Primeur weekly 2018-05-28

Focus

European Open Science Cloud's federating core will give researchers access to existing e-Infrastructures and services ...

Quantum computing

Atos and the CEA launch quantum computing industrial research chair with the support of the ANR ...

Nuclear physicists leap into quantum computing with first simulations of atomic nucleus ...

Tunable diamond string may hold key to quantum memory ...

Focus on Europe

PRACE Annual Report 2017 - From the minuscule to the gigantic ...

eInfraCentral bringing together researchers and e-infrastructures ...

ISC High Performance appoints Yutong Lu as 2019 Programme Chair ...

Middleware

Altair and Cray extend their collaboration in high-performance computing ...

Hardware

Cray to deliver mission-critical supercomputer to Japan Meteorological Agency ...

Fujitsu wins Hokkaido University order for large-scale, interdisciplinary computing system ...

NASA awards contract for advanced computing services ...

Pawsey announces the appointment of a new Director ...

Micron and Intel extend their leadership in 3D NAND flash memory ...

Applications

Self-healing cement could be a boon to oil & gas industry - Simulations run at NERSC show how this unique material functions ...

NCSA's GPU Hackathon now accepting applications ...

History was here: NCSA's technology is helping unlock the mystery of medieval graffiti ...

Institut Curie names Intel lead partner to implement high-performance computing and artificial intelligence in accelerating genome sequencing and interpretation for oncology ...

Silicon breakthrough could make key microwave technology much cheaper and better ...

Using the K computer, scientists predict exotic 'di-Omega' particle ...

The Cloud

Red Hat Hyperconverged Infrastructure for Cloud bridges data centres and edge deployments ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2018-05-28

Focus

After the e-IRG Open Workshop held in Sofia, Bulgaria,Primeur Magazinehad the opportunity to speak with Augusto Burgueño-Arjona, Head of the e-Infrastructures and Science Cloud Unit in DG Connect at the European Commission, for an update of the European Open Science Cloud's status. Augusto Burgueño-Arjona gave a presentation during the Vi-SEEM Workshop on e-Infrastructures at the Grand Hotel Sofia, co-located with the e-IRG Workshop. Augusto Burgueño-Arjona is responsible for the funding of the e-Infrastructure projects that are supposed to be the foundation of the European Open Science Cloud. Read further...

Quantum computing

Atos and the CEA, the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission, just launched an industrial research chair, co-funded by the National Research Agency (ANR), to develop research and innovation in quantum computing. Read further...
Scientists at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) are the first to successfully simulate an atomic nucleus using a quantum computer. The results, published inPhysical Review Letters, demonstrate the ability of quantum systems to compute nuclear physics problems and serve as a benchmark for future calculations. Read further...
A quantum internet promises completely secure communication. But using quantum bits or qubits to carry information requires a radically new piece of hardware - a quantum memory. This atomic-scale device needs to store quantum information and convert it into light to transmit across the network. Read further...

Focus on Europe

The online version of the Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe (PRACE) Annual Report 2017 is now available. It highlights 8 success stories on a variety of research projects undertaken in Europe with the support of PRACE's supercomputers. The paper version will be available at PRACEdays18, which will be held from 29 to 31 May 2018 in Ljubljana. Slovenia, for the third time under the umbrella of the European HPC Summit Week. Read further...
eInfraCentral is a Coordination and Support Action funded under the EU Horizon 2020 framework programme's INFRASUPP-03-2016 call. Running from January 2017 to mid-2019, eInfraCentral's mission is to ensure that by 2020 a broader and more varied set of users - including industry - benefits from European e-Infrastructures. This is done via the creation of a common service catalogue in collaboration with Europe's leading e-infrastructures - EGI, EUDAT, GÉANT, OpenAIRE and PRACE - and the development of a portal through which to access it. Read further...
The organizers of ISC High Performance have selected Prof. Yutong Lu, of the National Supercomputing Center in Guangzhou, China, as the ISC 2019 Programme Chair. This new appointment begins a new journey for ISC High Performance, which has only seen men hold this position for the last four years. This not only strengthens the international nature of ISC, it also diversifies the conference with new perspectives. Read further...

Middleware

Altair has signed a 3-year extension to its original equipment manufacturer (OEM) agreement with Cray Inc. Under the terms of this agreement, PBS Professional will remain bundled as the preferred commercial scheduler on new systems manufactured and shipped by Cray. Read further...

Hardware

The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) is implementing two Cray XC50 supercomputers at its site in Kiyose, Tokyo. These systems are expected to deliver a combined peak performance of more than 18 petaflops. The supercomputers will support JMA in better understanding, modelling and predicting the atmosphere, oceans and typhoons, as well as in general weather forecasting. Read further...
Fujitsu has received an order from the Information Initiative Center of Hokkaido University for an interdisciplinary, large-scale computing system with a theoretical peak performance of 4.0 petaflops, consisting of a supercomputer system and a Cloud system. The system is expected to begin operations in December 2018. Read further...
NASA has selected InuTeq LLC of Beltsville, Maryland, to provide world-class, high-performance computing to all NASA missions in support of mission-driven science and engineering. This is a single award, hybrid contract with cost-plus-award-fee phase-in, core contract management, core technical services contract line items, and cost-plus-award-fee and cost-plus-fixed-fee technical services indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract line items. Read further...
Pawsey Supercomputing Centre has appointed Western-Australia based Mr. Mark Stickells, as the new Director of the Centre effective 16 July 2018. Read further...
Micron Technology Inc. and Intel Corporation have achieved production and shipment of the industry's first 4bits/cell 3D NAND technology. Leveraging a proven 64-layer structure, the new 4bits/cell NAND technology achieves 1 terabit (Tb) density per die, the world's highest-density flash memory. Read further...

Applications

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) have developed a unique cement that can repair itself in as little as a few hours. Such a product would be a boon to the oil and gas industry; wellbore cement for geothermal applications has a lifespan of only 30 to 40 years, and when the cement cracks, which happens often, repairs can easily top $1.5 million per well. Read further...
Team applications for the National Center for Supercomputing Applications' (NCSA) Blue Waters GPU Hackathon are now open. This event will take place September 10-14, 2018 at NCSA. The deadline to apply is June 18, 2018. Prior GPU experience is not required, as those selected will be paired with experienced mentors who will teach them how to leverage accelerated computing in their own applications or further optimize their codes. Read further...
Visitors to San Marco Basilica in Venice, Italy are likely to feel a sense of awe: the sheer mass of the thousand-year-old structure and the details of its ostentatious decoration are undeniably impressive. But Mia Trentin, a postdoctoral fellow with the Cyprus Institute, an international partner of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at Illinois, hasn't spent years studying the soaring architecture and glittering mosaics of San Marco. Instead, she focuses on something many of us would barely notice: the graffiti. Mia Trentin has found over 2,000 individual instances of graffiti at San Marco, in places high and low, hidden and obvious, dating from this century to nearly a millennium ago. While modern graffiti is often seen as destructive to public buildings, historical graffiti is a key to unlocking the past. With the help of NCSA's advanced technology, Mia Trentin can open doors to understanding what life was like in the Middle Ages. Read further...
Institut Curie and Intel initiate a pioneering collaboration to develop, use and implement innovative bioinformatics tools, pipelines and techniques to improve the use of molecular profiling across both research and clinical oncology settings. Read further...
Researchers using powerful supercomputers have found a way to generate microwaves with inexpensive silicon, a breakthrough that could dramatically cut costs and improve devices such as sensors in self-driving vehicles. Read further...
Based on complex simulations of quantum chromodynamics performed using the K computer, one of the most powerful computers in the world, the HAL QCD Collaboration, made up of scientists from the RIKEN Nishina Center for Accelerator-based Science and the RIKEN Interdisciplinary Theoretical and Mathematical Sciences (iTHEMS) programme, together with colleagues from a number of universities, have predicted a new type of 'dibaryon' - a particle that contains six quarks instead of the usual three. Read further...

The Cloud

Red Hat Inc., a global provider of open source solutions, has introduced Red Hat Hyperconverged Infrastructure for Cloud, an integrated solution for customers seeking to co-locate compute and storage functions in OpenStack environments. The new offering combines Red Hat OpenStack Platform 13 and Red Hat Ceph Storage 3 in a single user experience, supported by a common lifecycle for greater operational and organizational efficiency. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2018-05-28

Focus

European Open Science Cloud's federating core will give researchers access to existing e-Infrastructures and services ...

Quantum computing

Atos and the CEA launch quantum computing industrial research chair with the support of the ANR ...

Nuclear physicists leap into quantum computing with first simulations of atomic nucleus ...

Tunable diamond string may hold key to quantum memory ...

Focus on Europe

PRACE Annual Report 2017 - From the minuscule to the gigantic ...

eInfraCentral bringing together researchers and e-infrastructures ...

ISC High Performance appoints Yutong Lu as 2019 Programme Chair ...

Middleware

Altair and Cray extend their collaboration in high-performance computing ...

Hardware

Cray to deliver mission-critical supercomputer to Japan Meteorological Agency ...

Fujitsu wins Hokkaido University order for large-scale, interdisciplinary computing system ...

NASA awards contract for advanced computing services ...

Pawsey announces the appointment of a new Director ...

Micron and Intel extend their leadership in 3D NAND flash memory ...

Applications

Self-healing cement could be a boon to oil & gas industry - Simulations run at NERSC show how this unique material functions ...

NCSA's GPU Hackathon now accepting applications ...

History was here: NCSA's technology is helping unlock the mystery of medieval graffiti ...

Institut Curie names Intel lead partner to implement high-performance computing and artificial intelligence in accelerating genome sequencing and interpretation for oncology ...

Silicon breakthrough could make key microwave technology much cheaper and better ...

Using the K computer, scientists predict exotic 'di-Omega' particle ...

The Cloud

Red Hat Hyperconverged Infrastructure for Cloud bridges data centres and edge deployments ...