Primeur weekly 2018-07-30

Focus

Verne Global turns clever SME ideas into Cloud compute reality with hpcDIRECT in free-cooled Icelandic data centres ...

Opin Kerfi goes big with HPC cluster leasing and co-location in Iceland offering free cooling and purity of air ...

Quantum computing

World-first quantum computer simulation of chemical bonds using trapped ions ...

Demon in the details of quantum thermodynamics ...

Tuning into quantum: Scientists unlock signal frequency control of precision atom qubits ...

Hardware

BrainChip to showcase neuromorphic computing solutions at MPSoC ...

BrainChip unveils the Akida Development Environment ...

Cray delivers powerful supercomputer dedicated to astronomy to National Astronomical Observatory of Japan ...

Intel stops production of Knights Landing/Xeon Phi processors ...

AFRL and IBM unveil world's largest neuromorphic digital synaptic supercomputer ...

Supermicro joins Board of the Storage Networking Industry Association to accelerate all-flash NVMe storage advancements and adoption ...

Underlying mechanism discovered for magnetic effect in superconducting spintronics ...

Applications

Oracle TimesTen Scaleout sets new performance standard for in-memory databases ...

Artificial Intelligence in Cybersecurity wins Lorentz-eScience competition 2018 ...

ACM's SIGHPC to announce 2018 Fellowship winners ...

International IEEE eScience Conference issues Call for conference travel and attendance grants ...

Texas Women in HPC Chapter formed ...

Researchers find new way to target flu virus ...

Newest supercomputer to help develop fusion energy in international device ...

XSEDE allocates $7,3 million worth of computing time to U.S. researchers in latest allocation cycle ...

Ruby Mendenhall charts progress using HPC and Big Data to flag unidentified historical sources on African American women's lives ...

XSEDE announces 2018-2019 Campus Champions Fellows ...

The Cloud

On-demand high performance Cloud computing for today's most demanding workflows offered by PADT in partnership with Nimbix ...

Share your thoughts and vote on the evolution of EOSC and FAIR data ...

EGI Foundation and Terradue signed a Memorandum of Understanding ...

HPE advances intelligent storage capabilities with AI and Cloud automation for HPE 3PAR ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2018-07-30

Focus

At the ISC'18 event in Frankfurt, Germany,Primeur Magazinehad the opportunity to speak with Tate Cantrell, CTO at Verne Global, a company that delivers advanced data centre solutions for the high-performance computing community. Tate Cantrell believes that true HPC starts from the ground, all the way up. The Verne Global campus is located in Iceland. There, the company team builds its solution from the very beginning, from the connections to the geothermal energy which powers the data centres all the way up to the orchestration layers that are provided for the company's bare-metal compute Cloud, called hpcDIRECT. Everything in between has been built for the high-performance computing community. Read further...
At the ISC'18 Exhibition,Primeur Magazinehad an enjoyable introductory conversation with Anastasia Alexandersdóttir from the Icelandic company Opin Kerfi. Opin Kerfi is one of the companies and in fact the leading company at the exhibition booth shared by a team of companies from Iceland that share the vision of Iceland being the ultimate location for HPC on the planet. With that, Anastasia Alexandersdóttir means that these companies recognize the ultimate conditions for HPC that Iceland has with its nature and with its business environment. These companies wanted to come to ISC'18 and promote their country for high-performance computing uses that the ISC'18 conference is showing. Read further...

Quantum computing

An international group of researchers has achieved the world's first multi-qubit demonstration of a quantum chemistry calculation performed on a system of trapped ions, one of the leading hardware platforms in the race to develop a universal quantum computer. Read further...
Thermodynamics is one of the most human of scientific enterprises, according to Kater Murch, associate professor of physics in Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis. Read further...
Australian scientists have achieved a new milestone in their approach to creating a quantum computer chip in silicon, demonstrating the ability to tune the control frequency of a qubit by engineering its atomic configuration. The work has been published inScience Advances. Read further...

Hardware

BrainChip Holdings Ltd., a neuromorphic computing company, will be participating at the semiconductor design and software engineering forum MPSoC - multiprocessor system-on-chip - held at the Cliff Lodge in Snowbird, Utah, from July 29-August 3. Read further...
BrainChip Holdings Ltd., a neuromorphic computing company, has made available the Akida Development Environment. The Akida Development Environment is a machine learning framework for the creation, training, and testing of spiking neural networks (SNNs), supporting the development of systems for edge and enterprise products on the company's Akida Neuromorphic System-on-Chip (NSoC). Read further...
Cray Inc. has delivered and installed a Cray XC50 supercomputer at the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ). The supercomputer, nicknamed NS-05 "ATERUI II", provides more than 3 peak petaflops making it the world's most powerful supercomputer dedicated to astrophysical calculations. NAOJ will use the system as a new "telescope" for theoretical astronomy to perform full-scale, high-resolution simulations of the formation and evolution of the Milky Way galaxy as well as three-dimensional simulations of a supernova explosion with realistic microphysics, among other models. Read further...
Intel announced it will discontinue the HPC focused products Knights Landing (KNL) processors - officially called Xeon Phi. "Knights" processors were seen as Intel's answer to GPUs and Power 9 to power the exascale and other HPC computers of the future. However, it seems that Intel had trouble in producing large quantities of the Xeon Phi in a stable fashion. Read further...
The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), in partnership with IBM, unveiled the world's largest neuromorphic digital synaptic supercomputer July 19, dubbed Blue Raven, at AFRL's Information Directorate Advanced Computing Applications Lab in Rome, New York. Read further...
Super Micro Computer Inc., a global expert in enterprise computing, storage, networking solutions and green computing technology, has joined the Board of the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) as a new voting member. Read further...
The emerging field of spintronics leverages electron spin and magnetization. This could enhance the storage capacity of computer hard drives and potentially play an important role in quantum computing's future. Superconductor-ferromagnet (SF) structures are widely regarded as the building blocks of this superconducting spintronic technology. More conventional spintronic devices typically require large currents, so researchers are investigating the viability of low-resistance superconductors. Their new results could answer longstanding questions about how SF structures interact. Read further...

Applications

Empowering global organisations to manage growing transaction workloads, Oracle has launched Oracle TimesTen Scaleout, the world's fastest Online Transaction Processing (OLTP) database. Oracle TimesTen Scaleout, built on a proven enterprise architecture, is capable of massive scaleout, extreme transaction processing throughput, and ultra-low response times. Read further...
Robbert Fokkink from TU Delft, Roy Lindelauf from Netherlands Defence Academy, Arnout van de Rijt from Utrecht University, Paulo Shakarian from Arizona State University, and V.S. Subrahmanian from Dartmouth College have won the competition for the Lorentz-eScience workshop with their proposal "Artificial Intelligence in Cybersecurity". The Netherlands eScience Center is very pleased that it can continue this programme with such a high quality and interesting workshop. Read further...
ACM's Special Interest Group on High Performance Computing (SIGHPC), in collaboration with Intel, has announced the 7 recipients of the ACM SIGHPC/Intel Computational and Data Science Fellowships for 2018. The fellowship is funded by Intel and is presented each year at the annual SC conference. Read further...
The Netherlands eScience Center has issued a call for conference travel and attendance grants for the 14th International IEEE eScience Conference, taking place October 29-November 1, 2018 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. The grants are gratefully provided by the Moore Foundation, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and Philips. These grants are directed at increasing diversity at the IEEE eScience Conferences. Read further...
Texas Women in HPC (TX-WHPC) has been recognized as one of the first Chapters in the new Women in High Performance Computing (WHPC) Pilot Programme. Read further...
There's a hitch in the swing of a protein that delivers the flu virus. Rice University and Baylor College of Medicine researchers believe this mechanism may be a useful target to stop the virus from infecting cells. Read further...
Scientists led by Stephen Jardin, principal research physicist and head of the Computational Plasma Physics Group at the US Department of Energy's (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL), have won 40 million core hours of supercomputer time to simulate plasma disruptions that can halt fusion reactions and damage fusion facilities, so that scientists can learn how to stop them. The PPPL team will apply its findings to ITER, the international tokamak under construction in France to demonstrate the practicality of fusion energy. Read further...
XSEDE has awarded 145 deserving research teams at 109 universities and other institutions access to nearly two dozen NSF-funded computational and storage resources, as well as other services unique to XSEDE, such as the Extended Collaborative Support Services (ECSS). Total allocations this cycle, running July 1, 2018, through June 30, 2019, represent an estimated $7,3 million of time on multi-core, many-core, GPU-accelerated, and large-memory computing resources - which does not include additional consulting resources - all at no cost to the researchers. Since its founding in 2011, XSEDE and XSEDE 2.0 have allocated an estimated $270 million of computing time. Read further...
Information about the lives and experiences of black women can be gleaned from surprising historical literary sources, Ruby Mendenhall of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign said on July 25 in a plenary talk at the PEARC18 conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Using HPC resources allocated to researchers through XSEDE, Ruby Mendenhall and a multidisciplinary team are gleaning lessons on how black women related to and affected the larger society during periods when their written voices were underrepresented or even illegal. Read further...
Five researchers from American universities will work with cyberinfrastructure and high-performance computing experts from XSEDE and U.S. research teams to tackle real-world science and engineering projects over the next year in the 2018 Campus Champions Fellows programme. Read further...

The Cloud

Understanding the need for easy, affordable and reliable access to supercomputing capabilities, PADT has partnered with Nimbix to provide High-Performance Computing (HPC) in the Cloud. The Nimbix Cloud is the industry's first true Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) supercomputing Cloud and will provide PADT's customers with on-demand, mobile access to more than 15 ANSYS applications without needing expensive hardware and complex infrastructure to support it. Read further...
The European Open Science Cloud (EOSC), is the European programme that builds a virtual environment for all researchers to store, manage, analyse and re-use data for research, innovation and educational purposes. You can share your wishes and thoughts via the online EOSC Stakeholder Open Consultation. Read further...
The EGI Foundation and Terradue signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), highlighting a wider collaboration of activities between the two parties, with long-term and visible benefits to everyone involved. Read further...
Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has introduced new features to HPE 3PAR, so users can focus on unlocking the economic value of their data. Updates to HPE 3PAR include new predictive support automation with HPE InfoSight, the industry’s most experienced AI for the data centre, to drive even higher levels of application availability for HPE 3PAR environments; and enhanced application automation for on-premise infrastructure with HPE 3PAR to accelerate DevOps for increased productivity and efficiency. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2018-07-30

Focus

Verne Global turns clever SME ideas into Cloud compute reality with hpcDIRECT in free-cooled Icelandic data centres ...

Opin Kerfi goes big with HPC cluster leasing and co-location in Iceland offering free cooling and purity of air ...

Quantum computing

World-first quantum computer simulation of chemical bonds using trapped ions ...

Demon in the details of quantum thermodynamics ...

Tuning into quantum: Scientists unlock signal frequency control of precision atom qubits ...

Hardware

BrainChip to showcase neuromorphic computing solutions at MPSoC ...

BrainChip unveils the Akida Development Environment ...

Cray delivers powerful supercomputer dedicated to astronomy to National Astronomical Observatory of Japan ...

Intel stops production of Knights Landing/Xeon Phi processors ...

AFRL and IBM unveil world's largest neuromorphic digital synaptic supercomputer ...

Supermicro joins Board of the Storage Networking Industry Association to accelerate all-flash NVMe storage advancements and adoption ...

Underlying mechanism discovered for magnetic effect in superconducting spintronics ...

Applications

Oracle TimesTen Scaleout sets new performance standard for in-memory databases ...

Artificial Intelligence in Cybersecurity wins Lorentz-eScience competition 2018 ...

ACM's SIGHPC to announce 2018 Fellowship winners ...

International IEEE eScience Conference issues Call for conference travel and attendance grants ...

Texas Women in HPC Chapter formed ...

Researchers find new way to target flu virus ...

Newest supercomputer to help develop fusion energy in international device ...

XSEDE allocates $7,3 million worth of computing time to U.S. researchers in latest allocation cycle ...

Ruby Mendenhall charts progress using HPC and Big Data to flag unidentified historical sources on African American women's lives ...

XSEDE announces 2018-2019 Campus Champions Fellows ...

The Cloud

On-demand high performance Cloud computing for today's most demanding workflows offered by PADT in partnership with Nimbix ...

Share your thoughts and vote on the evolution of EOSC and FAIR data ...

EGI Foundation and Terradue signed a Memorandum of Understanding ...

HPE advances intelligent storage capabilities with AI and Cloud automation for HPE 3PAR ...