Primeur weekly 2018-10-08

Special

Where did the first 500 million euro invested by the European Horizon 2020 programme go? ...

Focus

World's first ARM-based supercomputer Isambard is ready for science ...

Exascale supercomputing

New European project ESCAPE-2 on exascale computing for numerical weather prediction gets under way ...

Berkeley Lab, Oak Ridge, and NVIDIA team breaks exaop barrier with deep learning application ...

Coming soon to exascale computing: Software for chemistry of catalysis ...

Quantum computing

ORNL researchers advance quantum computing, science through six DOE awards ...

Berkeley Lab to build an advanced quantum computing testbed ...

Berkeley Lab to push quantum information frontiers with new programmes in computing, physics, materials, and chemistry ...

Berkeley Quantum to accelerate innovation in quantum information science ...

Quantum software company Zapata Computing adds Clark Golestani to Board ...

Defects promise quantum communication through standard optical fiber ...

Focus on Europe

Atos and the University of Reims launch ROMEO, one of the most powerful supercomputers in the world, under the sponsorship of Cedric Villani ...

Special Edition of Open e-IRG Workshop under the Austrian EU Presidency will focus on relationship between Open Science, FAIR data and EOSC ...

Goethe University to develop green supercomputer for science ...

Calling on HPC experts and enthusiasts to propose tutorials and workshops for ISC 2019 ...

ISC 2019 calls for research paper submission by December 12, 2018 ...

Middleware

USC ISI to pilot Cyberinfrastructure Center of Excellence for National Science Foundation ...

Hardware

Tintri co-founder Mark Gritter joins Tintri by DDN as CTO to lead analytics and server virtualization vision ...

DDN simplifies the AI data centre with NVIDIA ...

New research could lead to more energy-efficient computing ...

Applications

New simulation sheds light on spiraling supermassive black holes ...

DNA unzipped, turned around, and rezipped ...

Dark Energy Survey releases first year value-added data products ...

A quantum leap toward expanding the search for dark matter ...

HP-CONCORD paves the way for scalable machine learning in HPC ...

In disaster's wake, novel computing techniques support emergency responders ...

Transition metal dichalcogenides could increase computer speed, memory by a million times ...

A new brain-inspired architecture could improve how computers handle data and advance AI ...

Rochester Institute of Technology leads multi-university collaboration to simulate neutron star mergers ...

The Cloud

Oracle rolls out Autonomous NoSQL Database service ...

Quanta Cloud Technology showcases AI portfolio options at GTC Europe ...

ZeroStack delivers GPU-as-a-Service via NVIDIA hardware ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2018-10-08

Special

Which countries are member of EuroHPC JU? What European centre is most successful in securing funding? Which projects did get funding from the first half a billion euro of Horizon 2020 budget invested in HPC in Europe? Read further...

Focus

At the Workshops Day at ISC'18 in Frankfurt, Germany,Primeur Magazinetalked with Simon McIntosh-Smith, a professor of high-performance computing at the University of Bristol about the first ARM-based supercomputer. With some of his colleagues, Simon McIntosh-Smith designed and built Isambard, the world's first production-ready ARM-based supercomputer. The team worked together with Cray. The machine is actually a Cray XC50. It is a real production machine. It is not going to be just a testbed. One is going to run Isambard as a real science cluster. People in the UK will apply for time on this machine and go through a science review process. If the development team likes what they want to do, they will be allowed time on the Isambard machine. Hopefully, they will log in and use it like they would any other big high-performance machine. Read further...

Exascale supercomputing

The ESCAPE-2 kick-off meeting brought together 30 experts on computing, numerical weather prediction (NWP) and climate. The ESCAPE-2 project on energy-efficient scalable algorithms for weather and climate prediction at the exascale was formally launched with a kick-off meeting at the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) from 2 to 4 October 2018. Read further...
A team of computational scientists from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and engineers from NVIDIA has, for the first time, demonstrated an exascale-class deep learning application that has broken the exaop barrier. Read further...
The U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory is launching a four-year, $3.2 million project to develop software that will bring the power of exascale computers to the computational study and design of catalytic materials. Read further...

Quantum computing

The Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is the recipient of six awards from DOE's Office of Science aimed at accelerating quantum information science (QIS), a burgeoning field of research increasingly seen as vital to scientific innovation and national security. The awards, which were made in conjunction with the White House Summit on Advancing American Leadership in QIS, will leverage and strengthen ORNL's established programmes in quantum information processing and quantum computing. Read further...
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory will receive $30 million over five years to build and operate an Advanced Quantum Testbed (AQT). Researchers will use the testbed to explore superconducting quantum processors and evaluate how these emerging quantum devices can be utilized to advance scientific research. As part of this effort, Berkeley Lab will collaborate with MIT Lincoln Laboratory (MIT LL) to deploy different quantum processor architectures. Read further...
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has received support from the Department of Energy that significantly expands the Lab's research efforts in quantum information science, an area of research that harnesses the phenomenon of quantum coherence, in which two or more particles are so tightly entangled that a change to one simultaneously affects the other. Quantum information science seeks to utilize this phenomenon to hold, transmit, and process information. Read further...
The U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and UC Berkeley have formed Berkeley Quantum, a partnership designed to accelerate and expand innovation in quantum information science (QIS). Berkeley Quantum will advance U.S. quantum capabilities by establishing powerful research alliances among UC Berkeley, Berkeley Lab, and their partners. Participants in Berkeley Quantum projects contribute by bringing their strengths in QIS research, theory, algorithms, and applications to help solve, together, some of the most difficult problems in quantum science. Read further...
Zapata Computing, a quantum software startup that spun out of Harvard University, has appointed technology veteran Clark Golestani as a board member of the company. Most recently, Mr. Golestani served as President of Emerging Businesses and Global CIO at Merck, the $40 billion pharmaceutical giant, until his retirement earlier this year. Read further...
An international team of scientists led by the University of Groningen's Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials has identified a way to create quantum bits that emit photons that describe their state at wavelengths close to those used by telecom providers. These qubits are based on silicon carbide in which molybdenum impurities create colour centres. The results were published in the journalnpj Quantum Informationon October 1. Read further...

Focus on Europe

Atos, a global expert in digital transformation, and ROMEO, the University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne's (URCA) supercomputing centre, have inaugurated their new supercomputer ROMEO. This supercomputer, a BullSequana X1000 from Atos, is ranked amongst the most-powerful supercomputers worldwide. It is in the TOP500 and 20th in the GREEN500 ranking. Read further...
The public Open e-IRG Special Edition Workshop under the Austria EU Presidency will take place on 20-21 November 2018 in Vienna, Austria, focusing on e-Infrastructures in the broader context of the development of Open Science policies, the aspect of national nodes as foundation of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) and the open issue of Key Performance Indicators for e-Infrastructures. Read further...
A new supercomputer, on course to set new standards in the field of green IT, is currently being developed at Goethe University under the leadership of Professor Volker Lindenstruth - professorship for supercomputer architecture. The tremendously energy-efficient computer, whose development costs are comparatively low, is based on a large number of high-performing, interconnected graphic cards, and a cooling system that utilizes river water from the Main. The water cooling system lowers the primary energy use for cooling to just about 8%. Other computing centres require six to ten times this amount of energy for cooling. In 2014, a supercomputer built according to the Lindenstruth's construction principle achieved the number one slot in the world ranking of energy-efficient supercomputers. Read further...
ISC High Performance 2019 is now open for tutorial and workshop proposal submissions. If you possess expertise in a particular area of high performance computing and are interested in sharing it with your like-minded peers, the ISC 2019 Tutorials Committee and the ISC 2019 Workshops Committee would like to hear from you. Read further...
Submissions are now open for the ISC High Performance (ISC 2019) Research Paper Sessions. These sessions aim to provide first-class opportunities for engineers and scientists in academia, industry, and government to present their work in the area of high performance computing, networking, storage and AI/machine learning. Submissions will be accepted through December 12, 2018. Read further...

Middleware

How to make scientific collaboration across colleagues and continents run smoothly? That's what computer scientist, Ewa Deelman, a research director at USC Information Sciences Institute (ISI), does. As scientists work with myriad data points and pull in data from sensors all over the world, they need to work collaboratively utilize distributed resources to do complex scientific computations. Instead of reinventing the wheel for each project, Ewa Deelman creates computational tools for scientists to collaborate. One can say she creates the complex cyber 'plumbing' so that data can flow freely between, and be crunched easily by researchers to advance scientific knowledge. Read further...

Hardware

Mark Gritter, the visionary original co-founder and architect of Tintri, is joining the new organisation's executive team to serve as its chief technology officer. Before joining Tintri by DDN, Mark Gritter has enjoyed a distinguished career in technology. From his PhD programme at Stanford he joined Kealia, a developer of advanced server technology, as one of its first employees. Kealia was later acquired by Sun Microsystems. Mark Gritter then co-founded Tintri in 2008, leading the design and development of Tintri's VM-aware, flash-based file system, analytics and resource management engines. Tintri's products were successfully deployed in more than a thousand organisations, generating half a billion dollars of revenue. Read further...
DataDirect Networks (DDN) is teaming with NVIDIA to transform data centres with storage and compute solutions that are fully integrated and optimized for AI and deep learning (DL) workloads. Backed by deep AI expertise in both storage and computing, the DDN A³I platform with NVIDIA DGX-1 AI supercomputers delivers a validated, pre-configured solution that enables high performance at scale, thus making it faster and easier for every enterprise to gain data-fueled insights through the power of AI and deep learning. The details of how "AI is Made Easy" were shared by experts from DDN and NVIDIA in a live virtual event hosted by theCUBE on October 4, 2018. Read further...
Computers in the future could be more energy-efficient, thanks to new research from Binghamton University, State University at New York. Read further...

Applications

A new model is bringing scientists a step closer to understanding the kinds of light signals produced when two supermassive black holes, which are millions to billions of times the mass of the Sun, spiral toward a collision. For the first time, a new computer simulation that fully incorporates the physical effects of Einstein's general theory of relativity shows that gas in such systems will glow predominantly in ultraviolet and X-ray light. Read further...
Scientists have long known that double-stranded DNA can be unwound into single-stranded DNA by molecular motor proteins called helicases, just like pulling a zipper. But researchers at the University of Illinois have discovered that the same machinery, after changing its shape, can also put the unwound DNA back together into double-stranded DNA. Read further...
The Dark Energy Survey (DES) has made public a large set of value-added data products derived from the images and catalogs processed and generated at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, corresponding to the first year of the DES survey. Read further...
Figuring out how to extend the search for dark matter particles - dark matter describes the stuff that makes up an estimated 85 percent of the total mass of the universe yet so far has only been measured by its gravitational effects - is a bit like building a better mousetrap. That is, a mousetrap for a mouse you've never seen, will never see directly, may be joined by an odd assortment of other mice, or may not be a mouse after all. Read further...
Some of the most challenging problems in data-driven science involve understanding the interactions between thousands or even millions of variables: how a disease may be caused by a subset of the 20 thousands of human genes, or agricultural production improved by a combination of microbial species among millions in the environment. The problem is to discover the most significant relationships between all of these variables - genes that actively work together, while separating the accidental relationships - genes that occasionally appear together - or confounding effects - two genes that only interact through a common third gene. Read further...
As hurricanes barrel toward the coastlines and wildfires rage in arid regions of the United States, scientists at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory are providing critical geospatial data to support first responders as they work to save lives and property. Read further...
Transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDCs) possess optical properties that could be used to make computers run a million times faster and store information a million times more energy-efficiently, according to a study led by Georgia State University. Read further...
IBM researchers are developing a new computer architecture, better equipped to handle increased data loads from artificial intelligence. Their designs draw on concepts from the human brain and significantly outperform conventional computers in comparative studies. They report on their recent findings in theJournal of Applied Physics. Read further...
Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) is advancing computer simulations to predict, for the first time, the complete cycle of neutron stars merging with other neutron stars or black holes. The project will advance computational methods for understanding the dynamics of ejection, accretion, winds and jets in neutron star merger, and is supported by $1.5 million from NASA. Read further...

The Cloud

Oracle has made available Oracle Autonomous NoSQL Database, the newest addition to the Oracle Autonomous Database portfolio. Designed for workloads needing fast and predictable responses to simple operations, the self-driving database service enables developers to easily deploy massive-scale applications, including UI personalization, shopping carts, online fraud detection, gaming, and advertising. Using innovative machine learning and automation capabilities, Oracle Autonomous NoSQL Database delivers a significantly more reliable NoSQL database with 99.95 percent availability and is up to 70 percent lower cost than Amazon DynamoDB. Read further...
Quanta Cloud Technology (QCT), a global data centre solution provider, is displaying its intelligent computing platforms, developed in collaboration with NVIDIA, at the GPU Technology Conference (GTC) Europe. The event is part of the world's premier conference series focused on artificial intelligence (AI) as well as deep learning and its applications across many important fields. Read further...
ZeroStack, creators of a self-driving Cloud that lets users focus on their businesses, announced that its Self-Driving Cloud Platform can now detect and provide selective end-user access of NVIDIA GPUs to deliver GPU-as-a-Service. This makes the ZeroStack platform the first solution to offer cloud-based, fine-grained access to GPU services. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2018-10-08

Special

Where did the first 500 million euro invested by the European Horizon 2020 programme go? ...

Focus

World's first ARM-based supercomputer Isambard is ready for science ...

Exascale supercomputing

New European project ESCAPE-2 on exascale computing for numerical weather prediction gets under way ...

Berkeley Lab, Oak Ridge, and NVIDIA team breaks exaop barrier with deep learning application ...

Coming soon to exascale computing: Software for chemistry of catalysis ...

Quantum computing

ORNL researchers advance quantum computing, science through six DOE awards ...

Berkeley Lab to build an advanced quantum computing testbed ...

Berkeley Lab to push quantum information frontiers with new programmes in computing, physics, materials, and chemistry ...

Berkeley Quantum to accelerate innovation in quantum information science ...

Quantum software company Zapata Computing adds Clark Golestani to Board ...

Defects promise quantum communication through standard optical fiber ...

Focus on Europe

Atos and the University of Reims launch ROMEO, one of the most powerful supercomputers in the world, under the sponsorship of Cedric Villani ...

Special Edition of Open e-IRG Workshop under the Austrian EU Presidency will focus on relationship between Open Science, FAIR data and EOSC ...

Goethe University to develop green supercomputer for science ...

Calling on HPC experts and enthusiasts to propose tutorials and workshops for ISC 2019 ...

ISC 2019 calls for research paper submission by December 12, 2018 ...

Middleware

USC ISI to pilot Cyberinfrastructure Center of Excellence for National Science Foundation ...

Hardware

Tintri co-founder Mark Gritter joins Tintri by DDN as CTO to lead analytics and server virtualization vision ...

DDN simplifies the AI data centre with NVIDIA ...

New research could lead to more energy-efficient computing ...

Applications

New simulation sheds light on spiraling supermassive black holes ...

DNA unzipped, turned around, and rezipped ...

Dark Energy Survey releases first year value-added data products ...

A quantum leap toward expanding the search for dark matter ...

HP-CONCORD paves the way for scalable machine learning in HPC ...

In disaster's wake, novel computing techniques support emergency responders ...

Transition metal dichalcogenides could increase computer speed, memory by a million times ...

A new brain-inspired architecture could improve how computers handle data and advance AI ...

Rochester Institute of Technology leads multi-university collaboration to simulate neutron star mergers ...

The Cloud

Oracle rolls out Autonomous NoSQL Database service ...

Quanta Cloud Technology showcases AI portfolio options at GTC Europe ...

ZeroStack delivers GPU-as-a-Service via NVIDIA hardware ...