Primeur weekly 2018-05-07

Quantum computing

Portland State receives NSF grant to battle cyber-security threats ...

Picking one photon out of the flow ...

Focus on Europe

Spring 2018 edition of the e-IRG Magazine available ...

Middleware

Software System Award honours Project Jupyter Team ...

Hardware

Cray reports first quarter 2018 financial results ...

Cavium announces ThunderX2 general availability ...

NetSpeed and Esperanto partner to power SoCs for Artificial Intelligence ...

UltraSoC analytics IP selected by Esperanto Technologies for RISC-V many-core parallel processing in AI and ML applications ...

Design for magneto-electric device may improve your memory ...

Cavium announces availability of driver to support NVMe over fibre channel ...

Supermicro launches new look all-flash 1U server with 256TB of hot-swap NVMe optimized Intel "Ruler" drives ...

Applications

CIRES expert and NIST colleagues discover electroplated rhenium's unexpected superconductive characteristics ...

Supercomputer simulations reveal new "Achilles heel" in dengue virus ...

Nanodiamond turns into controllable light source ...

Catching mantle plumes by their magma tails - Deep Earth imaging supported by XSEDE resources ...

Nine research teams receive GLCPC allocations on Blue Waters ...

NCSA announces 2018-19 Blue Waters Graduate Fellows ...

Eni achieves breakthrough in oil & gas reservoir numerical modelling with HPC4 supercomputer ...

The Cloud

Cisco sets new standard for production grade Kubernetes, enabling enterprises to confidently deliver technology innovation faster with AppDynamics and Cisco CloudCenter ...

Bright Computing signs X-ISS as reseller and services partner ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2018-05-07

Quantum computing

A research team led by Portland State University (PSU) computer science professor Fang Song will receive a $275,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to help solve cyber-security problems created by quantum computers. Read further...
In a collaboration between Aarhus University and the University of Southern Denmark, researchers have discovered a way to subtract a single quantum of light from a laser beam. This method paves the way towards future quantum communication and computation using the subtle aspects of quantum mechanics for technological applications. Read further...

Focus on Europe

The e-Infrastructure Reflection Group (e-IRG) has published a new edition of the e-IRG Magazine, formerly known as e-IRG Newsletter. This Spring edition of the new e-IRG Magazine is now available for download. Read further...

Middleware

The Project Jupyter team has been honoured with an Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) Software System Award for developing a tool that has had a lasting influence on computing. Project Jupyter evolved from IPython, an effort pioneered by Fernando Pérez, an assistant professor of statistics at UC Berkeley and staff scientist in the Usable Software Systems Group in Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory's Computational Research Division. Read further...

Hardware

Cray Inc. has issued financial results for its first quarter ended March 31, 2018. All figures are based on U.S. GAAP unless otherwise noted. Revenue for the first quarter of 2018 was $79.6 million, compared to $59.0 million in the first quarter of 2017. Net loss for the first quarter of 2018 was $25.0 million, or $0.62 per diluted share, compared to a net loss of $19.2 million, or $0.48 per diluted share in the first quarter of 2017. Non-GAAP net loss was $21.4 million, or $0.53 per diluted share for the first quarter of 2018, compared to non-GAAP net loss of $28.4 million, or $0.71 per diluted share in the first quarter of 2017. Read further...
Cavium Inc., a provider of semiconductor products that enable secure and intelligent processing for enterprise, data centre, Cloud wired and wireless networking has made available ThunderX2, Cavium's second generation of Armv8-A SoC processors for next generation data centre, Cloud and high-performance compute applications. Read further...
Esperanto has licensed NetSpeed's IP and intelligent design environment for its Supercomputer-on-a-Chip for Artificial Intelligence (AI) applications. Esperanto's 7nm chip will integrate thousands of RISC-V compatible processors each with vector/tensor accelerators and all connected with NetSpeed's NoC IP. Read further...
UltraSoC's embedded analytics IP has been selected by Esperanto Technologies for the development of massively parallel and many-core RISC-V SoCs. Esperanto is now integrating UltraSoC's embedded analytics and debug technology into Esperanto's high-performance and energy-efficient "A.I. Supercomputer on a Chip" that employs thousands of 64-bit RISC-V cores, to serve advanced applications in artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML). Read further...
For years, manufacturers have offered computers with increasing amounts of memory packed into smaller devices. But semiconductor companies can't reduce the size of memory components as quickly as they used to, and current designs are not energy-efficient. Read further...
Cavium Inc., a provider of semiconductor products that enable secure and intelligent processing for enterprise, data centre, Cloud, wired and wireless networking, has made available a unified driver that enables native support for FC-NVMe protocol for servers running enterprise Linux from Red Hat and SUSE. Read further...
Super Micro Computer Inc., a global expert in enterprise computing, storage, networking solutions and green computing technology, has made available a new look all-flash Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) 1U SuperServer and 1U Just a Bunch Of Flash (JBOF) that support 32 front loading hot-swap Intel "Ruler" form factor NVMe SSDs. Read further...

Applications

Last September, CIRES chemist and instrument designer Don David and colleagues Dave Pappas and Xian Wu at the National Institute of Standards and Technology discovered a powerful new plated metal combination that superconducts at easily attained temperatures—paving the road for the next critical steps in the development of cutting-edge supercomputers. Don David and his colleagues just published the new recipe: an ultrathin layer of rhenium sandwiched between layers of gold, each measuring 1/1000th the diameter of a human hair that can superconduct at critical temperature over 6 Kelvin. Read further...
By stretching the amount of time proteins can be simulated in their natural state of wiggling and gyrating, a team of researchers at Colorado State University has identified a critical protein structure that could serve as a molecular Achilles heel able to inhibit the replication of dengue virus and potentially other flaviviruses such as West Nile and Zika virus. Read further...
A research group from ITMO University first time in the world developed a controlled light source based on nanodiamond. Experiments have shown that diamond shell doubles the emission speed light sources and helps to control them without any additional nano- and microstructures. This was achieved due to artificially created defects in a diamond crystal lattice. Obtained results are important for the development of quantum computers and optical networks. Read further...
Hawaii's volcanos stand as silent sentinels. They guard the secret of how they formed, thousands of miles away from where the edges of tectonic plates clash and generate magma for most volcanos. A 2017Naturestudy by Jones et al. found the best clues yet of the origin of Hawaii's volcanos through simulation of a shift in the Pacific plate three million years ago. What remains elusive is conclusive evidence that mantle plumes exist. Read further...
The Great Lakes Consortium for Petascale Computation (GLCPC) allocates a portion of the Blue Waters supercomputer located at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The GLCPC awards peer-reviewed allocations on the Blue Waters supercomputer to faculty and research groups from member institutions. Read further...
The Blue Waters project at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) has selected ten graduate fellows from across the United States, spanning various fields of study, as recipients of the Blue Waters Graduate Fellowship. Blue Waters is a leadership-class supercomputer funded by the National Science Foundation and operated by NCSA at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Read further...
Eni's industry-leading HPC4 supercomputer, recently deployed in Eni's Green Data Center facility, performed a breakthrough calculation, opening the path to a new era for reservoir engineering numerical modelling. HPC4 executed 100,000 high-resolution reservoir model simulation runs, taking into account geological uncertainties, in a record time of 15 hours. In comparison, most reservoir engineers in the industry can run just one single simulation run in a few hours with CPU-based hardware and software. Read further...

The Cloud

Cisco has added Kubernetes support for AppDynamics and Cisco CloudCenter, enabling enterprises to quickly and confidently adopt Kubernetes in production, and create and modernize their applications for the multi-Cloud era. Now, enterprises can easily harness the value of Kubernetes to help deliver experiences that exceed their customers' expectations for scale, sophistication, and velocity. Read further...
Bright Computing, a global expert in cluster and Cloud infrastructure automation software, has signed a reseller and services partnership agreement with X-ISS. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2018-05-07

Quantum computing

Portland State receives NSF grant to battle cyber-security threats ...

Picking one photon out of the flow ...

Focus on Europe

Spring 2018 edition of the e-IRG Magazine available ...

Middleware

Software System Award honours Project Jupyter Team ...

Hardware

Cray reports first quarter 2018 financial results ...

Cavium announces ThunderX2 general availability ...

NetSpeed and Esperanto partner to power SoCs for Artificial Intelligence ...

UltraSoC analytics IP selected by Esperanto Technologies for RISC-V many-core parallel processing in AI and ML applications ...

Design for magneto-electric device may improve your memory ...

Cavium announces availability of driver to support NVMe over fibre channel ...

Supermicro launches new look all-flash 1U server with 256TB of hot-swap NVMe optimized Intel "Ruler" drives ...

Applications

CIRES expert and NIST colleagues discover electroplated rhenium's unexpected superconductive characteristics ...

Supercomputer simulations reveal new "Achilles heel" in dengue virus ...

Nanodiamond turns into controllable light source ...

Catching mantle plumes by their magma tails - Deep Earth imaging supported by XSEDE resources ...

Nine research teams receive GLCPC allocations on Blue Waters ...

NCSA announces 2018-19 Blue Waters Graduate Fellows ...

Eni achieves breakthrough in oil & gas reservoir numerical modelling with HPC4 supercomputer ...

The Cloud

Cisco sets new standard for production grade Kubernetes, enabling enterprises to confidently deliver technology innovation faster with AppDynamics and Cisco CloudCenter ...

Bright Computing signs X-ISS as reseller and services partner ...