Primeur weekly 2019-04-23

Quantum computing

Quantum computing start-up Zapata Computing raises $21 million in Series A financing ...

World-record quantum computing result for Sydney teams ...

Improving quantum computers ...

Focus on Europe

ISC STEM Student Day now open for sign-up ...

Dr. Debora Sijacki wins the 2019 PRACE Ada Lovelace Award for HPC ...

Middleware

Japan-based Core Micro Systems becomes a Bright Advanced Reseller ...

2019 DOE Performance Portability Meeting breaks new ground ...

Hardware

Mellanox delivers record revenue for the first quarter of 2019 ...

Intel acquires Omnitek and strengthens FPGA video and vision offering ...

Spectra Logic and Arcitecta debut joint genomics data management solution at Bio-IT World Conference & Expo '19 ...

World-class data science server to amplify Clemson's supercomputer ...

Cadence collaborates with TSMC to accelerate 5nm FinFET innovation, enabling next-generation SoC production design ...

Applications

Researchers gather at Ohio Supercomputer Center for spring Statewide Users Group conference ...

Blue Waters user Claire Porter wins NOAA David Johnson Award for ArcticDEM ...

Helping research reach new heights with AI ...

U.S. Department of Energy's INCITE Programme seeks proposals for 2020 ...

AT&T leverages Argonne's climate modeling and infrastructure resilience expertise to benefit Southeastern U.S. ...

Searching for photocathodes that convert CO2 into fuels ...

ECMWF to present second edition of the Summer of Weather Code (ESoWC) 2019 ...

HPC supports first black hole image ...

Research using TACC supercomputers studies bioelectric effects of cells to develop new anti-cancer strategies ...

TACC enhances computational reproducibility ...

The Cloud

Creating a cloak for grid data in the Cloud ...

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Edition: weekly - Issue: 2019-04-23

Quantum computing

Quantum computing start-up Zapata Computing has raised $21 million in Series A financing. Led by Comcast Ventures and Prelude Ventures, the round includes participation from new and existing investors Pitango Ventures, BASF Venture Capital, Robert Bosch Venture Capital, Pillar VC, and The Engine. Read further...
A world-record result in reducing errors in semiconductor electron 'spin qubits', a type of building block for quantum computers, has been achieved using the theoretical work of quantum physicists at the University of Sydney Nano Institute and School of Physics. Read further...
For decades, experts have predicted that quantum computers will someday perform difficult tasks, such as simulating complex chemical systems, that can't be done by conventional computers. But so far, these machines haven't lived up to their potential because of error-prone hardware. That's why scientists are working to improve the qubit - the basic hardware element of quantum computers, according to an article inChemical & Engineering News(C&EN), the weekly newsmagazine of the American Chemical Society. Read further...

Focus on Europe

The sign-up for the ISC STEM Student Day programme is now open and the organizers call on regional and international students to apply soon as the programme can only admit a total of 200 participants. The tutorial can only accept 100 students due to space constraints. Read further...
PRACE has presented to Dr. Debora Sijacki, Reader in Astrophysics and Cosmology at the Institute of Astronomy and Kavli Institute for Cosmology, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom the 2019 PRACE Ada Lovelace Award for HPC, for her outstanding contributions to and impact on HPC in Europe. As a computational cosmologist she has achieved numerous high-impact results in astrophysics based on numerical simulations on state-of-the-art supercomputers. Read further...

Middleware

Core Micro Systems has become a Bright Advanced Reseller in Japan. Founded in 1992, Core Micro Systems is a systems integration company, combining hardware and software storage and server technology with its in-house expertise to deliver leading-edge solutions to companies across Japan. Core Micro Systems focuses on high performance, large scale and scalable storage/file systems, including its ultra-high-performance silicon storage, SolidSTOR, which is over 500 times faster than competing products. The company has successfully deployed a 65PB system for Riken; the largest capacity in Japan. Read further...
The 2019 U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Performance, Portability, and Productivity Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado, once again brought together representatives from national labs, academia, and the vendor community to share ideas, progress, and challenges in achieving performance portability across DOE's current and future supercomputers. Read further...

Hardware

Mellanox Technologies Ltd., a supplier of high-performance, end-to-end interconnect solutions for data centre servers and storage systems, has issued preliminary financial results for its first quarter ended March 31, 2019. Read further...
Intel Corporation has acquired Omnitek, a provider of optimized video and vision FPGA IP solutions. Omnitek's technology enables customized high-performance vision and artificial intelligence (AI) inferencing capabilities on FPGAs for customers across a range of end markets. Omnitek's IP addresses demanding application requirements in areas such as video conferencing, projection and display, medical vision systems, and more. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Read further...
Spectra Logic and Arcitecta have premiered the joint BlackPearl Converged Storage System and Mediaflux Genomic Data Management Solution on April 16-18, and presenting "Metadata - The DNA of Your Life Sciences Data", in the Solutions Theatre, on April 18, 2019 at the Bio-IT World Conference. Read further...
It might look like a simple box, but inside the DGX-2 server is the technology to enhance computing performance to a never-before-seen level. Thanks to the work of six faculty members from the College of Science and the College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences, Clemson University will be receiving its own DGX-2 server in the coming months. Funded by a $316,000 grant from the Defense University Research Instrumentation Program in the Department of Defense's Office of Naval Research, the server will aid Clemson faculty and students who are solving tomorrow's greatest challenges using Big Data approaches. Read further...
Cadence Design Systems Inc. has collaborated with TSMC to enable customers' production delivery of next-generation system-on-chip (SoC) designs for mobile, high-performance computing (HPC), 5G and artificial intelligence (AI) applications on TSMC's 5nm FinFET process technology. As part of the collaboration, the Cadence digital, sign-off and custom/analogue tools have been certified for Design Rule Manual (DRM) and SPICE v1.0, and Cadence IP has been enabled for the TSMC 5nm process. The corresponding process design kits (PDKs) featuring integrated tools, flows and methodologies are now available for traditional and Cloud-based environments. Additionally, mutual customers have already completed several tapeouts using Cadence tools, flows and IP for full production development on the TSMC 5nm process technology. Read further...

Applications

While the impressive breakthroughs from Ohio's leading research universities stem from the brilliant minds of students and faculty, the discoveries are greatly accelerated through the use of high performance computing. On 18 April 2019, many of these great minds gathered at the Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC) for the Statewide Users Group (SUG) spring conference to collaborate and share ideas with peers and OSC staff. Read further...
Blue Waters researcher Claire Porter received the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) David Johnson Award for her work as project manager and lead developer of the ArcticDEM project. This award is given to young professionals who "developed an innovative application of Earth observation satellite data that is, or could be, used for operational purposes to assess and/or predict atmospheric, oceanic, or terrestrial conditions". Read further...
Volodymyr Kindratenko's research at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) rests at the confluence of some of the most cutting-edge areas of computer science in recent memory. Through his work with NCSA's Computing and Data Sciences group, Volodymyr Kindratenko helps researchers refine the tools and applications that they use to make discoveries and gain insights with high-performance computing. Read further...
The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Innovative and Novel Computational Impact on Theory and Experiment (INCITE) programme is now accepting proposals for high-impact, computationally intensive research campaigns in a broad array of science, engineering and computer science domains. Read further...
A recent collaboration between AT&T and the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory has yielded climate model datasets that could dramatically improve the ability to project changing risks to infrastructure from severe events, as well as from increased inland and coastal flooding. Read further...
Carbon dioxide (CO2) has a bad reputation due to its pivotal role in the greenhouse gas effect at the Earth's surface. But scientists at the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis (JCAP), a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Innovation Hub, view CO2as a promising solution to clean, low-cost, renewable energy. Read further...
The European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) presents the second edition of the ECMWF's Summer of Weather Code (ESoWC) 2019, an initiative to promote innovative weather-related open-source software. Developers from all over the world are invited to submit a proposal to solve one of the new challenges addressed by ECMWF's mentors this year. Only the five best submissions will win GBP 5000 each and the opportunity to develop their projects under the umbrella of ECMWF expertise. Read further...
On 10 April 2019 the first-ever image of a black hole was unveiled. This once-in-a-lifetime achievement would not have happened without the support of a global team of dedicated scientists, and of European supercomputers. During a live-streamed press conference in Brussels, spectators were treated to a short video zooming in on galaxy M87 to end with a view of the supermassive black hole that exists at its centre and is 6.5 billion times more massive than the Sun. Read further...
Cell membranes are the key regulating factor for biological processes at the tissue-scale. The application of an electric field can alter the cell membrane's permeability to chemicals in their vicinity or even kill the subjected cells. The process, known as electro-permeabilization or electroporation, consists of applying short, intense electric pulses. Read further...
Trust, but verify. The well-known proverb speaks to the heart of the scientific method, which builds on the results of others but requires that data be collected in a way that can be repeated with the same results. Scientific reproducibility extends beyond just recreating the conditions of a physical experiment. The computational analysis of data also factors into the reproducibility equation. Read further...

The Cloud

Delivering modern electricity is a numbers game. From power plant output to consumer usage patterns, grid operators juggle a complex set of variables to keep the lights on. Cloud-based tools can help manage all of these data, but utility owners and system operators are concerned about security. That concern is keeping them from using the Cloud - a collective name for networked Internet computers that provide scalable, flexible and economical computing power. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2019-04-23

Quantum computing

Quantum computing start-up Zapata Computing raises $21 million in Series A financing ...

World-record quantum computing result for Sydney teams ...

Improving quantum computers ...

Focus on Europe

ISC STEM Student Day now open for sign-up ...

Dr. Debora Sijacki wins the 2019 PRACE Ada Lovelace Award for HPC ...

Middleware

Japan-based Core Micro Systems becomes a Bright Advanced Reseller ...

2019 DOE Performance Portability Meeting breaks new ground ...

Hardware

Mellanox delivers record revenue for the first quarter of 2019 ...

Intel acquires Omnitek and strengthens FPGA video and vision offering ...

Spectra Logic and Arcitecta debut joint genomics data management solution at Bio-IT World Conference & Expo '19 ...

World-class data science server to amplify Clemson's supercomputer ...

Cadence collaborates with TSMC to accelerate 5nm FinFET innovation, enabling next-generation SoC production design ...

Applications

Researchers gather at Ohio Supercomputer Center for spring Statewide Users Group conference ...

Blue Waters user Claire Porter wins NOAA David Johnson Award for ArcticDEM ...

Helping research reach new heights with AI ...

U.S. Department of Energy's INCITE Programme seeks proposals for 2020 ...

AT&T leverages Argonne's climate modeling and infrastructure resilience expertise to benefit Southeastern U.S. ...

Searching for photocathodes that convert CO2 into fuels ...

ECMWF to present second edition of the Summer of Weather Code (ESoWC) 2019 ...

HPC supports first black hole image ...

Research using TACC supercomputers studies bioelectric effects of cells to develop new anti-cancer strategies ...

TACC enhances computational reproducibility ...

The Cloud

Creating a cloak for grid data in the Cloud ...