Primeur weekly 2017-07-31

Focus

ECMWF at the heart of weather and climate modelling as global challenge of societal relevance with game changing prediction capability through exascale ...

NVIDIA hits the top 10 in the TOP500 and Green500 lists with multi-tasking GPUs - NVIDIA Vice President Ian Buck explains ...

Exascale supercomputing

Oak Ridge National Laboratory acquires D-Wave 2000Q Cloud services to accelerate hybrid computing applications ...

Crowd computing

Dark ecology project will use past weather radar data to trace bird migrations ...

Quantum computing

Tiny dancer atoms could prove a hit with quantum computer scientists ...

Qubitekk licenses ORNL single-photon source approach for quantum encryption ...

Ultracold molecules hold promise for quantum computing ...

University of Sydney and Microsoft forge global quantum computing partnership ...

Focus on Europe

Prof. Jan de Boer joins Board of Directors at Netherlands eScience Center ...

Hardware

Cray to expand storage portfolio through strategic transaction and partnership with Seagate ...

Stampede2 storms out of the Corral in support of U.S. scientists ...

Nick Nystrom appointed Interim Director of PSC ...

CSIRO has chosen Dell EMC to build a new scientific computing capability, kicking off a new generation of research ...

One Stop Systems named one of San Diego's fastest growing companies ...

Applications

High risk of unprecedented rainfall in the United Kingdom simulated by Met Office supercomputer ...

NIH awards $9.3 million for further development of PHENIX structural biology software ...

Inaugural Collaborative Science Call yields six proposals melding genomics and supercomputing ...

Stampede supercomputer skyrocketed science ...

IBM combines All-Flash and storage software optimized for Hortonworks ...

PPPL researchers perform first basic-physics simulation of the impact of recycled atoms on plasma turbulence ...

Catch of the day: A net full of trees ...

Liquid electrolyte contacts for advanced characterization of resistive switching memories ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2017-07-31

Focus

Second keynote speaker at ISC'17 in Frankfurt, Germany was Peter Bauer from the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF). Peter Bauer promised to provide a light presentation for people who are not familiar with weather forecasting or climate prediction so that they would get a bit of the insides of what it actually takes. What is behind weather forecasting and climate prediction is very complex and eventually, this is going to be an exascale problem, even though it is not quite one yet. Read further...
On the ISC'17 Exhibition FloorPrimeur Magazinecongratulated Ian Buck, Vice President at NVIDIA, with their taking part in Piz Daint, the Swiss supercomputer that takes the third rank in the recently published edition of the TOP500 list. Ian Buck confirmed that Piz Daint is an amazing supercomputer. Piz Daint was built with NVIDIA's Tesla P100 GPUs where all the computational and computing horse power is coming from the accelerators in that system. Piz Daint is a hybrid system composed of GPUs and CPUs. Piz Daint is not only 3rd in the TOP500, it also in the top 10 of most energy-efficient supercomputers and that is really again because of the GPUs, according to Ian Buck. The NVIDIA processors are very efficient compared to the traditional serial processors. They are doing well on high performance computing, AI, and graphics, which are three important workflows for today's modern supercomputing. Read further...

Exascale supercomputing

D-Wave Systems Inc., an expert in quantum computing systems and software, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), the largest U.S. Department of Energy science and energy laboratory, have signed an agreement aimed at advancing hybrid computing applications, particularly targeted at helping accelerate future exascale applications. Under the agreement, ORNL scientists will have Cloud access to a D-Wave 2000Q system to allow for exploration of hybrid computing architectures as a way to achieve better solutions for scientific applications. Read further...

Crowd computing

Every spring and fall, billions of birds migrate across the United States, largely unseen under the cover of darkness. Now a team of researchers led by computer scientist Daniel Sheldon at the University of Massachusetts Amherst plan to develop new analytic methods with data collected over the past 20 years - more than 200 million archived radar scans from the national weather radar network - to provide powerful new tools for tracking migration. Read further...

Quantum computing

Quantum computers could be a step closer to practical use thanks to the work of an international team led by University of Surrey scientists. Read further...
Qubitekk has non-exclusively licensed an Oak Ridge National Laboratory-developed method to produce quantum light particles, known as photons, in a controlled, deterministic manner that promises improved speed and security when sharing encrypted data. Read further...
Researchers have taken an important step toward the long-sought goal of a quantum computer, which in theory should be capable of vastly faster computations than conventional computers, for certain kinds of problems. The new work shows that collections of ultracold molecules can retain the information stored in them, for hundreds of times longer than researchers have previously achieved in these materials. Read further...
The University of Sydney has signed a multi-year quantum computing partnership with Microsoft, creating an unrivalled setting and foundation for quantum research in Sydney and Australia. Read further...

Focus on Europe

Prof. Jan de Boer of the University of Amsterdam is joining the Board of Directors of the Netherlands eScience Center as of July 2017. Read further...

Hardware

Cray Inc. has signed a definitive agreement with Seagate to complete a strategic transaction and enter into a partnership centered around the ClusterStor high-performance storage business. As part of the partnership, Seagate and Cray will collaborate on future ClusterStor products. Cray will continue to support and enhance the ClusterStor product line and to support customers going forward. Cray expects to add more than 100 Seagate employees and contractors and to assume certain customer support obligations associated with the ClusterStor product line. Read further...
The Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) has dedicated Stampede2, the largest supercomputer at any U.S. university, and one of the most powerful systems in the world in a ceremony at The University of Texas at Austin's J.J. Pickle Research Campus. Read further...
Nick Nystrom, senior director of research at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC), has been appointed Interim Director of the centre. Nick Nystrom succeeds Michael Levine and Ralph Roskies, who have been co-directors of PSC since its founding in 1986. Read further...
CSIRO will partner with Dell EMC to build a new large scale scientific computing system to expand CSIRO's capability in deep learning, a key approach to furthering progress towards artificial intelligence. The new system is named 'Bracewell' after Ronald N. Bracewell, an Australian astronomer and engineer who worked in the CSIRO Radiophysics Laboratory during World War II, and whose work led to fundamental advances in medical imaging. Read further...
One Stop Systems (OSS), a provider of high performance computing appliances, was named one of San Diego's 100 fastest growing privately-held companies by theSan Diego Business Journal. Read further...

Applications

New innovative research has found that for England and Wales there is a 1 in 3 chance of a new monthly rainfall record in at least one region each winter (October-March). In the last few years several rainfall events have caused widespread flooding in the UK. In winter 2013/14 a succession of storms hit the UK leading to record rainfall and flooding in many regions including the south east. December 2015 was similar, and Storm Desmond hit the north-west causing widespread flooding and storm damage. Read further...
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded $9.3 million to the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to support ongoing development of PHENIX, a software suite for solving three-dimensional macromolecular structures. Read further...
Six proposals have been selected to participate in a new partnership between two U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) user facilities through the "Facilities Integrating Collaborations for User Science" (FICUS) initiative. The expertise and capabilities available at the DOE Joint Genome Institute (JGI) and the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) - both at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory - will help researchers explore the wealth of genomic and metagenomic data generated worldwide through access to supercomputing resources and computational science experts to accelerate discoveries. Read further...
Change was in the air at the National Science Foundation (NSF) in 2010, two years into the operation of the soon-to-be retired Ranger supercomputer of the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC). Ranger represented a new class of cutting-edge computing systems designed specifically for getting more people - U.S. researchers from all fields of science and engineering - to use them. Ranger and a few other systems of the NSF-funded Teragrid cyberinfrastructure, such as Kraken at the National Institute for Computational Sciences at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, were going to come offline in the next few years. Read further...
IBM has launched a new all-flash, high-performance data and file management solution for enterprise clients running exabyte-scale Big Data analytics, cognitive and AI applications. The combined flash and storage software solution has been certified with the Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) to provide clients with more choice in selecting the right platform for their Big Data analytics on data processing engines like Hadoop and Spark. Read further...
Turbulence, the violently unruly disturbance of plasma, can prevent plasma from growing hot enough to fuel fusion reactions. Long a puzzling concern of researchers has been the impact on turbulence of atoms recycled from the walls of tokamaks that confine the plasma. These atoms are neutral, meaning that they have no charge and are thus unaffected by the tokamak’s magnetic field or plasma turbulence, unlike the electrons and ions - or atomic nuclei - in the plasma. Yet, experiments have suggested that the neutral atoms may be significantly enhancing the edge plasma turbulence, hence the theoretical interest in their effects. Read further...
SPECTRE, a new open-source software package, simplifies the complex business of creating phylogenetic networks and trees. It has been written by bioinformaticians at the Earlham Institute. Read further...
Memristors are nanosized electronic devices that can be used to fabricate next generation memories, and to build up electronic synapses for neuromorphic computing. A memristor consists on a metal-insulator-metal nanocell, in which electrical impulses are applied between the electrodes to modulate the resistivity of the insulator. In this way, a high and a low resistivity state can be intentionally and cyclically induced, which can be used to simulate the ones and zeros of the binary code. The resistivity changes are generated due to local atomic rearrangements produced by the electrical field applied, but understanding this phenomenon is very challenging because i) it takes place in very small areas, and ii) it happens at the insulating stack, which is buried in the top electrode. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2017-07-31

Focus

ECMWF at the heart of weather and climate modelling as global challenge of societal relevance with game changing prediction capability through exascale ...

NVIDIA hits the top 10 in the TOP500 and Green500 lists with multi-tasking GPUs - NVIDIA Vice President Ian Buck explains ...

Exascale supercomputing

Oak Ridge National Laboratory acquires D-Wave 2000Q Cloud services to accelerate hybrid computing applications ...

Crowd computing

Dark ecology project will use past weather radar data to trace bird migrations ...

Quantum computing

Tiny dancer atoms could prove a hit with quantum computer scientists ...

Qubitekk licenses ORNL single-photon source approach for quantum encryption ...

Ultracold molecules hold promise for quantum computing ...

University of Sydney and Microsoft forge global quantum computing partnership ...

Focus on Europe

Prof. Jan de Boer joins Board of Directors at Netherlands eScience Center ...

Hardware

Cray to expand storage portfolio through strategic transaction and partnership with Seagate ...

Stampede2 storms out of the Corral in support of U.S. scientists ...

Nick Nystrom appointed Interim Director of PSC ...

CSIRO has chosen Dell EMC to build a new scientific computing capability, kicking off a new generation of research ...

One Stop Systems named one of San Diego's fastest growing companies ...

Applications

High risk of unprecedented rainfall in the United Kingdom simulated by Met Office supercomputer ...

NIH awards $9.3 million for further development of PHENIX structural biology software ...

Inaugural Collaborative Science Call yields six proposals melding genomics and supercomputing ...

Stampede supercomputer skyrocketed science ...

IBM combines All-Flash and storage software optimized for Hortonworks ...

PPPL researchers perform first basic-physics simulation of the impact of recycled atoms on plasma turbulence ...

Catch of the day: A net full of trees ...

Liquid electrolyte contacts for advanced characterization of resistive switching memories ...