Primeur weekly 2019-04-29

Quantum computing

Leading universities partner with IBM to accelerate joint research and drive educational opportunities in quantum computing ...

Canada's Strategic Innovation Fund invests CAN$7,2 million in ISARA ...

Extremely accurate measurements of atom states for quantum computing ...

Building a Printing Press for New Quantum Materials ...

New robust device may scale up quantum tech, according to researchers ...

Nanocomponent is a quantum leap for Danish physicists ...

Munich quantum distillery for light ...

Focus on Europe

PRACE issues Annual Report 2018 in a new style ...

Middleware

Sylabs announces general availability of SingularityPRO 3.1 ...

Hardware

Calcul Québec inaugurates a cutting-edge supercomputer to boost research performance ...

Xilinx to acquire Solarflare ...

New Supermicro scale-up in-memory computing platforms now shipping in volume ...

Largest, fastest array of microscopic 'traffic cops' for optical communications ...

Applications

Scientists create first billion-atom biomolecular simulation ...

UC San Diego's HPWREN Workshop attracts first responders, scientists and educators ...

Illinois researchers sweeten "honeypot" to catch, blacklist hackers ...

Four Ph.D. students selected as Blue Waters Graduate Fellows ...

ALCF Data Science Programme seeks proposals for data and learning projects ...

A new PIC simulation tool brings advanced scalability to ultra-high-intensity physics simulations ...

Upgraded science trailer teaches students about supercomputing ...

OLCF scientist talks early Summit results at APS Meeting ...

The Cloud

Archanan announces beta launch of the Archanan Development Cloud, a Cloud-based developer platform for building and testing code at scale ...

Inspur and Nutanix partner for Inspur HCI all-in-one system inMerge1000 ...

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Edition: weekly - Issue: 2019-04-29

Quantum computing

IBM has expanded the IBM Q Network to include a number of global universities with the intent to partner with IBM to accelerate joint research in quantum computing, and develop curricula to help prepare students for careers that will be influenced by this next era of computing, across science and business. Read further...
With this month's strategic investment of CAN$7,2 million from Canada's Strategic Innovation Fund, ISARA Corp., a provider of agile quantum-safe security solutions, reaches another important milestone by securing government funding that supplements its initial Canadian funding and Series A Round Silicon Valley venture capital investments - and further demonstrating the need for robust security in the Quantum Age. Read further...
A new method allows the quantum state of atomic "qubits" - the basic unit of information in quantum computers - to be measured with twenty times less error than was previously possible, without losing any atoms. Accurately measuring qubit states, which are analogous to the one or zero states of bits in traditional computing, is a vital step in the development of quantum computers. Read further...
Scientists at Brookhaven Lab's Center for Functional Nanomaterials are developing an automated system to synthesize entirely new materials made from stacked atomically thin two-dimensional sheets and to characterize their exotic quantum properties. Read further...
Researchers have been trying for many years to build a quantum computer that industry could scale up, but the building blocks of quantum computing, qubits, still aren't robust enough to handle the noisy environment of what would be a quantum computer. Read further...
University of Copenhagen researchers have developed a nanocomponent that emits light particles carrying quantum information. Less than one-tenth the width of a human hair, the miniscule component makes it possible to scale up and could ultimately reach the capabilities required for a quantum computer or quantum internet. The research result puts Denmark at the head of the pack in the quantum race. Read further...
The distillation of spirits increases the content of alcohol relative to the water content. A similar method developed by a team from the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics in Garching works on light quanta - photons. It extracts individual photons from a light source, reduces the unwanted vacuum component, and heralds this event. Such single photons are important quantum bits for the currently emerging quantum information technology. This "photon distillation" can even be concatenated to increase the purity of single-photon light. The work recently appeared inPhysical Review Letters. Read further...

Focus on Europe

The online version of the Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe (PRACE) Annual Report 2018 is now available. This edition includes some new elements, making for a new, more corporate style to differentiate the PRACE Annual Report from the PRACE Digest, another publication highlight each year. The paper version will be available at PRACEdays19, which will be held from 14 to 16 May 2019 in Poznań, Poland, for the fourth time under the umbrella of the EuroHPC Summit Week. Read further...

Middleware

Sylabs, a provider of container runtime solutions for Trusted Enterprise Performance Computing (TEPC), has released SingularityPRO 3.1. This is the first offering based upon the version 3 release series of the popular open source Singularity container platform - an offering that signals a watershed moment for enterprise customers everywhere. Read further...

Hardware

Imagine a computer 300,000 times faster than a PC, and with 67,000 times more storage space. Such is Béluga, a supercomputer now serving Québec and Canadian researchers. Located at the École de technologie supérieure in Montreal, Béluga was first made available to researchers at the beginning of April and is now the main high performance computing (HPC) infrastructure in the province. Read further...
Xilinx Inc., an expert in adaptive and intelligent computing, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Solarflare Communications Inc., an Irvine, California-based privately-held company. Solarflare is a provider of high-performance, low latency networking solutions for customers spanning FinTech to Cloud computing. The acquisition will enable Xilinx to combine its industry-leading FPGA, MPSoC and ACAP solutions with Solarflare's ultra-low latency network interface card (NIC) technology and Onload application acceleration software, to enable new converged SmartNIC solutions, accelerating Xilinx's "data centre first" strategy and transition to a platform company. Read further...
Super Micro Computer Inc.'s new 4-socket servers, which support 2nd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors and Intel Optane DC persistent memory, are now shipping in volume. Read further...
Engineers at the University of California, Berkeley have built a new photonic switch that can control the direction of light passing through optical fibers faster and more efficiently than ever. This optical "traffic cop" could one day revolutionize how information travels through data centres and high-performance supercomputers that are used for artificial intelligence and other data-intensive applications. Read further...

Applications

Researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory have created the largest simulation to date of an entire gene of DNA, a feat that required one billion atoms to model and will help researchers to better understand and develop cures for diseases like cancer. Read further...
On August 6, 2018, first responders received a 911 call reporting a fire. A quick check of a set of recently deployed fixed field of view cameras confirmed the presence of smoke, immediately followed by pointing the new ALERTWildfire PTZ cameras on Santiago Peak to confirm the fire's location within the Cleveland National Forest and its significant potential for major destruction. Notifications were sent to the applicable agencies. Read further...
"The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting", according to Sun Tzu. This quote inspired Coordinated Science Laboratory (CSL) student Phuong M. Cao and a team from the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) to conduct research to understand how programmes were being attacked. A paper about that research was accepted by the prestigious USENIX Symposium on Networked Systems Design and Implementation (NSDI). Read further...
Four Ph.D. students have been selected to receive Blue Waters Graduate Fellowships for 2019-2020. The fellowship programme, now in its sixth year, provides substantial support and the opportunity for early career researchers to leverage the sustained petascale performance of the Blue Waters supercomputer at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to advance their research. Read further...
The Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF), a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science User Facility, is now accepting proposals for the ALCF Data Science Programme (ADSP) through July 1, 2019. Read further...
A new 3D particle-in-cell (PIC) simulation tool developed by researchers from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and CEA Saclay is enabling cutting-edge simulations of laser/plasma coupling mechanisms that were previously out of reach of standard PIC codes used in plasma research. More detailed understanding of these mechanisms is critical to the development of ultra-compact particle accelerators and light sources that could solve long-standing challenges in medicine, industry, and fundamental science more efficiently and cost effectively. Read further...
"What's Your Problem?" This question, emblazoned on the side of a bright red trailer, invites students of all ages to step into the world of computational science. This mobile exhibit showcases the scientific and technological achievements made possible by past, present, and future supercomputers located at the US Department of Energy's (DOE) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). The computing trailer and its five counterparts - focused on neutron science, nanoscience, environmental science, nuclear science, and mission support - make up the ORNL Traveling Science Fair, an educational initiative designed to pique students' interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) by participating in local and national school events, career fairs, and science festivals. Read further...
Bronson Messer, a computational scientist at the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF), gave an invited talk at the American Physical Society's (APS) "Quarks to the Cosmos" April meeting in Denver, detailing his current work on the OLCF's 200-petaflop IBM AC922 Summit supercomputer. Read further...

The Cloud

Archanan Pte. Ltd., a provider of Cloud-based development environments that help optimize large scale code development workflows through administering personal Integrated Development Environments that emulate the organisation's production system, virtualized in a Cloud, has launched its beta programme. The launch of the Archanan beta programme makes the Archanan Development Cloud available for testing by supercomputing centres, enterprises, OEMs and other organisations involved with large scale computing and development. Read further...
Inspur, a provider of computing solutions and enterprise Cloud OS expert, Nutanix have introduced the first Inspur HCI all-in-one system appliance, inMerge1000: combining the deep integration of high-quality hardware from Inspur and Nutanix virtualization and Cloud software. This new offering supports all enterprise-level applications across both volume production and performance sensitive workloads and brings new and greater choice for private and hybrid Cloud infrastructure. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2019-04-29

Quantum computing

Leading universities partner with IBM to accelerate joint research and drive educational opportunities in quantum computing ...

Canada's Strategic Innovation Fund invests CAN$7,2 million in ISARA ...

Extremely accurate measurements of atom states for quantum computing ...

Building a Printing Press for New Quantum Materials ...

New robust device may scale up quantum tech, according to researchers ...

Nanocomponent is a quantum leap for Danish physicists ...

Munich quantum distillery for light ...

Focus on Europe

PRACE issues Annual Report 2018 in a new style ...

Middleware

Sylabs announces general availability of SingularityPRO 3.1 ...

Hardware

Calcul Québec inaugurates a cutting-edge supercomputer to boost research performance ...

Xilinx to acquire Solarflare ...

New Supermicro scale-up in-memory computing platforms now shipping in volume ...

Largest, fastest array of microscopic 'traffic cops' for optical communications ...

Applications

Scientists create first billion-atom biomolecular simulation ...

UC San Diego's HPWREN Workshop attracts first responders, scientists and educators ...

Illinois researchers sweeten "honeypot" to catch, blacklist hackers ...

Four Ph.D. students selected as Blue Waters Graduate Fellows ...

ALCF Data Science Programme seeks proposals for data and learning projects ...

A new PIC simulation tool brings advanced scalability to ultra-high-intensity physics simulations ...

Upgraded science trailer teaches students about supercomputing ...

OLCF scientist talks early Summit results at APS Meeting ...

The Cloud

Archanan announces beta launch of the Archanan Development Cloud, a Cloud-based developer platform for building and testing code at scale ...

Inspur and Nutanix partner for Inspur HCI all-in-one system inMerge1000 ...