Primeur weekly 2017-07-24

Focus

20th Birthday celebrating OpenMP still welcoming new members ...

Fujitsu's processor roadmap is hitting new targets for Deep Learning ...

Focus on Europe

New FPGA programming method delivers five times more computing power ...

Gazprom Neft to utilise capacity at the St Petersburg Polytechnic University supercomputer ...

Tenfold connectivity increase between Ukraine and European research and education network ...

Newly improved Brain Simulation Platform now online ...

Joeri van Leeuwen received a grant and in-kind expertise from the eScience Center for his astronomy project AA-ALERT ...

Middleware

Bright Computing and Brazil-based AMT sign partnership agreement ...

Hardware

7th International Women in HPC workshop ...

IBM scientists observe elusive gravitational effect in solid-state physics ...

New Supermicro Rack Scale Design (RSD) supports high-density, high-performance pooled NVMe storage ...

Inspur announced the new M5 series servers to get businesses ready for the new era of intelligent computing ...

Women, leadership and Flash - Panel and networking event ...

Applications

3D models help scientists gauge flood impact ...

Pulses of electrons manipulate nanomagnets and store information ...

Flashes of light on the dark matter ...

Titan simulations show importance of close 2-way coupling between human and Earth systems ...

A firefly's flash inspires new nanolaser light ...

Simulation reveals universal signature of chaos in ultracold reactions ...

Massive simulation shows HIV capsid interacting with its environment ...

ANSYS, Saudi Aramco and KAUST shatter supercomputing record ...

Scientists use "Piz Daint" simulations to track heavy summer precipitation from the Mediterranean ...

Fernanda Foertter elected SIG HPC Education Vice Chair ...

The Cloud

IBM expands global Cloud data centre presence with four new facilities ...

The Cloud comes to you: AT&T to power self-driving cars, AR/VR and other future 5G applications through edge computing ...

Teradata acquires San Diego-based start-up StackIQ to strengthen Teradata Everywhere and IntelliCloud capabilities ...

IBM mainframe ushers in new era of data protection ...

Solarflare lets server racks match connectivity of a human neuron ...

New high speed interface connects IBM Z to IBM storage systems ...

Oracle significantly expands Cloud at Customer with PaaS and SaaS services to help customers in their journey to the Cloud ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2017-07-24

Focus

At the ISC 2017 Conference in Frankfurt, Germany,Primeur Magazinehad the opportunity to talk with Michael Klemm, CEO of the OpenMP Architectural Review Board (ARB), at the occasion of the 20th anniversary of OpenMP. Michael Klemm is leading the ARB members, influencing the business decisions of the OpenMP Corporation. This is the entity that owns the OpenMP trademark, the OpenMP specification, and the whole process around defining the OpenMP language. OpenMP is about parallel processing and about making parallel processing easier. Read further...
In the session, chaired by Satoshi Matsuoka, on processor technologies for HPC and Artificial Intelligence at ISC'17 in Frankfurt, Germany, Takumi Maruyama from Fujitsu told the audience a little bit more about the K computer, Fujitsu's latest processors for HPC and Unix; and the future Fujitsu processors that are under development for the Post K computer and for Artificial Intelligence. Read further...

Focus on Europe

Researchers at Linköping University have developed a method to increase by a factor of five the computing power of a standard algorithm when performed in one type of standard chip, FPGA. The new method is both simple and smart, but the road to publication has been long. Read further...
As part of the ongoing collaboration between the Gazprom Neft Science and Technology Centre and the Peter the Great St Petersburg Polytechnic University (Polytech) in geological prospecting, company specialists have investigated the possibility of processing data using high-performance computing systems - specifically the Polytech supercomputer, the third largest in Russia. Computations generated on seismic prospecting, flow simulation, geo-mechanics and fracturing modelling will reduce calculation times by two- to four-fold, as well as allowing greater volumes of data to be processed. Read further...
The research and education (R&E) communities in Ukraine will be better able to exchange and collaborate with their peers from around the world, following a tenfold increase in speed in the network link between Ukraine and the GÉANT pan-European R&E network. Read further...
A new, more user-centric and user-friendly version of the Brain Simulation Platform has been launched by the Human Brain Project (HBP). Read further...
Joeri van Leeuwen (42) is a Dutch astrophysicist at ASTRON, The Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy, and University of Amsterdam. In 2015, Joeri received a grant and in-kind expertise from the eScience Center for his project AA-ALERT, the Access and Acceleration of the Apertif Legacy Exploration of the Radio Transient Sky. Read further...

Middleware

Bright Computing, a global expert in cluster and Cloud infrastructure automation software, has signed a reseller agreement with AMT. Operating in the Information Technology market since 1994, AMT provides IT professional services, infrastructure design and build, and Cloud broker services based on multi-Cloud providers. Additionally, AMT specializes in HPC services, implementing Cloud and on-premise solutions that incorporate the latest HPC technologies and software. For HPC workloads, AMT offers code optimization services, to deliver the best value from hardware resources and to offer infrastructure savings as a whole. Read further...

Hardware

Women in HPC will once again attend the Supercomputing Conference to discuss diversity and inclusivity topics. Activities will bring together women from across the international HPC community, provide opportunities to network, showcase the work of inspiring women, and discuss how we can all work towards improving the under-representation of women in supercomputing. The 7th International Women in HPC workshop will take place November 12, 2017 at SC17 in Denver, Colorado, USA. Read further...
An international team of physicists, materials scientists and string theoreticians have observed a phenomenon on Earth that was previously thought to only occur hundreds of light years away or at the time when the universe was born. This result could lead to a more evidence-based model for the understanding the universe and for improving the energy-conversion process in electronic devices. Read further...
Super Micro Computer Inc., a global expert in compute, storage, and networking technologies and green computing, has made available its new Supermicro Rack Scale Design (RSD) at OpenStack Days 2017, July 20-21 in Tokyo. This new solution provides support for the industry's broadest Intel Xeon Scalable Processor-based X11 generation and all existing X10 generation server and storage systems, as well as Supermicro networking products, and introduces high-performance and high-density pooled NVMe storage shared by multiple application hosts over high-speed PCI-E interconnects. Read further...
Along with Intel's release of its latest generation of Xeon scalable processer family, Inspur officially launched its new generation of M5 series server platforms, providing the next generation of IT technology that propels businesses to reach their unique business goals faster. Read further...
The Flash Memory Summit 2017 (FMS) is bringing together a team from Intel, IBM and DDN to promote and celebrate the success of Women in the technology industry. Top female and male executives will talk about gaining ground on diversity, its impact on companies and how to build leadership in diverse teams. Read further...

Applications

Heavy rainfall can cause rivers and drainage systems to overflow or dams to break, leading to flood events that bring damage to property and road systems as well potential loss of human life. One such event in 2008 cost $10 billion in damages for the entire state of Iowa. After the flood, the Iowa Flood Center (IFC) at the University of Iowa (UI) was established as the first centre in the United States for advanced flood-related research and education. Read further...
Magnets and magnetic phenomena underpin the vast majority of modern data storage, and the measurement scales for research focused on magnetic behaviours continue to shrink with the rest of digital technology. Skyrmions, for example, are a kind of nanomagnet, comprised of a spin-correlated ensemble of electrons acting as a topological magnet on certain microscopic surfaces. The precise properties, like spin orientation, of such nanomagnets can store information. But how might you go about moving or manipulating these nanomagnets at will to store the data you want? Read further...
A web that passes through infinite intergalactic spaces, a dense cosmic forest illuminated by very distant lights and a huge enigma to solve. These are the picturesque ingredients of a scientific research - carried out by an international team composed of researchers from SISSA and the ICTP in Trieste, the Institute of Astronomy of Cambridge and the University of Washington - that adds an important element for understanding one of the fundamental components of our Universe: the dark matter. Read further...
A new integrated computational climate model developed to reduce uncertainties in future climate predictions marks the first successful attempt to bridge Earth systems with energy and economic models and large-scale human impact data. The integrated Earth System Model, or iESM, is being used to explore interactions among the physical climate system, biological components of the Earth system, and human systems. Read further...
A reinvented, low-cost laser source that stores light energy inside nanoscale disks could underpin the development of optically powered neurocomputers, reveals a simulation study led by KAUST researchers. Read further...
Researchers have performed the first ever quantum-mechanical simulation of the benchmark ultracold chemical reaction between potassium-rubidium (KRb) and a potassium atom, opening the door to new controlled chemistry experiments and quantum control of chemical reactions that could spark advances in quantum computing and sensing technologies. Read further...
It took two years on a supercomputer to simulate 1.2 microseconds in the life of the HIV capsid, a protein cage that shuttles the HIV virus to the nucleus of a human cell. The 64-million-atom simulation offers new insights into how the virus senses its environment and completes its infective cycle. The findings are reported in the journalNature Communications. Read further...
ANSYS, Saudi Aramco and King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) have set a new supercomputing milestone by scaling ANSYS Fluent to nearly 200,000 processor cores - enabling organisations to make critical and cost-effective decisions faster and increase the overall efficiency of oil and gas production facilities. Read further...
Low-pressure weather systems that move northwards in the summer from Italy to central Europe bring with them dreaded downpours and flooding north of the Alps. But from where do they pick up this destructive moisture? The answer to that question has now been clarified by climate scientists in Bern by means of simulations they ran on CSCS's "Piz Daint" supercomputer. Read further...
The Association for Computing Machinery's Special Interest Group on High Performance Computing (SIGHPC) works to instantly connect individuals with their peers in the HPC community abroad. Offering peer-to-peer networking opportunities as well as a repository of HPC training materials, SIGHPC promotes the professional and academic development of the next generation of HPC experts. Read further...

The Cloud

Four new IBM Cloud data centres are now open, including two in London, England; one in San Jose, California; and one in Sydney, Australia. The four new facilities bring IBM's global Cloud data centre footprint to nearly 60 across 19 countries and bolster its existing Cloud footprint in these regions. IBM is investing to expand its Cloud footprint so clients around the world can take advantage of a cloud that is tuned for cognitive and Big Data workloads while offering flexibility to store data however and wherever they choose. Read further...
AT&T is reinventing the Cloud to boost the potential of self-driving cars, augmented and virtual reality, robotic manufacturing, and more. The company is embracing a model called edge computing (EC) to move the data crunching from the device to the Cloud. Driving it will be single-digit millisecond latency that only tomorrow's 5G can deliver. And powering it all will be its software-defined network, the most advanced of its kind in the networking industry. Read further...
Teradata, a data and analytics company, has acquired StackIQ, developers of one of the industry's fastest bare metal software provisioning platforms which has managed the deployment of Cloud and analytics software at millions of servers in data centres around the globe. The deal will leverage StackIQ's expertise in open source software and large cluster provisioning to simplify and automate the deployment of Teradata Everywhere. Offering customers the speed and flexibility to deploy Teradata solutions across hybrid Cloud environments, allows them to innovate quickly and build new analytical applications for their business. Read further...
IBM has unveiled IBM Z, the next generation of the world's most powerful transaction system, capable of running more than 12 billion encrypted transactions per day. The new system also introduces a breakthrough encryption engine that, for the first time, makes it possible to pervasively encrypt data associated with any application, Cloud service or database all the time. Read further...
Solarflare unveiled a new class of Smart NICs along with the industry's first Smart NIC Fabric for the enterprise. Since 2005, connectivity in rack computing has soared over 100x from 30 connections per rack in 2005, to a neural-class level of 5000 connections per rack in 2017. Read further...
IBM has introduced solutions that connect mainframes to IBM's DS8880 family of primary all-flash storage systems, provide data encryption to ensure transactional, business intelligence and machine learning workloads used for businesses running IBM Z environments are protected if data is lost or compromised. IBM's DS8880 all flash helps clients deliver hybrid Cloud environments by adding additional Clouds supported. Read further...
Empowering organisations to move workloads to the Cloud while keeping their data on their own premises, Oracle has introduced significant expansion of the breadth of services available through Oracle Cloud at Customer. The portfolio now spans all of the major Oracle PaaS categories and for the first time, also features Oracle SaaS services. Since its introduction just over a year ago, Oracle Cloud at Customer has experienced unprecedented growth with leading global organisations across six continents and more than 30 countries adopting the solution, including AT&T and Bank of America. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2017-07-24

Focus

20th Birthday celebrating OpenMP still welcoming new members ...

Fujitsu's processor roadmap is hitting new targets for Deep Learning ...

Focus on Europe

New FPGA programming method delivers five times more computing power ...

Gazprom Neft to utilise capacity at the St Petersburg Polytechnic University supercomputer ...

Tenfold connectivity increase between Ukraine and European research and education network ...

Newly improved Brain Simulation Platform now online ...

Joeri van Leeuwen received a grant and in-kind expertise from the eScience Center for his astronomy project AA-ALERT ...

Middleware

Bright Computing and Brazil-based AMT sign partnership agreement ...

Hardware

7th International Women in HPC workshop ...

IBM scientists observe elusive gravitational effect in solid-state physics ...

New Supermicro Rack Scale Design (RSD) supports high-density, high-performance pooled NVMe storage ...

Inspur announced the new M5 series servers to get businesses ready for the new era of intelligent computing ...

Women, leadership and Flash - Panel and networking event ...

Applications

3D models help scientists gauge flood impact ...

Pulses of electrons manipulate nanomagnets and store information ...

Flashes of light on the dark matter ...

Titan simulations show importance of close 2-way coupling between human and Earth systems ...

A firefly's flash inspires new nanolaser light ...

Simulation reveals universal signature of chaos in ultracold reactions ...

Massive simulation shows HIV capsid interacting with its environment ...

ANSYS, Saudi Aramco and KAUST shatter supercomputing record ...

Scientists use "Piz Daint" simulations to track heavy summer precipitation from the Mediterranean ...

Fernanda Foertter elected SIG HPC Education Vice Chair ...

The Cloud

IBM expands global Cloud data centre presence with four new facilities ...

The Cloud comes to you: AT&T to power self-driving cars, AR/VR and other future 5G applications through edge computing ...

Teradata acquires San Diego-based start-up StackIQ to strengthen Teradata Everywhere and IntelliCloud capabilities ...

IBM mainframe ushers in new era of data protection ...

Solarflare lets server racks match connectivity of a human neuron ...

New high speed interface connects IBM Z to IBM storage systems ...

Oracle significantly expands Cloud at Customer with PaaS and SaaS services to help customers in their journey to the Cloud ...