Primeur weekly 2019-07-22

Focus

EuroHPC Research and Innovation calls open July 25 with a total budget of 95 million euro ...

Quantum computing

Limitation exposed in promising quantum computing material ...

Bristol awarded GBP 8,4 million to strengthen quantum research programmes ...

Researchers build transistor-like gate for quantum information processing - with qudits ...

Fujitsu harnesses Quantum-inspired Digital Annealer technology to optimize output efficiency in power generation for renewable energy devices ...

Quantum photonics by serendipity ...

Focus on Europe

Hungary joins Italian pre-exascale EuroHPC consortium ...

Middleware

SUSE joins the iRODS Consortium ...

Hardware

NSF awards $10 million to SDSC to deploy 'Expanse' supercomputer ...

GRC announces licensing agreement with Nihon Form Services to tailor GRC's data centre immersion cooling technology for the Japanese market ...

High Performance Computing (HPC) arrives at the Edge of Space ...

Arm Flexible Access gives chip designers the freedom to experiment and test before they invest ...

Supermicro brings unprecedented performance and configurability to the intelligent edge for new security, 5G, and AI solutions ...

SwiftStack joins NVIDIA Partner Network ...

Intel and SAP broaden their technology partnership to power enterprises' digital transformation ...

The Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center to host Bridges-2 supercomputers at Next Tier Connect ...

Applications

HPC4Energy Innovation Programme announces first awards for public/private partnerships ...

Atos orchestrates AURAGEN's genomic sequencing calculation solution ...

Who's using Argonne's user facilities? ...

Predicting material properties with quantum Monte Carlo ...

NERSC hosts first 'GPUs for Science' Workshop ...

First Corones Award goes to NERSC computer scientist ...

HPC4Manufacturing project aims at improving thin-film processes used in LED lights ...

Dirty bomb simulator prepares responders ...

LHC experiments present new results on rare Higgs phenomena at 2019 EPS-HEP conference ...

RIT professor honoured with Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers ...

A graphene superconductor that plays more than one tune ...

The Cloud

Atos becomes a Microsoft Azure Expert Managed Service Provider (MSP) ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2019-07-22

Focus

The EuroHPC JU will open two calls for proposals on July 25, 2019. The first "Call - Towards Extreme Scale Technologies and Applications" will have a budget of 55 million euro and close on January 14, 2010. The second "Call - Innovating and Widening the HPC use and skills base" will have a budget of 40 million euro and close on November 14, 2019. Read further...

Quantum computing

Quantum computers promise to perform operations of great importance believed to be impossible for our technology today. Current computers process information via transistors carrying one of two units of information, either a 1 or a 0. Quantum computing is based on the quantum mechanical behaviour of the logic unit. Each quantum unit, or "qubit", can exist in a quantum superposition rather than taking discrete values. The biggest hurdles to quantum computing are the qubits themselves - it is an ongoing scientific challenge to create logic units robust enough to carry instructions without being impacted by the surrounding environment and resulting errors. Read further...
The University of Bristol has been awarded a GBP 8,4 million share of GBP 94 million funding announced by the Science Minister, Chris Skidmore, for the UK's Quantum Technologies Research Hubs. Read further...
Quantum information processing promises to be much faster and more secure than what today's supercomputers can achieve, but doesn't exist yet because its building blocks, qubits, are notoriously unstable. Read further...
Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd. has shown the capability of the Digital Annealer, Fujitsu's computational architecture inspired by quantum phenomena that rapidly solves combinatorial optimization problems, to maximize the performance of magnetic devices essential for renewable energy harvesting and other uses. The application of Fujitsu's next-generation architecture allows for the nearly instantaneous calculation of the optimal arrangement of multiple planar (2D) magnets to maximize the strength of the magnetic field in a device. Read further...
A photonic chip with no less than 128 tunable components on it, proves to be a true 'Swiss army knife' with a variety of applications. During her research on measuring light wavelengths using this photonic chip, Caterina Taballione of the University of Twente (UT) came across yet another application serendipitously: by sending single photons through the system in stead of continuous light, the optical components can perform quantum operations as well. The same chip works as a photonic quantum processor. Read further...

Focus on Europe

Hungary is also taking part in the Italian-led consortium that will create one of the world's largest capacity supercomputers in Bologna by mid-2020. Read further...

Middleware

The iRODS Consortium, the foundation that leads development and support of the integrated Rule-Oriented Data System (iRODS) data management software, welcomes SUSE as its newest Consortium member. Read further...

Hardware

The San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California San Diego, has been awarded a five-year grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) valued at $10 million to deploy Expanse, a new supercomputer designed to advance research that is increasingly dependent upon heterogeneous and distributed resources. Read further...
GRC, an expert in immersion cooling for data centres, has signed a new partnership and licensing agreement with Nihon Form Services (NFS), a Tokyo-based manufacturer of IT and communications equipment. Leveraging GRC's intellectual property, NFS will help tailor GRC's immersion cooling products for the Japanese market. Read further...
Goonhilly Earth Station has been at the forefront of technology since the dawn of the space age. Submer Technologies is partnering with Goonhilly and 2CRSI to bring high-performance computing (HPC) to the Edge of Space. Read further...
Arm is expanding the ways existing and new partners can access and license its technology for semiconductor design. Arm Flexible Access is a new engagement model enabling SoC design teams to initiate projects before they license IP and pay only for what they use at production. Through Arm Flexible Access, businesses will enable their design teams with more freedom to experiment, evaluate and innovate. Read further...
Super Micro Computer Inc., a global expert in enterprise computing, storage, networking solutions, and green computing technology reaffirms that its latest intelligent edge platforms are ideal for network security, Virtualized Network Functions (VNFs), and Multi-Access Edge Computing (MEC) for 5G and Internet of Things (IoT). Read further...
SwiftStack, an expert in multi-Cloud data storage and management, will participate in the NVIDIA Partner Network (NPN) programme as a solution advisor for artificial intelligence and machine learning use cases. Read further...
Intel and SAP have signed a multiyear technology partnership focused on optimizing Intel's platforms, including Intel Xeon Scalable processors and Intel Optane DC persistent memory, for SAP's end-to-end enterprise software applications, including SAP S/4HANA. The partnership is designed to employ Intel's leading technologies to power SAP's suite of business solutions and intelligent technologies, enabling enterprises to deploy high-performance, highly-optimized applications within the Cloud, enterprise and at the edge. Read further...
The Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC) and Next Tier Connect, an investment partnership between Next Tier HD and RedBird Capital Partners, have announced that PSC will locate its next fleet of supercomputers in Next Tier Connect - Pittsburgh East. Located at 4350 Northern Pike, Monroeville, Pennsylvania, Next Tier Connect - Pittsburgh East is comprised of a single 505.000 square foot building that was originally developed by Westinghouse as a high security, high reliability research centre supported by dual utility feeds, back-up generation and high speed fiber connectivity. Read further...

Applications

The High Performance Computing for Energy Innovation programme (HPC4EI) has announced the nine public/private projects awarded more than $2 million from the Department of Energy (DOE), with aims of improving energy production, enhancing or developing new material properties and reducing energy usage in manufacturing. Read further...
Atos, a global expert in digital transformation, was selected by GCS AURAGEN - to provide and orchestrate the high-performance computing infrastructure and storage of a new genomic pilot platform for high-flow sequencing calculation. This platform has been selected as part of the French national plan for Genomic Science ('France Médecine Génomique 2025'). Atos will manage this project together with its partners and co-contractors EOLAS and A2COM, which manage the hosting and outsourcing of health data respectively. Read further...
Whether studying the fundamental behaviour of metals or the particles that compose them, designing more functional materials or reconstructing the evolution of the universe, researchers are finding the resources to accomplish their goals at one or a combination of U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science User Facilities. These often-massive scientific facilities enable science at scale, providing researchers the most advanced tools of modern science. Read further...
Recent advances in quantum Monte Carlo (QMC) methods have the potential to revolutionize computational materials science, a discipline traditionally driven by density functional theory (DFT). While DFT - an approach that uses quantum-mechanical modelling to examine the electronic structure of complex systems - provides convenience to its practitioners and has unquestionably yielded a great many successes throughout the decades since its formulation, it is not without shortcomings, which have placed a ceiling on the possibilities of materials discovery. QMC is poised to break this ceiling. Read further...
More than 300 people from multiple national laboratories, academia, and industry attended the inaugural "GPUs for Science" workshop at Berkeley Lab, held July 2-3, 2019. Read further...
Rebecca Hartman-Baker, a computer scientist at the Department of Energy's (DOE) National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC), is the inaugural recipient of the Krell Institute's James Corones Award in Leadership, Community Building and Communication. Read further...
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) researchers are working with semiconductor chip manufacturer Applied Materials to improve a process for depositing thin-film materials on wafers that are used in high-efficiency LED lights and other products. The Department of Energy's High Performance Computing for Manufacturing (HPC4Manufacturing) programme is funding the effort. Read further...
If a radiological dispersal device (RDD), or "dirty bomb", ever explodes in the United States, emergency crews may be better prepared because of a simulator developed by an Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) visualization technologist. Read further...
At the 2019 European Physical Society's High-Energy Physics conference (EPS-HEP) taking place in Ghent, Belgium, the ATLAS and CMS collaborations presented a suite of new results. These include several analyses using the full dataset from the second run of CERN's Large Hadron Collider (LHC), recorded at a collision energy of 13TeV between 2015 and 2018. Among the highlights are the latest precision measurements involving the Higgs boson. In only seven years since its discovery, scientists have carefully studied several of the properties of this unique particle, which is increasingly becoming a powerful tool in the search for new physics. Read further...
RIT computing professor Linwei Wang, whose research is advancing non-invasive personalized health care for heart diseases, is receiving the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). Read further...
Researchers at the US Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have developed a graphene device that's thinner than a human hair but has a depth of special traits. It easily switches from a superconducting material that conducts electricity without losing any energy, to an insulator that resists the flow of electric current, and back again to a superconductor - all with a simple flip of a switch. Read further...

The Cloud

Atos, a global expert in digital transformation, has successfully achieved the audited Microsoft Azure Expert Managed Service Provider (MSP) designation from Microsoft. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2019-07-22

Focus

EuroHPC Research and Innovation calls open July 25 with a total budget of 95 million euro ...

Quantum computing

Limitation exposed in promising quantum computing material ...

Bristol awarded GBP 8,4 million to strengthen quantum research programmes ...

Researchers build transistor-like gate for quantum information processing - with qudits ...

Fujitsu harnesses Quantum-inspired Digital Annealer technology to optimize output efficiency in power generation for renewable energy devices ...

Quantum photonics by serendipity ...

Focus on Europe

Hungary joins Italian pre-exascale EuroHPC consortium ...

Middleware

SUSE joins the iRODS Consortium ...

Hardware

NSF awards $10 million to SDSC to deploy 'Expanse' supercomputer ...

GRC announces licensing agreement with Nihon Form Services to tailor GRC's data centre immersion cooling technology for the Japanese market ...

High Performance Computing (HPC) arrives at the Edge of Space ...

Arm Flexible Access gives chip designers the freedom to experiment and test before they invest ...

Supermicro brings unprecedented performance and configurability to the intelligent edge for new security, 5G, and AI solutions ...

SwiftStack joins NVIDIA Partner Network ...

Intel and SAP broaden their technology partnership to power enterprises' digital transformation ...

The Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center to host Bridges-2 supercomputers at Next Tier Connect ...

Applications

HPC4Energy Innovation Programme announces first awards for public/private partnerships ...

Atos orchestrates AURAGEN's genomic sequencing calculation solution ...

Who's using Argonne's user facilities? ...

Predicting material properties with quantum Monte Carlo ...

NERSC hosts first 'GPUs for Science' Workshop ...

First Corones Award goes to NERSC computer scientist ...

HPC4Manufacturing project aims at improving thin-film processes used in LED lights ...

Dirty bomb simulator prepares responders ...

LHC experiments present new results on rare Higgs phenomena at 2019 EPS-HEP conference ...

RIT professor honoured with Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers ...

A graphene superconductor that plays more than one tune ...

The Cloud

Atos becomes a Microsoft Azure Expert Managed Service Provider (MSP) ...