Primeur weekly 2018-04-23

Special

Commissioner Mariya Gabriel sees a growing sense of community in EuroHPC exascale initiative ...

Focus

ETAIS and eInfraCentral: a national and a European approach for offering e-Infrastructure services ...

Exascale supercomputing

The Exascale Computing Project (ECP) appoints GE's Brunon (Dave) Kepczynski as Industry Council Chair ...

Quantum computing

Novel thermal phases of topological quantum matter in the lab ...

Focus on Europe

ISC STEM Student Day opens for sign-up, includes free HPC & Machine Learning tutorial ...

Key role for University of Bristol in new supercomputer collaboration ...

e-IRG Open Workshop to focus on EuroHPC and development of e-Infrastructures in South-Eastern European (SEE) and Eastern-Mediterranean (EM) region ...

The JUWELS supercomputer in Juelich ...

KTH Sweden to organize PDC Summer School - Introduction to High Performance Computing ...

Hardware

Memorandum of Understanding on future international collaboration projects ...

New direct link from South Africa enables global science ...

Integrating optical components into existing chip designs ...

Russian RSC Group deployed the world first 100% hot water liquid cooled supercomputer at Joint Institute for Nuclear Research ...

DDN Storage builds major new engineering facility in Colorado focused on solving AI, Cloud and large-scale enterprise data challenges ...

Cray debuts AMD EPYC processors in supercomputer product line ...

Fujitsu upgrades RIKEN's AI research computer RAIDEN; reaches top tier of processing performance in Japan ...

Fujitsu launches new GS21 mainframe models supporting next-generation mission-critical systems ...

Applications

EMBO Practical Course on Integrative modelling of biomolecular interactions at Barcelona Supercomputing Center ...

Your digital twin: closer than you think - How computer models can predict health and help to prevent and cure diseases ...

From insulator to conductor in a flash ...

Oregon scientists decipher the magma bodies under Yellowstone ...

Some superconductors can also carry currents of 'spin' ...

Improving citizen science and big data analysis ...

Diamond-like carbon is formed differently to what was believed - machine learning enables development of new model ...

AI projected to replace thousands of banking jobs ...

The Cloud

UTSA Open Cloud Institute supports Cloud research & launches certificate programme ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2018-04-23

Special

At the Bulgarian Presidency event on "Shaping Europe's Digital Future - HPC for Extreme Scale Scientific and Industrial Applications" in Sofia, Bulgaria, on April 19, 2018,Primeur Magazinehad the opportunity to talk to Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, about the recent EuroHPC developments, and basically three issues in particular: 'What has been achieved during the past year?'; 'Where are we now?'; and 'Where will we be in one year?' Read further...

Focus

At the open e-IRG Workshop, held 3-4 October 2017 at Tallinn University in Estonia,Primeur Magazinehad the opportunity to talk with Ilja Livenson, an IT specialist working on the Estonian Scientific Computing Infrastructure (ETAIS) project, and George Papastefanatos, a senior researcher and project manager at the ATHENA Research Centre and research associate with the University of Athens, about national and European e-Infrastructure catalogue approaches. Read further...

Exascale supercomputing

The Exascale Computing Project (ECP), a collaborative project led by six Department of Energy (DOE) national laboratories with the project management office established at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), has selected General Electric's (GE) Brunon (Dave) Kepczynski as the new chair of the Industry Council. Read further...

Quantum computing

For the first time in the lab, a group of researchers from Universidad Complutense de Madrid, IBM, ETH Zurich, MIT and Harvard University have observed topological phases of matter of quantum states under the action of temperature or certain types of experimental imperfections. The experiment has been carried out in a platform of superconducting qubits at IBM, also known as quantum simulator. Read further...

Focus on Europe

The sign-up for the ISC STEM Student Day programme opened a few days ago and the organizers have already received an overwhelming response. So far, close to 130 regional and international applications have been received. The programme can admit a total of 200 participants. Read further...
The University of Bristol is one of the key academic partners in a new collaboration announced by Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) on 16 April 2018 to accelerate the adoption of supercomputers in the UK. Led by HPE with Arm, SUSE and the universities of Bristol, Edinburgh and Leicester, the Catalyst UK project will see the development and use of one of the largest Arm-based supercomputing installations world-wide. It will enable industry and academics to build new applications that use vast amounts of data, as set out in the government's Industrial Strategy that was launched last year. Read further...
The Open e-IRG Workshop under Bulgarian EU Presidency will be held in Sofia, Bulgaria, on 14-15 May 2018. Read further...
As part of a groundbreaking supercomputer to meet the growing needs of business and science, researchers have developed a new high-performance module capable of up to 12 quadrillion calculations per second. Read further...
The KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden, invites interested parties to its summer school: "Introduction to High Performance Computing". The course will be held in Stockholm at the KTH main campus August 13-24, 2018. The course is given in English and is open to researchers and master and PhD students, from anywhere in the world. Read further...

Hardware

SURF, together with the other Advanced North Atlantic (ANA) consortium members - Internet2, ESnet, CANARIE, NORDUnet and GÉANT - signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the NEAAR project - Networks for European, American and African Research. One of the focal points of this agreement is to secure benefits in terms of bandwidth. Read further...
The South African National Research and Education Network (NREN), comprising SANReN and TENET, has been connected to NetherLight, SURF's open exchange in Amsterdam, via a 20 Gbit/s connection. This new direct link will provide capacity to a number of international scientific projects including the Square Kilometre Array (SKA). Read further...
Two and a half years ago, a team of researchers led by groups at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the University of California at Berkeley, and Boston University (BU) announced a milestone: the fabrication of a working microprocessor, built using only existing manufacturing processes, that integrated electronic and optical components on the same chip. Read further...
RSC Group, a Russian and well-known global supercomputing industry developer and integrator of innovative ultrahigh-dense, scalable and energy efficient solutions for high-performance computing (HPC) and data centres, deployed the world first 100% 'hot water' liquid cooled supercomputer at the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (JINR) located in Dubna, Moscow Region in Russia. This new system was named after Nikolay Nikolayevich Govorun, former Director of JINR's Computing and Automation Lab in 1988-1989, who worked on the development of information technologies in this international scientific organisation since 1966. Read further...
DataDirect Networks (DDN) has opened a new facility in Colorado Springs, Colorado, including a significant expansion of lab, testing and benchmarking facilities. The enhanced capabilities will enable DDN to accelerate development efforts and increase in-house capabilities to mimic customer applications and workflows. Read further...
Cray Inc. has added AMD EPYC processors to its Cray CS500 product line. To meet the growing needs of high-performance computing (HPC), the combination of AMD EPYC 7000 processors with the Cray CS500 cluster systems offers Cray customers a flexible, high-density system tuned for their demanding environments. The powerful platform lets organisations tackle a broad range of HPC workloads without the need to rebuild and recompile their x86 applications. Read further...
Fujitsu has significantly boosted the performance of RAIDEN - Riken AIp Deep learning ENvironment, a computer system for artificial intelligence research it had originally deployed in 2017 to the RIKEN Center for Advanced Intelligence Project (AIP Center), the AI research arm of RIKEN. The system upgrade by Fujitsu was based on an order received from RIKEN, and now RIKEN AIP Center is putting it into operation from April 2018. Read further...
Fujitsu is updating its GS21 series of mainframe products, launching the super-scale Fujitsu Server GS21 3600 model group and the medium-to-large-scale Fujitsu Server GS21 3400 model group, with sales beginning today in Japan. At the same time, Fujitsu is also launching Fujitsu Software GSS21sx V20, with support for the new models and enhanced support for connections with open systems. Read further...

Applications

EMBO, an organisation of more than 1700 leading researchers that promotes excellence in the life sciences, is organizing a course on integrative modelling of biomolecular interactions, 2-6 July 2018, at the Barcelona Supercomputing Center. Read further...
Imagine your doctor has a digital copy of you stored in his or her computer. Your digital twin is like a volunteer that is always there for you, on which treatment of any disease you may have can be tested. This clone can breathe and walk, but can also break a leg or develop cardiovascular diseases. All of this takes place in the computer. It might sounds futuristic, but researchers around the world, including at the University of Amsterdam (UvA), are working to turn this into a reality. A short film about the "Virtual Physiological Humans" project was released this Spring. Read further...
Over the past decades, computers have become faster and faster and hard disks and storage chips have reached enormous capacities. But this trend cannot continue forever: we are already running up against physical limits that will prevent silicon-based computer technology from attaining any impressive speed gains from this point on. Researchers are particularly optimistic that the next era of technological advancements will start with the development of novel information-processing materials and technologies that combine electrical circuits with optical ones. Using short laser pulses, a research team led by Misha Ivanov of the Max Born Institute in Berlin together with scientists from the Russian Quantum Center in Moscow have now shed light on the extremely rapid processes taking place within these novel materials. Their results have appeared in the prestigious journalNature Photonics. Read further...
Using supercomputer modeling, University of Oregon scientists have unveiled a new explanation for the geology underlying recent seismic imaging of magma bodies below Yellowstone National Park. Read further...
Researchers have shown that certain superconductors - materials that carry electrical current with zero resistance at very low temperatures - can also carry currents of 'spin'. The successful combination of superconductivity and spin could lead to a revolution in high-performance computing, by dramatically reducing energy consumption. Read further...
Computer science researcher Daniel Sheldon at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has been awarded a five-year, $550,000 faculty early career development (CAREER) grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to design and test new mathematical approaches and algorithms to help ecologists and other scientists better use large data sets generated by citizen science projects, animal tracking devices and earth observation instruments, among other goals. Read further...
Customised carbon surfaces can be used in areas such as medical science and water purification. Researchers at Aalto University and Cambridge University have made a significant breakthrough in computational science by combining atomic-level modelling and machine learning. For the first time, the method has been used to realistically model how an amorphous material is formed at the atomic level: that is, a material that does not have a regular crystalline structure. The approach is expected to have impact on the research of many other materials. Read further...
Anthony Jenkins, former CEO of Barclays Bank, predicts that over the next 10 years, advances in financial technology - especially in artificial intelligence (AI) - could cause the number of people employed by the financial services sector to decline by as much as 50%, providing the industry with huge cost savings and enabling a much more competitive atmosphere. Read further...

The Cloud

The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) Open Cloud Institute (OCI) is awarding nearly $200,000 in funding through its Cloud Computing Endowment Grant programme to kick start UTSA research projects in Cloud computing and to provide scholarships to 40 UTSA graduate students in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, and Information Systems and Cyber Security (ISCS) departments, working toward Cloud computing-related degrees. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2018-04-23

Special

Commissioner Mariya Gabriel sees a growing sense of community in EuroHPC exascale initiative ...

Focus

ETAIS and eInfraCentral: a national and a European approach for offering e-Infrastructure services ...

Exascale supercomputing

The Exascale Computing Project (ECP) appoints GE's Brunon (Dave) Kepczynski as Industry Council Chair ...

Quantum computing

Novel thermal phases of topological quantum matter in the lab ...

Focus on Europe

ISC STEM Student Day opens for sign-up, includes free HPC & Machine Learning tutorial ...

Key role for University of Bristol in new supercomputer collaboration ...

e-IRG Open Workshop to focus on EuroHPC and development of e-Infrastructures in South-Eastern European (SEE) and Eastern-Mediterranean (EM) region ...

The JUWELS supercomputer in Juelich ...

KTH Sweden to organize PDC Summer School - Introduction to High Performance Computing ...

Hardware

Memorandum of Understanding on future international collaboration projects ...

New direct link from South Africa enables global science ...

Integrating optical components into existing chip designs ...

Russian RSC Group deployed the world first 100% hot water liquid cooled supercomputer at Joint Institute for Nuclear Research ...

DDN Storage builds major new engineering facility in Colorado focused on solving AI, Cloud and large-scale enterprise data challenges ...

Cray debuts AMD EPYC processors in supercomputer product line ...

Fujitsu upgrades RIKEN's AI research computer RAIDEN; reaches top tier of processing performance in Japan ...

Fujitsu launches new GS21 mainframe models supporting next-generation mission-critical systems ...

Applications

EMBO Practical Course on Integrative modelling of biomolecular interactions at Barcelona Supercomputing Center ...

Your digital twin: closer than you think - How computer models can predict health and help to prevent and cure diseases ...

From insulator to conductor in a flash ...

Oregon scientists decipher the magma bodies under Yellowstone ...

Some superconductors can also carry currents of 'spin' ...

Improving citizen science and big data analysis ...

Diamond-like carbon is formed differently to what was believed - machine learning enables development of new model ...

AI projected to replace thousands of banking jobs ...

The Cloud

UTSA Open Cloud Institute supports Cloud research & launches certificate programme ...