Primeur weekly 2018-03-19

Exascale supercomputing

BSC and Fujitsu to build up an ecosystem for a future exascale supercomputer ...

Quantum computing

New quantum spin liquid predicted by Nobel Laureate prepared for the first time ...

Focus on Europe

New project to plug the software-stack support gap for energy-efficient computing ...

North German scientists receive new supercomputer in the HLRN network ...

Hardware

Cray tapped to deliver largest supercomputer dedicated to fusion science in Japan by National Institutes for Quantum and Radiological Science and Technology ...

Keeping GPUs young ...

Asetek announces ongoing collaboration with Intel on liquid cooling for servers and data centres ...

UC San Diego Center for Microbiome Innovation announces Panasas as Corporate Member ...

Cavium expands industry partnerships to drive OCP NIC 3.0 ...

Applications

How much snow accumulates in North America each year? More than scientists thought. ...

Green light for Galaxy Europe ...

Supercomputer simulation opens prospects for obtaining ultra-dense electron-positron plasmas ...

The complex journey of red bloods cells through microvascular networks ...

The view from inside supersonic combustion ...

A game changer: Metagenomic clustering powered by supercomputers ...

ORNL researchers design novel method for energy-efficient deep neural networks ...

University of Texas researchers develop new visualization tools to explore fusion physics ...

Fishing with simulations for two-dimensional materials ...

The Cloud

IBM helps accelerate AI with fast new data platform and elite team ...

European Commission to adopt Implementation Roadmap for the European Open Science Cloud ...

Univa announces a global partnership and reseller agreement with UberCloud ...

Univa open sources Project Tortuga to accelerate the migration of enterprise HPC workloads to the Cloud ...

USFlash

Xilinx unveils revolutionary adaptable computing product category ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2018-03-19

Exascale supercomputing

Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) and Fujitsu have signed a 3-year collaboration agreement aimed to build up an ecosystem by preparing a necessary middleware stack and applications that could be used for a future world-class exascale supercomputer based in ARM processors. Read further...

Quantum computing

In 1987 Paul W. Anderson, a Nobel Prize winner in Physics, proposed that high-temperature superconductivity, or loss of electrical resistance, is related to an exotic quantum state now known as quantum spin liquid. Magnetic materials are made up of very tiny magnets, which can be as small as individual electrons. The strength and direction of these are described by the magnetic moment. In quantum spin liquids, magnetic moments behave like a liquid and do not freeze or order even at absolute zero. These quantum states are being studied as promising materials for new, so-called topological quantum computers, in which operations are based on particle-like excited states found in quantum spin liquids. In addition to large computational power, a topological quantum computer is characterised by high fault tolerance, which makes it possible to increase the size of the computer. However, only a few quantum spin liquids suitable for topological quantum computers have been identified so far. Read further...

Focus on Europe

Due to fundamental limitations of scaling at the atomic scale, coupled with the heat density problems associated with packing an ever-increasing number of transistors in a unit area, Moore's Law has slowed down. Heterogeneity aims to solve the problems associated with the end of Moore's Law by incorporating more specialized compute units in the system hardware and by utilizing the most efficient compute unit for each computation. However, while in recent years significant advances have been made to support heterogeneity for performance, for power- and energy-efficient computing it is severely lacking. Read further...
In order to support cutting-edge research, the North German Association for High-Performance Computing (HLRN-Verbund) is procuring a new supercomputer that, with just under a quarter of a million cores, is about six times faster than the previous system. The purchase agreements with Atos in Germany were signed by the two operator centres Zuse-Institut Berlin (ZIB) and the University of Göttingen in the presence of Secretary of State Dr. Ing. Sabine Johannsen and State Secretary Steffen Krach. Read further...

Hardware

The National Institutes for Quantum and Radiological Science and Technology (QST) selected a Cray XC50 supercomputer to be its new flagship supercomputing system. The new system is expected to deliver peak performance of over 4 petaflops, an increase of more than 2 times the system it is replacing. It will support QST in powering complex calculations for plasma physics - turbulence, edge physics, integrated modelling - and fusion technology, and will be the largest supercomputer used specifically for nuclear fusion science in Japan. Read further...
Graphics processing units (GPUs) are not only used for displaying graphics. Today, they are frequently used for particularly challenging calculations - for example in scientific research or even Bitcoin-mining. Graphics processing units are used for many computationally intensive tasks. Their aging process can be slowed by clever management, as TU Wien and University of California - Irvine have now shown. Read further...
In anticipation of forthcoming product announcements, Asetek has announced an ongoing collaboration with Intel to provide hot water liquid cooling for servers and data centres. Read further...
Panasas, a provider of performance scale-out network-attached storage, has joined the UC San Diego Center for Microbiome Innovation's (CMI) Corporate Member Board and has donated a 500TB Panasas ActiveStor high-performance storage solution to support the acceleration of microbiome research. ActiveStor drives productivity and accelerates time to results with ultrafast streaming performance, true linear scalability, enterprise-grade reliability and unparalleled ease of management. Read further...
Cavium Inc., a provider of semiconductor products that enable secure and intelligent processing for enterprise, data centre, wired and wireless networking, is collaborating with Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), to bring hyperscale-inspired designs based on Open Compute Project into mainstream enterprise IT. The introduction of Cavium FastLinQ 41000 Series 10/25GbE NICs in OCP 2.0 form factor for HPE's Cloudline Servers and broad collaboration on driving the emerging OCP NIC 3.0 standard will enable mainstream delivery of the most efficient designs for scalable computing to Cavium and HPE's enterprise and Cloud service provider customers. Read further...

Applications

There's a lot more snow piling up in the mountains of North America than anyone knew, according to a first-of-its-kind study. Scientists have revised an estimate of snow volume for the entire continent, and they’ve discovered that snow accumulation in a typical year is 50 percent higher than previously thought. Read further...
The new usegalaxy.eu server was officially brought into operation during a conference at the University of Freiburg. Galaxy, an open source platform enabling the analysis of Big Data for life sciences, is available for use by scientists via an Internet browser. It does not require programming skills: all settings can be made using a graphical interface. Researchers throughout Europe have already made use of the service, which is coordinated in Freiburg. Read further...
To achieve breakthrough research results in various fields of modern science, it is vital to develop successful interdisciplinary collaborations. Long-term interaction of physicists from the Institute of Applied Physics of the Russian Academy of Sciences, researchers from Chalmers University of Technology and computer scientists from Lobachevsky University has resulted in a new software tool PICADOR developed for numerical modelling of laser plasmas on modern supercomputers. Read further...
If you think of the human body, microvascular networks comprised of the smallest blood vessels are a central part of the body's function. They facilitate the exchange of essential nutrients and gasses between the blood stream and surrounding tissues, as well as regulate blood flow in individual organs. Read further...
In a jet engine, the flow of air is slowed down to increase the temperature and pressure for combustion - burning fuel with the right ratio of fuel and air to conquer drag allows for acceleration. Read further...
Did you know that the tools used for analyzing relationships between social network users or ranking web pages can also be extremely valuable for making sense of big science data? On a social network like Facebook, each user - person or organisation - is represented as a node and the connections - relationships and interactions - between them are called edges. By analyzing these connections, researchers can learn a lot about each user - interests, hobbies, shopping habits, friends, etc. Read further...
An Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) method to improve the energy efficiency of scientific artificial intelligence is showing early promise in efforts to parse insights from volumes of cancer data. Read further...
Scientific visualization brings research data to life, but it still frequently lies flat on a computer screen, making interpretation difficult. Augmented and virtual reality, on the other hand, provides another dimension through which researchers can see their data. Read further...
Ever since the successful production of graphene, two-dimensional materials have been intensively researched. Scientists Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov were honoured with the Nobel Prize in 2010 for extracting with tape an atom-thick layer of the new material Graphene from carbon - from the tip of a pencil, and for their research done on it. Two-dimensional materials are ascribed completely different physical properties to the three-dimensional compounds from which they derive. They are thus promising candidates for the next generation of electronic and opto-electronic applications, as Nicolas Mounet, Nicola Marzari and their team from the National Center of Competence in Research MARVEL at EPFL in Lausanne write in their article, recently published in the journalNature Nanotechnology. Their latest research results even made the journal's front page - the team has developed a method that used the CSCS supercomputer "Piz Daint" to identify 258 promising candidates for two-dimensional compounds in one go. Read further...

The Cloud

As companies look to embrace Artificial Intelligence (AI) to gain competitive advantage and increase productivity, IBM has unveiled a new data science and machine learning platform and an elite consulting team to help them accelerate their AI journeys. Read further...
The European Commission adopted on 14 March 2018 the Implementation Roadmap for the European Science Cloud. Read further...
Univa, an innovator in workload management and optimization solutions for HPC and enterprise customers, has signed a new global partnership and reseller agreement with UberCloud. Under terms of the agreement, UberCloud, an HPC Cloud provider, will resell Univa Grid Engine and related Univa products to UberCloud's growing community of HPC customers across a range of industries including manufacturing, life sciences, and, oil & gas. Read further...
Univa, an innovator in on-premise and hybrid Cloud workload management solutions for enterprise HPC customers, will contribute its Navops Launch - née Unicloud - product to the open source community as Project Tortuga under an Apache 2.0 license to help proliferate the transition of enterprise HPC workloads to the Cloud. Read further...

USFlash

Xilinx Inc., an expert in adaptive and intelligent computing, has launched a new breakthrough product category called adaptive compute acceleration platform (ACAP) that goes far beyond the capabilities of an FPGA. An ACAP is a highly integrated multi-core heterogeneous compute platform that can be changed at the hardware level to adapt to the needs of a wide range of applications and workloads. An ACAP's adaptability, which can be done dynamically during operation, delivers levels of performance and performance per-watt that is unmatched by CPUs or GPUs. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2018-03-19

Exascale supercomputing

BSC and Fujitsu to build up an ecosystem for a future exascale supercomputer ...

Quantum computing

New quantum spin liquid predicted by Nobel Laureate prepared for the first time ...

Focus on Europe

New project to plug the software-stack support gap for energy-efficient computing ...

North German scientists receive new supercomputer in the HLRN network ...

Hardware

Cray tapped to deliver largest supercomputer dedicated to fusion science in Japan by National Institutes for Quantum and Radiological Science and Technology ...

Keeping GPUs young ...

Asetek announces ongoing collaboration with Intel on liquid cooling for servers and data centres ...

UC San Diego Center for Microbiome Innovation announces Panasas as Corporate Member ...

Cavium expands industry partnerships to drive OCP NIC 3.0 ...

Applications

How much snow accumulates in North America each year? More than scientists thought. ...

Green light for Galaxy Europe ...

Supercomputer simulation opens prospects for obtaining ultra-dense electron-positron plasmas ...

The complex journey of red bloods cells through microvascular networks ...

The view from inside supersonic combustion ...

A game changer: Metagenomic clustering powered by supercomputers ...

ORNL researchers design novel method for energy-efficient deep neural networks ...

University of Texas researchers develop new visualization tools to explore fusion physics ...

Fishing with simulations for two-dimensional materials ...

The Cloud

IBM helps accelerate AI with fast new data platform and elite team ...

European Commission to adopt Implementation Roadmap for the European Open Science Cloud ...

Univa announces a global partnership and reseller agreement with UberCloud ...

Univa open sources Project Tortuga to accelerate the migration of enterprise HPC workloads to the Cloud ...

USFlash

Xilinx unveils revolutionary adaptable computing product category ...