Primeur weekly 2017-07-03

Special

New Belgian Delegate Chris De Loof believes in driving role for e-IRG for process of converging research infrastructures ...

Focus

Deconflicting airflights on a D-Wave quantum computer ...

D-Wave Systems moving towards improved quantum annealing with advanced controls ...

Focus on Europe

Wide-ranging programme leaves lasting impression on ISC 2017 attendees ...

DLR agrees strategic CFD partnership with ONERA and Airbus ...

Supercomputing in Hesse for 22 million euro ...

Wise e-infrastructures endorse WISE security recommendations ...

Modular Supercomputer enters next round - EU funded DEEP-EST project starts ...

Boston partnered with Edinburgh University for ISC Student Cluster Competition ...

Middleware

SPEC/HPG hardware acceleration benchmark adds suite to measure OpenMP application performance ...

Bright Computing wins 2017 HPC Innovation Award by Hyperion Research for integration with Microsoft Azure ...

ZF, HELLA and NVIDIA partner to increase safety of self-driving vehicles ...

Hardware

Intersect360 Research to provide HPC User Site Census: All Networks report ...

Bill Gropp named NCSA Director ...

U.S. Air Force Research Lab taps IBM to build brain-inspired AI supercomputing system ...

Boston launches first to market server series featuring AMD EPYC processors ...

Applications

Boston launches revolutionary ANNA Pascal XL deep learning appliance ...

US ALCC supercomputing programme awards ALCF computing time to 24 projects ...

eScience Center and CLARIAH grant four projects in the Arts and Humanities ...

Researchers use supercomputers at the Texas Advanced Computing Center to design and test new tools for cancer detection ...

UCAR deploys ADVA FSP 3000 CloudConnect solution in supercomputing network ...

OSC data processing helps uncover the impact of loan forgiveness programmes ...

NASA simulates asteroid impacts to help identify possible life-threatening events ...

Disney Research, Pixar Animation Studios and UCSB accelerate rendering with AI ...

Method elucidates inner workings of neural networks ...

Seven University of Wyoming projects awarded use of Cheyenne supercomputer ...

Record-setting seismic simulations run on NERSC's Cori system ...

Volvo Cars and Autoliv select NVIDIA DRIVE PX platform for self-driving cars ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2017-07-03

Special

After the e-IRG Workshop in St. Paul's Bay, Malta,Primeur Magazinetook the chance to talk with Chris De Loof, ICT advisor at the Belgian Science Policy Office and one of the two e-IRG Delegates for Belgium, next to Rosette Vandenbroucke. Chris De Loof is a new e-IRG Delegate and attended his first e-IRG Workshop in Malta. His background is in research infrastructures. He has been active in long-term preservation platforms. He has represented Belgium in digital humanities, social science infrastructures, the ERICs. One of his passions is still the geo-cultural heritage. Ten years ago, he was working in digital cultural heritage for Europeana. This is still one of the things that is going on for Chris De Loof. Read further...

Focus

During the Quantum Annealing session on Tuesday morning at ISC17, Tobias Stollenwerk from the German Aerospace Center (DLR) in Cologne presented work that was done in close collaboration with people from NASA Ames. The problem he addressed, is a special issue in aerospace research, namely the deconflicting of wind-optimal trajectories. Tobias Stollenwerk explained that everyday there are around 1000 flights across the Atlantic. Currently, flights are routed through aerospace highways but people are thinking about doing something called free-flight trajectories to fit more flights into the limited airspace. The solution is to deploy wind-optimal trajectories but of course there will be conflicts. The challenge is how to avoid these conflicts. Read further...
During the Quantum Annealing session on Tuesday morning at ISC17, Denny Dahl from D-Wave Systems talked about some advanced features which D-Wave Systems recently introduced. The speaker tried to capture progress over the past few years since 2011. He showed the first system that was introduced commercially in 2011, the DW-One. The audience could see the qubit count that was 128 qubits. Before 2011, D-Wave had a sequence of prototypes in its lab that were much smaller. The company started with 4, 12 and 28 qubit systems. A couple of years later, the company introduced the DW-Two which was 512 qubits. Two years ago, it launched the DW-2X that was 1152 qubits and then at the beginning of this year, D-Wave introduced the DW-2000Q which has 2048 qubits. Read further...

Focus on Europe

ISC Group held a very successful ISC High Performance conference last week, drawing 3,253 attendees from 60 countries. The attendance represented a 5.2 percent increase compared to last year's event. With this feat, ISC High Performance has officially reached a new milestone in its 32-year conference history. Read further...
On 21 June 2017 at the Paris Air Show, the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt - DLR), Airbus and the French aviation research institute ONERA signed an agreement on a strategic partnership to develop new software in the area of computational fluid dynamics (CFD). The cooperation agreement was signed by Rolf Henke, DLR Executive Board Member responsible for Aeronautics research, Charles Champion, Executive Vice-President Engineering of Airbus, and Thierry Michal, General Technical Director of ONERA. Read further...
Science Minister Boris Rhein from the German state of Hesse has announced that the Joint Science Conference (GWK) has decided to sponsor two scientific high-performance computers at the university locations in Darmstadt and Frankfurt. The federal government and the state are sharing investment costs of 22,5 million euro. "The expansion of supercomputing is a crucial building block in the Hessian digitization strategy. The new high-performance computers will help our scientists to carry out their research at the top level. At the same time, the granting by the GWK is an important indicator of the efficiency of the state of Hesse as a scientific location", stated the minister. Read further...
The WISE Community has announced that the governing principles and approach of the SCI Framework were endorsed by PRACE key e-infrastructures for research from Europe and the rest of the world. Read further...
Creating a modular supercomputer tailored to the complexity of state-of-the-art simulation codes and the growing range of tasks at computing centres - this is the aim of DEEP-EST, an EU project launched on 1 July 2017. The plan is to develop a prototype by 2020 that combines different computing modules according to the building-block principle. DEEP-EST is the successor project to the now successfully concluded DEEP and DEEP-ER projects and its plans include an additional new module suitable for applications managing large volumes of data. Sixteen leading international research institutions and companies are involved in the project, which is coordinated by Forschungszentrum Jülich. Read further...
The team, who previously won the Linpack award in 2014, has been utilising a cluster of, a slightly modified version of, Boston ANNA Pascal systems which are water cooled by CoolIT Systems technology. Read further...

Middleware

SPEC's High-Performance Group (SPEC/HPG) has released a new version of its SPEC ACCEL software that adds a suite of OpenMP applications for measuring the performance of systems using hardware accelerator devices and supporting software. SPEC ACCEL also measures performance for computationally intensive parallel applications running under the OpenCL and OpenACC programming models. Read further...
Bright Computing, a global expert in cluster and Cloud infrastructure automation software, has been selected by Hyperion Research for a 2017 HPC Innovation Award for its ability to provision and manage virtual servers in Microsoft Azure. Read further...
NVIDIA has formed a strategic partnership with ZF and HELLA to deliver AI technology with the New Car Assessment Programme (NCAP) safety certification for the mass deployment of self-driving vehicles. The agreement is non-exclusive. Read further...

Hardware

Intersect360 Research has published its latest report, "HPC User Site Census: Storage Suppliers", which provides an examination of the server interconnects and network characteristics found at a sample of HPC user sites. Intersect360 Research surveyed a broad range of users about their current computer system installations, storage systems, networks, middleware, and software supporting these computer installations. Key findings of the report are included in the executive summary. Read further...
Dr. William "Bill" Gropp, Interim Director and Chief Scientist of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will become the centre's fifth Director on July 16, 2017, pending Board of Trustees approval. Dr. Gropp was appointed to the roles of acting and then interim director of NCSA by Vice Chancellor for Research Peter Schiffer when former NCSA director Dr. Ed Seidel stepped up to serve as Vice President for Economic Development and Innovation for the University of Illinois System. Read further...
IBM and the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) are collaborating on a first-of-a-kind brain-inspired supercomputing system powered by a 64-chip array of the IBM TrueNorth Neurosynaptic System. The scalable platform IBM is building for AFRL will feature an end-to-end software ecosystem designed to enable deep neural-network learning and information discovery. The system's advanced pattern recognition and sensory processing power will be the equivalent of 64 million neurons and 16 billion synapses, while the processor component will consume the energy equivalent of a dim light bulb - a mere 10 watts to power. Read further...
Boston Limited has launched its AMD EPYC-ready servers at ISC Frankfurt 2017. It is the widest range of AMD EPYC-ready servers available today. The hotly anticipated release of AMD EPYC 7000 Series processors is set to shake up the marketplace with a totally new high-performance x86 core design, originally codenamed Zen. With a range delivering 16-32 cores and with two threads per core, enabling 32 to 64 threads per processor and 128 PCIe 3.0 lanes per socket, industry experts are paying attention to AMD once again. Read further...

Applications

Boston Limited has launched the Boston ANNA Pascal XL, the latest addition to its machine learning collection, capable of utilising eight NVIDIA Tesla P100 GPUs and available today. The supersized GPU solution had its European debut on Boston Limited's stand at the International Supercomputing Conference (ISC), Frankfurt, Germany. Read further...
The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) ASCR Leadership Computing Challenge (ALCC) has awarded 24 projects a total of 2.1 billion core-hours at the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF). The one-year awards are set to begin July 1. Read further...
The eScience Center and CLARIAH have initiated four new projects in the Arts and Humanities. The four projects will pursue new scientific domain challenges and enhance and accelerate the process of scientific discovery within the Arts and Humanities using computer science, data science, and eScience technologies. Read further...
An important factor in fighting cancer is the speed at which the disease can be identified, diagnosed and treated. The current standard involves a patient feeling ill or a physician seeing signs of a tumour. These indicators lead to more precise diagnoses via blood tests, x-rays or MRI imaging. But once the disease is far enough along to be noticeable, the cancer has often spread. In the future, though, it may be possible to diagnose cancer much earlier using more sensitive body scans, new types of biomarker tests, and even nano-sensors working in the bloodstream. Experimenting with these techniques in cancer patients or healthy individuals is difficult and potentially unethical. But scientists can test these technologies virtually using supercomputers to simulate the dynamics of cells and tissues. Read further...
The University Corporation for Atmosphere Research (UCAR) has deployed ADVA Optical Networking's FSP 3000 CloudConnect data centre interconnect (DCI) solution for ultra-high capacity connectivity to the Cheyenne supercomputer. The DCI technology is now being used to transport vital scientific data over two 200Gbit/s 16QAM connections between the NCAR-Wyoming Supercomputing Center in Cheyenne, Wyoming and the Front Range GigaPop in Denver, Colorado. With improved flexibility and increased capacity, the new network will help UCAR expand educational opportunities, enable collaboration and promote research excellence. Read further...
In 2017, 44.2 million Americans held student loan debt, totaling more than $1.4 trillion, according to the U.S. Federal Reserve. With the cost of tuition rising at most higher education institutions and enrollment increasing, these numbers are expected to keep climbing. To evaluate the wide-reaching effects student loan policy change could have on borrowers' lives, researchers from the Department of Economics at the Ohio State University ran thousands of situational simulations using the Ohio Supercomputer Center. Read further...
When an asteroid struck the Russian city of Chelyabinsk in 2013, the blast from the asteroid's shock wave broke windows and damaged buildings as far away as 58 miles (93 kilometers), injuring more than 1,200 people. Read further...
Modern films and TV shows are filled with spectacular, computer-generated sequences which are computed by rendering systems that simulate the flow of light in a 3D scene. However, computing many light rays is an immensely labour-intensive and time-consuming process. The alternative is to render the images using only a few light rays, but this shortcut results in inaccuracies that show up as objectionable noise in the final image. Read further...
Neural networks, which learn to perform computational tasks by analyzing large sets of training data, are responsible for today's best-performing artificial intelligence systems, from speech recognition systems, to automatic translators, to self-driving cars. But neural nets are black boxes. Once they've been trained, even their designers rarely have any idea what they're doing - what data elements they're processing and how. Read further...
Seven projects, many of which have applications to Wyoming issues - including identification of promising catalysts for carbon fuel and chemical production, cloud seeding to enhance precipitation and a study of the Blair-Wallis watershed - were recently chosen to receive computational time and storage space on the supercomputer in Cheyenne. Read further...
Record-setting seismic simulations run earlier this year on the Cori supercomputer at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory's National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) were the subject of two presentations at the ISC High Performance conference in Frankfurt, Germany. Read further...
Volvo Cars and Autoliv are teaming up with NVIDIA to develop advanced systems and software for AI self-driving cars. The three companies will work together along with Zenuity - a newly formed automotive software development joint venture equally owned by Volvo Cars and Autoliv - to develop next-generation self-driving car technologies. Production vehicles built on the NVIDIA DRIVE PX car computing platform are planned for sale by 2021. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2017-07-03

Special

New Belgian Delegate Chris De Loof believes in driving role for e-IRG for process of converging research infrastructures ...

Focus

Deconflicting airflights on a D-Wave quantum computer ...

D-Wave Systems moving towards improved quantum annealing with advanced controls ...

Focus on Europe

Wide-ranging programme leaves lasting impression on ISC 2017 attendees ...

DLR agrees strategic CFD partnership with ONERA and Airbus ...

Supercomputing in Hesse for 22 million euro ...

Wise e-infrastructures endorse WISE security recommendations ...

Modular Supercomputer enters next round - EU funded DEEP-EST project starts ...

Boston partnered with Edinburgh University for ISC Student Cluster Competition ...

Middleware

SPEC/HPG hardware acceleration benchmark adds suite to measure OpenMP application performance ...

Bright Computing wins 2017 HPC Innovation Award by Hyperion Research for integration with Microsoft Azure ...

ZF, HELLA and NVIDIA partner to increase safety of self-driving vehicles ...

Hardware

Intersect360 Research to provide HPC User Site Census: All Networks report ...

Bill Gropp named NCSA Director ...

U.S. Air Force Research Lab taps IBM to build brain-inspired AI supercomputing system ...

Boston launches first to market server series featuring AMD EPYC processors ...

Applications

Boston launches revolutionary ANNA Pascal XL deep learning appliance ...

US ALCC supercomputing programme awards ALCF computing time to 24 projects ...

eScience Center and CLARIAH grant four projects in the Arts and Humanities ...

Researchers use supercomputers at the Texas Advanced Computing Center to design and test new tools for cancer detection ...

UCAR deploys ADVA FSP 3000 CloudConnect solution in supercomputing network ...

OSC data processing helps uncover the impact of loan forgiveness programmes ...

NASA simulates asteroid impacts to help identify possible life-threatening events ...

Disney Research, Pixar Animation Studios and UCSB accelerate rendering with AI ...

Method elucidates inner workings of neural networks ...

Seven University of Wyoming projects awarded use of Cheyenne supercomputer ...

Record-setting seismic simulations run on NERSC's Cori system ...

Volvo Cars and Autoliv select NVIDIA DRIVE PX platform for self-driving cars ...