Primeur weekly 2017-05-15

Special

NVIDIA ushers in new era of robotics, with breakthroughs making It easier to build and train intelligent machines ...

NVIDIA and Toyota collaborate to accelerate market introduction of autonomous cars ...

NVIDIA launches GPU Cloud platform to simplify AI development ...

NVIDIA advances AI computing revolution with new Volta-based DGX systems ...

NVIDIA launches revolutionary Volta GPU platform, fueling next era of AI and high performance computing ...

NVIDIA to train 100,000 developers on deep learning in 2017 ...

NVIDIA paves path to AI cities with Metropolis Edge-to-Cloud platform for video analytics ...

NVIDIA Tesla accelerators on IBM Cloud demonstrate advanced performance for training deep learning models ...

BSC and NVIDIA a step forward to the interactive simulation of humans ...

Quantum computing

Refrigerator for quantum computers discovered ...

Focus on Europe

EoCoE service page open for PRACE user community ...

Spring 2017 edition of the e-IRG newsletter available ...

PRACE to issue Annual Report 2016 ...

Middleware

Bright Computing announces 8.0 release - Setting new standard for automation and ease-of-use for Linux-based clusters and public, private and hybrid Clouds ...

CETIAT France chooses Bright Cluster Manager for aerodynamics and fluid mechanics HPC environment ...

2016 National Research Infrastructure Roadmap for Australia is now available ...

Hardware

Cray delivers production-ready AI with new Cray CS-Storm accelerated cluster supercomputers ...

Inspur to unveil 2U 8-GPU AI supercomputer at GTC 2017 ...

Inspur unveiled AIStation, AI deep learning training cluster management software at GTC 2017 ...

Supermicro systems deliver 170 Tflop/s FP16 of peak performance for artificial intelligence, and deep learning at GTC 2017 ...

NCSA's Blue Waters project provides $1.08 billion direct return to Illinois' economy ...

Applications

SDSC's Comet helps replicate brain circuitry to direct a realistic prosthetic arm ...

University of Wyoming graduate student one of 36 selected for CyberGIS Summer School ...

Supercomputing mimics berkelium experiments to validate new find ...

'Inverse designing' spontaneously self-assembling materials ...

Story of silver birch from genomic Big Data ...

Targeted, high-energy cancer treatments get a supercomputing boost ...

Computer accurately identifies and delineates breast cancers on digital tissue slides ...

Sound over silicon: Computing's wave of the future ...

USC Viterbi School of Engineering faculty awarded multiple MURI grants ...

New funding announced for Digital Earth Australia ...

NCSA releases annual report highlighting scientific exploration and breakthroughs enabled by the Blue Waters Project ...

Supercomputer can disprove the theory of sunspot formation ...

The Cloud

Inspur to release InCloud OS 5.0 "F.A.S.T" at the 2017 OpenStack Summit ...

IBM extends data science collaborative workspace to the private Cloud ...

Pointwise and Envenio Join Forces on Demand ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2017-05-15

Special

NVIDIA has ushered in a new era for the robotics industry, introducing breakthroughs that radically simplify the work of building and training intelligent machines. In his keynote at the eighth annual GPU Technology Conference, NVIDIA CEO and founder Jensen Huang introduced the NVIDIA Isaac robot simulator, which utilizes sophisticated video-game and graphics technologies to train intelligent machines in simulated real-world conditions before they get deployed. The company also introduced a set of robot reference-design platforms that make it faster to build such machines using the NVIDIA Jetson platform. Read further...
NVIDIA is collaborating with Toyota to deliver artificial intelligence hardware and software technologies that will enhance the capabilities of autonomous driving systems planned for market introduction within the next few years. Read further...
NVIDIA has introduced the NVIDIA GPU Cloud (NGC), a Cloud-based platform that will give developers convenient access - via their PC, NVIDIA DGX system or the Cloud - to a comprehensive software suite for harnessing the transformative powers of AI. Read further...
NVIDIA has launched a new line-up of NVIDIA DGX AI supercomputers with unmatched computing performance to advance the world's most challenging AI research. Featuring NVIDIA Tesla V100 data centre GPUs based on the NVIDIA Volta architecture and a fully optimized AI software package, the systems deliver groundbreaking AI computing power three times faster than the prior DGX generation, providing the performance of up to 800 CPUs in a single system. Read further...
NVIDIA has launched Volta - the world's most powerful GPU computing architecture, created to drive the next wave of advancement in artificial intelligence and high performance computing. The company also introduced its first Volta-based processor, the NVIDIA Tesla V100 data centre GPU, which brings extraordinary speed and scalability for AI inferencing and training, as well as for accelerating HPC and graphics workloads. Read further...
To meet surging demand for expertise in the field of AI, NVIDIA plans to train 100,000 developers this year - a tenfold increase over 2016 - through the NVIDIA Deep Learning Institute. Read further...
Paving the way for the creation of AI cities, NVIDIA has unveiled the NVIDIA Metropolis intelligent video analytics platform. Metropolis makes cities safer and smarter by applying deep learning to video streams for applications such as public safety, traffic management and resource optimization. More than 50 NVIDIA AI city partner companies are already providing products and applications that use deep learning on GPUs, many of which were on display at the GPU Technology Conference. Read further...
Benchmarks conducted by IBM engineers found that the NVIDIA Tesla P100 GPU accelerators on the IBM Cloud can provide up to 2.8 times more performance than the previous generation NVIDIA Tesla K80 for certain test cases. A second benchmark conducted by Rescale also found significant performance gains for the NVIDIA Tesla P100 GPU on IBM Cloud. This reduces the corresponding training time required for deep learning models and helps enable organisations to quickly create advanced artificial intelligence (AI) applications on the Cloud. Read further...
NVIDIA and Barcelona Supercomputing Center have presented a real-time interactive visualisation of a cardiac computational model that shows the potential of HPC-based simulation codes and GPU-accelerated clusters to simulate the human cardiovascular system. At the NVIDIA GTC17 conference in San Jose, California, USA, BSC and NVIDIA have brought together Alya simulation code and NVIDIA IndeX scalable software to implement an in-situ visualization solution for of electromechanical simulations of the BSC cardiac computational model. While Alya simulates the electromechanical cardiac propagation, NVIDIA IndeX is used for an immediate in-situ visualization. The in-situ visualization allows researchers to interact with the data on the fly giving a better insight into the simulations. Read further...

Quantum computing

Quantum physicist Mikko Möttönen and his team at Aalto University have invented a quantum-circuit refrigerator, which can reduce errors in quantum computing. The global race towards a functioning quantum computer is on. With future quantum computers, we will be able to solve previously impossible problems and develop, for example, complex medicines, fertilizers, or artificial intelligence. Read further...

Focus on Europe

The Energy oriented Centre of Excellence (EoCoE) for computing applications is a European network of experts in High Performance Computing aimed at supporting sustainable energy applications from Academia, Industry and the Public Sector. Read further...
The Spring edition of the e-IRG newsletter is now available for download. Read further...
The 2016 edition of the PRACE Annual Report offers a glimpse into the future of HPC in Europe, in general, and the PRACE partnership in particular. The 2016 Annual Report features an overview of the PRACE 2 Programme, ratified in early 2017, that embraces the overarching goal of providing federated European supercomputing infrastructure that is science-driven and globally competitive. Read further...

Middleware

Bright Computing, a provider of hardware-agnostic cluster and Cloud management software, has released Bright Cluster Manager 8.0 and Bright OpenStack 8.0 with advanced, integrated solutions to improve ease-of use and management of HPC and Big Data clusters as well as private and public Cloud environments. Read further...
CETIAT, a French technical centre dedicated to studying, testing and calibrating thermal, thermodynamics, aerodynamics and fluid mechanics, has selected Bright Cluster Manager to manage its new high-performance computing infrastructure. Read further...
The 2016 National Research Infrastructure Roadmap for Australia outlines national research infrastructure required for the coming decade so that Australia's world class research system continues to improve productivity, create jobs, lift economic growth and support a healthy environment. A copy of the 2016 Roadmap is now available. Read further...

Hardware

Cray has launched two new Cray CS-Storm accelerated cluster supercomputers - the Cray CS-Storm 500GT and the Cray CS-Storm 500NX. Purpose built for the most demanding artificial intelligence (AI) workloads, the new Cray systems will provide customers with powerful, accelerator-optimized solutions for running machine learning and deep learning applications. Read further...
Inspur has unveiled a new ultra-high density AI computing server, AGX-2, to accelerate Artificial Intelligence at the 2017 GPU Technology Conference (GTC2017). It is designed to provide maximum throughput for superior application performance for science and engineering computing, taking AI computing to the next level. Inspur, a data centre and Cloud computing total solutions provider, has cooperated with NVIDIA to unveil the AGX-2. It is the world's first 2U 8-GPUs with enabled Link 2.0. Read further...
Inspur, an expert in intelligent computing and ranked by Gartner as a top 5 server manufacturer worldwide, unveiled its new AI deep learning training cluster management software, AIStation at GTC 2017. Inspur AIStation is a complete AI deep learning cluster management software enabling simple and flexible deep learning, and makes it easy to train and combine popular model types across multiple GPUs and servers. It's also designed with speed, ease of control and efficient resource management in mind, allowing for a more flexible way to organize computation and puts the power of deep learning into the hands of engineers and data scientists. Read further...
Super Micro Computer Inc., a global expert in compute, storage and networking technologies including green computing, exhibited new GPU-based servers at the GPU Technology Conference (GTC) from May 8 to 11 at the San Jose Convention Center. Read further...
The National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has released a study detailing the current and projected economic impact of its Blue Waters project on Illinois' economy. The project manages the nation's most powerful sustained-performance supercomputer for open-science and its related workforce development and education programme. The study finds that the Blue Waters project - which is a joint investment between the State of Illinois, the University of Illinois, the National Science Foundation (NSF), and related activities funded by the university, NSF and other federal agencies - has a projected $1.08 billion direct economic impact on Illinois' economy and will have created 5,772 full-time equivalent employment over the project's lifespan (October 2007 - June 2019). Read further...

Applications

By applying a novel computer algorithm to mimic how the brain learns, a team of researchers - with the aid of the Comet supercomputer based at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at UC San Diego and the Center's Neuroscience Gateway - has identified and replicated neural circuitry that resembles the way an unimpaired brain controls limb movement. Read further...
A University of Wyoming (UW) graduate student is one of 36 nationwide chosen to participate in the National Center for Supercomputing Applications' CyberGIS Center for Advanced and Digital Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign May 15-20. Read further...
The Titan supercomputer at the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF) has enabled scientists to explore an unexpected oxidation state in the rare, radioactive element berkelium that was first observed in experiment. The OLCF is a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science User Facility. Read further...
Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin are exploring how molecular simulations with the latest optimization strategies can create a more systematic way of discovering new materials that exhibit specific, desired properties. Read further...
Big Data is a buzzword that is often used in customer behaviour analyses or social network modelling. However, Big Data is also being created in biology, where modern high-throughput DNA sequencing can easily produce loads of data. Exponential decrease in the cost of sequencing during this decade has made it possible to analyze whole populations of organisms instead of a small set or only one selected individual. Population-level data opens up completely new ways of studying the organisms. For example, history of the species can be inferred from patterns imprinted in the genomes by long-term evolution and more recent natural selection. These types of analyses have earlier been carried out for humans where there already exists plenty of data, but the low cost of DNA sequencing makes it now possible to look at altogether different species, such as ones of importance to forestry and Finnish culture. Read further...
Radiation therapy shoots high-energy particles into the body to destroy or damage cancer cells, while sparing surrounding healthy tissue. New types of radiation systems are emerging that can better target cancer cells. These include proton beam therapy and MR-linac, which combines real-time imaging and radiation treatment in a single device. Scientists rely on supercomputers at the Texas Advanced Computing Center to virtually test, plan treatments, and understand the basic science of, these radiation therapies. Read further...
A deep-learning computer network developed through research led by Case Western Reserve University was 100 percent accurate in determining whether invasive forms of breast cancer were present in whole biopsy slides. Looking closer, the network correctly made the same determination in each individual pixel of the slide 97 percent of the time, rendering near-exact delineations of the tumours. Read further...
As computer parts grow tinier - billions of transistors are now packed onto silicon chips the size of a fingernail - silicon's performance shrinks too, and the material can overheat. Engineers are in a race to perfect quantum computers, which store, transmit and process information in fundamentally different ways than their digital cousins and have exponentially greater computing capability. Read further...
USC Viterbi School of Engineering faculty teams were the recipients of three different 2017 Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative grants (MURI) from the Department of Defense. Research teams from USC Viterbi's Department of Computer Science, the Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering, and the Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Sciences will work on a range of research topics, from preventing cyber attacks, to advancing quantum computing, and to the development of improved polymers for energy use and storage. Read further...
Geoscience Australia welcomes the release of Budget 2017-18 by the Treasurer, which includes $15.3 million in new funding to establish the Digital Earth Australia over the next two years. Read further...
The National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has released the 2016 Blue Waters Project Annual Report, highlighting a year of scientific exploration and breakthroughs enabled by the project's leadership class supercomputer and its associated support, training, and education efforts. For the project's third annual report, research teams were invited to present highlights from their research that leveraged Blue Waters, the National Science Foundation's most powerful system for computation and data analysis. Read further...
The SPOTSIM project, which studies the formation of sunspots, has been awarded competed time on the Mare Nostrum supercomputer in Spain. The awarded resources amount to 20 million CPU hours - a computing time equal to approximately 500 years on a normal laptop. The group of researchers including scientists from Aalto University and the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research (MPS) in Germany hopes to pinpoint the important role played by turbulent plasma flows within the Sun. Read further...

The Cloud

Inspur, a Gold member of OpenStack, displayed its latest version of In-Cloud OS 5.0 with real world experiences at OpenStack Summit in Boston on May 8th, 2017. OpenStack Summit, the worldwide open infrastructure event, gathered 7,800+ visitors from the fields of technology development, business operation and strategy, ecological construction and cloud infrastructure in discussing the current stage and future of the OpenStack. Read further...
IBM has made available a collaborative workspace for private Clouds geared towards organisations and data scientists working with sensitive data. Using Data Science Experience Local, data scientists are now able to more easily and quickly collaborate on analytic models and deliver insights that developers can use to build intelligent applications. Read further...
Pointwise Inc. and Envenio have signed a co-licensing agreement to offer both products, Pointwise and EXN/Aero, on-demand, on HPC Cloud-host Nimbix. This represents a step-change in the way computational fluid dynamics (CFD) engineers can access and utilize high performance meshing & simulation tools. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2017-05-15

Special

NVIDIA ushers in new era of robotics, with breakthroughs making It easier to build and train intelligent machines ...

NVIDIA and Toyota collaborate to accelerate market introduction of autonomous cars ...

NVIDIA launches GPU Cloud platform to simplify AI development ...

NVIDIA advances AI computing revolution with new Volta-based DGX systems ...

NVIDIA launches revolutionary Volta GPU platform, fueling next era of AI and high performance computing ...

NVIDIA to train 100,000 developers on deep learning in 2017 ...

NVIDIA paves path to AI cities with Metropolis Edge-to-Cloud platform for video analytics ...

NVIDIA Tesla accelerators on IBM Cloud demonstrate advanced performance for training deep learning models ...

BSC and NVIDIA a step forward to the interactive simulation of humans ...

Quantum computing

Refrigerator for quantum computers discovered ...

Focus on Europe

EoCoE service page open for PRACE user community ...

Spring 2017 edition of the e-IRG newsletter available ...

PRACE to issue Annual Report 2016 ...

Middleware

Bright Computing announces 8.0 release - Setting new standard for automation and ease-of-use for Linux-based clusters and public, private and hybrid Clouds ...

CETIAT France chooses Bright Cluster Manager for aerodynamics and fluid mechanics HPC environment ...

2016 National Research Infrastructure Roadmap for Australia is now available ...

Hardware

Cray delivers production-ready AI with new Cray CS-Storm accelerated cluster supercomputers ...

Inspur to unveil 2U 8-GPU AI supercomputer at GTC 2017 ...

Inspur unveiled AIStation, AI deep learning training cluster management software at GTC 2017 ...

Supermicro systems deliver 170 Tflop/s FP16 of peak performance for artificial intelligence, and deep learning at GTC 2017 ...

NCSA's Blue Waters project provides $1.08 billion direct return to Illinois' economy ...

Applications

SDSC's Comet helps replicate brain circuitry to direct a realistic prosthetic arm ...

University of Wyoming graduate student one of 36 selected for CyberGIS Summer School ...

Supercomputing mimics berkelium experiments to validate new find ...

'Inverse designing' spontaneously self-assembling materials ...

Story of silver birch from genomic Big Data ...

Targeted, high-energy cancer treatments get a supercomputing boost ...

Computer accurately identifies and delineates breast cancers on digital tissue slides ...

Sound over silicon: Computing's wave of the future ...

USC Viterbi School of Engineering faculty awarded multiple MURI grants ...

New funding announced for Digital Earth Australia ...

NCSA releases annual report highlighting scientific exploration and breakthroughs enabled by the Blue Waters Project ...

Supercomputer can disprove the theory of sunspot formation ...

The Cloud

Inspur to release InCloud OS 5.0 "F.A.S.T" at the 2017 OpenStack Summit ...

IBM extends data science collaborative workspace to the private Cloud ...

Pointwise and Envenio Join Forces on Demand ...