Primeur weekly 2019-02-11

Focus

2018 - Another year on the Road to Exascale - Part II - Memory, interconnects and other technologies for exascale ...

German Research Data Infrastructure GeRDI offers service to manage data according to FAIR principles ...

Do not get lost in the Horizon 2020 labyrinth, use the Knowledge Base ...

Exascale supercomputing

Exascale computing is coming soon, but will scientific communities be ready to make use of it? ...

Quantum computing

Atos delivers one of the most powerful quantum simulators in the world to Hartree Centre in the UK ...

Argonne researchers develop new method to reduce quantum noise ...

Focus on Europe

State concept to high-performance computing: German universities are intensifying their cooperation ...

Barcelona Supercomputing Center coordinates an international project to share and reuse cancer genomic data at a global level ...

Middleware

ThinkParQ announces its Platinum Partnership with Pacific Teck ...

Software stack in a snapshot ...

Kalray launches ES3CAP as lead partner: a 22,2 million euro budget ambitious industrial project for the development of the future computing platform for intelligent systems ...

Hardware

DDN names RAID Inc. a preferred Lustre reseller ...

Tremend signs agreement with Mellanox ...

WekaIO places first on the Virtual Institute's IO-500 10 Node Challenge ...

Applications

Barcelona Supercomputing Center's ground-breaking collaboration with Global Parametrics supercharges its predictive climate-risk modelling ...

New geometric model improves predictions of fluid flow in rock ...

Modelling uncertain terrain with supercomputers ...

Supercomputing propels jet atomization research for industrial processes ...

NOAA and NCAR partner on new, state-of-the-art U.S. modelling framework ...

The Cloud

Newly launched ANSYS Cloud accelerates engineering productivity and business agility ...

OCRE enables easy Cloud usage through the European Open Science Cloud ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2019-02-11

Focus

Each yearPrimeur Magazinesits together with Thomas Sterling and Satoshi Matsuoka to discuss the state of exascale computing in the world, and perhaps do some predictions for the upcoming year. We recap the current year but do not look back, only forward. How close are we to exascale? When will it be reached? The bumpy road seemed a bit less bumpy this year. Satoshi Matsuoka is now at Riken, overlooking the Post-K supercomputer developments in Japan. Thomas Sterling pointed to the Summit that could be a prototype architecture, a blueprint for a real exascale system. So is the finish line in sight? Let us listen to the experts. Read further...
At the recent eScience Conference in AmsterdamPrimeur Magazine, in a second interview with Prof. Dieter Kranzlmüller, Chairman of the Board of Directors at the Leibniz Supercomputing Centre (LRZ) in Germany and in this function responsible for the strategic and external representation of LRZ, discussed the topic of GeRDI which stands for Generic Research Data Infrastructure. At the eScience event, Prof. Dieter Kranzlmüller was presenter and co-presenter in two lectures about GeRDI, a project which has to do with data management and the relation to FAIR - findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable data - and the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC). Read further...
In the framework of the e-IRGSP support projects for the e-Infrastructure Reflection Group e-IRGSP6 partner Genias Benelux has for several years worked on the development of a Knowledge Base for European projects and infrastructures funded under the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme. To date, the Knowledge Base is a rich source of information for all who want to know more about a specific project that is funded by the European Union. Read further...

Exascale supercomputing

Even by the most conservative assumptions, computers capable of performing 1 ExaFlop/s (10^18 floating point operations per second) will be on-line in the next five years, potentially allowing scientists to solve hitherto unsolvable problems. But a central concern remains about whether individual scientific domains will be able to make good use of this exceptional performance. The Climate and Weather Prediction community is preparing for exascale now through the EU-funded ESiWACE-2 project. Read further...

Quantum computing

Atos, a global expert in digital transformation, has signed an agreement with the Science and Technology Facilities Council's (STFC) Hartree Centre that will see one of the UK's leading high-performance computing research facility take the first UK delivery of an Atos Quantum Learning Machine, the highest performing quantum simulator in the world. Read further...
In a recent issue ofPhysical Review A, Argonne researchers reported a new method for alleviating the effects of "noise" in quantum information systems, a challenge scientists around the globe are working to meet in the race toward a new era of quantum technologies. The new method has implications for the future of quantum information science, including quantum computing and quantum sensing. Read further...

Focus on Europe

The North Rhine-Westphalian universities are intensifying their cooperation in the field of high-performance computing (HPC). The basis for this is the HPC State Concept North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) adopted by the "Digital Hochschule NRW". Key points are better coordination of HPC activities in North Rhine-Westphalia and in the national context, the promotion and training of young scientists, better framework conditions and opportunities for cutting-edge research, and the introduction of new user groups to high-performance computing. From February 2019, the country will be promoting the establishment and establishment of an HPC competence network for a total of 6.2 million euro over a period of four years. The coordinating office of the network will be established at RWTH Aachen University. Read further...
Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) coordinates the EUCANCan project, which will foster the re-use of genomic data related to different types of cancer for biomedical research. The project, to start on February 11th, 2019 in Barcelona, is funded by the European Commission and the Canadian Institute of Health research and has been recently chosen as the reference project by the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health. Read further...

Middleware

ThinkParQ, the company behind the award-winning parallel file system BeeGFS, has announced its Platinum Partnership with Pacific Teck in APAC. Founded in 2013, Pacific Teck brings cutting edge technology products from around the world to the APAC region and since 2017, Pacific Teck has been paramount in the success and growth of BeeGFS in the deployments in APAC. Read further...
Scaling code for massively parallel architectures is a common challenge the scientific community faces. When moving from a system used for development - a personal laptop, for instance, or even a university's computing cluster - to a large-scale supercomputer like those housed at the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF), a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science User Facility, researchers traditionally would only migrate the target application: the underlying software stack would be left behind. Read further...
Kalray, a pioneer in processors for new intelligent systems, has launched the collaborative ES3CAP programme, combining 11 industrial and academic partners, for which Kalray is the lead partner. The ES3CAP programme, with a total budget of 22,2 million euro over three years, will receive 11,7 million euro in financing under the Invest for the Future Programme, managed by Bpifrance, to contribute to finance the research activities. Read further...

Hardware

RAID Inc. has been named a preferred reseller of DataDirect Networks' (DDN) distribution of Lustre. DDN's Lustre division develops the world's most scalable parallel file system software and offers deep technical support to its preferred partners. RAID Inc., an HPC storage provider, had demonstrated impressive sales and customer expansion with Lustre-based solutions prior to DDN's acquisition of the Intel Lustre division and continues to see strong demand. The new relationship will allow RAID Inc. customers to combine RAID's powerful platforms with the robust capabilities of Lustre along with the backing of DDN Lustre support in a simple-to-deploy solution. Read further...
Tremend - one of the fastest growing software companies in Romania - has signed an agreement with Mellanox Technologies, a supplier of end-to-end connectivity solutions for servers and storage, with headquarters in California and Israel. Read further...
WekaIO, an innovation expert in high-performance, scalable file storage for data intensive applications, has announced the following changes to the way the IO-500 benchmark was scored. Virtual Institute for I/O (VI4IO) has placed WekaIO Matrix in first-place on the IO-500 10 Node Challenge list, beating out massive supercomputer installations. VI4IO republished the 10 Node Challenge list with the new rankings indicating Matrix as number one - 31% faster than IBM Spectrum Scale and 85% faster than DataDirect Networks (DDN) Lustre. Read further...

Applications

Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Global Parametrics, a company with a social mandate to develop financial products to strengthen resilience to natural disasters in developing countries, to rapidly improve the speed and scale of its climate-related risk modelling. Read further...
Deep beneath the Earth's surface, oil and groundwater percolate through gaps in rock and other geologic material. Hidden from sight, these critical resources pose a significant challenge for scientists seeking to evaluate the state of such two-phase fluid flows. Fortunately, the combination of supercomputing and synchrotron-based imaging techniques enables more accurate methods for modeling fluid flow in large subsurface systems like oil reservoirs, sinks for carbon sequestration, and groundwater aquifers. Read further...
Many areas of science and engineering try to predict how an object will respond to a stimulus - how earthquakes propagate through the Earth or how a tumour will respond to treatment. This is difficult even when you know exactly what the object is made of, but how about when the object's structure is unknown? Read further...
Whether it is designing the most effective method for fuel injection in engines, building machinery to water acres of farmland, or painting a car, humans rely on liquid sprays for countless industrial processes that enable and enrich our daily lives. Read further...
The United States is making exciting changes to how computer models will be developed in the future to support the USA's weather and climate forecast system. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) have joined forces to help the nation’s weather and climate modelling scientists achieve mutual benefits through more strategic collaboration, shared resources and information. Read further...

The Cloud

Businesses of all sizes can accelerate innovation and reduce time to market with the power of on-demand simulation and high-performance computing (HPC) thanks to ANSYS Cloud. Released on February 5, 2019, ANSYS Cloud enables engineers to obtain high-fidelity simulation results and evaluate more design variations in less time and with a smaller information technology footprint - driving top-line growth through superior product designs and improved business agility. Read further...
The Open Clouds for Research Environments project (OCRE) aims to accelerate Cloud adoption in the European research community, by bringing together Cloud providers, Earth Observation (EO) organisations and the research and education community, through ready-to-use service agreements and 9.5 million euro in adoption funding. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2019-02-11

Focus

2018 - Another year on the Road to Exascale - Part II - Memory, interconnects and other technologies for exascale ...

German Research Data Infrastructure GeRDI offers service to manage data according to FAIR principles ...

Do not get lost in the Horizon 2020 labyrinth, use the Knowledge Base ...

Exascale supercomputing

Exascale computing is coming soon, but will scientific communities be ready to make use of it? ...

Quantum computing

Atos delivers one of the most powerful quantum simulators in the world to Hartree Centre in the UK ...

Argonne researchers develop new method to reduce quantum noise ...

Focus on Europe

State concept to high-performance computing: German universities are intensifying their cooperation ...

Barcelona Supercomputing Center coordinates an international project to share and reuse cancer genomic data at a global level ...

Middleware

ThinkParQ announces its Platinum Partnership with Pacific Teck ...

Software stack in a snapshot ...

Kalray launches ES3CAP as lead partner: a 22,2 million euro budget ambitious industrial project for the development of the future computing platform for intelligent systems ...

Hardware

DDN names RAID Inc. a preferred Lustre reseller ...

Tremend signs agreement with Mellanox ...

WekaIO places first on the Virtual Institute's IO-500 10 Node Challenge ...

Applications

Barcelona Supercomputing Center's ground-breaking collaboration with Global Parametrics supercharges its predictive climate-risk modelling ...

New geometric model improves predictions of fluid flow in rock ...

Modelling uncertain terrain with supercomputers ...

Supercomputing propels jet atomization research for industrial processes ...

NOAA and NCAR partner on new, state-of-the-art U.S. modelling framework ...

The Cloud

Newly launched ANSYS Cloud accelerates engineering productivity and business agility ...

OCRE enables easy Cloud usage through the European Open Science Cloud ...