Primeur weekly 2018-04-09

Quantum computing

Frogs and mushrooms bubble up in quantum fluids ...

Focus on Europe

TrueBrainConnect: Predicting brain disorders - New ERC-funded project at Charité to combine EEG data and machine learning ...

Middleware

TACC promotes longtime visualization expert to director ...

The OpenMP ARB appoints Barbara Chapman of Stony Brook University and Brookhaven National Lab to its Board of Directors ...

GigaSpaces boosts Big Data and analytics performance with InsightEdge Platform 12.3 ...

Hardware

Singapore's NSCC and Australia's Pawsey Supercomputing Centre sign an MOU to boost HPC scientific collaboration ...

World's first 2 petaflop Deep Learning system, NVIDIA DGX-2, features Mellanox InfiniBand and Ethernet solutions ...

Burton Smith, Cray co-founder a dies at 77 ...

REFLEX CES to launch low profile PCIe board XpressGXA10-LP 1150 and 1151 versions ...

Supermicro first-to-market with IoT embedded solutions optimized for new 8th Gen Intel Core processors ...

Preferred Networks to launch MN-1b private sector supercomputer adopting NVIDIA Tesla V100 32GB GPUs ...

GigaSpaces InsightEdge Platform with Intel technology accelerates AI innovations ...

DDN and Dalet announce certified solutions; Reimagining centralized storage for ultra HD broadcast workflows at scale ...

Applications

University of Alabama in Huntsville researchers' supercomputer simulations shed light on the heliospheric interface ...

Academic researchers look to Argonne's Mira supercomputer to better understand boiling phenomena, bubble formation and two-phase bubbly flow inside nuclear reactors ...

Anticipating the dangers of space ...

NVIDIA Project Clara supercomputing platform redefines medical imaging ...

University of Illinois team brings subatomic resolution to computational microscope ...

BSC launches the Bioinfo4Women - Outstanding Young Female Bioinformaticians Programme ...

Statewide Users Group spring conference showcases variety of research and OSC resources ...

Insilico Taiwan calls Taiwanese AI talents with MolHack starting from April 23 ...

Dark matter might not be interactive after all ...

Forecasting the 'whether' with computer modelling ...

William Tang wins 2018 NVIDIA Global Impact Award ...

The Cloud

Gluster Community releases Gluster 4.0 with enhanced container integration ...

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Edition: weekly - Issue: 2018-04-09

Quantum computing

Quantum fluids may mix in very weird ways, according to new computer simulations of exotic states of matter known as Bose-Einstein condensates (BECs). Far in the future, BECs may enable new kinds of ultra-fast computers. But for now, researchers are just trying to understand the basic physics of how they work. Read further...

Focus on Europe

Hosted by Charité - Universitatsmedizin Berlin, the TrueBrainConnect project aims to systematically study connections between different areas of the brain, and hopes to draw conclusions regarding potential disease patterns. A team of researchers, led by Dr. Stefan Haufe - a computer scientist and expert in the field of machine learning - are hoping to produce complex models capable of predicting different mental states. Their research will be based on EEG data. The new working group has secured funding from the European Research Council (ERC) for a duration of five years, and will be based at Charité's Berlin Center for Advanced Neuroimaging. Read further...

Middleware

The Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at the University of Texas at Austin has announced that Paul Navrátil has been promoted to the position of Director of Visualization. This role includes managing the Scalable Visualization Technologies (SVT) and Visualization Interfaces and Applications (VIA) groups, where he will direct the overall strategy and management of the visualization area at TACC. Paul Navrátil most recently served as the deputy director of the Visualization group, prior to that serving as the manager of the SVT group for seven years, and has been with TACC for a total of 11 years. Read further...
The OpenMP Architecture Review Board (ARB), a group of vendors and research organisations creating the standard for one of the most popular shared-memory and embedded parallel programming models in use today, has appointed Barbara Chapman to its Board of Directors. Read further...
GigaSpaces, a provider of in-memory computing (IMC) technologies that unify fast-data analytics, AI and real-time applications on a single software platform, has made upgrades to its InsightEdge Platform. New features and enhancements in InsightEdge 12.3 give customers the agility required to transform businesses into insight-driven organisations. Read further...

Hardware

The National Supercomputing Centre (NSCC) Singapore, and the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to collaborate in the fields of supercomputing, networking, data analytics, scientific software applications and visualisation. Read further...
Mellanox Technologies Ltd.'s InfiniBand and Ethernet solutions have been chosen to accelerate the new NVIDIA DGX-2 artificial intelligence (AI) system. DGX-2 is the first 2 Petaflop system that combines sixteen GPUs and eight Mellanox ConnectX adapters, supporting both EDR InfiniBand and 100 gigabit Ethernet connectivity. The technological advantages of the Mellanox adapters with smart acceleration engines enable the highest performance for AI and Deep Learning applications. Read further...
You only need to say his first name - Burton - and everyone in the HPC community knows who you mean. Burton Smith, who died at age 77, was an industry luminary, a technological innovator, and an open, caring person who earned the admiration of his colleagues. Read further...
REFLEX CES, a European-based provider of custom embedded systems and High-End FPGA COTS boards, is pushing technological barriers with its two low-profile PCIe boards. 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 embedded and IoT appliance portfolio optimized for the new 8th Gen Intel Core processors. Read further...
Preferred Networks Inc. (PFN), a provider of IoT-centric deep learning systems, NTT Communications Corporation (NTT Com), the ICT solutions and international communications business within the NTT Group, and NTT Com subsidiary NTT PC Communications Incorporated (NTT PC) will launch an expanded version of its MN-1 private sector supercomputer equipped with NTT Com and NTTPC's next-generation GPU platform by July. The new MN-1b supercomputer will adopt the NVIDIA Tesla V100 32GB, that was announced at GTC 2018 on March 27, 2018. Read further...
GigaSpaces, a provider of in-memory computing (IMC) technologies that unify fast-data analytics, AI and real-time applications on a single software platform, has announced the results of a benchmarking study that spotlight improvements of the latest Intel hardware breakthroughs. The study compared GigaSpaces InsightEdge Platform on Intel Xeon Scalable Processors and Intel Optane SSDs against previous-generation Intel products. Read further...
Extending its leadership in the broadcast and media market, DataDirect Networks (DDN) has certified its MEDIAScaler and WOS storage solutions with Dalet, the foremost provider of media asset management and workflow orchestration, to simplify management of Ultra HD broadcast workflows at scale. The DDN certified solutions will be showcased at the NAB Show, April 9-12 in Las Vegas. Read further...

Applications

Dr. Nikolai Pogorelov and Dr. Jacob Heerikhuisen are both faculty members in the Department of Space Science and researchers with UAH's Center for Space Plasma and Aeronomic Research, of which Dr. Heerikhuisen serves as the associate director. Their previous collaborations include, among dozens of others, co-authored papers on κ-distributed protons in the solar wind and their charge-exchange coupling to energetic hydrogen and the effect of new interstellar medium parameters on the heliosphere and energetic neutral atoms from the interstellar boundary. Read further...
The intrinsic beauty of bubbles - those thin watery spheres filled with air or other gases - has long captured the imagination of children and adults alike. But bubbles are also a linchpin of nuclear engineering, helping to explain the natural world, predict safety issues and improve the operation of the existing and next-generation nuclear fleets. Read further...
Alongside the well-known hazards of space - freezing temperatures, crushing pressures, isolation - astronauts also face risks from radiation, which can cause illness or injure organs. Though not believed to be an imminent threat to current missions, astronauts may one day face radiation from solar winds and galactic cosmic rays. How much radiation, what kind, and what the anticipated health impacts of this exposure would be to astronauts are open questions among space agencies. Read further...
There are about 3 million medical imaging instruments installed around the world. With only a couple hundred thousand new ones sold each year, it would take decades to update this install base. NVIDIA's Project Clara, a medical imaging supercomputer, renews the capabilities of these machines in place. Unveiled at the GPU Technology Conference in Silicon Valley, Project Clara takes advantage of incredible advancements in computation. Read further...
Scientists have built a "computational microscope" that can simulate the atomic and subatomic forces that drive molecular interactions. This tool will streamline efforts to understand the chemistry of life, model large molecular systems and develop new pharmaceutical and industrial agents, according to the researchers.They reported their findings in the journalNature Methods. Read further...
Barcelona Supercomputing Center's (BSC) Bioinfo4Women - Outstanding Young Female Bioinformaticians Programme aims to promote the exchange of knowledge and experience of outstanding young researchers in science and technology though trainings and mentoring. Through the programme, the centre seeks to give greater visibility to the contribution of women in different fields of science, with a particular focus on the areas of personalised medicine, bioinformatics and HPC. Read further...
The demand for high performance computing in Ohio is relentless, and it does not discriminate by field. At the Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC) Statewide Users Group (SUG) spring conference on April 5, 2018, OSC clients in fields spanning everything from astrophysics to linguistics gathered to share research highlights and hear updates about the centre's direction and role in supporting science across Ohio. Read further...
To attract Taiwanese talents for research and development in artificial intelligence (AI) and Big Data application, Insilico Medicine, one of the world's top 100 AI companies who recently launched its R&D centre in Nangang Software Park, Taiwan, will host MolHack II, an online hackathon on Deep Learning for Bioinformatics, Biochemistry and Biomedical Data from April 23 to May 22, 2018. The event is expected to see the participation of outstanding AI innovators and talents from around the world. Read further...
Astronomers are back in the dark about what dark matter might be, after new observations showed the mysterious substance may not be interacting with forces other than gravity after all. Dr. Andrew Robertson of Durham University has presented the new results at the European Week of Astronomy and Space Science in Liverpool. Read further...
Can a computer tell whether El Niño affects famine in South Sudan? How about whether national currency devaluation affects refugee displacement? Whether flooding affects government upheaval? A comprehensive model explaining whether these factors relate would require far more data than even the most brilliant minds can imagine and far more imagination than even the most powerful computers can muster. Read further...
Physicist William Tang has won a highly competitive $100,000 Global Impact Award from NVIDIA Corp., the producer of graphics processing units (GPUs) for carrying out artificial intelligence (AI) computing. This award was one of two presented at the NVIDIA national GPU technology conference held March 26-29 in San Jose, California. Read further...

The Cloud

The Gluster Community, the worldwide collection of developers who contribute to the open source Gluster storage platform, has launched the next version of its scale-out storage solution, Gluster 4.0, including new features designed to enhance integration with containers and improve storage management. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2018-04-09

Quantum computing

Frogs and mushrooms bubble up in quantum fluids ...

Focus on Europe

TrueBrainConnect: Predicting brain disorders - New ERC-funded project at Charité to combine EEG data and machine learning ...

Middleware

TACC promotes longtime visualization expert to director ...

The OpenMP ARB appoints Barbara Chapman of Stony Brook University and Brookhaven National Lab to its Board of Directors ...

GigaSpaces boosts Big Data and analytics performance with InsightEdge Platform 12.3 ...

Hardware

Singapore's NSCC and Australia's Pawsey Supercomputing Centre sign an MOU to boost HPC scientific collaboration ...

World's first 2 petaflop Deep Learning system, NVIDIA DGX-2, features Mellanox InfiniBand and Ethernet solutions ...

Burton Smith, Cray co-founder a dies at 77 ...

REFLEX CES to launch low profile PCIe board XpressGXA10-LP 1150 and 1151 versions ...

Supermicro first-to-market with IoT embedded solutions optimized for new 8th Gen Intel Core processors ...

Preferred Networks to launch MN-1b private sector supercomputer adopting NVIDIA Tesla V100 32GB GPUs ...

GigaSpaces InsightEdge Platform with Intel technology accelerates AI innovations ...

DDN and Dalet announce certified solutions; Reimagining centralized storage for ultra HD broadcast workflows at scale ...

Applications

University of Alabama in Huntsville researchers' supercomputer simulations shed light on the heliospheric interface ...

Academic researchers look to Argonne's Mira supercomputer to better understand boiling phenomena, bubble formation and two-phase bubbly flow inside nuclear reactors ...

Anticipating the dangers of space ...

NVIDIA Project Clara supercomputing platform redefines medical imaging ...

University of Illinois team brings subatomic resolution to computational microscope ...

BSC launches the Bioinfo4Women - Outstanding Young Female Bioinformaticians Programme ...

Statewide Users Group spring conference showcases variety of research and OSC resources ...

Insilico Taiwan calls Taiwanese AI talents with MolHack starting from April 23 ...

Dark matter might not be interactive after all ...

Forecasting the 'whether' with computer modelling ...

William Tang wins 2018 NVIDIA Global Impact Award ...

The Cloud

Gluster Community releases Gluster 4.0 with enhanced container integration ...