Primeur weekly 2018-07-03

Quantum computing

Scientists pump up chances for quantum computing ...

CEA uses Atos simulator at the CCRT to explore the potential of quantum computing in industry ...

Focus on Europe

European parliament votes in favour of EuroHPC JU ...

European Commission welcomes Parliament vote on plans to establish EuroHPC JU ...

Report European Investment Bank: Financing the future of supercomputing - How to increase investments in high performance computing in Europe ...

Looking back on a successful PRACEdays18 ...

Middleware

Aerodynamic science reveals the best position in a peloton of 121 cyclists and calculates unexpected drag reduction for the athletes thanks to the largest simulation ever done in sport ...

Hardware

WatermelonBlock Partners with IBM Watson using its Supercomputer to let crypto investors know what the market is thinking ...

Tech Automotive Leaders Join Forces on Next-Generation In-Vehicle Networking Technologies for Autonomous and Connected Vehicles ...

Chayora Celebrates Major Milestone as It Nears Completion of Phase 1 of Its First Facility at Its Tianjin Hyperscale Data Centre Campus in China ...

Indian Institute of Technology Bombay deploys Cray to Power Research and Education ...

Lisa Compute Cluster expanded with GPUs for machine learning ...

Mellanox announces agreement with Starboard ...

Applications

Simulation for grid transmission and distribution ...

Futuristic data storage ...

GA4GH streaming API htsget a bridge to the future for modern genomic data processing ...

Department of Energy taps Argonne to lead effort focused on energy-water systems ...

Researchers discover new enzyme paradigm for critical reaction in converting lignin to useful produce useful products ...

SenseTime debuts in Singapore by signing MOU with local giants NTU, NSCC and Singtel ...

New simulations break down potential impact of a major quake by building location and size ...

AI learns the art of debate ...

Tiny sensors may help avert earthquake damage, track sonar danger, "listen" to pipelines ...

BNAs improve performance of Li-ion batteries ...

RUDN chemists have completely changed the direction of Diels-Alder reaction ...

UMass Amherst geoscientists offer new evidence for how the Adirondack Mountains formed ...

A galactic test will clarify the existence of dark matter ...

The Cloud

HPE accelerates data insight and action across the enterprise with latest Edgeline capabilities ...

Hewlett Packard Enterprise commits $4 billion to accelerate the Intelligent Edge ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2018-07-03

Quantum computing

University of Adelaide-led research has moved the world one step closer to reliable, high-performance quantum computing. Read further...
The Centre of Computation Research and Technology (CCRT), located at the CEA, the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission, centre in Bruyères-le-Châtel, and Atos, a global expert in digital transformation, are collaborating to provide CCRT's industrial users with one of the most powerful quantum simulators in the world. Built by Atos, the machine will allow partners such as EDF, Safran, IFPEN, and the CEA itself to evaluate the potential of quantum technologies with regard to their specific needs. Read further...

Focus on Europe

The European Parliament has voted in favour of the EuroHPC Joint undertaking. This is a major step towards the creation and acquisition of European exascale supercomputers that will rank among the world's top 3 in 2022. Read further...
Today in Strasbourg the European Parliament voted to approve the European Commission's proposal to establish a European High Performance Computing Joint Undertaking (EuroHPC JU), a legal and funding entity that will pool EU and national resources to build world-class high performance computing (also known as supercomputing) and data infrastructures in Europe. This result is welcomed by the European Commission. The proposal to establish the EuroHPC JU will be formally adopted by the Council of the European Union in September. Read further...
The innovation services of the European Investment Bank issued a report "Financing the future of supercomputing - How to increase investments in high performance computing in Europe". It provides an overview of how HPC in Europe is financed today and gives recommendations on, for instance, the adaption of financial instruments. The report gives recommendations for four groups considered crucial for the European HPC ecosystem: Independent software vendors (ISVs); HPC centres (service providers); HPC intermediaries; HPC customers (users and potential users). So the European HPC hardware industry is not considered to be crucial, which is notable, as strengthening the European hardware industry is an important goal of the EuroHPC multibillion euro programme that also includes the European Processor Initiative as an important component. Joint acquisition of European exascale systems, another goal of EuroHPC, is discussed. Read further...
A dynamic PRACE Scientific and Industrial Conference (PRACEdays) was again part of the European HPC Summit Week (EHPCSW) which took place from 28 May to 1 June 2018 at the Faculty of Law, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. The conference week was packed with fascinating keynote speakers from academia, industry, and government. Read further...

Middleware

Professor Bert Blocken, Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) and KU Leuven is recognized worldwide for his thorough scientific investigations about elite cycling sport. His research helps to better understand, among others, the best downhill position to adopt by a cyclist, aerodynamic benefits provided by a following car or motorbikes, which are all conditions that impact the result of the race. In a new 2018 project, Professor Bert Blocken conducted the largest numerical simulation ever done in the sport industry and cycling discipline. The goal was to understand the aerodynamic interactions in the entire peloton revealing unexpected results. Read further...

Hardware

For investors, it can be incredibly difficult to dedicate the time and resources to reading large volumes of information to better determine market trends. WatermelonBlock uses its proprietary algorithms to compute a percentage and index score for each network, known as the MelonScore. WatermelonBlock scores cryptocurrencies and ICO investment data using IBM Watson’s AI-platform, providing tangible benefits to users through a simple, user-friendly interface. WatermelonBlock recognizes the influence of opinions in the cryptomarket and uses AI to help investors stay on top of investment information in real-time. In partnering with IBM Watson, WatermelonBlock is able to read and categorize big data sets from the web according to their social influence and reach, thus empowering crypto investment decisions. Read further...
Autonomous driving is creating a need for a new breed of in-vehicle networking solutions that can transmit data between the increasing number of high-resolution sensors, cameras and processing engines at blazing-fast speeds. Today Aquantia, Bosch, Continental, NVIDIA, and Volkswagen announced the formation of the Networking for Autonomous Vehicles (NAV) Alliance, to drive the ecosystem development required for the next generation of Multi-Gig Ethernet networking in vehicles. Read further...
Chayora, the Hong Kong-based data centre infrastructure company, announces today it is nearing completion of Phase 1 of its TJ1 Data Centre at its hyperscale campus in Beichen, northern Tianjin. On 26 June, Chayora celebrated reaching the midpoint milestone at its “Superstructure Launch Ceremony.” The TJ1 build will be completed in September 2018, with customer-bespoke data hall fit out works able to commence in August. Live operations will commence in Q1 2019. In parallel, foundation works for Phase 2 of the first facility are now underway with the second TJ2 Data Centre build already being planned as part of the 300MW, 32-hectare / 80-acre campus which will ultimately comprise nine major data centre facilities. Read further...
Cray Inc. announced that the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT Bombay), a world-renowned global technology university, has selected a Cray® XC50™ system and Cray ClusterStor scale-out Lustre storage system to power breakthroughs in science, engineering research and education. The new supercomputer, coupled with Cray's performance-engineered storage solution, will support IIT Bombay in its mission to deliver transformative education to create leaders and innovators. Read further...
SURF's Lisa Compute Cluster has been expanded with a GPU cluster for extremely rapid computations. These graphics processing units are especially suitable for machine learning, and can dramatically speed up scientific research. Read further...
Mellanox Technologies Ltd., a supplier of high-performance, end-to-end smart interconnect solutions for data centre servers and storage systems, has entered into an agreement with Starboard Value LP and its affiliates ("Starboard") regarding the membership and composition of Mellanox's Board of Directors among other things. Read further...

Applications

Renewable energy is on the rise, especially in California, where utility companies are mandated to get at least half of their power from renewable resources, such as solar and wind, by 2030. It may be a positive development for the environment, but questions linger about how electricity generated by residential solar panels and home battery storage can affect the stability of the electrical grid. Read further...
The magnetisation of nanometric square material is not fixed. It moves around in a helical motion. This is caused by the electron whose degree of freedom, referred to as spin, which follows a precession motion centred on the middle of a square nano-magnet. To study the magnetisation of such material, physicists can rely on two-dimensional arrays of square nanomagnets. In a paper published in EPJ B, P. Kim from the Kirensky Institute of Physics, associated with the Russian Academy of Sciences, in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia, Russia, and colleagues have devised a new model taking into account the factors affecting the magnetic interaction between individual nanomagnets. Better controlling such nanomagnets arrays could have applications in ultrahigh density data storage,in an electronic application called spintronics exploiting electron spins and its magnetism, and in micro- and nanosurgery controlled by magnets. Read further...
The Large Scale Genomics Work Stream of the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health (GA4GH) has announced eight new implementations of its htsget protocol, a standard released in October 2017 for accessing large-scale genomic sequencing data online without using file transfers. The protocol and interoperability testing are reported in a paper released online this week in the journal Bioinformatics . Read further...
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has selected its Argonne National Laboratory to lead an Energy Frontier Research Center (EFRC) focused on advanced materials for energy-water systems. Read further...
An international research team, including scientists from the US Department of Energy's (DOE's) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), has discovered and characterized a new family of cytochrome P450 enzymes that is critical to improving the conversion of lignin - one of the main components of plants - into valuable products such as nylon, plastics, and chemicals. Read further...
SenseTime, an industry-leading artificial intelligence (AI) company, signed memoranda of understanding (MOU) with three leading Singaporean organizations, namely Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore), National Supercomputing Centre of Singapore (NSCC), and Singapore Telecommunications Limited (Singtel). The parties aim to collaborate broadly, leveraging strengths and customer base of each other, to advance AI research, accelerate digitalization for both established corporates and SMEs, and develop AI-based solutions catering to industrial and institutional needs, both in Singapore and Asia. Read further...
With unprecedented resolution, scientists and engineers are simulating precisely how a large-magnitude earthquake along the Hayward Fault would affect different locations and buildings across the San Francisco Bay Area. Read further...
An artificial intelligence (AI) system has engaged in the first ever live, public debates with humans. At an event held at IBM's Watson West site in San Francisco, a champion debater and IBM's AI system, Project Debater, began by preparing arguments for and against the statement: "We should subsidize space exploration". Both sides then delivered a four-minute opening statement, a four-minute rebuttal, and a two-minute summary. Read further...
Tiny sensors being developed in a Simon Fraser University lab could help to give a pre-emptive head's up to an impending earthquake, enough to secure critical infrastructure, such as bridges or power lines, and potentially save lives. Read further...
Recent research published in a paper in NANO by a group of researchers from Northeastern University investigated the effect of hierarchical Bi2MoO6 nanosheet arrays on the performance of Li-ion batteries (LIBs) and found that it improves the cycle stability and capacity and is expected to be used in portable electronic devices in the future. Read further...
The Diels-Alder reaction is widely used in organic synthesis. Chemists appreciate its simplicity, reliability, and the ability to influence its course and change the conditions of the process. Several products of these transformations are used to create graphene-like materials, product vitamins, hormones, and neuromediators. Due to its durability, as well as heat and electric conductivity, graphene is used in the development of transistors, sensors, filters, and accumulators. Read further...
The formation mechanism of the Adirondack Mountains in upstate New York has long posed a geologic mystery, say seismology researchers at the nearby University of Massachusetts Amherst. A few have been proposed, but until recently tools for evaluating them were not in place, say postdoctoral fellow Xiaotao Yang and assistant professor Haiying Gao. Now they propose a mechanism with evidence to support it. Read further...
Researchers at the University of Bonn and the University of California at Irvine used sophisticated computer simulations to devise a test that could answer a burning question in astrophysics: is there really dark matter? Or does Newton's gravitational law need to be modified? The new study, now published in the Physical Review Letters, shows that the answer is hidden in the motion of the stars within small satellite galaxies swirling around the Milky Way. Read further...

The Cloud

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has launched a family of edge-to-Cloud solutions enabled by HPE Edgeline Converged Edge Systems to help organisations simplify their hybrid IT environment. By running the same enterprise applications at the edge, in data centres and in the Cloud, the solutions allow organisations to more efficiently capitalize on the vast amounts of data created in remote and distributed locations like factories, oil rigs or energy grids. Read further...
Hewlett Packard Enterprise plans to invest $4 billion in Intelligent Edge technologies and services over the next four years. This strategic organic investment will be focused on helping customers turn all of their data - from every edge to any Cloud - into intelligence that drives seamless interactions between people and things, delivers personalized user experiences, and employs AI and machine learning to continuously adapt to changes in real time. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2018-07-03

Quantum computing

Scientists pump up chances for quantum computing ...

CEA uses Atos simulator at the CCRT to explore the potential of quantum computing in industry ...

Focus on Europe

European parliament votes in favour of EuroHPC JU ...

European Commission welcomes Parliament vote on plans to establish EuroHPC JU ...

Report European Investment Bank: Financing the future of supercomputing - How to increase investments in high performance computing in Europe ...

Looking back on a successful PRACEdays18 ...

Middleware

Aerodynamic science reveals the best position in a peloton of 121 cyclists and calculates unexpected drag reduction for the athletes thanks to the largest simulation ever done in sport ...

Hardware

WatermelonBlock Partners with IBM Watson using its Supercomputer to let crypto investors know what the market is thinking ...

Tech Automotive Leaders Join Forces on Next-Generation In-Vehicle Networking Technologies for Autonomous and Connected Vehicles ...

Chayora Celebrates Major Milestone as It Nears Completion of Phase 1 of Its First Facility at Its Tianjin Hyperscale Data Centre Campus in China ...

Indian Institute of Technology Bombay deploys Cray to Power Research and Education ...

Lisa Compute Cluster expanded with GPUs for machine learning ...

Mellanox announces agreement with Starboard ...

Applications

Simulation for grid transmission and distribution ...

Futuristic data storage ...

GA4GH streaming API htsget a bridge to the future for modern genomic data processing ...

Department of Energy taps Argonne to lead effort focused on energy-water systems ...

Researchers discover new enzyme paradigm for critical reaction in converting lignin to useful produce useful products ...

SenseTime debuts in Singapore by signing MOU with local giants NTU, NSCC and Singtel ...

New simulations break down potential impact of a major quake by building location and size ...

AI learns the art of debate ...

Tiny sensors may help avert earthquake damage, track sonar danger, "listen" to pipelines ...

BNAs improve performance of Li-ion batteries ...

RUDN chemists have completely changed the direction of Diels-Alder reaction ...

UMass Amherst geoscientists offer new evidence for how the Adirondack Mountains formed ...

A galactic test will clarify the existence of dark matter ...

The Cloud

HPE accelerates data insight and action across the enterprise with latest Edgeline capabilities ...

Hewlett Packard Enterprise commits $4 billion to accelerate the Intelligent Edge ...