Primeur weekly 2019-03-18

Focus

e-Infrastructures and HPC Knowledge Base gets a new look ...

Quantum computing

Physicists 'reverse time' using quantum computer ...

ASC X9 publishes white paper and technical report on quantum computing risks; new quantum standard effort announced ...

Focus on Europe

ARCHER2 92 million euro supercomputer set to boost UK capability ...

Slovak Government provides capital infusion of 15 million euro to Tachyum ...

Director eScience Center takes on new challenge ...

e-IRG issues Call for Participation to first Open Workshop in 2019 under Romanian EU Presidency ...

Middleware

WekaIO strengthens oil and gas industry presence with new Houston office ...

Hardware

Excelero awarded another patent for heightened NVMe storage efficiency ...

Submer launches SmartPodX, the world's first green OCP and hyperscale-ready Immersion Cooling solution ...

Handling trillions of supercomputer files just got simpler ...

Arm, Cadence and Xilinx introduce first Arm Neoverse system development platform for next-generation Cloud-to-Edge infrastructure, implemented on TSMC 7nm process technology ...

Applications

Promising diagnostics for detecting latent tuberculosis revealed ...

38 Illinois research groups awarded time on Blue Waters leadership supercomputer ...

Nicholas Nystrom named PSC Chief Scientist ...

Physicists use supercomputers to solve 50-year-old beta decay puzzle ...

New method opens the way for cutting tools with longer lifetime ...

Artificial intelligence speeds up ...

UC San Diego study points to virus-related acceleration in some cancers ...

The Cloud

Mellanox introduces breakthrough NVMe SNAP technology to simplify composable storage ...

Wiwynn showcases immersion cooling solutions at OCP Global Summit 2019 ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2019-03-18

Focus

The e-IRG Knowledge Base website, that contains information about European e-Infrastructures - including HPC - has got a new look. This makes it easier to browse the thousands of information items about projects, organisations, countries and national nodes of international organisations. The underlying graph database and content of the Knowledge Base was already completely renewed last year. Read further...

Quantum computing

Researchers from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT) teamed up with colleagues from the U.S. and Switzerland and returned the state of a quantum computer a fraction of a second into the past. They also calculated the probability that an electron in empty interstellar space will spontaneously travel back into its recent past. The study came out March 13 inScientific Reports. Read further...
The Accredited Standards Committee X9 Inc. has released two documents on quantum computing: a white paper that seeks to educate the financial services industry about the risks that a large quantum computer would pose to the industry, and a Technical Report that describes both cryptographic and non-cryptographic uses for quantum computers, with associated issues. X9 also announced the launch of a new work group to develop a standard on quantum-safe solutions. Read further...

Focus on Europe

The University of Edinburgh is to host a GBP 79 million (92 million euro) national supercomputer that will be five times quicker than the UK's current capabilities. The supercomputer is hundreds of thousands of times more powerful than a traditional desktop computer and will be used to run massive research simulations. Read further...
Tachyum has received capital from the Slovak government of almost 15 million euro to help build a new R&D centre within the country that will assist in the final development phase of the company's Prodigy Universal Processor Chip, the smallest and fastest general-purpose, 64-bit processor, requiring 10x lower power and 3x lower sell price than competing products with equivalent performance. Together, these two attributes result in Prodigy reducing data centre annual total cost of ownership (CapEx + OpEx) by a factor of 4x. Read further...
Netherlands eScience Center director Wilco Hazeleger departs the organisation. As of July 1st, 2019, prof. dr. ir. Wilco Hazeleger will be the new Dean of the Faculty of Geosciences of Utrecht University. Wilco Hazeleger served as the director of the eScience Center since 2014. Read further...
The e-IRG Chair and the Swiss e-IRG Delegates have launched an invitation for the open e-IRG Workshop, which will be held May 20-21, 2019 at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland. The workshop is organised by the Swiss Delegates and co-organised with the Research Data Alliance (RDA). Read further...

Middleware

WekaIO, an innovation expert in high-performance, scalable file storage for data-intensive applications, has opened a new office in Houston, Texas, along with the appointments of Darrin St. Amant as Regional Sales Manager, and Jon Lavallee as Senior Systems Engineer. This new presence and key appointments in Houston are integral to the growth of the company's geospatial research and oil and gas exploration industry presence. Read further...

Hardware

Excelero, a disruptor in software-defined block storage, was assigned US patent #10,237,347 - its third US patent, with a 12 additional patents pending - governing a technique for multiple remote storage devices to communicate with a SmartNIC. This intellectual property (IP) is already being implemented in Excelero's latest NVMesh2 solution and provides customers with more efficient ways to deploy NVMe Flash across an enterprise. Read further...
Submer has launched the latest addition to their SmartPod Immersion Cooling System platform that conforms to both standard server formats and to Open Compute Project (OCP) specifications for high-performance, supercomputing, and hyperscale infrastructures - the SmartPodX. Read further...
A new distributed file system for high-performance computing being distributed via the software collaboration site GitHub provides unprecedented performance for creating, updating and managing extreme numbers of files. Read further...
Arm, Cadence Design Systems Inc., and Xilinx Inc. have delivered a new development platform, silicon-proven on TSMC's 7nm FinFET process technology, for next-generation Cloud-to-Edge infrastructure based on the new Arm Neoverse N1 platform. The Neoverse N1 System Development Platform (SDP) is also the industry's first 7nm infrastructure development platform enabling asymmetrical compute acceleration via the CCIX interconnect architecture and is available to hardware and software developers for hardware prototyping, software development, system validation, and performance profiling/tuning. Read further...

Applications

A collaboration between the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois, Mayo Clinic, and the University of Michigan are introducing a new machine-learning-driven approach to latent tuberculosis infections (LTBI) diagnostics. While leveraging a high throughput detection technology and powerful bioinformatics, this approach aims to reveal multi-marker signatures for LTBI diagnosis and risk stratification. Read further...
Thirty-eight research groups at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have been allocated new computation time on the Blue Waters supercomputer at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), with funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF). This round of allocations provides over 17 million node-hours, equivalent to over half a billion core hours, and is valued at over $10.5 million, helping Illinois researchers push the boundaries of innovation and frontier science discovery. Read further...
Nicholas Nystrom has been named chief scientist of the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC). In this newly created position, Nicholas Nystrom will serve as the principal scientific and technical adviser to the PSC's director and will be the primary authority for the technical content of the centre's science and technology portfolio. He will coordinate all research proposals and ensure the PSC's continued collaboration with key partners. Read further...
Beta decay plays an indispensable role in the universe. It drives the stellar explosions that synthesize elements - every piece of gold or platinum jewelry owes its beginnings to beta decay. It gives scientists a glimpse of physics beyond the Standard Model - the framework of particles and forces that gives a sense of order to the physical world. And for 50 years it has held onto a secret that puzzled nuclear physicists. With ever-advancing computing power at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), a team of researchers has solved that mystery, with the results appearing inNature Physics. Read further...
Researchers at Linköping University have developed a theoretical model that enables simulations for showing what happens in hard cutting materials as they degrade. The model will enable manufacturing industry to save both time and money. Read further...
A group at Politecnico di Milano has developed an electronic circuit able to solve a system of linear equations in a single operation in the timescale of few tens of ns. The performance of this new circuit is superior not only to the classical digital computers, but also to the futuristic quantum computers: it will be soon possible to develop a new generation of computing accelerators that will revolutionize the technology of artificial intelligence. Read further...
While the human T-cell leukemia virus type 1 (HTLV-1) is known to cause a rare cancer of the immune system's T-cells called adult T-cell leukemia or ATL in about five percent of those infected, researchers from the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) and Moores Cancer Center at UC San Diego recently hypothesized that this virus, as well as another lesser-known "cousin" called bovine leukemia virus (BLV), may also play a role in the accelerated development of breast cancer, esophageal cancer, pancreatic cancer, and glioblastoma (brain/spinal cancer). Read further...

The Cloud

Mellanox Technologies Ltd., a supplier of high-performance, end-to-end interconnect solutions for data centre servers and storage systems, has launched NVMe SNAP - Software-defined, Network Accelerated Processing, a storage virtualization solution for public Cloud, private Cloud and enterprise computing. This new SNAP technology allows customers to compose remote server-attached NVMe Flash storage and access it as if it were local, to achieve all the efficiency and management benefits of remote storage, with the simplicity of local storage. Read further...
Wiwynn, an innovative Cloud IT infrastructure provider, demonstrated its two-phase immersion cooling systems designed with Open Compute Project (OCP) servers to address the fast-growing power consumption and computing density while providing power and cooling efficiency, serviceability and reliability advantages. Wiwynn showcased an immersion cooling solution compliant with OCP servers at OCP Global Summit 2019 in the San Jose Convention Center. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2019-03-18

Focus

e-Infrastructures and HPC Knowledge Base gets a new look ...

Quantum computing

Physicists 'reverse time' using quantum computer ...

ASC X9 publishes white paper and technical report on quantum computing risks; new quantum standard effort announced ...

Focus on Europe

ARCHER2 92 million euro supercomputer set to boost UK capability ...

Slovak Government provides capital infusion of 15 million euro to Tachyum ...

Director eScience Center takes on new challenge ...

e-IRG issues Call for Participation to first Open Workshop in 2019 under Romanian EU Presidency ...

Middleware

WekaIO strengthens oil and gas industry presence with new Houston office ...

Hardware

Excelero awarded another patent for heightened NVMe storage efficiency ...

Submer launches SmartPodX, the world's first green OCP and hyperscale-ready Immersion Cooling solution ...

Handling trillions of supercomputer files just got simpler ...

Arm, Cadence and Xilinx introduce first Arm Neoverse system development platform for next-generation Cloud-to-Edge infrastructure, implemented on TSMC 7nm process technology ...

Applications

Promising diagnostics for detecting latent tuberculosis revealed ...

38 Illinois research groups awarded time on Blue Waters leadership supercomputer ...

Nicholas Nystrom named PSC Chief Scientist ...

Physicists use supercomputers to solve 50-year-old beta decay puzzle ...

New method opens the way for cutting tools with longer lifetime ...

Artificial intelligence speeds up ...

UC San Diego study points to virus-related acceleration in some cancers ...

The Cloud

Mellanox introduces breakthrough NVMe SNAP technology to simplify composable storage ...

Wiwynn showcases immersion cooling solutions at OCP Global Summit 2019 ...