Primeur weekly 2019-05-27

Exascale supercomputing

Researchers begin exascale application development on the Summit supercomputer ...

NERSC, Cray and NVIDIA share GPU expertise at first Hackathon for future Perlmutter users ...

Quantum computing

Quantum computing boost from vapor stabilizing technique ...

Focus on Europe

University of Bradford's first supercomputer to revolutionise archaeological research ...

Colombian and Botswana researchers awarded ISC Travel Grant funds ...

Gauss Centre for Supercomputing supports German university teams in ISC19 Student Cluster Competition ...

Gauss Centre for Supercomputing to participate at ISC'19 in Frankfurt ...

New Arm-BSC Centre of Excellence for continued innovation ...

Middleware

HPE announces its financial results for the second quarter of 2019 ...

Hardware

DDN completes the acquisition of Nexenta ...

CRN recognizes Yvonne Walker of DDN as a CRN Women of the Channel for the third consecutive year ...

Post K supercomputer will be named Supercomputer Fugaku ...

TACC Ranch technology upgrade improves valuable data storage ...

Achronix introduces ground-breaking FPGA family, delivering new levels of performance with adaptability for high-bandwidth data acceleration applications ...

Applications

AI and high-performance computing extend evolution to superconductors ...

Nature inspires a novel new form of computing, using light ...

The geometry of an electron determined for the first time ...

GRACE Mission data contributes to our understanding of climate change ...

NCSA welcomes 2019-2020 Faculty Fellows ...

Data Science helps engineers discover new materials for solar cells and LEDs ...

Summit charts a course to uncover the origins of genetic diseases ...

Scientists plan to develop new AI hardware capable of 'thinking' like a human brain ...

Simulating electronic stopping in solids and DNA ...

The Cloud

Mellanox introduces Ethernet Cloud Fabric technology based on the world's most advanced 100/200/400GbE open Ethernet switches ...

IBM AI and Cloud technology helps agriculture industry improve the world's food and crop supply ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2019-05-27

Exascale supercomputing

On May 7, the US Department of Energy (DOE) announced the Frontier exascale supercomputer is slated for delivery in 2021 at DOE's Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). While researchers who use high-performance computing to advance the toughest problems in modern science can look forward to Frontier's arrival, many will begin their journey to exascale with Summit - ORNL's 200-petaflop system and the world's fastest supercomputer. Read further...
As part of the NERSC Exascale Science Application Programme (NESAP), NERSC recently hosted its first user hackathon to begin preparing key codes for the next-generation architecture of the Perlmutter system. Over four days - April 30-May 3, experts from NERSC, Cray, and NVIDIA worked with application code teams to help them gain new understanding of the performance characteristics of their applications and optimize their codes for the GPU processors in Perlmutter. Read further...

Quantum computing

A technique to stabilize alkali metal vapor density using gold nanoparticles, so electrons can be accessed for applications including quantum computing, atom cooling and precision measurements, has been patented by scientists at the University of Bath. Read further...

Focus on Europe

Research undertaken by leading archaeologists from the University of Bradford has been revolutionised by the University's first supercomputer, which enables its archaeological team from its 'Curious Travellers' project to effectively preserve by record endangered or destroyed heritage across the world, including the Temple of Bel, Kathmandu and Notre Dame. Read further...
Aurelio Vivas, a Master of Science research assistant in Computer Engineering at the Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia, and Molly Nkamogelang Kgobathe, a postgraduate researcher and teaching assistant at the University of Botswana, have been selected as the ISC Travel Grant recipients this year. They have been chosen out of 62 international applications. Read further...
The Gauss Centre for Supercomputing (GCS) is sponsoring the two German student teams participating in the Student Cluster Competition (SCC) at the upcoming International Supercomputing Conference (ISC19). The conference, held in Frankfurt am Main, runs June 16-20, 2019. The teams, representing the University of Hamburg (UHH) and Heidelberg University (HDU), are among the 14 student teams from Asia, North America, Africa, and Europe accepted for this year's high-performance computing (HPC) contest taking place on the ISC show floor. Read further...
At ISC19, you will find the Gauss Centre for Supercomputing (GCS) at booth #B-1310 to get a taste of the world-class research and its results achieved leveraging the computing power of Germany's Tier0/1 high-performance computing (HPC) systems. Read further...
Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) and Arm Research have signed a multi-year agreement to establish the Arm-BSC Centre of Excellence. This is in recognition of the leadership and hard work of BSC in pioneering Arm in High Performance Computing (HPC), and the success of EU-funded Mont-Blanc projects, of which both institutions are a main partner, alongside Atos Bull. Read further...

Middleware

Hewlett Packard Enterprise has issued financial results for its fiscal 2019 second quarter, ended April 30, 2019. Read further...

Hardware

DataDirect Networks (DDN), a global expert in artificial intelligence (AI) and multi-Cloud data management, has successfully completed the acquisition of Nexenta, a market expert in Software Defined Storage (SDS) for 5G and Internet of Things (IoT), creating the Nexenta by DDN division. Read further...
DDN Storage, an expert in at-scale storage solutions, today announced that CRN, a brand of The Channel Company, has named Yvonne Walker, senior manager of partner and customer experience at DDN, to its prestigious 2019 Women of the Channel list. Read further...
Japan's next supercomputer may still just be a plan on paper, but as of today it has a name, Fugaku, or more formerly, Supercomputer Fugaku. The new computer, which is scheduled to go into operation in the 2021 timeframe, will be up to a hundred times as powerful as the current K computer. Read further...
For over 12 years, the Ranch system at the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) has provided long-term archiving of research data ranging from astrophysics to climate science to particle physics, and more. A new upgrade to hardware and software brings good news to over 52.000 users of TACC's Ranch long-term mass data storage system. Read further...
Achronix Semiconductor Corporation, an expert in FPGA-based hardware accelerator devices and high-performance eFPGA IP, has introduced an innovative, new FPGA family, to meet the growing demands of artificial intelligence/machine learning (AI/ML) and high-bandwidth data acceleration applications. The Achronix Speedster7t family - based on a new, highly optimized architecture - goes beyond traditional FPGA solutions featuring ASIC-like performance, FPGA adaptability and enhanced functionality to streamline design. Read further...

Applications

Argonne researchers use genetic algorithms for better superconductors. Owners of thoroughbred stallions carefully breed prizewinning horses over generations to eke out fractions of a second in million-dollar races. Materials scientists have taken a page from that playbook, turning to the power of evolution and artificial selection to develop superconductors that can transmit electric current as efficiently as possible. Read further...
McMaster researchers have developed a simple and highly novel form of computing by shining patterned bands of light and shadow through different facets of a polymer cube and reading the combined results that emerge. Read further...
Physicists at the University of Basel are able to show for the first time how a single electron looks in an artificial atom. A newly developed method enables them to show the probability of an electron being present in a space. This allows improved control of electron spins, which could serve as the smallest information unit in a future quantum computer. The experiments were published inPhysical Review Lettersand the related theory inPhysical Review B. Read further...
The University of Texas at Austin team that led a twin satellite system launched in 2002 to take detailed measurements of the Earth, called the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE), reports in the most recent issue of the journalNature Climate Changeon the contributions that their nearly two decades of data have made to our understanding of global climate patterns. Read further...
The National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) has named seven new Faculty Fellows for the 2019-2020 academic school year. The NCSA Faculty Fellowship is a competitive programme for faculty and researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign which provides seed funding for new collaborations that include NCSA staff as integral contributors to the project. Read further...
UC San Diego engineers have developed a high-throughput computational method to design new materials for next generation solar cells and LEDs. Their approach generated 13 new material candidates for solar cells and 23 new candidates for LEDs. Calculations predicted that these materials, called hybrid halide semiconductors, would be stable and exhibit excellent opto-electronic properties. Read further...
Environmental conditions, lifestyle choices, chemical exposure, and foodborne and airborne pathogens are among the external factors that can cause disease. In contrast, internal genetic factors can be responsible for the onset and progression of diseases ranging from degenerative neurological disorders to some cancers. Read further...
A new generation of artificial intelligence which mimics the neural processes of the human brain is being developed by an international team of scientists. This project, led by Loughborough University, will combine the expertise of physicists, biologists, chemists, neuroscientists and artificial intelligence (AI) specialists and aims to create human-like 'thinking' hardware. Read further...
The question of what happens at the microscopic scale during electronic stopping processes - that is, what happens when kinetic energy is transferred from charged particles, such as protons, to the electrons in a target material - drives the advancement of multiple modern technologies: focused-ion beam fabrication, proton-beam cancer therapy, and even nuclear reactor material design all depend on the phenomenon's elucidation. Read further...

The Cloud

Mellanox Technologies Ltd., a supplier of high-performance, end-to-end smart interconnect solutions for data centre servers and storage systems, has introduced breakthrough Ethernet Cloud Fabric (ECF) technology based on Spectrum-2, the world's most advanced 100/200/400 Gb/s Ethernet switches. ECF technology provides the ideal platform to quickly build and simply deploy state of the art public and private Cloud data centres with improved efficiency and manageability. Read further...
IBM has expanded Watson Decision Platform for Agriculture, with AI technology tailored for new crops and specific regions to help feed a growing population. For the first time, IBM is providing a global agriculture solution that combines predictive technology with data from The Weather Company, an IBM Business, and IoT data to help give farmers around the world greater insights about planning, plowing, planting, spraying and harvesting. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2019-05-27

Exascale supercomputing

Researchers begin exascale application development on the Summit supercomputer ...

NERSC, Cray and NVIDIA share GPU expertise at first Hackathon for future Perlmutter users ...

Quantum computing

Quantum computing boost from vapor stabilizing technique ...

Focus on Europe

University of Bradford's first supercomputer to revolutionise archaeological research ...

Colombian and Botswana researchers awarded ISC Travel Grant funds ...

Gauss Centre for Supercomputing supports German university teams in ISC19 Student Cluster Competition ...

Gauss Centre for Supercomputing to participate at ISC'19 in Frankfurt ...

New Arm-BSC Centre of Excellence for continued innovation ...

Middleware

HPE announces its financial results for the second quarter of 2019 ...

Hardware

DDN completes the acquisition of Nexenta ...

CRN recognizes Yvonne Walker of DDN as a CRN Women of the Channel for the third consecutive year ...

Post K supercomputer will be named Supercomputer Fugaku ...

TACC Ranch technology upgrade improves valuable data storage ...

Achronix introduces ground-breaking FPGA family, delivering new levels of performance with adaptability for high-bandwidth data acceleration applications ...

Applications

AI and high-performance computing extend evolution to superconductors ...

Nature inspires a novel new form of computing, using light ...

The geometry of an electron determined for the first time ...

GRACE Mission data contributes to our understanding of climate change ...

NCSA welcomes 2019-2020 Faculty Fellows ...

Data Science helps engineers discover new materials for solar cells and LEDs ...

Summit charts a course to uncover the origins of genetic diseases ...

Scientists plan to develop new AI hardware capable of 'thinking' like a human brain ...

Simulating electronic stopping in solids and DNA ...

The Cloud

Mellanox introduces Ethernet Cloud Fabric technology based on the world's most advanced 100/200/400GbE open Ethernet switches ...

IBM AI and Cloud technology helps agriculture industry improve the world's food and crop supply ...