Primeur weekly 2017-09-25

Special

2017 - Another year on the Road to Exascale: The rise of Machine Intelligence ...

Focus

ARM/Allinea alliance is building a community with promising HPC tools ...

Mont-Blanc prototypes form excellent testbeds for ARM-based but also other platforms ...

Exascale supercomputing

Department of Energy's Exascale Computing Project (ECP) names Doug Kothe as Director ...

Secretary of Energy Rick Perry announces High Performance Computing for Materials Programme to help industry develop new, improved materials for severe environments ...

Quantum computing

Cost-effective quantum moves a step closer ...

Researchers demonstrate quantum teleportation of patterns of light ...

Focus on Europe

DeepL anchors neural machine translator at Verne Global's HPC-optimised data centre ...

Intel awards Paderborn University a cluster fueled by Xeon processors and Intel Arria 10 FPGAs ...

A new way to enhance the capacity of memory devices ...

Middleware

Bright Computing announces support for Ubuntu ...

Altair extends its strategic relationship with HPE ...

Hardware

Mellanox appoints Shlomit Weiss to Senior Vice President of Silicon Engineering ...

Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology puts Cray XC40 supercomputer into production ...

MemComputing compute engine rivals supercomputer processing speeds ...

Japan's Yokohama City University selects Cray XC50-AC supercomputer for life sciences research ...

Preferred Networks launches one of Japan's most powerful private sector supercomputers ...

Cray awarded $48 million contract from the Korea Institute of Science and Technology Information ...

Supermicro launches new 6U SuperBlade disaggregated server systems supporting rack scale design and free air cooling ...

Applications

Berkeley Lab cosmology software scales up to 658,784 Knights Landing cores ...

Multiscale simulations help predict unruly plasma behaviour ...

The Cloud

Oracle's new SPARC systems deliver 2-7x better performance, security capabilities, and efficiency than Intel-based systems ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2017-09-25

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 Last week we talked about exascale progress in the US, Japan, China and Europe, and what is happening in domain specific supercomputing areas. This week we talk about the rise of Machine Intelligence and AI. Do we really need to solve complex mathematical equations to model nature? Read further...

Focus

During the Workshops Day at ISC'17 in Frankfurt, Germany on June 22, 2017, Oliver Perks from ARM, was the second speaker of the "Going ARM" Workshop. He talked about Allinea high performance tools to debug, profile and analyze applications. Allinea is now a part of ARM but has an heritage in HPC of over ten years built by a global team with industry experience. Allinea tools are represented in 7 of the Top 10 supercomputers serving multiple disciplines. Allinea also provides training, webinars and services and is involved in the European Commission's Horizon 2020 research. Read further...
During the Workshops Day at ISC'17 in Frankfurt, Germany on June 22, 2017, Filippo Mantovani from the Barcelona Supercomputing Center and the Mont-Blanc project, was the third speaker of the "Going ARM" Workshop. He addressed the topic of the butterfly effect of porting scientific applications to ARM-based platforms. Read further...

Exascale supercomputing

The Department of Energy's (DOE) Exascale Computing Project (ECP) has named Doug Kothe as its new director effective October 1, 2017. He replaces Paul Messina, who is stepping down after two years to return to Argonne National Laboratory. Read further...
U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry (DOE) has announced a new high-performance computing (HPC) initiative that will help U.S. industry accelerate the development of new or improved materials for use in severe environments. Read further...

Quantum computing

Canadian and US researchers have taken an important step towards enabling quantum networks to be cost-effective and truly secure from attack. The experiments, by the team from the University of Calgary, the California Institute of Technology and the National Institute of Standards and Technology, Colorado, prove the viability of a measurement-device-independent quantum key distribution (QKD) system, based on readily available hardware. Read further...
Nature Communicationshas published research by a team comprising Scottish and South African researchers, demonstrating entanglement swapping and teleportation of orbital angular momentum "patterns" of light. This is a crucial step towards realising a quantum repeater for high-dimensional entangled states. Read further...

Focus on Europe

Verne Global, a provider of highly optimised, secure, and 100% renewably powered data centre solutions, announced that DeepL has deployed its 5.1 petaFLOPS supercomputer in its campus. Designed to support DeepL's artificial intelligence (AI) driven, neural network translation service, this supercomputer is viewed by many as the world's most accurate and natural-sounding machine translation service. Read further...
The Paderborn Center for Parallel Computing (PC²) has been selected by Intel to host a computer cluster that uses Intel's Xeon processor with its Arria 10 FPGA software development platform. This server cluster connects Intel Xeon processor with an in-package field-programmable gate array (FPGA) via the platform's high-speed QuickPath interconnect improving system bandwidth. The Intel FPGA can be programmed to serve as a workload-optimized accelerator offering substantial performance, agility, and energy-efficiency advantages. This solution is suitable for a number of application domains, such as machine learning, data encryption, compression, image processing and video-stream processing. The platform also an ideal experimentation platform for innovative operating system or computing systems research, that focuses on novel approaches of integrating CPUs with accelerators at the software and hardware level. Read further...
Scientists from Tomsk Polytechnic University (TPU) and scientific centres of the USA, China and Germany have discovered unusual self-organisation of atoms in the volume of nanoparticles and have learned to control it by electric field. Such "controlled" nanoparticles can be used to generate capacious non-volatile random access memory (NRAM), quantum computers and other next generation electronics. Read further...

Middleware

Bright Computing, a global expert in cluster and Cloud infrastructure automation software, has made available Bright Cluster Manager 8.0 with Ubuntu. With this integration, organisations can run Bright Cluster Manager Version 8.0 on top of Ubuntu, to easily build, provision, monitor and manage Ubuntu high performance clusters from a single point of control, in both on-premises and Cloud-based environments. Read further...
Altair has entered into a multi-year original equipment manufacturing (OEM) agreement with HPE. This agreement represents an expansion of the long-term partnership between HPE and SGI - whom HPE recently acquired. HPE will now be able to include Altair's PBS Professional workload manager and job scheduler on all of HPE's high performance computing (HPC) systems, ensuring scalability of price and performance as system sizes and CPU-core counts continue to increase. Read further...

Hardware

Mellanox Technologies Ltd., a supplier of high-performance, end-to-end smart interconnect solutions for data centre servers and storage systems, has appointed Shlomit Weiss to senior vice president of silicon engineering. Ms. Weiss will report to Eyal Waldman, Mellanox's president and CEO. Read further...
The Japan Advanced Institute for Science and Technology (JAIST) has put a Cray XC40 supercomputer into production. JAIST, a postgraduate university located in Nomi, Ishikawa, Japan and one of the country's premier academic research centers, is using its new Cray XC40 system as it primary supercomputing resource supporting computational research across the university. Read further...
MemComputing Inc. is launching the first of many software-based co-processors that solve complex problems that evade even the fastest supercomputers at TechCrunch DISRUPT. MemComputing's first coprocessor, known as Falcon, is tuned specifically for machine learning and artificial intelligence. Falcon is free to use for a limited time as a Cloud-based Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platform. Custom software development kits (SDK) are also available. Read further...
The Yokohama City University (YCU) in Japan has put a Cray XC50-AC supercomputer into production. Located in the university's Advanced Medical Research Center, the new Cray supercomputer will power computational drug-discovery research used in the design of new medicines. The university will also use its Cray system to conduct atomic-level molecular simulations of proteins, nucleic acids, and other complexes. Read further...
Preferred Networks Inc., a provider of IoT-centric deep learning systems, NTT Communications Corporation (NTT Com), the ICT solutions and international communications business within the NTT Group, and NTT Com subsidiary NTT PC Communications Incorporated (NTTPC) have launched a private supercomputer designed to facilitate research and development of deep learning, including autonomous driving and cancer diagnosis. Read further...
The Korea Institute of Science and Technology Information (KISTI) has awarded Cray a contract valued at more than $48 million for a Cray CS500 cluster supercomputer. The 128-rack system, which includes Intel Xeon Scalable processors and Intel Xeon Phi processors, will be the largest supercomputer in South Korea and will provide supercomputing services for universities, research institutes, and industries. Read further...
Super Micro Computer Inc., a global expert in enterprise computing, storage, and networking solutions and green computing technology, has made available its new 6U SuperBlade solutions designed to support the latest generation processors as well as future generation processors. Read further...

Applications

The Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB) is the oldest light ever observed and is a wellspring of information about our cosmic past. This ancient light began its journey across space when the universe was just 380,000 years old. Today, it fills the cosmos with microwaves. By parsing its subtle features with telescopes and supercomputers, cosmologists have gained insights about both the properties of our universe and of fundamental physics. Read further...
Decades of fusion research have brought many advances in our understanding of the physics of plasma, the hot ionized gas at the heart of a fusion reactor. While many questions are being answered, important challenges remain. Read further...

The Cloud

Oracle has launched its eighth generation SPARC platform, delivering new levels of security capabilities, performance, and availability for critical customer workloads. Powered by the new SPARC M8 microprocessor, new Oracle systems and IaaS deliver a modern enterprise platform, including proven Software in Silicon with new v2 advancements, enabling customers to cost-effectively deploy their most critical business applications and scale-out application environments with extreme performance both on-premises and in Oracle Cloud. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2017-09-25

Special

2017 - Another year on the Road to Exascale: The rise of Machine Intelligence ...

Focus

ARM/Allinea alliance is building a community with promising HPC tools ...

Mont-Blanc prototypes form excellent testbeds for ARM-based but also other platforms ...

Exascale supercomputing

Department of Energy's Exascale Computing Project (ECP) names Doug Kothe as Director ...

Secretary of Energy Rick Perry announces High Performance Computing for Materials Programme to help industry develop new, improved materials for severe environments ...

Quantum computing

Cost-effective quantum moves a step closer ...

Researchers demonstrate quantum teleportation of patterns of light ...

Focus on Europe

DeepL anchors neural machine translator at Verne Global's HPC-optimised data centre ...

Intel awards Paderborn University a cluster fueled by Xeon processors and Intel Arria 10 FPGAs ...

A new way to enhance the capacity of memory devices ...

Middleware

Bright Computing announces support for Ubuntu ...

Altair extends its strategic relationship with HPE ...

Hardware

Mellanox appoints Shlomit Weiss to Senior Vice President of Silicon Engineering ...

Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology puts Cray XC40 supercomputer into production ...

MemComputing compute engine rivals supercomputer processing speeds ...

Japan's Yokohama City University selects Cray XC50-AC supercomputer for life sciences research ...

Preferred Networks launches one of Japan's most powerful private sector supercomputers ...

Cray awarded $48 million contract from the Korea Institute of Science and Technology Information ...

Supermicro launches new 6U SuperBlade disaggregated server systems supporting rack scale design and free air cooling ...

Applications

Berkeley Lab cosmology software scales up to 658,784 Knights Landing cores ...

Multiscale simulations help predict unruly plasma behaviour ...

The Cloud

Oracle's new SPARC systems deliver 2-7x better performance, security capabilities, and efficiency than Intel-based systems ...