just a few of the many organisations that are using Oracle Cloud's PaaS and IaaS services to easily develop, test, and deploy high-performance applications in the Cloud. Additionally, Oracle continues to expand its Cloud portfolio, making it even more compelling for customers to move to the Cloud. Read further...
IBM has launched a new container service on Bluemix, its Cloud platform, to fuel the speed and simplicity at which developers can build and manage more secure and cognitive apps. Available on IBM Cloud, this service uses Kubernetes, an open-source container orchestration system leveraging a Docker engine. Delivered with a user-centric experience, IBM Bluemix Container Service automatically provisions, updates and monitors the containers that developers use to create apps, helping them to more easily build cognitive innovations which weave in real-time security intelligence. Read further...
Oracle Health Sciences has unveiled Oracle Health Sciences Data Management Workbench Cloud Service that promises to lower the cost and increase the traceability of clinical development by streamlining end to end clinical data flow across clinical R&D. Read further...
IBM and Veritas Technologies have signed a collaboration designed to help enterprises working with increasing data volumes better manage, optimize and protect data across hybrid Cloud environments. As part of the agreement, Veritas has certified the IBM Cloud Object Storage family of software and Cloud services for use with Veritas NetBackup 8.0. As a result, both Veritas and IBM clients can gain a more efficient way to migrate data from on-premises systems to the cloud for greater storage capabilities and efficient management of their growing unstructured data. Based on IBM's acquisition of Cleversafe in 2015, IBM Cloud Object Storage brings advanced object storage technology to the Cloud. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2017-03-27

Focus

Primeur Live! about the EuroHPC annnouncement on European Exascale agreement ...

Focus on Europe

Molecular motor-powered biocomputers ...

PRACE 2: growth in capacity for growth in excellence ...

"Piz Daint" for Europe, European supercomputers for Switzerland ...

Relocation of Paris PoP brings new opportunities for international collaboration ...

ISC High Performance adds STEM Student Day to the 2017 programme ...

The eScience Center and NWO-Shell join forces for future energy ...

Digital revolution needs generosity to cope with citizens' life-changing challenges - Investment in research and innovative HPC, exascale and quantum technologies is key ...

Middleware

Canada funds $125 million Pan-Canadian Artificial Intelligence Strategy ...

e-IRG support project to organise BOF session on Data Infrastructure Assessment at RDA 9th Plenary ...

Hardware

Method speeds testing of new networking protocols ...

Asperitas revealed their first sustainable liquid cooled modular data centre solution ...

DDN names Bret Costelow VP of Global Sales ...

Mellanox introduces new 100Gb/s silicon photonics optical engine product line ...

Mellanox doubles silicon photonics Ethernet transceiver speeds to 200Gb/s ...

Applications

Deep learning and stock trading ...

Parallel computation provides deeper insight into brain function ...

Machine learning lets scientists reverse-engineer cellular control networks ...

Research results in AI for drug discovery to be presented at the BioDataWorld West in San Francisco ...

Breaking the supermassive black hole speed limit ...

When helium behaves like a black hole ...

A robust, two-ion quantum logic gate that operates in a microsecond is designed ...

Big Data approach to predict protein structure ...

Molecular treasure maps to help discover new materials ...

Scientists use IBM Power systems to assemble genome of West Nile mosquito ...

Young talents challenge the world's fastest supercomputer and AI applications ...

Interpretable machine learning for all at Duke University ...

Ohio Supercomputer Center Workshops highlight resources ...

NASA's hybrid computer enables Raven's autonomous rendez-vous capability ...

The Cloud

Precision medicine platform now open for collaborative discovery about cardiovascular diseases ...

IBM automates compliance controls and data security for multi-Cloud workloads ...

Oracle Cloud Platform continues to gain momentum with customers, partners, and developers ...

IBM launches Bluemix Container Service with Kubernetes to fuel highly secure and rapid development of cognitive apps ...

Oracle Health Sciences Data Management Workbench now available in the Cloud ...

Veritas and IBM join forces to drive data management further in the Cloud ...