Primeur weekly 2017-09-18

Special

2017 - Another year on the Road to Exascale: The state of exascale progress today ...

Focus

ETP4HPC plays instrumental role in development of European exascale programme ...

Atos/Bull to provide customers with mix of processor architectures and new BXI interconnect ...

Quantum computing

IBM pioneers new approach to simulate chemistry with quantum computing ...

The dark side of quantum computers ...

Toward unbreakable encrypted messages ...

First on-chip nanoscale optical quantum memory developed ...

Focus on Europe

HPC Advisory Council and ISC Group announce the 2018 Student Cluster Competition ...

Digital Infrastructures for Research 2017 to announce Call for Abstracts ...

HPC alliance GW4 shortlisted for Times Higher Education award ...

New GPU power for machine learning and HPC at CSC Finland ...

Mexico launches HPC initiative for Energy Research and Development supported by BSC ...

Middleware

PGI 17.7 compilers for heterogeneous supercomputing now available ...

Hardware

Supermicro launches petabyte scale 1U server and JBOF ...

Packet partners with Arm to accelerate adoption of Armv8-A for data centre workloads ...

Xilinx, Arm, Cadence, and TSMC announce world's first CCIX silicon demonstration vehicle in 7nm process technology ...

Applications

Supercomputing power to study brain function ...

Julia joins Petaflop Club ...

BSC participates in eTRANSAFE, a project for new drug safety assessment and integrative data analysis research ...

NERSC supercomputers help Berkeley Lab scientists map key DNA protein complex ...

Study clarifies how neural nets think when processing language ...

Modelling a city's minuscule changes ...

The Cloud

Oracle joins the Cloud Native Computing Foundation ...

Dell EMC and IBM to offer VMware solutions on the IBM Cloud ...

VMware speeds customer time to value for SDDC and multi-Cloud management with new vRealize suite 2017 ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2017-09-18

Special

Each year, now already for the eighth consecutive year,Primeur Magazineasks Supercomputer experts Satoshi Matsuoka and Thomas Sterling how we are doing on the Road to Exascale. This year's interview took place at ISC'17 on June 21, 2017. What has not changed is the prediction when we will enter the exascale era - somewhere in the early 2020s - however, there is now more clarity on what the systems will look like. And this year we saw the rise of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning to levels unseen before. But does that mean we can forget about HPC and traditional exascale computing? And what will be post-exascale? Could neuromorphic computing and quantum computing be an answer? Or are we just talking about those because we do not really have an answer for the Post-Moore era yet? Let us hear what Thomas Sterling and Satoshi Matsuoka have to say about it. We publish this interview as a series of four articles: The state of exascale progress today The rise of Machine Intelligence HPC applications towards exascale The Post-Moore era Today we talk about exascale progress in the US, Japan, China and Europe, and what is happening in domain specific supercomputing areas. Read further...

Focus

The ETP4HPC Workshop at ISC'17 in Frankfurt, Germany offeredPrimeur Magazinea chance to interview Jean-Pierre Panziera, the ETP4HPC Chairman. ETP4HPC is an association led by the European HPC industry. It is gathering all the stakeholders in the European HPC ecosystem with the goal of developing a worldclass HPC supply chain. ETP4HPC's focus is to develop the HPC technology in Europe. The association interacts with the European Commission as a technical advisory board. ETP4HPC has signed a public-private partnership contract with the European Commission which started at the beginning of the Horizon2020 Work Programme. The contract is ongoing since the end of 2013. ETP4HPC is defining the roadmap and how the investments could be used to develop the European ecosystem, and more specifically the European technology. Read further...
On the ISC'17 Exhibition FloorPrimeur Magazinehad the opportunity to talk with Jean-Pierre Panziera, CTO for HPC at Atos/Bull. He showed a picture of the directly liquid-cooling Bull Sequana platform which was introduced last year and started shipping to the Netherlands for the customers at SURFsara. Since then, there have been new customers using this platform. Jean-Pierre Panziera mentioned three new customers. Two of them are located in the United Kingdom, namely the STFC research centre and the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE). Both are getting this system in the near future. The third customer that has announced to acquire the Bull Sequana platform is GENCI, the French PRACE zero system. All of these customer deals are ongoing. Read further...

Quantum computing

IBM scientists have developed a new approach to simulate molecules on a quantum computer that may one day help revolutionize chemistry and materials science. The scientists successfully used a seven-qubit quantum processor to address the molecular structure problem for beryllium hydride (BeH2) - the largest molecule simulated on a quantum computer to date. The results demonstrate a path of exploration for near-term quantum systems to enhance our understanding of complex chemical reactions that could lead to practical applications. Read further...
The era of fully fledged quantum computers threatens to destroy internet security as we know it. Researchers are in a race against time to prepare new cryptographic techniques before the arrival of quantum computers, as cryptographers Tanja Lange from Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands and Daniel J. Bernstein from the University of Illinois at Chicago, USA describe in the journalNature. In their publication they analyze the options available for this so-called post-quantum cryptography. Read further...
Chinese researchers recently announced a landmark advancement: They used a satellite orbiting Earth to beam pairs of quantum-entangled photons to two Tibetan mountaintops more than 700 miles apart. This distance blew the previous record out of the water. But according to an article inChemical & Engineering News(C&EN), the weekly newsmagazine of the American Chemical Society, this is only the beginning for quantum communication. Read further...
For the first time, an international team led by engineers at Caltech has developed a computer chip with nanoscale optical quantum memory. Quantum memory stores information in a similar fashion to the way traditional computer memory does, but on individual quantum particles - in this case, photons of light. This allows it to take advantage of the peculiar features of quantum mechanics - such as superposition, in which a quantum element can exist in two distinct states simultaneously - to store data more efficiently and securely. Read further...

Focus on Europe

The HPC Advisory Council (HPCAC), the community-led organisation dedicated to high-performance computing (HPC) research, outreach and education, and the ISC Group, organizers of Europe's premier HPC forum, have officially kicked off the ISC-HPCAC Student Cluster Competition (SCC) with an open call for team entries inviting international STEM student teams currently enrolled in four-year higher education and undergraduate programmes to submit proposals for the 2018 competition. Submissions will be accepted through November 10, 2017. The top twelve teams selected will be announced on November 15, 2017 and face off in Frankfurt Germany during the annual ISC High Performance Conference and Exhibition scheduled for June 24-28, 2018. Read further...
The Programme Committee (PC) of the second Digital Infrastructures for Research (DI4R 2017) invites everyone with an interest in Open Science to bring their voice to DI4R 2017. DI4R 2017 will be held in Brussels, on 30 November - 1 December 2017. It will take place at the Square Meeting Centre, and is organised jointly by EGI, EUDAT, GÉANT, OpenAIRE, PRACE and RDA Europe. The abstract submission deadline is 13 October 2017. Read further...
The GW4 Alliance - made up of four leading research-intensive universities: Bath, Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter - has been shortlisted under the category of Technological Innovation of the Year at this year's Times Higher Education (THE) Awards for its world-first supercomputer, Isambard. Read further...
CSC is expanding its GPU computing capacity to especially meet the rapidly growing needs of the machine learning community. 26 nodes with four Nvidia Pascal P100 GPUs in each node will be available for CSC's customers in September. Accordingly, there are 104 Pascal GPUs in total. Read further...
Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) has participated in the Mexican International Renewable Energy Conference (MEXIREC) on September 12th in Mexico City. MEXIREC has been organized by the Government of Mexico, within the framework of the Strategic Dialogues on the Future of Energy (DEMEX). Read further...

Middleware

Version 17.7 of the PGI 2017 Compilers and Tools is now available, delivering improved performance and programming simplicity to high-performance computing (HPC) developers who target multicore CPUs and heterogeneous GPU-accelerated systems. Read further...

Hardware

Super Micro Computer Inc., a global expert in enterprise computing, storage, and networking solutions and green computing technology, has made available a new all-flash Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) 1U Just a Bunch Of Flash (JBOF) and 1U SuperServer with support for 32 hot-swap NVMe SSDs. Read further...
Packet, a provider of automated bare metal for developers, has signed a partnership with Arm to support the rapidly expanding ecosystem for the Armv8-compatible architecture. Through the partnership, Packet will provide free on-demand access to Armv8-A bare metal systems from Cavium, Qualcomm Datacenter Technologies Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, and others - enabling open source and commercial software projects to easily test against a variety of data centre-grade machines. Read further...
Xilinx, Arm, Cadence Design Systems Inc., and TSMC have planned a collaboration to build the first Cache Coherent Interconnect for Accelerators (CCIX) test chip in TSMC 7nm FinFET process technology for delivery in 2018. The test chip aims to provide a silicon proof point to demonstrate the capabilities of CCIX in enabling multi-core high-performance Arm CPUs working via a coherent fabric to off-chip FPGA accelerators. Read further...

Applications

A neuroscientist and a computational scientist walk into a synchrotron facility to study a mouse brain. Sounds like a great set-up for a comedy bit, but there is no punchline. The result is cutting-edge science that can only be accomplished in a facility as scientifically integrated as the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory. Read further...
Julia has joined the rarefied ranks of computing languages that have achieved peak performance exceeding one petaflop per second - the so-called "Petaflop Club". Read further...
Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) participates in eTRANSAFE through ELIXIR, which is one of the 26 international partners in this project. The five-year project, Enhancing Translational Safety Assessment through Integrative Knowledge Management (eTRANSAFE), aims to develop an advanced data integration infrastructure together with innovative computational methods to improve the security in drug development process. The eTRANSAFE project aims at improving the safety assessment across the drug discovery and development process by applying bioinformatics approaches to shared preclinical and clinical data to systematically analyse the translatability of effects. Thus, enabling the optimisation of resources and the development of safer medicines. Read further...
Chalking up another success for a new imaging technology that has energized the field of structural biology, researchers at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory obtained the highest resolution map yet of a large assembly of human proteins that is critical to DNA function. Read further...
Artificial-intelligence research has been transformed by machine-learning systems called neural networks, which learn how to perform tasks by analyzing huge volumes of training data. Read further...
Researchers at the Technical University of Munich are using satellite imagery and supercomputing to predict city buildings' risks for structural degradation and damage. By using 3D models, computational scientists can create precise, static representations of a city. However, cities, much like living things, are almost always in motion. Major construction projects - from new buildings to public transportation infrastructure - seismic events, or shoddy construction can quickly alter a city's properties both above and below ground. Read further...

The Cloud

Oracle has joined the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) as a Platinum Member. In addition, Oracle is releasing Kubernetes on Oracle Linux and open sourcing a Terraform Kubernetes Installer for the next-generation Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. As such, developers gain unparalleled simplicity for running their Cloud native workloads on Oracle. Read further...
IBM and Dell EMC have signed an agreement to help accelerate Cloud adoption by providing Dell EMC's commercial customers access to VMware solutions on the IBM Cloud. As part of the relationship, IBM has added Dell EMC infrastructure products into the IBM Cloud, and expands VMware solutions. Customers can now move workloads to the Cloud while continuing to leverage the benefits of Dell EMC infrastructure and the VMware platform. Read further...
At VMworld 2017 Europe, VMware Inc. has introduced advancements to its Cloud management platform to help customers deploy, operate and manage IT infrastructure and application services across a multi-Cloud landscape. The introduction of VMware vRealize Suite 2017 will integrate the latest releases of vRealize Operations, vRealize Automation, vRealize Business for Cloud, and vRealize Log Insight and feature new lifecycle management capabilities to support customers' data centre modernization and Cloud integration efforts. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2017-09-18

Special

2017 - Another year on the Road to Exascale: The state of exascale progress today ...

Focus

ETP4HPC plays instrumental role in development of European exascale programme ...

Atos/Bull to provide customers with mix of processor architectures and new BXI interconnect ...

Quantum computing

IBM pioneers new approach to simulate chemistry with quantum computing ...

The dark side of quantum computers ...

Toward unbreakable encrypted messages ...

First on-chip nanoscale optical quantum memory developed ...

Focus on Europe

HPC Advisory Council and ISC Group announce the 2018 Student Cluster Competition ...

Digital Infrastructures for Research 2017 to announce Call for Abstracts ...

HPC alliance GW4 shortlisted for Times Higher Education award ...

New GPU power for machine learning and HPC at CSC Finland ...

Mexico launches HPC initiative for Energy Research and Development supported by BSC ...

Middleware

PGI 17.7 compilers for heterogeneous supercomputing now available ...

Hardware

Supermicro launches petabyte scale 1U server and JBOF ...

Packet partners with Arm to accelerate adoption of Armv8-A for data centre workloads ...

Xilinx, Arm, Cadence, and TSMC announce world's first CCIX silicon demonstration vehicle in 7nm process technology ...

Applications

Supercomputing power to study brain function ...

Julia joins Petaflop Club ...

BSC participates in eTRANSAFE, a project for new drug safety assessment and integrative data analysis research ...

NERSC supercomputers help Berkeley Lab scientists map key DNA protein complex ...

Study clarifies how neural nets think when processing language ...

Modelling a city's minuscule changes ...

The Cloud

Oracle joins the Cloud Native Computing Foundation ...

Dell EMC and IBM to offer VMware solutions on the IBM Cloud ...

VMware speeds customer time to value for SDDC and multi-Cloud management with new vRealize suite 2017 ...