Primeur weekly 2017-12-04

Quantum computing

Simulating physics ...

Key component for quantum computing invented ...

Quantum-emitting answer might lie in the solution ...

Quantum systems correct themselves ...

NCSA SPIN intern Daniel Johnson published in Classical and Quantum Gravity ...

Focus on Europe

9th Irish Supercomputer List published ...

Gap between research and industry HPC in Ireland widens ...

SURFsara extends its status as Intel Parallel Computing Center for 2018 ...

EXDCI issues Call for Workshops for the European HPC Summit Week 2018 ...

Hardware

Supermicro introduces next-generation storage form factor with new Intel "Ruler" all-flash NVMe 1U server and JBOF ...

New director named at Los Alamos National Laboratory ...

AccelStor empowers all-flash array to advance genomics data analysis ...

New Storage 2020 report outlines vision for future HPC storage ...

Loci adds William Schrader, former PSINet Inc. CEO, to Advisory Board ...

Shantenu Jha named Chair of Brookhaven Lab's Center for Data-Driven Discovery ...

Applications

ORNL-designed algorithm leverages Titan to create high-performing deep neural networks ...

Drought-resistant plant genes could accelerate evolution of water-use efficient crops ...

HPE partners with Stephen Hawking's COSMOS Research Group and the Cambridge Faculty of Mathematics ...

Monopole current offers way to control magnets ...

70Gb/s optical intra-connects in data centers based on band-limited devices ...

Lobachevsky University scientists in search of fast algorithms for discrete optimization ...

High-Performance Computing cuts particle collision data prep time ...

TOP500

High performance computer MOGON II at the Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz among the 100 fastest supercomputers in the world ...

The Cloud

HPE unveils industryis first SaaS-based multi-Cloud management solution for on-premises and public Clouds ...

AccelStor revs up NeoSapphire all-flash array portfolio for next generation Cloud application ...

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Edition: weekly - Issue: 2017-12-04

Quantum computing

When does a metal stop being metallic? When do atoms start breaking the rules of chemistry as we know them? To the naked eye, and at room temperatures, such quantum phase transitions are not visible and not allowed. But when you cool certain materials to just shy of absolute zero and observe them at the atomic level these curious physical phenomena present interesting and peculiar behaviours. Read further...
A team at the University of Sydney and Microsoft, in collaboration with Stanford University in the US, has miniaturised a component that is essential for the scale-up of quantum computing. The work constitutes the first practical application of a new phase of matter, first discovered in 2006, the so-called topological insulators. Read further...
Tapping into the quantum properties of photons for opto-electronics requires highly efficient light sources. Lead trihalide perovskite nanocrystals are promising candidates as light sources. Coupling quantum emitters with nanophotonic cavities can significantly boost efficiency, but this approach hasn't been explored with these nanocrystals. Read further...
Quantum devices allow us to accomplish computing and sensing tasks that go beyond the capabilities of their classical counterparts. However, protecting quantum information from being corrupted by errors is difficult. Read further...
At the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), undergraduate SPIN - Students Pushing INnovation - intern Daniel Johnson joined NCSA's Gravity Group to study Albert Einstein's theory of general relativity, specifically numerical relativity. Daniel Johnson has used the open source, numerical relativity software, the Einstein Toolkit on the Blue Waters supercomputer to numerically solve Einstein's general relativity equations to study the collision of black holes, and the emission of gravitational waves from these astrophysical events. During his SPIN internship, Daniel developed an open source, Python package to streamline these numerical analyses in high performance computing (HPC) environments. Read further...

Focus on Europe

The 9th Irish Supercomputer List was released on Novmber 28, 2017 featuring two new world-class supercomputers. This is the first time that Ireland has four computers ranked on the TOP500 list of the fastest supercomputers on Earth. Read further...
Ireland has continued its steep fall on the research High Performance Computing stage - a trajectory that has been highlighted on several occasions. It is now 3.5 years since Ireland had a research facility ranking on the list - the Irish Centre for High-End Computing (ICHEC) Fionn installation. Read further...
After successfully scaling deep learning training to more than 100,000 CPU cores, SURFsara will continue its collaboration with Intel in 2018. The current goal is now to expand the scope of the developed techniques and adapt them to scientific challenges from the traditional HPC domain. Read further...
The European HPC Summit Week 2018, to be held 28 May 2018 to 1 June 2018 in Ljubljana, Slovenia will gather together the main HPC stakeholders in Europe. Similar to previous years, this edition will also offer a wide variety of workshops covering a number of application areas where supercomputers are key, as well as HPC technologies and infrastructures. The European HPC Summit Week also offers a great opportunity to network with all relevant European HPC stakeholders, from technology suppliers and HPC infrastructures to scientific and industrial HPC users in Europe. Read further...

Hardware

Super Micro Computer Inc., a global expert in enterprise computing, storage, networking solutions and green computing technology, has made available a new all-flash NVMe - Non-Volatile Memory Express - 1U JBOF - Just a Bunch Of Flash - and 1U SuperServer with support for 32 hot-swap Intel "Ruler" form factor NVMe SSDs. Read further...
Dr. Terry Wallace has been appointed Director of Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and President of Los Alamos National Security LLC (LANS), the company that manages and operates the Laboratory for the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA). The appointments were announced by Norman J. Pattiz and Barbara E. Rusinko, Chair and Vice Chair of the Los Alamos National Security (LANS) Board of Governors, and are effective January 1, 2018. Read further...
AccelStor, a software-defined all-flash array provider, will be revealing the upcoming NeoSapphire all-NVMe flash array model, targeting high performance computing (HPC) applications for scientists, researchers and engineers. The high performance, outstanding throughput and low latency of NeoSapphire all-NVMe flash array makes it the perfect storage solution for HPC applications, such as genomics, computational chemistry and engineering simulation. This storage solution has been proved in Atgenomix's enterprise-ready bioinformatics environment. The company offers a reliable data platform where researchers can analyze genomics data fast and easy with any tools they need. Read further...
A new report released by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory's National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC), "NERSC Storage 2020", provides a detailed roadmap and NERSC's storage vision to address the overwhelming data storage challenges the science community is expected to face over the next decade and beyond. Read further...
Loci, an expert in DIY patent research, has added William Schrader, former PSINet Inc. CEO, to their advisory board. Read further...
Computational scientist Shantenu Jha has been named the inaugural chair of the Center for Data-Driven Discovery (C3D) at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory, effective October 1. Part of the Computational Science Initiative (CSI), C3D is driving the integration of domain, computational, and data science expertise across Brookhaven Lab's science programs and facilities, with the goal of accelerating and expanding scientific discovery. Outside the Lab, C3D is serving as a focal point for the recruitment of future data scientists and collaboration with other institutions. Read further...

Applications

Deep neural networks - a form of artificial intelligence - have demonstrated mastery of tasks once thought uniquely human. Their triumphs have ranged from identifying animals in images, to recognizing human speech, to winning complex strategy games, among other successes. Read further...
Scientists at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have identified a common set of genes that enable different drought-resistant plants to survive in semi-arid conditions, which could play a significant role in bioengineering and creating energy crops that are tolerant to water deficits. Read further...
Hewlett Packard Enterprise and the Faculty of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge have signed a collaboration to accelerate new discoveries in the mathematical sciences. This includes partnering with Stephen Hawking's Centre for Theoretical Cosmology (COSMOS) to understand the origins and structure of the universe. Leveraging the HPE Superdome Flex in-memory computing platform, the COSMOS group will search for clues hiding in massive data sets - spanning 14 billion years of information - that could unlock the secrets of the early universe and black holes. Read further...
In work published inPhysical Review Letters, scientists from RIKEN in Japan have discovered interesting new magnetic properties of a type of materials known as "quantum spin ice". These materials demonstrate interesting properties as they behave as "frustrated magnets" - systems that can settle into various magnetic states because of their special geometry. One important property of these materials is that they have virtual monopoles - particles that are either north or south but not like typical magnets, which invariably have both a north and south pole confined together. Read further...
With the ever development of optical data-center intra-connects, the realization of high-capacity and low-cost optical communication links among severs in data centres has been more and more popular in the industry. Recently, a research result, completed by the researchers from Peking University, shows that a 70Gb/s optical link has been experimentally demonstrated using the 18GHz band-limited VCSEL and multimode fibers, which makes it possible to realize high-speed data transmission in data centres only by low-cost and band-limited devices. Read further...
Lobachevsky University scientists are implementing a research project 'Algorithmic, Complex and Structural Problems of Graph Theory and Discrete Optimization'. At the head of the research team is Vadim Lozin, leading researcher of the UNN Institute of Information Technologies, Mathematics and Mechanics, professor of the Mathematics Institute at the University of Warwick. Read further...
For the first time, scientists have used high-performance computing (HPC) to reconstruct the data collected by a nuclear physics experiment - an advance that could dramatically reduce the time it takes to make detailed data available for scientific discoveries. Read further...

TOP500

The Mainz supercomputer MOGON II is the fastest high-performance computer at a German university. The Mainz high-performance computer MOGON II is one of the 100 fastest supercomputers in the world. Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) started the second phase of MOGON II in October 2017. With a computing power of two petaflops and 2,000,000,000,000,000 arithmetic operations per second, it is ranked 65th in the list of the world's 500 fastest supercomputers. Thus, the Mainz supercomputer is also the fastest high-performance computer at a German university. In the list of the most energy-efficient supercomputers, MOGON II is ranked 51 in the world. The name MOGON was chosen on the basis of the Roman Mogontiacum, the Latin name of the city of Mainz. Read further...

The Cloud

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has introduced HPE OneSphere, the industry's first multi-Cloud management solution that provides a unified experience across public Clouds, on-premises private Clouds and software-defined infrastructure. Through its software-as-a-service (SaaS) portal, HPE OneSphere provides customers access to a pool of IT resources that spans the public Cloud services they subscribe to, as well as their on-premises environments. HPE OneSphere is designed for IT operations, developers, and business executives seeking to build Clouds, deploy applications, and gain insights faster. Read further...
AccelStor has participated in this year's Cloud Expo Europe at Frankfurt, Germany and showcased its latest NeoSapphire H510 and NeoSapphire P710 all-flash array systems. The NeoSapphire P710 and H510 address different segments of the cloud and data centre markets to help organisations and enterprises maximize the value of their data. AccelStor has been exhibiting alongside over 200 vendors at the two-day event, as well as hosting a talk on the benefits of FlexiRemap technology and the future of NVMe based solutions, and their benefits to the IaaS, Hosted VDI and Business intelligence applications. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2017-12-04

Quantum computing

Simulating physics ...

Key component for quantum computing invented ...

Quantum-emitting answer might lie in the solution ...

Quantum systems correct themselves ...

NCSA SPIN intern Daniel Johnson published in Classical and Quantum Gravity ...

Focus on Europe

9th Irish Supercomputer List published ...

Gap between research and industry HPC in Ireland widens ...

SURFsara extends its status as Intel Parallel Computing Center for 2018 ...

EXDCI issues Call for Workshops for the European HPC Summit Week 2018 ...

Hardware

Supermicro introduces next-generation storage form factor with new Intel "Ruler" all-flash NVMe 1U server and JBOF ...

New director named at Los Alamos National Laboratory ...

AccelStor empowers all-flash array to advance genomics data analysis ...

New Storage 2020 report outlines vision for future HPC storage ...

Loci adds William Schrader, former PSINet Inc. CEO, to Advisory Board ...

Shantenu Jha named Chair of Brookhaven Lab's Center for Data-Driven Discovery ...

Applications

ORNL-designed algorithm leverages Titan to create high-performing deep neural networks ...

Drought-resistant plant genes could accelerate evolution of water-use efficient crops ...

HPE partners with Stephen Hawking's COSMOS Research Group and the Cambridge Faculty of Mathematics ...

Monopole current offers way to control magnets ...

70Gb/s optical intra-connects in data centers based on band-limited devices ...

Lobachevsky University scientists in search of fast algorithms for discrete optimization ...

High-Performance Computing cuts particle collision data prep time ...

TOP500

High performance computer MOGON II at the Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz among the 100 fastest supercomputers in the world ...

The Cloud

HPE unveils industryis first SaaS-based multi-Cloud management solution for on-premises and public Clouds ...

AccelStor revs up NeoSapphire all-flash array portfolio for next generation Cloud application ...