Primeur weekly 2018-10-22

Focus

SICOS brings HPC to SMEs, both in simulation support and training ...

Mont-Blanc 2020 project to develop key building blocks for the European Processor Initiative ...

Quantum computing

Quantum momentum ...

ISARA Corp. introduces Catalyst Agile Digital Certificate Technology to ease transition to quantum-safe future ...

Middleware

NEC and Hortonworks to co-develop high performance analytics platform for Big Data with SX-Aurora TSUBASA ...

Cadence Verification Suite enabled on Arm-Based HPC data centres ...

Penguin Computing launches Artificial Intelligence Practice ...

Hardware

MIT reshapes itself to shape the future ...

Asperitas and 2CRSI announce Immersed Computing partnership ...

DFKI receives first NVIDIA DGX-2 supercomputer in Europe ...

Marquette University receives nearly $700,000 from NSF to help acquire a supercomputing cluster ...

University of Michigan selects Dell EMC, Mellanox and DDN to supply new Great Lakes computing cluster ...

Applications

IBM introduces AI OpenScale to spur artificial intelligence adoption and transparency ...

Netherlands eScience Center to present three nominees for the Young eScientist Award 2018 ...

Simulations run at NERSC confirm thermal and electrical properties of superionic crystals ...

Supermassive black holes and supercomputers ...

New model helps define optimal temperature and pressure to forge nanoscale diamonds ...

Argonne to advance high performance computing in manufacturing ...

Computational model clarifies immune response during cardiac surgery ...

Cray keeps Haas F1 Team on right track ...

Altair acquires SIMSOLID ...

The Cloud

NTT ICT chooses Mellanox end-to-end 25G and 100G Ethernet solutions running Cumulus Networks software to accelerate their multi-Cloud service offering ...

Army researcher minimizes the impact of cyber-attacks in cloud computing ...

Second EOSC Stakeholders Forum to focus on implementation of EOSC work plan ...

SDSC's Health CI Division and University of Rhode Island announce data protection agreement ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2018-10-22

Focus

At the HPC User Forum at the Supercomputing Centre (HLRS) in Stuttgart, Germany,Primeur Magazinemet with Andreas Wierse from the SICOS company, a transfer technology business with two universities, Stuttgart and Karlsruhe as shareholders. SICOS supports small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), especially in the uptake of technologies like smart data and high-performance computing. Read further...
At the ISC'18 Conference in Frankfurt, Germany,Primeur Magazinemet Said Derradji, project coordinator of the Mont-Blanc 2020 project, on the Exhibition floor. Said Derradji works at Atos R&D in the Big Data and Security Department. The Mont-Blanc project has always been a pioneer in ARM for HPC. The first Mont-Blanc project was using a mobile processor to do HPC. The following projects, Mont-Blanc 2 and Mont-Blanc 3, focused on the ARM ecosystem and software ecosystem. Mont-Blanc 3 built a real platform with a several-grade ARM CPU, the Cavium ThunderX2. Mont-Blanc 2020 is the sequel of the Mont-Blanc project story. The idea is to now be able to develop a System-on-Chip (SoC), a European processor, based on ARM cores and optimized for HPC. Read further...

Quantum computing

A technology revolution is coming, and the University of Delaware (UD) is on the leading edge as the recipient of a $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to help develop the quantum electronics of the future. The funding is part of $31 million in quantum research projects announced September 24 by NSF Director France Córdova at a White House summit on quantum information science. Read further...
ISARA Corp., a global provider of agile quantum-safe security solutions, has launched ISARA Catalyst Agile Digital Certificate Technology, a first-of-its-kind technology that allows organisations and manufacturers to secure their infrastructure and connected devices from the looming threat of an encryption-breaking quantum computer. Read further...

Middleware

NEC Corporation and Hortonworks Inc. have launched plans for the co-development of a high performance Big Data analytics platform for AI integrating the "SX-Aurora TSUBASA" vector engine, a new hardware platform by NEC to accelerate computing using vectorization. This new platform, combined with NEC's Big Data platform "Data Platform for Hadoop", significantly improves processing performance and scalability to deliver better business results for Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning and Advanced Analytics. Read further...
The Cadence Verification Suite is now enabled for Arm-based high-performance computing (HPC) server environments. Through an industry ecosystem collaboration, software tools in the Cadence Verification Suite, including Xcelium Parallel Logic Simulation, run on the Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) Apollo 70 System, which is built using the Marvell ThunderX2 processor based on the Armv8-A architecture. The collaboration provides customers with a compute option that HPE indicates can be up to 19 percent more cost effective than other HPE industry-standard servers, enabling a new level of flexibility to make trade-off decisions pertaining to internal project priorities, user license allocation, unlicensed task execution and time to project completion. Read further...
Penguin Computing, a subsidiary of SMART Global Holdings Inc. and a provider of high-performance computing (HPC), artificial intelligence (AI), enterprise data centre, and Cloud solutions, has formed the Penguin Computing Artificial Intelligence Practice, a full service consultancy dedicated to working with organisations to achieve their AI goals. Read further...

Hardware

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has announced a new $1 billion commitment to address the global opportunities and challenges presented by the prevalence of computing and the rise of artificial intelligence (AI). The initiative marks the single largest investment in computing and AI by an American academic institution, and will help position the United States to lead the world in preparing for the rapid evolution of computing and AI. At the heart of this endeavour will be the new MIT Stephen A. Schwarzman College of Computing, made possible by a $350 million foundational gift from Mr. Schwarzman, the chairman, CEO and co-founder of Blackstone, a global asset manager. Read further...
Dutch cleantech company Asperitas and French IT specialists 2CRSI have announced a partnership on Immersed Computing during the GITEX international technology week in Dubai. Asperitas and 2CRSI are working on the integration of the Asperitas Immersed Computing solutions in the existing portfolio of hardware solutions of 2CRSI and developing new cutting edge server solutions for Immersed Computing to be offered to customers with high performance requirements. Read further...
The German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) is the first institution in Europe to receive an NVIDIA DGX-2, which is considered to be the world's most powerful AI supercomputer. Jensen Huang, founder and CEO of NVIDIA, presented the new AI system in his keynote speech at the GPU Technology Conference Europe (GTC) in Munich and referred to the outstanding work of DFKI in the field of satellite image analysis. Read further...
Marquette University has received a $681,425 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to help acquire a supercomputing cluster that is many times more powerful than the university's current system. With installation expected to begin in early 2019, the system will aid researchers across the university. The current system, installed in the late 2000s, contributed to approximately 200 research papers published by Marquette researchers. Read further...
The University of Michigan has selected Dell EMC as lead vendor to supply its new $4.8 million Great Lakes computing cluster, which will serve researchers across campus. Mellanox Technologies will provide networking solutions, and DataDirect Networks (DDN) will supply storage hardware. Great Lakes will be available to the campus community in the first half of 2019, and over time will replace the Flux supercomputer, which serves more than 2,500 active users at the University of Michigan for research ranging from aerospace engineering simulations and molecular dynamics modeling to genomics and cell biology to machine learning and artificial intelligence. Read further...

Applications

IBM has introduced AI OpenScale, a new technology platform that addresses key challenges of artificial intelligence (AI) adoption, such as concerns over how AI applications make decisions, the global shortage of AI skills and the complexities of working with disparate AI tools from multiple vendors. Read further...
Every year, the Netherlands eScience Center awards 50.000 euro of eScience expertise to a young and ambitious researcher. Applicants have to be true collaborators who apply or develop research software to solve challenging research questions in their discipline. This year the applicants are also asked how their novel research idea contributes to scientific research beyond their project. Read further...
Using a combination of experiments and simulations, materials scientists have sussed out the physical phenomenon underlying the promising electrical and thermal properties of a class of materials called superionic crystals. A better understanding of such materials could lead to safer and more efficient rechargeable batteries than the current standard-bearer of lithium ion. Read further...
The Big Bang has captured our imagination like no other theory in science: the magnificent, explosive birth of our Universe. But do you know what came next? Around 100 million years of darkness. When the cosmos eventually lit up its very first stars, they were bigger and brighter than any that have followed. They shone with UV light so intense, it turned the surrounding atoms into ions. The Cosmic Dawn - from the first star to the completion of this 'cosmic reionization', lasted roughly one billion years. Read further...
Nanodiamonds, bits of crystalline carbon hundreds of thousands of times smaller than a grain of sand, have intriguing surface and chemical properties with potential applications in medicine, opto-electronics and quantum computing. To forge these nanoscopic gemstones, researchers expose organic explosive molecules to powerful detonations in a controlled environment. These explosive forces, however, make it difficult to study the nanodiamond formation process, even under laboratory conditions. Read further...
Argonne has been awarded funding to partner with Industry to advance the use of high performance computing in manufacturing. The use of supercomputers can advance innovation in U.S. manufacturing through simulations and modelling. These methods can enable predictive design that minimizes traditional trial and error prototyping, optimizes product properties and improves estimates of product lifetimes. Read further...
A research team led by Peter Sloot, professor of Complex Adaptive Systems at the University of Amsterdam (UvA), has managed to pinpoint the mechanisms behind the immune response triggered in patients undergoing open heart surgery. The team's research reveals that by administering supplementary enzymes, so-called alkaline phosphates, to patients undergoing cardiac surgery, the latter can regain control over their own immune response. This in turn results in a surprisingly shorter recovery time and a considerably higher survival rate. The team's results were recently published in the leading open-access journalFrontiers in Immunology. Read further...
Cray Inc. has started a working relationship with Haas F1 Team in the FIA Formula One World Championship. The third-year American team will use the computational capacity of a Cray CS500 cluster supercomputer, which uses AMD EPYC 7000 processors to handle its large computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulations beginning with the 2019 season. Read further...
Altair has acquired SIMSOLID, a company founded by asking a simple question: "Why does the geometry used in the Design and Structural Simulation worlds have to be so different?" Read further...

The Cloud

End-to-end Mellanox Ethernet solutions have been selected by NTT Communications ICT Solutions (NTT ICT) to accelerate their multi-Cloud data centres. NTT ICT selected industry-leading 25G and 100G Ethernet networking technology from Mellanox including Spectrum-based switches running Cumulus Linux, ConnectX adapters, and LinkX cables and transceivers. NTT ICT, a premium global IT provider delivering solutions to Australian enterprise and government clients, selected state of the art Mellanox Ethernet technology to enable high-performance, low-latency, and easy to consume Cloud-based services, and provide customers multi-Cloud service broker solutions. Read further...
Through a collaborative research effort, an Army researcher has made a novel contribution to Cloud security and the management of cyberspace risks. Read further...
The EOSCpilot's second and final installment of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) Stakeholders Forum 2018 will be held from 21-22 November 2018 at the Austria Center Vienna. Read further...
The Health Cyberinfrastructure (CI) Division of the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California San Diego has partnered with the University of Rhode Island (URI) to provide an environment to protect a variety of data for researchers and PIs across the URI campus. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2018-10-22

Focus

SICOS brings HPC to SMEs, both in simulation support and training ...

Mont-Blanc 2020 project to develop key building blocks for the European Processor Initiative ...

Quantum computing

Quantum momentum ...

ISARA Corp. introduces Catalyst Agile Digital Certificate Technology to ease transition to quantum-safe future ...

Middleware

NEC and Hortonworks to co-develop high performance analytics platform for Big Data with SX-Aurora TSUBASA ...

Cadence Verification Suite enabled on Arm-Based HPC data centres ...

Penguin Computing launches Artificial Intelligence Practice ...

Hardware

MIT reshapes itself to shape the future ...

Asperitas and 2CRSI announce Immersed Computing partnership ...

DFKI receives first NVIDIA DGX-2 supercomputer in Europe ...

Marquette University receives nearly $700,000 from NSF to help acquire a supercomputing cluster ...

University of Michigan selects Dell EMC, Mellanox and DDN to supply new Great Lakes computing cluster ...

Applications

IBM introduces AI OpenScale to spur artificial intelligence adoption and transparency ...

Netherlands eScience Center to present three nominees for the Young eScientist Award 2018 ...

Simulations run at NERSC confirm thermal and electrical properties of superionic crystals ...

Supermassive black holes and supercomputers ...

New model helps define optimal temperature and pressure to forge nanoscale diamonds ...

Argonne to advance high performance computing in manufacturing ...

Computational model clarifies immune response during cardiac surgery ...

Cray keeps Haas F1 Team on right track ...

Altair acquires SIMSOLID ...

The Cloud

NTT ICT chooses Mellanox end-to-end 25G and 100G Ethernet solutions running Cumulus Networks software to accelerate their multi-Cloud service offering ...

Army researcher minimizes the impact of cyber-attacks in cloud computing ...

Second EOSC Stakeholders Forum to focus on implementation of EOSC work plan ...

SDSC's Health CI Division and University of Rhode Island announce data protection agreement ...