Primeur weekly 2019-08-05

Quantum computing

Imaging of exotic quantum particles as building blocks for quantum computing ...

Travelling towards a quantum internet at light speed ...

New toolkit for photonics: Quantum simulation by light radio ...

Is your supercomputer stumped? There may be a quantum solution ...

Quantum computers to clarify the connection between the quantum and classical worlds ...

Focus on Europe

Hungary, Portugal and Poland sign up to EU quantum communication infrastructure initiative ...

Middleware

Whiskytree chooses Panasas to address high-performance storage conditions for expanding visual effects facility ...

EXTEN Technologies announces version 3.0 of its HyperDynamic NVMe over Fabrics storage software with enhanced high-performance resiliency features ...

Raid Media Systems signs up as a Bright Reseller to target German supercomputing market ...

Hardware

Tachyum CEO presents "Flash Solutions for the Skyrocketing AI/ML Applications Market" at Flash Memory Summit ...

Granular aluminum for future computers ...

Optalysys appoints world renowned Silicon Photonics expert, Professor Thomas F. Krauss, to their Scientific Advisory Board ...

University of Vermont completes warp-speed upgrade of its supercomputer ...

Kalray announces the tape-out of Coolidge on TSMC 16nm process technology ...

Kalray unveils support of NVMe/TCP to ease and accelerate data centre storage disaggregation ...

Submer immersion cooling announces new North American headquarters in "Data Center Alley" ...

OLCF and tech company Providentia Worldwide build intelligence system for supercomputer cooling plant ...

William Kramer chosen to lead Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center ...

Simulating hurricanes with Blue Waters ...

Applications

Bubbles hold clue to improved industrial structures ...

NCSA collaborates with NGA to create the world's most powerful geospatial system ...

Oregon State University College of Engineering accelerates research, teaching with $2,6 million investment in AI computing resources ...

Supercomputing improves biomass fuel conversion ...

Scientists use Titan for complex cosmology studies ...

ALCC programme awards 6 million hours on OLCF resources ...

Researchers benchmarked a range of advanced combustion strategies on the Titan supercomputer ...

The fragile balance of the most productive ecosystems ...

The Cloud

SDSC awarded NSF grant for Triton Shared Computing Cluster upgrade ...

IBM transforms its software to be Cloud-native and run on any Cloud with Red Hat ...

Google Cloud and VMware extend strategic partnership ...

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Edition: weekly - Issue: 2019-08-05

Quantum computing

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), in collaboration with their colleagues at the University of Hamburg in Germany, have imaged an exotic quantum particle - called a Majorana fermion - that can be used as a building block for future qubits and eventually the realization of quantum computers. Read further...
A research team led by Osaka University demonstrated how information encoded in the circular polarization of a laser beam can be translated into the spin state of an electron in a quantum dot, each being a quantum bit and a quantum computer candidate. The achievement represents a major step towards a "quantum internet", in which future computers can rapidly and securely send and receive quantum information. Read further...
Intensive research is being carried out on quantum simulators: they promise to precisely calculate the properties of complex quantum systems, when conventional and even supercomputers fail. In a cooperative project, theorists from the the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics in Garching and the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC) have now developed a new toolbox for quantum simulators and published it inScience Advances. It uses the nobel prize-winning principle of topology to allow quantum bits, for example individual atoms, to communicate with each other via "topological radio channels". The "radio channels" are provided by a light field that travels in waveguide in a robust manner with the help of topology. The concept offers room for completely new ideas, ranging from basic research to quantum information. Read further...
A new study led by a physicist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, published in the journalScientific Reports, details how a quantum computing technique called "quantum annealing" can be used to solve problems relevant to fundamental questions in nuclear physics about the subatomic building blocks of all matter. It could also help answer other vexing questions in science and industry, too. Read further...
Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) scientists have developed a new quantum computing algorithm that offers a clearer understanding of the quantum-to-classical transition, which could help model systems on the cusp of quantum and classical worlds, such as biological proteins, and also resolve questions about how quantum mechanics applies to large-scale objects. Read further...

Focus on Europe

Hungary, Portugal and Poland have signed a declaration to work together with other EU Member States to develop and deploy a quantum communication infrastructure (QCI) across the European Union (EU) within the next ten years.The aim of the QCI is to boost European capabilities in quantum technologies, cybersecurity and industrial competitiveness. Read further...

Middleware

Whiskytree, a visual effects and content creation company, selected the Panasas ActiveStor solution to store and manage its creative computer graphics and visual effects workflows - including data-intensive rendering and real time collaboration using extremely large data sets for blockbuster movies, commercials and advertising, work for real-time render engines and games, and augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) applications. Read further...
XTEN Technologies Inc. has made available the third generation of its award winning HyperDynamic storage software that brings advanced levels of resiliency, performance and management to demanding data centre customers across the globe. EXTEN software is perfect for the extreme levels of performance required by applications in analytics, machine learning, and high performance computing. Read further...
Raid Media Systems has become the latest partner to sign up to the Bright Computing Reseller Programme. Founded in 1996 and based in Germany, Raid Media Systems is an independent IT systems integrator offering HPC solutions ranging from small systems to turnkey solutions with hundreds of nodes. The company designs, configures, builds, optimizes, and supports HPC systems meeting specific requirements for their customers. Raid Media Systems works with organisations in the research, university, government, and industry sectors. Read further...

Hardware

Dr. Radoslav "Rado" Danilak will speak about the need for new approaches, and capabilities of data centre architectures, interconnects, storage and memory types, to enable the industry to unleash the full power of AI in the multi-billion dollar hyperscale market, at the Flash Memory Summit in the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, California, on August 7. Read further...
Computers based on quantum mechanical principles can solve certain tasks particularly efficiently. Their information carriers, the so-called qubits, not only have the values "0" and "1", but also states in between, called superposition states. However, maintaining such a state is difficult. Scientists at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) have now used granular aluminum - nicknamed grAl - for qubits and have shown that this superconducting material has great potential to overcome the previous limits of quantum hardware. Read further...
Optalysys Ltd., a disruptive technology company developing revolutionary optical AI processors to provide supercomputing levels of processing power in data centres and everyday devices, has added Professor Thomas F. Krauss to their Scientific Advisory Board. Read further...
The University of Vermont (UVM) has unveiled a massive upgrade of its supercomputer, the Vermont Advanced Computing Core (VACC), on July 31, 2019 that will increase its speed by a factor of over 200. Read further...
Kalray, pioneer in processors for new intelligent systems, has launched the tape-out of MPPA3 aka Coolidge, its third generation of unique and patented MPPA - Massively Parallel Processor Array - processor family, on TSMC 16nm FinFET process technology. The tape-out is an important milestone for a semiconductor company, as it indicates the completion of the design phase and the beginning of the manufacturing process. Read further...
Kalray has leveraged the capability of its MPPA - Massively Parallel Processor Array - processor and its optimized fast-path software to develop a new NVMe/TCP profile for its Kalray Target Controller (KTC) solution. NVMe/TCP brings the opportunity to disaggregate storage from the compute servers in infrastructures using regular and ubiquitous TCP protocol, re-using existing Network Interface Cards ("NIC") and switches for easy deployment and optimized cost. Read further...
Northeastern Virginia has the highest concentration of top tier co-location and hyperscale data centres in the world - earning this region along the Potomac River the nickname "Data Center Alley". Submer Technologies has chosen Ashburn, Virginia, in the heart of Data Center Alley as the location for its new North American headquarters. Read further...
The Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF) and technology consulting company Providentia Worldwide LLC recently collaborated to develop an intelligence system that combines real-time updates from the IBM AC922 Summit supercomputer with local weather and operational data from its adjacent cooling plant, with the goal of optimizing Summit's energy efficiency. The OLCF proposed the idea and provided facility data, and Providentia developed a scalable platform to integrate and analyze the data. Read further...
William Kramer has been selected as the next director of the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC), a joint research centre of Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh. William Kramer, currently project director and principal investigator of the Blue Waters Project and the senior associate director for @Scale Science and Technology at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, begins his role in the fall of 2019. Read further...
Between January and June of 2019, there have been 53 tropical cyclones across the globe. Combined, these storms have inflicted great destruction, causing over $5 billion in total damage and killing over 1500 in the first half of 2019, alone. Read further...

Applications

Insights into how minute, yet powerful, bubbles form and collapse on underwater surfaces could help make industrial structures such as ship propellers more hardwearing, research suggests. Supercomputer calculations have revealed details of the growth of so-called nanobubbles, which are tens of thousands of times smaller than a pin head. Read further...
The National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has signed a new collaboration between the Blue Waters Project, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), the University of Minnesota and the Ohio State University to produce digital elevation models (DEM) of the entire Earth, among other geospatial research projects. Read further...
Oregon State University's (OSU) College of Engineering is accelerating its work in artificial intelligence, robotics, driverless vehicles and other areas by acquiring six advanced NVIDIA systems that give the college some of the most powerful computing resources among universities worldwide. Read further...
Fuels made from agricultural or forestry wastes known as lignocellulosic biomass have long been a champion in the quest to reduce use of fossil fuels. But plant cell walls have some innate defenses that make the process to break them down more difficult and costly than it could be. Read further...
Using the Titan supercomputer at the US Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, a team of astrophysicists created a set of galactic wind simulations of the highest resolution ever performed. The simulations will allow researchers to gather and interpret more accurate, detailed data that explains how galactic winds affect the formation and evolution of galaxies. Read further...
Each year, researchers are awarded computing hours at the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF) - a US Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science User Facility located at DOE's Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) - through the DOE Office of Advanced Scientific Computing Research's (ASCR) Leadership Computing Challenge (ALCC). Read further...
The internal combustion engine has been around since the 19th century and remains the most affordable, reliable way to power the US transportation sector and provide electrical power on demand. But 21st century engines are getting a boost from today's top supercomputers. Through modelling and simulation, scientists and engineers can study how small-scale chemical reactions and turbulence affect performance. By understanding exactly when, where, and how fuel burns in the interior of an engine, researchers can improve engine designs and fuel blends to increase efficiency and reduce pollutant emissions. Read further...
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Ocean Service, "estuaries are among the most productive ecosystems in the world. Many animals rely on estuaries for food, places to breed, and migration stopovers. Estuaries and their surrounding wetlands are bodies of water usually found where rivers meet the sea. Estuaries are home to unique plant and animal communities that have adapted to brackish water - a mixture of fresh water draining from the land and salty seawater". Read further...

The Cloud

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at UC San Diego a two-year grant worth almost $400.000 to deploy a new system called CC* Compute: Triton Stratus as an enhancement to the existing Triton Shared Computing Cluster (TSCC) campus High-Performance Computing (HPC) platform. Read further...
IBM has transformed its software portfolio to be Cloud-native and optimized it to run on Red Hat OpenShift. Enterprises can now build mission-critical applications once and run them on all leading public Clouds, including AWS, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform, Alibaba and IBM Cloud and on private Clouds. Read further...
Google Cloud and VMware Inc. have launched Google Cloud VMware Solution by CloudSimple, a new service that will allow organisations to run their VMware workloads in Google Cloud Platform (GCP), providing customers with choice and flexibility to run VMware workloads on-premises, in a hybrid architecture, or in the Cloud. The solution will leverage VMware Cloud Foundation infrastructure software, deployed on GCP and designed and operated by CloudSimple, a VMware Cloud Verified partner. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2019-08-05

Quantum computing

Imaging of exotic quantum particles as building blocks for quantum computing ...

Travelling towards a quantum internet at light speed ...

New toolkit for photonics: Quantum simulation by light radio ...

Is your supercomputer stumped? There may be a quantum solution ...

Quantum computers to clarify the connection between the quantum and classical worlds ...

Focus on Europe

Hungary, Portugal and Poland sign up to EU quantum communication infrastructure initiative ...

Middleware

Whiskytree chooses Panasas to address high-performance storage conditions for expanding visual effects facility ...

EXTEN Technologies announces version 3.0 of its HyperDynamic NVMe over Fabrics storage software with enhanced high-performance resiliency features ...

Raid Media Systems signs up as a Bright Reseller to target German supercomputing market ...

Hardware

Tachyum CEO presents "Flash Solutions for the Skyrocketing AI/ML Applications Market" at Flash Memory Summit ...

Granular aluminum for future computers ...

Optalysys appoints world renowned Silicon Photonics expert, Professor Thomas F. Krauss, to their Scientific Advisory Board ...

University of Vermont completes warp-speed upgrade of its supercomputer ...

Kalray announces the tape-out of Coolidge on TSMC 16nm process technology ...

Kalray unveils support of NVMe/TCP to ease and accelerate data centre storage disaggregation ...

Submer immersion cooling announces new North American headquarters in "Data Center Alley" ...

OLCF and tech company Providentia Worldwide build intelligence system for supercomputer cooling plant ...

William Kramer chosen to lead Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center ...

Simulating hurricanes with Blue Waters ...

Applications

Bubbles hold clue to improved industrial structures ...

NCSA collaborates with NGA to create the world's most powerful geospatial system ...

Oregon State University College of Engineering accelerates research, teaching with $2,6 million investment in AI computing resources ...

Supercomputing improves biomass fuel conversion ...

Scientists use Titan for complex cosmology studies ...

ALCC programme awards 6 million hours on OLCF resources ...

Researchers benchmarked a range of advanced combustion strategies on the Titan supercomputer ...

The fragile balance of the most productive ecosystems ...

The Cloud

SDSC awarded NSF grant for Triton Shared Computing Cluster upgrade ...

IBM transforms its software to be Cloud-native and run on any Cloud with Red Hat ...

Google Cloud and VMware extend strategic partnership ...