Primeur weekly 2018-10-01

Focus

Thomas Lippert to propose modular way of thinking to optimize both supercomputing technology and HPC policy ...

Exascale supercomputing

Argonne team brings leadership computing to CERN's Large Hadron Collider ...

Quantum computing

Quantum science funding flows into Argonne ...

DOE announces $218 million for quantum information science ...

University College London partners with Google to grow quantum software industry in the UK ...

University of Maryland scientists awarded $1 million to generate single photons for quantum research ...

Focus on Europe

High-performance computer SuperMUC-NG put into operation at the Leibniz Supercomputing Center ...

ML4Q Cluster to develop new computing and networking architectures using the principles of quantum mechanics ...

Industry partnership to create the world’s most accurate simulation of an aircraft jet engine ...

SHAPE 8th Call for Applications is open from 1 October 2018 until 1 December 2018 ...

Supercomputer Noctua inaugurated at Paderborn University ...

The ESFRI Roadmap 2018 on Research Infrastructures in Europe is available online ...

UK Met Office chooses Cray AI solution to unlock business value from weather data ...

Research Minister Karliczek and Prime Minister Laschet to commission Jülich supercomputer JUWELS ...

Hardware

Mellanox InfiniBand to accelerate U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory's new supercomputer ...

Applications

Simulations show new phenomenon with nanopore DNA sequencing ...

PSC and Pitt to build computing infrastructure for molecular atlas ...

Members of Illinois' Nanomanufacturing Node develop new tool for building minuscule objects ...

How a zombie fish may one day save your heart ...

Smaller, faster and more efficient modulator sets to revolutionize opto-electronic industry ...

Simulation software with humble beginnings receives $1.7 million from National Science Foundation ...

A new way to count qubits ...

Machine learning helps improving photonic applications ...

PRACE 17th Call for Proposals allocates significant HLST support next to computing time ...

San Diego Supercomputer Center opens new BlockLAB research laboratory ...

PRACE informed next generation of scientists about HPC in Europe at EUCYS 2018 ...

The Cloud

AWS Announces New Amazon EC2 High Memory Instances for Large In-Memory Databases ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2018-10-01

Focus

At the ISC'18 Conference in Frankfurt, Germany,Primeur Magazinehad the opportunity to talk with Thomas Lippert, who has recently become Chair of PRACE. Apart from that, he is also Director of the Jülich Supercomputing Centre where the first module of a new HPC system has been installed. This system is procured in the framework of the Gauss Centre for Supercomputing in Germany. The machine of about 10 Petaflops CPU performance and 2 Petaflops of GPU performance is called JUWELS. This first module is part of a modular supercomputer. Read further...

Exascale supercomputing

CERN's Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the world's largest particle accelerator, expects to produce around 50 petabytes of data this year. This is equivalent to nearly 15 million high-definition movies - an amount so enormous that analyzing it all poses a serious challenge to researchers. A team of collaborators from the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory is working to address this issue with computing resources at the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF), a DOE Office of Science User Facility. Since 2015, this team has worked with the ALCF on multiple projects to explore ways supercomputers can help meet the growing needs of the LHC's ATLAS experiment. Read further...

Quantum computing

Argonne will receive more than $11 million in funding over three years as part of a series of grants tied to quantum information science. Read further...
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced $218 million in funding for 85 research awards in the important emerging field of Quantum Information Science (QIS). The awards were made in conjunction with the White House Summit on Advancing American Leadership in QIS, highlighting the high priority that the Administration places on advancing this multidisciplinary area of research, which is expected to lay the foundation for the next generation of computing and information processing as well as an array of other innovative technologies. Read further...
University College London (UCL) is joining forces with Google to launch a GBP 5.5 million Prosperity Partnership, which aims to harness the revolutionary power of quantum computers for applications in modelling and simulation. The initiative, funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), is a collaboration between the UCL Quantum Science and Technology Institute, Google Quantum AI Lab and the University of Bristol Quantum Information Institute. It also includes UK start-up companies GTN and PhaseCraft. Read further...
A team from the University of Maryland (UMD) has been awarded $1 million by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop methods for generating single photons at room temperature in semiconducting carbon nanotubes. The project, which could result in new interfaces between electronic circuits and photonic devices, is part of a $31 million NSF effort to fund transformational quantum research that will enable the United States to lead a new quantum technology revolution. Read further...

Focus on Europe

Experiments and simulations frequently produce enormous volumes of data. The new high-performance computer SuperMUC-NG at the Leibniz Supercomputing Center (LRZ) in Garching is currently the fastest computer in Germany, assisting scientists at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) in handling enormous quantities of data. On September 24, 2018, the new supercomputer was put into operation for the first time. Read further...
The German Research Foundation (DFG) and the German Science Council (WR) announced the successful Clusters of Excellence in the national Excellence Strategy competition on 27 September, 2018. With the Excellence Strategy, the German federal and state governments want to strengthen the academic landscape in Germany and further promote the country's top position in the international competition of universities. One of the successful Clusters is the ML4Q. The concept for the ML4Q Cluster has been jointly developed by the University of Cologne as coordinating university, RWTH Aachen University, and the University of Bonn, with contributions from Forschungszentrum Jülich. Read further...
The University of Bristol has won a large new research project, called ASiMoV - Advanced Simulation and Modelling of Virtual Systems - in partnership with Rolls-Royce and a consortium of partners, including the universities of Cambridge, Edinburgh, Oxford, Warwick, and two local SMEs, CFMS and Zenotech. The 5-year, EPSRC-funded project, also referred to as a 'Prosperity Partnership', is one of seven such projects announced. Read further...
The Eighth Call for Applications to SHAPE - SME HPC Adoption Programme in Europe - invites applications from European SMEs with an interesting idea that would benefit from High Performance Computing for increasing their competitiveness. Read further...
On Friday 21st September, the new supercomputer "Noctua" - Latin for Little Owl - was inaugurated at Paderborn University. The high-performance computing system is expected to be one of the ten most powerful university installations within Germany. This is the first step on the path into a new era: The construction of a new data centre and research facility will commence in 2019, with the federal state of Germany, the state North Rhine-Westphalia and Paderborn University contributing a total of 25.4 million euro until 2022. Out of this, a total of 10 million euro will be invested towards the installation of the Noctua supercomputer. Based on the recommendation of the German Council for Science and Humanities (Wissenschaftsrat), the Joint Science Conference (Gemeinsame Wissenschaftskonferenz, GWK) approved funding for the project in June 2017. Read further...
The European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) has published the updated Strategy Report and Roadmap 2018 that identifies eight scientifically leading projects from previous Roadmaps which, after ten years of incubation, have reached the operational phase, or are well advanced in their construction, and deserved the ESFRI Landmark status, as well as six new projects that were selected, among the collected proposals, for their strategic potential and impact for strengthening European research. Read further...
The Met Office, the United Kingdom's National Weather Service, has expanded its Cray XC40 supercomputer with artificial intelligence (AI) and analytics capabilities. The Met Office added Cray's Urika-XC AI and analytics software suite to its supercomputer to unlock the highest levels of business value from the massive volumes of weather data it processes daily. Read further...
The currently fastest supercomputer in Germany, JUWELS, officially started operations at the Forschungszentrum Jülich on September 18, 2018. Federal Research Minister Anja Karliczek and North Rhine-Westphalia's Prime Minister Armin Laschet together with the board of the research centre symbolically commissioned the new "crown jewel" of the Jülich Supercomputing Center (JSC), the first building block of a completely new modular supercomputer system. The federal government and the state of North Rhine-Westphalia are committed by the year 2025 with more than 145 million euro for the further development of supercomputing of the top international class in Jülich. Read further...

Hardware

Mellanox InfiniBand has been chosen to accelerate the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory's (NREL) new supercomputer. The new 8 Petaflop system named "Eagle" will consist of more than 2100 nodes and deliver 3 times the performance compared to NREL's current supercomputing platform. Eagle will be put into production in January 2019. Read further...

Applications

Any truck operator knows that hydraulics do the heavy lifting. Water does the work because it's nearly incompressible at normal scales. But things behave strangely in nanotechnology, the control of materials at the scale of atoms and molecules. Using supercomputers, scientists found a surprising amount of water compression at the nanoscale. These findings could help advance medical diagnostics through creation of nanoscale systems that detect, identify, and sort biomolecules. Read further...
A collaboration of Pittsburgh institutions will play a key role in enabling biologists to explore the human body in exquisite detail. By flipping among digital maps of different features revealed by modern molecular biology and imaging techniques, scientists will be able to chart a path through human health and disease using massive datasets that would otherwise be too complex to navigate. The Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC), a programme of Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh, and the Department of Biomedical Informatics (DBMI) at Pitt's School of Medicine are undertaking the work as part of $54 million in funding by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for the Human BioMolecular Atlas Programme (HuBMAP). Read further...
As the world around us relies on smaller and smaller technologies, research to determine how to construct these miniscule structures is accelerating in importance. First, micro manufacturing of various materials became crucial to the development of tiny technologies we know today, but researchers in the College of Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) are working to take it a step further, by creating tools to enable nanomanufacturing, or manufacturing at the nanoscale, one billion times less than standard. Read further...
Take a dead fish, tie it to a string, and put it in a tank of water. Then, slowly start moving the water through the tank, swirling it faster and faster. Something seemingly miraculous happens - our scaled friend begins to swim. No, it's not a mysterious rising from the dead. Instead, this "zombie" fish is due to the interaction between the fish's body and the water as it flows around him. Very similar to how wind can pick up and make a flag on a flagpole move, water can create movement in a fish, regardless of whether it is alive. Read further...
A research team comprising members from City University of Hong Kong (CityU), Harvard University and renowned information technologies laboratory has successfully fabricated a tiny on-chip lithium niobate modulator, an essential component for the optoelectronic industry. The modulator is smaller, more efficient with faster data transmission and costs less than traditional ones. The technology is set to revolutionise the industry. Read further...
In 1998, Wolfgang Bangerth was a master's student in Germany who needed to solve a math problem. He wrote a few lines of software code that helped him solve the problem and get his thesis written. Read further...
Researchers at Syracuse University, working with collaborators at the University of Wisconsin (UW)-Madison, have developed a new technique for measuring the state of quantum bits, or qubits, in a quantum computer. Read further...
Nanostructures can increase the sensitivity of optical sensors enormously - provided that the geometry meets certain conditions and matches the wavelength of the incident light. This is because the electromagnetic field of light can be greatly amplified or reduced by the local nanostructure. The Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB) Young Investigator Group "Nano-SIPPE" headed by Prof. Christiane Becker is working to develop these kinds of nanostructures. Computer simulations are an important tool for this. Dr. Carlo Barth from the Nano-SIPPE team has now identified the most important patterns of field distribution in a nanostructure using machine learning, and has thereby explained the experimental findings very well for the first time. Read further...
The 17th Call for Proposals for PRACE Project Access received 60 eligible proposals, of which 42 were awarded a total of 1.7 thousand million core hours. This brings the total number of Project Access proposals awarded to 652 since 2010 and the total amount of computing time awarded by PRACE to date above 19 thousand million core hours. Read further...
The Center for Large Scale Data Systems (CLDS) at the San Diego Supercomputer Center, UC San Diego, formally opened a new blockchain research laboratory with the objectives of exploring the principal technologies and business use cases in blockchains, distributed ledgers, digital transactions, and smart contracts. Read further...
For the third time PRACE took part with a booth at the exhibition and as sponsor of the special award in Computational Science at the European Union Contest for Young Scientists (EUCYS) which celebrated its 30th edition in in Dublin, Ireland from 15 September to 18 September 2018. The contest is managed by the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation of the European Commission in cooperation with a different host country each year. The contest seeks to support national efforts to attract young people to study science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), so they eventually choose careers in science and research. Read further...

The Cloud

Amazon Web Services Inc., an Amazon.com company, has made available new High Memory instances for Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2). Purpose built to run large in-memory databases, including production deployments of SAP HANA, Amazon EC2 High Memory instances deliver 6 TB, 9 TB, and 12 TB of memory today, with 18 TB and 24 TB instances coming in 2019. Combining the largest memory sizes available in the Cloud with the agility and reliability of AWS, Amazon EC2 High Memory instances enable customers to scale their in-memory database deployments and seamlessly integrate them with the rest of AWS, including storage, networking, IoT, analytics, and machine learning services. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2018-10-01

Focus

Thomas Lippert to propose modular way of thinking to optimize both supercomputing technology and HPC policy ...

Exascale supercomputing

Argonne team brings leadership computing to CERN's Large Hadron Collider ...

Quantum computing

Quantum science funding flows into Argonne ...

DOE announces $218 million for quantum information science ...

University College London partners with Google to grow quantum software industry in the UK ...

University of Maryland scientists awarded $1 million to generate single photons for quantum research ...

Focus on Europe

High-performance computer SuperMUC-NG put into operation at the Leibniz Supercomputing Center ...

ML4Q Cluster to develop new computing and networking architectures using the principles of quantum mechanics ...

Industry partnership to create the world’s most accurate simulation of an aircraft jet engine ...

SHAPE 8th Call for Applications is open from 1 October 2018 until 1 December 2018 ...

Supercomputer Noctua inaugurated at Paderborn University ...

The ESFRI Roadmap 2018 on Research Infrastructures in Europe is available online ...

UK Met Office chooses Cray AI solution to unlock business value from weather data ...

Research Minister Karliczek and Prime Minister Laschet to commission Jülich supercomputer JUWELS ...

Hardware

Mellanox InfiniBand to accelerate U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory's new supercomputer ...

Applications

Simulations show new phenomenon with nanopore DNA sequencing ...

PSC and Pitt to build computing infrastructure for molecular atlas ...

Members of Illinois' Nanomanufacturing Node develop new tool for building minuscule objects ...

How a zombie fish may one day save your heart ...

Smaller, faster and more efficient modulator sets to revolutionize opto-electronic industry ...

Simulation software with humble beginnings receives $1.7 million from National Science Foundation ...

A new way to count qubits ...

Machine learning helps improving photonic applications ...

PRACE 17th Call for Proposals allocates significant HLST support next to computing time ...

San Diego Supercomputer Center opens new BlockLAB research laboratory ...

PRACE informed next generation of scientists about HPC in Europe at EUCYS 2018 ...

The Cloud

AWS Announces New Amazon EC2 High Memory Instances for Large In-Memory Databases ...