Primeur weekly 2018-11-19

Exascale supercomputing

Cray to offer powerful performance with support for Intel Cascade Lake advanced performance processors ...

HLRS and HPE collaborate to build world's fastest supercomputer for industrial production ...

Crowd computing

Smartphones enable study to combat pregnancy complications ...

Focus on Europe

BSC, in charge of the quality control of the Climate Data Store of Copernicus Climate Change Service ...

Fall 2018 edition of the e-IRG Magazine available ...

PRACE 19th Call for Proposals pilots improved industry access track ...

Middleware

Maui High-Performance Computing Center and the University of Manchester join the OpenMP Effort ...

Hardware

CoolIT Systems partners with Intel to develop Direct Liquid Cooling solutions for Xeon Scalable processors ...

DDN Storage powers research beyond the earthly data centre ...

Atos expands BullSequana X supercomputer range to include AMD processors ...

Penguin Computing releases Scyld ClusterWare 11, new architecture allows additional cluster types, sizes, and security options ...

Supermicro delivers maximum performance to power breakthroughs in a wide range of HPC applications ...

Applications

Altius Institute accelerates genomics research with Igneous ...

Berkeley Lab computer simulations find climate change making hurricanes more intense ...

Two teams honoured for using supercomputers to combat opioid addiction and understand climate change ...

Modelling reveals dynamics of climate change, urbanization and heat-mitigating technologies ...

TOP500

Most powerful supercomputer in the Nordic region enters TOP500 ...

The Cloud

Oracle Cloud unveils new HPC offerings to support mission critical workloads ...

Igneous strengthens integration with Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform, and Microsoft Azure ...

Red Hat drives unified foundation for Kubernetes and virtual machines with Red Hat OpenStack Platform 14 ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2018-11-19

Exascale supercomputing

Cray Inc. will support Intel's upcoming Cascade Lake advance performance processors in systems starting in 2019. The Intel Xeon Scalable processors will first be available in Cray's CS500 line of systems and then, in 2020, on Cray's new exascale-class systems, code named Shasta. Designed for the most demanding high-performance computing (HPC) and artificial intelligence (AI) workloads, Cascade Lake advanced performance processors will offer Cray customers a new powerful and flexible option in customizing their supercomputing platforms. Read further...
The High-Performance Computing Center of the University of Stuttgart (HLRS) and Hewlett Packard Enterprise announced a joint collaboration to deliver the centre's next-generation supercomputer, 3,5 times faster than its current system. The upcoming system, which HLRS has named Hawk, will be the world's fastest supercomputer for industrial production, powering computational engineering and research across science and industrial fields to advance applications in energy, climate, mobility, and health. Read further...

Crowd computing

To combat pregnancy complications and maternal mortality, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded the University of Texas (UT) at Austin a $1.2 million Smart and Connected Health grant to support research using smartphones to monitor 1,000 pregnant women in the Austin area. Read further...

Focus on Europe

The European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF), the entrusted entity for the Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S), has signed with the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) the contract for the implementation of the Evaluation and Quality Control (EQC) function of the C3S Climate Data Store (CDS). The CDS is the largest fully public global repository of climate data. Read further...
The e-Infrastructure Reflection Group (e-IRG) has published a new edition of the e-IRG Magazine. This Fall edition of the new e-IRG Magazine is now available for download. Read further...
On recommendation of its Industrial Advisory Committee (IAC), PRACE will include in its 19th Call for Proposals for Project Access a pilot to increase the industrial uptake of Tier-0 High Performance Computing (HPC). The Call will allocate up to 10% of the offered resources to industrial projects, which will be evaluated separately from and before academic submissions to the same Call. Read further...

Middleware

The Maui High-Performance Computing Center (MHPCC) and the University of Manchester have joined the OpenMP ARB, a group of hardware and software vendors and research organisations creating the standard for the most popular shared-memory parallel programming model in use today. Read further...

Hardware

CoolIT Systems, a world expert in modular, scalable data centre liquid cooling technology, has partnered with Intel to develop high performance Direct Liquid Cooling solutions for Intel Xeon Scalable CPUs, including the recently announced Advanced Performance processors - codename Cascade Lake - coming in H1 2019. Read further...
NASA's Mars InSight lander, which is preparing for arrival on Mars on November 26, to conduct an in-depth study into the crust, mantle and core of Mars, is being supported by DataDirect Networks' (DDN) solutions to manage the intensely important information linked to the mission. Read further...
Atos has added support for AMD EPYC processors in its upcoming BullSequana X range of supercomputers. The next generation AMD EPYC processor, codenamed "Rome", is expected to be available in Atos' new BullSequana XH2000 liquid cooled supercomputer, with availability in 2019. Read further...
Penguin Computing, a subsidiary of SMART Global Holdings Inc. and provider of high-performance computing (HPC), artificial intelligence (AI), enterprise data centre and Cloud solutions, has introduced Scyld ClusterWare 11, a new, redesigned version of its HPC cluster management software system. Read further...
Super Micro Computer Inc., a global expert in enterprise computing, storage, networking solutions and green computing technology, has demonstrated the industry's broadest selection of new high-performance computing (HPC) systems at SuperComputing 2018 (SC18). Supermicro also hosted several speaker sessions including representatives from Intel, NVIDIA, and AMD. Read further...

Applications

Altius Institute for Biomedical Sciences selected the Igneous Unstructured Data Management-as-a-Service solution to protect and manage its massive genomic datasets, which are critical to Altius' mission to pursue discovery at the leading edge of biomedicine. The initial deployment of Igneous is protecting over a petabyte of data, and Altius expects to use Igneous' DataFlow and DataDiscover solutions to accelerate collaboration with its partners. Read further...
New supercomputer simulations by climate scientists at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have shown that climate change intensified the amount of rainfall in recent hurricanes such as Katrina, Irma, and Maria by 5 to 10 percent. They further found that if those hurricanes were to occur in a future world that is warmer than present, those storms would have even more rainfall and stronger winds. Read further...
ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery, has announced that two teams will share the 2018 ACM Gordon Bell Prize. A seven-member team affiliated with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory is recognized for their paper "Attacking the Opioid Epidemic: Determining the Epistatic and Pleiotropic Genetic Architectures for Chronic Pain and Opioid Addiction", and a 12-member team affiliated with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory is recognized for their paper "Exascale Deep Learning for Climate Analytics". Read further...
The near-term future of Earth is one of a warming planet, as urban expansion and greenhouse gas emissions stoke the effects of climate change. Current climate projections show that in U.S. cities temperatures are expected to rise by 2 to 7 C (3.6 to 12.6 F) by the year 2099. Read further...

TOP500

The 52nd edition of the TOP500 list of most powerful supercomputers has been announced at SC18, the international conference for high performance computing (HPC). ClusterVision, one of Europe's dedicated HPC specialists, has added to the list the first phase of Tetralith, the latest flagship supercomputer of National Supercomputer Centre (NSC) at Linkoping University, Sweden. Once fully installed, Tetralith will be the most powerful supercomputer in the Nordic region. Read further...

The Cloud

Oracle has made available new bare metal Oracle Cloud Infrastructure compute instances to help enterprises run various performance sensitive workloads, such as artificial intelligence (AI) or engineering simulations, in the Cloud. These new instances are part of Oracle's new "Clustered Network", which gives customers access to a low latency and high bandwidth RDMA network. Oracle now provides large organisations with a complete set of solutions for any high performance computing (HPC) workload, enabling businesses to capitalize on the benefits of modern Cloud computing while enjoying performance comparable to on-premises compute clusters at a cost that makes sense for their businesses. Read further...
Igneous, an expert in Unstructured Data Management (UDM), has made available enhanced integrations with all three major public Cloud storage providers. These enhanced integrations give data-centric organisations the flexibility and control to programmatically move individual datasets and exports to any storage tier in public Clouds. In addition, Cloud data management operations are handled via the Igneous UDM as-a-Service solution, affording customers lower operational costs. Read further...
Red Hat Inc., a global provider of open source solutions, has launched Red Hat OpenStack Platform 14, the latest version of Red Hat's massively-scalable, Cloud-native apps-ready Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) solution. Based on the OpenStack "Rocky" community release, Red Hat OpenStack Platform 14 more tightly integrates with Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform, the industry's most comprehensive enterprise Kubernetes platform, bringing even more support for Kubernetes to enterprise-grade OpenStack. Paired with capabilities to improve bare-metal resource consumption and enhance deployment automation, Red Hat OpenStack Platform 14 aims to deliver a single infrastructure offering that can lay the foundation for traditional, virtualized and Cloud-native workloads. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2018-11-19

Exascale supercomputing

Cray to offer powerful performance with support for Intel Cascade Lake advanced performance processors ...

HLRS and HPE collaborate to build world's fastest supercomputer for industrial production ...

Crowd computing

Smartphones enable study to combat pregnancy complications ...

Focus on Europe

BSC, in charge of the quality control of the Climate Data Store of Copernicus Climate Change Service ...

Fall 2018 edition of the e-IRG Magazine available ...

PRACE 19th Call for Proposals pilots improved industry access track ...

Middleware

Maui High-Performance Computing Center and the University of Manchester join the OpenMP Effort ...

Hardware

CoolIT Systems partners with Intel to develop Direct Liquid Cooling solutions for Xeon Scalable processors ...

DDN Storage powers research beyond the earthly data centre ...

Atos expands BullSequana X supercomputer range to include AMD processors ...

Penguin Computing releases Scyld ClusterWare 11, new architecture allows additional cluster types, sizes, and security options ...

Supermicro delivers maximum performance to power breakthroughs in a wide range of HPC applications ...

Applications

Altius Institute accelerates genomics research with Igneous ...

Berkeley Lab computer simulations find climate change making hurricanes more intense ...

Two teams honoured for using supercomputers to combat opioid addiction and understand climate change ...

Modelling reveals dynamics of climate change, urbanization and heat-mitigating technologies ...

TOP500

Most powerful supercomputer in the Nordic region enters TOP500 ...

The Cloud

Oracle Cloud unveils new HPC offerings to support mission critical workloads ...

Igneous strengthens integration with Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform, and Microsoft Azure ...

Red Hat drives unified foundation for Kubernetes and virtual machines with Red Hat OpenStack Platform 14 ...