Primeur weekly 2019-03-11

Focus

Interview with EuroHPC JU interim executive director Gustav Kalbe ...

Quantum computing

9,1 million euro for trinational quantum research ...

IBM achieves highest quantum volume to date and establishes roadmap for reaching quantum advantage ...

Microsoft Quantum Team is announcing the Microsoft Quantum Network ...

Los Alamos National Laboratory upgrades to D-Wave 2000Q quantum computer ...

New hurdle cleared in race toward quantum computing ...

Focus on Europe

Hyperion Research invites submissions for HPC Innovation Excellence Awards ...

Optalysys launches world's first commercial optical processing system, the FT:X 2000 ...

SDSC's Research Data Services to host first U.S. GO FAIR Office ...

Intel to support the Irish Centre for High End Computing on new collaborative quantum computing project ...

New simulation methods to visualise quantum effects in superfluid fermions ...

Middleware

International team to organize 2019 survey of MPI usages ...

Energy Laboratory chooses Qumulo's file storage for its computational science centre ...

Hardware

Mellanox showcases live system demonstrations of LinkX 200G & 400G cables and transceivers at OFC 2019 ...

Alan D. George named Interim Director of the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center ...

ScaleMP and AMD announce strategic collaboration for scale-up EPYC servers ...

NVIDIA to acquire Mellanox for $6,9 billion ...

Air Force Research Laboratory introduces new sharable supercomputing capability for classified research ...

Applications

High CO2 levels can destabilize marine layer clouds ...

Using supercomputers to checkmate cancer ...

Revealing the role of neutron stars in gravitational wave discoveries ...

UC San Diego scientists computationally model chemical realities of water ...

TACC assists in massive data collection effort in lung development to help premature babies ...

New AI tool revolutionizes process for matching cancer patients with clinical trials ...

Raph Hix models the inner workings of supernovae on the world’s most powerful supercomputers ...

EPFL researchers simulate the process of adhesive wear ...

The Cloud

Oracle participates in National Science Foundation Cloud for scientific research project ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2019-03-11

Focus

On 22 January 2019,Primeur Magazinewas invited at the EuroHPC Joint Undertaking (JU) premises in Luxembourg to talk with Gustav Kalbe, head of the High Performance Computing and Quantum Technologies Unit at the European Commission, who currently is EuroHPC JU's interim Executive Director. Read further...

Quantum computing

The project "Quantum Science and Technologies at the European Campus" (QUSTEC) has been selected by the European Commission as a joint international and interdisciplinary doctoral programme in quantum sciences and technologies. Led by Eucor - the European Campus, it will bring together the Universities of Basel, Freiburg and Strasbourg, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and IBM Research Zurich. Together, they provide 39 doctoral candidates a training experience in this key emerging area. The programme is funded for a five-year period with a total amount of 9.1 million euro. In addition to 4.2 million euro from the European Union, there is co-financing from the participating partner organisations as well as from Santander through its own Santander Universities division, the world's largest private sponsor of higher education, according to a UNESCO study. The QUSTEC project has been launched with the support of the Franco-German University. Read further...
At the 2019 American Physical Society March Meeting, IBM has unveiled a new scientific milestone, announcing its highest quantum volume to date. Quantum Volume is a measurement, a procedure developed by IBM, that determines how powerful a quantum computer is, accounting for both gate and measurement errors, device cross talk, as well as device connectivity and circuit compiler efficiency. It follows that the higher the Quantum Volume, the more real-world, complex problems quantum computers can potentially solve, such as simulating chemistry, modeling financial risk, and supply chain optimization. Read further...
Creating a scalable quantum computer will require the collective effort of many skilled and diverse teams. To reach that goal, over the past few years Microsoft has built a coalition of partners, universities, customers, and developers, all with the goal of sharing knowledge and collaborating with the best quantum innovators. Read further...
Los Alamos National Laboratory has upgraded their D-Wave quantum computer to the D-Wave 2000Q system. Los Alamos is investing in D-Wave quantum technology to expand its foundational quantum computing research, enabling exploration of new and diverse quantum computing applications. Read further...
Qubits, the units used to encode information in quantum computing, are not all created equal. Some researchers believe that topological qubits, which are tougher and less susceptible to environmental noise than other kinds, may be the best medium for pushing quantum computing forward. Read further...

Focus on Europe

Hyperion Research is inviting members of the worldwide high performance computing (HPC) community to submit entries for the next round of HPC Innovation Excellence Awards. Awards will be presented during Hyperion Research's popular HPC market update breakfast that happens each year during the ISC European supercomputing conference in Frankfurt, Germany. Read further...
Optalysys Ltd., a disruptive technology company developing light-speed optical AI systems, has made available to order the world's first optical co-processor system, the FT:X 2000. Read further...
Research Data Services, the recently rebranded division of the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California San Diego, will host the first GO FAIR office in the U.S. as part of the division's role in the U.S. National Data Service (NDS) initiative. Read further...
The Irish Centre for High End Computing (ICHEC) has received a total funding of 150,000 euro from Intel and Enterprise Ireland for a new collaborative quantum computing project. The project will aim to produce results on Intel's software quantum simulator for a problem in natural language processing, and will be the first of its kind in Ireland, and potentially worldwide. Read further...
What exactly happens inside neutron stars - the final stage of a giant star - is subject to speculation. In terms of physics, the interiors of neutron stars, cold atomic gasses and nuclear systems all have one thing in common: they are gaseous systems made up of highly interactive, superfluid fermions. Researchers fed the supercomputer "Piz Daint" with a new simulation method, and the results are finally offering insight into unknown processes of such systems. Read further...

Middleware

As part of a wide-ranging effort to understand the current usage of the Message Passing Interface (MPI) in the development of parallel applications and to drive future additions to the MPI standard, an international team is seeking feedback from the largest possible MPI audience - past, current, and potential users on the globe - to obtain a better understanding of their needs and to understand the impact of different MPI capabilities on the development of distributed applications. Read further...
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has selected Qumulo's file storage solution for its Computational Science Center. NREL is the U.S. Department of Energy's primary national laboratory for renewable energy, and energy efficiency research and development. The organisation focuses on research for renewable power technologies, sustainable transportation, energy efficiency, and energy systems integration. Read further...

Hardware

Mellanox Technologies Ltd., a supplier of optical transceivers and high-performance, end-to-end smart interconnect solutions for data center servers and storage systems, has introduced new 100G, 200G, and 400G technologies and has been demonstrating these at the Optical Fiber Conference (OFC 2019) in San Diego, California. Read further...
Alan D. George, PhD, the Ruth and Howard Mickle Endowed Chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering and department chair and professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Pittsburgh's Swanson School of Engineering, has been named the interim director of the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC). Read further...
ScaleMP, a provider of virtualization solutions for high-end computing, has partnered with AMD to enable AMD server OEMs to create systems with 4, 8, and up to 128 processor sockets, up to 8,192 CPUs and 256 terabytes of shared memory. This functionality is enabled with vSMP Foundation 9.0, with immediate customer availability. Read further...
NVIDIA and Mellanox have reached a definitive agreement under which NVIDIA will acquire Mellanox. Pursuant to the agreement, NVIDIA will acquire all of the issued and outstanding common shares of Mellanox for $125 per share in cash, representing a total enterprise value of approximately $6,9 billion. Once complete, the combination is expected to be immediately accretive to NVIDIA's non-GAAP gross margin, non-GAAP earnings per share and free cash flow. Read further...
Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and Department of Defense High Performance Computing Modernization Programme officials hosted a ribbon cutting and groundbreaking ceremony February 26, 2019 to unveil the first-ever shared classified Department of Defense high performance computing capability at the AFRL DOD Supercomputing Resource Center on Area B. Read further...

Applications

At high enough atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) concentrations, Earth could reach a tipping point where marine stratus clouds become unstable and disappear, triggering a spike in global warming, according to a new modelling study. Read further...
Unless they have had a family member with cancer, most people don't know that cancer cells mutate rapidly to escape the drugs we use to kill them. Duke PhD student Marcel Frenkel knows this problem well, as he watched his mom's pancreatic cancer develop resistance to her therapies and pass away in 2015. Read further...
Worldwide researchers recently used the San Diego Supercomputer's (SDSC) Comet supercomputer, the Texas Advanced Computing Center's (TACC) Stampede2 supercomputer, and the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center's (PSC) Bridges supercomputer to identify ways that neutron stars reveal groundbreaking insight into gravitational waves, or invisible space ripples. Read further...
The waters of science are muddy these days - especially at UC San Diego where all that separates a chemist from a physicist in some cases is office drywall. Chemists ask the questions in their experiments, and physicists supply the answers with the tools needed to do the job. Read further...
In 2016, over a dozen scientists and engineers toured a neonatal intensive care unit, the section of the hospital that specializes in the care of ill or premature newborn infants. The researchers had come together from all around the country, and brought with them a wide variety of expertise. Visiting the newborns helped put into perspective the reason for this gathering of researchers - lung development - and for their collaboration over the coming years. Read further...
A team of researchers from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) Health Data Sciences Institute have harnessed the power of artificial intelligence to better match cancer patients with clinical trials. The researchers were one of ten teams to develop a digital tool to address complex challenges relevant to medical conditions such as cancer and Lyme disease as part of The Opportunity Project (TOP) Health Sprint, a 14-week effort sponsored by the Census Bureau, coordinated by the Department of Health and Human Services, and led by two Presidential Innovation Fellows. Read further...
More than 1800 years ago, Chinese astronomers puzzled over the sudden appearance of a bright "guest star" in the sky, unaware that they were witnessing the cosmic forge of a supernova, an event repeated countless times scattered across the universe. Today, with more than a millennium of observations and a significantly more powerful toolkit, Earth-bound researchers use some of the most advanced computers in the world to piece together the internal mechanisms of these celestial phenomena and the role they play in the creation of the elements. Read further...
Surface wear describes the process of material loss when two surfaces come into contact with each other. It has significant economic, social and health consequences - just think of the fine particles emitted by moving vehicles. What's more, it can be observed at all levels, from the nanoscale up to the scale of tectonic faults, with the formation of gouge. There are several wear mechanisms, yet the adhesive type is most common. It takes place when two surfaces - such as two pieces of the same metal - rub against one another and adhere. Read further...

The Cloud

Oracle is participating in a project funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and facilitated by Internet2 to create innovative Cloud computing capabilities for science applications and scientific computing research. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2019-03-11

Focus

Interview with EuroHPC JU interim executive director Gustav Kalbe ...

Quantum computing

9,1 million euro for trinational quantum research ...

IBM achieves highest quantum volume to date and establishes roadmap for reaching quantum advantage ...

Microsoft Quantum Team is announcing the Microsoft Quantum Network ...

Los Alamos National Laboratory upgrades to D-Wave 2000Q quantum computer ...

New hurdle cleared in race toward quantum computing ...

Focus on Europe

Hyperion Research invites submissions for HPC Innovation Excellence Awards ...

Optalysys launches world's first commercial optical processing system, the FT:X 2000 ...

SDSC's Research Data Services to host first U.S. GO FAIR Office ...

Intel to support the Irish Centre for High End Computing on new collaborative quantum computing project ...

New simulation methods to visualise quantum effects in superfluid fermions ...

Middleware

International team to organize 2019 survey of MPI usages ...

Energy Laboratory chooses Qumulo's file storage for its computational science centre ...

Hardware

Mellanox showcases live system demonstrations of LinkX 200G & 400G cables and transceivers at OFC 2019 ...

Alan D. George named Interim Director of the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center ...

ScaleMP and AMD announce strategic collaboration for scale-up EPYC servers ...

NVIDIA to acquire Mellanox for $6,9 billion ...

Air Force Research Laboratory introduces new sharable supercomputing capability for classified research ...

Applications

High CO2 levels can destabilize marine layer clouds ...

Using supercomputers to checkmate cancer ...

Revealing the role of neutron stars in gravitational wave discoveries ...

UC San Diego scientists computationally model chemical realities of water ...

TACC assists in massive data collection effort in lung development to help premature babies ...

New AI tool revolutionizes process for matching cancer patients with clinical trials ...

Raph Hix models the inner workings of supernovae on the world’s most powerful supercomputers ...

EPFL researchers simulate the process of adhesive wear ...

The Cloud

Oracle participates in National Science Foundation Cloud for scientific research project ...