Primeur weekly 2018-02-05

Focus

Flemish Minister of Science and Education to explain his view on EuroHPC ...

Quantum computing

ORNL research team investigates quantum accelerators for high-performance computing systems ...

Quantum algorithm could help AI think faster ...

Friction found where there should be none: In superfluids near absolute zero ...

New technique can capture images of ultrafast energy-time entangled photon pairs ...

Quantum hack to unleash computing power ...

Focus on Europe

UK's Jisc delivers world's first 400G National Research and Education Network with Ciena ...

Science Europe and NWO launch initiative to align research data management policy across Europe ...

ISC STEM Student Day & Gala is back with a stronger programme ...

Analytic Engineering powers AI driven decision support system development at Verne Global ...

Middleware

Bright Computing releases Version 8.1 of Bright Cluster Manager, Bright OpenStack and Bright Cluster Manager for Data Science ...

Globus, Science DMZ provide new architecture to meet demand for accessing shared data ...

Berkeley Lab researchers contribute to making blockchains even more robust ...

Hardware

Mihir supercomputer inaugurated at the National Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasting in India ...

Brown University researchers aim to store data in molecules ...

University of Arizona researchers observe electrons zipping around in crystals ...

Registration open for HPC User Forum featuring quantum computing, the environment and AI ...

Applications

Two University of North Georgia professors secure funding for supercomputing time ...

Study of salts in water causing stir ...

EPSRC gives GBP14 million to projects that take new approaches to data science ...

Data scientists are key to unlocking the next breakthrough in cardiovascular and stroke health with new grant opportunities ...

Applying machine learning to the universe's mysteries ...

New UC Riverside research advances spintronics technology ...

New universe simulation prompts breakthrough discoveries in astrophysics ...

Scientists use Blue Waters to understand epilepsy ...

ASC Student Supercomputer Challenge to include AI and Nobel Prize-winning application ...

Gensonix Super DB for Big Data featured at SC17 Supercomputing Conference by Ohio Supercomputing Center ...

The Cloud

Adaptive Computing Enterprises launches new product for HPC Cloud bursting ...

Hazelcast releases dedicated IMDG Go Client supporting multi-application distributed Cloud computing deployments ...

Red Hat to acquire CoreOS, expanding its Kubernetes and containers leadership ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2018-02-05

Focus

Philippe Muyters, the Flemish Minister of Science and Education, answered questions about EuroHPC in the Flemish Parliament. According to Muyters the total investments in EuroHPC will be 1.394.000.000 euro (about 1,4 billion euro). This seems higher than the amount announced by the European Commission last month that was talking about 1 billion euro. According to Muyters, the European programmes will invest 486 million euro. The same amount will be invested by the EuroPHC member countries. 422 million euro will be invested by industry (private parties). Read further...

Quantum computing

New research from Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) indicates that quantum computers will use dramatically less energy than current supercomputers, which could lead to cost savings for computing equipment manufacturers and data centres. Read further...
One of the ways that computers 'think' is by analysing relationships within large sets of data. An international team has shown that quantum computers can do one such analysis faster than classical computers, for a wider array of data types than was previously expected. Read further...
Understanding the causes and effects of the friction could pave the way for explorations into the composition of neutron stars and our universe. Here on Earth, the Aalto researchers' results will be invaluable for curtailing the production of heat and unwanted glitches in quantum computer components. Read further...
Scientists at the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) at the University of Waterloo have captured the first images of ultrafast photons that are energy-time entangled. The new technique will have direct applications for quantum cryptography and communication protocols, including the possibility for establishing highly secure communication channels over long distances. Read further...
Physicists at the University of Sydney have found a 'quantum hack' that should allow for enormous efficiency gains in quantum computing technologies. Read further...

Focus on Europe

Jisc, which operates the busiest National Research and Education Network (NREN) in Europe by volume of data carried, is deploying Ciena's 6500 packet-optical platform powered by WaveLogic Ai coherent optics to provide unprecedented high-capacity 400G wavelength connectivity. The deployment makes the Janet Network one of the most digitally-advanced NRENs globally in terms of scale, automation and network intelligence. Read further...
Science Europe and the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) are launching an initiative for the voluntary international alignment of research data management policy. The organisations presented the initiative on 30 January in Brussels at a co-hosted event on how to manage research data in an era of Open Science. Read further...
The ISC team has announced the return of the ISC STEM Student Day, with an attractive programme for students and sponsoring organisations. This year, students attending the programme will receive an exclusive tutorial on high performance computing, machine learning and data analytics, and sponsoring organisations will receive an increased visibility during the full-day programme. Read further...
Verne Global, a provider of highly optimised, secure, and 100% renewably powered data centre solutions, today announced Analytic Engineering, a German company pioneering the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in decision support system engineering, is moving their graphics processing unit (GPU) infrastructure to Verne Global's Icelandic campus. Read further...

Middleware

Bright Computing, a provider of platform-independent cluster management software, has released version 8.1 of the Bright product portfolio with new capabilities for cluster workload accounting, Cloud bursting, OpenStack private Clouds, deep learning, AMD accelerators, Kubernetes, Ceph, and a new lightweight daemon for monitoring VMs and non-Bright clustered nodes. Read further...
These days, it's easy to overlook the fact that the World Wide Web was created nearly 30 years ago primarily to help researchers access and share scientific data. Over the years, the web has evolved into a tool that helps us eat, shop, travel, watch movies and even monitor our homes. Read further...
Blockchain - a technology used for verifying and recording digital transactions - blasted into public consciousness with the rise of Bitcoin. But this tool could also transform the way governments, global industries and even science research operate. In fact, several banks, corporations, governments and scientists have already implemented some form of blockchain to inexpensively, securely and expediently store and share information. Read further...

Hardware

The Honorable Union Minister for Science & Technology, Earth Sciences and Environment, Forest & Climate Change, Dr. Harsh Vardhan has dedicated to India the High Performance Computer (HPC) system named "Mihir", meaning the Sun, which has been established at the National Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasting (NCMRWF), Noida, India. Read further...
Storing the immense amounts of data produced in our increasingly digital world is quickly becoming a serious scientific problem. A new project launched by a team of chemists and engineers from Brown University seeks a method to store and manipulate data in a way that has never been done before - by representing data using molecules dissolved in solution. Such a system could have the potential to store billions of terabytes of data in a single flask of liquid. Read further...
The end of the silicon age has begun. As computer chips approach the physical limits of miniaturization and power-hungry processors drive up energy costs, scientists are looking to a new crop of exotic materials that could foster a new generation of computing devices that promise to push performance to new heights while skimping on energy consumption. Read further...
Registration is now open for the April 16-18, 2018 HPC User Forum to be held at Loew's Ventana Canyon Hotel in Tucson, Arizona. The April meeting will explore the status and prospects for quantum computing and HPC use of HPC for environmental research, especially natural disasters such as earthquakes and the recent California wildfires. Read further...

Applications

University of North Georgia (UNG) assistant professors Livia Streit and Clarke Miller recently secured a $3,907 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for supercomputing time on their research of different strains of bacteria. Livia Streit and Clarke Miller will use a supercomputer from the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) Project, an advanced cyberinfrastructure project, for their calculations. XSEDE accepts applications for computing resources year-round. Livia Streit and Clarke Miller submitted their proposal and received confirmation late last year. Read further...
New insight into science that seems, on its surface, exceedingly simple - what happens when you add salt to water - could ultimately lead to a better understanding of biochemical processes in cells and perhaps advance sources of clean energy. Read further...
Five new research projects that take novel approaches to challenges in data science have been announced. The successful proposals were responding to a call "New Approaches to Data Science" issued by the British Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) which closed in January last year. Read further...
The American Heart Association (AHA) Institute for Precision Cardiovascular Medicine - dedicated exclusively to advancing precision medicine in cardiovascular care - has announced the second round of new grant opportunities for the scientific community in collaboration with Amazon Web Services (AWS). Read further...
Computers can beat chess champions, simulate star explosions, and forecast global climate. We are even teaching them to be infallible problem-solvers and fast learners. Read further...
Engineers at the University of California, Riverside, have reported advances in so-called 'spintronic' devices that will help lead to a new technology for computing and data storage. They have developed methods to detect signals from spintronic components made of low-cost metals and silicon, which overcomes a major barrier to wide application of spintronics. Previously such devices depended on complex structures that used rare and expensive metals such as platinum. The researchers were led by Sandeep Kumar, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering. Read further...
Novel computational methods have helped create the most information-packed, universe-scale simulation ever produced. The new tool provides fresh insights into how black holes influence the distribution of dark matter, how heavy elements are produced and distributed throughout the cosmos, and where magnetic fields originate. Read further...
Epilepsy is the fourth most common human neurological disorder in the world - a disorder characterized by recurrent, unprovoked seizures. According to the Centers for Disease Control, a record number of people in the United States have epilepsy: 3.4 million total, including nearly half a million children. At this time, there's no known cause or cure, but with the help of NCSA's Blue Waters supercomputer at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, researchers like Ivan Soltesz are making progress. Read further...
The 2018 ASC World Supercomputer Contest (ASC18) has seen more participating teams than ever before. In the following two months, over 300 teams from around the world will take on challenges including AI Answer Prediction for Search Query, cryo-electron microscopy, RELION, and supercomputer benchmarks, HPL and HPCG. The top 20 teams will compete in the final round of the contest in May. Read further...
The SC17 Supercomputing Conference displayed the most advanced products of the year by all manufacturers, suppliers and centres in the supercomputing industry. These days, the specialty as anyone would guess is the most powerful solutions for Big data related databases technologies. One of the premier exhibitors at last year's conference was the Ohio State OSC Supercomputing Center which runs a system that comprises over 23,000 CPU cores. The OSC centre recently ran a benchmark of the Scientel Gensonix Super DB which ran 16,800 DB nodes on the OSC system resulting in one of the largest DB runs ever on supercomputer systems for large databases for Big Data. The OSC centre featured the Gensonix Super DB system at their display booth. Read further...

The Cloud

Adaptive Computing has launched its new Cloud solution, Moab/NODUS Cloud Bursting, making HPC Cloud strategies more accessible than ever before. Read further...
Hazelcast, an open source in-memory data grid (IMDG) with tens of thousands of installed clusters and over 40 million server starts per month, has made available a new Hazelcast Go Client for client-server deployments of Hazelcast IMDG - giving Go applications capabilities to integrate and share large datasets with other applications in real-time while scaling to the Cloud and ensuring high-performance and reliability. Go - often referred to as Golang - is an open source programming language that makes it easy to build simple, reliable, and efficient software. Go's concurrency and networking features, and its high degree of portability, make it well-suited for building Cloud-native applications. Read further...
Red Hat Inc., a global provider of open source solutions, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire CoreOS Inc., an innovator and expert in Kubernetes and container-native solutions, for a purchase price of $250 million, subject to certain adjustments at closing that are not expected to be material. Red Hat's acquisition of CoreOS will further its vision of enabling customers to build any application and deploy them in any environment with the flexibility afforded by open source. By combining CoreOS's complementary capabilities with Red Hat's already broad Kubernetes and container-based portfolio, including Red Hat OpenShift, Red Hat aims to further accelerate adoption and development of the industry's leading hybrid Cloud platform for modern application workloads. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2018-02-05

Focus

Flemish Minister of Science and Education to explain his view on EuroHPC ...

Quantum computing

ORNL research team investigates quantum accelerators for high-performance computing systems ...

Quantum algorithm could help AI think faster ...

Friction found where there should be none: In superfluids near absolute zero ...

New technique can capture images of ultrafast energy-time entangled photon pairs ...

Quantum hack to unleash computing power ...

Focus on Europe

UK's Jisc delivers world's first 400G National Research and Education Network with Ciena ...

Science Europe and NWO launch initiative to align research data management policy across Europe ...

ISC STEM Student Day & Gala is back with a stronger programme ...

Analytic Engineering powers AI driven decision support system development at Verne Global ...

Middleware

Bright Computing releases Version 8.1 of Bright Cluster Manager, Bright OpenStack and Bright Cluster Manager for Data Science ...

Globus, Science DMZ provide new architecture to meet demand for accessing shared data ...

Berkeley Lab researchers contribute to making blockchains even more robust ...

Hardware

Mihir supercomputer inaugurated at the National Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasting in India ...

Brown University researchers aim to store data in molecules ...

University of Arizona researchers observe electrons zipping around in crystals ...

Registration open for HPC User Forum featuring quantum computing, the environment and AI ...

Applications

Two University of North Georgia professors secure funding for supercomputing time ...

Study of salts in water causing stir ...

EPSRC gives GBP14 million to projects that take new approaches to data science ...

Data scientists are key to unlocking the next breakthrough in cardiovascular and stroke health with new grant opportunities ...

Applying machine learning to the universe's mysteries ...

New UC Riverside research advances spintronics technology ...

New universe simulation prompts breakthrough discoveries in astrophysics ...

Scientists use Blue Waters to understand epilepsy ...

ASC Student Supercomputer Challenge to include AI and Nobel Prize-winning application ...

Gensonix Super DB for Big Data featured at SC17 Supercomputing Conference by Ohio Supercomputing Center ...

The Cloud

Adaptive Computing Enterprises launches new product for HPC Cloud bursting ...

Hazelcast releases dedicated IMDG Go Client supporting multi-application distributed Cloud computing deployments ...

Red Hat to acquire CoreOS, expanding its Kubernetes and containers leadership ...