Primeur weekly 2019-04-01

Focus

A clarifying look at the ETP4HPC role in EuroHPC and opportunities for European SMEs ...

Exascale supercomputing

First U.S. exascale supercomputer to be a Cray Shasta system ...

Cray appoints new SVP of products as company prepares for exascale and expands into commercial market ...

Barcelona Supercomputing Center candidate to host one of the two largest supercomputers of the EU for 2021 ...

Quantum computing

D-Wave expands Leap Quantum Cloud Service and Application Environment to Europe and Japan ...

Groovenauts to release world's first business service powered with quantum computing technology ...

ColdQuanta appoints Robert "Bo" Ewald as President and Chief Executive Officer ...

Focus on Europe

Netherlands eScience Center launches new Call for Proposals: Innovative eScience Technologies for "Big Science" (eTEC-BIG) ...

Irish Centre for High-End Computing calls for participation to the Copernicus Hackathon Ireland ...

Helmholtz to base new AI flagship unit in Munich to strengthen its Germany-wide research network ...

ISC 2019 Conference keynote brings high performance computing to life ...

Boston and Asperitas introduce performance boosting Cloud & compute solutions powered by Immersed Computing ...

Middleware

SDSC and Sylabs spread the word on Singularity ...

HPCNow! joins Bright Partner Programme as Advanced Reseller and Services Partner ...

Turkish company Mevasis signs up to Bright reseller programme ...

Hardware

Inspur to offer BeeGFS for HPC and AI clusters ...

Massive Storage Systems and Technology Conference (MSST) announces distinguished keynoters and 5-day agenda of notable speakers ...

Fujitsu develops deep learning acceleration technology and achieves world's highest speed ...

Micron boosts client computing performance with introduction of new NVMe SSD portfolio ...

Oak Ridge National Laboratory helps identify challenges of extremely heterogeneous architectures ...

Applications

Modified deep-learning algorithms unveil features of shape-shifting proteins ...

Supercomputer simulations help combat tuberculosis granulomas ...

NCSA visualization team co-produces Birth of Planet Earth ...

Scientists develop way to perform supercomputer simulations of the heart on cellphones ...

Oak Ridge National Laboratory investigates complex uranium oxides with help from CADES resources ...

The Cloud

Vcinity expands Ultimate X technology for unleashing access to remote data ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2019-04-01

Focus

At the ETP4HPC meeting on March 18, 2019 in Sassenheim, The Netherlands,Primeur Magazinetalked about the ecosystem around HPC in Europe with three ETP4HPC members including Pascale Bernier-Bruna, Communication Officer for ETP4HPC; Fabrizio Magugliani from E4 Computer Engineering in Italy; and Axel Auweter from MEGWARE in Germany. Read further...

Exascale supercomputing

A Cray "Shasta" system will be the first U.S. exascale supercomputer. Cray was selected to deliver the system, as a subcontractor to Intel, to the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory in 2021. The programme contract is valued at more than $100 million for Cray, one of the largest contracts in the company's history. The Argonne system, named Aurora, will be comprised of more than 200 Shasta cabinets, Cray's unique software stack optimized for Intel architectures and the Cray Slingshot interconnect, as well as next generation Intel technology innovations in compute processor, memory and storage technologies. Read further...
Cray Inc. has appointed John Dinning as its new senior vice president of products. John Dinning brings over two decades of experience strategically guiding technology companies through market positioning, growth and business transformation. The appointment comes as Cray prepares to deploy its newest "Shasta" supercomputing architecture, purpose-built to meet the demands of the exascale era. Read further...
The Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) will submit its candidacy to host one of the pre-exascale supercomputers that will be functional in the European Union (EU) in the beginning of 2021. Read further...

Quantum computing

D-Wave Systems Inc., an expert in quantum computing systems, software, and services, has achieved the geographic expansion of its Leap quantum Cloud service which includes access to the D-Wave 2000Q system and its Quantum Application Environment (QAE). The 33 new countries include: all 28 member states of the European Union, Japan, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland. Leap is the only Cloud-based service to provide real-time access to a live quantum computer, as well as open-source development tools, interactive demos, educational resources, and knowledge base articles. Developers, researchers, and businesses around the world can now access Leap and start building applications with both free and paid plans. Read further...
Groovenauts Inc., developers of the non-programming machine learning service MAGELLAN BLOCKS, will release the world's first business optimization service using the D-Wave 2000Q quantum computer via the Cloud. The service will analyze vast numbers of numerical combinations to find optimal shipping routes and staff schedules. Tasks like planning staff schedules to avoid overworking or finding the shortest possible shipping routes - which require significant manpower to solve - will be more efficient and accurate with this service than with procedures used by customers today. Groovenauts will release a beta version of this new optimization service in April, 2019. Read further...
ColdQuanta Inc.'s board of directors has appointed Robert "Bo" Ewald as president and chief executive officer. Bo Ewald is well-known in high technology having previously been president of supercomputing leader Cray Research, CEO of Silicon Graphics, and for the past six years, president of quantum computing company D-Wave International. Bo Ewald is a frequent spokesperson about quantum computing and other technology areas, and he has served on many government and industrial committees, including the President's Information Technology Advisory Committee. He has been on the board of directors of both private and public companies and will also join the board of ColdQuanta. Read further...

Focus on Europe

The new call for proposals "Innovative eScience Technologies for Big Science" (eTEC-BIG) is open. The Netherlands eScience Center invites 'Big Science' researchers and ICT researchers to apply for funding to address innovative compute-intensive and/or data-driven research problems. Read further...
ICHEC is inviting interested parties to take part in Ireland's first Copernicus Hackathon at the National University of Ireland (NUI), Galway, Ireland on May 10-12th 2019. Hackathon participants will be challenged to come up with solutions for real-world problems using Copernicus satellite data and will compete for a range of prizes. Copernicus is the European Earth Observation (EO) programme run by the European Commission and the European Space Agency and the hackathon is being run by the Irish Centre for High-End Computing (ICHEC). Read further...
In today's world, new technologies and modern approaches to research generate huge mountains of data - obtained from space, climate research and the human body. Thanks to Artificial intelligence (AI), it is now possible to unearth a treasure trove of knowledge from these data mountains and link it together. Germany's largest research organisation, the Helmholtz Association, is undertaking a massive expansion of its current applied AI capabilities. The central element will be the Helmholtz Artificial Intelligence Cooperation Unit (HAICU), which will receive 11,4 million euro in annual research funding and will be based at the Helmholtz Zentrum München. Read further...
The ISC High Performance 2019 conference keynote will be delivered by Professor Ivo Sbalzarini, who will speak to an audience of 3500 attendees about the pivotal role high performance computing plays in the field of systems biology. Under the title, "The Algorithms of Life - Scientific Computing for Systems Biology", Ivo Sbalzarini will discuss how HPC is being used as a tool for scientific investigation and for hypothesis testing, as well as a more fundamental way to think about problems in systems biology. The ISC conference and exhibition will take place from June 16-20 in Frankfurt, Germany, and will be held at Messe Frankfurt. Read further...
Boston and Asperitas have taken their partnership, announced at CloudFest 2018, to another level with the introduction of four plug and play solutions for Cloud and compute for CPU and GPU workloads. The solutions are optimized for different purposes, ranging from generic platforms with full stack support and extensive integrated storage, to high density compute and GPU compute applications. All solutions are designed and optimized for synergy between server systems and the unique Immersed Computing technology concept for optimal performance. Read further...

Middleware

The San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at UC San Diego, and Sylabs.io recently hosted the first-ever Singularity User Group meeting, attracting users and developers from around the United States and beyond who wanted to learn more about the latest developments in an open source project known as Singularity. Now in use on SDSC's Comet supercomputer, Singularity has quickly become an essential tool in improving the productivity of researchers by simplifying the development and portability challenges of working with complex scientific software. Read further...
HPCNow! has signed up to the Bright Partner Programme as an Advanced Reseller and a Services Partner. With offices in Barcelona Spain and Auckland New Zealand, HPCNow! operates across all continents. The company provides customers with solutions and technologies to tackle the most complex problems in High Performance Computing, such as cluster design, supercomputer administration, and user support. Read further...
Mevasis has become the latest company to join the Bright Partner Programme. Mevasis designs technical high-performance computing (HPC) solutions for academic, commercial, industrial and government customers across Turkey. The company customizes its solutions to suit the needs of its customers, integrating hardware, system and management software, parallel file systems, and high-performance network systems with value-added IT services to deliver fast, flexible and reliable solutions. As a result, Mevasis is well-known to provide its customers with thoroughly tested and documented turn-key or specialist HPC solutions. Read further...

Hardware

Inspur has signed a partnership with ThinkParQ, the company behind BeeGFS, offering integrated Inspur and BeeGFS system and technical support for HPC and AI cluster solutions users. BeeGFS, a parallel cluster file system with a distributed metadata architecture, has gained global acclaim for its usability, scalability and powerful metadata processing functions. Read further...
The Massive Storage Systems and Technology Conference (MSST) has announced keynote speakers Margo Seltzer and Mark Kryder, along with a five-day agenda of invited and peer research talks and tutorials, May 20-24 in Santa Clara, California. Now on its 35th conference, MSST is the premiere large-scale storage conference that focuses on current challenges and future trends in distributed storage system technologies, drawing a diverse group of system designers and implementers, storage architects, researchers, and vendors from both industry and academia. Read further...
Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd. has developed technology to improve the speed of deep learning software, which has now achieved the world's highest speed when the time required for machine learning was measured using the AI Bridging Cloud Infrastructure (ABCI) system, deployed by Fujitsu Limited for the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST). Read further...
Micron Technology Inc. has launched a new solid-state drive (SSD) portfolio featuring support for the NVM Express (NVMe) protocol, bringing increased bandwidth and reduced latency to client computing markets. The Micron 2200 PCIe NVMe SSD is a vertically integrated solution - including 3D TLC NAND, internally designed ASIC drive controller and firmware in an M.2 form factor. This solution allows Micron to address growing needs across original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and broader client markets for NVMe storage class drives. Read further...
Exponential growth in classical computing over the last two decades has produced hardware and software that support lightning-fast processing speeds, but advancements are topping out as computing architectures reach their power and performance limits. Over time, computer architectures have become much more complex. Read further...

Applications

Using artificial neural networks designed to emulate the inner workings of the human brain, deep-learning algorithms deftly peruse and analyze large quantities of data. Applying this technique to science problems can help unearth historically elusive solutions. One such challenge involves a biophysical phenomenon known as protein folding. Although researchers know that proteins must morph into specific 3D shapes via this process to function properly, the intricacies of intermediate stages between the initial unfolded state and the final folded state are both critically important to their eventual purpose and notoriously difficult to characterize. Read further...
The greatest cause of death due to infection globally is tuberculosis (TB). Two supercomputers - Comet at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at UC San Diego and Stampede2 at the Texas Advanced Computer Center (TACC) at the University of Texas at Austin - are being used to help combat this lethal disease. Read further...
Birth of Planet Earth, a new 24-minute giant screen science documentary for digital fulldome cinemas, had its global premiere at the Zeiss-Großplanetarium in Berlin this month. The film is a co-production of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) Advanced Visualization Lab (AVL) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Spitz Creative Media, and Thomas Lucas Productions Inc., in association with Tellus Science Museum in Cartersville, Georgia. The documentary is now available for booking by planetariums, museums and educational institutions. Read further...
You can now perform supercomputer simulations of the heart's electrophysiology in real time on desktop computers and even cellphones. A team of scientists from Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) and Georgia Tech developed a new approach that can not only help diagnose heart conditions and test new treatments, but pushes the boundaries of cardiac science by opening up a floodgate of new cardiac research and education. Read further...
Scientists at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) are working to understand both the complex nature of uranium and the various oxide forms it can take during processing steps that might occur throughout the nuclear fuel cycle. An improved understanding of uranium oxides, which fuel the vast majority of the U.S nuclear power fleet, could lead to the development of improved fuels or waste storage materials. Read further...

The Cloud

Vcinity Inc., a provider of data access on-demand solutions, has launched its expanded global fabric extension technology that is a fundamental building block for the Ultimate X (ULT X) family of products. These products enable access to data assets across global - and even satellite distances - as if they were local and deliver unprecedented flexibility and scalability for customers. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2019-04-01

Focus

A clarifying look at the ETP4HPC role in EuroHPC and opportunities for European SMEs ...

Exascale supercomputing

First U.S. exascale supercomputer to be a Cray Shasta system ...

Cray appoints new SVP of products as company prepares for exascale and expands into commercial market ...

Barcelona Supercomputing Center candidate to host one of the two largest supercomputers of the EU for 2021 ...

Quantum computing

D-Wave expands Leap Quantum Cloud Service and Application Environment to Europe and Japan ...

Groovenauts to release world's first business service powered with quantum computing technology ...

ColdQuanta appoints Robert "Bo" Ewald as President and Chief Executive Officer ...

Focus on Europe

Netherlands eScience Center launches new Call for Proposals: Innovative eScience Technologies for "Big Science" (eTEC-BIG) ...

Irish Centre for High-End Computing calls for participation to the Copernicus Hackathon Ireland ...

Helmholtz to base new AI flagship unit in Munich to strengthen its Germany-wide research network ...

ISC 2019 Conference keynote brings high performance computing to life ...

Boston and Asperitas introduce performance boosting Cloud & compute solutions powered by Immersed Computing ...

Middleware

SDSC and Sylabs spread the word on Singularity ...

HPCNow! joins Bright Partner Programme as Advanced Reseller and Services Partner ...

Turkish company Mevasis signs up to Bright reseller programme ...

Hardware

Inspur to offer BeeGFS for HPC and AI clusters ...

Massive Storage Systems and Technology Conference (MSST) announces distinguished keynoters and 5-day agenda of notable speakers ...

Fujitsu develops deep learning acceleration technology and achieves world's highest speed ...

Micron boosts client computing performance with introduction of new NVMe SSD portfolio ...

Oak Ridge National Laboratory helps identify challenges of extremely heterogeneous architectures ...

Applications

Modified deep-learning algorithms unveil features of shape-shifting proteins ...

Supercomputer simulations help combat tuberculosis granulomas ...

NCSA visualization team co-produces Birth of Planet Earth ...

Scientists develop way to perform supercomputer simulations of the heart on cellphones ...

Oak Ridge National Laboratory investigates complex uranium oxides with help from CADES resources ...

The Cloud

Vcinity expands Ultimate X technology for unleashing access to remote data ...