Primeur weekly 2017-10-09

Special

2017 - Another year on the Road to Exascale: The Post-Moore era ...

Focus

Outsourcing your data centre to Verne Global in Iceland reduces costs and benefits climate ...

Draft work programme for 2018 - 2020 of the European Horizon 2020 funding programme shows strong commitment to HPC and exascale with over 450 million euro funding available ...

Exascale supercomputing

IDEAS goes big: Fostering better software development for exascale ...

Assessing regional earthquake risk and hazards in the age of exascale ...

Quantum computing

Bristol scientists pinpoint the singularity for quantum computers ...

New 'building material' points toward quantum computers ...

Focus on Europe

Call now open for ISC 2018 research papers: Submission ends December 22, 2017 ...

Project TopWing published top innovative results in Nature ...

PRACE 15th Call continues to award outstanding research in HPC ...

PRACE met future scientists at EUCYS 2017 ...

Dutch National Big Data Infrastructure will boost pre-competitive research ...

Middleware

Bright Computing rolls out tiered partner programme for resellers in North and South America ...

Hardware

CENATE names new director ...

University of South Dakota gets HPC cluster for research computing ...

Mellanox enables the next generation of software-defined data centre networks with BlueField SmartNIC network adapters ...

Discovery and innovation to quicken with supercomputer's $1-million upgrade ...

Applications

Cell modelling tool makes complex calculations user-friendly ...

Purdue professor wins Department of Defense computing award ...

Columbia researchers observe exotic quantum particle in bilayer graphene ...

MareNostrum supercomputer has allocated 20 million hours of calculation to the Nobel Prize for Physics winning project ...

The world-record 53.3 Tb/s optical switching capacity for data-centre networks ...

Chemists teach computer programme to model forces between atoms accurately ...

The Cloud

New Oracle Exadata X7 delivers in-memory performance from shared storage ...

Oracle unveils world's first autonomous database Cloud ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2017-10-09

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. 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: 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 Three weeks ago we talked about exascale progress in the US, Japan, China and Europe, and what is happening in domain specific supercomputing areas. Two weeks ago we talked about he rise of Machine Intelligence and AI. Do we really need to solve complex mathematical equations to model nature? Last week we discussed HPC applications. This week we conclude with the vision on Post-Moore. Read further...

Focus

On the ISC'17 Exhibition Floor on June 21, 2017Primeur Magazinehad the opportunity to talk with Spencer Lamb from Verne Global, a data centre provider in Iceland. The company has been in operation for the last five years and delivers co-location solutions to its customers. The reason for choosing to outsource a data centre location is to take advantage of the significantly reduced power costs and also the benefits that the power is generated from geothermal and hydro-electricity plants, so it is renewable. Verne Global is therefore providing its customers with a very renewable solution and the electricity costs themselves are significantly lower than in most of the European countries that Verne Global is competing against. Read further...
The draft of the work programme for 2018 - 2020 of the Horizon 2020 Research and Development funding programme has been published. The work programme gives details of the topics for which proposals are invited, and the amount of budget available. Although it is still a draft, not many changes are to be expected in the final version. Read further...

Exascale supercomputing

Scalability of scientific applications is a major focus of the Department of Energy's Exascale Computing Project (ECP) and in that vein, a project known as IDEAS-ECP, or Interoperable Design of Extreme-scale Application Software, is also being scaled up to deliver insight on software development to the research community. Read further...
With emerging exascale supercomputers, researchers will soon be able to accurately simulate the ground motions of regional earthquakes quickly and in unprecedented detail, as well as predict how these movements will impact energy infrastructure - from the electric grid to local power plants - and scientific research facilities. Read further...

Quantum computing

Researchers from the University of Bristol have discovered that super-powerful quantum computers, which scientists and engineers across the world are racing to build, need to be even more powerful than previously thought before they can beat today's ordinary PCs. Read further...
A Danish-American research team has shown that it is possible to produce 'Majorana particles' in a new 'building material'. The research, led by scientists from Niels Bohr institute, University of Copenhagen, paves the road for new types of experiments - and at the same time represents an important contribution to the construction of the information circuits of tomorrow. Read further...

Focus on Europe

Submissions are now open for the ISC 2018 conference research paper sessions, which aim to provide first-class opportunities for engineers and scientists in academia, industry, and government to present and discuss issues, trends, and results that will shape the future of high performance computing (HPC). Submissions will be accepted through December 22, 2017. Read further...
The project TopWing led by the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) was awarded with 12 million core hours under the 10th PRACE Call for Proposals for Project Access. Using PRACE resources on Curie hosted by GENCI at CEA, France allowed the TopOpt Group from DTU under Ole Sigmund to implement the computational morphogenesis tool and produced simulations with a giga-voxel resolution - three-dimensional equivalents of pixels. The developed tool from the TopOpt Group paved the way for full-scale airplane wing design with hitherto unprecedented resolution and huge potential for improved design and weight savings for the aerospace industry. Read further...
The 15th PRACE Call for Proposals yielded 76 eligible proposals of which 46 were awarded a total of close to 1.7 thousand million core hours. This brings the total number of projects awarded by PRACE to 570. Taking into account the two multi-year projects from the 13th Call that were renewed and the 8.6 million core hours reserved for Centres of Excellence, the total amount of computing time awarded by PRACE to date is nearly 16 thousand million core hours. Read further...
Where you can meet enthusiastic, talented high school students and their scientific projects? At the European Union Contest for Young Scientists, that gathered the winners of national science contests at international level each year. PRACE took the opportunity for the second time to sponsor a prize in computational science. EUCYS 2017 took place from 22 to 27 September 2017 in Tallinn and was organised by the Estonian Research Council. The contest is managed by the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation of the European Commission each year in cooperation with a hosting country. Read further...
In order to unlock the value of distributed datasets an infrastructure is required for secure data sharing and high performance computing. TNO, SURFsara and the University of Amsterdam (UvA) invite partners to join this initiative and set up a National Big Data Infrastructure for enabling future digital transformation. Read further...

Middleware

Bright Computing, a global expert in cluster and Cloud infrastructure automation software, has rolled out a tiered partner programme for value added reseller partners in North and South America. Read further...

Hardware

Two years ago, the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory established a proving ground in Richland for the next step in supercomputing development. Called the Center for Advanced Technology Evaluation, CENATE's participating researchers have been deploying testbeds and methods that can analyze and verify new technologies such as processors, types of memory, and networks. CENATE will provide insight into the impact this next generation of high-performing computers will have on DOE's research community. Read further...
The University of South Dakota has acquired a high performance computing cluster as a campus-wide resource available to faculty, staff and students as well as researchers across the state. Made possible by a $504,000 grant from the National Science Foundation and a $200,000 grant from the South Dakota Board of Regents, the new cluster is named Lawrence after Nobel Laureate and University of South Dakota alumnus E. O. Lawrence. Read further...
Mellanox Technologies Ltd., a supplier of high-performance, end-to-end interconnect solutions for data centre servers and storage systems, has launched its BlueField family of software-defined SmartNIC adapters, designed for scale-out server and storage applications. The BlueField intelligent adapters bring new capabilities to Mellanox's portfolio by embedding powerful ARM processor cores and accelerators in the network interface card (NIC). Based on the BlueField system-on-chip processors, with up to 200Gb/s of low-latency throughput, these adapters enable a truly software-defined data centre network. Read further...
A $1-million upgrade to Clemson University's acclaimed supercomputer, the 'Palmetto Cluster', is expected to help researchers quicken the pace of scientific discovery and technological innovation in a broad range of fields, from developing new medicines to creating advanced materials. Read further...

Applications

Programming a molecular biology experiment can be similar to playing Sudoku; both are simple if you're working with only a few molecules or a small grid, but they explode in complexity as they grow. Now, in a paper published on October 3 in theBiophysical Journal, researchers at University of Connecticut (UConn) Health's Virtual Cell Project have made it far easier for cell biologists to build complex biological models. Read further...
One of the College of Engineering's newer professors has received a large research grant from the U.S. Department of Defense for supercomputing resources. Jonathan Poggie, an associate professor of aeronautics and astronautics, and his team were selected for the competitive Frontier Award of supercomputer hours. The award enables science and technology research that would not be possible without extraordinary computer resources. Read further...
A team led by Cory Dean, assistant professor of physics at Columbia University, and James Hone, Wang Fong-Jen Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Columbia Engineering, has definitively observed an intensely studied anomaly in condensed matter physics - the even-denominator fractional quantum Hall (FQH) state - via transport measurement in bilayer graphene. The study is published online inSciencein the October 6 issue. Read further...
The MareNostrum supercomputer, in the Barcelona Supercomputing Center, has allocated 20 million processor hours to make calculations for the project that has been awarded with the Nobel Prize for Physics. Since 2015, the LiGO project, awarded for having detected gravitational waves as predicted by Einstein, has been using the MareNostrum through Dr. Sascha Husa, Theoretical Physics Professor of the University of Illes Balears in Spain and member of the project. Read further...
The National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) has successfully demonstrated a world-record for switching capacity of 53.3 Tb/s for short-reach data-centre networks. This demonstration makes use of spatial division multiplexing (SDM) over multi-core optical fibers (MCFs) and a newly developed high-speed spatial optical switch system, enabling full packet-granularity. The team believes this newly developed data-centre network provides a significant improvement of network efficiency and end-to-end energy consumption per bit compared to today's optical circuit, fully-electronic packet switching networks. The results of this demonstration were selected for presentation as a post-deadline paper at the prestigious 43rd European Conference on Optical Communications (ECOC) in Gothenburg, Sweden, on September 21, 2017. Read further...
A team of researchers from MIPT, Skoltech, and Dukhov Research Institute of Automatics, led by Artem Oganov, used a machine learning technique to model the behaviour of aluminum and uranium in the liquid and crystalline phases at various temperatures and pressures. Such simulations of chemical systems can predict their properties under a range of conditions before experiments are performed, enabling further work with only the most promising materials. The research findings were published in the journalScientific Reports. Read further...

The Cloud

Oracle has introduced the next-generation Oracle Exadata X7 with significant hardware and software enhancements in overall performance, storage capacity, network bandwidth, and automation. Exadata X7 delivers extreme performance and reliability to run the largest, most business-critical database workloads. Read further...
At Oracle OpenWorld 2017, Oracle Chairman of the Board and CTO Larry Ellison unveiled his vision for the world's first autonomous database Cloud. Powered by Oracle Database 18c, the next generation of the industry-leading database, Oracle Autonomous Database Cloud uses ground-breaking machine learning to enable automation that eliminates human labour, human error and manual tuning, to enable unprecedented availability, high performance and security at a much lower cost. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2017-10-09

Special

2017 - Another year on the Road to Exascale: The Post-Moore era ...

Focus

Outsourcing your data centre to Verne Global in Iceland reduces costs and benefits climate ...

Draft work programme for 2018 - 2020 of the European Horizon 2020 funding programme shows strong commitment to HPC and exascale with over 450 million euro funding available ...

Exascale supercomputing

IDEAS goes big: Fostering better software development for exascale ...

Assessing regional earthquake risk and hazards in the age of exascale ...

Quantum computing

Bristol scientists pinpoint the singularity for quantum computers ...

New 'building material' points toward quantum computers ...

Focus on Europe

Call now open for ISC 2018 research papers: Submission ends December 22, 2017 ...

Project TopWing published top innovative results in Nature ...

PRACE 15th Call continues to award outstanding research in HPC ...

PRACE met future scientists at EUCYS 2017 ...

Dutch National Big Data Infrastructure will boost pre-competitive research ...

Middleware

Bright Computing rolls out tiered partner programme for resellers in North and South America ...

Hardware

CENATE names new director ...

University of South Dakota gets HPC cluster for research computing ...

Mellanox enables the next generation of software-defined data centre networks with BlueField SmartNIC network adapters ...

Discovery and innovation to quicken with supercomputer's $1-million upgrade ...

Applications

Cell modelling tool makes complex calculations user-friendly ...

Purdue professor wins Department of Defense computing award ...

Columbia researchers observe exotic quantum particle in bilayer graphene ...

MareNostrum supercomputer has allocated 20 million hours of calculation to the Nobel Prize for Physics winning project ...

The world-record 53.3 Tb/s optical switching capacity for data-centre networks ...

Chemists teach computer programme to model forces between atoms accurately ...

The Cloud

New Oracle Exadata X7 delivers in-memory performance from shared storage ...

Oracle unveils world's first autonomous database Cloud ...