Primeur weekly 2019-05-06

Exascale supercomputing

Towards flexible Exascale computing - Installation of the first DEEP-EST module by MEGWARE ...

Quantum computing

HKUST physicist contributes to new record of quantum memory efficiency ...

Researchers discover quantum effect in hard disk drive material ...

Focus on Europe

bluechip partners with E4 Computer Engineering, an HPC specialist ...

Hans Meuer Award finalists selected ...

Middleware

Red Hat drives operational simplicity and modern system support with latest version of Red Hat Virtualization ...

Hardware

Supermicro announces expansion of Silicon Valley Corporate Headquarters and groundbreaking for new 800,000-square foot building in Taiwan ...

New Pittsburgh University computer to launch into Space ...

Parallel Distributed Systems Facility had a storied history in serving high-energy physics and nuclear physics experiments ...

Violin doubles capacity of XVS 8 storage platform with performance-tuned standard NVMe SSDs ...

Arm announces appointment of Inder Singh as Chief Financial Officer ...

Promising material could lead to faster, cheaper computer memory ...

Applications

NCSA contributes to LIGO and Virgo neutron star collision detection ...

Collaborative efforts produce clinical workflows for fast, translational genetic analysis ...

Novel software to balance data processing load in supercomputers to be presented ...

Unhackable: New chip stops attacks before they start ...

Grant to provide computational modeling support for hypersonic vehicles ...

Transforming waste heat into clean energy ...

Liqid enables industry-first unified multi-fabric support for composable infrastructure ...

Simulations identify importance of lattice distortions in ion-conducting fuel cell materials ...

Oak Ridge National Laboratory' Summit to perform cosmological and reactor simulations ...

The Cloud

SDSC's Sherlock Cloud expands hybrid Cloud offerings ...

Cornell investigating multi-cloud cost management with RightScale ...

Red Hat helps Public Health England use open source to pursue hybrid Cloud operations ...

Red Hat Upgrades the business developer's toolbox for a Cloud-native world with latest release of Red Hat Process Automation ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2019-05-06

Exascale supercomputing

The European Union funded research project "DEEP-Extreme Scale Technologies" aims to improve the usability, flexibility and sustained performance of future supercomputing solutions significantly, beyond what can be provided by today's monolithic systems. The recent installation of the "Cluster Module" at the Supercomputing Center Jülich has brought DEEP-EST one step closer to this goal. Read further...

Quantum computing

Like memories in computers, quantum memories are essential components for quantum computers - a new generation of data processors that obey quantum mechanics laws and can overcome the limitations of classical computers. They may push boundaries of fundamental science and help create new drugs, explain cosmological mysteries, or enhance accuracy of forecasts and optimization plans with their potent computational power. Quantum computers are expected to be much faster and more powerful than their traditional counterparts as information is calculated in qubits - which unlike the older units (bits) used in classical computers, can represent both 0 and 1 at the same time. Read further...
Sometimes scientific discoveries can be found along well-trodden paths. That proved the case for a cobalt-iron alloy material commonly found in hard disk drives. Read further...

Focus on Europe

bluechip Computer AG, a German manufacturer of server, storage, workstation and client systems, has entered into a strategic partnership with the Italian HPC and AI specialist E4 Computer Engineering SpA, to propose bluechip SERVERline and STORAGEline solutions for consulting, installation and support services for high-performance computing and artificial intelligence applications. Read further...
Two papers have been chosen as finalists for this year's Hans Meuer Award, which honours the most outstanding research paper submitted to the ISC High Performance Conference. The award was introduced in 2015 in memory of the late Dr. Hans Meuer, general chair of the ISC Conference from 1986 through 2014, and co-founder of the TOP500 project. Read further...

Middleware

Red Hat Virtualization 4.3, the latest version of Red Hat's Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM)-powered virtualization platform, will be generally available in May 2019. Built on the trusted enterprise foundation of Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Virtualization 4.3 is designed to deliver greater security, easier interoperability and improved integration across enterprise IT environments. From enhanced software-defined networking capabilities to new roles powered by Red Hat Ansible Automation, Red Hat Virtualization 4.3 powers modern systems while remaining fully open and helping reduce costs in versus proprietary solutions. Read further...

Hardware

Super Micro Computer Inc., a global expert in enterprise computing, storage, networking solutions and green computing technology, has celebrated the official groundbreaking of its new 800,000-square foot building in Taiwan and the further expansion of its Silicon Valley Headquarters, now surpassing over one million square feet of engineering, design and manufacturing in San Jose, California. Read further...
A novel scomputer developed by a University of Pittsburgh team is set to journey to the International Space Station on May 4, continuing a NASA partnership meant to improve Earth and space science. Read further...
Decades before "Big Data" and "the Cloud" were a part of our everyday lives and conversations, a custom computer cluster based at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory enabled physicists around the world to remotely and simultaneously analyze and visualize data. Read further...
Violin Systems LLC's adoption of the NVMe standard interface into its Extreme Performance Storage Platform is enabling a doubling of capacity of its Violin XVS 8. Combined with Violin's hallmarks of consistent performance and enterprise-class data services, this latest release offers customers a transformative option for ensuring business-critical information remains immediately accessible in order to derive maximum value from it. Read further...
Arm has appointed Inder M. Singh as executive vice president and chief financial officer (CFO) with immediate effect. Inder M. Singh will lead Arm's global finance organisation and report to Arm CEO Simon Segars. Read further...
Computer memory could become faster and cheaper thanks to research into a promising class of materials by University of Arkansas physicists. Read further...

Applications

On April 25, 2019, the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) and the European-based Virgo detector registered gravitational waves from what appears likely to be a crash between two neutron stars - the dense remnants of massive stars that previously exploded. One day later, on April 26, the LIGO-Virgo network spotted another candidate source with a potentially interesting twist: it may, in fact, have resulted from the collision of a neutron star and black hole, an event never before witnessed. Read further...
With individualized medicine - one of the holy grails of modern health care - diagnosis and treatment of patients would rely in part on each individual's specific DNA profile, enabling truly personalized care. But in order for genetic information to contribute meaningfully to patient care, DNA testing has to be affordable and efficient. In 2017, the Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine (CIM) and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign embarked on a two-year Grand Challenge under the auspices of the Mayo Clinic & Illinois Alliance for Technology-Based Healthcare with the goal of making DNA analysis a possibility for every patient. The first aim of the project focused on finding faster methods for clinical analysis of the whole human genome. Read further...
The modern-age adage "work smarter, not harder" stresses the importance of not only working to produce, but also making efficient use of resources. And it's not something that supercomputers currently do well all of the time, especially when it comes to managing huge amounts of data. Read further...
A new computer processor architecture developed at the University of Michigan could usher in a future where computers proactively defend against threats, rendering the current electronic security model of bugs and patches obsolete. Read further...
HySonic Technologies LLC, which specializes in the development of computational models for the simulation of flow problems of interest to the defense industry, has received a federal grant worth $140,000. The start-up, founded by Carlo Scalo, a Purdue University assistant professor of mechanical engineering, received a Phase 1 Small Business Innovation Research grant from the Navy. Carlo Scalo said the funding will be used to provide computational modelling support toward designing long-lasting and sustainable hypersonic vehicles. Read further...
Do you feel the warmth coming off your computer or cell phone? That's wasted energy radiating from the device. With automobiles, it is estimated that 60% of fuel efficiency is lost due to waste heat. Is it possible to capture this energy and convert it into electricity? Read further...
Liqid, provider of the world's most comprehensive composable infrastructure platform, has launched unified multi-fabric support for composability across all major fabric types, including PCIe Gen 3, PCIe Gen 4, Ethernet, Infiniband, while laying the foundation for the upcoming Gen-Z specifications. Liqid's upcoming release of its Command Center 2.2 software will enable IT users to dynamically compose servers from pools of CPU, GPU, FPGA, NVMe, and NICs, regardless of underlying fabric type. This milestone makes Liqid Command Center Software the most complete and adaptive solution in the marketplace. Command Center 2.2 extends the company's capabilities to compose infrastructure across multiple fabric types while laying the foundation for future architectures, positioning Liqid for unrivaled industry leadership. Read further...
Ionic conduction involves the movement of ions from one location to another inside a material. The ions travel through point defects, which are irregularities in the otherwise consistent arrangement of atoms known as the crystal lattice. This sometimes sluggish process can limit the performance and efficiency of fuel cells, batteries, and other energy storage technologies. Read further...
Using Summit, the world's most powerful supercomputer housed at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), a team led by Argonne National Laboratory ran three of the largest cosmological simulations known to date. In a step toward advancing small modular nuclear reactor designs, scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory also have run reactor simulations on ORNL supercomputer Summit with greater-than-expected computational efficiency. Read further...

The Cloud

The Health Cyberinfrastructure (CI) Division of the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California San Diego, has partnered with Microsoft Azure Cloud Services (Azure) to expand its portfolio of Cloud services. Read further...
The Cornell University Center for Advanced Computing (CAC) is collaborating with RightScale, recently acquired by Flexera, to understand how to best manage and optimize costs in a multi-Cloud world. Read further...
Public Health England (PHE), an executive agency of the Department of Health and Social Care in the United Kingdom, is using Red Hat's open hybrid Cloud technologies to support modern digital public health services in the UK. To better support its scientific community, PHE sought to pursue an information and communication technology strategy that embraced modern computing architectures and solutions, including high-performance computing (HPC) and multi-Cloud operations, and one built from an open, automation-centric ecosystem that could integrate a fragmented, proprietary set of existing systems. Read further...
Red Hat Inc., a global provider of open source solutions, has released the latest version of Red Hat Process Automation, introducing new capabilities designed to address functional and knowledge gaps between IT developers and business analysts, enabling them to apply domain-specific expertise to the development of applications that automate processes and decisions to more rapidly adapt to a changing business environment. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2019-05-06

Exascale supercomputing

Towards flexible Exascale computing - Installation of the first DEEP-EST module by MEGWARE ...

Quantum computing

HKUST physicist contributes to new record of quantum memory efficiency ...

Researchers discover quantum effect in hard disk drive material ...

Focus on Europe

bluechip partners with E4 Computer Engineering, an HPC specialist ...

Hans Meuer Award finalists selected ...

Middleware

Red Hat drives operational simplicity and modern system support with latest version of Red Hat Virtualization ...

Hardware

Supermicro announces expansion of Silicon Valley Corporate Headquarters and groundbreaking for new 800,000-square foot building in Taiwan ...

New Pittsburgh University computer to launch into Space ...

Parallel Distributed Systems Facility had a storied history in serving high-energy physics and nuclear physics experiments ...

Violin doubles capacity of XVS 8 storage platform with performance-tuned standard NVMe SSDs ...

Arm announces appointment of Inder Singh as Chief Financial Officer ...

Promising material could lead to faster, cheaper computer memory ...

Applications

NCSA contributes to LIGO and Virgo neutron star collision detection ...

Collaborative efforts produce clinical workflows for fast, translational genetic analysis ...

Novel software to balance data processing load in supercomputers to be presented ...

Unhackable: New chip stops attacks before they start ...

Grant to provide computational modeling support for hypersonic vehicles ...

Transforming waste heat into clean energy ...

Liqid enables industry-first unified multi-fabric support for composable infrastructure ...

Simulations identify importance of lattice distortions in ion-conducting fuel cell materials ...

Oak Ridge National Laboratory' Summit to perform cosmological and reactor simulations ...

The Cloud

SDSC's Sherlock Cloud expands hybrid Cloud offerings ...

Cornell investigating multi-cloud cost management with RightScale ...

Red Hat helps Public Health England use open source to pursue hybrid Cloud operations ...

Red Hat Upgrades the business developer's toolbox for a Cloud-native world with latest release of Red Hat Process Automation ...