Primeur weekly 2018-02-12

Quantum computing

New controls scale quantum chips ...

Controlling quantum interactions in a single material ...

Light controls two-atom quantum computation ...

Focus on Europe

TANGO project releases the Beta version of #TANGOToolbox to facilitate the effort of coding when targeting various hardware architectures ...

Nominations open for PRACE Ada Lovelace Award for HPC 2018 ...

Optalysys and The Earlham Institute achieve over 90% energy savings in breakthrough project applying optical processing for DNA sequence alignment ...

Middleware

Sylabs emerges from stealth to bring Singularity container technology to enterprise performance computing ...

Dell EMC expands server capabilities for software-defined, edge and high-performance computing ...

Hardware

Virtual reality helps explore the GPS of the mind ...

HiPerGator is the number 3 most powerful computer at a U.S. public university ...

Supermicro expands edge computing and network appliance portfolio with new high density SoC solutions ...

Supermicro introduces Silicon Valley's first 3-Megawatt clean energy automated rack integration facility ...

One Stop Systems introduces highest bandwidth, 5th generation NVMe ion accelerator flash storage array ...

Applications

University of Illinois researcher recognized with ACM Fellowship for contributions to parallel programming ...

After the storm: Simulating and visualizing extreme weather with XSEDE ...

XSEDE's Maverick helps explore next generation solar cells and LEDs ...

Optimized solutions for treating bone fractures will soon be reality ...

UMass Amherst computer science experts in artificial intelligence join IBM's AI Horizons Network ...

AI computer vision breakthrough IDs poachers in less than half a second ...

University of Chicago astrophysicists settle cosmic debate on magnetism of planets and stars ...

Portland State University joins nationwide program to develop brain-inspired computing ...

The Cloud

Ampere launches to accelerate hyperscale Cloud computing innovations ...

Oracle Cloud growth driving aggressive global expansion ...

Leading Cloud providers join with NSF to support data science frontiers ...

Smartly containing the Cloud increases computing efficiency, according to first-of-its-kind study ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2018-02-12

Quantum computing

A fundamental barrier to scaling quantum computing machines is 'qubit interference'. In new research published inScience Advancesmagazine, engineers and physicists from Rigetti Computing describe a breakthrough that can expand the size of practical quantum processors by reducing interference. Read further...
The search and manipulation of novel properties emerging from the quantum nature of matter could lead to next-generation electronics and quantum computers. But finding or designing materials that can host such quantum interactions is a difficult task. Read further...
Some powerful rulers of the world may dream of the possibility to get in touch with their colleagues on different continents unnoticed by friends or foes. Someday, new quantum technologies could allow for making these wishes come true. Physicists around the world are working on the realization of large scale quantum networks in which single light quanta transfer (secret) quantum information to stationary nodes at large distances. Such quantum networks' fundamental building blocks are, for example, quantum repeaters that counteract the loss of quantum information over large distances, or quantum logic gates that are necessary for processing quantum information. Read further...

Focus on Europe

The world of today is continuously imposing more flexible software abstractions and hardware architectures able to deal with more data and intense workloads, responding to new demand of customers all around the globe. We cannot depict high performance computing without drawing heterogeneity architectures or software systems without mentioning energy or performance. These topics are relevant for #TANGO, the initiative is maturing a collection of tools to put in easier connection both worlds: hardware and software. #TANGOToolbox comes this time with a new version of the box, but the objective is the same: to deliver a solution to simplify the way to develop heterogeneous architectures, controlling also energy limitations and value computer power. Read further...
From 29 to 31 May 2018, PRACE will organise the fifth edition of its Scientific and Industrial Conference - PRACEdays18 - under the motto "HPC for Innovation: when Science meets Industry" in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Read further...
Optalysys Ltd., a start-up commercialising light-speed optical co-processors for AI/deep learning, and world-leading genomic research institute The Earlham Institute, EI, have announced the successful completion of the Genetic Search System (GENESYS) project. The GENESYS project, which was granted GBP0.5 million in funding from Innovate UK, applied Optalysys's unique optical processing technology to perform large-scale DNA sequence alignment. Read further...

Middleware

Sylabs has entered the market to provide solutions and services based on Singularity, an open source container technology designed for high performance computing (HPC). Founded by the inventor and project lead for Singularity, Sylabs will license and support Singularity Pro, an enterprise version of the software, and introduce it to businesses in the enterprise and HPC commercial markets. Read further...
Dell EMC has launched three new servers designed for software-defined environments, edge and high-performance computing (HPC). The PowerEdge R6415, PowerEdge R7415 and PowerEdge R7425 expand the 14th generation of the Dell EMC PowerEdge server portfolio with new capabilities to address the demanding workload requirements of today's modern data centre. All three rack servers with the AMD EPYC processor offer highly scalable platforms with outstanding total cost of ownership (TCO). Read further...

Hardware

Zoltan Nadasdy, a neuroscientist at the University of Texas at Austin (UT), wanted to understand how grid cells in the brain help orient us in the world. He had been studying spatial memory in the animal brain for years when he first had the opportunity to study spatial cognition, sometimes call the "GPS of the mind", in human subjects. Read further...
The University of Florida's recent move into the U.S. News and World Report top 10 standing has only propelled this Research I university forward and set their sights even higher. In order to continue its trajectory, the University of Florida (UF) is in the process of recruiting 500 of the finest investigators who are conducting and producing the highest caliber of research. That is made possible with the help of UF's HiPerGator supercomputer. Read further...
Super Micro Computer Inc., a global expert in enterprise computing, storage, networking solutions and green computing technology, has introduced several new additions to its edge computing and network appliance portfolio based on the new Intel Xeon D-2100 System-on-a-Chip (SoC) processor. Read further...
Super Micro Computer Inc. has significantly increased its rack integration capacity with Silicon Valley's first clean fuel-cell energy, automated 60-rack burn-in facility with robotic Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs) to expedite the processing, delivery and deployment of large-scale data centre investments. Read further...
One Stop Systems Inc. (OSS), a provider of high performance computing GPU accelerators and NVMe flash arrays for a multitude of HPC applications, has introduced a new 2U Ion Accelerator Flash Storage Array. The new array offers flexible capacity while maintaining the high-bandwidth and low-latency pedigree of Ion Accelerator arrays deployed in hundreds of global installations. This OSS shared flash storage array boasts the latest Ion Accelerator 5.0 software, NVMe drives, networking options and dual Intel Xeon Scalable Processors to support the most demanding applications. Read further...

Applications

Laxmikant "Sanjay" Kale, a professor of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a NCSA Faculty Affiliate, was named to the the 2017 class of fellows from the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the scientific computing community's largest society. Read further...
Brian Jewett, research scientist in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at Illinois, used to be a storm chaser. Or perhaps storm "racer" is a better term: On cold winter days when others were bundling up or staying home, he would head out to the Peoria airport in anticipation of a snowstorm. If he stayed ahead of the snow, he and the "PLOWS" team - short for ProfiLing Of Winter Storms - were piloted skyward in an NSF-funded ex-Navy plane to take radar and cloud-probe measurements that could give forecasters a better foundation for snow predictions. If, however, snow hit the runway before he did, he was out of luck: de-icing the plane upset the aircraft's sensitive scientific instruments, so takeoff post-snowfall was out of the question. Read further...
Solar cells can't stand the heat. Photovoltaics lose some energy as heat in converting sunlight to electricity. The reverse holds true for lights made with light-emitting diodes (LED), which convert electricity into light. Some scientists think there might be light at the end of the tunnel in the hunt for better semiconductor materials for solar cells and LEDs, thanks to supercomputer simulations that leveraged graphics processing units to model nanocrystals of silicon. Read further...
Mathematic modelling has been a standard tool for engineers for decades, but in clinical medicine, it is still a newcomer. The Finnish start-up software company Disior Ltd. develops computational software for treating bone fractures. The purpose is to bring mathematical modelling, known for its benefits in research and industry, available for physicians. Read further...
The Center for Data Science at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has been selected by IBM to join the company's AI Horizons Network, an international consortium of leading universities working with IBM to develop technologies needed to help fulfill the promise of artificial intelligence (AI). The collaboration builds on the international reputation of the University's College of Information and Computer Sciences as a research expert in artificial intelligence and information retrieval. Read further...
Thousands of animals including elephants, tigers, rhinos, and gorillas are poached each year. Researchers at the USC Center for Artificial Intelligence in Society have long been applying AI to protect wildlife. Initially, computer scientists were using AI and game theory to anticipate the poachers' haunts, and now they have applied artificial intelligence and deep learning to spot poachers in near real-time. Read further...
The universe is highly magnetic, with everything from stars to planets to galaxies producing their own magnetic fields. Astrophysicists have long puzzled over these surprisingly strong and long-lived fields, with theories and simulations seeking a mechanism that explains their generation. Read further...
Portland State University (PSU) will join seven other universities in forming a research centre for brain-inspired computing - a set of technologies that has the potential to enable computers to do tasks that, as of now, are uniquely human. Read further...

The Cloud

A new company, Ampere, has been launched to address memory performance, cost, space and power constraints for emerging hyperscale Cloud applications and next-generation data centres. Ampere was born in and built for private and public Clouds and delivers customers reliable 64-bit Arm server processors with high memory performance and substantially lower power and total cost of ownership (TCO). The company is backed by The Carlyle Group. Read further...
Driven by strong customer demand for its Cloud services worldwide, Oracle has launched plans to significantly expand its modern Cloud infrastructure footprint. The company's rapid expansion plans include the opening of 12 new data centre regions and increase the breadth and depth of Oracle Cloud services available across Asia, Europe, and the Americas. Oracle continues its industry leadership position, delivering a complete and integrated portfolio of Cloud services (SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS) and new services in security, Blockchain, and Artificial Intelligence. Read further...
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is providing nearly $30 million in new funding for research in data science and engineering through its Critical Techniques, Technologies and Methodologies for Advancing Foundations and Applications of Big Data Sciences and Engineering (BIGDATA) programme. Read further...
Not too long ago booting up a computer meant there was time for a lengthy coffee break even before the workday started. For a decade now though, thanks to the Cloud, computers have accessed information from virtual machines that exist in the ether, allowing software to launch quickly on demand. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2018-02-12

Quantum computing

New controls scale quantum chips ...

Controlling quantum interactions in a single material ...

Light controls two-atom quantum computation ...

Focus on Europe

TANGO project releases the Beta version of #TANGOToolbox to facilitate the effort of coding when targeting various hardware architectures ...

Nominations open for PRACE Ada Lovelace Award for HPC 2018 ...

Optalysys and The Earlham Institute achieve over 90% energy savings in breakthrough project applying optical processing for DNA sequence alignment ...

Middleware

Sylabs emerges from stealth to bring Singularity container technology to enterprise performance computing ...

Dell EMC expands server capabilities for software-defined, edge and high-performance computing ...

Hardware

Virtual reality helps explore the GPS of the mind ...

HiPerGator is the number 3 most powerful computer at a U.S. public university ...

Supermicro expands edge computing and network appliance portfolio with new high density SoC solutions ...

Supermicro introduces Silicon Valley's first 3-Megawatt clean energy automated rack integration facility ...

One Stop Systems introduces highest bandwidth, 5th generation NVMe ion accelerator flash storage array ...

Applications

University of Illinois researcher recognized with ACM Fellowship for contributions to parallel programming ...

After the storm: Simulating and visualizing extreme weather with XSEDE ...

XSEDE's Maverick helps explore next generation solar cells and LEDs ...

Optimized solutions for treating bone fractures will soon be reality ...

UMass Amherst computer science experts in artificial intelligence join IBM's AI Horizons Network ...

AI computer vision breakthrough IDs poachers in less than half a second ...

University of Chicago astrophysicists settle cosmic debate on magnetism of planets and stars ...

Portland State University joins nationwide program to develop brain-inspired computing ...

The Cloud

Ampere launches to accelerate hyperscale Cloud computing innovations ...

Oracle Cloud growth driving aggressive global expansion ...

Leading Cloud providers join with NSF to support data science frontiers ...

Smartly containing the Cloud increases computing efficiency, according to first-of-its-kind study ...