Primeur weekly 2019-08-26

Quantum computing

Atos and C-DAC sign Cooperation Agreement for global advancement in Quantum Computing, Artificial Intelligence and Exascale Computing in India ...

Quantum computers to become portable ...

Detraction-free light-matter interaction ...

A University of Massachusetts researcher is shaping the future of technology ...

Schrödinger's cat with 20 qubits ...

Focus on Europe

Registration opens for HPC User Forums at CSCS and EPCC ...

EXDCI to issue Call for Proposals for project spin-off ...

PRACE Autumn School 2019 to address Big Data and HPC ...

Hardware

IBM demonstrates commitment to open hardware movement ...

HPE builds NASA new supercomputer to support future human mission to moon ...

Xilinx announces the world's largest FPGA featuring 9 million system logic cells ...

NetApp provides faster, more efficient solution for analytics and HPC applications ...

Applications

Katharine Cahill named mentor for NSF XSEDE Campus Champion Fellow ...

First Monterey Data Conference does deep dive into Deep Learning for Science ...

Researchers get first microscopic look at a tiny phenomenon with big potential implications ...

Computer model could help test new sickle cell drugs ...

NJIT's Bipin Rajendran is named a Senior Member of the National Academy of Inventors ...

Sofja Kovalevskaja Award brings superconducting spintronics expertise to Konstanz ...

eScience Center and SURF to organize workshop on Machine Learning ...

XSEDE supercomputers aid in novel simulations of X-ray laser research laser pulse visualizations powered by SDSC and TACC supercomputers ...

The Cloud

NVIDIA and VMware to accelerate machine learning, data science and AI workloads on VMware Cloud on AWS accelerated by NVIDIA GPUs ...

VMware announces VMware Tanzu portfolio to transform the way enterprises build, run and manage software on Kubernetes ...

IBM developing new Cloud services and technology to help keep data secured from future fault-tolerant quantum computers ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2019-08-26

Quantum computing

C-DAC - Centre for Development of Advanced Computing, a national premier R&D organisation under the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Government of India, and Atos, a global expert in digital transformation, have signed a Cooperation Agreement for technology advancement in the areas of Quantum Computing, Artificial Intelligence and Exascale Computing. Read further...
Together with the University of Innsbruck, the ETH Zurich and Interactive Fully Electrical Vehicles SRL, Infineon Austria is researching specific questions on the commercial use of quantum computers. With new innovations in design and manufacturing, the partners from universities and industry want to develop affordable components for quantum computers. Read further...
Certain semiconductor structures, so-called quantum dots, might constitute the foundation of quantum communication. They are an efficient interface between matter and light, with photons - light particles - emitted by the quantum dots transporting information across large distances. However, structures form by default during the manufacture of quantum dots that interfere with communication. Read further...
A University of Massachusetts Lowell professor has won two US Department of Energy grants totaling $1,8 million to fund research to spur advances in everything from information processing to our understanding of gravity and cosmic evolution. Archana Kamal, an assistant professor in UMass Lowell's Department of Physics and Applied Physics, will use the Department of Energy grants to expand her research into the emerging field of quantum information science (QIS). Read further...
Dead or alive, left-spinning or right-spinning - in the quantum world particles such as the famous analogy of Schrödinger's cat can be all these things at the same time. An international team, including researchers from several leading American universities, together with experts from Forschungszentrum Jülich, have now succeeded in transforming 20 entangled quantum bits into such a state of superposition. The generation of such atomic Schrödinger cat states is regarded as an important step in the development of quantum computers which could outperform classical computers in solving certain tasks. The results were published inScienceon August 9, 2019. Read further...

Focus on Europe

The HPC User Forum Steering Committee and Hyperion Research invite interested HPC community members to reserve a seat at one or both HPC User Forum meetings that will take place during the same week at CSCS - the Swiss National Supercomputing Center, Lugano - and EPCC/University of Edinburgh in October. Read further...
Following EXDCI-findings through dialogue with HPC centres, large companies, SMEs and start-ups, EXDCI-2 aims to conduct a pilot action that will address the transition gap between the results of a HPC R&I project and a successful market product. Read further...
PRACE will host its Autumn School 2019 on Big Data and HPC from 17 to 20 September 2019 at the University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering in Slovenia. Read further...

Hardware

At the Linux Foundation Open Source Summit IBM announced that it will be contributing implementation rights to key technologies to the open community, further building upon IBM's long legacy of open source development. IBM is opening the POWER Instruction Set Architecture (ISA), which is critical to how hardware and software work together on POWER. With the ISA and other technologies being contributed to the open community, developers will have the tools to build innovative new hardware that takes advantage of POWER's enterprise-leading capabilities to process data-intensive workloads and create new software applications for AI and hybrid Cloud built to take advantage of the hardware's unique capabilities. Read further...
Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has custom-designed a new supercomputer for NASA's Ames Research Center to support modelling and simulations of entry, descent, and landing (EDL) for the agency's missions and Artemis programme, a mission to land the next humans on the lunar South Pole region by 2024. The new supercomputer, which NASA Ames has named "Aitken", is an initial development of a four-year, multi-phase collaboration between HPE and NASA Ames. Read further...
Xilinx Inc., an expert in adaptive and intelligent computing, has expanded its 16 nanometer (nm) Virtex UltraScale+ family to now include the world's largest FPGA - the Virtex UltraScale+ VU19P. With 35 billion transistors, the VU19P provides the highest logic density and I/O count on a single device ever built, enabling emulation and prototyping of tomorrow's most advanced ASIC and SoC technologies, as well as test, measurement, compute, networking, aerospace and defense-related applications. Read further...
NetApp, a data authority for hybrid Cloud, has launched the NetApp EF600 storage array. The EF600 is an end-to-end NVMe midrange array that accelerates access to data and empowers companies to rapidly develop new insights for performance-sensitive workloads. Read further...

Applications

An Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC) staff member will be serving as a mentor to a colleague from Wofford College as they work to boost a federal programme aimed at expanding a capable and innovative advanced digital resource workforce across the country. Katharine Cahill, Ph.D., an education and training specialist at OSC, will advise Beau Christ, Ph.D., an assistant professor of computer science at Wofford. Beau Christ was named on August 1, 2019, as one of five Campus Champions Fellows for the 2019-2020 academic year by officials from the National Science Foundation's Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) programme. Read further...
The Computing Sciences Area (CSA) at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory joined forces with the Association for High Speed Computing (AHSC) to organize and support the inaugural Monterey Data Conference, held August 5-8 in Monterey, California. This annual, invitation-only meeting was launched this year to give researchers from DOE national laboratories, facilities, universities, and industry the opportunity to share and showcase the latest advances and challenges in scientific data analysis and computing. Read further...
Matter behaves differently when it's tiny. At the nanoscale, electric current cuts through mountains of particles, spinning them into vortexes that can be used intentionally in quantum computing. The particles arrange themselves into a topological map, but the lines blur as electrons merge into indistinguishable quasiparticles with shifting properties. The trick is learning how to control such changeable materials. Read further...
A team of Brown University researchers has developed a new computer model that simulates the way red blood cells become misshapen by sickle cell disease. The model, described in a paper published inScience Advances, could be useful in the preclinical evaluation of drugs aimed at preventing the sickling process. Read further...
Bipin Rajendran, an engineer who develops computing systems that aim to match the efficiency seen in nature by studying the organisational principles of the brain, has been elected a Senior Member of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). Read further...
Sofja Kovalevskaja Award winner Dr. Angelo Di Bernardo from the University of Cambridge will establish a new research hub in the field of superconducting spintronics at the University of Konstanz's Department of Physics. Starting on 1 October 2019, the Sofja Kovalevskaja Award winner Dr. Angelo Di Bernardo will contribute to the research carried out at the University of Konstanz in the area of Nano and Materials Science with his expertise in superconducting spintronics. Dr. Angelo Di Bernardo, who is currently a Junior Research Fellow (St. John's College) in the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy at the University of Cambridge, is one of only six early career researchers worldwide to be honoured with one of this year's Sofja Kovalevskaja Awards, which are conferred by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. Read further...
Machine learning has become a hugely popular topic in recent years. Everybody is talking about it and it has shown to be very helpful for different purposes. But what are the potential benefits of applying machine learning to research? And how can machine learning methods become an integral part of a software project? On 10 and 11 September, SURF and the Netherlands eScience Center will host a workshop in which these and other questions will be addressed. Read further...
While intense magnetic fields are naturally generated by neutron stars, researchers have been striving to achieve similar results in the laboratory for many years. Tao Wang, a University of California San Diego mechanical and aerospace engineering graduate student, recently demonstrated how an extremely strong magnetic field, similar to that on the surface of a neutron star, can be not only generated but also detected using an x-ray laser inside a solid material. Read further...

The Cloud

NVIDIA and VMware intend to deliver accelerated GPU services for VMware Cloud on AWS to power modern enterprise applications, including AI, machine learning and data analytics workflows. These services will enable customers to seamlessly migrate VMware vSphere-based applications and containers to the Cloud, unchanged, where they can be modernized to take advantage of high-performance computing, machine learning, data analytics and video processing applications. Read further...
At VMworld 2019, VMware Inc. has unveiled VMware Tanzu, a new portfolio of products and services to transform the way enterprises build, run and manage software on Kubernetes. This includes a technology preview of Project Pacific - focused on transforming VMware vSphere into a Kubernetes native platform in a future release; and VMware Tanzu Mission Control - a single point of control from which customers will manage all their Kubernetes clusters regardless of where they run. With the recently announced definitive agreement to acquire Pivotal, VMware will be positioned to deliver the most comprehensive enterprise-grade Kubernetes-based portfolio for modern applications. Read further...
At the Second Post-Quantum Cryptography Standardization Conference organized by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), IBM took a major step towards maintaining the highest level of security of its client's data and privacy in the future from fault-tolerant quantum computers. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2019-08-26

Quantum computing

Atos and C-DAC sign Cooperation Agreement for global advancement in Quantum Computing, Artificial Intelligence and Exascale Computing in India ...

Quantum computers to become portable ...

Detraction-free light-matter interaction ...

A University of Massachusetts researcher is shaping the future of technology ...

Schrödinger's cat with 20 qubits ...

Focus on Europe

Registration opens for HPC User Forums at CSCS and EPCC ...

EXDCI to issue Call for Proposals for project spin-off ...

PRACE Autumn School 2019 to address Big Data and HPC ...

Hardware

IBM demonstrates commitment to open hardware movement ...

HPE builds NASA new supercomputer to support future human mission to moon ...

Xilinx announces the world's largest FPGA featuring 9 million system logic cells ...

NetApp provides faster, more efficient solution for analytics and HPC applications ...

Applications

Katharine Cahill named mentor for NSF XSEDE Campus Champion Fellow ...

First Monterey Data Conference does deep dive into Deep Learning for Science ...

Researchers get first microscopic look at a tiny phenomenon with big potential implications ...

Computer model could help test new sickle cell drugs ...

NJIT's Bipin Rajendran is named a Senior Member of the National Academy of Inventors ...

Sofja Kovalevskaja Award brings superconducting spintronics expertise to Konstanz ...

eScience Center and SURF to organize workshop on Machine Learning ...

XSEDE supercomputers aid in novel simulations of X-ray laser research laser pulse visualizations powered by SDSC and TACC supercomputers ...

The Cloud

NVIDIA and VMware to accelerate machine learning, data science and AI workloads on VMware Cloud on AWS accelerated by NVIDIA GPUs ...

VMware announces VMware Tanzu portfolio to transform the way enterprises build, run and manage software on Kubernetes ...

IBM developing new Cloud services and technology to help keep data secured from future fault-tolerant quantum computers ...