Primeur weekly 2019-01-07

Focus

What has EuroHPC in store for 2019? ...

Crowd computing

Nerdalize to announce bankruptcy ...

Quantum computing

Fujitsu launches next generation Quantum-Inspired Digital Annealer Service ...

Accenture awarded US patent for combining classical and quantum computing with potential to address previously unsolvable business problems ...

Quantum chemistry on quantum computers ...

Hybrid qubits solve key hurdle to quantum computing ...

Quantum Maxwell's demon 'teleports' entropy out of a qubit ...

Focus on Europe

Atos unveils modern and energy-efficient data centre with Yvelines departmental Council, positioning region as global technical hub ...

Forschungszentrum Jülich gets 36 million euro from German federal and state governments for computers of the future ...

Hardware

Mellanox Technologies names Doug Ahrens as Chief Financial Officer ...

SDSC's Trestles supercomputer still going strong more than three years later ...

Solarflare leads the way in making flash drive networking simple and scalable ...

Applications

Engine of cosmic evolution: Eve Ostriker looks under the hood ...

Atos reveals the 15 shortlisted teams of the 2019 Atos IT Challenge dedicated to Artificial Intelligence for Sustainability ...

Physicists record 'lifetime' of graphene qubits ...

Researchers monitor electron behaviour during chemical reactions for the first time ...

UK aid will be even quicker and smarter in 2019 ...

Four new eScience collaborations to start in 2019 ...

Research Data Netherlands to announce winners Dutch Data Prize 2018 ...

ASC Student Supercomputer Challenge provides a platform for international youth science and technology exchange ...

The Cloud

WekaIO achieves Amazon Web Services Storage Competency status for Primary Storage ...

Supermicro establishes new facility to optimize Cloud solutions with Intel in Europe ...

Supermicro report highlights environmental impact of today's Cloud-scale data centres ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2019-01-07

Focus

In 2017 the ideas for EuroHPC became concrete with the EuroHPC declaration and the plans to form a EuroHPC Joint Undertaking (JU). Most of 2018 was spent to set up the legal framework for EuroHPC JU, secure political support and start the establishment of the EuroHPC structure. So what can we expect in 2019 for EuroHPC? Read further...

Crowd computing

Nerdalize B.V. by decision of the Court of The Hague dated December 27th, 2018 has been declared bankrupt. Mr. Annemiek te Kiefte has been appointed by the Court of The Hague as the trustee in this bankruptcy. Read further...

Quantum computing

Fujitsu has announced the Japanese launch of the second generation of its Fujitsu Quantum-Inspired Computing Digital Annealer Cloud Service. The service utilizes Fujitsu's unique Digital Annealer architecture to quickly solve combinatorial optimization problems, drawing on an innovative design inspired by quantum phenomena. Read further...
Accenture has been granted a US patent for a "multi-state quantum optimization engine" that leverages quantum computing technology to help organisations optimize business decision making with unprecedented efficiency and effectiveness. Read further...
Quantum computing and quantum information processing technology have attracted attention in recently emerging fields. Among many important and fundamental issues in nowadays science, solving Schroedinger Equation (SE) of atoms and molecules is one of the ultimate goals in chemistry, physics and their related fields. Read further...
Spin-based quantum computers have the potential to tackle difficult mathematical problems that cannot be solved using ordinary computers, but many problems remain in making these machines scalable. Now, an international group of researchers led by the RIKEN Center for Emergent Matter Science have crafted a new architecture for quantum computing. By constructing a hybrid device made from two different types of qubit - the fundamental computing element of quantum computers - they have created a device that can be quickly initialized and read out, and that simultaneously maintains high control fidelity. Read further...
Researchers from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, ETH Zurich, and Argonne National Laboratory, U.S, have described an extended quantum Maxwell's demon, a device locally violating the second law of thermodynamics in a system located 1-5 meters away from the demon. The device could find applications in quantum computers and microscopic refrigerators cooling down tiny objects with pinpoint accuracy. The research was published December 4 inPhysical Review B. Read further...

Focus on Europe

Atos, a global expert in digital transformation, together with the Yvelines departmental Council, has officially inaugurates its new energy-efficient global data centre in Les Clayes-sous-Bois, in Yvelines. This modern optimized data centre will house the most recent servers and technologies to guarantee Atos' clients - who wish to locate their data and applications on French territory and in compliance with European regulations - optimal performance, storage capacity, security, scalability and cost-efficiency. Read further...
With a total of around 36 million euro by the year 2020, the shareholders of Forschungszentrum Jülich, the federal government and the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, want to accelerate the development of computer technologies of the future in the research centre. The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) wants to take over about 32.4 million euro, the Ministry of Culture and Science NRW another 3.6 million euro. The funds will flow into the long-term strategic expansion of future-oriented social and economic topics such as quantum computing and neuromorphic computing. Read further...

Hardware

Mellanox Technologies Ltd., a supplier of high-performance, end-to-end smart interconnect solutions for data centre servers and storage systems, has appointed Doug Ahrens as senior vice president and chief financial officer, effective January 2, 2019. Mr. Ahrens will have overall responsibility for worldwide financial operations and strategy including planning and analysis, accounting, compliance, financial reporting and investor relations. Read further...
Supercomputers typically have a useful life of about five years, as these high-performance systems, many running 24/7, slowly succumb to burn-out - of their nodes, that is - as well as steady advances in processing technologies. Read further...
Solarflare, a pioneer in the development of neural-class networks, has congratulated the NVM Express standards organisation for ratifying the NVMe over TCP (NVMe/TCP) Transport Binding specification; paving the way for broad deployment of disaggregated NVMe flash storage solutions over Ethernet networks. Read further...

Applications

Outside Eve Ostriker's office door stretches the universe, dotted with orange galaxies against the black backdrop of space. The mural lines the hallway in Princeton's astrophysical sciences building, where it inspires Eve Ostriker to explore what lies beyond our own galaxy, the Milky Way. How did those far-flung galaxies grow and evolve? Read further...
Atos has revealed the 15 shortlisted teams of its international student competition, the Atos IT Challenge, which is now in its eighth year. This year's theme focuses on how Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning technologies can support sustainable development. Read further...
Researchers from MIT and elsewhere have recorded, for the first time, quantum coherence of a graphene-based superconducting qubit, meaning how long it stays in superposition to compute with two logical states simultaneously. The work is a key step forward for practical quantum computing. Read further...
In a recent publication in Science , researchers at the University of Paderborn and the Fritz Haber Institute Berlin demonstrated their ability to observe electrons' movements during a chemical reaction. Read further...
The UK is stepping up preparations for global humanitarian crises in 2019 and harnessing the power of satellite and supercomputer technology to better predict where disasters will strike. International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt said the UK will take early action to prepare for crises where possible in 2019, not just dealing with the aftermath of dire humanitarian incidents. Read further...
The Netherlands eScience Center has initiated four new collaborative projects in the areas of Environment & Sustainability and Humanities & Social Sciences. Read further...
The Dutch Data Prize 2018 is awarded to Portable Antiquities of the Netherlands (PAN), BBMRI-omics and OpenINTEL Active DNS Measurements. The awards were presented on 28 November 2018 by Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) President Stan Gielen at a successful event called 'Celebrating Data! What's next?'. Read further...
Participation in this year's ASC Student Supercomputer Challenge, co-organized and sponsored by Inspur, is set to reach a new record, as teams from a wide range of countries have registered for ASC19, including the United States, Germany, Russia, Poland, Italy, Spain, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Brazil and Australia. Registration will continue until January 7, 2019. Read further...

The Cloud

WekaIO, an innovation expert in high-performance, scalable file storage for data intensive applications, has achieved Amazon Web Services (AWS) Storage Competency status for Primary Storage. This designation recognizes that WekaIO's proven Cloud-scale, parallel file system capabilities can help customers successfully achieve their high-performance computing (HPC) goals on AWS. Read further...
Super Micro Computer Inc. (SMCI), a global expert in enterprise computing, storage, networking solutions and green computing technology, has joined with Intel to create a Cloud solutions Center of Excellence at Supermicro's European headquarters in The Netherlands. Read further...
Super Micro Computer Inc. (SMCI), a global expert in enterprise computing, storage, networking solutions and green computing technology, has released its first annual "Data Centers and The Environment" survey report. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2019-01-07

Focus

What has EuroHPC in store for 2019? ...

Crowd computing

Nerdalize to announce bankruptcy ...

Quantum computing

Fujitsu launches next generation Quantum-Inspired Digital Annealer Service ...

Accenture awarded US patent for combining classical and quantum computing with potential to address previously unsolvable business problems ...

Quantum chemistry on quantum computers ...

Hybrid qubits solve key hurdle to quantum computing ...

Quantum Maxwell's demon 'teleports' entropy out of a qubit ...

Focus on Europe

Atos unveils modern and energy-efficient data centre with Yvelines departmental Council, positioning region as global technical hub ...

Forschungszentrum Jülich gets 36 million euro from German federal and state governments for computers of the future ...

Hardware

Mellanox Technologies names Doug Ahrens as Chief Financial Officer ...

SDSC's Trestles supercomputer still going strong more than three years later ...

Solarflare leads the way in making flash drive networking simple and scalable ...

Applications

Engine of cosmic evolution: Eve Ostriker looks under the hood ...

Atos reveals the 15 shortlisted teams of the 2019 Atos IT Challenge dedicated to Artificial Intelligence for Sustainability ...

Physicists record 'lifetime' of graphene qubits ...

Researchers monitor electron behaviour during chemical reactions for the first time ...

UK aid will be even quicker and smarter in 2019 ...

Four new eScience collaborations to start in 2019 ...

Research Data Netherlands to announce winners Dutch Data Prize 2018 ...

ASC Student Supercomputer Challenge provides a platform for international youth science and technology exchange ...

The Cloud

WekaIO achieves Amazon Web Services Storage Competency status for Primary Storage ...

Supermicro establishes new facility to optimize Cloud solutions with Intel in Europe ...

Supermicro report highlights environmental impact of today's Cloud-scale data centres ...