Primeur weekly 2019-07-15

Quantum computing

Quantum chemistry on quantum computers ...

Quantum computing: Forschungszentrum Jülich and Google announce research partnership ...

The best of both worlds: how to solve real problems on modern quantum computers ...

Rigetti Computing acquires QxBranch to expand full-stack capabilities ...

Focus on Europe

Pioneer satellites launched ...

Inauguration of the Minho Advanced Computing Centre - MACC - in Portugal ...

e-InfraCentral reports on successful EOSC community event in Tallinn ...

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

GCS Centres converge on Frankfurt for ISC19 ...

Gauss Centre for Supercomputing to open 22nd call for large-scale projects ...

Middleware

Argonne team breaks record for Globus Data Movement ...

Hardware

Verne Global joins NVIDIA DGX-Ready Data Center Programme as HPC & AI colocation partner ...

NSF funds Bridges-2 supercomputer at Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center ...

Mellanox Capital extends storage ecosystem with investments in CNEX Labs and Pliops ...

Ohio Supercomputer Center staff leading programmes at PEARC19 conference ...

Tachyum closes $25 million Series A round ...

Vantage Data Centers joins NVIDIA DGX-Ready Data Center Colocation Programme ...

World-class research centre opens in Palo Alto ...

Intel's Pohoiki Beach, a 64-chip neuromorphic system, delivers breakthrough results in research tests ...

Applications

SDSC's Comet supercomputer used to model graphene-water interaction ...

US Naval Research Laboratory 'connects the dots' for quantum networks ...

Deep learning-powered 'DeepEC' helps accurately understand enzyme functions ...

Targeting new treatments for concussions by transforming brain pathology ...

NERSC's Cori system reveals integral role of gluons in proton pressure distribution ...

CMU scientists use XSEDE-allocated resources to simulate improved battery components ...

AI Excellence in Europe: 50 million euro to bring world-class researchers together ...

The Cloud

IBM closes landmark acquisition of Red Hat for $34 billion and defines open, hybrid Cloud future ...

USFlash

Intel unveils new tools in its advanced chip packaging toolbox ...

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Edition: weekly - Issue: 2019-07-15

Quantum computing

Quantum computing and quantum information processing technology have attracted attention in recently emerging fields. Among many important and fundamental issues in nowadays science, solving Schroedinger Equation (SE) of atoms and molecules is one of the ultimate goals in chemistry, physics and their related fields. SE is "First Principle" of non-relativistic quantum mechanics, whose solutions termed wave functions can afford any information of electrons within atoms and molecules, predicting their physicochemical properties and chemical reactions. Read further...
Forschungszentrum Jülich and Google partner in the field of quantum computing research. The partnership will include joint research and expert trainings in the fields of quantum technologies and quantum algorithms and the mutual use of quantum hardware. The German Federal Minister of Economics Peter Altmaier congratulated on the German-American research partnership during his visit to Google's headquarters in Mountain View, California. Read further...
In recent years, quantum devices have become available that enable researchers - for the first time - to use real quantum hardware to begin to solve scientific problems. However, in the near term, the number and quality of qubits - the basic unit of quantum information - for quantum computers are expected to remain limited, making it difficult to use these machines for practical applications. Read further...
Rigetti Computing, a quantum start-up and pioneer in hybrid quantum-classical computing systems, has acquired QxBranch, a quantum computing and data analytics software start-up. The acquisition builds on Rigetti's full-stack strategy and expands the company's ability to deliver quantum algorithms, solutions, and services. Read further...

Focus on Europe

The latest ESA Partnership Projects mission has launched two tiny supercomputing nanosatellites aboard a Soyuz rocket from Vostochny in Russia. The parallel supercomputing scalable devices, aboard the lightweight, shoebox-sized nanosatellites, can be programmed to both receive and process data while in orbit. This enables them to select high-quality data and immediately transfer it to Earth. Read further...
In collaboration with Redes Energéticas Nacionais (REN) and NOS, and with the purpose of studying the supply mostly by renewable energy sources supplied by EDP, namely solar, wind and hydropower, the new supercomputer increases the Portuguese domestic computing capacity by 10 times and stimulates new forms of cooperation between the scientific and business communities in the emerging fields of data science and artificial intelligence Integrating the "Iberian Advanced Computing Network" and the launch of the Portuguese national participation in the European "EuroHPC" initiative, enabling the installation of a second machine by 2020 in the Riba d'Ave Data centre, Minho. Read further...
On June 20, 2019 the eInfraCentral team gathered 62 researchers from public and private sectors, e-infrastructure service providers, research infrastructures and policy-makers to the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) community event. 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...
From sponsoring students and awards, to speaking and moderating discussions, to hosting guests at its "HPC Happy Hour", Gauss Centre for Supercomputing (GCS) and centres' staffs were heavily involved in this year's International Supercomputing Conference. Read further...
The 22nd call for GCS large-scale projects has been issued. Scientists can apply for computing time on the three GCS HPC Systems installed at the High Performance Computing Center Stuttgart (HLRS), the Jülich Supercomputing Centre (JSC), and the Leibniz Supercomputing Centre at Garching near Munich (LRZ), until August 5, 2019, at 17:00hrs. Eligible for "Large-Scale" projects, which require in total at least 35 million core-hours per year on the GCS HPC systems, are applications from German universities and publicly funded German research institutions. Read further...

Middleware

Globus, a research data management service, has achieved the largest single file transfer in its history: a team led by Argonne National Laboratory scientists moved 2,9 petabytes of data as part of a research project involving three of the largest cosmological simulations to date. Read further...

Hardware

Verne Global, a provider of advanced data centre solutions for high performance computing (HPC), has joined the NVIDIA DGX-Ready Data Center Programme as a certified colocation partner. Read further...
A $10-million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) is funding a new supercomputer at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC), a joint research centre of Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh. Read further...
Mellanox Capital, the global investment arm of Mellanox Technologies Ltd., has announced investments in storage experts CNEX Labs and Pliops. CNEX Labs, an expert in high performance storage semiconductors, has developed the breakthrough Denali/Open-Channel NVMe Flash storage controllers to deliver unmatched performance, flexibility, and efficiency. Pliops is transforming data centre infrastructure with a new class of storage processors that deliver massive scalability and lower the cost of data services. Together the companies take software defined and intelligent storage to the next level of performance, efficiency, and scalability. Read further...
Ohio Supercomputer Center staff members will be attending and presenting at the PEARC19 conference, July 28 - August 1 in Chicago. PEARC - Practice & Experience in Advanced Research Computing - is an outgrowth of the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) initiative of the National Science Foundation. Read further...
Tachyum Inc. has finalized a Series-A funding round led by private equity investor IPM Group, with participation of the Slovak Government, that will be used to continue the advancement of the company's efforts to bring its Prodigy Universal Processor chip to market. Now with $25 million in its post Series-A war chest, the Tachyum development team is able to reach its next major milestone in early 2020, in order to bring the Prodigy chip to market in the second half of 2020. The closing of this equity investment round was key to support Tachyum's R&D and software development efforts both in Slovakia and USA, leveraging regional talent and resources of Slovakia, the European Union as well as Silicon Valley. Read further...
Vantage Data Centers, a provider of wholesale data centres in support of business and mission-critical applications, has joined the NVIDIA DGX-Ready Data Center Colocation Programme. This programme enables Vantage, with its portfolio of current and planned facilities across North America, to help organisations deploying NVIDIA artificial intelligence (AI) systems scale their infrastructure to support machine learning and AI initiatives. Read further...
NTT Research Inc., a subsidiary of Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation, has commenced operations as a global effort that will be directed by world-class scientists in Palo Alto, California. The three areas of initial focus will be quantum computing; cryptography and information security; and medical and health informatics. A grand opening ceremony, hosted by NTT President and CEO Jun Sawada, took place on July 8, at Rosewood Sand Hill in Menlo Park. Read further...
An 8 million-neuron neuromorphic system comprising 64 Loihi research chips - codenamed Pohoiki Beach - is now available to the broader research community. With Pohoiki Beach, researchers can experiment with Intel's brain-inspired research chip, Loihi, which applies the principles found in biological brains to computer architectures. Loihi enables users to process information up to 1000 times faster and 10.000 times more efficiently than CPUs for specialized applications like sparse coding, graph search and constraint-satisfaction problems. Read further...

Applications

Graphene is a two-dimensional material with a single atomic layer of carbon that has a hexagonal structure, similar to a honeycomb. A single layer of graphene, which is more commonly known as a single layer of graphite, such as pencil lead, is 97 percent transparent, stronger than steel, almost weightless, and can conduct electricity. Read further...
Researchers at the US Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) developed a novel technique that could enable new technologies that use properties of quantum physics for computing, communication and sensing, which may lead to 'neuromorphic' or brain-inspired computing. Read further...
A deep learning-powered computational framework, 'DeepEC,' will allow the high-quality and high-throughput prediction of enzyme commission numbers, which is essential for the accurate understanding of enzyme functions. Read further...
Badri Roysam, chair of the University of Houston Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, is leading a $3.19 million project to create new technology that could provide an unprecedented look at the injured brain and lead to new therapies for concussions. The technology combines multi-spectral imaging and supercomputing, allowing researchers to see the effects of injury, treatments and the body's own healing processes at once. Read further...
Scientists know that extreme pressure exists inside a proton - pressure far stronger than even that inside a neutron star. However, until recently, they haven't understood much about pressure distribution inside the proton. For the first time, lattice quantum chromodynamics (LQCD) calculations run at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory's National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) allowed nuclear physicists from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to determine the pressure distribution inside a proton, taking into account the contributions of the proton's fundamental particles: quarks and gluons. This discovery brings nuclear scientists closer to a complete understanding of a proton's structure and the fundamental particles that make up most of the visible matter in the universe. Read further...
The move toward cleaner, cheaper energy would be much easier if we had more powerful, safer battery technologies. Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) scientists have used the XSEDE-allocated Bridges system at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC) and Comet at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) to simulate new battery component materials that are inherently safer and more powerful than currently possible. Read further...
The European Commission has launched its call to develop a vibrant European Network of Artificial Intelligence Excellence Centres. Proposals can be submitted until 13 November 2019 to finance projects under the Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2018-2020. Read further...

The Cloud

IBM and Red Hat have closed the transaction under which IBM acquired all of the issued and outstanding common shares of Red Hat for $190.00 per share in cash, representing a total equity value of approximately $34 billion. Read further...

USFlash

At SEMICON West in San Francisco, Intel engineering leaders provided an update on Intel's advanced packaging capabilities and unveiled new building blocks, including innovative uses of EMIB and Foveros together and a new Omni-Directional Interconnect (ODI) technology. When combined with Intel's world-class process technologies, new packaging capabilities will unlock customer innovations and deliver the computing systems of tomorrow. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2019-07-15

Quantum computing

Quantum chemistry on quantum computers ...

Quantum computing: Forschungszentrum Jülich and Google announce research partnership ...

The best of both worlds: how to solve real problems on modern quantum computers ...

Rigetti Computing acquires QxBranch to expand full-stack capabilities ...

Focus on Europe

Pioneer satellites launched ...

Inauguration of the Minho Advanced Computing Centre - MACC - in Portugal ...

e-InfraCentral reports on successful EOSC community event in Tallinn ...

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

GCS Centres converge on Frankfurt for ISC19 ...

Gauss Centre for Supercomputing to open 22nd call for large-scale projects ...

Middleware

Argonne team breaks record for Globus Data Movement ...

Hardware

Verne Global joins NVIDIA DGX-Ready Data Center Programme as HPC & AI colocation partner ...

NSF funds Bridges-2 supercomputer at Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center ...

Mellanox Capital extends storage ecosystem with investments in CNEX Labs and Pliops ...

Ohio Supercomputer Center staff leading programmes at PEARC19 conference ...

Tachyum closes $25 million Series A round ...

Vantage Data Centers joins NVIDIA DGX-Ready Data Center Colocation Programme ...

World-class research centre opens in Palo Alto ...

Intel's Pohoiki Beach, a 64-chip neuromorphic system, delivers breakthrough results in research tests ...

Applications

SDSC's Comet supercomputer used to model graphene-water interaction ...

US Naval Research Laboratory 'connects the dots' for quantum networks ...

Deep learning-powered 'DeepEC' helps accurately understand enzyme functions ...

Targeting new treatments for concussions by transforming brain pathology ...

NERSC's Cori system reveals integral role of gluons in proton pressure distribution ...

CMU scientists use XSEDE-allocated resources to simulate improved battery components ...

AI Excellence in Europe: 50 million euro to bring world-class researchers together ...

The Cloud

IBM closes landmark acquisition of Red Hat for $34 billion and defines open, hybrid Cloud future ...

USFlash

Intel unveils new tools in its advanced chip packaging toolbox ...