Primeur weekly 2017-04-03

Focus

Luxembourg capital of supercomputing in Europe ...

Quantum computing

Quantum communication: How to outwit noise ...

Rigetti Computing raises $64 million in Series A and B funding, led by Andreessen Horowitz and Vy Capital ...

Focus on Europe

HPC Summit Week 2017 in Barcelona to gather main HPC stakeholders in Europe ...

Six High Performance Computing centres in the UK to be officially launched ...

It is easier for a DNA knot ...

Prof. Dieter Kranzlmüller is new Chairman of the Board of Directors at Leibniz Supercomputing Centre ...

GW4 world-first ARM based production supercomputer launched at national exhibition in the UK ...

Middleware

New version of Univa Grid Engine 2x faster than Sun Grid Engine 6.2u5 ...

Huawei and Altair sign MoU to jointly pursue High-Performance Computing (HPC) opportunities and build industrial simulation Cloud solutions ...

Hardware

New HPC installation to deploy Asetek liquid cooling solution ...

HPE to acquire Nimble Storage to strengthen leadership in hybrid IT ...

New Supermicro rack scale design brings open management for on-demand Cloud scale data centres ...

Supermicro launches new Intel Optane SSD optimized platforms ...

GBP 3 million awarded to Oxford-led consortium for national machine learning computing facility ...

EPCC invests GB 2.4 million in Tier-2 Cirrus system ...

Eurotech continues to lead innovation in embedded and high-performance computing: New designs featuring 2nd generation Intel Xeon Phi and Intel Atom E39XX ...

Officials dedicate Ohio OSC's newest, most powerful supercomputer ...

USC's Information Sciences Institute tapped to produce computing chips technology ...

Applications

Supercomputer puts Colombia on fast track to designing new HIV drugs, science and engineering discovery ...

SDSC announces Annual Supercomputing & Data Science Workshop ...

IBM patents cognitive system to manage self-driving vehicles ...

Cryo-electron microscopy achieves unprecedented resolution using new computational methods ...

Psychologists enlist machine learning to help diagnose depression ...

A seismic mapping milestone ...

Information storage with a nanoscale twist ...

Nanomagnets for future data storage ...

Researchers shoot for success with simulations of laser pulse-material interactions ...

A system based on data science to predict student dropouts ...

The Cloud

Oracle unveils industry-first Cloud Converged Storage to help organisations bridge on-premises and Oracle Cloud storage ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2017-04-03

Focus

Europe intends to put 5 billion euro in exascale supercomputing. Money from European Countries, the European Union and the industry. But what will be the European political capital of supercomputing? Is that not Brussels? Think again. According to its Minister of Economic affairs Étienne Schneider it is Luxembourg. Why are the city of Luxembourg with 100.000 inhabitants and the country of Luxembourg with 500.000 inhabitants the focal point of European supercomputing? Three reasons. Read further...

Quantum computing

Nowadays we communicate via radio signals and send electrical pulses through long cables. This could change soon, however: Scientists have been working intensely on developing methods for quantum information transfer. This would enable tap-proof data transfer or, one day, even the linking of quantum computers. Read further...
Rigetti Computing, a quantum computing start-up, has raised $64 million in Series A and B funding. The Series A round of $24 million was led by Andreessen Horowitz. Vijay Pande, general partner at Andreessen Horowitz, has been appointed to Rigetti's Board of Directors, joining Rigetti CEO Chad Rigetti and angel investor Charlie Songhurst. The Series B round of $40 million was led by Vy Capital, followed by Andreessen Horowitz. Read further...

Focus on Europe

The European HPC Summit Week 2017 edition (EHPCSW17) will include even more HPC workshops than the 2016 edition, covering a range of application areas including renewable energies, oil & gas, biomedicine, Big Data, mathematics, climate modelling, computing applications, as well as HPC future technologies. This year's edition will take place 15-19 May in Barcelona, Spain, and will be hosted by the Barcelona Supercomputing Center. It will be a great opportunity to network with all relevant European HPC stakeholders, from technology suppliers and HPC infrastructures to HPC scientific and industrial users in Europe. Read further...
Six UK High Performance Computing (HPC) centres that will give academics and industry access to powerful computers to support research in engineering and the physical sciences, have been officially launched on 30 March, 2017 at the Thinktank science museum in Birmingham. Read further...
Anyone who has been on a sailing boat knows that tying a knot is the best way to secure a rope to a hook and prevent its slippage. The same applies to sewing threads where knots are introduced to prevent them slipping through two pieces of fabric. How, then, can long DNA filaments, which have convoluted and highly knotted structure, manage to pass through the tiny pores of various biological systems? This is the fascinating question addressed by Antonio Suma and Cristian Micheletti, researchers at the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA) in Trieste who used computer simulations to investigate the options available to the genetic material in such situations. Read further...
The Gauss Centre for Supercomputing (GCS) announced that effective April 1st, 2017, Prof. Dr. Dieter Kranzlmüller is the new Chairman of the Board of Directors at GCS member Leibniz Supercomputing Centre (LRZ) of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities in Garching near Munich. Prof. Dr. Dieter Kranzlmüller succeeds Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Arndt Bode who has been Chairman of the Board since October 1st, 2008. Prof. Bode will continue to be a member of the LRZ Board of Directors. Read further...
The GW4 Alliance has unveiled the world's first ARM-based production supercomputer at the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) launch at the Thinktank science museum in Birmingham. Read further...

Middleware

Univa, an innovator of workload management products, has made available its Grid Engine 8.5.0 product. Univa's enterprise customers continue to push the boundaries of scalability and performance and Univa has responded. With Univa Grid Engine 8.5.0 benchmarks show an impressive 2x performance improvement in scheduling and processing of all types of workload versus previous versions of Grid Engine. Enterprises will now see immediate results with less wait time and more work completed. Read further...
Huawei and Altair have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at CeBIT 2017, marking the beginning of a cooperation for High-performance Computing (HPC) and Cloud Solutions. The two companies will cooperate with each other to develop industrial simulation Cloud solutions for their customers. Read further...

Hardware

Asetek has confirmed an order from one of its existing OEM partners for its RackCDU D2C (Direct-to-Chip) liquid cooling solution. The order is part of a new installation for an undisclosed High Performance Computing (HPC) customer. Read further...
Hewlett Packard Enterprise has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Nimble Storage, the San Jose, California-based provider of predictive all-flash and hybrid-flash storage solutions. HPE will pay $12.50 per share in cash, representing a net cash purchase price at closing of $1.0 billion. In addition to the purchase price, HPE will assume or pay out Nimble's unvested equity awards, with a value of approximately $200 million at closing. Read further...
Super Micro Computer Inc., a global expert in compute, storage and networking technologies including green computing, has launched a new Rack Scale Design (RSD) solution that empowers Cloud service providers, telecoms, and Fortune 500 companies to build their own agile, efficient, software-defined data centres. Supermicro RSD is a total solution comprised of Supermicro server/storage/networking hardware and an optimized rack level management software that represents a superset of the open source RSD software framework from Intel and industry standard Redfish RESTful APIs developed by Distributed Management Task Force (DMTF). Read further...
Super Micro Computer Inc., a global expert in compute, storage and networking technologies including green computing, expands the industry's broadest portfolio of Supermicro NVMe Flash server and storage systems with support for Intel Optane SSD DC P4800X, the world's most responsive data centre SSD. Read further...
A consortium of eight UK universities, led by the University of Oxford, has been awarded GBP 3 million by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council to establish a national high-performance computing facility to support machine learning. The new facility, known as the Joint Academic Data Science Endeavour, forms part of a combined investment of GBP 20 million by EPSRC in the UK's regional Tier 2 high-performance computing facilities, which aim to bridge the gap between institutional and national resources. Read further...
EPCC has received GB 2.4 million from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) as part of the research council's GB 20 million investment in six new Tier-2 HPC centres. Read further...
Eurotech, a long-time provider of embedded and high performance computing systems (HPC), has introduced the two new designs that further expand its portfolio of Intel-based products. Read further...
J.C. "Jesse" Owens possessed both elite speed and raw power, which he honed and blended on his way to winning four Olympic gold medals in 1936. Those impressive traits - elite speed and raw power - now are shared by the newest and most powerful supercomputer in the history of the Ohio Supercomputer Center, a system which, appropriately, is named for the late Ohio-raised sprinter. Read further...
The Information Sciences Institute (ISI) at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering has been awarded a $30.9 million contract to develop technology ensuring that computing chips are manufactured with minimal defects. Read further...

Applications

Colombian researchers are helping design new drugs for treating HIV using a supercomputer built in a partnership between the Universidad EAFIT in Medellin and Purdue University. Besides trying to identify likely drug targets for new HIV treatments, EAFIT's first supercomputer, named Apolo, is being used for everything from earthquake science in a country regularly shaken by tremors, to a groundbreaking examination of the tropical disease leishmaniasis, to the most "green" way of processing cement. The machine speeds the time to science for Colombian researchers and lets them tackle bigger problems. Read further...
This year's week-long "Summer Institute" workshop held by the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California San Diego will focus on a wide range of introductory-to-intermediate topics in high-performance computing (HPC) and data science for researchers in academia and industry, especially those in domains that have not traditionally used HPC resources. Read further...
IBM's scientists have been granted a patent around a machine learning system that can dynamically shift control of an autonomous vehicle between a human driver and a vehicle control processor in the event of a potential emergency, providing a safety measure that can contribute to accident prevention. Read further...
Cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM) - which enables the visualization of viruses, proteins, and other biological structures at the molecular level - is a critical tool used to advance biochemical knowledge. Now Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory researchers have extended cryo-EM's impact further by developing a new computational algorithm that was instrumental in constructing a 3D atomic-scale model of bacteriophage P22 for the first time. Read further...
Depression affects more than 15 million American adults, or about 6.7 percent of the U.S. population, each year. It is the leading cause of disability for those between the ages of 15 and 44. Is it possible to detect who might be vulnerable to the illness before its onset using brain imaging? Read further...
Because of Earth's layered composition, scientists have often compared the basic arrangement of its interior to that of an onion. There's the familiar thin crust of continents and ocean floors; the thick mantle of hot, semisolid rock; the molten metal outer core; and the solid iron inner core. Read further...
Swirling objects known as magnetic vortices and skyrmions can be miniaturized without sacrificing mobility, a KAUST-led international research team has found. These findings are relevant for future "race-track" memory technologies that feature massive densities of moveable magnetic bits. Read further...
The idea is intriguing: if only a single atom or small molecule was needed for a single unit of data - a zero or a one in the case of binary digital technology, massive volumes of data could be stored in the tiniest amount of space. This is theoretically possible, because certain atoms can be magnetised in only one of two possible directions: "spin up" or "spin down". Information could then be stored and read by the sequence of the molecules' magnetisation directions. Read further...
With the advent of laser technology in the 1960s, materials scientists gained a new tool to both study and modify materials. Today, lasers allow researchers to manipulate materials on atomic and subatomic levels, leading to new materials and a host of other applications. Read further...
There is currently a 30% of student dropout in Europe according to Education at a Glance (EAG). In Spain, these figures are between the 25% and 29%. In order to create a tool aimed at lecturers to assess and improve the academic performance and reduce these levels, a team of the Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science has published an article in the journalPLoS ONEwhich shows a data analysis system to predict student dropout. This tool is based on science data, that is, machine learning techniques. Read further...

The Cloud

Oracle has unveiled the industry's first Cloud Converged Storage, representing the first time a public Cloud provider at scale has integrated its Cloud services with its on-premises, high performance NAS storage systems. Oracle ZFS Cloud software, included in the latest Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance release, enables organisations to easily and seamlessly move data and/or applications to the Cloud to optimize value and savings, while eliminating the need for external cloud gateways and avoiding the costs of software licenses and Cloud access licenses - AKA "Cloud entrance taxes" - charged by legacy on-premises vendors for the right to access the public Cloud from their infrastructure platforms. As an example, Oracle's total cost of ownership versus one industry competitor was 87 percent less. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2017-04-03

Focus

Luxembourg capital of supercomputing in Europe ...

Quantum computing

Quantum communication: How to outwit noise ...

Rigetti Computing raises $64 million in Series A and B funding, led by Andreessen Horowitz and Vy Capital ...

Focus on Europe

HPC Summit Week 2017 in Barcelona to gather main HPC stakeholders in Europe ...

Six High Performance Computing centres in the UK to be officially launched ...

It is easier for a DNA knot ...

Prof. Dieter Kranzlmüller is new Chairman of the Board of Directors at Leibniz Supercomputing Centre ...

GW4 world-first ARM based production supercomputer launched at national exhibition in the UK ...

Middleware

New version of Univa Grid Engine 2x faster than Sun Grid Engine 6.2u5 ...

Huawei and Altair sign MoU to jointly pursue High-Performance Computing (HPC) opportunities and build industrial simulation Cloud solutions ...

Hardware

New HPC installation to deploy Asetek liquid cooling solution ...

HPE to acquire Nimble Storage to strengthen leadership in hybrid IT ...

New Supermicro rack scale design brings open management for on-demand Cloud scale data centres ...

Supermicro launches new Intel Optane SSD optimized platforms ...

GBP 3 million awarded to Oxford-led consortium for national machine learning computing facility ...

EPCC invests GB 2.4 million in Tier-2 Cirrus system ...

Eurotech continues to lead innovation in embedded and high-performance computing: New designs featuring 2nd generation Intel Xeon Phi and Intel Atom E39XX ...

Officials dedicate Ohio OSC's newest, most powerful supercomputer ...

USC's Information Sciences Institute tapped to produce computing chips technology ...

Applications

Supercomputer puts Colombia on fast track to designing new HIV drugs, science and engineering discovery ...

SDSC announces Annual Supercomputing & Data Science Workshop ...

IBM patents cognitive system to manage self-driving vehicles ...

Cryo-electron microscopy achieves unprecedented resolution using new computational methods ...

Psychologists enlist machine learning to help diagnose depression ...

A seismic mapping milestone ...

Information storage with a nanoscale twist ...

Nanomagnets for future data storage ...

Researchers shoot for success with simulations of laser pulse-material interactions ...

A system based on data science to predict student dropouts ...

The Cloud

Oracle unveils industry-first Cloud Converged Storage to help organisations bridge on-premises and Oracle Cloud storage ...