Primeur weekly 2019-04-08

Focus

Fortissimo initiative ready to continue the HPC experience for SMEs ...

Quantum computing

Teams to build new algorithms and software tools for emerging quantum systems ...

Focus on Europe

Piz Daint takes on Tier 2 function in Worldwide LHC Computing Grid ...

Doron Prize 2019 goes to Thomas Schulthess ...

ISC 2019 is now open for registration ...

PRACE 18th Call for Proposals welcomes 2 new HPC systems and includes a Pilot Phase with the Fenix federated data infrastructure ...

PRACE SHAPE 9th Call for Applications is open from 1 April 2019 until 31 May 2019 ...

Middleware

The Leibniz Supercomputing Centre joins the OpenMP effort ...

Altair acquires Cambridge Collaborative's SEAM software, expanding solver portfolio ...

Hardware

DDN PartnerLink recognized in CRN's 2019 Partner Program Guide ...

PLDA announces two innovative vDMA engine IP solutions, delivering robust performance and scalability across a PCIe link or AMBA AXI fabric ...

Hyperion Research reports HPC server market beats forecast for full-year 2018 ...

Intel announces broadest product portfolio for moving, storing and processing data ...

Intel driving data-centric world with new 10nm Intel Agilex FPGA family ...

Intel appoints George S. Davis as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer ...

Indiana University's data centre upgrades, two additional designs approved by Board of Trustees ...

Penguin Computing designs now available with new 2nd generation Intel Xeon Scalable processors expanding options for data centre, HPC, and AI ...

Applications

New heart valve modelling technique enables customized medical care for patients ...

Supercomputers help supercharge protein assembly ...

Supercomputers aid our understanding of complex brain waves ...

Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research launches new call & matchmaking meeting for Energy System Integration ...

West Virginia University revs up computer resources to help move region forward ...

Rocket fuel that's cleaner, safer and still full of energy ...

Getting a big look at tiny particles ...

The Cloud

Atos and Google Cloud inaugurate unique artificial intelligence lab in France ...

Pixeom announces $15 million funding from Intel Capital, National Grid Partners and others for its software defined edge computing platform ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2019-04-08

Focus

The EU-supported Fortissimo project, started in July 2013, aims to make it easier for SMEs to gain affordable access to supercomputer-based simulation and analytics. With that goal in mind, Fortissimo - Factories of the Future Resources, Technology, Infrastructure and Services for Simulation and Modelling - created the Fortissimo Marketplace, a Cloud-based service that makes HPC hardware, expertise, applications, visualisation and tools available, on a pay-per-use basis, to European engineering and manufacturing SMEs. Read further...

Quantum computing

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced a plan to provide $40 million for research aimed at developing new algorithms and software for quantum computers. The effort seeks to move beyond the current relatively limited applications available on quantum computers toward more robust algorithms and application software that can be used on a practical level to tackle a range of scientific problems. Read further...

Focus on Europe

In the future, the "Piz Daint" supercomputer will handle part of the analysis of data generated by the experiments conducted at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). This new development was enabled by the close collaboration between the Swiss National Supercomputing Centre (CSCS) and the Swiss Institute of Particle Physics (CHIPP). In the past, CSCS relied on the "Phoenix" dedicated cluster for the LHC experiments. Read further...
The Director of the National Supercomputing Center CSCS has been honoured for his outstanding achievements in the field of high-performance computing. On 3 April 2019 in Zug, the Swiss Foundation for the Doron Prize honoured Thomas Schulthess, Professor of Computational Physics at the Department of Physics, for his outstanding achievements in the field of supercomputing. The Foundation praised Thomas Schulthess as one of the most renowned Swiss and American scientists in the field of supercomputing. Read further...
Early registration is now open for ISC High Performance, the largest high performance computing forum in Europe. By registering between now and May 8 for the full conference pass, attendees will be able to save over 45 percent off the onsite registration rates. The ISC High Performance conference and exhibition will be held from June 16-20, 2019 at Messe Frankfurt, and the event expects over 3,500 attendees. To cater to different needs, four event passes are available: conference, exhibition, tutorial and workshop. Be aware that the tutorials and workshops require separate registrations. Read further...
The 18th Call for Proposals for PRACE Project Access received 51 eligible proposals, of which 36 were awarded a total of 1.46 billion core hours. This brings the total number of Project Access proposals awarded to 688 since 2010. Taking into account the six multi-year projects from the 14th and 16th Calls that were renewed, and the 9.2 million core hours reserved for Centres of Excellence, the total amount of computing time awarded by PRACE to date totals nearly 21 billion core hours. Read further...
The Ninth Call for Applications to SHAPE - SME HPC Adoption Programme in Europe - invites applications from European SMEs with an interesting idea that would benefit from High Performance Computing for increasing their competitiveness. Read further...

Middleware

The Leibniz Supercomputing Centre of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities in Germany (LRZ) has joined the OpenMP Architecture Review Board (ARB), a group of hardware and software vendors and research organisations creating the standard for the most popular shared-memory parallel programming model in use today. Read further...
Altair, a global technology company providing solutions in product development, high-performance computing and data intelligence, has acquired Cambridge Collaborative's SEAM software, best-in-class high-frequency noise and vibration predictive technology. Read further...

Hardware

CRN, a brand of The Channel Company, has recognized DataDirect Networks' (DDN) PartnerLink programme in its 2019 Partner Program Guide. The annual guide identifies the strongest and most successful partner programmes in the channel today, offered by the top technology suppliers for IT products and services. Read further...
PLDA, an industry expert in PCI Express IP solutions, has introduced two innovative DMA engine solutions designed to manage large and heterogeneous data traffic across a PCIe link or across an AMBA AXI fabric solution. PLDA's new IP products are an elegant and streamlined solution that delivers high-end performance and is easy to integrate into design planning. Read further...
Worldwide factory revenue for the high-performance computing (HPC) technical server market jumped for the full-year 2018 by 15.6% over the exceptionally strong 2017 calendar year period, from $11.9 billion to $13.7 billion. The 2018 result was 6.2% higher than Hyperion Research's forecast $12.9 billion figure for the year. Read further...
Intel has unveiled a new portfolio of data-centric solutions consisting of 2nd-Generation Intel Xeon Scalable processors, Intel Optane DC memory and storage solutions, and software and platform technologies optimized to help its customers extract more value from their data. Intel's latest data centre solutions target a wide range of use cases within Cloud computing, network infrastructure and intelligent edge applications, and support high-growth workloads, including AI and 5G. Read further...
Intel has launched a brand-new product family, the Intel Agilex FPGA. This new family of field programmable gate arrays (FPGA) will provide customized solutions to address the unique data-centric business challenges across embedded, network and data centre markets. Read further...
Intel Corporation has appointed George S. Davis as executive vice president and chief financial officer (CFO), effective April 3, 2019. George S. Davis will report to Intel CEO Bob Swan and oversee Intel's global finance organisation, including finance, accounting and reporting, tax, treasury, internal audit and investor relations. He will also oversee Intel's information technology (IT) organisation. Read further...
The Indiana University (IU) Board of Trustees has approved upgrades to the Data Center on the Bloomington campus, as well as two architectural designs - one for a replacement north grandstand at Armstrong Stadium on the Bloomington campus and a second for gateways on the western edge of the IUPUI campus. Read further...
The Penguin Computing Relion family of Linux-based servers is now available with the latest generation of Intel Xeon Scalable processors including both the processor formerly codenamed Cascade Lake-SP as well as the Walker Pass-based Cascade Lake-AP technology. This enhancement will enable Penguin Computing to improve performance for data center, HPC, and AI customers while also delivering the flexibility, density, and scalability of the Relion server design. Read further...

Applications

The research team of Professor Michael Sacks, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Oden Institute for Computational Engineering and Science (ICES), has developed a new non-invasive technique for simulating repairs to the heart's mitral valve with levels of accuracy reliable enough for use in a clinical setting. Mitral valve (MV) disease is one of the most common valve-related heart conditions, newly diagnosed in five million Americans each year. Left unchecked, MV disease can lead to heart failure and/or stroke. This advance in computational modeling technology allows surgeons to provide patient-specific treatments, a development that will improve the long-term efficacy of current medical approaches. Read further...
Red blood cells are amazing. They pick up oxygen from our lungs and carry it all over our body to keep us alive. The hemoglobin molecule in red blood cells transports oxygen by changing its shape in an all-or-nothing fashion. Four copies of the same protein in hemoglobin open and close like flower petals, structurally coupled to respond to each other. Using supercomputers, scientists are just starting to design proteins that self-assemble to combine and resemble life-giving molecules like hemoglobin. The scientists say their methods could be applied to useful technologies such as pharmaceutical targeting, artificial energy harvesting, 'smart' sensing and building materials, and more. Read further...
Even though electro-encephalography (EEG) has been used for almost 100 years, this safe and painless test of brain activity remains an efficient method for recording aspects of rapid brain activity patterns supporting our thoughts and actions. Leveraging the power of the Comet supercomputer at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at UC San Diego, campus researchers have demonstrated they can efficiently analyze more than 1,000 EEG 128-channel high-density data sets via the new Open EEGLAB Portal running on SDSC's Neuroscience Gateway (NSG). Read further...
The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) is organising a third call in the Energy System Integration programme in close collaboration with the System Integration Programme of the Top Sector Energy in the Netherlands. Read further...
West Virginia University (WVU), in partnership with the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center, has created one of the state's most powerful computer clusters to help power research and innovation statewide. The announcement came as the University kicked off its inaugural Research Week celebration. Read further...
Research published inScience Advancesshows that it may be possible to create rocket fuel that is much cleaner and safer than the hypergolic fuels that are commonly used today. And still just as effective. The new fuels use simple chemical "triggers" to unlock the energy of one of the hottest new materials, a class of porous solids known as metal-organic frameworks, or MOFs. MOFs are made up of clusters of metal ions and an organic molecule called a linker. Read further...
At the turn of the 20th century, scientists discovered that atoms were composed of smaller particles. They found that inside each atom, negatively charged electrons orbit a nucleus made of positively charged protons and neutral particles called neutrons. This discovery led to research into atomic nuclei and subatomic particles. Read further...

The Cloud

Atos, a global expert in digital transformation, and Google Cloud have inaugurated a joint artificial intelligence (AI) laboratory in the presence of Bruno Le Maire, French Minister of Economy and Finance. Set up as part of the global partnership between Atos and Google Cloud, this laboratory, which is unique in France, enables clients, businesses and public organisations to identify practical cases, for which AI could provide innovative and effective solutions. Read further...
Pixeom Inc., a market leading software defined edge computing company, has secured $15 million capital funding led by Intel Capital, National Grid Partners and others. The influx of funds will enable the company to continue scaling and deliver its end-to-end edge computing enterprise software platform, which recreates Cloud functionality on-premise. Previous investors include Samsung Catalyst Fund. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2019-04-08

Focus

Fortissimo initiative ready to continue the HPC experience for SMEs ...

Quantum computing

Teams to build new algorithms and software tools for emerging quantum systems ...

Focus on Europe

Piz Daint takes on Tier 2 function in Worldwide LHC Computing Grid ...

Doron Prize 2019 goes to Thomas Schulthess ...

ISC 2019 is now open for registration ...

PRACE 18th Call for Proposals welcomes 2 new HPC systems and includes a Pilot Phase with the Fenix federated data infrastructure ...

PRACE SHAPE 9th Call for Applications is open from 1 April 2019 until 31 May 2019 ...

Middleware

The Leibniz Supercomputing Centre joins the OpenMP effort ...

Altair acquires Cambridge Collaborative's SEAM software, expanding solver portfolio ...

Hardware

DDN PartnerLink recognized in CRN's 2019 Partner Program Guide ...

PLDA announces two innovative vDMA engine IP solutions, delivering robust performance and scalability across a PCIe link or AMBA AXI fabric ...

Hyperion Research reports HPC server market beats forecast for full-year 2018 ...

Intel announces broadest product portfolio for moving, storing and processing data ...

Intel driving data-centric world with new 10nm Intel Agilex FPGA family ...

Intel appoints George S. Davis as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer ...

Indiana University's data centre upgrades, two additional designs approved by Board of Trustees ...

Penguin Computing designs now available with new 2nd generation Intel Xeon Scalable processors expanding options for data centre, HPC, and AI ...

Applications

New heart valve modelling technique enables customized medical care for patients ...

Supercomputers help supercharge protein assembly ...

Supercomputers aid our understanding of complex brain waves ...

Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research launches new call & matchmaking meeting for Energy System Integration ...

West Virginia University revs up computer resources to help move region forward ...

Rocket fuel that's cleaner, safer and still full of energy ...

Getting a big look at tiny particles ...

The Cloud

Atos and Google Cloud inaugurate unique artificial intelligence lab in France ...

Pixeom announces $15 million funding from Intel Capital, National Grid Partners and others for its software defined edge computing platform ...