Primeur weekly 2017-06-06

Crowd computing

World Community Grid taps IBM Cloud to help accelerate research into global humanitarian challenges ...

Quantum computing

A network of crystals for long-distance quantum communication ...

Focus on Europe

PRACEdays17 grows beyond expectations ...

Researchers measure the coherence length in glasses using the supercomputer JANUS ...

DFG to fund 15 new collaborative research centres ...

Sci-Tech Daresbury and IBM Research collaborative campus at Hartree Centre receives royal seal of approval ...

Middleware

IBM accelerates open Database-as-a-Service on IBM Power systems ...

Hardware

Solarflare licenses pioneering XtremeScale technologies for neural-class networks ...

Maven VCT funds invest in supercomputing technology specialist ebb3 ...

Magneto-electric memory cell increases energy efficiency for data storage ...

Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica launches world-class 3D lab ...

IBM Research Alliance builds new transistor for 5nm technology ...

New ways of representing information could transform digital technology ...

IBM supports new faster protocols for Flash storage ...

Applications

George Washington researcher receives $1,2 million grant to standardize cancer genomics data ...

Machine learning may help in early identification of severe sepsis ...

System piggybacks on Bitcoin to prevent identity theft ...

The synchronized dance of skyrmion spins ...

Artificial intelligence predicts patient lifespans ...

Hotter than a hundred thousand suns ...

Rice University scientists slash computations for deep learning ...

Wayne State professors receive $500k from NSF to enhance computational research ...

Ohio Supercomputer Center hosts 28th annual Summer Institute ...

Could particles and pianos combine to enhance understanding of physics? ...

Roofline model boosts many-core code optimization efforts ...

CANARIE announces launch of Canada's first Global Exchange Point for research and education ...

Extracting insight from the data deluge is a hard-to-do must-do ...

IBM unveils new AI software, reduces barriers for data scientists to fuel cognitive development ...

IBM platform deployed by Sidra to advance Qatar's biomedical research capabilities ...

42.cx - Center of Excellence for Artificial Intelligence AG provides Artificial Intelligence to fight cardiovascular disease ...

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Professor Suvranu De named Fellow of U.S. Association for Computational Mechanics ...

The Cloud

Oracle continues innovation and expansion of Cloud security offerings ...

Sparkle provides GÉANT with Cloud solutions to support pan-European research and education community ...

IBM and Nutanix launch hyperconverged initiative to bring enterprises into the cognitive era ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2017-06-06

Crowd computing

World Community Grid, an IBM philanthropic initiative which allows anyone with a computer or Android device to contribute to scientific discovery, has migrated to IBM Cloud as it continues to grow and further its mission to support cutting-edge research into important global humanitarian issues. Read further...

Quantum computing

Quantum physic can guarantee that a message has not be intercepted before reaching its destination. Thanks to the laws of quantum physic, a particle of light - a photon - can be in two distinct states simultaneously, comparable to a coin thrown in the air, which is virtually both head and tail before reaching the ground. Like when the coin is grabbed, this superposition of states is destroyed as soon as it is read. This peculiar feature allow one to detect an evil eavesdropper when sending a message. However, this technique is so far limited to short distances. In order to extend the reach of these quantum communications, researchers from the University of Geneva (UNIGE), Switzerland, have demonstrated a novel protocol based on a crystal than can emit quantum light as well as store it for arbitrary long times. This work, to appear inPhysical Review Letters, paves the way for a future quantum repeater. Read further...

Focus on Europe

More attendees, more parallel sessions at PRACEdays17 - all this was successfully embedded as the central event during the 2nd European HPC Summit Week from 16 May to 18 May 2017 in Barcelona, Spain. The fascinating conference included keynotes about European and international HPC strategy, scientific achievements, and industrial applications of HPC. The Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) provided as local host an enjoyable environment and an excellent organisation. Read further...
The use of the JANUS supercomputer has enabled researchers to reproduce the experimental protocol of equilibrium dynamics in spin glasses. The success of the simulation enables us to connect theoretical physical developments with experimental ones, using this new generation of computers. Read further...
The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) has approved the establishment of 15 new Collaborative Research Centres. This was decided by the responsible Grants Committee during its spring session in Bonn. The new centres will receive a total of 128 million euro in funding. They will also receive a 22% programme allowance for indirect project costs. Three of the 15 centres are CRC/Transregios, spread across multiple applicant research sites. The new centres will be funded for an initial four-year period, starting on 1 July 2017. Read further...
Sci-Tech Daresbury and IBM have opened a new building for the collaborative research facility at The Hartree Centre in Daresbury. The building, opened by the Duke of York, is the latest evolution of the long-running collaboration between Sci-Tech Daresbury and IBM. Read further...

Middleware

IBM has launched a new Database-as-a-Service (DBaaS) toolkit on Power Systems optimized for open source databases, including MongoDB, EDB PostgreSQL, MySQL, MariaDB, Redis, Neo4j, and Apache Cassandra to help deliver more speed, control, and efficiency for enterprise developers and IT departments. Read further...

Hardware

Solarflare, a pioneer in the development of neural-class networks, in its commitment to protect its intellectual property, has successfully licensed select intellectual properties for use in specific networking products. The patented technologies which are being licensed to Exablaze form the foundation of proven and market share leading Solarflare products for connecting servers in financial services, and are components of a broad suite of neural-class networking IP which comprise Solarflare XtremeScale Technology. Read further...
Maven has invested in ebb3, an innovative technology business operating in the niche supercomputing market which has developed a high performance 3D virtualisation software solution for graphics-intensive applications. Read further...
Today's computers provide storage of tremendous quantities of information with extremely large data densities, but writing and retrieving this information expends a lot of energy. More than 99 percent of the consumed power of information storage and processing is wasted in the form of heat, a big headache that still has not abated. Read further...
On 18 May 2017 demissionary state secretary Sander Dekker has opened a new research facility that belongs to the top of the world league at Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica. With the new scanner of this lab, it will be made possible for the first time to look inside objects in 3D during the scanning process and to adjust or zoom in while scanning. This is a revolutionary step forward, comparable to the transition from the old fashioned film roll to digital photography. Thanks to real time data processing and adjustment the scanner is able to retrieve more useful information from the scans - faster and with less harmful X-ray dose - than allowed by current technology. At the moment objects have to be scanned for a long time and can only be reviewed after. Read further...
IBM, its Research Alliance partners GLOBALFOUNDRIES and Samsung, and equipment suppliers have developed an industry-first process to build silicon nanosheet transistors that will enable 5 nanometer (nm) chips. The details of the process will be presented at the 2017 Symposia on VLSI Technology and Circuits conference in Kyoto, Japan. In less than two years since developing a 7nm test node chip with 20 billion transistors, scientists have paved the way for 30 billion switches on a fingernail-sized chip. Read further...
Many people who use computers and other digital devices are aware that all the words and images displayed on their monitors boil down to a sequence of ones and zeros. But few likely appreciate what is behind those ones and zeros: microscopic arrays of "magnetic moments" - imagine tiny bar magnets with positive and negative poles. When aligned in parallel in ferromagnetic materials such as iron, these moments create patterns and streams of magnetic bits - the ones and zeros that are the lifeblood of all things digital. Read further...
IBM has announced its development of Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) solutions to provide clients the ability to significantly lower latencies in an effort to speed data to and from storage solutions and systems. IBM is leveraging its leadership in storage software to ignite an industry-wide leap in system performance, which can reduce frustration for the many consumers experiencing data transfer delays. Read further...

Applications

One of the biggest challenges facing cancer genomics researchers is the lack normalized data on cancer genes. Multitudes of genomics projects have been funded over the years that have resulted in data being placed on several different databases, making a wide array of data and annotations difficult to integrate and compare. While projects have taken place to standardize data, they have not successfully enforced those standards between projects. Read further...
A machine-learning algorithm has the capability to identify hospitalized patients at risk for severe sepsis and septic shock using data from electronic health records (EHRs), according to a study presented at the 2017 American Thoracic Society International Conference. Sepsis is an extreme systemic response to infection, which can be life-threatening in its advanced stages of severe sepsis and septic shock, if left untreated. Read further...
A reaction to the 2008 financial crisis, Bitcoin is a digital-currency scheme designed to wrest control of the monetary system from central banks. With Bitcoin, anyone can mint money, provided he or she can complete a complex computation quickly enough. Through a set of clever protocols, that computational hurdle prevents the system from being coopted by malicious hackers. Read further...
In recent years, excitement has swirled around a type of quasi-particle called a skyrmion that arises as a collective behaviour of a group of electrons. Because they're stable, only a few nanometers in size, and need just small electric currents to transport them, skyrmions hold potential as the basis for ultra-compact and energy-efficient information storage and processing devices in the future. Read further...
A computer's ability to predict a patient's lifespan simply by looking at images of their organs is a step closer to becoming a reality, thanks to new research led by the University of Adelaide. Read further...
The German Research Foundation (DFG) has approved a new Transregio Collaborative Research Centre (CRC/TR) in which physicists from Goethe University Frankfurt, Bielefeld University and TU Darmstadt want to explore together 'strongly interacting matter under extreme conditions'. Read further...
Rice University computer scientists have adapted a widely used technique for rapid data-lookup to slash the amount of computation - and thus energy and time - required for 'deep learning', a computationally intense form of machine learning. Read further...
A team of researchers from Wayne State University's College of Engineering recently received nearly $500,000 from the National Science Foundation for its research project, SSE: Development of a High-Performance Parallel Gibbs Ensemble Monte Carlo Simulation Engine. Read further...
Twenty Ohio high school students were selected to attend the Ohio Supercomputer Center's 28th annual Summer Institute, June 4-16 at the Ohio State University. These academically gifted students will investigate complex science and engineering problems while discovering the many career opportunities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. Read further...
For almost a decade, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) has been enabling scientists to develop a greater understanding of - and, in some cases, rewrite - the laws of physics. But now data generated by the world's largest and most powerful particle accelerator are to be transformed into music through a ground-breaking project involving researchers at the University of Plymouth. Read further...
A software toolkit developed at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to better understand supercomputer performance is now being used to boost application performance for researchers running codes at the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) and other supercomputing facilities. Read further...
CANARIE, a vital component of Canada's digital infrastructure supporting research, education and innovation, has launched Canada's first Global Exchange Point for research and education (R&E): MOXY. Located in Montreal, and operationally supported by NORDUnet, MOXY provides ultra-high-speed connectivity for the R&E community in Canada and internationally. The exchange enables researchers to collaborate with their peers around the world by facilitating the interconnection of global research and education networks and content providers. Made possible through CANARIE's close partnership with National Research and Education Networks in Europe and the United States, MOXY connects directly to Europe, augmenting existing exchanges that connect Europe to New York and Washington, DC. Read further...
A mantra of these data-rife times is that within the vast and growing volumes of diverse data types, such as sensor feeds, economic indicators, and scientific and environmental measurements, are dots of significance that can tell important stories, if only those dots could be identified and connected in authentically meaningful ways. Getting good at that exercise of data synthesis and interpretation ought to open new, quicker routes to identifying threats, tracking disease outbreaks, and otherwise answering questions and solving problems that previously were intractable. Read further...
IBM has launched a significant new release of its PowerAI deep learning software distribution on Power Systems that attacks the major challenges facing data scientists and developers by simplifying the development experience with tools and data preparation while also dramatically reducing the time required for AI system training from weeks to hours. Read further...
IBM has deployed its IBM solutions as the compute and storage infrastructure for Sidra Medical and Research Center (Sidra). Sidra, a groundbreaking hospital, biomedical research and educational institution, chose IBM solutions to manage and store clinical genome sequencing data as well as to provide the organisation's biomedical informatics technology infrastructure capabilities that will serve as a national resource. The IBM platform is used for data management and storage, bioinformatics and High Performance Computing (HPC). Read further...
42.cx - Center of Excellence for Artificial Intelligence AG, based in Vienna, has just partnered with The Heart Fund (THF), a non-governmental organisation to fight cardiovascular diseases. Together with The Heart Fund, 42.cx wants to solve public health challenges by modellizing diseases patterns through applied artificial intelligence to support THF doctors during their medical tasks. 42.cx will train its supercomputer to generate predictive health models and to help to predict cardiovascular diseases by computer aided diagnosis. The generated prediction system will run on portable devices to disrupt health care in developing countries and to fight cardiovascular disease. Read further...
Suvranu De, the J. Erik Jonsson '22 Distinguished Professor of Engineering and head of the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Nuclear Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, has been selected as a fellow of the U.S. Association for Computational Mechanics (USACM). He will be recognized at the awards ceremony of the 14th U.S. National Congress on Computational Mechanics, to be held July 17-20, 2017, in Montreal, Canada. Read further...

The Cloud

Building on the positive response to its Identity-based Security Operation Center (SOC) Cloud services, Oracle has introduced a series of developments that enhance the portfolio's sophisticated machine learning, artificial intelligence and contextual awareness technologies. This includes introducing the new Adaptive Access capabilities into Oracle Identity Cloud Service intended for dynamic application access controls, advancing market-leading risk monitoring leveraging machine learning engines, and the expansion of Oracle CASB Cloud Service to help support Oracle SaaS solutions with automated threat detection. Read further...
Sparkle, the international service arm of TIM Group and among top 10 global operators, has signed a Framework Agreement with GÉANT, Europe's leading collaboration on e-infrastructure and services for research and education, to provide Cloud services powered by Sparkle, TIM Nuvola Italiana and Amazon Web Services (AWS) to the pan-European research and education community. Read further...
IBM and Nutanix have launched a multi-year initiative to bring new workloads to hyperconverged deployments. The integrated offering aims to combine Nutanix's Enterprise Cloud Platform software with IBM Power Systems, to deliver a turnkey hyperconverged solution targeting critical workloads in large enterprises. The partnership plans to deliver a full-stack combination with built-in AHV virtualization for a simple experience within the data centre. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2017-06-06

Crowd computing

World Community Grid taps IBM Cloud to help accelerate research into global humanitarian challenges ...

Quantum computing

A network of crystals for long-distance quantum communication ...

Focus on Europe

PRACEdays17 grows beyond expectations ...

Researchers measure the coherence length in glasses using the supercomputer JANUS ...

DFG to fund 15 new collaborative research centres ...

Sci-Tech Daresbury and IBM Research collaborative campus at Hartree Centre receives royal seal of approval ...

Middleware

IBM accelerates open Database-as-a-Service on IBM Power systems ...

Hardware

Solarflare licenses pioneering XtremeScale technologies for neural-class networks ...

Maven VCT funds invest in supercomputing technology specialist ebb3 ...

Magneto-electric memory cell increases energy efficiency for data storage ...

Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica launches world-class 3D lab ...

IBM Research Alliance builds new transistor for 5nm technology ...

New ways of representing information could transform digital technology ...

IBM supports new faster protocols for Flash storage ...

Applications

George Washington researcher receives $1,2 million grant to standardize cancer genomics data ...

Machine learning may help in early identification of severe sepsis ...

System piggybacks on Bitcoin to prevent identity theft ...

The synchronized dance of skyrmion spins ...

Artificial intelligence predicts patient lifespans ...

Hotter than a hundred thousand suns ...

Rice University scientists slash computations for deep learning ...

Wayne State professors receive $500k from NSF to enhance computational research ...

Ohio Supercomputer Center hosts 28th annual Summer Institute ...

Could particles and pianos combine to enhance understanding of physics? ...

Roofline model boosts many-core code optimization efforts ...

CANARIE announces launch of Canada's first Global Exchange Point for research and education ...

Extracting insight from the data deluge is a hard-to-do must-do ...

IBM unveils new AI software, reduces barriers for data scientists to fuel cognitive development ...

IBM platform deployed by Sidra to advance Qatar's biomedical research capabilities ...

42.cx - Center of Excellence for Artificial Intelligence AG provides Artificial Intelligence to fight cardiovascular disease ...

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Professor Suvranu De named Fellow of U.S. Association for Computational Mechanics ...

The Cloud

Oracle continues innovation and expansion of Cloud security offerings ...

Sparkle provides GÉANT with Cloud solutions to support pan-European research and education community ...

IBM and Nutanix launch hyperconverged initiative to bring enterprises into the cognitive era ...