Primeur weekly 2018-06-11

Focus

Exchange of experience and focus on specialisation are key to Europe regaining status in EuroHPC and e-Infrastructures ...

Quantum computing

Atos Quantum Learning Machine available at SURFsara ...

Silicon provides means to control quantum bits for faster algorithms ...

Designer materials with completely random structures might enable quantum computing ...

Rutgers-led research could lead to more efficient electronics ...

Focus on Europe

Researchers at CNAG-CRG developed a novel computational tool named BigSCale to analyze millions of single cells simultaneously ...

Pawsey and PRACE to jointly promote the use of supercomputing ...

Bright and BeeGFS share plans for TERATEC 2018 Forum ...

GCS supports three German university teams in 2018 ISC Student Cluster Competition ...

Hardware

Dell EMC PowerEdge servers enable University of Sydney's world-leading artificial intelligence research ...

Comino announces Comino Grando, a liquid-cooled supercomputer set to disrupt cryptocurrency mining and solve its energy crisis ...

National Science Foundation supports development of new nationwide data storage network ...

Pushing boundaries for CPUs and GPUs, AMD shows next-generation of Ryzen, Radeon and EPYC product leadership at Computex 2018 ...

GARR powers National Research and Education Network in Italy with Infinera Cloud Xpress 2 ...

Supermicro brings resource saving green computing to Computex Taipei 2018 ...

Applications

Cray partners with Digital Catapult's Machine Intelligence Garage to drive UK artificial intelligence innovation ...

Swimming in schools saves energy ...

Researchers use artificial intelligence to identify, count, and describe wild animals ...

Scientists find ordered magnetic patterns in disordered magnetic material ...

New model sheds light on key physics of magnetic islands that halt fusion reactions ...

TOP500

Oak Ridge National Laboratory launches Summit supercomputer ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2018-06-11

Focus

After the recent e-IRG and Vi-SEEM Workshops, Primeur Magazinewas invited by Ivan Dimov, Deputy Minister of Education and Science at his cabinet in Sofia, Bulgaria for an interview. Ivan Dimov gave a keynote at both workshops about e-Infrastructures and supercomputing. He is responsible for research in Bulgaria. Before that, Ivan Dimov was a scientist, working in computer science. He has been Director of the Institute of Information and Communication Technologies at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. He has also been working in some other places in Europe and in America and was for some period of time in England at the University of Reading, in Germany and in France. Read further...

Quantum computing

In the context of the SURF Open Innovation Lab, ATOS QLM30, the Atos Quantum Learning Machine, is available at SURFsara for experimental purposes in the field of quantum computing. Read further...
Quantum bits are now easier to manipulate for devices in quantum computing, thanks to enhanced spin-orbit interaction in silicon. A silicon quantum computer chip has the potential to hold millions of quantum bits, or qubits, for much faster information processing than with the bits of today's computers. This translates to high-speed database searches, better cybersecurity and highly efficient simulation of materials and chemical processes. Read further...
Topological randomness may be the answer for lossless electronics and making the nuts and bolts of quantum computers. Complete randomness in the structures of superconductors and insulators could lower the requirements of pristine crystalline ordering - and make them more accessible to industry. Read further...
A Rutgers-led team of physicists has demonstrated a way to conduct electricity between transistors without energy loss, opening the door to low-power electronics and, potentially, quantum computing that would be far faster than today's computers. Read further...

Focus on Europe

New research led by Holger Heyn at the CNAG-CRG, presents a sophisticated computational framework to analyze single-cell gene expression levels, scalable to process millions of individual cells. The work, published in the current issue of the scientific journalGenome Research, shows for the first time a tool capable of analyzing such large single-cell RNAseq dataset. This dramatically extends the limits of single-cell genome research. Read further...
The Pawsey Supercomputing Centre and the Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe (PRACE) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to promote the use of supercomputers to the progress of scientific and technological outcomes, and to stimulate the industry sector both in Australia and Europe. Read further...
Bright Computing, a global expert in cluster and Cloud infrastructure automation software, will co-exhibit with ThinkParQ at the TERATEC Forum, taking place June 19 and 20, at Ecole Polytechnique in France. Read further...
The Gauss Centre for Supercomputing (GCS) is sponsoring three German student teams competing in the Student Cluster Competition (SCC) at the 2018 International Supercomputing Conference (ISC18), taking place June 24-28 in Frankfurt, Germany. Twelve teams will participate in the competition, including the three German teams representing Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Universität Hamburg, and Heidelberg University. Read further...

Hardware

Dell EMC has unveiled the Artemis 3 supercomputer that will power the University of Sydney's world-leading research and academic programmes. This fully deployed high-performance computing (HPC) system uses Dell EMC PowerEdge C4140 server technology. The University of Sydney's $2.3 million system has an rPeak performance of 1 petaflops and an rMax of 700 teraflops, which will allow faster processing of data to provide answers to scientific questions previously beyond reach. Read further...
Hardware start-up Comino has launched Comino Grando, its enterprise-grade, GPU-based supercomputer that features a revolutionary liquid cooling system. Comino Grando launches alongside news that Comino has secured a $30 million contract to build two European data centres based on the Grando's technology. With its unique liquid cooling technology, Comino Grando is 40% more efficient than its air-cooled competition, it can recycle energy back into the facility for heating, and can operate at full-power 24/7. Read further...
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is announcing a $1.8 million grant for the initial development of a data storage network over the next two years. A collaborative team will combine their expertise, facilities and research challenges to develop the Open Storage Network (OSN). OSN will enable academic researchers across the nation to work with and share their data more efficiently than ever before. Read further...
AMD has demonstrated its next generation of CPU and GPU product leadership at COMPUTEX TAIPEI 2018. AMD provided a first look at the performance of upcoming 7nm AMD Radeon Vega GPU products slated for launch in 2018, 12nm 2nd Generation AMD Ryzen Threadripper processors with up to 32 cores, slated for launch in Q3 2018, and unprecedented customer adoption of Ryzen and Radeon products in premium OEM devices. AMD also announced four EPYC processor milestones: immediate availability of EPYC processors through Tencent Cloud Services, a new HPE single-socket system, details of its first Cisco UCS server platform, and that the next generation 7nm EPYC processor, codenamed "Rome", will begin sampling in 2H 2018. Read further...
Infinera, provider of Intelligent Transport Networks, announced that GARR, Italy's national research and education network, deployed the Cloud Xpress 2, featuring the Infinite Capacity Engine (ICE4), to meet growing bandwidth demands driven by scientific computing applications. GARR's network reaches approximately four million users and connects over 1,000 public institutions across Italy with other international networks worldwide. GARR deployed the Cloud Xpress 2 to increase capacity and enable dynamic resource sharing between supercomputing centres operated by the National Institute for Nuclear Physics and CINECA, Italy's largest supercomputing consortium. Read further...
Super Micro Computer Inc., a global expert in enterprise computing, storage, networking solutions and green computing technology, has focused on green computing with Resource Saving data centre and Cloud solutions, including SuperBlade, BigTwin, all-flash NVMe composable storage systems and AI and Machine Learning optimized servers at Computex Taipei 2018. Read further...

Applications

Cray Inc. has partnered with UK Innovation Center, Digital Catapult and its Machine Intelligence Garage to help organisations of all sizes speed the development of machine intelligence systems. This partnership enables the Machine Intelligence Garage to offer companies the supercomputing power and expertise required to develop and build machine learning and AI solutions. Read further...
Researchers at ETH Zurich have clarified the previously unresolved question of whether fish save energy by swimming together in schools. They achieved this by simulating the complex physics on the supercomputer 'Piz Daint' and combining detailed flow simulations with a reinforcement learning algorithm for the first time. Read further...
A new paper in theProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences(PNAS) reports how a cutting-edge artificial intelligence technique called deep learning can automatically identify, count and describe animals in their natural habitats. Read further...
A team of scientists working at Berkeley Lab has confirmed a special property known as 'chirality' - which potentially could be exploited to transmit and store data in a new way - in nanometers-thick samples of multilayer materials that have a disordered structure. Read further...
Magnetic islands, bubble-like structures that form in fusion plasmas, can grow and disrupt the plasmas and damage the doughnut-shaped tokamak facilities that house fusion reactions. Recent research at the US Department of Energy's Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) has used large-scale computer simulations to produce a new model that could be key to understanding how the islands interact with the surrounding plasma as they grow and lead to disruptions. Read further...

TOP500

The U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) has unveiled Summit as the world's most powerful and smartest scientific supercomputer. With a peak performance of 200.000 trillion calculations per second - or 200 petaflops, Summit will be eight times more powerful than ORNL's previous top-ranked system, Titan. For certain scientific applications, Summit will also be capable of more than three billion billion mixed precision calculations per second, or 3,3 exaops. Summit will provide unprecedented computing power for research in energy, advanced materials and artificial intelligence (AI), among other domains, enabling scientific discoveries that were previously impractical or impossible. We include videos from the launch event and from the applications in our article Read further...

Primeur weekly 2018-06-11

Focus

Exchange of experience and focus on specialisation are key to Europe regaining status in EuroHPC and e-Infrastructures ...

Quantum computing

Atos Quantum Learning Machine available at SURFsara ...

Silicon provides means to control quantum bits for faster algorithms ...

Designer materials with completely random structures might enable quantum computing ...

Rutgers-led research could lead to more efficient electronics ...

Focus on Europe

Researchers at CNAG-CRG developed a novel computational tool named BigSCale to analyze millions of single cells simultaneously ...

Pawsey and PRACE to jointly promote the use of supercomputing ...

Bright and BeeGFS share plans for TERATEC 2018 Forum ...

GCS supports three German university teams in 2018 ISC Student Cluster Competition ...

Hardware

Dell EMC PowerEdge servers enable University of Sydney's world-leading artificial intelligence research ...

Comino announces Comino Grando, a liquid-cooled supercomputer set to disrupt cryptocurrency mining and solve its energy crisis ...

National Science Foundation supports development of new nationwide data storage network ...

Pushing boundaries for CPUs and GPUs, AMD shows next-generation of Ryzen, Radeon and EPYC product leadership at Computex 2018 ...

GARR powers National Research and Education Network in Italy with Infinera Cloud Xpress 2 ...

Supermicro brings resource saving green computing to Computex Taipei 2018 ...

Applications

Cray partners with Digital Catapult's Machine Intelligence Garage to drive UK artificial intelligence innovation ...

Swimming in schools saves energy ...

Researchers use artificial intelligence to identify, count, and describe wild animals ...

Scientists find ordered magnetic patterns in disordered magnetic material ...

New model sheds light on key physics of magnetic islands that halt fusion reactions ...

TOP500

Oak Ridge National Laboratory launches Summit supercomputer ...