Primeur weekly 2018-05-22

Focus

Vi-SEEM virtual research environment emerges as a mini-EOSC for Southeast European and Eastern Mediterranean scientists ...

Crowd computing

Your smartphone could help to speed up cancer research while you sleep ...

Quantum computing

Turning entangle­ment upside down ...

Science publishes a study on quantum entanglement in which the UPV/EHU participated ...

Entangled atoms shine in unison ...

Focus on Europe

ICHEC to unveil new supercomputer for Irish research ...

Middleware

Ohio Supercomputer Center upgrades open-source HPC access portal ...

Hardware

DDN and Parabricks announce groundbreaking solution for GPU acceleration of genome analysis ...

DDN Storage fueling groundbreaking neuroscience and behavioural research at Harvard ...

Tachyum unveils the world's first universal processor platform with more than 10x the performance of conventional processors ...

Virtual Institute for I/O to launch Call for Submission for the IO500 ...

Mosquito teams with Arm for high performance computing ...

Supermicro announces new Cloud-scale enterprise systems at OpenStack Summit 2018 ...

Applications

IBM and Keio University announce collaborations with JSR, MUFG Bank, Mizuho Financial Group and Mitsubishi Chemical to accelerate quantum computing in Japan ...

Bitcoin estimated to use half a percent of the world's electric energy by end of 2018 ...

Supercomputing the emergence of material behaviour ...

The Cloud

Oracle Buys DataScience.com ...

Oracle enables smart manufacturing with new artificial intelligence Cloud applications ...

Fujitsu Quantum-inspired Digital Annealer Cloud Service to rapidly resolve combinatorial optimization problems ...

Pawsey Supercomputing Centre is calling early adopters for a powerful new Cloud service ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2018-05-22

Focus

The recent e-IRG Open Workshop in Sofia, Bulgaria was followed by the International Conference on e-Infrastructures for excellent science in Southeast Europe and Eastern Mediterranean, organized by the Vi-SEEM project.Primeur Magazinewas able to talk with Ognjen Prnjat, Vi-SEEM project coordinator and responsible for the conference. Ognjen Prnjat works for the Greek Research and Technology Network. This is the Greek National Research and Education Network (NREN) as well as the supercomputing and Cloud provider for Greece and beyond. Read further...

Crowd computing

A new research project aims to speed up the delivery of personalised cancer treatments by using smartphones to crunch data while their owners sleep. Researchers at Imperial College London are working with the Vodafone Foundation to recruit people to donate the power of their smartphones and run a simple app, which can help to carry out research overnight. Read further...

Quantum computing

A team of physicists from the International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) in Trieste and the Institute of Quantum Optics and Quantum Information (IQOQI) in Innsbruck has come up with a surprisingly simple idea to investigate quantum entanglement of many particles. Instead of digging deep into the properties of quantum wave functions - which are notoriously hard to experimentally access - they propose to realize physical systems governed by the corresponding entanglement Hamiltonians. By doing so, entanglement properties of the original problem of interest become accessible via well-established tools. This radically new approach could help to improve understanding of quantum matter and open the way to new quantum technologies. Read further...
Members of the Department of Theoretical Physics and History of Science of the UPV/EHU's Faculty of Science and Technology together with researchers from the University of Hannover have achieved, in an experiment, quantum entanglement between two ultra-cold atomic ensembles, called Bose-Einstein condensates, spatially separated from each other. This may further the development of quantum algorithms and help to bring about large-scale quantum computing. The prestigious journalSciencehas published the results of this research. Read further...
A team led by experimental physicist Rainer Blatt has succeeded in characterizing the quantum entanglement of two spatially separated atoms by observing their light emission. This fundamental demonstration could lead to the development of highly sensitive optical gradiometers for the precise measurement of the gravitational field or the earth's magnetic field. Read further...

Focus on Europe

Ireland is set to install a new national supercomputer to support research and innovation in 2018 through ICHEC at the National University of Ireland (NUI) Galway, with funding of 5.4 million euro from Science Foundation Ireland. The new system will provide Irish researchers with the high performance computing power to address some of the toughest challenges in science and society such as tackling climate change, improving health care and innovating Irish products through agriculture, engineering and manufacturing. Read further...

Middleware

Developers of the Ohio Supercomputer Center's (OSC) innovative web-based portal for accessing high performance computing services have recently upgraded its capabilities. OSC recently announced the release of Open OnDemand 1.3, the first version using its new RPM Package Manager, or Red Hat Package Manager, a common standard for distributing Linux software. Read further...

Hardware

DDN Storage (DDN) and Parabricks have made available a jointly-integrated technology solution that provides massive acceleration for analysis of human genomes. The breakthrough platform combines GPU supercomputing performance with DDN's Parallel Flash Data Platforms for fastest time to results, and enables unprecedented capabilities for high-throughput genomics analysis pipelines. The joint solution also ensures full saturation of GPUs for maximum efficiency and provides analysis capabilities that previously required thousands of CPUs to engage. This solution was showcased alongside a supporting white paper at the Bio-IT World show in Boston. Read further...
Harvard University’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences Research Computing (FASRC) has deployed DataDirect Networks' (DDN) GRIDScaler GS7KX parallel file system appliance with 1PB of storage. The installation has sped the collection of images detailing synaptic connectivity in the brain's cerebral cortex. Read further...
Silicon Valley start-up Tachyum Inc., which is backed by IPM Growth, has unveiled its new processor family - codenamed "Prodigy" - that combines the advantages of CPUs with GP-GPUs, and specialized AI chips in a single universal processor platform with ten times the processing power per watt capable of running the world's most complex compute tasks. With its disruptive architecture, Prodigy will enable a supercomputational system for real-time full capacity human brain neural network simulation by 2020. Read further...
The IO500 is now accepting and encouraging submissions for the upcoming IO500 list revealed at ISC 2018 in Frankfurt, Germany. The benchmark suite is designed to be easy to run and the community has multiple active support channels to help with any questions. Submissions of all size are welcome; the site has customizable sorting so it is possible to submit on a small system and still get a very good per-client score for example. Additionally, the list is about much more than just the raw rank; all submissions help the community by collecting and publishing a wider corpus of data. The submission deadline is June 23, 2018. Read further...
Mosquito, the Manchester and Cheshire digital brand communications agency, have worked closely with Arm to build a new browser-based software tool for high-performance computing. Read further...
Super Micro Computer Inc., a global expert in enterprise computing, storage, networking solutions and green computing technology, is offering proven Cloud-scale, enterprise system configurations including the multi-node BigTwin and SuperBlade along with a 1U Cloud Storage system at the OpenStack Summit 2018. Read further...

Applications

IBM and Keio University announced the first clients to join as members of the IBM Q Hub at Keio University. They include: JSR, MUFG Bank, Mizuho Financial Group, and Mitsubishi Chemical. As the first IBM Q Hub in Asia, which officially opened on May 17, 2018, Keio University will work with IBM to help organisations explore quantum applications important to business and science. Read further...
Bitcoin's burgeoning electricity demands have attracted almost as much attention as the cryptocurrency's fluctuating value. But estimating exactly how much electricity the Bitcoin network uses remains a challenge. In the first rigorously peer-reviewed article quantifying Bitcoin's energy requirements, a Commentary having appeared May 16 in the journalJoule, financial economist and blockchain specialist Alex de Vries uses a new methodology to pinpoint where Bitcoin's electric energy consumption is headed and how soon it might get there. Read further...
What makes kevlar stop a bullet, at the atomic level? The properties of materials emerge from their molecular or atomic structure, yet many details between the micro and the macro remain a mystery to science. Scientists are actively researching the rational design of targeted supramolecular architectures, with the goal of engineering their structural dynamics and their response to environmental cues. Read further...

The Cloud

Oracle has signed an agreement to acquire DataScience.com, whose platform centralizes data science tools, projects and infrastructure in a fully-governed workspace. Data science teams use the platform to organize work, easily access data and computing resources, and execute end-to-end model development workflows. Leading organisations like Amgen, Rio Tinto, and Sonos are using the DataScience.com platform to improve productivity, reduce operational costs and deploy machine learning solutions faster to power their digital transformations. Read further...
Oracle has introduced new artificial intelligence (AI) Cloud applications that enable manufacturing organisations to reduce costs and increase yields by providing rapid analysis and actionable insights that can improve production efficiency and performance. The new Oracle Adaptive Intelligent Applications for Manufacturing leverage machine learning and AI to process vast amounts of data from production environments and rapidly identify issues, enabling improved operational efficiency. Read further...
Fujitsu has launched Fujitsu Quantum-inspired Computing Digital Annealer Cloud Service. This new service leverages the Fujitsu Digital Annealer, a next-generation architecture inspired by quantum phenomena, for the high-speed resolution of combinatorial optimization problems. The service is available in Japan beginning today, and will be steadily rolled out to North America, Europe, and Asia during fiscal 2018. Read further...
One year after launching its Cloud service, Nimbus, the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre is expanding the service with Graphics Processing Units (GPUs) nodes. Launched in mid-2017 as a free Cloud service for researchers who require flexible access to high-performance computing (HPC) resources, Nimbus consists of AMD Opteron Central Processing Units (CPUs) making up 3000 cores and 288 terabytes of storage. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2018-05-22

Focus

Vi-SEEM virtual research environment emerges as a mini-EOSC for Southeast European and Eastern Mediterranean scientists ...

Crowd computing

Your smartphone could help to speed up cancer research while you sleep ...

Quantum computing

Turning entangle­ment upside down ...

Science publishes a study on quantum entanglement in which the UPV/EHU participated ...

Entangled atoms shine in unison ...

Focus on Europe

ICHEC to unveil new supercomputer for Irish research ...

Middleware

Ohio Supercomputer Center upgrades open-source HPC access portal ...

Hardware

DDN and Parabricks announce groundbreaking solution for GPU acceleration of genome analysis ...

DDN Storage fueling groundbreaking neuroscience and behavioural research at Harvard ...

Tachyum unveils the world's first universal processor platform with more than 10x the performance of conventional processors ...

Virtual Institute for I/O to launch Call for Submission for the IO500 ...

Mosquito teams with Arm for high performance computing ...

Supermicro announces new Cloud-scale enterprise systems at OpenStack Summit 2018 ...

Applications

IBM and Keio University announce collaborations with JSR, MUFG Bank, Mizuho Financial Group and Mitsubishi Chemical to accelerate quantum computing in Japan ...

Bitcoin estimated to use half a percent of the world's electric energy by end of 2018 ...

Supercomputing the emergence of material behaviour ...

The Cloud

Oracle Buys DataScience.com ...

Oracle enables smart manufacturing with new artificial intelligence Cloud applications ...

Fujitsu Quantum-inspired Digital Annealer Cloud Service to rapidly resolve combinatorial optimization problems ...

Pawsey Supercomputing Centre is calling early adopters for a powerful new Cloud service ...