Primeur weekly 2017-05-01

Quantum computing

Looking for the quantum frontier ...

Focus on Europe

On the way to a next-generation modular supercomputer ...

Welsh universities announce new national supercomputing research facility ...

CWI and Databricks launch new collaboration in the presence of Minister Kamp ...

ISC 2017 early-bird registration fees end May 10, 2017 ...

Middleware

Rosetta online server that includes everyone ...

New Singapore research center for big data analytics and Artificial Intelligence ...

IBM ranked nr. 1 in worldwide software-defined storage software market ...

Hardware

Tela Innovations CFO Peter Calverley joins CoolIT Systems' Board of Directors ...

Mellanox InfiniBand delivers up to 250 percent higher return on investment for high performance computing platforms ...

NJIT graduate student wins IBM fellowship to develop brain-inspired computing systems ...

Ultra-thin multilayer film for next-generation data storage and processing ...

Hybrid circuits can increase computational power of chaos-based systems ...

Cray signs solutions provider agreement with Mark III Systems ...

Applications

Artificial intelligence may help diagnose tuberculosis in remote areas ...

Managing disease spread through accessible modeling ...

Latest advances in artificial intelligence for drug discovery to be presented at the NVIDIA GTC ...

New method to ensure reproducibility in computational experiments ...

Saarland University professor receives top EU research award for improved image compression ...

Computational research details the activation mechanism of a protein involved in many diseases ...

$2.4 million grant funds new Biomedical Big Data to Knowledge Training Programme ...

When artificial intelligence evaluates chess champions ...

WorldQuant Initiative for Quantitative Prediction established at Weill Cornell Medicine ...

IBM, NVIDIA and Stone Ridge Technology set record in high performance computing in oil & gas ...

BP takes leap forward in seismic imaging technology ...

Stanford engineers use SDSC's Comet to develop a plastic fabric that cools the skin ...

Seidel named vice president for economic development and innovation ...

The Cloud

IBM opens four new Cloud data centres in the United States to support growing demand for cognitive capabilities ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2017-05-01

Quantum computing

A team of researchers from Australia and the UK have developed a new theoretical framework to identify computations that occupy the 'quantum frontier' - the boundary at which problems become impossible for today's computers and can only be solved by a quantum computer. Importantly, they demonstrate that these computations can be performed with near-term, intermediate, quantum computers. Read further...

Focus on Europe

Intel and Forschungszentrum Jülich (JSC) together with ParTec and Dell have signed a cooperation to develop and deploy a next-generation modular supercomputing system. Leveraging the experience and results gained in the EU-funded DEEP and DEEP-ER projects, in which three of the partners have been strongly engaged, the group will develop the necessary mechanisms required to augment JSC's JURECA cluster with a highly-scalable component named "Booster" and being based on Intel Scalable Systems Framework (Intel SSF). Read further...
Part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government, 'Supercomputing Wales' will enable the country to compete globally for research and innovation that requires state-of-the-art computing facilities to simulate and solve complex scientific problems. Read further...
On April 25, 2017, CWI, the Dutch Center for Mathematics and Informatics, and Big Data analytics and data science software company Databricks launched a new collaboration. The launch took place in the presence of Dutch Minister Kamp of Economic Affairs, at the annual technology trade fair, the Hannover Messe. Read further...
The early bird registration for the 2017 ISC High Performance Conference will come to an end in less than two weeks and the organizers would like to encourage participants not to wait until the last minute and miss out on the opportunity to save over 45 percent off the on-site rates. Read further...

Middleware

Our bodies are made of biomolecules like proteins, nucleic acids, fats and sugars. These biomolecules are folded into specific 3D structures - predetermined by the DNA and RNA sequences that build them - which allows them to do everything they need to do in our bodies. Read further...
Those without knowledge of computer programming could soon design their own games and applications using a new edutainment software being developed by Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore). Read further...
For the third consecutive year IBM has been ranked the number one vendor in software-defined storage controller software according to results from International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Storage Software Qview for Q4 2016, issued in March, 2017. Read further...

Hardware

Peter Calverley, CFO of Tela Innovations, has been elected to CoolIT's Board of Directors. Doug Reid has retired from the Board after 5 years of service. Read further...
Mellanox Technologies Ltd.'s EDR 100Gb/s InfiniBand solutions have demonstrated from 30 to 250 percent higher HPC applications performance versus Omni-Path. These performance tests were conducted at end-user installations and Mellanox benchmarking and research centre, and covered a variety of HPC application segments including automotive, climate research, chemistry, bioscience, genomics and more. Read further...
S.R. Nandakumar, a graduate student in electrical engineering, has won a coveted IBM Ph.D. fellowship to support his work on computer systems that mimic the architecture of the human brain. The international fellowship programme, which is intensely competitive, awards exceptional graduate students in diverse fields who are tackling technical problems fundamental to innovation. Read further...
A team of scientists led by Associate Professor Yang Hyunsoo from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the National University of Singapore's Faculty of Engineering has invented a novel ultra-thin multilayer film which could harness the properties of skyrmions as information carriers for storing and processing data on magnetic media. Read further...
New research from North Carolina State University has found that combining digital and analogue components in non-linear, chaos-based integrated circuits can improve their computational power by enabling processing of a larger number of inputs. This "best of both worlds" approach could lead to circuits that can perform more computations without increasing their physical size. Read further...
Cray Inc. has signed a solutions provider agreement with Mark III Systems Inc. to develop, market and sell solutions that leverage Cray's portfolio of supercomputing and Big Data analytics systems. Read further...

Applications

Researchers are training artificial intelligence models to identify tuberculosis (TB) on chest X-rays, which may help screening and evaluation efforts in TB-prevalent areas with limited access to radiologists, according to a new study titled ""Deep Learning at Chest Radiography: Automated Classification of Pulmonary Tuberculosis by Using Convolutional Neural Networks", appearing online in the journalRadiology. Read further...
A new computer modelling study from Los Alamos National Laboratory is aimed at making epidemiological models more accessible and useful for public-health collaborators and improving disease-related decision making. Read further...
Insilico Medicine Inc. is a Big Data analytics company specializing in applying the latest advances in deep learning to drug discovery, biomarker development and aging research. In the NVIDIA Graphics Technology Conference (GTC), the scientists from Insilico Medicine will present its latest progress on the applications of Generative Adversarial Networks to Drug Discovery in Oncology and Infectious Diseases. Read further...
Research reproducibility is crucial to move forward in science. Unfortunately, and according to recent studies and surveys, the number of irreproducible experiments is increasing and research reproducibility is now recognized as one of the major challenges that scientists, institutions, founders and journals must address for science to remain credible and to keep progressing. Read further...
Digital images and videos require enormous amounts of storage and the quantities of data being generated is growing rapidly from year to year. Researchers are constantly working to improve data compression techniques so that these huge volumes of data can be stored more efficiently. One of the researchers working in this field is the Saarbrücken mathematician and computer scientist Joachim Weickert, who has recently been awarded an ERC Advanced Grant - the most lucrative and prestigious research prize bestowed by the European Union - allowing him to pursue an extraordinary idea. His method draws on a process observed in nature and follows the same rules as those governing the propagation of heat. In 2010 Joachim Weickert received the Leibniz Prize from the German Research Foundation. For the five-year period 2017 to 2022, Professor Weickert will receive up to 2.46 million euro in EU funding to support his research. Read further...
The protein p38alfa is a member of a family of molecules that transmit outside signals throughout the cell, thus allowing for an appropriate cell response, such as proliferation, differentiation, senescence, or death. Moreover, the participation of p38α in pathological conditions, like chronic inflammatory diseases and cancer, makes it a promising pharmacological target. In this regard, a complete picture of the activation mechanism of this protein is essential in order to design specific inhibitors that do not affect other processes. Read further...
A new $2.4-million programme, funded by grants from the US National Library of Medicine and Penn State University, establishes the Biomedical Big Data to Knowledge Training Programme. Its mission is to train the next generation of data scientists in order to assure that the vast wealth of biomedical data resulting from significant scientific discoveries can be mined quickly and efficiently in order to achieve useful results for human health and healing. Read further...
The ELO system, which most chess federations use today, ranks players by the results of their games. Although simple and efficient, it overlooks relevant criteria such as the quality of the moves players actually make. To overcome these limitations, Jean-Marc Alliot of the Institut de recherche en informatique de Toulouse (IRIT - CNRS/INP Toulouse/Université Toulouse Paul Sabatier/Université Toulouse Jean Jaurès/Université Toulouse Capitole) demonstrates a new system, published on 24 april 2017 in the ICGA Journal (International Computer Games Association). Read further...
Weill Cornell Medicine has been awarded a gift made by WorldQuant LLC and Igor Tulchinsky that will further realize the promise of precision medicine. The $5 million gift establishes a new initiative that will use predictive tools to enhance Weill Cornell Medicine's capability to diagnose and treat a variety of illnesses, with the goal of improving outcomes for patients. Read further...
IBM and Stone Ridge Technology have reached a performance milestone in reservoir simulation designed to help improve efficiency and lower the cost of production. Working with NVIDIA, the companies shattered previous published results using one-tenth the power and 1/100th of the space. The news demonstrates the ability of NVIDIA GPUs to simulate one billion cell models in a fraction of the published time, while delivering 10x the performance and efficiency than legacy CPU codes. Read further...
BP has achieved a major breakthrough in seismic imaging that has identified more than 200 million barrels of additional resources at BP's Atlantis field in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico. As a result of this early success, BP now is deploying this technique to fields elsewhere in the Gulf of Mexico as well as in Azerbaijan, Angola, and Trinidad and Tobago. Read further...
Stanford University researchers, with the aid of the Comet supercomputer at the San Diego Supercomputer at UC San Diego, have engineered a low-cost plastic material that could become the basis for clothing that cools the wearer, reducing the need for energy-consuming air conditioning. Read further...
H. Edward Seidel has been named vice president for economic development and innovation for the University of Illinois System, pending Board of Trustees approval, President Tim Killeen on April 24, 2017. Edward Seidel has served since August as interim vice president for research, a position that has been restructured and retitled to reflect the University of Illinois System's focus on fostering innovation to help drive the state's economy through research and discovery. Read further...

The Cloud

IBM has opened four new IBM Cloud data centres in the United States to support growing enterprise demand for Cloud infrastructure that can provide access to services like IoT, blockchain, quantum computing and cognitive. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2017-05-01

Quantum computing

Looking for the quantum frontier ...

Focus on Europe

On the way to a next-generation modular supercomputer ...

Welsh universities announce new national supercomputing research facility ...

CWI and Databricks launch new collaboration in the presence of Minister Kamp ...

ISC 2017 early-bird registration fees end May 10, 2017 ...

Middleware

Rosetta online server that includes everyone ...

New Singapore research center for big data analytics and Artificial Intelligence ...

IBM ranked nr. 1 in worldwide software-defined storage software market ...

Hardware

Tela Innovations CFO Peter Calverley joins CoolIT Systems' Board of Directors ...

Mellanox InfiniBand delivers up to 250 percent higher return on investment for high performance computing platforms ...

NJIT graduate student wins IBM fellowship to develop brain-inspired computing systems ...

Ultra-thin multilayer film for next-generation data storage and processing ...

Hybrid circuits can increase computational power of chaos-based systems ...

Cray signs solutions provider agreement with Mark III Systems ...

Applications

Artificial intelligence may help diagnose tuberculosis in remote areas ...

Managing disease spread through accessible modeling ...

Latest advances in artificial intelligence for drug discovery to be presented at the NVIDIA GTC ...

New method to ensure reproducibility in computational experiments ...

Saarland University professor receives top EU research award for improved image compression ...

Computational research details the activation mechanism of a protein involved in many diseases ...

$2.4 million grant funds new Biomedical Big Data to Knowledge Training Programme ...

When artificial intelligence evaluates chess champions ...

WorldQuant Initiative for Quantitative Prediction established at Weill Cornell Medicine ...

IBM, NVIDIA and Stone Ridge Technology set record in high performance computing in oil & gas ...

BP takes leap forward in seismic imaging technology ...

Stanford engineers use SDSC's Comet to develop a plastic fabric that cools the skin ...

Seidel named vice president for economic development and innovation ...

The Cloud

IBM opens four new Cloud data centres in the United States to support growing demand for cognitive capabilities ...