Primeur weekly 2017-08-21

Focus

ARM-supported HPC tools become readily available now ...

Quantum computing

Army researcher's paper to facilitate quantum memories and components for quantum networks ...

Focus on Europe

Asetek's revenue growth in Q2, 2017 driven by gaming PC cooling demand ...

PRACE organizes MOOC to discover and learn more about powerful supercomputers ...

Middleware

Ohio Supercomputer Center to host fifth meeting of the MVAPICH Users Group ...

Hardware

Cray reports second quarter 2017 financial results ...

Supercomputer powers up at Cranfield University ...

Supermicro brings 2.5x more performance to the edge with new Atom C3000 portfolio of embedded and IoT systems ...

Applications

Qualcomm bolsters position in artificial intelligence research and outlines its vision for the future ...

Organismic learning mimics some aspects of human thought ...

Artificial intelligence and blockchain companies partner to advance healthcare research ...

New machine learning programme shows promise for early Alzheimer's diagnosis ...

New 3D simulations show how galactic centres cool their jets ...

Researchers achieve major improvement for lensless computational microscopy ...

ATLAS sees first direct evidence of light-by-light scattering at high energy ...

OzStar supercomputer to power search for gravitational waves ...

Computer approaches human skill for first time in mapping brain ...

Smart computers for brain research ...

AI implications: Engineer's model lays groundwork for machine-learning device ...

The Cloud

Oracle Cloud Platform customer momentum accelerates globally ...

Oracle makes the most powerful database platform available on the industry's most advanced Cloud infrastructure ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2017-08-21

Focus

During the Workshops Day at ISC'17 in Frankfurt, Germany, Chris Goodyer, a senior engineering manager for HPC software at ARM, was the first speaker of the "Going ARM" Workshop. He explained that ARM's ecosystem is built on partnership and choice. The ARM team works with many organisations to drive hardware design and deliver better software. This method enables partners to design different products for different markets. ARM licenses IP at all levels of the stack to help customers be successful. The 64-bit server platforms are beginning to see large, main-stream deployments, Chris Goodyer stated. Building the software ecosystem and tools is an important part of this story. ARM enhances open source software as well as developing commercially supported options. Read further...

Quantum computing

A recently-published paper by Army Research Laboratory (ARL) scientist Dr. Fredrik Fatemi was chosen as "Editor's Pick" in the journalOptics Letters. Read further...

Focus on Europe

Asetek reported revenue of $11.1 million in the second quarter of 2017, an increase of 33% from the second quarter of 2016 on higher desktop revenue driven by shipments in the DIY and Gaming Performance/Desktop PC markets. Growth in the quarter also reflects an increase in shipment of data centre products to OEMs. Revenue for the six months ending 30 June was $22.6 million, an increase of 21% from the same period of 2016. Read further...
How does a supercomputer work? What are parallel computers and what is parallel computing? How does computer simulation help science and industry to boost their research results? These questions and many more will be answered and explained by the experts from the Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre (EPCC) at the University of Edinburgh in collaboration with SURFsara from the Netherlands. Starting date is 28 August 2017. Read further...

Middleware

A broad array of system administrators, developers, researchers and students who share an interest in the MVAPICH open-source library for high performance computing have gathered at the Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC), August 14-16, for the fifth meeting of the MVAPICH Users Group (MUG). Read further...

Hardware

Cray Inc. has issued financial results for its second quarter ended June 30, 2017. All figures are based on U.S. GAAP unless otherwise noted. Revenue for the second quarter of 2017 was $87.1 million, compared to $100.2 million in the second quarter of 2016. Net loss for the second quarter of 2017 was $6.8 million, or $0.17 per diluted share, compared to a net loss of $13.1 million, or $0.33 per diluted share in the second quarter of 2016. Non-GAAP net loss was $8.0 million, or $0.20 per diluted share for the second quarter of 2017, compared to non-GAAP net loss of $11.4 million, or $0.29 per diluted share for the same period of 2016. Read further...
A new High Performance Computer (HPC) has been switched on at Cranfield University in the UK. The new system, which is called Delta, is faster, provides greater storage capacity and is more energy-efficient than its predecessor. Read further...
Super Micro Computer Inc., a global expert in computing, storage, and networking technologies and green computing, has introduced a full suite of all-in-one solutions optimized for the growing Embedded Appliance, Intelligent Data Centre and Network Edge markets. Supermicro's compact systems and motherboards optimized with the new Intel Atom C3000 (Denverton) SoC feature lower thermal and power requirements and can improve performance by 2.5X compared to the previous generation. Read further...

Applications

Qualcomm Technologies Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, has laid out its vision for ubiquitous on-device artificial intelligence (AI) complementing Cloud AI. The company envisions a world where AI makes devices, machines, automobiles, and things much more intelligent, simplifying and enriching our daily lives. In 2007, Qualcomm started exploring spiking neuron approaches to machine learning for computer vision and motion control applications, and later expanded the scope of the research to look not just at biologically inspired approaches but artificial neural networks - primarily deep learning. Read further...
A new computing technology called 'organismoids' mimics some aspects of human thought by learning how to forget unimportant memories while retaining more vital ones. Read further...
Insilico Medicine Inc, a Baltimore-based next-generation artificial intelligence company has signed a research collaboration with the Bitfury Group, a global full-service blockchain technology conglomerate, to develop novel solutions for health care applications. The companies signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to collaborate in the academic and commercial settings to develop AI on Blockchain solutions for the health care industry. Read further...
A new machine learning programme developed by researchers at Case Western Reserve University appears to outperform other methods for diagnosing Alzheimer's disease before symptoms begin to interfere with every day living, initial testing shows. Early diagnosis and treatment - the goal of the new computer based programme - is key to allowing those with the disease to remain independent longer. Read further...
Some of the most extreme outbursts observed in the universe are the mysterious jets of energy and matter beaming from the centre of galaxies at nearly the speed of light. These narrow jets, which typically form in opposing pairs are believed to be associated with supermassive black holes and other exotic objects, though the mechanisms that drive and dissipate them are not well understood. Read further...
Scientists from ITMO University and Tampere University of Technology managed to improve computational imaging of optical signal in lensless microscopes. By employing special algorithms they increased the resolution of obtained images without any changes in the technical characteristics of microscopes. Read further...
Physicists from the ATLAS experiment at CERN have found the first direct evidence of high energy light-by-light scattering, a very rare process in which two photons - particles of light - interact and change direction. The result, published inNature Physics, confirms one of the oldest predictions of quantum electrodynamics (QED). Read further...
A new $4 million supercomputer based at Swinburne has been chosen to help the new Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery's search for gravitational waves. The Centre, known as OzGRav, was funded last year to capitalise on the first detections of gravitational waves and to help understand the extreme physics of black holes and curved space-time. Read further...
A Washington State University (WSU) research team for the first time has developed a computer algorithm that is nearly as accurate as people are at mapping brain neural networks - a breakthrough that could speed up the image analysis that researchers use to understand brain circuitry. Read further...
Filtering information for search engines, acting as an opponent during a board game or recognizing images: Artificial intelligence has far outpaced human intelligence in certain tasks. Several groups from the Freiburg excellence cluster BrainLinks-BrainTools led by neuroscientist private lecturer Dr. Tonio Ball are showing how ideas from computer science could revolutionize brain research. Read further...
In what could be a small step for science potentially leading to a breakthrough, an engineer at Washington University in St. Louis has taken steps toward using nanocrystal networks for artificial intelligence applications. Read further...

The Cloud

Oracle is gaining incredible customer momentum across the industry's most comprehensive Cloud business. In FY17, Oracle Cloud Platform revenues were up 60 percent from FY16 to $1.4 billion. Organisations including Advanced Drainage Systems, ARRIS, Australian Finance Group, Benchmark, Detroit Water and Sewerage, Immofinanz AG, Malmo stad, Marz Systems, Mebrom, Nuvias Group, Pernod Ricard Asia, Telesoft, and Total are the latest to choose Oracle Cloud Platform to speed innovation and deliver best-in-class customer experiences. Read further...
Oracle Exadata Cloud is now available on Oracle's next-generation Cloud infrastructure. The marriage of Oracle Exadata, the highest performing on-premises and public Cloud database platform, with Oracle Cloud's unique bare metal compute and storage services, delivers a combination of performance and availability for the entire application stack that only Oracle can deliver. These integrated and fully programmable Cloud services enhance all stages of application development and deployment through faster connectivity, provisioning, processing, and database access with unmatched technology and industry-leading price performance. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2017-08-21

Focus

ARM-supported HPC tools become readily available now ...

Quantum computing

Army researcher's paper to facilitate quantum memories and components for quantum networks ...

Focus on Europe

Asetek's revenue growth in Q2, 2017 driven by gaming PC cooling demand ...

PRACE organizes MOOC to discover and learn more about powerful supercomputers ...

Middleware

Ohio Supercomputer Center to host fifth meeting of the MVAPICH Users Group ...

Hardware

Cray reports second quarter 2017 financial results ...

Supercomputer powers up at Cranfield University ...

Supermicro brings 2.5x more performance to the edge with new Atom C3000 portfolio of embedded and IoT systems ...

Applications

Qualcomm bolsters position in artificial intelligence research and outlines its vision for the future ...

Organismic learning mimics some aspects of human thought ...

Artificial intelligence and blockchain companies partner to advance healthcare research ...

New machine learning programme shows promise for early Alzheimer's diagnosis ...

New 3D simulations show how galactic centres cool their jets ...

Researchers achieve major improvement for lensless computational microscopy ...

ATLAS sees first direct evidence of light-by-light scattering at high energy ...

OzStar supercomputer to power search for gravitational waves ...

Computer approaches human skill for first time in mapping brain ...

Smart computers for brain research ...

AI implications: Engineer's model lays groundwork for machine-learning device ...

The Cloud

Oracle Cloud Platform customer momentum accelerates globally ...

Oracle makes the most powerful database platform available on the industry's most advanced Cloud infrastructure ...