Primeur weekly 2019-02-18

Focus

2018 - Another year on the Road to Exascale - Part III - Software and applications ...

EOSCpilot science demonstrators boost follow-up initiatives in federating European Open Science Cloud concept ...

Quantum computing

Questions in quantum computing: How to move electrons with light ...

Focus on Europe

Arm SVE Hackathon to focus on Arm Scalable Performance for HPC and ML ...

EuroHPC Summit Week 2019: PRACEdays19 Call for Contributions and Posters is open ...

PRACE Ada Lovelace Award nominations open ...

Middleware

Bright Computing selects XENON as an Asia Pacific Services Partner ...

Hardware

RIKEN issues call for proposals for the name of the post-K ...

Fujitsu receives order for massively parallel supercomputer system called Oakbridge-CX from the University of Tokyo ...

Cray reports 2018 full year and fourth quarter financial results ...

South African Weather Center doubles computing and triples storage system capacities with Cray ...

WekaIO Matrix cements its storage leadership with groundbreaking performance and latency results on SPEC SFS 2014 ...

NERSC tape archives make the move to Berkeley Lab's Shyh Wang Hall ...

NVIDIA announces financial results for fourth quarter and fiscal 2019 ...

Applications

CERIC-ERIC call for proposals is now open ...

CalTech researcher uses Blue Waters to model galactic atmospheres ...

Six research groups awarded new GLCPC allocations on Blue Waters supercomputer ...

Visualizing biomedical breakthroughs in data ...

Theories describe dynamically disordered solid materials ...

Dark fiber lays groundwork for long-distance earthquake detection and groundwater mapping ...

Vanderbilt University Medical Center researchers, supercomputing effort reveal antibody secrets ...

ORNL teams with Los Alamos and EPB to demonstrate next-generation grid security tech ...

The Cloud

IBM Watson now available anywhere ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2019-02-18

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 PLAN-E Workshop, the Platform of National eScience Centers in Europe, that was hosted in Amsterdam, The Netherlands,Primeur Magazinetalked with Juan Bucarregui, who is the coordinator of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) Pilot project. Since this project is well underway, it was a good time to see how things are going. The Pilot is the first project in the programme of projects that will be building the European Open Science Cloud. It started in January 2017. It is a very broad project covering lots of different aspects. The EOSC Pilot is covering governance and policy. The project partners are also creating a number of science demonstrators showing particular features of the European Open Science Cloud and looking at architecture and the skills required in the community. Read further...

Quantum computing

Tiny moving particles make up everything in our physical world - including modern electronics, whose function relies on the movement of negatively-charged electrons. Physicists strive to understand the forces that push these particles into motion, with the goal of harnessing their power in new technologies. Quantum computers, for instance, employ a fleet of precisely controlled electrons to take on goliath computational tasks. Recently, researchers at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) demonstrated how a form of light, called microwaves, cuts in on the movement of electrons. The findings may help improve quantum computing. Read further...

Focus on Europe

The Mont-Blanc project partners Arm and Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) are organising a hackathon that will rely on Mont-Blanc 3's Dibona prototype. Interested parties shouldn't miss this opportunity to test this prototype and investigate the impact of novel SVE extensions on HPC and Machine Learning applications. Read further...
PR ACE invites contributions for presentations of excellent scientific merit from scientists and researchers from academia and industry. Past and present users of PRACE resources are highly encouraged to submit a contribution. However, it is not necessary that your past or present work was or is supported by PRACE and/or DECI and/or SHAPE to be eligible for this Call. Read further...
From 13 to 17 May 2019, PRACE will organise the sixth edition of its Scientific and Industrial Conference - PRACEdays19 - as part of the EuroHPC Summit Week, in Poznan, Poland. Read further...

Middleware

XENON, an Australian expert in high performance computing solutions, has become a Bright Computing Services Partner for the Asia Pacific region. XENON can install and configure Bright Cluster Manager software on its GPU and CPU HPC systems, as well as offer specialized training, management and support services, to deliver supercomputing clusters that are easy to deploy and use for enterprise, government, finance, health care and education mid-market customers throughout this allocated region. Read further...

Hardware

The RIKEN Center for Computational Science (R-CCS) is calling for proposals for the name of the successor to the K computer - often referred to as the post-K computer, which has been under development with the target to start providing shared use service around the year 2021. Read further...
Fujitsu has received an order for the large-scale massively parallel supercomputer system "Oakbridge-CX" from the Information Technology Center of the University of Tokyo. The new system will achieve a theoretical peak performance of 6.6 petaflops by clustering 1.368 next-generation Fujitsu Server PRIMERGY x86 servers that feature Intel Xeon Scalable Processors. Read further...
Cray Inc. has issued financial results for the year and fourth quarter ended December 31, 2018. All figures are based on U.S. GAAP unless otherwise noted. For 2018, Cray reported total revenue of $456 million, which compares with $393 million in 2017. Net loss for 2018 was $72 million, or $1.76 per diluted share, compared to net loss of $134 million, or $3.33 per diluted share in 2017. Non-GAAP net loss, which adjusts for selected unusual and non-cash items, was $58 million, or $1.42 per diluted share for 2018, compared to non-GAAP net loss of $41 million, or $1.01 per diluted share in 2017. Read further...
Cray was awarded contracts with Eclipse Holdings Ltd. to expand and upgrade the South African Weather Service's (SAWS) Cray XC30-AC supercomputer and ClusterStor L300 storage system used for operational weather forecasting. These upgrades provide SAWS with the additional compute and storage capacity required to handle the agency's increased workload demands for providing the government, aviation, marine and other industries with crucial climate and weather forecasting information. Read further...
WekaIO, an innovation expert in high-performance, scalable file storage for data-intensive applications, has announced the results of the independent SPEC SFS 2014 benchmark testing of its flagship WekaIO Matrix product; establishing Matrix as the clear industry leader for customers looking for high performance file systems with an excellent price-to-value benefit. Having established itself in the number one position for the SPEC SFS 2014 software build in January 2019, WekaIO has now posted winning results for all remaining benchmarks in the SPEC test suite. In addition to unbeatable performance and scalability, WekaIO has demonstrated extraordinarily low latencies across the benchmark suite, reaffirming Matrix is the world's fastest parallel file system. Read further...
When the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) relocated from its former home in downtown Oakland, California to Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory's Shyh Wang Hall in 2015, not everything came with. The last remaining task in the heroic effort of moving the supercomputing facility and all of its resources is 43 years of archival data that's stored on thousands of high performance tapes in Oakland. Those 120 petabytes of experimental and simulation data have to be electronically transferred to new tape libraries at Berkeley Lab, a process that will take up to two years - even with an ESnet 400 Gigabit "superchannel" now in place between the two sites. Read further...
NVIDIA has reported revenue for the fourth quarter ended Janurary 27, 2019, of $2.21 billion, down 24 percent from $2.91 billion a year earlier, and down 31 percent from $3.18 billion in the previous quarter. GAAP earnings per diluted share for the quarter were $0.92, down 48 percent from $1.78 a year ago and down 53 percent from $1.97 in the previous quarter. Non-GAAP earnings per diluted share were $0.80, down 53 percent from $1.72 a year earlier and down 57 percent from $1.84 in the previous quarter. Read further...

Applications

CERIC-ERIC, the Central European Research Infrastructure Consortium, offers access to more than 50 complementary instruments and two support laboratories, for multidisciplinary research in all fields of materials science and nanotechnology. Read further...
Since the beginning of astronomy, scientists have historically spent countless hours, and more recently countless compute cycles, to understand the formation of our galaxy or galaxies in general. This research has advanced to the point where scientists can reasonably estimate how galaxies begin, but some mysteries remain. Read further...
Six research groups have been awarded new allocations by the Great Lakes Consortium for Petascale Computation (GLCPC) on the Blue Waters supercomputer, located at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Read further...
Making sense of complex biological data is the daily routine for the VI-Bio group at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA). Whether it be investigating the role of certain dietary interventions in the human microbiome, working to improve risk prediction in breast cancer, or even developing an app to connect cancer patients and caregivers, VI-Bio is constantly working to make data more accessible, culminating in visual analytic tools for studying genomic and related data. Read further...
Theoretical physicists at Linköping University (LiU) have developed a computational method to calculate the transition from one phase to another in dynamically disordered solid materials. This is a class of materials that can be used in many eco-friendly applications. Read further...
In traditional seismology, researchers studying how the earth moves in the moments before, during, and after an earthquake rely on sensors that cost tens of thousands of dollars to make and install underground. And because of the expense and labor involved, only a few seismic sensors have been installed throughout remote areas of California, making it hard to understand the impacts of future earthquakes as well as small earthquakes occurring on unmapped faults. Read further...
Using sophisticated gene sequencing and computing techniques, researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) and the San Diego Supercomputer Center have achieved a first-of-its-kind glimpse into how the body's immune system gears up to fight off infection. Read further...
A team of researchers from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge (ORNL) and Los Alamos National Laboratories has partnered with EPB, a Chattanooga utility and telecommunications company, to demonstrate the effectiveness of metro-scale quantum key distribution (QKD) as a means of secure communication for the USA's electricity suppliers. This initial milestone is part of the team's three-year project focused on next-generation grid security. Read further...

The Cloud

IBM has launched a new chapter in the journey from AI experimentation to wide-scale deployment and industry transformation. IBM has made Watson portable across any Cloud and empowered businesses to prevent vendor lock-in and start deploying AI wherever their data resides. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2019-02-18

Focus

2018 - Another year on the Road to Exascale - Part III - Software and applications ...

EOSCpilot science demonstrators boost follow-up initiatives in federating European Open Science Cloud concept ...

Quantum computing

Questions in quantum computing: How to move electrons with light ...

Focus on Europe

Arm SVE Hackathon to focus on Arm Scalable Performance for HPC and ML ...

EuroHPC Summit Week 2019: PRACEdays19 Call for Contributions and Posters is open ...

PRACE Ada Lovelace Award nominations open ...

Middleware

Bright Computing selects XENON as an Asia Pacific Services Partner ...

Hardware

RIKEN issues call for proposals for the name of the post-K ...

Fujitsu receives order for massively parallel supercomputer system called Oakbridge-CX from the University of Tokyo ...

Cray reports 2018 full year and fourth quarter financial results ...

South African Weather Center doubles computing and triples storage system capacities with Cray ...

WekaIO Matrix cements its storage leadership with groundbreaking performance and latency results on SPEC SFS 2014 ...

NERSC tape archives make the move to Berkeley Lab's Shyh Wang Hall ...

NVIDIA announces financial results for fourth quarter and fiscal 2019 ...

Applications

CERIC-ERIC call for proposals is now open ...

CalTech researcher uses Blue Waters to model galactic atmospheres ...

Six research groups awarded new GLCPC allocations on Blue Waters supercomputer ...

Visualizing biomedical breakthroughs in data ...

Theories describe dynamically disordered solid materials ...

Dark fiber lays groundwork for long-distance earthquake detection and groundwater mapping ...

Vanderbilt University Medical Center researchers, supercomputing effort reveal antibody secrets ...

ORNL teams with Los Alamos and EPB to demonstrate next-generation grid security tech ...

The Cloud

IBM Watson now available anywhere ...