Primeur weekly 2018-08-06

Focus

Univa's Navops launch product for Cloud bursting is breaking usage and performance records ...

Exascale supercomputing

Exascale Computing Project (ECP) names LLNL's Lori Diachin as new Deputy Director ...

Focus on Europe

High-resolution imaging of nanoparticle surface structures is now possible ...

Middleware

Univa announces collaboration with Sylabs Inc. and expanded support for Singularity container science ...

DDN reseller agreement with Tintri gives immediate support to Tintri customers ...

Fayetteville State University moves to Bright Cluster Manager 8.1 with help from Bright partner Data in Science to help take its Artificial Intelligence research to the next level ...

vScaler unlocks the benefits of virtualisation for GPU power users ...

Hardware

SDSC's Comet supercomputer extended into 2021 ...

BSC software makes Lenovo's new set of cooling technologies more energy efficient ...

MiTAC selects Mellanox BlueField System-on-Chip to accelerate their NVMe storage platforms ...

Mellanox introduces world's fastest Ethernet storage fabric controller ...

Cray reports second quarter 2018 financial results ...

Applications

Supercomputing the 'how' of chemical reactions ...

Preventing natural hazards from becoming societal disasters ...

Study of cardiac arrhythmia's is using high performance computing ...

UCF professor discovers a first-of-its-kind material for the quantum age ...

Memory-processing unit could bring memristors to the masses ...

Software framework designed to accelerate drug discovery wins IEEE International Scalable Computing Challenge ...

University at Buffalo's supercomputing facility awarded $2 million for economic development, PhD programme ...

The Cloud

How the Science Cloud could pay its way ...

Mirantis partners with Fujitsu to build supercomputer and wide-area distributed Cloud system for high performance computing at Hokkaido University ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2018-08-06

Focus

At the ISC'18 event,Primeur Magazineran into Rob Lalonde, General Manager and Vice President of the Navops product line for Univa, which are essentially Univa's Cloud solutions. Before entering into the topic of Univa's technologyPrimeur Magazinewanted to know more on the announcement about a big usage of Univa's system. Rob Lalonde told that the company has been in the process over the last few weeks in June of spinning up one of the largest single clusters in the Cloud, probably even the largest cluster in the Cloud on top of Amazon EC2. Univa spun up well over a million cores in the weekend of June 24 and ran a lot of electronic design automation or EDA-style workloads on it. The company really proved some extreme scale with both its Grid Engine solution and the Navops Cloud provisioning solution. Read further...

Exascale supercomputing

The Department of Energy's Exascale Computing Project (ECP) has named Lori Diachin as its new Deputy Director effective August 7, 2018. Lori Diachin replaces Stephen Lee who has retired from Los Alamos National Laboratory. Read further...

Focus on Europe

Using scanning tunnelling microscopy (STM), extremely high resolution imaging of the molecule-covered surface structures of silver nanoparticles is possible, even down to the recognition of individual parts of the molecules protecting the surface. This was the finding of joint research between China and Finland, led in Finland by Academy Professor Hannu Häkkinen of the University of Jyväskylä. The research was recently published in the prestigiousNature Communicationsseries and the publication was selected by the journal editors to the journal's monthly collection of highlighted papers. Read further...

Middleware

Univa, an innovator in workload management and optimization solutions for high-performance computing (HPC) and enterprise customers, has signed a partnership with Sylabs Inc., a pioneer in secure, reproducible and mobile container science, to offer enhanced support and integration for Sylabs' Singularity container platform in Univa Grid Engine and other Univa products. Read further...
DataDirect Networks (DDN), a global Big Data storage supplier to data-intensive, global organisations, has entered into a global reseller agreement with Tintri. This agreement allows DDN to provide Tintri customers with products, services and system expansion for their Tintri platforms. In parallel, DDN has been rapidly building a world-class team with new hires in engineering, support, customer service, field technical engineering and sales to deliver outstanding service and long-term continuity to Tintri customers around the world. Read further...
Bright Computing, a global expert in cluster and Cloud infrastructure automation software, announced that Bright partner, Data In Science Technologies, has successfully implemented Bright Cluster Manager 8.1 for Fayetteville State University. Read further...
vScaler has rolled out native Virtual GPU (vGPU), empowering customers with the ability to split a single physical GPU up in to a number of smaller virtual GPUs. This approach offers greater cost-efficiency for those that don't require the full power of a dedicated GPU. Read further...

Hardware

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at UC San Diego a supplemental grant valued at almost $2.4 million to extend operations of its Comet supercomputer by an additional year, through March 2021. The extension brings the value of the total Comet program to more than $27 million. Read further...
The Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) has contributed towards the creation of a new set of Lenovo cooling technologies that can allow data centres to run up to 50% more efficiently, without hindering performance or density. The BSC has participated in this new release with its Energy Aware Runtime (EAR) software, as part of the BSC-Lenovo collaboration project. Named Neptune, the Lenovo technology was announced at the ISC18 international high-performance conference in June. Read further...
MiTAC Computing Technology Corporation (MCT) has selected Mellanox BlueField system-on-chip (SoC) for their new generation MiTAC HillTop NVMe over Fabrics (NVMe-oF) Just A Bunch of Flash (JBOF) storage platforms. Accommodating up to 24 hot-swappable NVMe SSDs, MiTAC's JBOF platform provides a storage capacity of up to 156TB in a high-density 2U rack space. In addition, the integration of two BlueField SoCs enables MiTAC's platform to support direct connectivity with up to four 100Gb/s Ethernet and InfiniBand ports, making it a flexible and performant storage platform, answering to the demanding needs of today's data centres. Read further...
Mellanox Technologies Ltd., a supplier of high-performance, end-to-end smart interconnect solutions for data centre servers and storage systems, has introduced new BlueField-based storage controllers, which are being showcased at the Flash Memory Summit conference. These controllers offer ultra-high performance for Ethernet Storage Fabrics, along with extreme efficiency and programmable virtualization for NVMe over Fabrics (NVMe-oF), empowering customers to build and deploy the world’s fastest and most flexible networked flash storage solutions. Read further...
Cray Inc. has issued financial results for its second quarter ended June 30, 2018. All figures are based on U.S. GAAP unless otherwise noted. Revenue for the second quarter of 2018 was $120.2 million, compared to $87.1 million in the second quarter of 2017. Net loss for the second quarter of 2018 was $11.0 million, or $0.27 per diluted share, compared to a net loss of $6.8 million, or $0.17 per diluted share in the second quarter of 2017. Non-GAAP net loss was $8.1 million, or $0.20 per diluted share for the second quarter of 2018, compared to non-GAAP net loss of $8.0 million, or $0.20 per diluted share in the second quarter of 2017. Read further...

Applications

Sometimes, when experimental scientists get their hands on a supercomputer, it can change the course of their careers and open up new questions for exploration. This was the case with Abdurrahman and Tülay Atesin, husband and wife chemists, collaborators and professors at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV). Experimentalists by training, when they moved to Texas in 2013, a colleague told them that through the University of Texas Research Cyberinfrastructure initiative they had free access to some of the advanced computing systems in the world at the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC). Read further...
The 2017 hurricane season was one of the worst on record. 17 named storm caused more than 100 direct fatalities, incurred $265 billion in damages and disrupted millions of lives. We may not be able to prevent hurricanes from occurring, but we can improve our ability to predict them, move people out of harm's way, respond quickly to their aftermath and build our homes and infrastructure in a way that can survive the worst nature can throw at us. Read further...
A team of the University of Bordeaux 1 within the Institut de Mathématiques (IMB) and Joint Inria, and IHU LIRYC - l'Institut Hospitalo-Universitaire de Rythmologie et modélisation Cardiaque de Bordeaux - used for their project CAMEL - CArdiac MechanoELectrics - GENCI resources as well as the PRACE HPC Research Infrastructure. The project was awarded with 13 million core hours on Marconi KNL, hosted by PRACE hosting member CINECA, Italy. Read further...
A University of Central Florida (UCF) physicist has discovered a new material that has the potential to become a building block in the new era of quantum materials, those that are composed of microscopically condensed matter and expected to change our development of technology. Read further...
A new way of arranging advanced computer components called memristors on a chip could enable them to be used for general computing, which could cut energy consumption by a factor of 100. This would improve performance in low power environments such as smartphones or make for more efficient supercomputers, according to a University of Michigan researcher. Read further...
Solutions to many real-world scientific and engineering problems - from improving weather models and designing new energy materials to understanding how the universe formed - require applications that can scale to a very large size and high performance. Each year, through its International Scalable Computing Challenge (SCALE), the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) recognizes a project that advances application development and supporting infrastructure to enable the large-scale, high-performance computing needed to solve such problems. Read further...
The University at Buffalo (UB) Center for Computational Research (CCR) is expanding its supercomputing capability, thanks to two grants totaling $2 million. The centre, which conducts high-performance computing on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, was awarded a $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and a $1 million Regional Economic Development Council grant from Empire State Development. Read further...

The Cloud

In the first half of 2018, members of the Science|Business Network's Cloud Consultation Group met twice to discuss potential business models for the European Union's proposed "Science Cloud" project. Read further...
Mirantis and Fujitsu have partnered to create 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...

Primeur weekly 2018-08-06

Focus

Univa's Navops launch product for Cloud bursting is breaking usage and performance records ...

Exascale supercomputing

Exascale Computing Project (ECP) names LLNL's Lori Diachin as new Deputy Director ...

Focus on Europe

High-resolution imaging of nanoparticle surface structures is now possible ...

Middleware

Univa announces collaboration with Sylabs Inc. and expanded support for Singularity container science ...

DDN reseller agreement with Tintri gives immediate support to Tintri customers ...

Fayetteville State University moves to Bright Cluster Manager 8.1 with help from Bright partner Data in Science to help take its Artificial Intelligence research to the next level ...

vScaler unlocks the benefits of virtualisation for GPU power users ...

Hardware

SDSC's Comet supercomputer extended into 2021 ...

BSC software makes Lenovo's new set of cooling technologies more energy efficient ...

MiTAC selects Mellanox BlueField System-on-Chip to accelerate their NVMe storage platforms ...

Mellanox introduces world's fastest Ethernet storage fabric controller ...

Cray reports second quarter 2018 financial results ...

Applications

Supercomputing the 'how' of chemical reactions ...

Preventing natural hazards from becoming societal disasters ...

Study of cardiac arrhythmia's is using high performance computing ...

UCF professor discovers a first-of-its-kind material for the quantum age ...

Memory-processing unit could bring memristors to the masses ...

Software framework designed to accelerate drug discovery wins IEEE International Scalable Computing Challenge ...

University at Buffalo's supercomputing facility awarded $2 million for economic development, PhD programme ...

The Cloud

How the Science Cloud could pay its way ...

Mirantis partners with Fujitsu to build supercomputer and wide-area distributed Cloud system for high performance computing at Hokkaido University ...