Primeur weekly 2018-08-13

Focus

DEEP-EST project is exploring the nuts and bolts of mildly disruptive modular supercomputing architecture ...

Gidel's FPGAs only use 1% of their capacity for lossless compression and encryption ...

German HPC and EuroHPC, a question of competitive collaboration benefiting science ...

Quantum computing

NSF launches effort to create practical quantum computer ...

The Rigetti 128-qubit chip and what it means for quantum ...

Quantum chains in graphene nanoribbons ...

Tying electrons down with nanoribbons ...

Focus on Europe

Falling moons: When proto-Earth met its makers - German and Israeli supercomputers spend 100 weeks crunching astronomical numbers ...

PRACE SHAPE Programme supports three further SMEs ...

High Performance Computing for a better agriculture ...

ExCAPE: developing new medicines with high performance computing ...

RDA Grants for Early Careers and Experts - Join the 12th RDA Plenary, 5-8 November 2018, Botswana as part of the International Data Week 2018 ...

Middleware

NetApp and NVIDIA supercharge deep learning with new AI architecture ...

Ohio Supercomputer Center hosting sixth meeting of the MVAPICH Users Group ...

Julia 1.0 has now been released ...

Hardware

Supermicro opens new era of petascale computing with a family of all-flash NVMe 1U systems scalable up to a petabyte of high performance storage ...

DDN building new flash enterprise virtualisation and analytics division with 100 new hires planned through September ...

Co-construction of the future university: Sugon signs with XJTLU ...

Intel launches world's densest, totally silent solid state drive ...

Intel's vision for the future of memory and storage with Optane + QLC ...

University of Texas at Arlington researcher working to use computer cache to speed up memory access ...

Applications

Blue Waters professor Kaiyu Guan receives AGU Early Career Award ...

NCSA Brown Dog project wins Best Technical Paper at PEARC18 ...

2018 NCSA Blue Waters Symposium presentations now available ...

Supercomputer simulations show new target in HIV-1 replication ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2018-08-13

Focus

At the ISC'18 Exhibition,Primeur Magazinemet Norbert Eicker at the Mont-Blanc booth. Norbert Eicker participates in the DEEP-EST project which is one of the Horizon2020 projects that develops technology for supercomputing. Norbert Eicker works at the Jülich Supercomputing Center leading the technology development in the field of supercomputer architectures. In the DEEP-EST project, the partners think about how the cluster technology which is kind of the common standard in HPC right now, can be developed into the future and especially on how to organize heterogeneity in future HPC architectures. Read further...
At the ISC'18 Exhibition in Frankfurt, Germany,Primeur Magazinevisited the Gidel booth and spoke to Ofer Pravda. Gidel is a company that is already 25 years in the market in general and specifically in the HPC market for the last 10 years. Gidel is offering a solution based on an FPGA product that provides an end-to-end solution to the customer. It can function as a tool for his IP or algorithm as well, as a full turnkey solution with Gidel's knowledge and experience to implement the customer's requirements. Read further...
After his presentation at ISC'18 in the session "German HPC in Context",Primeur Magazinewas able to talk with Michael Resch, Chairman of the Gauss Centre for Supercomputing. His talk covered the German HPC developments, also in connection with the European developments in EuroHPC. Michael Resch toldPrimeur Magazinethat all these things fit nicely together because Germany has been very active. It was among the first countries to sign the agreement for the EuroHPC Declaration. This fits nicely, both to the German strategy and the German strategy fits nicely into EuroHPC. These are two very complementary activities. Read further...

Quantum computing

From codebreaking to aircraft design, complex problems in a wide range of fields exist that even today's best computers cannot solve. To accelerate the development of a practical quantum computer that will one day answer currently unsolvable research questions, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded $15 million over five years to the multi-institution Software-Tailored Architecture for Quantum co-design (STAQ) project. Read further...
Rigetti Computing is committed to building the world's most powerful computers. However, the true value of quantum will be unlocked through practical applications. Everything Rigetti developers do, is through the lens of experimenting with quantum computers to solve some of society's most pressing problems. Read further...
Empa researchers, together with colleagues from the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research in Mainz and other partners, have achieved a breakthrough that could in future be used for precise nanotransistors or - in the distant future - possibly even quantum computers, as the team reports in the current issue of the scientific journalNature. Read further...
Scientists are experimenting with narrow strips of graphene, called nanoribbons, in hopes of making cool new electronic devices, but University of California, Berkeley scientists have discovered another possible role for them: as nanoscale electron traps with potential applications in quantum computers. Read further...

Focus on Europe

The Moon is Earth's only natural satellite. Its creation still raises many questions for astrophysical research - indeed, the Moon may not have been alone in the skies of primeval Earth. Recent studies have shown that there was once a number of smaller moons - known as moonlets - yet we do not know what became of them. Read further...
Following the seventh call for applications to SHAPE, three more SMEs will be able to start working with PRACE to gain access to HPC expertise and resources, expand their HPC experience and ultimately enhance their business. Read further...
Using high performance computing resources, a team of researchers from Laboratoire de Chimie et Physique Quantiques de Toulouse aimed to understand the interactions between pesticides and a soil component. The results help us track pesticide levels in watercourses. Read further...
The EU-funded ExCAPE project is devising ways to develop new medicines fast using high performance computing and machine learning. Read further...
Research Data Alliance (RDA) Europe continues its series of support programmes for data researchers and practitioners and is now running 2 Open Calls to facilitate participation of 7 RDA Early Career Researchers and 5 Expert RDA members to the 12th RDA Plenary meeting in Botswana. Read further...

Middleware

Hybrid Cloud provider NetApp has introduced NetApp ONTAP AI proven architecture, powered by NVIDIA DGX supercomputers and NetApp AFF A800 Cloud-connected all-flash storage to simplify, accelerate, and scale the data pipeline across edge, core and Cloud for deep learning deployments and to help customers achieve real business impact with AI. Read further...
A broad array of researchers, developers, system administrators, and students who share an interest in the MVAPICH open-source library for high performance computing have gathered at the Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC) August 6-8 for the sixth meeting of the MVAPICH Users Group (MUG). Read further...
The much anticipated 1.0 release of Julia is the culmination of nearly a decade of work to build a language for greedy programmers. The JuliaCon2018 event celebrated the event with a reception where the community officially set the version to 1.0.0 together. Read further...

Hardware

Super Micro Computer Inc., a global expert in enterprise computing, storage, networking solutions and green computing technology, has unveiled a new 1U system that supports 1 Petabyte (PB) of all-flash NVMe (Non-Volatile Memory Express) storage via 32 Intel EDSFF SSDs in the Intel booth at the Flash Memory Summit 2018 from August 7-9 at the Santa Clara Convention Center. Read further...
DataDirect Networks (DDN), a global Big Data storage supplier to data-intensive, global organisations, is rapidly hiring engineers, support and sales team members for its newly-created Server Virtualization, Analytics, VDI, Container and DevOps division. The new division will focus on helping enterprises get the most value out of their flash, virtualized and containerized hybrid Cloud environments. The company is targeting to complete this round of hiring by the end of September. Read further...
On August 2, Xi'an Jiaotong Liverpool University (XJTLU) held a Launch and Signing Ceremony for the XJTLU Entrepreneur College, Taicang Campus. At the ceremony, Sugon and XJTLU cosigned a strategic cooperation agreement. According to the agreement, in the future, both sides will connect research development with industry cooperation, conduct technology incubation and transfer, and explore together integrated education and development path of future universities, by co-constructing AI and an Advanced Computing School, offering a major of Statistic Science and Big Data Technology, and other measures. Read further...
Fast disappearing from data centres are power-hungry spinning hard disk drives that hum, buzz, run warm or even hot, require fans and expensive cooling systems, and can crash unexpectedly. Intel's newest solid state drive (SSD), the PCIe-based QLC Intel SSD D5-P4326, is about the size of an old-fashioned 12-inch ruler, and can store 32 terabytes. That is equivalent to triple the entire printed collection of the U.S. Library of Congress. Read further...
Intel outlines its vision for reimagining memory and storage with Optane + QLC. Intel is reimagining the memory-and-storage market and igniting a new era of computing with a combination of two unique memory technologies in memory and storage solutions no one in the industry currently offers: Intel Optane and Intel QLC 3D NAND. Read further...
Computer memory capacity has expanded greatly, allowing machines to access data and perform tasks very quickly, but accessing the computer’s central processing unit, or CPU, for each task slows the machine and negates the gains that a large memory provides. Read further...

Applications

What if we could predict, in real-time, crop productivity and water use for the entire United States corn belt? Using the help of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications' (NCSA) Blue Waters supercomputer, Blue Waters Professor Kaiyu Guan has found a way to simulate and project crop growth and water use to help ensure food security and environmental sustainability, while also optimizing farm efficiency for the entire American corn belt. Read further...
The National Center for Supercomputer Applications' (NCSA) Brown Dog project was awarded with "Best Technical Paper" at the annual Practice & Experience in Advanced Research Computing (PEARC) Conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Read further...
Researchers from around the United States convened in Sunriver, Oregon, last month for the 2018 NCSA Blue Waters Symposium to share their research and scientific discoveries from the past year enabled by NCSA's Blue Waters supercomputer. Read further...
HIV-1 replicates in ninja-like ways. The virus slips through the membrane of vital white blood cells. Inside, HIV-1 copies its genes and scavenges parts to build a protective bubble for its copies. Scientists don't understand many of the details of how HIV-1 can fool our immune system cells so effectively. The virus infects 1.2 million people in the U.S. and 37 million people worldwide in 2018. Supercomputers helped model a key building block in the HIV-1 protective capsid, which could lead to strategies for potential therapeutic intervention in HIV-1 replication. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2018-08-13

Focus

DEEP-EST project is exploring the nuts and bolts of mildly disruptive modular supercomputing architecture ...

Gidel's FPGAs only use 1% of their capacity for lossless compression and encryption ...

German HPC and EuroHPC, a question of competitive collaboration benefiting science ...

Quantum computing

NSF launches effort to create practical quantum computer ...

The Rigetti 128-qubit chip and what it means for quantum ...

Quantum chains in graphene nanoribbons ...

Tying electrons down with nanoribbons ...

Focus on Europe

Falling moons: When proto-Earth met its makers - German and Israeli supercomputers spend 100 weeks crunching astronomical numbers ...

PRACE SHAPE Programme supports three further SMEs ...

High Performance Computing for a better agriculture ...

ExCAPE: developing new medicines with high performance computing ...

RDA Grants for Early Careers and Experts - Join the 12th RDA Plenary, 5-8 November 2018, Botswana as part of the International Data Week 2018 ...

Middleware

NetApp and NVIDIA supercharge deep learning with new AI architecture ...

Ohio Supercomputer Center hosting sixth meeting of the MVAPICH Users Group ...

Julia 1.0 has now been released ...

Hardware

Supermicro opens new era of petascale computing with a family of all-flash NVMe 1U systems scalable up to a petabyte of high performance storage ...

DDN building new flash enterprise virtualisation and analytics division with 100 new hires planned through September ...

Co-construction of the future university: Sugon signs with XJTLU ...

Intel launches world's densest, totally silent solid state drive ...

Intel's vision for the future of memory and storage with Optane + QLC ...

University of Texas at Arlington researcher working to use computer cache to speed up memory access ...

Applications

Blue Waters professor Kaiyu Guan receives AGU Early Career Award ...

NCSA Brown Dog project wins Best Technical Paper at PEARC18 ...

2018 NCSA Blue Waters Symposium presentations now available ...

Supercomputer simulations show new target in HIV-1 replication ...