Primeur weekly 2018-08-20

Focus

NVIDIA's Tensor Core GPU offers best of both worlds for HPC and AI with multiple precision ...

Quantum computing

Another step forward on universal quantum computer ...

Quantum material is promising 'ion conductor' for research and new technologies ...

Focus on Europe

Professor Arndt Bode receives highest award for public service in Germany ...

Baycrest co-created Virtual Brain joins flagship neuroscience initiative in Europe ...

Middleware

ShareBackup could keep data in the fast lane ...

Hardware

Asetek to issue Q2 2018 with a record quarterly revenue ...

HPE triples performance and enhances energy efficiency in new supercomputer for National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) ...

NVIDIA reinvents computer graphics with Turing architecture ...

NVIDIA unveils Quadro RTX, world's first ray-tracing GPU ...

CoolIT Systems announces STULZ ANZ as master distributor for liquid cooling products in Australasian region ...

Tachyum touts benefits of universal processor for hyperscale data centres, HPC and AI markets at Hot Chips 2018 ...

"Mission: Green Computing" by Supermicro introduces total cost to the environment (TCE) for leading data centres ...

Rochester Institute of Technology awarded NSF grant to advance high-tech computer architectures ...

Applications

OmniTier's CompStor brings de novo analytics to genomics ...

Deep Learning stretches up to scientific supercomputers ...

More efficient security for Cloud-based machine learning ...

Trailblazer in computational complexity theory to receive Knuth Prize ...

Fellowships recognize tomorrow's supercomputing innovators ...

Magnetic antiparticles offer new horizons for information technologies ...

Low bandwidth? Use more colors at once ...

The Cloud

Tracking down the Big Bang: CERN and Oracle extend research and development partnership ...

Premier Indian Government think tank partners with Perlin Network to advance its national distributed computing infrastructure ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2018-08-20

Focus

At the ISC'18 Exhibition in Frankfurt, Germany,Primeur Magazinevisited the NVIDIA booth and spoke with Keith Morris, product manager for Tesla at NVIDIA. Keith Morris explained that his team is responsible for the product management of all the GPUs that go into the data centre for NVIDIA. Read further...

Quantum computing

Researchers have demonstrated holonomic quantum gates under zero-magnetic field at room temperature, which will enable the realization of fast and fault-tolerant universal quantum computers. A quantum computer is a powerful machine with the potential to solve complex problems much faster than today's conventional computer can. Researchers are currently working on the next step in quantum computing: building a universal quantum computer. Read further...
Researchers have shown how to shuttle lithium ions back and forth into the crystal structure of a quantum material, representing a new avenue for research and potential applications in batteries, 'smart windows' and brain-inspired computers containing artificial synapses. Read further...

Focus on Europe

Prof. Dr. Arndt Bode, former Chairman of the Executive Board of the Leibniz Supercomputing Centre (LRZ), has been awarded the Verdienstorden der Bundesrepublik Deutschland (Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany). The honour is the highest national award for public service in the country. Read further...
The Virtual Brain (TVB), an international brain-mapping platform co-developed by Baycrest researchers, has become part of one of the largest European research enterprises to advance neuroscience, medicine and computing. Read further...

Middleware

Anyone who has ever cursed a computer network as it slowed to a crawl will appreciate the remedy offered by scientists at Rice University. Rice engineers have developed ShareBackup, a hardware and software solution to help data centres recover from failures without slowing applications. Read further...

Hardware

Asetek reported revenue of $19.5 million in the second quarter of 2018, a 75% increase from the second quarter of 2017. First-half 2018 revenue amounted to $33.4 million, representing growth of 48% compared with the first half of 2017. The change from prior year reflects an increase in desktop revenue driven by shipments in the do-it-yourself (DIY) market. Read further...
Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) is building a new supercomputer for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) that is more energy efficient and 3.5 times more powerful than its existing system. The new development is part of a long-standing collaboration between HPE and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to apply advanced supercomputing and HPC solutions to accelerate research across various DOE agencies. The new supercomputer, which NREL has named Eagle, will be used to advance early-stage R&D on energy technologies spanning multiple DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) programmes. Read further...
NVIDIA has reinvented computer graphics with the launch of the NVIDIA Turing GPU architecture. The greatest leap since the invention of the CUDA GPU in 2006, Turing features new RT Cores to accelerate ray tracing and new Tensor Cores for AI inferencing which, together for the first time, make real-time ray tracing possible. Read further...
NVIDIA has launched its first Turing architecture-based GPUs, revolutionizing the work of 50 million designers and artists by enabling them to render photorealistic scenes in real time, add new AI-based capabilities to their workflows, and enjoy fluid interactivity with complex models and scenes. Read further...
CoolIT Systems, a global expert in reliable Direct Liquid Cooling technology for servers and data centres, has appointed STULZ ANZ as its master distributor for Rack DCLC products in the Australasian region. The agreement includes the sales and distribution of CoolIT's Coolant Distribution Units, Rack Manifolds, and associated Direct Liquid Cooling products. Under the agreement, STULZ ANZ will also become the primary provider of service and installation support in the covered region. Read further...
Tachyum CEO Dr. Radoslav Danilak from Silicon Valley start-up Tachyum Inc. will discuss how its Prodigy Universal Processor Chip combines the best attributes of CPU, GPU and TPU architectures to overcome high-performance computing challenges at Hot Chips 2018: A Symposium on High-Performance Chips at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts in Cupertino, California on August 21 at 3 p.m. Read further...
Super Micro Computer Inc., a global expert in enterprise computing, storage, networking solutions and green computing technology, has released its new short film "Mission: Green Computing", which is co-produced by Intel in association with NASA. Read further...
Researchers at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) will use photonic integrated circuit technology to improve the processing speed and energy consumption of brain-inspired computing techniques. Photonics, an emerging technology with wide-ranging potential, is essential to the United States' manufacturing capabilities in areas such as high-speed data and telecommunications. Read further...

Applications

In a joint study with researchers at the Mayo Clinic's Center for Individualized Medicine, OmniTier Inc., an application-specific, high performance solutions company, successfully demonstrated human DNA variant calling using de novo global assembly techniques with breakthrough performance and cost. Using the well-characterized NA12878 short-read sequenced genome dataset, the CompStor compute cluster completed variant-caller-ready assembly of a 50x coverage genome in less than two hours. The solution scales to 800x sequence coverage, a dataset size previously considered too large for de novo techniques but necessary to reliably identify new and infrequent variants. Read further...
Machine learning, a form of artificial intelligence, enjoys unprecedented success in commercial applications. However, the use of machine learning in high performance computing for science has been limited. Why? Advanced machine learning tools weren't designed for Big Data sets, like those used to study stars and planets. A team from Intel, National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC), and Stanford changed that situation. They developed the first 15-petaflop deep-learning software. They demonstrated its ability to handle large data sets via test runs on the Cori supercomputer. Read further...
A novel encryption method devised by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) researchers secures data used in online neural networks, without dramatically slowing their runtimes. This approach holds promise for using Cloud-based neural networks for medical-image analysis and other applications that use sensitive data. Read further...
The 2018 Donald E. Knuth Prize will be awarded to Johan Torkel Hastad of the KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden for his long and sustained record of milestone breakthroughs at the foundations of computer science, with major impact on many areas including optimization, cryptography, parallel computing, and complexity theory. The Knuth Prize is jointly bestowed by the ACM Special Interest Group on Algorithms and Computation Theory (SIGACT) and the IEEE Computer Society Technical Committee on the Mathematical Foundations of Computing (TCMF). It will be presented at the 59th Annual Symposium on Foundations of Computer Science (FOCS 2018) in Paris, France, October 7-9. Read further...
Linda Gesenhues of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and Markus Höhnerbach of RWTH Aachen University are the recipients of the 2018 ACM-IEEE CS George Michael Memorial HPC Fellowships. Linda Gesenhues is being recognized for her work on finite element simulation of turbidity currents with an emphasis on non-Newtonian fluids. Markus Höhnerbach is being recognized for his work on portable optimizations of complex molecular dynamics codes. The Fellowships are jointly presented by ACM and the IEEE Computer Society. Read further...
Nanosized magnetic particles called skyrmions are considered highly promising candidates for new data storage and information technologies. Now, physicists have revealed new behaviour involving the antiparticle equivalent of skyrmions in a ferromagnetic material. The researchers demonstrated their findings using advanced computer simulations that can accurately model magnetic properties of nanometer-thick materials. The results, which were obtained by scientists at Uppsala University in Sweden, at Kiel University and Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz in Germany, and at Université Paris-Saclay in France, were recently published inNature Electronics. Read further...
The rainbow is not just colours - each colour of light has its own frequency. The more frequencies you have, the higher the bandwidth for transmitting information. Only using one colour of light at a time on an electronic chip currently limits technologies based on sensing changes in scattered colour, such as detecting viruses in blood samples, or processing airplane images of vegetation when monitoring fields or forests. Read further...

The Cloud

The European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) is extending its partnership with Oracle for another three years. This partnership is through a research-and-development programme set up by the laboratory, called CERN openlab; it provides a unique research framework in which scientists and leading IT companies can work together. One of the aims of the partnership with Oracle is to develop a high-performance Cloud infrastructure capable of storing and analyzing vast quantities of controls data, such as that generated by the gigantic research infrastructures used at the laboratory to probe the origin of the universe. Oracle can also make use of insights gained from the program to provide its customers with extremely powerful and future-proof Cloud technologies. Read further...
The National Institution for Transforming India (NITI Aayog), the premier policy think tank for the Indian Government, has committed to partner with Perlin Network to progress the development of artificial intelligence using distributed computing infrastructure in India and to develop the concept of an "India Cloud" based on distributed computing resources. The collaboration will initially focus on machine learning and multi-party computation, with the goal of establishing and promoting distributed computing markets for these rapidly-growing sectors throughout India. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2018-08-20

Focus

NVIDIA's Tensor Core GPU offers best of both worlds for HPC and AI with multiple precision ...

Quantum computing

Another step forward on universal quantum computer ...

Quantum material is promising 'ion conductor' for research and new technologies ...

Focus on Europe

Professor Arndt Bode receives highest award for public service in Germany ...

Baycrest co-created Virtual Brain joins flagship neuroscience initiative in Europe ...

Middleware

ShareBackup could keep data in the fast lane ...

Hardware

Asetek to issue Q2 2018 with a record quarterly revenue ...

HPE triples performance and enhances energy efficiency in new supercomputer for National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) ...

NVIDIA reinvents computer graphics with Turing architecture ...

NVIDIA unveils Quadro RTX, world's first ray-tracing GPU ...

CoolIT Systems announces STULZ ANZ as master distributor for liquid cooling products in Australasian region ...

Tachyum touts benefits of universal processor for hyperscale data centres, HPC and AI markets at Hot Chips 2018 ...

"Mission: Green Computing" by Supermicro introduces total cost to the environment (TCE) for leading data centres ...

Rochester Institute of Technology awarded NSF grant to advance high-tech computer architectures ...

Applications

OmniTier's CompStor brings de novo analytics to genomics ...

Deep Learning stretches up to scientific supercomputers ...

More efficient security for Cloud-based machine learning ...

Trailblazer in computational complexity theory to receive Knuth Prize ...

Fellowships recognize tomorrow's supercomputing innovators ...

Magnetic antiparticles offer new horizons for information technologies ...

Low bandwidth? Use more colors at once ...

The Cloud

Tracking down the Big Bang: CERN and Oracle extend research and development partnership ...

Premier Indian Government think tank partners with Perlin Network to advance its national distributed computing infrastructure ...