Primeur weekly 2017-10-23

Exascale supercomputing

U.S. industries to benefit from exascale computing ...

Exascale and the city ...

Quantum computing

Two ORNL-led research teams receive $10,5 million to advance quantum computing for scientific applications ...

First functioning component of a quantum simulator ...

Focus on Europe

ESFRI Scripta Volume II: 'Long-Term Sustainability of Research Infrastructures' report is now published ...

Jesus Labarta, the first European researcher to receive Ken Kennedy award ...

Supercomputing Frontiers Europe 2018 organizers to issue Call for Papers ...

Middleware

OpenSFS offers maintenance release 2.10.1 for the Lustre file system ...

NCSA calls on HTCondor partnership to process data for DES ...

Cray and Microsoft bring supercomputing to Microsoft Azure ...

Full coverage of C++14 tests and code size tracking in the new SuperTest update ...

Hardware

Supermicro launches new enterprise class 8-socket server for Intel Xeon Scalable processors ...

Applications

Scientists use CSCS supercomputer to search for "memory molecules" ...

Chaos reigns even in simple electronic ...

SDSC's Comet supercomputer assists in latest LIGO discovery ...

Equipment upgrades to propel scientific discovery and boost Clemson students' experience ...

Scientists decode the origin of universe's heavy elements in the light from a neutron star merger ...

Making Big Data a little smaller ...

Using optical chaos to control the momentum of light ...

The Cloud

Atos wins prestigious Oracle Excellence Award for Specialized Partner of the Year - EMEA in Cloud infrastructure ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2017-10-23

Exascale supercomputing

Computer-aided design and engineering have come a long way since the first advanced CAD and CAE software programmes appeared in the 1970s, and as manufacturing techniques, modeling and simulation have become increasingly complex over the years, computing power has had to keep up to meet the demand. Read further...
Walk around any city neighbourhood and chances are it looks nothing like it did 20 years ago. Thanks to growing urbanization, cities globally are rapidly expanding and accounting for more of our world's population, gross domestic product and greenhouse gases. Read further...

Quantum computing

By harnessing the power of quantum mechanics, researchers hope to create quantum computers capable of simulating phenomenon at a scale and speed unthinkable on traditional architectures, an effort of great interest to agencies such as the Department of Energy tasked with tackling some of the world's most complex science problems. Read further...
Hurricanes, traffic jams, demographic development - to predict the effect of such events, computer simulations are required. Many processes in nature, however, are so complicated that conventional computers fail. Quantum simulators may solve this problem. One of the basic phenomena in nature is the interaction between light and matter in photosynthesis. Physicists of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) have now made a big step towards quantum mechanics understanding of plant metabolism. This is reported in theNature Communicationsjournal. Read further...

Focus on Europe

The second volume of the ESFRI Scripta series is dedicated to the outcomes of the ad hoc Working (WG) Group on Long-Term Sustainability (LTS) of Research Infrastructures. The LTS WG was created by ESFRI in 2016 to comprehensively respond to the Conclusions of the Competitiveness Council of the European Union of 27th May 2016 that "underlines the importance of ensuring Long-Term Sustainability of Research Infrastructures and invites the Commission to prepare together with ESFRI and relevant stakeholders a targeted action plan". Read further...
The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and IEEE Computer Society (IEEE-CS) have named Jesus Labarta of the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) and Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) as the recipient of the 2017 ACM/IEEE-CS Ken Kennedy Award. Jesus Labarta is the first non-American researcher to receive this recognition. Jesus Labarta is recognized for his seminal contributions to programming models and performance analysis tools for high performance computing. The award will be presented at SC 17: The International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis , November 12-17, in Denver, Colorado. Read further...
"Supercomputing Frontiers Europe 2018" will be held in Warsaw, Poland, March 12-15, 2018. The organizers are inviting interested parties to contribute as an author or a participant. Supercomputing Frontiers Europe 2018 is the first European edition of Singapore's annual Supercomputing Frontiers Conference. Deadline for paper abstract submission is January 5, 2018. Read further...

Middleware

Open Scalable File Systems (OpenSFS) has introduced the first Long Term Support (LTS) maintenance release of Lustre 2.10.1. aimed at the HPC community. Read further...
The Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) has detected gravitational waves from a neutron star-neutron star merger. This event reveals a direct association between the merger and the galaxy where it occurred. Scientists have been trying to show for decades that this has been happening, but this is the first time they've been able to prove it. However, what makes this event unique from the previous four gravitational waves detected prior, is that this neutron star-neutron star merger was detected in three different ways. Read further...
Cray Inc. has signed an exclusive strategic alliance with Microsoft Corp. that gives enterprises the tools to enable a new era of discovery and insight, while broadening the availability of supercomputing to new markets and new customers. Under the partnership agreement, Microsoft and Cray will jointly engage with customers to offer dedicated Cray supercomputing systems in Microsoft Azure data centres to enable customers to run AI, advanced analytics, and modelling and simulation workloads at unprecedented scale, seamlessly connected to the Azure cloud. Read further...
SuperTest, the industry-leading and most extensive test and validation suite for C and C++ compilers and libraries has been updated and enhanced with new features. Solid Sands, the supplier of the SuperTest suite, will supply all the supported users with this new update automatically. The highlights of this update for all compiler users and/or developers are C++14 Tests, Code Size Tracking, additional C++11 tests and, last but not least, the CGtrainer with 1000 new tests to use as "the" kickstart for porting or developing of a new compiler. Read further...

Hardware

Super Micro Computer Inc., a global expert in enterprise computing, storage, networking solutions and green computing technology, has launched its new enterprise class 8-socket server. Read further...

Applications

Until now, searching for genes related to memory capacity has been comparable to seeking out the proverbial "needle in a haystack". Scientists at the University of Basel made use of the CSCS supercomputer "Piz Daint" to discover interrelationships in the human genome that might simplify the search for "memory molecules" and eventually lead to more effective medical treatment for people with diseases that are accompanied by memory disturbance. Read further...
It's really surprising: it turns out that among simple electronic circuits, built of just a few components, many of them behave chaotically, in an extremely complicated, practically unpredictable manner. Physicists from the Institute of Nuclear Physics Polish Academy of Sciences in Cracow have discovered, examined and described dozens of new, unusual circuits of this type. What is especially interesting is that one of the circuits generates voltage pulses very similar to those produced by neurons, only it does so a thousand times faster. Read further...
The landmark discovery of gravitational and light waves generated by the collision of two neutron stars eons ago was made possible by a signal verification and analysis performed by Comet, an advanced supercomputer based at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at UC San Diego. Read further...
Fundamental research processes that once took days or weeks to perform will now be done in minutes or hours with new equipment at Clemson University that could accelerate the development of medicines, advanced materials and other technologies. Scientists have received two competitive grant awards from the National Science Foundation's Major Research Instrumentation programme (MRI) to acquire top-of-the-line supercomputing and molecular-analysis equipment that supports hundreds of faculty researchers and students across campus. Read further...
Sometimes - even in matters of science - you have to be lucky. On August 17, scientists around the globe were treated to near-simultaneous observations by separate instruments: One set of Earth-based detectors measured the signature of a cataclysmic event sending ripples through the fabric of space-time, and a space-based detector measured the gamma-ray signature of a high-energy outburst emanating from the same region of the sky. These parallel detections led astronomers and astrophysicists on an all-out hunt for more detailed measurements explaining this confluence of signals, which would ultimately be confirmed as the first measurement of the merger of two neutron stars and its explosive aftermath. Read further...
As data has grown even larger and more complex, many computer scientists have asked: what is the best approach to pre-process large data into a manageably low dimension for algorithmic processing? Now, Harvard computer scientist has put that debate to rest, finding a 30-year-old mathematics theorem known as the JL lemma is the best way to reduce the dimensionality of data. Read further...
Integrated photonic circuits, which rely on light rather than electrons to move information, promise to revolutionize communications, sensing and data processing. But controlling and moving light poses serious challenges. One major hurdle is that light travels at different speeds and in different phases in different components of an integrated circuit. For light to couple between optical components, it needs to be moving at the same momentum. Read further...

The Cloud

Atos, a global expert in digital transformation, has been awarded a 2017 Oracle Excellence Award for Specialized Partner of the Year - EMEA in Cloud Infrastructure. Atos is a Global Platinum level member of Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN). The Oracle Excellence Awards for Specialized Partner of the Year - EMEA encourages innovation by Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN) members, who use Oracle's products and technology to create value for customers and generate new business potential. This award reflects Atos' innovation and commitment to serving Oracle clients by delivering Oracle solutions and services to solve critical business challenges. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2017-10-23

Exascale supercomputing

U.S. industries to benefit from exascale computing ...

Exascale and the city ...

Quantum computing

Two ORNL-led research teams receive $10,5 million to advance quantum computing for scientific applications ...

First functioning component of a quantum simulator ...

Focus on Europe

ESFRI Scripta Volume II: 'Long-Term Sustainability of Research Infrastructures' report is now published ...

Jesus Labarta, the first European researcher to receive Ken Kennedy award ...

Supercomputing Frontiers Europe 2018 organizers to issue Call for Papers ...

Middleware

OpenSFS offers maintenance release 2.10.1 for the Lustre file system ...

NCSA calls on HTCondor partnership to process data for DES ...

Cray and Microsoft bring supercomputing to Microsoft Azure ...

Full coverage of C++14 tests and code size tracking in the new SuperTest update ...

Hardware

Supermicro launches new enterprise class 8-socket server for Intel Xeon Scalable processors ...

Applications

Scientists use CSCS supercomputer to search for "memory molecules" ...

Chaos reigns even in simple electronic ...

SDSC's Comet supercomputer assists in latest LIGO discovery ...

Equipment upgrades to propel scientific discovery and boost Clemson students' experience ...

Scientists decode the origin of universe's heavy elements in the light from a neutron star merger ...

Making Big Data a little smaller ...

Using optical chaos to control the momentum of light ...

The Cloud

Atos wins prestigious Oracle Excellence Award for Specialized Partner of the Year - EMEA in Cloud infrastructure ...