Primeur weekly 2018-12-10

Quantum computing

Researchers demonstrate new building block in quantum computing ...

Atos to participate in two major Quantum Flagship Initiative programmes ...

European Union grants 14 million to Swiss researchers, fuelling the next quantum revolution with the research project HERO ...

Harnessing the power of 'spin orbit' coupling in silicon: Scaling up quantum computation ...

Will light be the basis for quantum computing? ...

Focus on Europe

ISC High Performance Travel Grant Programme 2019 now open ...

Middleware

NERSC users begin implementing MFA for higher security access to Cori ...

Hardware

New DDN Storage-powered technology platform delivers researchers capability for real-time analysis of high-rate microscopy data ...

Intel announces neuromorphic research progress ...

Mellanox Ethernet adapter facilitates high performance network solutions at Alibaba ...

NVIDIA reveals the Titan of Turing: TITAN RTX ...

Supermicro unleashes all-flash NVMe 1U petabyte scale systems at Gartner Data Center Conference 2018 ...

Supercomputers without waste heat ...

Intel and Berkeley Lab look beyond CMOS to the future of logic devices ...

Spectra7 achieves low latency error free performance with Mellanox ConnectX-5 network adapters ...

Oral Roberts University to inaugurate new supercomputer ...

Tachyum achieves engineering-proof status: All critical Prodigy components exceed design goals ...

Applications

LIGO supercomputer upgrade will speed up groundbreaking astrophysics research ...

University of Wyoming faculty have until December 28 to apply for supercomputer use ...

HPC-AI Advisory Council & Swiss National Supercomputing Centre announce Swiss Conference & HPCXXL User Group, April 2019 ...

The Cloud

Atos works on European project in collaboration with South Korea on Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain and IoT ...

Quobyte Data Center File System now available on Google Cloud Platform marketplace ...

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Edition: weekly - Issue: 2018-12-10

Quantum computing

Researchers with the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have demonstrated a new level of control over photons encoded with quantum information. Their research was published inOptica. Joseph Lukens, Brian Williams, Nicholas Peters, and Pavel Lougovski, research scientists with ORNL's Quantum Information Science Group, performed distinct, independent operations simultaneously on two qubits encoded on photons of different frequencies, a key capability in linear optical quantum computing. Qubits are the smallest unit of quantum information. Read further...
Atos, a global expert in digital transformation, has held its 5th Atos Quantum Scientific Council meeting in Bezons. The members of the Scientific Council made of universally recognized quantum physicists and mathematicians reviewed the two research and development projects selected for the "Quantum Flagship" - a one-billion-euro EU-funded initiative to develop quantum technologies - and acknowledged the European leadership of Atos in the quantum field. Read further...
An ERC Grant is the most prestigious award for excellent European research projects. A team with three researchers from the ETH Domain had also applied for such a grant. Today, Gabriel Aeppli from the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI), Henrik Rønnow from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL), and Nicola Spaldin from ETH Zurich, together with their colleague Alexander Balatsky from Nordita, Stockholm University, received the contract signed by the EU confirming the extraordinary 14 million euro funding. With this funding, they will join their expertise to look into the heart of materials. Using the large research facilities at PSI, they plan to uncover new quantum effects which up to now have been overlooked or could not be seen by previously employed methods. They will also design new materials with useful quantum properties. Such new properties could be of use for data processing or data storage in the future and thus become the backbone of future electronics for the benefit of our society. Read further...
Australian scientists have investigated new directions to scale up qubits - utilising the spin-orbit coupling of atom qubits - adding a new suite of tools to the armory. Read further...
A team from INRS performs computing operations using highly complex quantum states - marking an important milestone in the development of quantum computing. Read further...

Focus on Europe

The ISC High Performance Travel Grant Programme is intended to enable one university student and one young researcher who lack funding opportunities to attend the ISC High Performance conference in June 2019. Successful candidates are required to attend the full conference programme, from 16 June through 20 June. They will be assigned a mentor, who will help them get the most out of the conference by suggesting relevant programme sessions and introducing them to experts in various research fields. The application deadline is 15 February 2019. The notification of acceptance is 4 March 2019. Read further...

Middleware

Starting this January, all NERSC users will be required to use multi-factor authentication (MFA), a security measure that provides greater protection than regular passwords against phishing and other modern threats to digital security. MFA will require NERSC users to log in to NERSC systems using their NIM passwords plus a "one-time password" generated by an authenticator app installed on a mobile device. Read further...

Hardware

DataDirect Networks (DDN), a market provider of at-scale storage solutions, has achieved a breakthrough in microscopy workflows that enables real-time analysis for improved resolution of images. Comprehensive testing of DDN AI200 shared parallel storage appliance, a NVIDIA DGX-1 system and the Microvolution advanced processing software demonstrates significant experimental and economic benefits, delivering 1600-fold better yield compared with traditional microscopy workflows, and 8X faster time to insight than using Cloud-based infrastructure. Read further...
Intel has named academic, government and corporate research groups participating in its Intel Neuromorphic Research Community (INRC) and discussed research progress from the inaugural INRC symposium held in October. The goal of the INRC is to tackle the challenges facing the adoption of neuromorphic architectures for mainstream computing applications. INRC members will use Intel's Loihi research chip as the architectural focal point for research and development. Intel hopes the findings of this community will drive future improvement of neuromorphic architectures, software and systems, eventually leading to the commercialization of this promising technology. Read further...
Mellanox Technologies Ltd.'s RDMA over Ethernet (RoCE) 25Gbps ConnectX network adapters have been successfully deployed in Alibaba Infrastructure Services' production network. Alibaba, one of the world's largest online and mobile e-commerce companies, leverages RDMA's high throughput and low latency to accelerate the performance of a wide range of applications, including its key online services. Read further...
NVIDIA has introduced NVIDIA TITAN RTX, the world's most powerful desktop GPU, providing massive performance for AI research, data science and creative applications. Driven by the new NVIDIA Turing architecture, TITAN RTX - dubbed T-Rex - delivers 130 teraflops of deep learning performance and 11 GigaRays of ray-tracing performance. Read further...
Super Micro Computer Inc., a global expert in enterprise computing, storage, networking solutions and green computing technology, has shown a new 1U system that supports up to 1 Petabyte (PB) of all-flash NVMe Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) storage via 32 Intel EDSFF Ruler SSDs at Gartner IT Infrastructure, Operations & Cloud Strategy Conference 2018. Read further...
Physicists from the University of Konstanz explore superconductivity for information processing. Generally speaking, magnetism and the lossless flow of electrical current (superconductivity) are competing phenomena that cannot coexist in the same sample. However, for building supercomputers, synergetically combining both states comes with major advantages as compared to today's semiconductor technology, which has come under pressure due to its high power consumption and resulting heat production. Researchers from the Department of Physics at the University of Konstanz have now demonstrated that the lossless electrical transfer of magnetically encoded information is possible. This finding enables enhanced storage density on integrated circuit chips and, at the same time, significantly reduces the energy consumption of computing centres. The results of this study have been published in the current issue of the scientific journalNature Communications. Read further...
Naturehas published a research paper on the next generation of logic devices authored by researchers from Intel, the University of California, Berkeley, and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. The paper describes a magneto-electric spin-orbit (MESO) logic device, invented by Intel. MESO devices have the potential to lower voltage by 5 times and energy by 10-30 times when combined with ultralow sleep state power, as compared to today's complementary metal-oxide-semiconductors (CMOS). While Intel is pursuing CMOS scaling, the company has been working on computing logic options that will emerge in the next decade for the beyond-CMOS era, driving computing energy-efficiency and allowing performance to grow across diverse computing architectures Read further...
Spectra7 Microsystems Inc., a provider of high-performance analogue semiconductor products for broadband connectivity markets, has achieved robust error free performance with Mellanox ConnectX-5 network adapters configured for Ethernet low latency CA-N transmission. The testing included Spectra7 enabled active copper cables (ACCs) up to 4m in length, which is double the length of passive direct attach cables (DACs) that are available for these demanding applications. Read further...
Oral Roberts University has held an Open House and Dedication for its new supercomputer on December 4, 2018. President Wilson was in attendance to dedicate the $850,000 high-performance computing array. Read further...
Tachyum Inc. has achieved a significant engineering milestone in its Prodigy product development by proving that all critical components of its Prodigy core meet or exceed its stated design goals of unprecedented compute performance, power efficiency and cost advantages. Read further...

Applications

In 2016, an international team of scientists found definitive evidence - tiny ripples in space known as gravitational waves - to support one of the last remaining untested predictions of Einstein's theory of general relativity. The team used the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO), which has since made several gravitational wave discoveries. Each discovery was possible in part because of a global network of supercomputer clusters, one of which is housed at Penn State. Researchers use this network, known as the LIGO Data Grid, to analyze the gravitational wave data. Read further...
University of Wyoming faculty members who are interested in using the National Center for Atmospheric Science (NCAR)-Wyoming Supercomputing Center (NWSC) in Cheyenne for their computational research have until December 28 to submit an application to request a large core-hour allocation on Cheyenne, the latest supercomputer at the NWSC. Read further...
The HPC-AI Advisory Council (HPCAIAC) and Swiss National Supercomputing Centre (CSCS) in collaboration with the HPCXXL Board have launched the call for session proposals and sponsors for the 10th annual Swiss Conference and HPCXXL User Group in Lugano, Switzerland, 1-4 April, 2019. Proposals for contributed talks, tutorials and workshops must be submitted before the end of January. Marking ten years, the jointly organized forum combines thought leadership talks with immersive breakout sessions across HPC and AI domain and disciplines, breakthrough research, state-of-the-art technologies, advanced initiatives, Cloud, EuroEXA, OpenStack and more. Read further...

The Cloud

Atos, a global expert in digital transformation, is working with various South Korean and European partners, as part of the DECENTER project - a research and innovation venture which aims to design and deliv­er a robust and secure Fog Com­put­ing Plat­form, to orchestrate Cloud-to-Edge resources. This project is jointly funded by the European Commission, as part of the Horizon 2020 Programme, and the Institute for the Promotion of Technology of the Information and Communication of the South Korean Government (IITP). Read further...
Quobyte Inc., a developer of modern storage system software, has now made available its Data Center File System via Google Cloud Platform marketplace, enabling Google Cloud users to configure a hyperscale, high-performance distributed storage platform in just a few clicks. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2018-12-10

Quantum computing

Researchers demonstrate new building block in quantum computing ...

Atos to participate in two major Quantum Flagship Initiative programmes ...

European Union grants 14 million to Swiss researchers, fuelling the next quantum revolution with the research project HERO ...

Harnessing the power of 'spin orbit' coupling in silicon: Scaling up quantum computation ...

Will light be the basis for quantum computing? ...

Focus on Europe

ISC High Performance Travel Grant Programme 2019 now open ...

Middleware

NERSC users begin implementing MFA for higher security access to Cori ...

Hardware

New DDN Storage-powered technology platform delivers researchers capability for real-time analysis of high-rate microscopy data ...

Intel announces neuromorphic research progress ...

Mellanox Ethernet adapter facilitates high performance network solutions at Alibaba ...

NVIDIA reveals the Titan of Turing: TITAN RTX ...

Supermicro unleashes all-flash NVMe 1U petabyte scale systems at Gartner Data Center Conference 2018 ...

Supercomputers without waste heat ...

Intel and Berkeley Lab look beyond CMOS to the future of logic devices ...

Spectra7 achieves low latency error free performance with Mellanox ConnectX-5 network adapters ...

Oral Roberts University to inaugurate new supercomputer ...

Tachyum achieves engineering-proof status: All critical Prodigy components exceed design goals ...

Applications

LIGO supercomputer upgrade will speed up groundbreaking astrophysics research ...

University of Wyoming faculty have until December 28 to apply for supercomputer use ...

HPC-AI Advisory Council & Swiss National Supercomputing Centre announce Swiss Conference & HPCXXL User Group, April 2019 ...

The Cloud

Atos works on European project in collaboration with South Korea on Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain and IoT ...

Quobyte Data Center File System now available on Google Cloud Platform marketplace ...