Primeur weekly 2017-11-20

Quantum computing

D-Wave announces upgrades to D-Wave 2000Q quantum computer ...

Essential quantum computer component downsized by two orders of magnitude ...

Hardware

University of Oxford acquires Atos' latest supercomputer for Deep Learning programme ...

Toyota Tsusho and D-Wave announce quantum computing collaboration ...

Gidel first to market with application support package for Intel's HLS, offers 5x faster FPGA development ...

Gidel launches new high performance line of acceleration boards based on Intel's Stratix 10 FPGA ...

Argonne to install Comanche system to explore ARM technology for high-performance computing ...

15th Graph500 list reveals top machines for running data applications ...

Applications

Argonne forms new divisions to focus on computation and data science strengths ...

Chinese team employs world's fastest supercomputer to simulate devastating earthquake ...

Physicists mix waves on superconducting qubits ...

Quantum computing with molecules for a quicker search of unsorted databases ...

What is the computational power of the universe? ...

Lawrence Livermore and American Heart Association partner to accelerate drug discovery ...

Supercomputing award of 5.95 billion hours to 55 computational research projects ...

Detailed view of immune proteins could lead to new pathogen-defense strategies ...

The Cloud

Fusion Genomics turns to IBM Cloud to help support advances designed to conquer global pandemics ...

New Oracle Cloud infrastructure innovations deliver unmatched performance and value for the most demanding enterprise, AI and HPC applications ...

Latest version of Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform joins infrastructure and services across hybrid Cloud environments ...

UberCloud and the Stanford Living Heart Project win prestigious Hyperion Innovation Excellence Award ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2017-11-20

Quantum computing

D-Wave Systems Inc., a global expert in quantum computing systems and software, has announced major upgrades coming to the D-Wave 2000Q quantum computer in the first quarter of 2018. Two of the most powerful new capabilities are reverse annealing and virtual graphs. These features enable significant performance improvements over the current D-Wave 2000Q system by giving users increased control of the quantum processing unit (QPU). Read further...
Qubits, or quantum bits, are the key building blocks that lie at the heart of every quantum computer. In order to perform a computation, signals need to be directed to and from qubits. At the same time, these qubits are extremely sensitive to interference from their environment, and need to be shielded from unwanted signals, in particular from magnetic fields. It is thus a serious problem that the devices built to shield qubits from unwanted signals, known as non-reciprocal devices, are themselves producing magnetic fields. Moreover, they are several centimeters in size, which is problematic, given that a large number of such elements is required in each quantum processor. Read further...

Hardware

Atos, a global expert in digital transformation, has signed a contract with the world-renowned University of Oxford (UK) to deliver a new national Deep Learning supercomputer which will enable UK academics and industry to develop and test Deep Learning applications and Proof of Concepts, as part of the JADE project. Read further...
D-Wave Systems Inc., an expert in quantum computing systems and software, has signed a memorandum of understanding with Toyota Tsusho Corporation to collaborate on high-speed optimization projects using quantum computing. Toyota Tsusho is the trading arm of the Toyota Group, providing a diverse global customer base with high performance computing technologies. Toyota Tsusho plans to use D-Wave's system to explore optimization applications and, ultimately, improve customer efficiency across a variety of industries - from automotive and finance, to medicine, environmental sustainability, and beyond. Read further...
Gidel, a technology expert in high-performance accelerators utilizing FPGAs, has made available development tools that take advantage of Intel's HLS, producing a speed increase of 5x over prior development options. Read further...
Gidel, a technology expert in high-performance accelerators utilizing FPGAs, has launched their latest product line, the Proc10S. The Proc10S is part of the Proc family of high performance, scalable compute acceleration boards, but is based on the Stratix 10 FPGA, which was released by Intel in late 2016. The Stratix 10 represents twice the performance gain over the Arria 10, with 30% lower power consumption per TFLOP. Read further...
The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory is collaborating with Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) to provide system software expertise and a development ecosystem for a future high-performance computing (HPC) system based on 64-bit ARM processors. Read further...
The 15th Graph500 list - which ranks supercomputers based on how quickly they can build knowledge from massive-scale data sets - was released November 15 at Supercomputing 2017 (SC17), with Japan's K-Computer defending its position in the number-one spot several years in a row. Read further...

Applications

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory has formed two new research divisions to focus its lab-wide foundational expertise on computational science and data science activities. Read further...
ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery, has named a 12-member Chinese team the recipients of the 2017 ACM Gordon Bell Prize for their research project, "18.9-Pflops Nonlinear Earthquake Simulation on Sunway TaihuLight: Enabling Depiction of 18-Hz and 8-Meter Scenarios". Using the Sunway TaihuLight, which is ranked as the world's fastest supercomputer, the team developed software that was able to efficiently process 18.9 Pflops (or 18.9 quadrillion calculations per second) of data and create 3D visualizations relating to a devastating earthquake that occurred in Tangshan, China in 1976. The team's software included innovations that achieved greater efficiency than had been previously attained running similar programmes on the Titan and TaihuLight supercomputers. Read further...
Physicists from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT) and Royal Holloway, University of London, have demonstrated an effect known as quantum wave mixing on an artificial atom. Their results, published in the journalNature Communications, could help develop quantum electronics of an entirely new kind. Read further...
Scrapbooks or social networks are collections of mostly unsorted data. The search for single elements in very large data volumes, i.e. for the needle in the data haystack, is extremely complex for classical computers. Scientists of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) have now quantum mechanically implemented and successfully executed Glover's algorithm, a process for the quick finding of a search element in unsorted databases. Their results are reported in thePhysical Review Letters. Read further...
Can a close look at the universe give us solutions to problems too difficult for a computer - even if we built a computer larger than a planet? Physicist Stephen Jordan reflects on this question in a new NIST video, along with a scientific paper that considers one particular tough problem the universe might answer. Read further...
The American Heart Association (AHA) and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) have formed a strategic business partnership to overcome the burden of drug discovery, cost and access. Read further...
The U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science announced 55 projects with high potential for accelerating discovery through its Innovative and Novel Computational Impact on Theory and Experiment (INCITE) programme. The projects will share 5.95 billion core-hours on three of America's most powerful supercomputers dedicated to open science and support a broad range of large-scale research campaigns from infectious disease treatment to next-generation materials development. Read further...
Biologists have resolved the structure of a ring of proteins used by the immune system to summon support when under attack, providing new insight into potential strategies for protection from pathogens. Read further...

The Cloud

Vancouver-based company Fusion Genomics selected IBM's Cloud capabilities to help advance Fusion's ability to detect pandemics before they happen. Fusion Genomics has developed disruptive DNA and RNA technology that it believes can positively identify infectious diseases and enhance the surveillance of emerging pathogens like MERS, SARS, avian flu, and swine flu. Read further...
Oracle has made available a range of new Oracle Cloud Infrastructure compute options, providing customers with unparalleled compute performance based on Oracle's recently announced X7 hardware. Newly enhanced virtual machine (VM) and bare metal compute, and new bare metal graphical processing unit (GPU) instances enable customers to run even the most infrastructure-heavy workloads such as high-performance computing (HPC), Big Data, and artificial intelligence (AI) faster and more cost-effectively. Read further...
Red Hat has launched Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform 3.7, the latest version of Red Hat's enterprise-grade Kubernetes container application platform. As application complexity and Cloud incompatibility loom, Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform 3.7 helps IT organisations to build and manage applications that use services from the data centre to the public Cloud. The newest iteration of the industry's most comprehensive enterprise Kubernetes platform includes native integrations with Amazon Web Services (AWS) Service Brokers that enable developers to bind services across AWS and on-premise resources to create modern applications while providing a consistent, open standards-based foundation to drive business evolution. Read further...
During SC'17, the 30th International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis in Denver, UberCloud - together with the Stanford Living Heart Project (LHP) - won the Hyperion - former IDC - Award for Innovation Excellence, elected by the HPC User Forum Steering Committee. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2017-11-20

Quantum computing

D-Wave announces upgrades to D-Wave 2000Q quantum computer ...

Essential quantum computer component downsized by two orders of magnitude ...

Hardware

University of Oxford acquires Atos' latest supercomputer for Deep Learning programme ...

Toyota Tsusho and D-Wave announce quantum computing collaboration ...

Gidel first to market with application support package for Intel's HLS, offers 5x faster FPGA development ...

Gidel launches new high performance line of acceleration boards based on Intel's Stratix 10 FPGA ...

Argonne to install Comanche system to explore ARM technology for high-performance computing ...

15th Graph500 list reveals top machines for running data applications ...

Applications

Argonne forms new divisions to focus on computation and data science strengths ...

Chinese team employs world's fastest supercomputer to simulate devastating earthquake ...

Physicists mix waves on superconducting qubits ...

Quantum computing with molecules for a quicker search of unsorted databases ...

What is the computational power of the universe? ...

Lawrence Livermore and American Heart Association partner to accelerate drug discovery ...

Supercomputing award of 5.95 billion hours to 55 computational research projects ...

Detailed view of immune proteins could lead to new pathogen-defense strategies ...

The Cloud

Fusion Genomics turns to IBM Cloud to help support advances designed to conquer global pandemics ...

New Oracle Cloud infrastructure innovations deliver unmatched performance and value for the most demanding enterprise, AI and HPC applications ...

Latest version of Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform joins infrastructure and services across hybrid Cloud environments ...

UberCloud and the Stanford Living Heart Project win prestigious Hyperion Innovation Excellence Award ...