Primeur weekly 2017-04-10

Exascale supercomputing

EUROSERVER paves the way for low-power data centres ...

Intersect360 Research to provide USCC testimony for China's Pursuit of Next Frontier Tech hearing ...

Quantum computing

'Virtual' interferometers may overcome scale issues for optical quantum computers ...

Quantum-physical model system ...

Optics advance quantum information processing ...

Focus on Europe

A glance into the ISC 2017 Research Paper Session ...

OCF announce Iceotope as liquid cooling partner for research and academic market ...

Return of the mini-supercomputer in the Netherlands: Little Green Machine II ...

Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry chooses vSMP Foundation ...

PRACE opens SHAPE 5th Call for Proposals ...

IBM invests to accelerate innovation, collaboration and fast-track health care solutions in Finland ...

73% of academics say access to research data helps them in their work; 34% do not publish their data ...

Middleware

DDN Lustre powers University of Edinburgh accelerated genomics research ...

Hardware

Supercomputer growth drives record HPC revenue in 2016, Hyperion Research reports ...

Canada's most powerful academic supercomputer will launch at Simon Fraser University ...

Silicon Mechanics Announces Recipient of 6th Annual Research Cluster Grant ...

U.S. businesses risk falling behind as lead in global semiconductor industry threatened ...

Fujitsu and Oracle launch Fujitsu SPARC M12 servers with world's fastest per-core performance ...

IBM Researchers advance the understanding of chip reliability at IEEE International Reliability Physics Symposium ...

Applications

Artificial intelligence: Bosch and University of Amsterdam to cooperate closely ...

Cyber gene network could speed up discoveries ...

How can network analysis lead to a new way of studying court decisions? ...

IBM patents machine learning models for drug discovery ...

Clemson scientists receive $2.95 million to improve and simplify large-scale data analysis ...

New brain-inspired cybersecurity system detects 'bad apples' 100 times faster ...

Supercomputers reveal how cell membranes keep cancer-causing proteins turned off ...

The Cloud

IBM opens Budapest Software Lab to develop Cloud Video solutions ...

IBM first to deliver latest NVIDIA GPU accelerator on the Cloud to speed AI workloads ...

University of Wyoming uses Oracle Cloud to drive core mission of teaching, research, and service ...

Industry experts discuss advantages and risks of shifting data analytics to the Cloud ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2017-04-10

Exascale supercomputing

EUROSERVER, a three-year FP7 project that ended successfully early this year, was tasked by the European Commission to develop an energy-efficient server design that can meet the anticipated demands of data centres beyond 2020. Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) has contributed to the project with research in energy-efficient and cost-effective interconnects, systems software and runtime systems. Its research has been published in LCN 2015, ISUM 2017, LCN 2016, UCC 2016,Springer Computing Journal, andElsevier Future Generation Computing Systems. Read further...
For its hearing on "China's Pursuit of Next Frontier Tech", the U.S.-China Economic & Security Review Commission (USCC) has been seeking testimony on the current and potential future state of supercomputing innovation worldwide, with an emphasis on China's position on the global stage relative to the U.S. Addison Snell, CEO of Intersect360 Research, provided this written testimony in answer to USCC's questions for the hearing. Mr. Snell also provided oral testimony to answer additional questions at the hearing on March 16, 2017. Information about Mr. Snell, Intersect360 Research, and the questions asked are in the Appendices of the report. Read further...

Quantum computing

It's not the size of the interferometer that matters; it's how you use it. So claim a team of researchers from RMIT University, the University of Sydney and University of Technology Sydney, who have devised an entirely new way of implementing large-scale interferometers that will dramatically miniaturise optical processing circuitry. Read further...
Two researchers at Heidelberg University have developed a model system that enables a better understanding of the processes in a quantum-physical experiment with ultracold atoms. Using computer-assisted methods, Prof. Dr Sandro Wimberger and David Fischer from the Institute for Theoretical Physics discovered physical laws that point to the universal properties of this system. Their results were published in the journalAnnalen der Physik. Read further...
Experimental physicist Professor Wolfgang Wernsdorfer of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) was selected by the European Research Council for funding with an ERC Advanced Grant for his project "Molecular Quantum Opto-Spintronics" (MoQuOS). MoQuOS covers optical manipulation and characterization of molecular quantum bits. Within the framework of MoQuOS, Wolfgang Wernsdorfer, who has been holding an Alexander von Humboldt professorship since 2016, plans to develop together with his team rapid and reliable methods to read out spin states of individual magnetic molecules for quantum information processing. Read further...

Focus on Europe

ISC High Performance has announced the 22 research papers that have been accepted for presentation at the ISC 2017 Research Paper Session. The session will run over three days, starting June 19, 2017. All submissions were double-blind peer reviewed based on their novelty, fundamental insights and potential for long-term contribution. The process was headed by programme chair, Dr. Pavan Balaji of Argonne National Laboratory, and deputy chair, Prof. Dr. David Keyes from KAUST. Read further...
Iceotope, a liquid cooling company, and OCF, a solution integrator for HPC, storage and data analytics, have signed their partnership to offer greater flexibility for high performance computing (HPC) users. The partnership brings together Iceotope's cutting edge cooling technology and OCF's expertise in the HPC market to deliver fast performance without sacrificing space, noise or cost. Read further...
A team of Dutch scientists has built a supercomputer the size of four pizza boxes. The Little Green Machine II has the computing power of 10,000 PCs and will be used by researchers in oceanography, computer science, artificial intelligence, financial modelling and astronomy. The computer is based at Leiden University, The Netherlands and developed with help from IBM. Read further...
ScaleMP, a provider of virtualization solutions for high-end computing, has announced that the department of NMR-based Structural Biology at the Max-Planck-Institute for Biophysical Chemistry has chosen vSMP Foundation. vSMP Foundation delivers an effective alternative to proprietary, costly symmetric multiprocessing (SMP) systems, aggregating the power of multiple commodity x86 servers into one larger virtual SMP. Read further...
PRACE has opened the Fifth SHAPE Call for Proposals on March 31, 2017. This call will close on June 1, 2017. The Fifth Call for Applications to SHAPE - SME HPC Adoption Programme in Europe - invites applications from European SMEs with an interesting idea that would benefit from High Performance Computing. Read further...
IBM has opened the IBM Watson Health Center in Helsinki, Finland. The new centre will enable Finnish health care to utilize Watson cognitive computing to help doctors improve the health of Finnish citizens, and strengthen and develop the Finnish innovation and business ecosystem in the fields of health and well-being. The centre is expected to employ up to 150 consultants in Finland over the next few years. Read further...
A new report published byElsevierand the Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS) provides a benchmark overview of data sharing perceptions and practices among researchers. Read further...

Middleware

The University of Edinburgh, one of the world's top educational and research institutions, has deployed three DDN ES7K Lustre Parallel File System Appliances to accelerate data-intensive workflows across research and industry. At the Edinburgh Parallel Computing Center (EPCC), DataDirect Networks' advanced Lustre appliances manage a rising tide of digital data generated by traditional HPC and other forms of novel computing. Read further...

Hardware

Worldwide factory revenue for the high-performance computing (HPC) technical server market grew 4.4% in full-year 2016 to a record $11.2 billion, up from $10.7 billion in 2015 and from the previous record of $11.1 billion in exceptionally strong 2012, according to the newly released Hyperion Research Worldwide High Performance Technical Server QView. Hyperion Research is the new name for the former IDC HPC group. Read further...
This April Simon Fraser University (SFU), in partnership with Compute Canada and regional partner WestGrid, will launch a new, advanced research computing (ARC) system, Cedar, at SFU's Burnaby Campus. One of four new Canadian supercomputing and data centre sites, Cedar will give Canadian researchers access to the latest ARC resources and expertise. Read further...
Silicon Mechanics, a system integrator and custom design manufacturer that provides the expertise necessary to scale open technology throughout an organisation, has announced the recipient of its sixth annual Research Cluster Grant (RCG): California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly). As a result of its successful application, Cal Poly receives a High-Performance Computing (HPC) cluster with the latest high-performance processing, networking, storage and GPU technologies, valued at over $130,000 for use in demonstrated research and educational purposes going forward. Read further...
Processing performance improvements of computing components from Silicon Valley designers and manufacturers have hit a plateau, with the U.S. economy facing a major threat to its leadership in the $335 billion global semiconductor industry and the $1 trillion market for high-tech products and services powered by these semiconductors. Read further...
Fujitsu Limited and Oracle have launched Fujitsu SPARC M12, a new line-up of enterprise servers now available worldwide. Featuring Fujitsu's new SPARC64 XII processor, Fujitsu SPARC M12 servers achieve the world's highest per CPU core performance in arithmetic processing, offering dramatic improvements for a wide range of database workloads, from mission-critical systems on premises to Big Data processing in the Cloud. Read further...
IBM semiconductor and technology researchers have presented five papers on the technical and material advancement of its next-generation chip development, including the 7 nanometer node, at the IEEE International Reliability Physics Symposium (IRPS), April 4-6, 2017. Read further...

Applications

Artificial intelligence is poised to fundamentally change the world: in the future, machines will be capable of autonomously learning from experience and acting on this basis. The foundation for this is deep learning. In the future, the University of Amsterdam and Bosch will cooperate closely in this field. To this end, the two partners have signed a research alliance in Amsterdam. Known as Delta Lab - "Deep Learning Technologies Amsterdam", the alliance aims to promote regular professional exchange and knowledge transfer. In this way, Bosch is further expanding its expertise in the field of artificial intelligence. Over the next four years, the company will make a total of 3 million euro available to support the research of ten PhD students and postdoctoral fellows at the University of Amsterdam. Read further...
A Washington State University (WSU) team has set out to digitally model how every known gene interacts with every other gene - in plants, animals, insects and people. These gene expression networks could promote development of biomarkers that breeders use to grow new crops through traditional methods. The work could aid scientists in finding new genes that influence plant and animal health. Read further...
Gijs van Dijck is a young professor of Private Law at Maastricht University. For the last six months, he has been working with Dafne van Kuppevelt, eScience Research Engineer at the eScience Center, on the project "Case Law Analytics". The aim is to develop a technology that assists the legal community in analyzing case law. Here is the story of their collaboration. Read further...
IBM's scientists have been granted a patent on machine learning models to predict therapeutic indications and side effects from various drug information sources. IBM Research has implemented a cognitive association engine to identify significant linkages between predicted therapeutic indications and side effects, and a visual analytics system to support the interactive exploration of these associations. Read further...
Clemson University scientists Alex Feltus and Melissa Smith have received a $2.95 million collaborative award from the National Science Foundation to develop cyberinfrastructure aimed at providing researchers around the nation and world with a more fluid and flexible system of analyzing large-scale data. Read further...
Cybersecurity is critical - for national security, corporations and private individuals. Sophisticated cybersecurity systems excel at finding "bad apples" in computer networks, but they lack the computing power to identify the threats directly. Instead, they look for general indicators of an attack; call them "apples". Or the system flags very specific patterns, such as "bad Granny Smith apples" or "bad Red Delicious apples". Read further...
Two biophysicists from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine have used supercomputers to show how cell membranes control the shape, and consequently the function, of a major cancer-causing protein. Read further...

The Cloud

IBM has opened an IBM Budapest Lab dedicated to developing new technologies for IBM Cloud Video to support the increasing demand for streaming video technology by companies across all industries. A major focus will be collaborating with other IBM sites to infuse cognitive capabilities into IBM Cloud Video solutions to unlock data and insights from video. IBM estimates Cloud-based video will be a $105 billion market by 2019. Read further...
IBM is the first major global Cloud provider to make the NVIDIA Tesla P100 GPU accelerator available on the Cloud. By combining NVIDIA's acceleration technology with IBM's Cloud platform, businesses can expect to more quickly and efficiently run compute-heavy workloads, such as artificial intelligence, deep learning and high performance data analytics. Read further...
The University of Wyoming (UW), has selected Oracle Cloud to transform the way UW does business at every level, by providing a modern and synchronized technology platform to further academic excellence. As Wyoming's only provider of baccalaureate graduate education, research, and outreach services, UW decided it could no longer wait to redesign its 20-year-old systems. The initiative incorporates finance, human resources (HR), budgeting and planning, grant management, and supply chain management systems - all of which are core to the University's operations. Read further...
Thought leaders in both Cloud computing and Big Data examine the factors driving increasing numbers of companies to move their enterprises to the Cloud, explore the synergy between the Cloud and notebooks, and debate whether the Cloud is able to provide the level of information security needed by enterprises in an insightful Expert Panel Discussion published inBig Data. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2017-04-10

Exascale supercomputing

EUROSERVER paves the way for low-power data centres ...

Intersect360 Research to provide USCC testimony for China's Pursuit of Next Frontier Tech hearing ...

Quantum computing

'Virtual' interferometers may overcome scale issues for optical quantum computers ...

Quantum-physical model system ...

Optics advance quantum information processing ...

Focus on Europe

A glance into the ISC 2017 Research Paper Session ...

OCF announce Iceotope as liquid cooling partner for research and academic market ...

Return of the mini-supercomputer in the Netherlands: Little Green Machine II ...

Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry chooses vSMP Foundation ...

PRACE opens SHAPE 5th Call for Proposals ...

IBM invests to accelerate innovation, collaboration and fast-track health care solutions in Finland ...

73% of academics say access to research data helps them in their work; 34% do not publish their data ...

Middleware

DDN Lustre powers University of Edinburgh accelerated genomics research ...

Hardware

Supercomputer growth drives record HPC revenue in 2016, Hyperion Research reports ...

Canada's most powerful academic supercomputer will launch at Simon Fraser University ...

Silicon Mechanics Announces Recipient of 6th Annual Research Cluster Grant ...

U.S. businesses risk falling behind as lead in global semiconductor industry threatened ...

Fujitsu and Oracle launch Fujitsu SPARC M12 servers with world's fastest per-core performance ...

IBM Researchers advance the understanding of chip reliability at IEEE International Reliability Physics Symposium ...

Applications

Artificial intelligence: Bosch and University of Amsterdam to cooperate closely ...

Cyber gene network could speed up discoveries ...

How can network analysis lead to a new way of studying court decisions? ...

IBM patents machine learning models for drug discovery ...

Clemson scientists receive $2.95 million to improve and simplify large-scale data analysis ...

New brain-inspired cybersecurity system detects 'bad apples' 100 times faster ...

Supercomputers reveal how cell membranes keep cancer-causing proteins turned off ...

The Cloud

IBM opens Budapest Software Lab to develop Cloud Video solutions ...

IBM first to deliver latest NVIDIA GPU accelerator on the Cloud to speed AI workloads ...

University of Wyoming uses Oracle Cloud to drive core mission of teaching, research, and service ...

Industry experts discuss advantages and risks of shifting data analytics to the Cloud ...