Primeur weekly 2018-10-29

Exascale supercomputing

Mind Commerce releases findings from Exascale computing market research ...

China launches third prototype exascale computer ...

Quantum computing

Quantum Technologies Flagship kicks off with first 20 projects ...

Quantum Xchange selects Zayo Group for dark fiber to deploy first quantum network in the United States ...

Shielded quantum bits ...

Quantum network to test unhackable communications ...

Artificial intelligence controls quantum computers ...

Focus on Europe

TETRAMAX launches the largest pan-European technology brokerage network on customized low-energy computing ...

Maestro Consortium addresses the ubiquitous problems of data movement in data-intensive applications and workflows ...

Hardware

Cray and Stradigi AI partner to crack the code on enterprise AI implementation ...

Mellanox ships more than 2.1 million Ethernet adapters in the first three quarters of 2018 ...

Mellanox delivers five consecutive quarters of record results ...

DDN shatters SPEC SFS 2014 benchmark records ...

Lawrence Livermore unveils NNSA's Sierra, world's third fastest supercomputer ...

AI acceleration with NEC's new vector computer ...

Trisymbiotic IP, a small start-up, announces U.S. Patent 10,020,436 which surpasses in facilities efficiency the fastest supercomputers from the U.S. and China ...

Applications

Department of Energy to issue upcoming solicitation for High Performance Computing Initiative ...

Shaheen sets subsurface mapping world record ...

Unprecedented insight into the sun's fusion reactor ...

Dr. David E. Shaw selected to receive 2018 IEEE-CS Seymour Cray Computer Engineering Award ...

HPC-AI Advisory Council and Stanford High Performance Computing Center announce 9th Annual Stanford Conference, February 2019 ...

The Cloud

IBM to acquire Red Hat, completely changing the Cloud landscape and becoming world's first hybrid Cloud provider ...

Altair and Oracle offer faster high-performance computing in the Cloud ...

Oracle Cloud gives easy access to partner solutions ...

NetApp Data Fabric enables businesses to drive competitive advantage with AI ...

EuroFlash

Gauss Centre for Supercomputing supports team deFAUlt at SC18 Student Cluster Competition ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2018-10-29

Exascale supercomputing

Recent developments in supercomputers are pushing computation to levels previously unreachable as evidenced by IBM's Oak Ridge National Laboratory supercomputer Summit recently achieving 200 petaFLOPs (200,000 trillion calculations per second). While 200 petaFLOPs is a considerable achievement, the race is on to develop Exascale computing, which will provide at least one exaFLOP of processing power, representing one billion-billion calculations per second. Stated differently, exascale-level computing provides one quintillion calculations each second. China has committed to reach this goal by the end of 2020. Read further...
China has launched a third prototype exascale computing machine, the next-generation supercomputer, according to the developing company. The Shuguang exascale computer is expected to be put into operation in national supercomputing centres in Shanghai and Shenzhen, said its developer Dawning Information Industry Co. Ltd. Read further...

Quantum computing

The Quantum Technologies Flagship, a 1 billion euro initiative, was launched on 29 October 2018 at a high-level event in Vienna hosted by the Austrian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. Read further...
Quantum Xchange has signed an agreement with Zayo Group, a communications infrastructure provider, for dark fiber to deploy the first Quantum Key Distribution (QKD) network in the United States. As Quantum Xchange's first strategic infrastructure partner, Zayo is providing access to 800 kilometers of existing optical fiber that spans from Boston to Washington, D.C. Quantum Xchange will use the dark fiber to activate the initial leg of its nationwide QKD network - connecting the financial markets on Wall Street with back office operations in New Jersey. Read further...
A theoretical concept to realize quantum information processing has been developed by Professor Guido Burkard and his team of physicists at the University of Konstanz. The researchers have found ways to shield electric and magnetic noise for a short time. This will make it possible to use spins as memory for quantum computers, as the coherence time is extended and many thousand computer operations can be performed during this interval. The study was published in the current issue of the journalPhysical Review Letters. Read further...
As the number of hacks and security breaches rapidly climbs, scientists say there may be a way to make a truly unhackable network by using the laws of quantum physics. To explore the concept, scientists are creating a network in the Chicago area that taps the principles of quantum physics to send information. Such a link could one day form the basis for a truly secure network, which would have wide-ranging impact on communications, computing and national security. The federal government estimates that malicious cyber activity cost the U.S. economy between $57 billion and $109 billion in 2016. Read further...
Quantum computers could solve complex tasks that are beyond the capabilities of conventional computers. However, the quantum states are extremely sensitive to constant interference from their environment. The plan is to combat this using active protection based on quantum error correction. Florian Marquardt, Director at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light, and his team have now presented a quantum error correction system that is capable of learning thanks to artificial intelligence. Read further...

Focus on Europe

Linking together 28 national innovation ecosystems, representing a total of 370 institutions, the TETRAMAX innovation action on low-energy computing has created the largest pan-European technology brokerage network on low-energy computing. Read further...
Appentra, the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA), Cray, the Swiss National Supercomputing Centre (CSCS) operated by ETH Zurich, the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF), Jülich Supercomputing Centre and Seagate Technologies have formed a new consortium that will address the ubiquitous problems of data movement in data-intensive applications and workflows. The "Maestro" consortium will be supported by a three-year grant from the European Commission's H2020 Future Enabling Technologies for HPC (FETHPC) programme, to build a data- and memory-aware middleware framework for data-intensive computing. Read further...

Hardware

Cray Inc. and Stradigi AI, a Canadian artificial intelligence (AI) solutions provider, have signed a strategic partnership to offer AI implementation solutions combining Stradigi AI's specialized data science skills with Cray's supercomputing expertise and advanced technologies. Under the partnership, Cray will bundle Stradigi AI's domain expertise with its Cray Accel AI starter kit to deliver tailored solutions for proofs-of-concept to deployment at scale. The offering delivers two necessary ingredients to successful AI adoption: access to seasoned AI data scientists and workflow experts and ownership of technology tuned to conquer AI business process implementations. Read further...
Mellanox Technologies Ltd., a supplier of high-performance, end-to-end interconnect solutions for data centre servers and storage systems, has shipped more than 2.1 million Ethernet adapters during the first nine months of 2018. This milestone is significant, as it signals that high-performance Ethernet technology - 25G and faster - has moved beyond the Super 7 Cloud and web titans. The adoption of high-performance Ethernet technology has spread to enterprise data centres globally, including the next wave of Cloud, telco/service providers, financial services and more. Read further...
Mellanox Technologies Ltd., a supplier of high-performance, end-to-end interconnect solutions for data centre servers and storage systems, has issued preliminary financial results for its third quarter 2018 ended September 30, 2018. Read further...
DataDirect Networks (DDN), a provider of the world's most performant scalable storage, has launched record performance results across the entire spectrum of the SPEC SFS 2014 benchmark suite. The SPEC SFS 2014 benchmarks provide a standardized approach to comparing performance for file server throughput and response time across different vendor platforms. In the latest round of testing, DDN improved on existing benchmark results by at least 25 percent. Read further...
The Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and its industry partners have officially unveiled Sierra, one of the world's fastest supercomputers, at a dedication ceremony to celebrate the system's completion. Read further...
NEC Corporation is supporting the Stanford DAWN project, an initiative to simplify the building of AI-powered applications, by providing a cluster of new "SX-Aurora TSUBASA" vector computers for research in the area of Artificial Intelligence (AI). Read further...
Inventor Matteo Gravina patents three inventions for high performance computing and data centre industries. With over 200 GFLOPs per watt claimed by the patent portfolio. Read further...

Applications

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) High Performance Computing for Energy Innovation (HPC4EI) Initiative will issue its first joint solicitation between the High Performance Computing for Materials (HPC4Mtls) Programme and the High Performance Computing for Manufacturing (HPC4Mfg) Programme in November 2018. This solicitation will seek qualified industry partners to participate in short-term, collaborative projects with DOE's national laboratories. Read further...
As the largest peninsula on Earth, the Arabian Peninsula measures over 3.2 million square kilometers. For decades, scientists have sought to map the geologic formations of the area and its surrounding seas for the purposes of resource extraction to within one meter. Thanks to world-record simulations run on the KAUST supercomputer Shaheen, that goal may be within reach. Read further...
Scientists from the Borexino Collaboration have published the most comprehensive analysis to date of neutrinos from the nuclear fusion process inside the sun. With the aid of the observatory for almost undetectable "ghost particles", located 1,400 metres below the Earth's surface in the Gran Sasso massif near Rome, they were able to obtain a complete solar neutrino spectrum and clearly detect neutrinos from a previously unconfirmed reaction for the first time. Their findings will be published in the renowned journalNature. Read further...
Dr. David E. Shaw, chief scientist of D.E. Shaw Research and a senior research fellow at the Center for Computational Biology and Bioinformatics at Columbia University, has been named recipient of the 2018 IEEE Computer Society Seymour Cray Computer Engineering Award. Read further...
The HPC-AI Advisory Council (HPCAIAC) in collaboration with the Stanford High Performance Computing Center (HPCC) has announced the call for sponsors and session proposals for the annual Stanford Conference taking place at Stanford University's Munger Conference Center, February 14-15, 2019. Focused on topics of great societal importance and responsibility, contributed talk proposals from across industries and interests are being accepted through December 04, 2018, for February's two-day conference that combines immersive best practices, hands-on tutorials and workshop submissions with thought leadership talks on AI, Data Sciences, HPC, Machine Learning and much more. Read further...

The Cloud

IBM and Red Hat, a global provider of open source Cloud software, have reached a definitive agreement under which IBM will acquire all of the issued and outstanding common shares of Red Hat for $190.00 per share in cash, representing a total enterprise value of approximately $34 billion. Read further...
Altair has expanded its relationship with Oracle to offer on-demand, Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) technology on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, accelerating external aerodynamics and other complex flow simulations. This new offering, powered by GPU technology, provides a highly-scalable solution at an affordable cost. Read further...
To help customers take advantage of its growing ecosystem of partner applications and solutions, Oracle has included the Oracle Cloud Marketplace within the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure console. The Oracle Cloud Marketplace is an online store for thousands of Oracle and partner-built business applications and services, including FireEye, HighJump, and ICS Financial Systems. Read further...
NetApp, a data authority for hybrid Cloud, has introduced ONTAP 9.5, MAX Data, StorageGRID SG6060, NetApp Solution Support for FlexPod, and Flash Performance Guarantee. These new data services and solutions further extend the NetApp Data Fabric across edge, core, and Cloud and enable organisations to fully realize the promise of artificial intelligence. Read further...

EuroFlash

The Gauss Centre for Supercomputing (GCS) is continuing its tradition of sponsoring German undergraduate students participating in the Student Cluster Competition (SCC) at the Supercomputing Conference 2018 (SC18). This year, team "deFAUlt" - a team of six students of the Friedrich-Alexander-University (FAU) of Erlangen-Nuremberg - represents Germany in a field of 15 international student teams taking part in the student challenge. The competition is integrated into SC18, held in Dallas, Texas, USA, November 11-16, 2018. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2018-10-29

Exascale supercomputing

Mind Commerce releases findings from Exascale computing market research ...

China launches third prototype exascale computer ...

Quantum computing

Quantum Technologies Flagship kicks off with first 20 projects ...

Quantum Xchange selects Zayo Group for dark fiber to deploy first quantum network in the United States ...

Shielded quantum bits ...

Quantum network to test unhackable communications ...

Artificial intelligence controls quantum computers ...

Focus on Europe

TETRAMAX launches the largest pan-European technology brokerage network on customized low-energy computing ...

Maestro Consortium addresses the ubiquitous problems of data movement in data-intensive applications and workflows ...

Hardware

Cray and Stradigi AI partner to crack the code on enterprise AI implementation ...

Mellanox ships more than 2.1 million Ethernet adapters in the first three quarters of 2018 ...

Mellanox delivers five consecutive quarters of record results ...

DDN shatters SPEC SFS 2014 benchmark records ...

Lawrence Livermore unveils NNSA's Sierra, world's third fastest supercomputer ...

AI acceleration with NEC's new vector computer ...

Trisymbiotic IP, a small start-up, announces U.S. Patent 10,020,436 which surpasses in facilities efficiency the fastest supercomputers from the U.S. and China ...

Applications

Department of Energy to issue upcoming solicitation for High Performance Computing Initiative ...

Shaheen sets subsurface mapping world record ...

Unprecedented insight into the sun's fusion reactor ...

Dr. David E. Shaw selected to receive 2018 IEEE-CS Seymour Cray Computer Engineering Award ...

HPC-AI Advisory Council and Stanford High Performance Computing Center announce 9th Annual Stanford Conference, February 2019 ...

The Cloud

IBM to acquire Red Hat, completely changing the Cloud landscape and becoming world's first hybrid Cloud provider ...

Altair and Oracle offer faster high-performance computing in the Cloud ...

Oracle Cloud gives easy access to partner solutions ...

NetApp Data Fabric enables businesses to drive competitive advantage with AI ...

EuroFlash

Gauss Centre for Supercomputing supports team deFAUlt at SC18 Student Cluster Competition ...