Primeur weekly 2018-10-15

Special

EuroHPC is just the tip of the HPC iceberg ...

Focus

Excellerat project to create Centre of Excellence for boosting engineering application codes into exascale area ...

Crowd computing

Perlin Network to provide distributed income for the next billion ...

Quantum computing

D-Wave launches Leap, the first real-time Quantum Application Environment ...

Quantum computers tackle big data with machine learning ...

Quantum Xchange addresses need for national quantum initiatives in U.S. ...

Middleware

WekaIO appoints Andy Watson as CTO ...

Sylabs announces new release of Singularity to expand current ecosystem of resources that tackles today's most demanding workloads ...

Global cross-industry players join efforts to support the ecosystem and market development for edge and HPC solutions ...

Hardware

Veoneer introduces autonomous driving supercomputer based on Zenuity software and NVIDIA processing power ...

Centro Epson Meteo migrates HPC applications to Verne Global to boost meteorological forecasting capabilities ...

RISC-V Design Contest calls on embedded designers to push the limits of innovation ...

Dutch DAS-6 high performance computer infrastructure gets funding ...

NVIDIA introduces RAPIDS open-source GPU-acceleration platform for large-scale data analytics and machine learning ...

Applications

Fujitsu drives quantum-inspired project to help solve NatWest's complex optimization challenges ...

NVIDIA Holodeck at GTC demonstrated on Boston Roamer Multi-User VR wireless solution ...

Premium electric automaker NIO uses Panasas ActiveStor storage to accelerate product design and development ...

HPC-AI Advisory Council and ISC Group call for team proposals for Eighth Annual Student Cluster Competition, June 2019 ...

Australia's DownUnder GeoSolutions selects Skybox Datacenters and Houston, Texas for global expansion of revolutionary oil & gas exploration technology ...

Making sense of the complex ...

ALCF selects new data science projects ...

University of Southern California chooses Univa to manage growing infrastructure and accelerate machine learning research ...

Technion and Intel to inaugurate joint Center for Artificial Intelligence ...

Supercomputer predicts optical and thermal properties of complex hybrid materials ...

The Cloud

Oracle and NVIDIA bring the power of the Cloud to the next generation of analytics, machine learning and AI ...

IBM and NVIDIA collaborate to expand open source machine learning tools for data scientists ...

Atos launches inaugural AI lab in London with Google Cloud ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2018-10-15

Special

Too little too late? Some of the recent articles about EuroHPC compare the amount of money in EuroHPC JU, mostly conveniently rounded to 1 billion euro, and the time scale - exascale in 2022/2023 - to exascale numbers and timeframes from the USA, China, and Japan. Comparing numbers from different countries and continents is, of course, always difficult. But one thing that is often overlooked is the fact that EuroHPC JU is just the tip of the iceberg: most money and most efforts in HPC in Europe are spent at national and regional levels. Some countries, Germany and France, would be able to buy an exascale system on their own. Perhaps a few years later, perhaps even in the same time frame. As an example, it is often mentioned that Europe does not have any system in the Top 10, just discarding the Piz Daint at CSCS in Switzerland. Actually that there is no system in Germany in the Top 10 of the world's fastest supercomputers is accidental, due to non-overlapping funding cycles. As can be seen from the recent supercomputing acquisitions in Germany, it is indeed likely that a German based supercomputer will return to the Top 10 again. Read further...

Focus

At the HPC User Forum at the Supercomputing Centre (HLRS) in Stuttgart, Germany,Primeur Magazinehad the opportunity to talk with Bastian Koller about a new project funded by the European Commission. The project is called Excellerat and it came out of the call in March 2018. With Excellerat, the team will address one of the big topics in Europe when one goes to the exascale area, which is engineering. Read further...

Crowd computing

Perlin has built a secure and ultra-fast network platform to utilize the vast amounts of idle compute power available on computers, smartphones, game consoles, mining rigs and other devices globally. Device owners anywhere will be able to monetize their unused computing power by renting it to Cloud users on the Perlin Network. Perlin is strongly positioned to further grow and expand the already huge Cloud market, currently valued at around $187B and expected to grow to $302B by 2021. Leveraging this vast untapped pool of computing resources, Perlin will be a significantly more affordable and socially conscious decentralized alternative for Cloud computing users globally. Read further...

Quantum computing

D-Wave Systems Inc., an expert in quantum computing systems and software, has made available free, real-time access to the D-Wave Leap Quantum Application Environment (QAE). Leap is the first Cloud-based QAE providing real-time access to a live quantum computer. In addition to access, Leap provides open-source development tools, interactive demos and coding examples, educational resources, and knowledge base articles. Designed for developers, researchers, and forward-thinking enterprises, Leap enables collaboration through its online community, helping Leap users write and run quantum applications to accelerate the development of real-world applications. Read further...
Every two seconds, sensors measuring the United States' electrical grid collect 3 petabytes of data - the equivalent of 3 million gigabytes. Data analysis on that scale is a challenge when crucial information is stored in an inaccessible database. Read further...
In response to the White House's National Cyber Strategy released in September, Quantum Xchange, a provider of secure communications and unbreakable encryption, urges the U.S. technology industry and law makers to take immediate action and lead the development of quantum-safe defensive solutions for data security. Read further...

Middleware

WekaIO, an innovation expert in high-performance, scalable file storage for data intensive applications, has appointed Andy Watson as Chief Technical Officer (CTO). Read further...
Sylabs, a provider of container runtime solutions for Enterprise Performance Computing (EPC) and High-Performance Computing (HPC) workloads, has released a new version of its innovative container software: Singularity 3.0. This release focuses on providing users with access to an expanded suite of resources, including Remote Builder, Container Library, and Key Management services. Singularity 3.0 also features several platform enhancements, including Singularity Image Format (SIF), cryptographically signed and verifiable container images, base code rewrite into Go/C, enhanced instance support, and networking management for containers. These new enterprise-class features further differentiate Singularity as the premier container runtime solution, enabling your company to seamlessly and efficiently tackle today's most demanding Artificial Intelligence (AI), machine/deep learning, and advanced analytic workloads. Read further...
Atos, E4, Forschungszentrum Jülich, Fraunhofer FOKUS, Huawei, Mellanox, and SUSE announce their efforts furthering the development of an open and feature-rich ecosystem to support the evolving needs of the various industries undergoing digitalization and of all their respective stakeholders. This collaboration includes several relevant players, including both solution providers and key customers. Read further...

Hardware

Veoneer Inc., a global pure-play company focused on Advanced Driving Assistance Systems (ADAS) and Automated Driving (AD), has developed the "Zeus" supercomputer - designed to meet the requirements for level 4 Autonomous Driving with Zenuity's Autonomous Driving software stack, based on the NVIDIA DRIVE AGX Xavier running NVIDIA DRIVE OS. Read further...
Centro Epson Meteo - Expert Meteo, one of Europe's most innovative meteorological forecasting organisations, will be utilising Vernon Global's HPC optimised bare-metal infrastructure solution, hpcDIRECT, to accelerate and improve the accuracy of its forecasting and data analytics capabilities. Read further...
The RISC-V Foundation, a non-profit corporation controlled by its members to drive the adoption and implementation of the free and open RISC-V instruction set architecture (ISA), has issued the call for submissions for the RISC-V SoftCPU Contest. The aim of the contest is to further promote the use of the vendor-independent, modular and reusable RISC-V ISA in FPGA applications, and push the limits of state-of-the-art design by encouraging designers to create innovative FPGA soft CPU implementations with the RISC-V ISA. The contest is sponsored by Google, Antmicro and Microchip Technology, through its Microsemi subsidiary, which are Founding Platinum members of the RISC-V Foundation. Read further...
The Dutch Science organisation NWO has announced that the DAS-6 proposal submitted by the DAS steering committee, headed by prof. Henri Bal of the Free University - Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, will receive 500.000 euro funding to build the next-generation high performance computing infrastructure. Read further...
NVIDIA has launched a GPU-acceleration platform for data science and machine learning, with broad adoption from industry leaders, that enables even the largest companies to analyze massive amounts of data and make accurate business predictions at unprecedented speed. Read further...

Applications

Fujitsu has issued details of a ground-breaking proof of concept (PoC) project with NatWest for its quantum-inspired Digital Annealer technology. Fujitsu is helping the bank solve some of its most complex, challenging and time-consuming financial investment problems by optimizing its mix of high-quality liquid assets including bonds, cash and government securities. Read further...
A wireless immersive VR experience of NVIDIA Holodeck will be demonstrated at GTC Europe on the Boston Roamer Multi-User VR (MU-VR). Read further...
NIO, a pioneer in China's premium electric vehicle market, has selected Panasas ActiveStor storage technology to support the ongoing product design and development efforts of its high-performance, premium electric vehicles. NIO delivered its first mainstream production car, the 7-seater ES8 high-performance electric SUV, in June 2018 in China. The ES8 features an onboard pilot system, an advanced autonomous driving assistant, and the first in-car intelligent AI system. NIO plans to launch its next vehicle, the 5-seater ES6 electric SUV in late 2018. Read further...
The HPC-AI Advisory Council (HPCAIAC), a for community-benefit organisation promoting HPC and AI education, along with the ISC Group, organizers of Europe's premier HPC forum, has opened call for team entries for the 2019 ISC-HPCAIAC Student Cluster Competition (SCC). Teams of up to six students, currently enrolled in four-year higher education and undergraduate-degree programmes, can submit proposals for the 2019 competition through November 9, 2018. Organizers will announce team selections November 15, 2018 and host a total of twelve teams in Germany, June 17-19, 2019 during the 34th annual ISC High Performance Conference and Exhibition. The main conference will be held from June 16-20, 2019. Read further...
Australia-based DownUnder GeoSolutions (DUG) has selected Skybox Datacenters and Houston, Texas for its global expansion of a revolutionary oil and gas exploration technology. The deal, represented by Bennett Data Center Solutions, marks the largest colocation transaction in Houston's history with a 15 megawatt data centre that will be housed at the Skybox Houston campus, located in Houston's Energy Corridor. Read further...
When they learned of the publication of a collaborator's research showing that long-term use of synthetic estrogen alters the microbiome in the guts of mice, the Visual Intelligence for Biology (VI-Bio) group took a brief moment to congratulate themselves on another successful attainment of their mission statement, then dove back into their work. Read further...
The Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF), a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science User Facility, has selected four new projects to continue its ALCF Data Science Programme (ADSP). These projects will utilize machine learning, deep learning, and other artificial intelligence (AI) methods to enable data-driven discoveries across scientific disciplines. Read further...
Univa, an innovator in workload management and optimization solutions for high-performance computing (HPC) and enterprise customers, is working with the Information Sciences Institute (ISI), a unit of the University of Southern California's Viterbi School of Engineering, to help manage their growing infrastructure and accelerate the group's machine learning research. Read further...
The Technion - Israel Institute of Technology and Intel Corporation inaugurated a new Center for Artificial Intelligence (AI) on October 8th. The Center is chartered with advancing research in AI fields and collaboration between Technion and Intel researchers. Read further...
Materials scientists at Duke University computationally predicted the electrical and optical properties of semiconductors made from extended organic molecules sandwiched by inorganic structures. These types of so-called layered "hybrid organic-inorganic perovskites" - or HOIPs - are popular targets for light-based devices such as solar cells and light-emitting diodes (LEDs). The ability to build accurate models of these materials atom-by-atom will allow researchers to explore new material designs for next-generation devices. Read further...

The Cloud

Oracle is the first public Cloud provider to support the NVIDIA HGX-2 platform on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, to meet the needs of the next generation of analytics, machine learning and AI. The companies also have made available support for GPU-accelerated deep learning and HPC containers from the NVIDIA GPU Cloud (NGC) container registry on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. Read further...
IBM plans to incorporate the new RAPIDS open source software into its enterprise-grade data science platform for on-premises, hybrid, and multi-Cloud environments. With IBM's vast portfolio of deep learning and machine learning solutions, it is best positioned to bring this open-source technology to data scientists regardless of their preferred deployment model. Read further...
Atos, a global expert in digital transformation, together with Google Cloud, has welcomed Minister for Digital and the Creative Industries, Rt Hon Margot James MP to launch Atos' first artificial intelligence (AI) lab under the Atos and Google Cloud's global partnership. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2018-10-15

Special

EuroHPC is just the tip of the HPC iceberg ...

Focus

Excellerat project to create Centre of Excellence for boosting engineering application codes into exascale area ...

Crowd computing

Perlin Network to provide distributed income for the next billion ...

Quantum computing

D-Wave launches Leap, the first real-time Quantum Application Environment ...

Quantum computers tackle big data with machine learning ...

Quantum Xchange addresses need for national quantum initiatives in U.S. ...

Middleware

WekaIO appoints Andy Watson as CTO ...

Sylabs announces new release of Singularity to expand current ecosystem of resources that tackles today's most demanding workloads ...

Global cross-industry players join efforts to support the ecosystem and market development for edge and HPC solutions ...

Hardware

Veoneer introduces autonomous driving supercomputer based on Zenuity software and NVIDIA processing power ...

Centro Epson Meteo migrates HPC applications to Verne Global to boost meteorological forecasting capabilities ...

RISC-V Design Contest calls on embedded designers to push the limits of innovation ...

Dutch DAS-6 high performance computer infrastructure gets funding ...

NVIDIA introduces RAPIDS open-source GPU-acceleration platform for large-scale data analytics and machine learning ...

Applications

Fujitsu drives quantum-inspired project to help solve NatWest's complex optimization challenges ...

NVIDIA Holodeck at GTC demonstrated on Boston Roamer Multi-User VR wireless solution ...

Premium electric automaker NIO uses Panasas ActiveStor storage to accelerate product design and development ...

HPC-AI Advisory Council and ISC Group call for team proposals for Eighth Annual Student Cluster Competition, June 2019 ...

Australia's DownUnder GeoSolutions selects Skybox Datacenters and Houston, Texas for global expansion of revolutionary oil & gas exploration technology ...

Making sense of the complex ...

ALCF selects new data science projects ...

University of Southern California chooses Univa to manage growing infrastructure and accelerate machine learning research ...

Technion and Intel to inaugurate joint Center for Artificial Intelligence ...

Supercomputer predicts optical and thermal properties of complex hybrid materials ...

The Cloud

Oracle and NVIDIA bring the power of the Cloud to the next generation of analytics, machine learning and AI ...

IBM and NVIDIA collaborate to expand open source machine learning tools for data scientists ...

Atos launches inaugural AI lab in London with Google Cloud ...