Primeur weekly 2017-05-22

Focus

RDA's active data management and e-IRG's high level infrastructure policy might yield promising collaboration ...

Crowd computing

SMU Guildhall and cancer researchers level up to tap human intuition of video gamers in quest to beat cancer ...

Quantum computing

Fujitsu and 1QBit collaborate on quantum inspired AI Cloud service ...

D-Wave closes $50 million facility to fund next generation of quantum computers ...

IBM scientists demonstrate ballistic nanowire connections, a potential future key component for quantum computing ...

IBM builds its most powerful universal quantum computing processors ...

Using graphene to create quantum bits ...

Focus on Europe

GCS sets records for hours delivered and user participation in 17th large-scale Call ...

DEEP-ER research project sets technology trends for the next generation of supercomputers ...

SURFsara selected as PRACE Training Centre ...

Middleware

Penguin Computing announces support for Singularity containers on POD HPC Cloud and Scyld ClusterWare HPC cluster management solution ...

Bright Computing announces integration with BeeGFS from ThinkParQ ...

Hardware

HPE unveils computer built for the era of Big Data ...

AMD raises expectations for server performance and unveils EPYC processor brand for the data centre ...

University of Waterloo selects Mellanox InfiniBand solutions to enable leading-edge research in a variety of academic disciplines ...

DDN's Yvonne Walker recognized as one of CRN's 2017 Women of the Channel ...

Xilinx invests in machine learning pioneer DeePhi Tech ...

Markley and Cray partner to provide supercomputing as a service ...

Applications

HPE accelerates real-time insights for deep learning ...

HPC4Mfg paper manufacturing project yields first results ...

Alluxio to release Big Data analytics solution for Alluxio Enterprise Edition and the Cray Urika-GX system ...

Supermicro expands business and technical collaboration with SAP ...

Advancing cancer immunotherapy with computer simulations and data analysis ...

IBM researchers uncover new way to stimulate the body's immune response ...

The Cloud

Fujitsu launches deep learning platform system offering world-class speed ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2017-05-22

Focus

After the e-IRG Workshop in Bratislava, Slovak Republic,Primeur Magazinetook the opportunity to talk with Mark Parsons, Secretary General of the Research Data Alliance (RDA). Mark Parsons comes from a background of data management. For many years, he worked to manage data in the cryosphere area - cold things like snow and ice - but also, more generally, for arctic data management, given anything from satellite remote sensing to indigenous knowledge. Mark Parsons was heavily involved in setting up the data systems and data policies for a big international research project. That is how he got involved in the international collaboration around data. Mark Parsons is RDA's first Secretary General and he is in this function for about 2,5 years. Read further...

Crowd computing

Video gamers have the power to beat cancer, according to cancer researchers and video game developers at Southern Methodist University (SMU), Dallas. SMU researchers and game developers are partnering with the world's vast network of gamers in hopes of discovering a new cancer-fighting drug. Read further...

Quantum computing

Fujitsu Limited and 1QB Information Technologies Inc. will collaborate on applying quantum-inspired technology to the field of artificial intelligence (AI), focusing on the areas of combinatorial optimization and machine learning. The companies will work together in both the Japanese and global markets to develop applications which address industry problems using AI developed for use with quantum computers. Read further...
D-Wave Systems Inc., an expert in quantum computing systems and software, has received new capital in the form of convertible notes from the Public Sector Pension Investment Board ("PSP Investments"). PSP Investments funded US$30 million at closing, with an additional US$20 million available at D-Wave's option upon the achievement of certain milestones. This facility brings D-Wave's total funding to approximately US$200 million. The new capital is expected to enable D-Wave to deploy its next-generation quantum computing system with more densely-connected qubits, as well as platforms and products for machine learning applications. Read further...
IBM scientists have achieved an important milestone toward creating sophisticated quantum devices that could become a key component of quantum computers. As detailed in the peer-review journalNano Letters, the scientists have shot an electron through a III-V semiconductor nanowire integrated on silicon for the first time. Read further...
IBM has successfully built and tested its most powerful universal quantum computing processors. The first upgraded processor will be available for use by developers, researchers, and programmers to explore quantum computing using a real quantum processor at no cost via the IBM Cloud. The second is a new prototype of a commercial processor, which will be the core for the first IBM Q early-access commercial systems. Read further...
In the race to produce a quantum computer, a number of projects are seeking a way to create quantum bits - or qubits - that are stable, meaning they are not much affected by changes in their environment. This normally needs highly nonlinear non-dissipative elements capable of functioning at very low temperatures. Read further...

Focus on Europe

The Gauss Centre for Supercomputing (GCS) approved 30 large-scale projects during the 17th call for large-scale proposals, set to run from May 1, 2017 to April 30, 2018. Combined, these projects received 2.1 billion core hours, marking the highest total ever delivered by the three GCS centres - the High Performance Computing Center Stuttgart (HLRS), Jülich Supercomputing Centre (JSC), and Leibniz Computing Centre of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities (LRZ). In addition to delivering record-breaking allocation time, GCS also broke records in proposals received and number of allocations awarded. Read further...
The DEEP-ER project, co-funded by the European Union, has come to a successful conclusion. The results achieved by the 14 partners will have a lasting impact on the development of future supercomputer systems. Its highly efficient and scalable I/O and resiliency software and the tight integration with novel memory and storage technologies solve long-standing problems with large HPC systems, and the highly innovative system prototype achieves new levels of performance and energy efficiency. Seven important European scientific and engineering applications have validated the DEEP-ER concept and the fully integrated HW/SW prototype. These remarkable results were achieved in a close co-design collaboration between all hardware, software and application experts in the project. Read further...
SURFsara has been selected as one of 4 new PRACE Training Centres (PTCs). This enables SURFsara to carry out more training events in high performance computing, which will benefit scientists from both The Netherlands and surrounding regions. Read further...

Middleware

Penguin Computing, provider of high performance computing, enterprise data centre and Cloud solutions, has added support for Singularity containers on its Penguin Computing On-Demand (POD) HPC Cloud and Scyld ClusterWare HPC management software. Read further...
Bright Computing announced that integration with BeeGFS has been included in Bright Cluster Manager 8.0. Read further...

Hardware

Hewlett Packard Enterprise has introduced the world's largest single-memory computer, the latest milestone in The Machine research project (The Machine). The Machine, which is the largest R&D programme in the history of the company, is aimed at delivering a new paradigm called Memory-Driven Computing - an architecture custom-built for the Big Data era. Read further...
AMD has ushered in a new era for high-performance server processors and the data centre with EPYC. With its high core count, superior memory bandwidth, and unparalleled support for high-speed input/output channels in a single chip, EPYC aims to revolutionize the dual-socket server market while simultaneously reshaping expectations for single-socket servers. Previously codenamed "Naples", this new family of high-performance products for Cloud-based and traditional on-premise data centres will deliver the highly successful "Zen" x86 processing engine scaling up to 32 physical cores. The first EPYC-based servers will launch in June with widespread support from original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and channel partners. Read further...
The University of Waterloo selected Mellanox EDR 100G InfiniBand solutions to accelerate their new supercomputer. The new supercomputer will support a broad and diverse range of academic and scientific research in mathematics, astronomy, science, the environment and more. The University of Waterloo is a member of SHARCNET, a consortium of 18 universities and colleges operating a network of high-performance compute clusters in south western, central and northern Ontario, Canada. Read further...
CRN, a brand of The Channel Company, has named Yvonne Walker, DDN's partner and customer relations manager, to its prestigious 2017 Women of the Channel list. Yvonne Walker was recognized for her leadership in improving DDN's channel and industry leader partnerships across the globe with new, innovative, educational and tactical marketing elements. With her guidance and support, DDN's channel partner solutions and programmes have helped solidify DDN's rank as the top storage provider in high performance computing. Read further...
Xilinx Inc. has invested in DeePhi Tech, a recognized expert in machine learning specializing in deep compression, compiling toolchain, and system-level optimization. Leveraging the architectural advantages of Xilinx devices for machine learning, DeePhi provides inference platforms from edge to Cloud for the coming wave of AI products and services in the industry. Read further...
Cray Inc. and Markley, a premier provider of data centre space and Cloud computing services, have signed a partnership to provide supercomputing as a service solutions that combine the power of Cray supercomputers with the premier hosting capabilities of Markley. Through the partnership, Markley will offer Cray supercomputing technologies, as a hosted offering, and both companies will collaborate to build and develop industry-specific solutions. Read further...

Applications

Hewlett Packard Enterprise has introduced a comprehensive set of computing innovations to accelerate Deep Learning analytics and insights across all organisations with innovations spanning systems design, partner ecosystem collaboration, and expertise including flexible consumption models from HPE Pointnext Services. Read further...
Simulations run at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory as part of a unique collaboration with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and an industry consortium could help U.S. paper manufacturers significantly reduce production costs and increase energy efficiencies. Read further...
Alluxio - formerly Tachyon, developers of the world's first system that unifies data at memory speed, has introduced a solution with Alluxio Enterprise Edition (AEE) and the Cray Urika-GX system. This new data storage solution is designed to provide Cray Urika-GX customers with a seamless integration with disparate data sources so they can seize their Big Data advantage. Read further...
SAP has certified its complete portfolio of server and storage solutions to support the SAP NetWeaver technology platform running on Linux. Supermicro is collaborating with SAP to bring its rich portfolio of open Cloud-scale computing solutions to enterprise customers looking to transition from traditional high-cost proprietary systems to open, cost-optimized, software-defined architectures. To support this collaboration, Supermicro has joined the SAP global technology partner programme. Read further...
The body has a natural way of fighting cancer - it's called the immune system, and it is tuned to defend our cells against outside infections and internal disorder. But occasionally, it needs a helping hand. Immunotherapy fights cancer by supercharging the immune system's natural defenses or contributing additional immune elements that can help the body kill cancer cells. In recent decades, immunotherapy has become an important tool in treating a wide range of cancers, including breast cancer, melanoma and leukemia. Read further...
IBM's researchers have identified a new way to trigger the body's immune response by using polymer-coated graphene sheets. The research was recently published in Nature Communications . Read further...

The Cloud

Fujitsu has developed its Fujitsu AI Solution Zinrai Deep Learning System, comprised of a dedicated deep learning server incorporating the latest GPU from U.S.-based NVIDIA Corporation, along with operationally tested storage and software. Sales of the system begin now in Japan. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2017-05-22

Focus

RDA's active data management and e-IRG's high level infrastructure policy might yield promising collaboration ...

Crowd computing

SMU Guildhall and cancer researchers level up to tap human intuition of video gamers in quest to beat cancer ...

Quantum computing

Fujitsu and 1QBit collaborate on quantum inspired AI Cloud service ...

D-Wave closes $50 million facility to fund next generation of quantum computers ...

IBM scientists demonstrate ballistic nanowire connections, a potential future key component for quantum computing ...

IBM builds its most powerful universal quantum computing processors ...

Using graphene to create quantum bits ...

Focus on Europe

GCS sets records for hours delivered and user participation in 17th large-scale Call ...

DEEP-ER research project sets technology trends for the next generation of supercomputers ...

SURFsara selected as PRACE Training Centre ...

Middleware

Penguin Computing announces support for Singularity containers on POD HPC Cloud and Scyld ClusterWare HPC cluster management solution ...

Bright Computing announces integration with BeeGFS from ThinkParQ ...

Hardware

HPE unveils computer built for the era of Big Data ...

AMD raises expectations for server performance and unveils EPYC processor brand for the data centre ...

University of Waterloo selects Mellanox InfiniBand solutions to enable leading-edge research in a variety of academic disciplines ...

DDN's Yvonne Walker recognized as one of CRN's 2017 Women of the Channel ...

Xilinx invests in machine learning pioneer DeePhi Tech ...

Markley and Cray partner to provide supercomputing as a service ...

Applications

HPE accelerates real-time insights for deep learning ...

HPC4Mfg paper manufacturing project yields first results ...

Alluxio to release Big Data analytics solution for Alluxio Enterprise Edition and the Cray Urika-GX system ...

Supermicro expands business and technical collaboration with SAP ...

Advancing cancer immunotherapy with computer simulations and data analysis ...

IBM researchers uncover new way to stimulate the body's immune response ...

The Cloud

Fujitsu launches deep learning platform system offering world-class speed ...