Primeur weekly 2019-05-20

Quantum computing

D-Wave makes new lower-noise quantum processor available in Leap ...

Atos delivers world's highest-performing quantum simulator to multinational energy company Total ...

Digital quantum simulators can be astonishingly robust ...

Generating high-quality single photons for quantum computing ...

Quantum world-first: researchers reveal accuracy of two-qubit calculations in silicon ...

Accelerating quantum technologies with materials processing at the atomic scale ...

Focus on Europe

GCS grants more than 1 billion computing core hours to national large-scale research projects ...

GCS announces new Chair of the Board, Prof. Dr. Dieter Kranzlmüller ...

Applications to 19th PRACE Project Access Call ...

PRACE Awards @ EuroHPC Summit Week 2019 ...

ISC High Performance announce David Keyes as 2020 Programme Chair ...

National eScience Symposium 2019 to cover Digital Challenges in Open Science ...

Middleware

RedLine becomes Bright Computing Services Partner ...

eSilicon chooses Univa to manage complex ASIC chip designs for high-bandwidth networking, high-performance computing, AI and 5G infrastructure applications ...

Hardware

Boston Limited to officially launch operations in South Africa during a series of High-Performance Computing (HPC) events hosted by the Centre for High-Performance Computing (CHPC) ...

HPE to acquire supercomputing vendor Cray ...

China to build new national supercomputing centre ...

Mellanox Capital invests in storage experts Excelero and WekaIO ...

Mellanox introduces advanced Network Telemetry technology to keep your business up and running ...

Supermicro announces third quarter fiscal 2019 preliminary financial information and files 2017 form 10-K and form 10-Q/As ...

Atos launches the world's highest performing Edge Computing server ...

NVIDIA announces financial results for first quarter fiscal 2020 ...

NERSC's Edison supercomputer to retire after five years of service ...

WekaIO raises $31,7 million in Series C funding ...

Energy free superfast computing invented by scientists using light pulses ...

Applications

Atos launches myQLM to democratize quantum programming for researchers, students and developers worldwide ...

A step towards probabilistic computing ...

CosmoGAN: Training a neural network to study dark matter ...

New AI sees like a human, filling in the blanks ...

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Edition: weekly - Issue: 2019-05-20

Quantum computing

D-Wave Systems Inc., an expert in quantum computing systems, software, and services, has made available a lower-noise D-Wave 2000Q processor in the Leap quantum Cloud service. Reflecting years of customer feedback, the lower-noise processor demonstrates improved performance, precision, and impact on quantum effects by reducing environmental noise in quantum annealing systems. Read further...
Atos, a global expert in digital transformation, has delivered its Atos Quantum Learning Machine, the world's highest-performing commercially available quantum simulator, to French multinational energy company Total. As part of an ambitious cross-functional research project, the Total group intends to use the Atos QLM to support all of its businesses. Read further...
In solving quantum-physical problems in many-body systems, such as predicting material properties, conventional computers rapidly reach the limits of their capacity. Digital quantum simulators might help, but until now they are drastically limited to small systems with few particles and only short simulation times. Now, Heidelberg University physicist Dr. Philipp Hauke and colleagues from Dresden and Innsbruck, Austria, have demonstrated that such simulations can be more "robust" and hence much more stable than previously assumed. The results of their research were published inScience Advances. Read further...
MIT researchers have designed a way to generate, at room temperature, more single photons for carrying quantum information. The design, they say, holds promise for the development of practical quantum computers. Read further...
For the first time ever, researchers have measured the fidelity - that is, the accuracy - of two-qubit logic operations in silicon, with highly promising results that will enable scaling up to a full-scale quantum processor. Read further...
'Quantum technologies' utilise the unique phenomena of quantum superposition and entanglement to encode and process information, with potentially profound benefits to a wide range of information technologies from communications to sensing and computing. Read further...

Focus on Europe

Demand for computing time for large-scale simulation projects requiring access to leading-edge high-performance computing (HPC) technologies continues on an unabated high in Germany. With the Gauss Centre for Supercomputing's (GCS) 21st Large-Scale Call, the GCS scientific steering committee approved the allocation of 1.171 billion core hours of computing time to 13 outstanding national research projects, which, for their successful completion, not only require cutting-edge HPC technologies, but also exceptional technical and scientific user service and support. The researchers awarded computing time allocations on the German Tier 0/1 supercomputing systems Hazel Hen at the High-Performance Computing Center Stuttgart (HLRS), JUWELS at the Jülich Supercomputing Centre (JSC), and SuperMUC-NG at the Leibniz Supercomputing Centre (LRZ) will have access to these world-class HPC systems starting immediately and running for a period of 12 months. Read further...
The Gauss Centre for Supercomputing (GCS) announces Prof. Dr. Dieter Kranzlmüller as its new Chair of the Board of Directors. Prof. Kranzlmüller is the Chair of the Board of Directors and Managing Director of the Leibniz Supercomputing Centre (LRZ) of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities in Garching near Munich, one of the three centres comprising Germany's Tier-0/1 high-performance computing (HPC) institution. He was elected to chair the GCS board in late April during a GCS council meeting in Garching. It is Prof. Kranzlmüller's first term as GCS' Chair of the Board. Read further...
The 19th PRACE Call for Proposals for Project Access closed on 30 April 2019. This call included an offer of 2,3 billion core hours (30 million node hours) on six world-class HPC systems, as well as a pilot for Industry Access, with a reserved share of 10% of the resources, and resources from the Pilot Phase of the Fenix Research Infrastructure. Read further...
Keeping with tradition, PRACE presented 4 awards at the closing session of PRACEdays19 during the EuroHPC Summit Week 2019, which was held from 13 to 17 May in Poznan, Poland. Read further...
The organizers of ISC High Performance have selected Prof. David Keyes of the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia, as the ISC 2020 Programme Chair. This appointment continues the internationalization of ISC High Performance with its first Programme Chair from the Middle East. Following the 2019 chairmanship of Professor Yutong Lu of the National Supercomputing Center in Guangzhou, China, this selection underscores the organizers' commitment to bringing diverse perspectives to the conference. Read further...
The Netherlands eScience Center will organize its 6th annual symposium, with this year's specific focus on Digital Challenges in Open Science. The symposium will be held on November 21, 2019 at the Johan Cruijff ArenA, Amsterdam. Read further...

Middleware

Redline Performance Solutions has become the latest organisation to sign up as a Bright Services Partner. Read further...
eSilicon selected Univa's Grid Engine enterprise-class workload scheduling and optimization solution to help manage its complex FinFET ASIC and IP designs and scale its environment, as well as better manage its ever-increasing workload and demand for capacity. Read further...

Hardware

The events, hosted at the University of South Africa (UNISA), Johannesburg on 13th May 2019, and the University of Cape Town (UCT) on 15th May 2019, explored the current state of High-Performance Computing within academic institutions, discussed the evolution of AI from the Edge to the Datacentre and how to utilise private Cloud to enable the creation of a secure, scalable, cost-effective and flexible IT infrastructure. Read further...
Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Cray have entered into a definitive agreement under which HPE will acquire Cray for $35,00 per share in cash, in a transaction valued at approximately $1,3 billion, net of cash. Read further...
China will construct a new National Supercomputer Centre in Zhengzhou, central China's Henan Province, according toScience and Technology Dailyon May 15, 2019. Read further...
Mellanox Capital, the global investment arm of Mellanox Technologies Ltd., has made investments in high performance storage experts Excelero and WekaIO. Excelero, specialized in high performance distributed block storage, has developed the award-winning NVMesh Software Defined Storage to achieve the highest performance and efficiency for web-scale applications. WekaIO has developed Matrix, the world's fastest file system, to accelerate application performance scaling for AI and data intensive workloads. Both companies are experts in their respective block and file storage categories and together with Mellanox data centre interconnect solutions enable customers to fully take advantage of the latest generation of high-speed NVMe Flash storage solid state disks. Read further...
Mellanox Technologies Ltd., a supplier of high-performance, end-to-end interconnect solutions for data centre servers and storage systems, has introduced an advanced Network Telemetry technology that provides visibility into Data Plane Anomalies - for public Cloud, private Cloud and enterprise computing. Read further...
Super Micro Computer Inc., a global expert in high-performance, high-efficiency server, storage technology and green computing, has announced preliminary financial information for its fiscal third quarter ended March 31, 2019. Read further...
At the 4th Atos Technology Days at VivaTech, Atos, a global expert in digital transformation, has launched BullSequana Edge, the highest-performing edge computing server on the market worldwide to manage data at the edge. The BullSequana Edge has been designed to be used securely for the Internet of Things (IoT), in environments in which fast response times are critical - such as manufacturing 4.0, autonomous vehicles, health care and retail/airport security - where data needs to be processed and analyzed at the edge in real-time. Read further...
NVIDIA has reported revenue for the first quarter ended April 28, 2019, of $2.22 billion compared with $3.21 billion a year earlier and $2.21 billion in the previous quarter. Read further...
The National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center's Edison supercomputer, located at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, opened for production use on January 14, 2014. Now, after more than five years of providing supercomputing capability to Department of Energy projects, the system has been retired on May 13, 2019. Read further...
WekaIO, an innovation expert in high-performance, scalable file storage for data-intensive applications, has closed $31,7 million in a Series C funding round fueled by existing investors and new strategic investors from the storage industry, including Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), Mellanox Technologies, NVIDIA, Seagate, and Western Digital Capital, the strategic investment fund of Western Digital Corp. (WDC), alongside Qualcomm which invested previously. The new funding brings the company's total capital raised to $66,7 million. Read further...
Superfast data processing using light pulses instead of electricity has been created by scientists. The invention uses magnets to record computer data which consume virtually zero energy, solving the dilemma of how to create faster data processing speeds without the accompanying high energy costs. Read further...

Applications

At the occasion of the 4th Atos Technology Days co-located with VivaTech, Atos, a global expert in digital transformation, has launched myQLM, a new programme providing researchers, students and developers quantum programming tools for free, in order to democratize access to quantum simulation and encourage innovation in quantum computing. Eighteen months after disclosing the world's highest-performing quantum simulator in the world - the Atos Quantum Learning Machine, capable of simulating up to 41 quantum bits (Qubits) - Atos continues to innovate in the field of quantum computing by allowing the Atos QLM user ecosystems to develop quantum algorithms autonomously. Read further...
A working group led by physicist Professor Ulrich Nowak at the University of Konstanz, in collaboration with a team of physicists from Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, demonstrates how skyrmions can be used for the computer concepts of the future. Read further...
As cosmologists and astrophysicists delve deeper into the darkest recesses of the universe, their need for increasingly powerful observational and computational tools has expanded exponentially. From facilities such as the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument to supercomputers like Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory's Cori system at the National Energy Research Scientific Computing (NERSC) facility, they are on a quest to collect, simulate, and analyze increasing amounts of data that can help explain the nature of things we can't see, as well as those we can. Read further...
Computer scientists at the University of Texas at Austin have taught an artificial intelligence agent how to do something that usually only humans can do - take a few quick glimpses around and infer its whole environment, a skill necessary for the development of effective search-and-rescue robots that one day can improve the effectiveness of dangerous missions. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2019-05-20

Quantum computing

D-Wave makes new lower-noise quantum processor available in Leap ...

Atos delivers world's highest-performing quantum simulator to multinational energy company Total ...

Digital quantum simulators can be astonishingly robust ...

Generating high-quality single photons for quantum computing ...

Quantum world-first: researchers reveal accuracy of two-qubit calculations in silicon ...

Accelerating quantum technologies with materials processing at the atomic scale ...

Focus on Europe

GCS grants more than 1 billion computing core hours to national large-scale research projects ...

GCS announces new Chair of the Board, Prof. Dr. Dieter Kranzlmüller ...

Applications to 19th PRACE Project Access Call ...

PRACE Awards @ EuroHPC Summit Week 2019 ...

ISC High Performance announce David Keyes as 2020 Programme Chair ...

National eScience Symposium 2019 to cover Digital Challenges in Open Science ...

Middleware

RedLine becomes Bright Computing Services Partner ...

eSilicon chooses Univa to manage complex ASIC chip designs for high-bandwidth networking, high-performance computing, AI and 5G infrastructure applications ...

Hardware

Boston Limited to officially launch operations in South Africa during a series of High-Performance Computing (HPC) events hosted by the Centre for High-Performance Computing (CHPC) ...

HPE to acquire supercomputing vendor Cray ...

China to build new national supercomputing centre ...

Mellanox Capital invests in storage experts Excelero and WekaIO ...

Mellanox introduces advanced Network Telemetry technology to keep your business up and running ...

Supermicro announces third quarter fiscal 2019 preliminary financial information and files 2017 form 10-K and form 10-Q/As ...

Atos launches the world's highest performing Edge Computing server ...

NVIDIA announces financial results for first quarter fiscal 2020 ...

NERSC's Edison supercomputer to retire after five years of service ...

WekaIO raises $31,7 million in Series C funding ...

Energy free superfast computing invented by scientists using light pulses ...

Applications

Atos launches myQLM to democratize quantum programming for researchers, students and developers worldwide ...

A step towards probabilistic computing ...

CosmoGAN: Training a neural network to study dark matter ...

New AI sees like a human, filling in the blanks ...