Primeur weekly 2017-05-08

Focus

Construction started for European Institute for Neuromorphic Computing building in Heidelberg ...

Quantum computing

IBM and Raytheon BBN scientists demonstrate quantum computer performance advantage over classical computers ...

Delft, Aachen and Jülich join forces to build scalable quantum technologies ...

More than 100 million euro for Dutch top science - 18,8 million for quantum computing ...

Five ways quantum computing will change the way we think about computing ...

Focus on Europe

Frauke Gräter is the winner of the 2nd PRACE Ada Lovelace Award for HPC ...

Survey on requirement elicitation for a common e-infrastructure service catalogue now available ...

Supercharging the computers that might save the world ...

HPC-Europa3, new European H2020 project, started on 1st May ...

e-IRG Open Workshop to discuss long-term sustainability of e-Infrastructures ...

Middleware

Altair announces an impressive speaker line-up for its 2017 PBS Works User Group ...

Hardware

University of Waterloo launches new national supercomputer to fuel Big Data research and machine learning ...

Cray reports first quarter 2017 financial results ...

Cray awarded contract to install Cray CS400 cluster supercomputer at Argonne National Laboratory ...

Solarflare and LDA Technologies harness the power of Xilinx FPGAs to achieve breakthrough performance in electronic trading ...

Net Futures 2017 Conference to launch programme ...

SDSC to double Comet supercomputer's graphic processor count ...

Applications

Scientific impacts from just three years of Blue Waters ...

NASA launches challenge to accelerate design software operations on supercomputer ...

Scientists discover how world's biggest volcanoes formed ...

Case Western Reserve University research reveals important cancer clues ...

Tsinghua University won ASC17 championship big time ...

Deep learning helps scientists keep track of cell's inner parts ...

Supercomputers assist in search for new, better cancer drugs ...

Best paper award for IST Austria Cryptographers and their collaborators ...

Getting better drugs to market, more quickly ...

The first one bit chemical memory unit: The 'chit' ...

Sandia develops math techniques to improve computational efficiency in quantum chemistry ...

Exa and BP sign multi-year commercial agreement for Exa DigitalROCK relative permeability simulation technology ...

The Cloud

On-Demand LS-DYNA licenses now available in Europe on Rescale Cloud HPC platform ...

Aegis Data, vScaler and GCX unveil three-pronged partnership to provide customers a complete HPC proposition ...

Oracle and AT&T enter into strategic agreement ...

Oracle announces EU Region expansion in Germany ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2017-05-08

Focus

The construction of a new building for the European Institute for Neuromorphic Computing (EINC) in Heidelberg has started with the traditional 'Spatenstich' ceremony. The building will house one or more large neuromorphic computing systems and research groups. The building will also have clean rooms, and space for design, assembly, manufacturing and testing of neuromorphic systems. Read further...

Quantum computing

Scientists from IBM Research and Raytheon BBN have demonstrated one of the first proven examples of a quantum computer's advantage over a classical computer. By probing a black box containing an unknown string of bits, they showed that just a few superconducting qubits can discover the hidden string faster and more efficiently than today's computers. Their research was published in the paper, " Demonstration of quantum advantage in machine learning ", which appears inNature Quantum Information. Read further...
Quantum science is rapidly evolving towards greater technological maturity throughout the world. To remain at the forefront of this exciting field, collaborations are crucial. The QuTech institute in Delft as well as Forschungszentrum Jülich and RWTH Aachen University, both partners of the Jülich Aachen Research Alliance (JARA), have intensified their collaboration through an official agreement. The partners aim to enhance scientific and technical developments in the field of solid-state quantum computing and to conduct joint campaigns within the framework of the EU flagship on quantum technologies, a 1 billion euro Horizon2020 programme that was launched in Amsterdam in May 2016. Read further...
Once again six research teams of top scientists from various Dutch universities have received funding to jointly set up excellent scientific research programmes in the coming years. The Dutch Minister of Education Culture and Science, Jet Bussemaker, has made 18,8 million euro available for each programme, which is a total amount of 112,8 million euro. One of the programmes is for the Quantum Software Consortium. Read further...
While technologies that currently run on classical computers, such as Watson, can help find patterns and insights buried in vast amounts of existing data, quantum computers will deliver solutions to important problems where patterns cannot be seen because the data doesn't exist and the possibilities that you need to explore to get to the answer are too enormous to ever be processed by classical computers. Read further...

Focus on Europe

Serge Bogaerts, Managing Director of PRACE aisbl announced that Prof. Dr. Frauke Gräter, Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS) and University of Heidelberg, Germany is the winner of the PRACE Ada Lovelace Award for HPC. It is the second time that PRACE awards a female scientist for her outstanding impact on HPC research, computational science or service provision at a global level. The award will be presented at PRACEdays17, to be held 16-18 May 2017 in Barcelona. Read further...
The European e-Infrastructure Services Gateway project (eInfraCentral) aims to gather structured information about all digital services for research from independent providers to create a single entry point to European e-infrastructure services. This survey is designed for digital service providers, their users, customers and interested stakeholders to help to solicit requirements and needs for the development of a common e-infrastructure service catalogue in Europe. The survey is open till 31 May 2017. Read further...
Computer scientist Gonzalo Rodrigo at Umeå University has developed new techniques and tools to manage high performance computing systems more efficiently. This in an effort to comply with the increasing demand to handle large amounts of data within research and allowing for advance simulations. Read further...
HPC-Europa3 aims at maintaining the persistency of a high quality service of transnational access to the most advanced HPC infrastructures available in Europe for the European research science community. European researchers could rely on the existence of such transnational access activity for almost two decades, and the main aim of this new innovative 3rd edition of HPC-Europa series is to fill the gap left in the four years since the end of the last initiative has ended. Read further...
The next e-IRG Open Workshop, which is organised in the framework of the Maltese EU Presidency of the Council of the European Union, will take place in St Paul's Bay, Malta, on 8-9 June 2017. Read further...

Middleware

Altair's 2017 PBS Works User Group will be hosted in Las Vegas, Nevada, from May 22-25, featuring an agenda packed with eminent thought and industry leaders. Top speaker presentations include Boeing, NASA Ames, U.S. Department of Defense, the National Computational Infrastructure, General Electric, Intel Corporation, Oracle, Orbital ATK, the University of Nevada Las Vegas, and more. Les Ottolenghi, EVP & Chief Information Officer at Caesars Palace Entertainment will keynote the event. Read further...

Hardware

The University of Waterloo, Compute Canada and Compute Ontario have unveiled the largest supercomputer at any Canadian university. Located at Waterloo, it will provide expanded resources for researchers across the country working on a broad range of topics, including artificial intelligence, genomics and advanced manufacturing. Read further...
Cray Inc. has issued financial results for its first quarter ended March 31, 2017. All figures are based on U.S. GAAP unless otherwise noted. A reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP measures is included in the financial tables Revenue for the first quarter of 2017 was $59.0 million, compared to $105.5 million in the first quarter of 2016. Net loss for the first quarter of 2017 was $19.2 million, or $0.48 per diluted share, compared to a net loss of $5.0 million, or $0.13 per diluted share in the first quarter of 2016. Non-GAAP net loss was $28.4 million, or $0.71 per diluted share for the first quarter of 2017, compared to non-GAAP net loss of $5.3 million, or $0.13 per diluted share for the same period of 2016. Read further...
Cray Inc. has been awarded a contract to deliver a Cray CS400 cluster supercomputer to the Laboratory Computing Resource Center (LCRC) at Argonne National Laboratory. The new Cray system will serve as the Center's flagship cluster, and in continuing with LCRC's theme of jazz-music inspired computer names, the Cray CS400 system is named "Bebop". Read further...
Solarflare, a global expert in networking solutions for modern data centres, and LDA Technologies, an FPGA product development firm, have created a joint solution for reducing trading time. The solution delivers a significant improvement in tick-to-trade latency to radically improve the queue position of trades, and dramatically increase the probability that trades will be executed. The joint solution consists of one Solarflare software-defined NIC managing multiple Xilinx Kintex UltraScale FPGAs running LDA Lightspeed TCP core. The solution is available today with Solarflare XtremeScale NICs. Read further...
Net Futures will take place in Brussels, Belgium on 28 and 29 June 2017. This year's theme is "Internet, the economy and society in 2027" and it will focus on future policies to address emerging issues and trends, from the perspective of citizens, users and businesses. Read further...
The San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California San Diego has been granted a supplemental award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to double the number of graphic processing units, or GPUs, on its petascale-level Comet supercomputer in direct response to growing demand for GPU computing across a wide range of research domains. Read further...

Applications

"Build it and they will come" is one way to approach building a supercomputer, but it's not what the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) did with Blue Waters, the largest leadership-class National Science Foundation supercomputer. Prior to the system going online in April 2013, Blue Waters staff worked with more than 20 science teams to determine a unique, balanced hardware configuration - a process now known as co-design. Read further...
Do you want to help aerospace engineers solve problems faster? Does the phrase "non-linear partial differential equations used for unsteady computations" excite you? Do you want to try yourself with the complex computational software that NASA scientists use? This might be the challenge for you. The programme offers two opportunities to compete as well as cash prizes of up to $55,000 in total for the first and second placers under the two categories. Read further...
A study led by the Australian National University (ANU) has solved the 168-year-old mystery of how the world's biggest and most active volcanoes formed in Hawaii. The study found that the volcanoes formed along twin tracks due to a shift in the Pacific Plate's direction three million years ago. Lead researcher Tim Jones from ANU said scientists had known of the existence of the twin volcanic tracks since 1849, but the cause of them had remained a mystery until now. Read further...
Supercomputer simulations that predicted the movements of a protein the size of 30 atoms allowed two biophysicists from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine to uncover important clues to understanding cancer. Read further...
The final round of the 2017 ASC Student Supercomputer Challenge (ASC17) ended in Wuxi. Tsinghua University stood out from 20 teams from around the world after a fierce one-week competition, becoming grand champion and winning the prize. Read further...
Donnelly Centre researchers have developed a deep learning algorithm that can track proteins, to help reveal what makes cells healthy and what goes wrong in disease. Read further...
Surgery and radiation remove, kill, or damage cancer cells in a certain area. But chemotherapy - which uses medicines or drugs to treat cancer - can work throughout the whole body, killing cancer cells that have spread far from the original tumour. Read further...
Postdoc Joël Alwen and Professor Krzysztof Pietrzak - together with their US collaborators - have been awarded the best paper award at the Eurocrypt '17 conference. Their prize-winning work proves the existence of 'memory-hard' functions, cryptographic functions that are designed to be "egalitarian" in the sense that they can't be computed at lower cost on dedicated hardware as compared to standard CPUs. These functions are crucial to securing password servers and have applications in the next generation of decentralized cryptocurrencies. Read further...
Getting better drugs to market faster, and at a fraction of the cost, is a step closer thanks to technology for speeding up the testing process, which is being developed by a Swansea University spin-out company, Moleculomics. They have been developing computer-generated models for protein structures in the human body. Using high-performance computing technology, they can run mathematical simulations to determine how these proteins interact with chemical compounds they are exposed to in real-life conditions. Read further...
In classical computer science information is stored in bits, in quantum computer science - in quantum bits, i.e. qubits. Experiments at the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw prove that not only physics, but also chemistry is suitable for storing information. The role of the chemical bit, the 'chit', can be fulfilled by a simple arrangement of three droplets in contact with each other, in which oscillatory reactions occur. Read further...
Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories have developed new mathematical techniques to advance the study of molecules at the quantum level. Mathematical and algorithmic developments along these lines are necessary for enabling the detailed study of complex hydrocarbon molecules that are relevant in engine combustion. Read further...
Exa Corporation, a global innovator of engineering software for simulation-based design, has signed a multi-year commercial agreement with BP for Exa's DigitalROCK relative permeability software solution based on Exa's unique multi-phase fluid flow simulation technology. Read further...

The Cloud

Rescale and DYNAmore are excited to announce that hourly, on-demand licenses of the popular finite element analysis (FEA) software LS-DYNA are now available in Europe on ScaleX Enterprise, Rescale's enterprise Cloud platform for big compute. The joint launch builds on the success of on-demand licensing in the United States, which accounts for 99% of LS-DYNA jobs on ScaleX in that country. DYNAmore, LS-DYNA's European distributor, will take care of orders and billing, while Rescale will deliver the software on its Cloud platform. Read further...
High-Performance Compute (HPC) co-location facility Aegis Data has announced a strategic alignment with Cloud infrastructure and services provider vScaler to host its Cloud environment within its data centre. The partnership is further supported by Global Cloud Xchange (GCX), a subsidiary of Reliance Communications (RCOM), which will enable direct access to vScaler's Cloud Services platform via GCX's CLOUD X Fusion, delivering next-generation application-specific Cloud services to consumers and enterprises over the GCX Global Network. Read further...
AT&T signed an agreement to move thousands of its large scale internal databases to Oracle's Cloud Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS). Under the agreement, AT&T will migrate thousands of existing Oracle databases containing petabytes of data plus their associated applications workloads to Oracle Cloud. Read further...
Oracle has added enhancements to the Oracle Cloud EU Region in Germany with the addition of modern infrastructure as a service (IaaS) architecture and new IaaS and platform as a service (PaaS) Cloud services. German-based modern IaaS will enable organisations to build and move mission-critical workloads to the Cloud with uncompromised security and governance at a significant price performance advantage both over existing on-premises infrastructure and competitive Cloud offerings. Oracle's expanded infrastructure footprint is a result of tremendous customer demand with non-GAAP Cloud revenue up 71 percent in Q3FY17 to $1.3 billion. The Oracle Cloud EU Region in Germany builds on the previously announced Oracle Cloud UK Region. The Oracle Cloud EU Region in Germany is expected to come online in the second half of this calendar year. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2017-05-08

Focus

Construction started for European Institute for Neuromorphic Computing building in Heidelberg ...

Quantum computing

IBM and Raytheon BBN scientists demonstrate quantum computer performance advantage over classical computers ...

Delft, Aachen and Jülich join forces to build scalable quantum technologies ...

More than 100 million euro for Dutch top science - 18,8 million for quantum computing ...

Five ways quantum computing will change the way we think about computing ...

Focus on Europe

Frauke Gräter is the winner of the 2nd PRACE Ada Lovelace Award for HPC ...

Survey on requirement elicitation for a common e-infrastructure service catalogue now available ...

Supercharging the computers that might save the world ...

HPC-Europa3, new European H2020 project, started on 1st May ...

e-IRG Open Workshop to discuss long-term sustainability of e-Infrastructures ...

Middleware

Altair announces an impressive speaker line-up for its 2017 PBS Works User Group ...

Hardware

University of Waterloo launches new national supercomputer to fuel Big Data research and machine learning ...

Cray reports first quarter 2017 financial results ...

Cray awarded contract to install Cray CS400 cluster supercomputer at Argonne National Laboratory ...

Solarflare and LDA Technologies harness the power of Xilinx FPGAs to achieve breakthrough performance in electronic trading ...

Net Futures 2017 Conference to launch programme ...

SDSC to double Comet supercomputer's graphic processor count ...

Applications

Scientific impacts from just three years of Blue Waters ...

NASA launches challenge to accelerate design software operations on supercomputer ...

Scientists discover how world's biggest volcanoes formed ...

Case Western Reserve University research reveals important cancer clues ...

Tsinghua University won ASC17 championship big time ...

Deep learning helps scientists keep track of cell's inner parts ...

Supercomputers assist in search for new, better cancer drugs ...

Best paper award for IST Austria Cryptographers and their collaborators ...

Getting better drugs to market, more quickly ...

The first one bit chemical memory unit: The 'chit' ...

Sandia develops math techniques to improve computational efficiency in quantum chemistry ...

Exa and BP sign multi-year commercial agreement for Exa DigitalROCK relative permeability simulation technology ...

The Cloud

On-Demand LS-DYNA licenses now available in Europe on Rescale Cloud HPC platform ...

Aegis Data, vScaler and GCX unveil three-pronged partnership to provide customers a complete HPC proposition ...

Oracle and AT&T enter into strategic agreement ...

Oracle announces EU Region expansion in Germany ...