Primeur weekly 2018-04-16

Focus

GO FAIR initiative to create implementation networks for stewardship of data ...

Quantum computing

Atos Quantum Learning Machine can now simulate real qubits ...

UCSB/Google researchers in quantum computing professor John Martinis' group outline their plan for quantum supremacy ...

New qubit now works without breaks ...

Prototype of most advanced quantum memory presented by two Kazan universities ...

The thermodynamics of computing ...

Focus on Europe

GÉANT confirms Erik Huizer as CEO ...

ISC launches Travel Grant Programme to enable students and young researchers to attend the conference ...

Student develops gaming technology for environmental and scientific research ...

Prof. Dr. Xiaoxiang Zhu wins the 2018 PRACE Ada Lovelace Award for HPC ...

Academia and industry collaborate to drive UK supercomputer adoption ...

Middleware

Queen Mary University of London HPC cluster performance increases several orders of magnitude, saving time and cost ...

Hardware

University of Texas hires next director of no. 1 ranked computational institute ...

James Ang joins Pacific Northwest National Laboratory as chief scientist for computing ...

Fujitsu commences sales of PRIMERGY x86 server aimed at data centre companies ...

Tohoku University deploys vSMP Foundation for "The Supercomputer System" ...

Chinese leading weather research institute selected Mellanox InfiniBand, replacing OmniPath in an existing data centre ...

Valleytronics discovery could extend limits of Moore's Law ...

Top HPC clusters and workstations for AI, ML developed by Nor-Tech ...

Demonstration of world record: 159 Tb/s transmission over 1,045 km with 3-mode fiber ...

Applications

Boston partners with Excelero and Pixit Media at NAB to demo joint solution for media workflows ...

Fujitsu launches "Heart Explorer" to study heart behaviour ...

U.S. Department of Energy supports doctoral research into on-site analysis of supercomputer simulations ...

Scientists use machine learning to speed discovery of metallic glass ...

Machine learning could help search for gravitational waves ...

Artificial Intelligence can now detect gravitational waves ...

Jon Bashor retires after 27 years of service to national labs ...

Research and software: perspectives from different communities ...

The background hum of space could reveal hidden black holes ...

How to catch a fish genome with Big Data ...

Translational research community debates on the EGA and its impact on health ...

The Cloud

Capitalizing on the opportunity of hybrid cloud in HPC ...

St. Jude Cloud launches for researchers worldwide ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2018-04-16

Focus

During the annual SURFsara Super D Event on December 12, 2017 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands,Primeur Magazinehad a conversation with Erik Schultes, International Science Coordinator at the GO FAIR International Support and Coordination Office in Leiden, the Netherlands. Erik Schultes originally comes from the United States and has worked for eight years in the Netherlands in a research group, led by Barend Mons, at the Leiden University Medical Centre. Over time, the research group developed more and more an interest in issues related to data stewardship in order to get a handle on it. Read further...

Quantum computing

Following on from the 4th meeting of the Atos Quantum Scientific Council held on April 6, 2018 at its headquarters, Atos, a global expert in digital transformation, announced unprecedented simulation features in quantum computing. Researchers at the Atos Quantum Laboratory have successfully modeled 'quantum noise' and as a result, simulation is more realistic than ever before, and is closer to fulfilling researchers' requirements. Read further...
Things are getting real for researchers in the UC Santa Barbara John Martinis/Google group. They are making good on their intentions to claim supremacy in a tight global race to build the first quantum machine to outperform the world's best classical supercomputers. But what is quantum supremacy in a field where horizons are being widened on a regular basis, in which teams of the brightest quantum computing minds in the world routinely up the ante on the number and type of quantum bits ("qubits") they can build, each with their own range of qualities? Read further...
An international group of scientists from Russia, the United Kingdom, and Germany have presented an alternative qubit design which can be used to build a quantum computer. Nano-wires made of superconductors are the design's main elements. In the first experiments, the new superconductor qubit proved to be no worse than the traditional one built on Josephson junctions. Read further...
Employees of Kazan Federal University (KFU) and Kazan Quantum Center of Kazan National Research Technical University demonstrated an original layout of a prototype of multiresonator broadband quantum memory-interface. Read further...
As steam engines became increasingly widespread in the 19th century, the question soon arose as to how to optimise them. Thermodynamics, the physical theory that resulted from the study of these machines, proved to be an extremely fruitful approach; it is still a central concept in the optimisation of energy use in heat engines. Read further...

Focus on Europe

GÉANT has confirmed Erik Huizer in his role as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) following his appointment in July 2017 on an interim basis. Read further...
ISC Group is introducing the ISC High Performance Travel Grant Programme (ISC Travel Grant), to enable university students and young researchers who are highly interested in acquiring high performance computing knowledge and skills, but lack the necessary resources to obtain them, to be a part of the ISC High Performance conference series. Read further...
A PhD student at the University of Manchester has developed a new method and software for using computer game technology for complex scientific and engineering simulations. Read further...
Prof. Dr. Xiaoxiang Zhu, German Aerospace Center (DLR) and Technical University of Munich (TUM), Germany, is the winner of the 2018 PRACE Ada Lovelace Award for HPC for her outstanding contributions and impact on HPC in Europe. She is the professor for Signal Processing in Earth Observation (SiPEO) at TUM and head of Department EO Data Science at the Remote Sensing Technology Institute of DLR. Read further...
Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has signed a collaboration with Arm, SUSE, and three leading UK universities to accelerate the adoption of supercomputer applications in the UK. The partners will jointly develop and deploy one of the largest Arm-based high performance computing (HPC) installations in the world, available to both industry and academia, to build applications that drive economic growth and productivity as outlined in the UK government's Industrial Strategy. Read further...

Middleware

Recently having eliminated upgrade offerings that were cost-prohibitive, migration-intensive, lacked support or large installed bases, Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) selected Univa Grid Engine for its rich features, high performance, large installed base - including universities, expert support, and easiest upgrade path. Read further...

Hardware

Karen E. Willcox, co-director of the Center for Computational Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), has been selected as the new director of the Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences (ICES) at the University of Texas (UT) at Austin. Her appointment begins August 1. Read further...
James "Jim" Ang has joined the Department of Energy's (DOE) Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) as chief scientist for computing. James Ang will also serve as the lab's point of contact for DOE's Advanced Scientific Computing Research mission. His responsibilities include providing senior leadership in high performance computing and advanced computing. Read further...
Fujitsu is launching Fujitsu Server PRIMERGY CX1430 M1, a new multi-node server model aimed at customers such as data centre companies and Cloud service providers. The new model is available from today in Japan, and will be steadily rolled out globally. Read further...
ScaleMP, a provider of virtualization solutions for high-end computing, announced that Fujitsu is deploying at the Institute of Fluid Science (IFS) at Tohoku University its largest x86 system, with 12 SMP systems of 2080 CPUs (52 sockets), out of which four with 20TB RAM and eight with 5TB RAM each, and one system dedicated to visualization with 1440 CPUs (36 sockets) and 14 TB RAM. These new systems will significantly upgrade and improve the performance of the institute's core computation facility. "The Supercomputer System" is expected to exceed 2.7 petaflops. Its SMP portion, one of the most powerful SMPs ever deployed, is based on vSMP Foundation, and has the ability to dynamically resize its SMP systems up to 128 Xeon Scalable Processors and 48TB of shared memory per SMP. Read further...
A leading Chinese weather research institute has selected Mellanox EDR 100 gigabit InfiniBand solutions, replacing the proprietary OmniPath network in an existing data centre infrastructure. Rigid performance testing of the institute weather and climate forecasting applications demonstrated 1.9 times performance advantage with InfiniBand versus OmniPath. As a result, the institute has requested H3C, the server and storage OEM, to replace the previously installed OmniPath proprietary network with EDR InfiniBand. Utilizing the InfiniBand technology advantages and its smart data accelerations, the institute can dramatically improve their applications performance and maximize their data center return on investment. Read further...
Research appearing inNature Communicationsfinds useful new information-handling potential in samples of tin(II) sulfide (SnS), a candidate "valleytronics" transistor material that might one day enable chipmakers to pack more computing power onto microchips. Read further...
Nor-Tech, top experts in Linux-based high-performance technology solutions, have developed leading-edge clusters and workstations specifically designed for artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) applications. Read further...
The National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) Network System Research Institute and Fujikura Ltd. developed a 3-mode optical fiber, capable of wide-band wavelength multiplexing transmission with standard outer diameter (0.125 mm) that can be cabled with existing equipment. They have successfully demonstrated a transmission experiment over 1045 km with a data-rate of 159 Tb/s. Multimode fibers have different propagation delays between optical signals in different modes that makes it difficult to simultaneously satisfy large data-rates and long distance transmission. This achievement shows that such limitations may be overcome. Read further...

Applications

Excelero, a disruptor in software-defined block storage, and Pixit Media, a provider of data intelligent, software-defined scale-out infrastructure solutions, have launched a scale-out, high-performance joint data storage offering designed specifically to accelerate uncompressed 4K, 8K and beyond workflows to meet the current and future requirements of Media & Entertainment (M&E) organisations. The software-defined system, Pixit Media PixStor with Excelero NVMesh, was showcased at NAB 2018, 7-12 April on Boston Limited Flash-IO Talyn hardware. Read further...
Fujitsu has announced the Japan launch of Fujitsu Healthcare Solution Heart Explorer, a software for medical and nursing schools, including university medical hospitals. This software is based on the results of a heart simulator that reproduces heart behaviour in exquisite detail so that the heart can be modelled in 3D for observation and analysis. The software goes on sale in Japan from today. Read further...
The U.S. Department of Energy will fund research into a novel approach to improving efficiency of next-generation supercomputer simulations with an award to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute doctoral candidate Caitlin Joann Ross. Read further...
Blend two or three metals together and you get an alloy that usually looks and acts like a metal, with its atoms arranged in rigid geometric patterns. But once in a while, under just the right conditions, you get something entirely new: a futuristic alloy called metallic glass that's amorphous, with its atoms arranged every which way, much like the atoms of the glass in a window. Its glassy nature makes it stronger and lighter than today's best steel, plus it stands up better to corrosion and wear. Read further...
A trio of students from the University of Glasgow have developed a sophisticated artificial intelligence which could underpin the next phase of gravitational wave astronomy. Read further...
At the April American Physical Society Meeting, researchers from the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at Illinois, continued to build on their groundbreaking research on deep learning astronomy with a new article, "Classification and Clustering of LIGO Data with Deep Transfer Learning", which has been accepted for publication inPhysics Review D. Read further...
The way he tells it, Jon Bashor fell into a science communications career when he landed a job at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in 1991. But talk to him a bit more and it becomes clear why he stayed for nearly three decades. He fell in love - with the science, the people and the mission of the national labs. Read further...
Recently, the Principal Investigators collaborating with the eScience Center's team came together to share experiences on collaborative research projects. Read further...
Deep space is not as silent as we have been led to believe. Every few minutes a pair of black holes smash into each other. These cataclysms release ripples in the fabric of spacetime known as gravitational waves. Now Monash University scientists have developed a way to listen in on these events. The new technique is expected to reveal the presence of thousands of previously hidden black holes. Read further...
If you eat fish in the U.S., chances are it once swam in another country. That's because the U.S. imports over 80 percent of its seafood, according to estimates by the United Nations. New genetic research could help make farmed fish more palatable and bring America's wild fish species to dinner tables. Scientists have used big data and supercomputers to catch a fish genome, a first step in its sustainable aquaculture harvest. Read further...
Medical genomics, an emerging discipline already being used for diagnosis and treatment of rare diseases and some types of cancer, requires close cooperation between research centres and hospitals. The European Genome-Phenome Archive (EGA), located in the Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG) and the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) is the repository of genomic data of reference in Europe, guaranteeing safety and allowing their use in research. EGA Barcelona was launched in 2014. Today, the EGA stores nearly 4000 genomic data sets and over 1500 studies that occupy over 4.5 petabytes (4,500,000 gigabytes). The Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG) and "La caixa" Banking Foundation, hosted today in Barcelona, Spain, are a gathering of scientists, doctors, patients' associations and biomedical companies to discuss the importance of integrating genomic data in medicine in Spain, and their benefits in personalized medicine. Read further...

The Cloud

It has been over a decade since the launch of Amazon Web Services (AWS) in 2006 and nearly a decade since Univa sponsored the first Grid Engine cluster in AWS. Since this time, HPC executives and IT professionals have been weighing the pros and cons of Cloud computing. Read further...
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, in collaboration with Microsoft and DNAnexus, offers extensive next-generation sequencing data and unique analysis tools to accelerate research and cures for life-threatening pediatric diseases. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2018-04-16

Focus

GO FAIR initiative to create implementation networks for stewardship of data ...

Quantum computing

Atos Quantum Learning Machine can now simulate real qubits ...

UCSB/Google researchers in quantum computing professor John Martinis' group outline their plan for quantum supremacy ...

New qubit now works without breaks ...

Prototype of most advanced quantum memory presented by two Kazan universities ...

The thermodynamics of computing ...

Focus on Europe

GÉANT confirms Erik Huizer as CEO ...

ISC launches Travel Grant Programme to enable students and young researchers to attend the conference ...

Student develops gaming technology for environmental and scientific research ...

Prof. Dr. Xiaoxiang Zhu wins the 2018 PRACE Ada Lovelace Award for HPC ...

Academia and industry collaborate to drive UK supercomputer adoption ...

Middleware

Queen Mary University of London HPC cluster performance increases several orders of magnitude, saving time and cost ...

Hardware

University of Texas hires next director of no. 1 ranked computational institute ...

James Ang joins Pacific Northwest National Laboratory as chief scientist for computing ...

Fujitsu commences sales of PRIMERGY x86 server aimed at data centre companies ...

Tohoku University deploys vSMP Foundation for "The Supercomputer System" ...

Chinese leading weather research institute selected Mellanox InfiniBand, replacing OmniPath in an existing data centre ...

Valleytronics discovery could extend limits of Moore's Law ...

Top HPC clusters and workstations for AI, ML developed by Nor-Tech ...

Demonstration of world record: 159 Tb/s transmission over 1,045 km with 3-mode fiber ...

Applications

Boston partners with Excelero and Pixit Media at NAB to demo joint solution for media workflows ...

Fujitsu launches "Heart Explorer" to study heart behaviour ...

U.S. Department of Energy supports doctoral research into on-site analysis of supercomputer simulations ...

Scientists use machine learning to speed discovery of metallic glass ...

Machine learning could help search for gravitational waves ...

Artificial Intelligence can now detect gravitational waves ...

Jon Bashor retires after 27 years of service to national labs ...

Research and software: perspectives from different communities ...

The background hum of space could reveal hidden black holes ...

How to catch a fish genome with Big Data ...

Translational research community debates on the EGA and its impact on health ...

The Cloud

Capitalizing on the opportunity of hybrid cloud in HPC ...

St. Jude Cloud launches for researchers worldwide ...