Primeur weekly 2017-12-18

Exascale supercomputing

Mont-Blanc 2020 project will pave the way to a European scalable, modular and power efficient High Performance Computing processor ...

A supercomputer will discover our future medicines ...

Quantum computing

Jülich Supercomputing Centre to achieve world record: Quantum computer with 46 qubits simulated ...

DENSO and Toyota Tsusho to conduct a test applying a quantum computer to analyze IoT data with a commercial application ...

IBM announces collaboration with Fortune 500 companies, academic institutions and national research labs to accelerate quantum computing ...

Complete design of a silicon quantum computer chip unveiled ...

Error-free into the quantum computer age ...

Quantum memory with record-breaking capacity based on laser-cooled atoms ...

Physicists from Konstanz, Princeton and Maryland create a stable quantum gate as a basic element for the quantum computer ...

Physicists say rare earth metals could help quantum computers communicate ...

Focus on Europe

Lenovo and Intel to deliver powerful, energy-efficient SuperMUC-NG, next generation supercomputer at Leibniz Supercomputing Centre ...

North Rhine-Westphalia supports expansion of German national supercomputer infrastructure ...

ISC 2018 and PASC18 Conferences to announce partnership ...

Hardware

Intersect360 Research invites to participate in tenth HPC budget map survey ...

BP supercomputer now world's most powerful for commercial research ...

MareNostrum 4, chosen as the most beautiful data centre in the world ...

NCI welcomes $70 million investment in HPC capability ...

Applications

Physicists win supercomputing time to study fusion and the cosmos ...

Artificial intelligence helps accelerate progress toward efficient fusion reactions ...

Johns Hopkins scientists chart how brain signals connect to neurons ...

Artificial Intelligence and supercomputers to help alleviate urban traffic problems ...

ESnet's Petascale DTN project speeds up data transfers between leading HPC centres ...

A computer system needing less time and memory to simulate mechanical systems ...

Drug discovery could accelerate hugely with Machine Learning ...

The Cloud

Murex to offer MX.3 risk, trading and post-trade solutions on the AWS Cloud ...

Fujitsu develops WAN acceleration technology utilizing FPGA accelerators ...

Meituan.com selects Mellanox interconnect solutions to accelerate its artificial intelligence, Big Data and Cloud data centres ...

Mellanox interconnect solutions accelerate Tencent Cloud high-performance computing and artificial intelligence infrastructure ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2017-12-18

Exascale supercomputing

Following on from the three successive Mont-Blanc projects since 2011, the three core partners Arm, Barcelona Supercomputing Center and Bull (Atos Group) have united again to trigger the development of the next generation of industrial processor for Big Data and High Performance Computing. The Mont-Blanc 2020 consortium also includes CEA, Forschungszentrum Jülich, Kalray, and SemiDynamics. Read further...
Can you imagine a future where an exascale computer discovers new drugs faster, cheaper and with lower failure rates than today? Read further...

Quantum computing

Scientists from the Jülich Supercomputing Centre have set a new world record. Together with researchers from Wuhan University and the University of Groningen, they successfully simulated a quantum computer with 46 quantum bits - or qubits - for the first time. For their calculations, the scientists used the Jülich supercomputer JUQUEEN as well as the world's fastest supercomputer Sunway TaihuLight at China's National Supercomputing Center in Wuxi. Read further...
DENSO Corporation and Toyota Tsusho Corporation will conduct the world's first test using a quantum computer to process data from a traffic IoT platform. The companies will process vehicle location and travel data in real-time from about 130,000 commercial vehicles in Thailand, aiming to establish best practices for quantum computer applications in transportation. Read further...
IBM has announced the first clients to tap into its IBM Q early-access commercial quantum computing systems to explore practical applications important to business and science. They include: JPMorgan Chase, Daimler AG, Samsung, JSR Corporation, Barclays, Hitachi Metals, Honda, Nagase, Keio University, Oak Ridge National Lab, Oxford University and University of Melbourne. Read further...
Research teams all over the world are exploring different ways to design a working computing chip that can integrate quantum interactions. Now, Australian and Dutch engineers believe they have cracked the problem, reimagining the silicon microprocessors we know to create a complete design for a quantum computer chip that can be manufactured using mostly standard industry processes and components. Read further...
A study led by physicists at Swansea University in Wales, carried out by an international team of researchers and published in the journalPhysical Review Xshows that ion-trap technologies available today are suitable for building large-scale quantum computers. The scientists introduce trapped-ion quantum error correction protocols that detect and correct processing errors. Read further...
The emerging domain of parallelized quantum information processing opens up new possibilities for precise measurements, communication and imaging. Precise control of multiple stored photons allows efficient handling of this subtle information in large amounts. In the Quantum Memories Laboratory at Faculty of Physics, University of Warsaw a group of laser-cooled atoms has been used as a memory which can store simultaneously up to 665 quantum states of light. The experimental results have been published in a prestigiousNature Communicationsjournal. Read further...
Scientists of the University of Konstanz, Princeton University, and the University of Maryland have developed a stable quantum gate for two-quantum bit systems made of silicon. The quantum gate is able to perform all necessary basic operations of the quantum computer. The electron spin of individual electrons in silicon is used as the basic storage unit ("quantum bits"). The research results were published ahead of print in the online edition First Release of the scientific journalScienceon 7 December 2017. Read further...
Physicists in the UK looking at how quantum computers might interface with conventional fibre optic communications, say rare earth metals may provide the answer. Quantum computers, in theory, are vastly more powerful than conventional machines, because they could solve, almost instantaneously, certain problems where every solution needs to be calculated. Read further...

Focus on Europe

On December 14, 2017, Leibniz Supercomputing Centre (LRZ) of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities and Intel have signed a contract for the delivery of a new supercomputer at LRZ. SuperMUC-NG will be the "Next Generation" to the currently operated SuperMUC, and will provide an impressive computational power of 26.7 PFlop/s to a wide-ranging scientific community. Read further...
Supercomputers have become a universal tool for science. The Ministry of Culture and Science is now giving the go-ahead for the installation of a new supercomputer at Forschungszentrum Jülich. The state of North Rhine-Westphalia is providing 73 million euro for procurement and operation. In the first half of 2018, the first module of the new computer will be installed. Read further...
ISC High Performance and the PASC Conference have announced that ISC 2018 and PASC18, two major events in the European HPC ecosystem, are scheduled back-to-back at the end of June and beginning of July 2018. Read further...

Hardware

Intersect360 Research invites HPC Advisorty Council (HPCAC) members to contribute to its tenth annual study. The objective of this survey is to identify how HPC budgets are distributed on a percentage basis, among and within categories such as hardware, software, facilities, staff, and services. Your input will provide the industry with insights on the HPC market. Read further...
BP has more than doubled the total computing power of its Center for High-Performance Computing (CHPC) in Houston, making it the most powerful supercomputer in the world for commercial research. Increased computing power, speed and storage reduce the time needed to analyze large amounts of seismic data to support exploration, appraisal and development plans as well as other research and technology developments throughout BP. Read further...
MareNostrum 4 supercomputer has been the winner of the Most Beautiful Data Center in the world Prize, hosted by the Datacenter Dynamics (DCD) Company. Read further...
The Board of Australia's National Computational Infrastructure (NCI), based at the Australian National University (ANU), welcomes the Australian Government's announcement that it will invest $70 million to replace Australia's highest performance research supercomputer, Raijin, which is rapidly nearing the end of its service life. Read further...

Applications

More than 210 million core hours on two of the most powerful supercomputers in the nation have been won by two teams led by researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL). The highly competitive awards from the DOE Office of Science's INCITE - Innovative and Novel Impact on Computational Theory and Experiment - programme will accelerate the development of nuclear fusion as a clean and abundant source of energy for generating electricity and will advance understanding of the high-energy-density (HED) plasmas found in stars and other astrophysical objects. Read further...
Before scientists can effectively capture and deploy fusion energy, they must learn to predict major disruptions that can halt fusion reactions and damage the walls of doughnut-shaped fusion devices called tokamaks. Timely prediction of disruptions, the sudden loss of control of the hot, charged plasma that fuels the reactions, will be vital to triggering steps to avoid or mitigate such large-scale events. Read further...
Scientists at Johns Hopkins have used supercomputers to create an atomic scale map that tracks how the signaling chemical glutamate binds to a neuron in the brain. The findings, say the scientists, shed light on the dynamic physics of the chemical's pathway, as well as the speed of nerve cell communications. Read further...
Look above the traffic light at a busy intersection in your city and you will probably see a camera. These devices may have been installed to monitor traffic conditions and provide visuals in the case of a collision. But can they do more? Can they help planners optimize traffic flow or identify sites that are most likely to have accidents? And can they do so without requiring individuals to slog through hours of footage? Researchers from the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC), the University of Texas Center for Transportation Research and the City of Austin believe so. Together, they are working to develop tools that allow sophisticated, searchable traffic analyses using deep learning and data mining. Read further...
The Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Science operates three of the world's leading supercomputing centres, where massive data sets are routinely imported, analyzed, used to create simulations and exported to other sites. Fortunately, DOE also runs a networking facility, ESnet - short for Energy Sciences Network, the world's fastest network for science, which is managed by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Read further...
At the NUP/UPNA-University of Navarre, the industrial engineer Aitor Plaza-Puértolas has developed a set of techniques and algorithms to simulate the functioning of mechanical systems, such as vehicles, trains, robots or wind turbines with the advantage that the computer needs less time and memory resources to process the information. This piece of research opens up the door to the use of computers with less computing power. Read further...
Drug discovery could be significantly accelerated thanks to a new high precision machine-learning model, developed by an international collaboration of researchers, including the University of Warwick. Read further...

The Cloud

Murex, an industry expert in trading, risk management and processing solutions for capital markets, will run their MX.3 technology platform on Amazon Web Services Inc. (AWS). With the acceleration of Cloud adoption in capital markets, Murex and AWS agreed to collaborate to help clients migrate their Murex application workloads to the AWS Cloud. Murex clients are looking to consolidate more and more of their capital markets activity on the MX.3 platform and this means their need for infrastructure is increasing. Read further...
Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd. has developed WAN acceleration technology that can deliver transfer speeds up to 40Gbps for migration of large volumes of data between Clouds, using servers equipped with field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs). Read further...
Meituan.com has selected Mellanox Spectrum Ethernet switches, ConnectX adapters and LinkX cables to accelerate its multi-thousand servers for their artificial intelligence, Big Data analytics and Cloud data centres. Meituan.com is the world's leading online and on-demand delivery platform, supporting 280 million mobile users and 5 million merchants across 2,180 cities in China, and processing up to 21 million orders a day during peak times. Utilizing Mellanox 25 Gigabit and 100 Gigabit smart interconnect solutions and RDMA technology, Meituan.com can better analyze and match user needs to merchant online offers, faster and more accurately, while lowering data centre operational costs. Read further...
Tencent Cloud has adopted Mellanox interconnect solutions for its high-performance computing (HPC) and artificial intelligence (AI) public Cloud offering. Tencent Cloud is a secure, reliable and high-performance public Cloud service that integrates Tencent’s infrastructure capabilities with the advantages of a massive-user platform and ecosystem. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2017-12-18

Exascale supercomputing

Mont-Blanc 2020 project will pave the way to a European scalable, modular and power efficient High Performance Computing processor ...

A supercomputer will discover our future medicines ...

Quantum computing

Jülich Supercomputing Centre to achieve world record: Quantum computer with 46 qubits simulated ...

DENSO and Toyota Tsusho to conduct a test applying a quantum computer to analyze IoT data with a commercial application ...

IBM announces collaboration with Fortune 500 companies, academic institutions and national research labs to accelerate quantum computing ...

Complete design of a silicon quantum computer chip unveiled ...

Error-free into the quantum computer age ...

Quantum memory with record-breaking capacity based on laser-cooled atoms ...

Physicists from Konstanz, Princeton and Maryland create a stable quantum gate as a basic element for the quantum computer ...

Physicists say rare earth metals could help quantum computers communicate ...

Focus on Europe

Lenovo and Intel to deliver powerful, energy-efficient SuperMUC-NG, next generation supercomputer at Leibniz Supercomputing Centre ...

North Rhine-Westphalia supports expansion of German national supercomputer infrastructure ...

ISC 2018 and PASC18 Conferences to announce partnership ...

Hardware

Intersect360 Research invites to participate in tenth HPC budget map survey ...

BP supercomputer now world's most powerful for commercial research ...

MareNostrum 4, chosen as the most beautiful data centre in the world ...

NCI welcomes $70 million investment in HPC capability ...

Applications

Physicists win supercomputing time to study fusion and the cosmos ...

Artificial intelligence helps accelerate progress toward efficient fusion reactions ...

Johns Hopkins scientists chart how brain signals connect to neurons ...

Artificial Intelligence and supercomputers to help alleviate urban traffic problems ...

ESnet's Petascale DTN project speeds up data transfers between leading HPC centres ...

A computer system needing less time and memory to simulate mechanical systems ...

Drug discovery could accelerate hugely with Machine Learning ...

The Cloud

Murex to offer MX.3 risk, trading and post-trade solutions on the AWS Cloud ...

Fujitsu develops WAN acceleration technology utilizing FPGA accelerators ...

Meituan.com selects Mellanox interconnect solutions to accelerate its artificial intelligence, Big Data and Cloud data centres ...

Mellanox interconnect solutions accelerate Tencent Cloud high-performance computing and artificial intelligence infrastructure ...