Primeur weekly 2018-05-14

Crowd computing

Supercomputing power for rainfall modelling in Africa ...

Quantum computing

D-Wave announces Quadrant machine learning business unit ...

MDR Corporation and D-Wave Systems announce quantum computing agreement ...

Focus on Europe

PPI4HPC starts its joint procurement process ...

BSC awarded ESA project to evaluate low-power GPUs for space applications ...

GCS begins next-generation architecture transition and approves more than 1 billion computing core hours for large-scale simulation projects ...

Middleware

ClusterVision awarded contract to deliver Scandinavia's most powerful supercomputer ...

TIBCO and Amazon Web Services break performance record ...

Towards sustainable blockchains ...

Hardware

Intersect360 Research invites to participate in annual HPC Site Census study ...

SDSC's Industry Partners Programme announces Technology Forum roundtables ...

Applications

Excellence in science drives PRACE 16th Call for Project Access ...

Who will win the Dutch Data Prize 2018? ...

Waterloo chemists create faster and more efficient way to process information ...

Montana State student wins NSF fellowship to advance research on fluid sprays ...

Montana State researcher wins NSF CAREER award ...

An AI oncologist to help cancer patients worldwide ...

The Cloud

Oracle delivers next set of autonomous Cloud platform services ...

Mellanox Technologies selects Univa to extend silicon design HPC cluster to hybrid Cloud ...

Mellanox and Red Hat deliver enhanced performance and simplicity for NFV infrastructure and Agile Cloud data centres ...

IBM and Red Hat join forces to accelerate hybrid Cloud adoption ...

Red Hat and Microsoft co-develop the first Red Hat OpenShift jointly managed service on a public Cloud ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2018-05-14

Crowd computing

Prof. Nick van de Giesen from the Technical University Delft received an IBM Technology & Data grant in the form of free supercomputing power and weather data. The project of Prof. Van de Giesen and Camille le Coz, both from the Water Management department, focuses on the simulation of rainfall and weather data in Africa to increase farmer resilience. The project is supported by crowdsourced computing power through the World Community Grid and weather data from The Weather Company, which are provided by IBM as part of its Corporate Citizenship programme. In return for this support, the data will be publicly released, thereby enabling the global community to benefit from and build upon their findings. Read further...

Quantum computing

D-Wave Systems Inc., a global expert in quantum computing systems and software, has launched its Quadrant business unit, formed to provide machine learning services that make state-of-the-art deep learning accessible to companies across a wide range of industries and application areas. Quadrant's algorithms enable accurate discriminative learning - predicting outputs from inputs - using less data by constructing generative models which jointly model both inputs and outputs. Quadrant offers the services of its in-house experts to help customers get the benefit of leading-edge machine learning solutions. Read further...
MDR Corporation, a Japanese company located in Bunkyo Ward, Tokyo, has signed an agreement with D-Wave Systems Inc., an expert in quantum computing systems and software, to use D-Wave's quantum computers to develop quantum computing applications for machine learning and optimization problems. MDR develops hardware, middleware and applications for quantum computing, and collaborates with Japanese domestic companies, organisations and universities. Read further...

Focus on Europe

Following the announcement of the joint procurement process for innovative high-performance computing (HPC) systems last year, PPI4HPC has now published the contract notice specifying criteria which candidates must meet to participate in the competitive dialogue. In its role as lead procurer, GENCI initiated this new phase in the name of and on behalf of four leading European supercomputing centres: BSC, CINECA, Juelich Supercomputing Centre and GENCI. Each of these centres will act as public procurers for each of the four lots within this joint procurement. Read further...
Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) has been awarded a European Space Agency (ESA) project to evaluate the suitability of different processing devices for space applications. Named GPU4Space (GPU4S), it addresses the ESA call for "Low Power GPU solutions for high performance on-board data processing". The project will explore the suitability of embedded graphics processing units (GPUs) for space computing. In addition, it will compare specific low-power GPUs with other existing and future processing devices for the space domain, as well as defining the future steps required for the adoption of low-power GPUs in space. Read further...
The Gauss Centre for Supercomputing (GCS) continues serving the national scientific community by offering large-scale computing time allocations on its petascale high-performance computing (HPC) systems in support of outstanding national research proposals. With the 19th Call for Large-Scale Projects the GCS steering committee granted a total of more than 1 billion core hours to 17 ambitious research projects. The research teams represent a wide range of scientific disciplines, including astrophysics, atomic and nuclear physics, biology, condensed matter physics, elementary particle physics, meteorology, and scientific engineering, among others. Scientists awarded with computing time will have immediate access to the GCS HPC resources for a period of 12 months. Read further...

Middleware

Sweden's National Supercomputing Centre (NSC) at Linköping University has awarded ClusterVision, one of Europe's dedicated high performance computing (HPC) specialists, the contract to commission its new flagship cluster, Tetralith. The new supercomputer will be Scandinavia's most powerful yet with an estimated maximum performance to exceed 4 petaflops. The 60,544 core cluster is based on Intel Xeon Scalable processors and will be available to all researchers in Sweden. Read further...
TIBCO Software Inc., a global expert in integration, API management, and analytics, has issued the record-breaking results of its large-scale computational tests. The tests utilized both TIBCO DataSynapse GridServer on Amazon Web Services (AWS), revealing an exceptional capacity to perform risk calculations across 1.3 million computer cores - a result never before recorded for DataSynapse GridServer. GridServer is an affordable solution that provides computation ability equivalent to some of the world's most powerful supercomputers. Read further...
As blockchains become ever more widespread, a growing concern is their sustainability: securing current designs, most notably the blockchain underlying the Bitcoin cryptocurrency, results in the consumption of huge amounts of computational power. This is an ecological problem and brings into question the long-term viability of such cryptocurrencies. Now, IST Austria Professor Krzysztof Pietrzak and Chia Network CEO Bram Cohen seek to address this problem by making use of disk space rather than computational work. Read further...

Hardware

Intersect360 Research again is launching its annual HPC Site Census study. Responses must be received from qualified HPC respondents no later than May 25, 2018. Read further...
Beginning this month, the San Diego Supercomputer Center's Industry Partners Programme will offer a new series of activities aimed at fostering industrial research engagements, including a quarterly breakfast series that will initially focus on high-performance computing in the life sciences and challenges associated with moving massive data sets long distances for analysis using optimal resources. Read further...

Applications

The 16th PRACE Call for Proposals yielded 66 eligible proposals of which 44 were awarded a total of 1.46 thousand million core hours. This brings the total number of projects awarded by PRACE to 610. Taking into account the 8 multi-year projects from the 12th and 14th Calls that were renewed and the 10 million core hours reserved for Centres of Excellence, the total amount of computing time awarded by PRACE to date is nearly 17.6 thousand million core hours. Read further...
This year, for the fifth time, the Dutch Data Prize will be awarded for a scientist or research group that has made an extraordinary contribution to science by making research data available for additional or new research. Researchers can nominate themselves, another researcher or a research group. The deadline for nominations is July 1st. The award ceremony will be held on November 28 at NWO. Read further...
University of Waterloo chemists have found a much faster and more efficient way to store and process information by expanding the limitations of how the flow of electricity can be used and managed. Read further...
When water sprays from a hose or gasoline mists into a combusting engine, the interaction between the dispersing fluid and surrounding gas can become so complex that predicting the outcome takes a supercomputer days or even weeks to calculate, according to Montana State University graduate student Kristopher Olshefski. Read further...
Where most people see a drop of water splashing in the kitchen sink, a Montana State University professor sees the interplay of chaos and order, a riddle that could one day be solved with powerful computers in order to improve car engines and other technologies. Read further...
Before performing radiation therapy, oncologists review medical images to identify tumours and surrounding tissue, a process known as contouring. Researchers from MD Anderson Cancer Center developed a new method for automating the contouring of high-risk clinical target volumes using artificial intelligence and supercomputers. They found the predicted contours could be implemented clinically, with only minor or no changes. Read further...

The Cloud

As part of its pledge to extend autonomous capabilities across its entire Cloud Platform, Oracle has made available Oracle Autonomous Analytics Cloud, Oracle Autonomous Integration Cloud, and Oracle Autonomous Visual Builder Cloud. With built-in advanced artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning algorithms, these groundbreaking new PaaS services automate and eliminate key tasks to enable organisations to lower cost, reduce risk, accelerate innovation, and get predictive insights. Read further...
Mellanox Technologies Ltd. has selected Univa's solution, mainly Navops Launch, to extend its on-premise EDA cluster to the Cloud, providing Mellanox with cost-effective on-demand capacity. Read further...
Mellanox Technologies Ltd's ConnectX family of Ethernet NICs are supported for OVS-DPDK on Red Hat Enterprise Linux. This enables an open and easy-to-deploy Network Function Virtualization (NFV) and Cloud data centre solution with 10X performance boost due to datapath optimization technologies such as Data Plane Development Kit (DPDK) and Open Virtual Switch (OVS) hardware acceleration. Read further...
IBM and Red Hat Inc. have announced a major expansion to their long-standing relationship, which will enable IBM and Red Hat customers to benefit from the combined power of both companies' technologies in private and public Clouds. Read further...
Microsoft Corp. and Red Hat Inc. have expanded their alliance to empower enterprise developers to run container-based applications across Microsoft Azure and on-premises. With this collaboration, the companies will introduce the first jointly managed OpenShift offering in the public Cloud, combining the power of Red Hat OpenShift, the industry's most comprehensive enterprise Kubernetes platform, and Azure, Microsoft's public Cloud. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2018-05-14

Crowd computing

Supercomputing power for rainfall modelling in Africa ...

Quantum computing

D-Wave announces Quadrant machine learning business unit ...

MDR Corporation and D-Wave Systems announce quantum computing agreement ...

Focus on Europe

PPI4HPC starts its joint procurement process ...

BSC awarded ESA project to evaluate low-power GPUs for space applications ...

GCS begins next-generation architecture transition and approves more than 1 billion computing core hours for large-scale simulation projects ...

Middleware

ClusterVision awarded contract to deliver Scandinavia's most powerful supercomputer ...

TIBCO and Amazon Web Services break performance record ...

Towards sustainable blockchains ...

Hardware

Intersect360 Research invites to participate in annual HPC Site Census study ...

SDSC's Industry Partners Programme announces Technology Forum roundtables ...

Applications

Excellence in science drives PRACE 16th Call for Project Access ...

Who will win the Dutch Data Prize 2018? ...

Waterloo chemists create faster and more efficient way to process information ...

Montana State student wins NSF fellowship to advance research on fluid sprays ...

Montana State researcher wins NSF CAREER award ...

An AI oncologist to help cancer patients worldwide ...

The Cloud

Oracle delivers next set of autonomous Cloud platform services ...

Mellanox Technologies selects Univa to extend silicon design HPC cluster to hybrid Cloud ...

Mellanox and Red Hat deliver enhanced performance and simplicity for NFV infrastructure and Agile Cloud data centres ...

IBM and Red Hat join forces to accelerate hybrid Cloud adoption ...

Red Hat and Microsoft co-develop the first Red Hat OpenShift jointly managed service on a public Cloud ...