Primeur weekly 2017-11-06

Quantum computing

Researchers develop data bus for quantum computer ...

Focus on Europe

Luxembourg 25th country to join PRACE ...

European Commission to invest 30 billion euro in new solutions for societal challenges and breakthrough innovation ...

Middleware

3i partners with DDN Storage to deliver demanding microscopy workflow solutions and unmatched performance ...

A third of the Internet is under attack ...

University of Nevada Las Vegas selects winning combination of Bright Cluster Manager and Advanced HPC ...

Hardware

Cray reports third quarter 2017 financial results ...

Asetek announces OEM partnership with E4 Computer Engineering and installation at CINECA in Italy ...

Asetek announces NEC Corporation as new data centre OEM partner ...

NVIDIA announces new AI partners, courses, initiatives to deliver deep learning training worldwide ...

Canadian Minister Qualtrough unveils new supercomputers to help forecast Canada's weather ...

KAUST IT receives iCMG Enterprise Architecture Award ...

Pawsey's Zeus expands to fulfil researchers' needs ...

NCI supercharges Raijin, Australia's fastest supercomputer ...

Supermicro showcases deep learning optimized systems ...

Applications

Sherlock deploys UC's first HIPAA-compliant Hadoop based data management system ...

Yu Liu appointed assistant professor of electrical & computer engineering at Clarkson University ...

Cutting datasets down to size ...

University of Delaware professor wins IEEE award ...

A bit of a 'quantum magic trick' ...

From quantum physicist to quantum CEO ...

High-performance computing methods focus of new text ...

Students explore immigration through a Big Data lens ...

Bright Computing announces reseller agreement with HPE for high performance computing and AI ...

The Cloud

IBM brings Cloud-native environment to private Clouds ...

IBM expands Watson Data Platform to help unleash AI for professionals ...

UberCloud brings parallel MPI to Univa Grid Engine's Docker support ...

Huawei acquires a seat in the Kubernetes Steering Committee ...

Red Hat improves IT flexibility and reduces complexity with Linux containers in latest version of production-ready OpenStack platform ...

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Edition: weekly - Issue: 2017-11-06

Quantum computing

Future quantum computers will be able to solve problems where conventional computers fail today. We are still far away from any large-scale implementation, however, because quantum systems are very sensitive to environmental noise. Although systems can be protected from noise in principle, researchers have been able to build only small prototypes of quantum computers experimentally. One way to reduce the error rate is by encoding quantum information not in one single quantum particle but in several quantum objects. These logical quantum bits or qubits are more robust against noise. In the last few years, theoretical physicists have developed a whole range of error correction codes and optimized them for specific tasks. Physicists Hendrik Poulsen Nautrup and Hans Briegel from the Institute of Theoretical Physics of the University of Innsbruck and Nicolai Friis, now at the Institute of Quantum Optics and Quantum Information in Vienna, have found a technique to transfer quantum information between systems that are encoded differently. Read further...

Focus on Europe

At the 27th PRACE Council Meeting, held in Amsterdam on 17 October 2017, the PRACE Members unanimously approved the application of Luxembourg to become a member of the Partnership for Advanced computing in Europe. Luxembourg becomes the 25th Member of PRACE. Professor Pascal Bouvry will serve as Delegate on the PRACE Council, while Dr. Sebastien Varrette will serve as Advisor. Read further...
The European Commission has announced how it will spend 30 billion euro of the EU research and innovation funding programme Horizon 2020 during 2018-2020, including 2.7 billion euro to kick-start a European Innovation Council. Read further...

Middleware

3i - Intelligent Imaging Innovations, a provider of advanced multimodal microscopy systems to researchers around the world, has signed a strategic partnership with DataDirect Networks (DDN) to deliver groundbreaking solutions for biomedical research environments and workflows. With innovative solutions that combine DDN's high-performance data storage platform and 3i's high-performance instruments and SlideBook software, the partnership offers researchers in fields such as Neuroscience, Cell Biology, Immunology, and Developmental Biology a powerful solution to accelerate research, to speed time to results, and to fully leverage the power of the latest technologies in light sheet microscopy. Read further...
For the first time, researchers have carried out a large-scale analysis of victims of internet denial-of-service (DoS) attacks worldwide. And what they found is, in a phrase from their study, "an eye-opening statistic". Spanning two years, from March 2015 to February 2017, the researchers found that about one-third of the IPv4 address space was subject to some kind of DoS attacks, where a perpetrator maliciously disrupts services of a host connected to the internet. IPv4 is the fourth version of an Internet Protocol (IP) address, a numerical label assigned to each device participating in a computer network. Read further...
The University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) has selected Bright technology to manage its latest supercomputing environment, and Advanced HPC for the design and implementation. Read further...

Hardware

Cray Inc. has issued financial results for its third quarter ended September 30, 2017. All figures are based on U.S. GAAP unless otherwise noted. Revenue for the third quarter of 2017 was $79.7 million, compared to $77.5 million in the third quarter of 2016. Net loss for the third quarter of 2017 was $10.2 million, or $0.25 per diluted share, compared to a net loss of $23.0 million, or $0.58 per diluted share in the third quarter of 2016. Non-GAAP net loss was $13.3 million, or $0.33 per diluted share for the third quarter of 2017, compared to non-GAAP net loss of $19.5 million, or $0.49 per diluted share for the same period of 2016. Read further...
Asetek has announced E4 Computer Engineering as a new data centre OEM partner. E4 Computer Engineering has utilized Asetek RackCDU D2C (Direct-to-Chip) liquid cooling for the D.A.V.I.D.E. Supercomputer in Italy. Commissioned by PRACE - The Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe - and installed at CINECA - PRACE Italian hosting member, the innovative OpenPOWER-based HPC cluster is built on top of the IBM POWER8 architecture. Read further...
Asetek announced NEC Corporation as a new data centre OEM partner. NEC Corporation, through its subsidiary NEC Fielding Ltd., will deploy Asetek RackCDU Direct-to-Chip liquid cooling at a new High Performance Computing (HPC) installation in Japan. Asetek has already begun to make shipments in support of this installation. This follows the announcement of an undisclosed OEM partner on September 7th, 2017. Read further...
NVIDIA has achieved a broad expansion of its Deep Learning Institute (DLI), which is training tens of thousands of students, developers and data scientists with critical skills needed to apply artificial intelligence. Read further...
Minister Qualtrough has unveiled new supercomputers that will improve the accuracy and timeliness of weather warnings and forecasts. It is the fastest recorded computer platform in the Government of Canada and among the fastest in the world. Shared Services Canada (SSC) delivered on upgrading its existing High Performance Computing (HPC) environment with a new, state-of-the-art information technology solution. Read further...
KAUST IT has received the Architecture Excellence Award in the category "IT Infrastructure, (data centres, network, security)" from iCMG. The KAUST CIO also received an award as one of the top 20 Middle East Africa Business CIOs in 2017. KAUST is the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, located at Thuwal in Saudi Arabia. Read further...
Moving from a system designed for pre- and post-processing workloads, Zeus will become Pawsey's new mid-range cluster in December 2017. The new cluster will target key science communities such as Bioinformatics, who have large compute requirements but aren't ready to use a supercomputer such as Pawsey's flagship system, Magnus. Read further...
National Computational Infrastructure (NCI) has seamlessly integrated IBM's latest Power Systems with Raijin's existing x86 architecture, offering more choice to Australian researchers. The news means NCI for the first time will introduce an open architecture solution and IBM Power Systems for HPC technology into its data centre, providing increased flexibility, optimisation, efficiency and a bespoke solution that directly supports the needs of Australian researchers. Read further...
Super Micro Computer Inc., a global expert in enterprise computing, storage, networking solutions and green computing technology, has showcased GPU server platforms that support NVIDIA Tesla V100 PCI-E and V100 SXM2 GPUs at the GPU Technology Conference (GTC) Washington D.C. Read further...

Applications

The Health Cyberinfrastructure Division at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California San Diego (UCSD), in partnership with University of California Office of the President (UCOP) Risk Services, has deployed a secure, HIPAA-compliant Hadoop-based Data Management System (DMS) within Sherlock Cloud. Read further...
Yu Liu has been appointed assistant professor of electrical & computer engineering at Clarkson University. He received both his bachelor of science degree in communication engineering and his master of science in power system and automation from Sichuan University in China. He received his Ph.D. in electrical & computer engineering from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Read further...
A powerful statistical tool could significantly reduce the burden of analyzing very large datasets. By exploiting the power of high-performance computing, a new statistical tool has been developed by KAUST researchers that could reduce the cost and improve the accuracy of analyzing large environmental and climate datasets. Read further...
Guang Gao, a Distinguished Professor Emeritus of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Delaware (UD), has received the 2017 B. Ramakrishna (Bob) Rau Award from the IEEE Computer Society. He received the award on October 17 at the society's MICRO-50 Conference in Boston. IEEE stands for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Read further...
An accurate analog clock tick-tick-ticks with a constant precision and well known frequency: one tick per second. The longer you let it tick, the better to test its accuracy -10 times as long corresponds to a ten-fold improvement in any frequency uncertainty. But is there a faster way to determine a frequency? Read further...
Q-Ctrl Pty Ltd., the first spin-off company from the University of Sydney's Quantum Science Group, has been established with the support of Australian and international venture capital. Read further...
From your smartphone to your laptop, today's tech devices glean their computing power from multi-core processors. Supercomputers contain thousands of cores, and within three to four years a computer with 100 million cores - and the capacity to do a billion billion calculations per second - is expected to launch. Read further...
Supercomputers have helped scientists discover merging black holes and design new nanomaterials, but can they help solve society's most challenging policy issues? Read further...
Bright Computing, a global expert in cluster and Cloud infrastructure automation software, has signed a reseller agreement for High Performance Computing and AI markets with Hewlett Packard Enterprise, (HPE), a Hybrid IT and Intelligent Edge technology solutions provider. Read further...

The Cloud

IBM has launched a new IBM Cloud Private software platform to help companies unlock billions of dollars in technology investment in core data and applications and extend Cloud-native tools across public and private Clouds. Read further...
IBM has introduced new offerings to its Watson Data Platform, including data cataloguing and data refining, which is designed to make it easier for developers and data scientists to analyze and prepare enterprise data for AI applications, regardless of its structure or where it resides. By improving data visibility and helping to better enforce data security policies, users can now connect and share data across public and private Cloud environments. Read further...
UberCloud and Univa have integrated UberCloud parallel application containers with Univa Grid Engine. In May of last year, Univa, an innovator of workload management products, has made available Docker software container support with its Grid Engine 8.4.0 product, enabling enterprises to automatically dispatch and run jobs in Docker containers, from a user specified Docker image, on a Univa Grid Engine cluster. Read further...
Huawei has acquired a seat in the Kubernetes Steering Committee. Huawei stands out from the 15 candidate companies and organisations - there were 20 candidates nominated in total - and secures a seat in the newly founded Steering Committee. Read further...
Red Hat Inc., a provider of open-source solutions, has introduced Red Hat OpenStack Platform 12, the latest version of Red Hat's massively scalable and agile Cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS). Based on the OpenStack "Pike" release, Red Hat OpenStack Platform 12 introduces containerized services, improving flexibility while decreasing complexity for faster application development. Red Hat OpenStack Platform 12 delivers many new enhancements, including upgraded distributed continuous integration (DCI) and improved security to help maintain data compliance and manage risk. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2017-11-06

Quantum computing

Researchers develop data bus for quantum computer ...

Focus on Europe

Luxembourg 25th country to join PRACE ...

European Commission to invest 30 billion euro in new solutions for societal challenges and breakthrough innovation ...

Middleware

3i partners with DDN Storage to deliver demanding microscopy workflow solutions and unmatched performance ...

A third of the Internet is under attack ...

University of Nevada Las Vegas selects winning combination of Bright Cluster Manager and Advanced HPC ...

Hardware

Cray reports third quarter 2017 financial results ...

Asetek announces OEM partnership with E4 Computer Engineering and installation at CINECA in Italy ...

Asetek announces NEC Corporation as new data centre OEM partner ...

NVIDIA announces new AI partners, courses, initiatives to deliver deep learning training worldwide ...

Canadian Minister Qualtrough unveils new supercomputers to help forecast Canada's weather ...

KAUST IT receives iCMG Enterprise Architecture Award ...

Pawsey's Zeus expands to fulfil researchers' needs ...

NCI supercharges Raijin, Australia's fastest supercomputer ...

Supermicro showcases deep learning optimized systems ...

Applications

Sherlock deploys UC's first HIPAA-compliant Hadoop based data management system ...

Yu Liu appointed assistant professor of electrical & computer engineering at Clarkson University ...

Cutting datasets down to size ...

University of Delaware professor wins IEEE award ...

A bit of a 'quantum magic trick' ...

From quantum physicist to quantum CEO ...

High-performance computing methods focus of new text ...

Students explore immigration through a Big Data lens ...

Bright Computing announces reseller agreement with HPE for high performance computing and AI ...

The Cloud

IBM brings Cloud-native environment to private Clouds ...

IBM expands Watson Data Platform to help unleash AI for professionals ...

UberCloud brings parallel MPI to Univa Grid Engine's Docker support ...

Huawei acquires a seat in the Kubernetes Steering Committee ...

Red Hat improves IT flexibility and reduces complexity with Linux containers in latest version of production-ready OpenStack platform ...