Primeur weekly 2018-02-26

Focus

The European Processor Initiative (EPI) to develop the processor that will be at the heart of the European exascale supercomputer effort ...

Quantum computing

Unconventional superconductor may be used to create quantum computers of the future ...

Developing reliable quantum computers: International research team makes important step on the path to solving certification problems ...

Programming on a silicon quantum chip ...

D-Wave locks in $20 million funding and completes prototype of next-gen quantum processor ...

Focus on Europe

Luxembourg joins the European supercomputer network PRACE ...

ICEI Public Information Event on the realisation of a federated HPC and data analytics infrastructure ...

Dutch eScience and Lorentz Centers launch Call to host workshop on digitally enhanced research ...

Middleware

Adaptive Computing announces release of Moab HPC Suite 9.1.2 ...

NCSA Assistant Director Dan Katz named BSSw Fellow ...

University of Nevada, Las Vegas' supercomputing boosted through new collaboration with Altair ...

Hardware

C-DAC focusing on cancer treatment using supercomputers as a tool ...

South-Korean Ministry of Science and Technology to announce Second National High-Performance Computing Fundamental Plan ...

IBM reveals novel energy-saving optical receiver with a new record of rapid power-on/off time ...

Computers learn to learn: Intel and researchers from Heidelberg and Dresden present three new neuromorphic chips ...

HPE helps U.S. Department of Defense to advance national defense capabilities ...

OCF deploys petascale Lenovo supercomputer at University of Southampton ...

HPE reports fiscal 2018 first quarter results ...

Ranovus announces general availability of its on-board optics and CFP2 direct detect transceiver products for 5G mobility and data centre interconnect applications ...

Mellanox appoints Steve Sanghi and Umesh Padval to Board of Directors ...

Applications

Supercomputers aid discovery of new, inexpensive material to make LEDs with high colour quality ...

AI companies to reuse crypto mining farms for deep learning in health care ...

Computer scientists and materials researchers collaborate to optimize steel classification ...

Boris Kaus receives ERC Consolidator Grant for his research in magmatic processes ...

Metabolic modelling becomes three-dimensional ...

Powerful supercomputer unlocks possibilities for tinier devices and affordable DNA sequencing ...

New Berkeley Lab algorithms create "Minimalist Machine Learning" that analyzes images from very little information ...

The Cloud

Adaptive Computing makes HPC Cloud strategies more accessible with the Moab/NODUS Cloud Bursting 1.1.0 release ...

USFlash

Gen-Z Consortium announces the public release of its Core Specification 1.0 ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2018-02-26

Focus

Europe has an ambitious plan to become a main player in supercomputing. The EuroHPC initiative is a joint undertaking with as one of its goals to construct an exascale supercomputer based on European technology. One of the core parts is a processor. Although there are several processor-related research projects, it is only now that an effort has started to build a production HPC processor with industry quality. This is done as part of a 120 million euro Framework Partnership Agreement (FPA) that has been awarded to a consortium of 23 partners. We talked to the project coordinator Philippe Notton from Atos to learn more about the "European Processor Initiative" as the project is called. Read further...

Quantum computing

With their insensitivity to decoherence what are known as Majorana particles could become stable building blocks of a quantum computer. The problem is that they only occur under very special circumstances. Now researchers at Chalmers University of Technology have succeeded in manufacturing a component that is able to host the sought-after particles. Read further...
Quantum computers may one day solve algorithmic problems which even the biggest supercomputers today can't manage. But how do you test a quantum computer to ensure it is working reliably? Depending on the algorithmic task, this could be an easy or a very difficult certification problem. An international team of researchers has taken an important step towards solving a difficult variation of this problem, using a statistical approach developed at the University of Freiburg. The results of their study are published in the latest edition ofNature Photonics. Read further...
Quantum technology makes a great leap forward. While scientists can control a few qubits with great reliability, it doesn't yet look like a real computer. Useful quantum chips require programmability: the ability to perform an arbitrary set of operations. Scientists from QuTech in Delft have now realised a programmable two-qubit quantum processor in silicon successfully implementing two quantum algorithms. They have published their work in the magazineNature. Read further...
D-Wave Systems Inc., an expert in quantum computing systems and software, has met the key conditions to lock in new funding of $20 million. In April 2017, D-Wave closed on the first $30 million tranche of convertible notes and received a conditional commitment from Public Sector Pension Investment Board (PSP Investments) for an additional $20 million. Read further...

Focus on Europe

Following the successful application of Luxembourg to become a member of the Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe (PRACE) in October 2017, Robert Kerger, advisor at the Ministry for Higher Education and Research (MESR) representing Luxembourg in the European Strategy Forum for Research Infrastructures (ESFRI), and Serge Bogaerts, Managing Director of PRACE, were welcomed for an official visit of the High Performance Computing (HPC) facility at the University of Luxembourg on 12 February 2018. Read further...
Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC), Spain; CEA, France; CINECA, Italy; ETH Zuerich/CSCS, Switzerland; and Forschungszentrum Juelich/JSC, Germany jointly announce a Public Information Event, which will be held on 15 March 2018 from 10:00 to 16:00 CET on the premises of BSC in Barcelona, Spain. The purpose of the event is to consult the market in preparation of a possible procurement of equipment and R&D services. Read further...
The Netherlands eScience Center and the Lorentz Center are looking for researchers who would like to participate in the Lorentz-eScience competition. The winner can organize a workshop at the Lorentz Center@Snellius, Leiden, the Netherlands. Read further...

Middleware

Adaptive Computing has released Moab 9.1.2, an update which has undergone thousands of quality tests and includes scores of customer-requested enhancements. Read further...
Daniel S. Katz, Assistant Director for Scientific Software and Applications at the National Center for Supercomputing Application (NCSA), has been named as one of the four inaugural fellows of the Better Scientific Software (BSSw) project, a programme that promotes better scientific software. Dan Katz, who was recognized for this achievement during the Exascale Computing Project's 2nd Annual Meeting earlier this month in Knoxville, Tennessee, received $10,000 to explore the sustainability of scientific software. Read further...
Tapping into the tremendous power of the Cherry Creek II supercomputer at University of Nevada, Las Vegas just got easier for faculty researchers and community partners alike, thanks to a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the university and Altair Engineering. Read further...

Hardware

The pioneers in supercomputing in India, Pune-based Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) will be putting a major thrust on cancer research in future through supercomputing. Read further...
Minister Yu Young-min from the South-Korean Ministry of Science and Technology - Ministry of Information and Communication - announced on February 23, 2018 the Second National High-Performance Computing Fundamental Plan (2018-2022) at the 6th National Super High Performance Computing Committee Read further...
With the increasing popularization of data centres and other bandwidth hungry interconnect applications, today's bandwidth growth of short-distance optical networks demands data transmission speeds of more than 100 Gb/s, calling for the development of energy-efficient, multi-channel optical links with fast data transfer rates. Read further...
Researchers from Heidelberg University and TU Dresden, together with Intel Corporation, will reveal three new neuromorphic chips during the NICE Workshop 2018 in the USA. These chips have an extraordinary ability: They are able to mimic important aspects of biological brains by being energy efficient, resilient and able to learn. These chips promise to have a major impact on the future of artificial intelligence. Computers are many times faster than humans in solving arithmetical problems, yet they have thus far been no match when it comes to the analytic ability of the brain. Up until now, computers have not been able to continually learn and can therefore not improve themselves. The two European chips were developed in close collaboration with neuroscientists as part of the Human Brain Project of the European Union. NICE 2018 will be held from 27 February until 1 March on the Intel Campus in Hillsboro/Oregon. Read further...
Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has been selected by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) to provide new supercomputers for the DoD High Performance Computing Modernization Programme (HPCMP) to accelerate the development and acquisition of advanced national security capabilities. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville, Alabama, awarded the contract. Read further...
Researchers from across the University of Southampton are benefiting from a new high performance computing (HPC) machine named Iridis, which has entered the TOP500, debuting at 251 on the list. The new 1,300 teraflops system was designed, integrated and configured by high performance compute, storage and data analytics integrator, OCF, and will support research demanding traditional HPC as well as projects requiring large scale deep storage, Big Data analytics, web platforms for bioinformatics, and AI services. Read further...
Hewlett Packard Enterprise has issued financial results for its fiscal 2018 first quarter, ended January 31, 2018. First quarter net revenue of $7.7 billion was up 11% from the prior year and up 9% when adjusted for currency. Read further...
Ranovus Inc., a provider of multi-terabit interconnect solutions for data centre and communications networks, has made available their 200G On-Board Optics and CFP2 optical transceiver solutions for 5G mobility and data centre interconnect (DCI) applications. Ranovus' product portfolio is based on the company's innovation in delivering a multi-wavelength Quantum Dot Laser (QDL), Ring Resonator based Silicon Photonic (SiP) modulators, Driver ICs as well as Receiver building blocks. Ranovus' products are now in lab trials with multiple optical networking equipment vendors for 5G mobility and Cloud infrastructure markets. Read further...
Mellanox Technologies Ltd., a supplier of high-performance, end-to-end smart interconnect solutions for data centre servers and storage systems, has appointed Steve Sanghi, Chief Executive Officer of Microchip Technology, and Umesh Padval, Partner at Thomvest Ventures, to the company's Board of Directors, effective immediately. With these additions, the Mellanox Board now consists of eleven directors. Mr. Sanghi and Mr. Padval fill existing vacancies on the Board. Read further...

Applications

A team led by engineers at the University of California San Diego has used data mining and computational tools to discover a new phosphor material for white LEDs that is inexpensive and easy to make. Researchers built prototype white LED light bulbs using the new phosphor. The prototypes exhibited better color quality than many commercial LEDs currently on the market. Read further...
Longenesis Ltd., a Hong Kong-based expert in applying the latest advances in deep learning and blockchain technologies to health care announced a research collaboration agreement with Neuromation Ltd., a Tallinn, Estonia-based company focused on transforming the cryptographic mining infrastructure into a massive Cloud for deep learning applications. Neuromation recently successfully raised over $70 million through a token generating event (TGE) to develop a system for generation of the synthetic data using the deep neural networks trained on a large number of examples and using the processing power of the many graphics processing units (GPUs) in the blockchain community. Read further...
Using machine learning techniques, computer scientists and materials scientists in Saarbrücken have now developed a method that is much more accurate and objective than conventional quality control procedures. Their results have just been published inScientific Reports, the open-access mega-journal associated with the highly respected scientific journalNature. Read further...
Geophysicist Professor Boris Kaus receives 2 million euro from the European Research Council (ERC) to better understand magmatic processes in the interior of the Earth using computer simulations. Boris Kaus has been Professor of Geodynamics and Geophysics at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) since 2011 and together with his team is specialized in understanding the physics of geological processes on small and large scales. The ERC will be providing support to his Melting and Geodynamic Models of Ascent (MAGMA) project over the coming five years in the shape of an ERC Consolidator Grant, one of the most highly endowed sponsorships in the EU. The participating researchers will develop new computer models of magmatic systems and compare the results of the computer simulations with available geological and geophysical data. This should provide important information on how magmatic systems behave over geological eras and why supervolcanoes form only rarely. Read further...
An international research consortium developed, with significant involvement of Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine (LCSB) scientists, the first computer model to include 3D in the representation of human metabolic processes. Read further...
Since its discovery in 2004, graphene has captured imaginations and sparked innovation in the scientific community. Perhaps rightly so as it is 200 times stronger than the strongest steel but still flexible, incredibly light but extremely tough, and conducts heat and electricity more efficiently than copper. Professor Jerry Bernholc of North Carolina State University is utilizing the National Center for Supercomputing Applications' Blue Waters supercomputer at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to explore graphene's applications, including its use in nanoscale electronics and electrical DNA sequencing. Read further...
Mathematicians at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have developed a new approach to machine learning aimed at experimental imaging data. Rather than relying on the tens or hundreds of thousands of images used by typical machine learning methods, this new approach "learns" much more quickly and requires far fewer images. Read further...

The Cloud

Adaptive Computing has released Moab/NODUS Cloud Bursting 1.1.0. The new release introduces several new features to Moab's elastic computing capabilities with the addition of Cloud Bursting and its related features. With Moab/NODUS Cloud Bursting, when you run out of computing resources in your internal data centre, you can "burst" the additional workload to an external Cloud on-demand. Moab has feature-rich bursting capability, industry-leading cluster utilization, robust policy and SLA enforcement, is highly customizable for different cluster configurations, and is already used in private Cloud deployments. Read further...

USFlash

The Gen-Z Consortium, an organisation developing an open standard interconnect designed to provide high-speed, low latency, memory-semantic access to data and devices, has shared the Gen-Z Core Specification 1.0 is publicly available on its website. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2018-02-26

Focus

The European Processor Initiative (EPI) to develop the processor that will be at the heart of the European exascale supercomputer effort ...

Quantum computing

Unconventional superconductor may be used to create quantum computers of the future ...

Developing reliable quantum computers: International research team makes important step on the path to solving certification problems ...

Programming on a silicon quantum chip ...

D-Wave locks in $20 million funding and completes prototype of next-gen quantum processor ...

Focus on Europe

Luxembourg joins the European supercomputer network PRACE ...

ICEI Public Information Event on the realisation of a federated HPC and data analytics infrastructure ...

Dutch eScience and Lorentz Centers launch Call to host workshop on digitally enhanced research ...

Middleware

Adaptive Computing announces release of Moab HPC Suite 9.1.2 ...

NCSA Assistant Director Dan Katz named BSSw Fellow ...

University of Nevada, Las Vegas' supercomputing boosted through new collaboration with Altair ...

Hardware

C-DAC focusing on cancer treatment using supercomputers as a tool ...

South-Korean Ministry of Science and Technology to announce Second National High-Performance Computing Fundamental Plan ...

IBM reveals novel energy-saving optical receiver with a new record of rapid power-on/off time ...

Computers learn to learn: Intel and researchers from Heidelberg and Dresden present three new neuromorphic chips ...

HPE helps U.S. Department of Defense to advance national defense capabilities ...

OCF deploys petascale Lenovo supercomputer at University of Southampton ...

HPE reports fiscal 2018 first quarter results ...

Ranovus announces general availability of its on-board optics and CFP2 direct detect transceiver products for 5G mobility and data centre interconnect applications ...

Mellanox appoints Steve Sanghi and Umesh Padval to Board of Directors ...

Applications

Supercomputers aid discovery of new, inexpensive material to make LEDs with high colour quality ...

AI companies to reuse crypto mining farms for deep learning in health care ...

Computer scientists and materials researchers collaborate to optimize steel classification ...

Boris Kaus receives ERC Consolidator Grant for his research in magmatic processes ...

Metabolic modelling becomes three-dimensional ...

Powerful supercomputer unlocks possibilities for tinier devices and affordable DNA sequencing ...

New Berkeley Lab algorithms create "Minimalist Machine Learning" that analyzes images from very little information ...

The Cloud

Adaptive Computing makes HPC Cloud strategies more accessible with the Moab/NODUS Cloud Bursting 1.1.0 release ...

USFlash

Gen-Z Consortium announces the public release of its Core Specification 1.0 ...