Primeur weekly 2017-08-07

Focus

How to run scientific applications in parallel over 10 million cores or the Sunway TaihuLight at work ...

IBM quantum experience is moving from classical computing to exponential scale of problem solving ...

Exascale supercomputing

Argonne goes deep to crack cancer code ...

Quantum computing

Clarifiying complex chemical processes with quantum computers ...

Focus on Europe

Hazel Hen to perform millionth compute job ...

Artificial intelligence for human age-reversal ...

Discover the Mont-Blanc performance analysis tools: Paraver, Dimenas, and Extrae ...

IT4Innovations will have a new Director ...

Middleware

DDN pledges absolute support to the HPC community as many users are left in disarray with Seagate shutting down its ClusterStor business ...

Bright Computing supports Fayetteville State University in AI research ...

Hardware

IBM sets new record for magnetic tape storage; makes tape competitive for Cloud storage ...

CSRA's high performance computing expertise (HPC) will aid NIH in developing new advancements in medicine and cancer research ...

Research into ultrafast laser technology could increase network speeds tenfold ...

Radeon Pro WX 9100 and Radeon Pro SSG: AMD is defying convention to forge the future of professional content creation ...

Applications

Scientists explore ocean currents through supercomputer simulations ...

Are the world's highest paid football players overpaid? Big data says yes ...

NASA enhances online scientific tool used by hundreds worldwide ...

NSF issues awards to advance a national research infrastructure for neuroscience ...

$9 million grant will create neurotech research hub at Cornell ...

Brown to lead 'NeuroNex' centre for creating bioluminescent neuroscience tools ...

Decoding a treasure trove of data from the brain ...

New simulations could help in hunt for massive mergers of neutron stars, black holes ...

The future of search engines ...

Active machine learning for the discovery and crystallization of gigantic polyoxometalate molecules ...

Crowdsourcing for Medical Image Analysis wins Lorentz-eScience workshop competition ...

The Cloud

Solarflare opens market for 10 million firewalls per year with world's first NIC-based hardware server firewall ...

Oracle delivers next-generation Cloud Applications ...

Red Hat acquires Permabit assets, eases barriers to Cloud portability with data deduplication technology ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2017-08-07

Focus

In the second session with Distinguished Speakers at ISC'17 in Frankfurt, Germany, Haohuan Fu from the National Supercomputer Center at Wuxi in China, was invited to tell the audience a little bit more about the specific efforts that are being made to run scientific applications on the Sunway TaihuLight, the number one machine in the TOP500. Read further...
On the ISC'17 Exhibition FloorPrimeur Magazinehad the opportunity to talk with Christopher Schnabel from the Quantum Computing Division at IBM. During the ISC Exhibition, Christopher Schnabel was demonstrating IBM Quantum Computing. Online, over a year ago, IBM already launched a real quantum computer that anybody can use. Read further...

Exascale supercomputing

A cancer diagnosis is overwhelming, the treatment often complex and uncertain. Doctors have yet to understand how a specific cancer will affect an individual, and a drug that may hold promise for one patient, may not work for another. But a melding of medical research and high-performance computing is taking a more personalized approach to treatment by creating precise therapy options based on genetics. Read further...

Quantum computing

Specialists expect nothing less than a technological revolution from quantum computers, which they hope will soon allow them to solve problems that are currently too complex for classical supercomputers. Commonly discussed areas of application include data encryption and decryption, as well as special problems in the fields of physics, quantum chemistry and materials research. Read further...

Focus on Europe

The HLRS supercomputer recently reached a milestone, crossing into seven digits in the number of compute jobs it has executed. The millionth job is an example of the essential role that high-performance computing is playing in many research fields, including fluid dynamics. Read further...
Center for Healthy Aging at the University of Copenhagen has signed a research collaboration with Insilico Medicine to develop solutions for preventing early aging. The aim of this partnership is to develop medicines to prevent and cure a broad range of diseases associated with aging such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and cardiovascular diseases. Read further...
As part of the Mont-Blanc effort to provide a software ecosystem for ARM-based HPC, Mont-Blanc partners are developing and porting developer tools, such as performance analysis tools. In March 2017, Mont-Blanc set up a training session in Grenoble on the Open Source performance tools developed at Barcelona Supercomputing Center and the University of Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines (UVSQ). During this one-day training, many Mont-Blanc partners, as well as external attendees from the local research labs, were given the opportunity to actually try the Paraver, Dimenas, Extrae, MAQAO and CERE tools, under the guidance of BSC and UVSQ experts. This motivated us to share information on these tools with a broader community. Read further...
From August 1, 2017, the new director of the IT4Innovations institute will be doc. Mgr. Vit Vondrak, Ph.D., who is currently the scientific director of IT4Innovations. Read further...

Middleware

DataDirect Networks (DDN) has announced that, with an unwavering 20-year dedication to HPC and large-scale storage systems and thousands of mission-critical customers, it is stepping up its efforts to provide an immediate path to safety for the many users left stranded in the wake of Seagate shutting down its ClusterStor product line. Read further...
Bright Computing, a provider of hardware-agnostic cluster and Cloud management software, has supplied its Bright Cluster Manager solution to Fayetteville State University for use in ground-breaking Artificial Intelligence (AI) research. Bright Cluster Manager enables the University to deploy complete clusters over bare metal and manage them effectively. Managing the hardware, operating system, HPC software, and its users is done with an elegant easy-to-use graphical user interface (GUI). With Bright Cluster Manager, IT/system administrators can quickly get clusters up and running and keep them running reliably throughout their lifecycle. Read further...

Hardware

IBM Research scientists have achieved a new world record in tape storage - their fifth since 2006. The new record of 201 Gb/in2(gigabits per square inch) in areal density was achieved on a prototype sputtered magnetic tape developed by Sony Storage Media Solutions. The scientists presented the achievement at the 28th Magnetic Recording Conference - TMRC 2017. Read further...
CSRA Inc. has installed a second increment to the Biowulf supercomputing cluster at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Center for Information Technology in the US.. Biowulf is designed to process a large number of simultaneous computations that are typical in genomics, image processing, statistical analysis, and other biomedical research areas. Read further...
A project to develop new ultrafast laser transmitter technology at the University of New Mexico (UNM) is expected to have a revolutionary impact on the physics of semiconductor lasers, with potential applications that could result in 10 times the speed of current fiber optic networks. Read further...
At the second annual Capsaicin SIGGRAPH event, AMD has unveiled new professional graphics cards designed to dramatically accelerate the pace of professional content creation today, while enabling creators to take bold new steps into the more demanding workflows of tomorrow. Based on AMD's next-generation "Vega" GPU architecture, the Radeon Pro WX 9100 and Radeon Pro SSG professional graphics cards defy convention, introducing advanced technology never before seen in the professional space that reduces or eliminates traditional content creation barriers, empowering artists, designers and engineers to better realize their visions. Read further...

Applications

A team from the NASA Advanced Supercomputing (NAS) facility, at Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley, has developed a new visualization tool that is being used by researchers from the Estimating the Circulation and Climate of the Ocean (ECCO) project to study the behavior of ocean currents. The new visualization tool provides high-resolution views of the entire globe at once, allowing the scientists to see new details that they had missed in previous analyses of their simulation, which was run on NASA's Pleiades supercomputer. Read further...
Some professional European football players are earning jaw-dropping salaries while other athletes on the same football pitch earn much less. This may lead many football fans, wondering if these athletes are worth such high paychecks. For example, FC Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi earns some hundreds of thousands more than other players. Read further...
Hundreds of scientists worldwide currently use an online application that accesses at least one terabyte of data to calculate everything from the spectrum of an exoplanet and the weather on Mars to the chemical make-up and orbit of a celestial object. It's now expected to get even better. Read further...
The National Science Foundation has made 17 Next Generation Networks for Neuroscience (NeuroNex) awards to aid the research community as it pursues one of its grandest challenges: understanding the brain. These projects will support the development of innovative, accessible and shared capabilities and resources, as well as theoretical frameworks and computational modelling to advance neuroscience research. Read further...
As neuroscientists examine challenging questions about the complexities of the central nervous system, new tools to be developed at Cornell University will provide them with an unprecedented glimpse into the inner workings of the brain thanks to a five-year, $9 million grant from the National Science Foundation. Read further...
With up to $9.2 million in funding over five years from the National Science Foundation, Brown University will lead a national center dedicated to developing and disseminating new tools based on giving nervous system cells the ability to make and respond to light. Neuroscientists could use the tools to uniquely manipulate and observe the circuitry of the brain in a variety of model organisms. Read further...
Research and new technologies have dramatically expanded the amount of data that can be captured from the brain over the past few years. The challenge now is to determine what that data can tell us. A group of researchers, led by Krešimir Josic, a mathematical biologist at the University of Houston (UH), has been awarded a $4.39 million grant from the National Science Foundation to develop new methods to analyze and interpret neural data. The five-year grant was issued through the NSF NeuroNex programme, or Next Generation Networks for Neuroscience. Read further...
Now that scientists can detect the wiggly distortions in space-time created by the merger of massive black holes, they are setting their sights on the dynamics and aftermath of other cosmic duos that unify in catastrophic collisions. Read further...
How do search engines generate lists of relevant links? The outcome is the result of two powerful forces in the evolution of information retrieval: artificial intelligence - especially natural language processing - and crowdsourcing. Read further...
Who is the better experimentalist, a human or a robot? When it comes to exploring synthetic and crystallization conditions for inorganic gigantic molecules, actively learning machines are clearly ahead, as demonstrated by British Scientists in an experiment with polyoxometalates published in the journal Angewandte Chemie . Read further...
Professors Lora Aroyo, VU University Amsterdam; Alessandro Bozzon, Delft University of Technology; Veronika Cheplygina, Eindhoven University of Technology; Danna Gurari, University of Texas at Austin, USA; and Zoltán Szlavik, IBM Center for Advanced Studies Benelux have won the competition for the second Lorentz-eScience workshop with their proposal "Crowdsourcing for Medical Image Analysis". The Netherlands eScience Center can continue this programme with a high quality and interesting workshop. Read further...

The Cloud

Solarflare, a pioneer in the development of neural-class networks, has introduced a NIC-based platform for security "inside" the data centre where 90% of all IP traffic exists. Proven by hyperscale Cloud service providers with millions of servers, Solarflare is transforming the enterprise server security market based on appliances and FPGAs and NPUs costing thousands of dollars, into a 10 million server per year market leveraging security that is "just there" on every standard NIC costing less than $300. Available September 1, 2017, SolarSecure can be enabled concurrently with ethernet NIC, acceleration, monitoring and capture solutions in a Solarflare XtremeScale Smart NIC fabric. Read further...
To help organisations around the world grow faster, differentiate from competitors, and better serve their customers, Oracle has introduced significant new capabilities and enhancements to Oracle Cloud Applications. With the introduction of Oracle Cloud Applications Release 13, Oracle is further extending the industry's broadest, deepest, and fastest growing suite of cloud applications. Innovations in the new release enhance the user experience and empower business users across the organisation including customer experience, finance, HR, and supply chain professionals. Read further...
Red Hathas acquired the assets and technology of Permabit Technology Corporation, a provider of software for data deduplication, compression and thin provisioning. With the addition of Permabit's data deduplication and compression capabilities to the world's leading enterprise Linux platform, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat will be able to better enable enterprise digital transformation through more efficient storage options. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2017-08-07

Focus

How to run scientific applications in parallel over 10 million cores or the Sunway TaihuLight at work ...

IBM quantum experience is moving from classical computing to exponential scale of problem solving ...

Exascale supercomputing

Argonne goes deep to crack cancer code ...

Quantum computing

Clarifiying complex chemical processes with quantum computers ...

Focus on Europe

Hazel Hen to perform millionth compute job ...

Artificial intelligence for human age-reversal ...

Discover the Mont-Blanc performance analysis tools: Paraver, Dimenas, and Extrae ...

IT4Innovations will have a new Director ...

Middleware

DDN pledges absolute support to the HPC community as many users are left in disarray with Seagate shutting down its ClusterStor business ...

Bright Computing supports Fayetteville State University in AI research ...

Hardware

IBM sets new record for magnetic tape storage; makes tape competitive for Cloud storage ...

CSRA's high performance computing expertise (HPC) will aid NIH in developing new advancements in medicine and cancer research ...

Research into ultrafast laser technology could increase network speeds tenfold ...

Radeon Pro WX 9100 and Radeon Pro SSG: AMD is defying convention to forge the future of professional content creation ...

Applications

Scientists explore ocean currents through supercomputer simulations ...

Are the world's highest paid football players overpaid? Big data says yes ...

NASA enhances online scientific tool used by hundreds worldwide ...

NSF issues awards to advance a national research infrastructure for neuroscience ...

$9 million grant will create neurotech research hub at Cornell ...

Brown to lead 'NeuroNex' centre for creating bioluminescent neuroscience tools ...

Decoding a treasure trove of data from the brain ...

New simulations could help in hunt for massive mergers of neutron stars, black holes ...

The future of search engines ...

Active machine learning for the discovery and crystallization of gigantic polyoxometalate molecules ...

Crowdsourcing for Medical Image Analysis wins Lorentz-eScience workshop competition ...

The Cloud

Solarflare opens market for 10 million firewalls per year with world's first NIC-based hardware server firewall ...

Oracle delivers next-generation Cloud Applications ...

Red Hat acquires Permabit assets, eases barriers to Cloud portability with data deduplication technology ...