Primeur weekly 2019-09-09

Quantum computing

New quantum project aims for ultra-secure communication in Europe ...

Schrödinger and Qu & Co announce collaboration to advance quantum mechanical computations on quantum computers ...

Spreading light over quantum computers ...

Focus on Europe

AUBASS' AUTOSAR Adaptive Platform solution ported on Kalray's intelligent processor ...

eScience Center takes part in hackathon to improve tools for analysis of internet therapies ...

At the edge of chaos, powerful new electronics could be created ...

Middleware

2CRSI becomes a Bright reseller in the USA, Europe and Middle East ...

NERSC and ECP host OpenMP Hackathon for energy-efficient architectures ...

Hardware

Shell and PDENH are investing in Dutch sustainable data centre technology scale-up Asperitas ...

Konstantinos Orginos awarded time on world's fastest supercomputer to study Lattice QCD ...

GRC teams with NVIDIA to provide fully optimized liquid-immersion cooled system to support the Texas Advanced Computing Center's Frontera supercomputer ...

Mellanox introduces new LinkX 200G & 400G cables & transceivers at CIOE, Shenzhen, China and ECOC, Dublin, Ireland 2019 ...

Texas boosts U.S. science with fastest academic supercomputer in the world ...

New insulation technique paves the way for more powerful and smaller chips ...

WekaIO awarded three patents ...

Intel Xeon Scalable processors drive advanced research in world's fastest academic supercomputer ...

Applications

Rochester Institute of Technology researchers use Frontera supercomputer to simulate neutron star mergers ...

Researchers use TACC's new Frontera supercomputer to simulate viruses and cells ...

Teaching Neural Networks Quantum Chemistry ...

Building a sunnier energy future ...

Researchers apply increasing computational power to develop predictive models and create patient-specific treatment plans ...

Researchers will simulate high speed turbulent flows on Frontera supercomputer ...

U.S. National Science Foundation awards San Diego Supercomputer Center and partners $5,9 million to host EarthCube Office ...

Researchers uncover role of earthquake motions in triggering a 'surprise' tsunami ...

Artificial Intelligence for Physics Research ...

NCSA machine learning pipeline provides insight into energy-efficient home improvement programmes ...

Eight projects to gain early access to the Frontier supercomputer ...

New Berkeley Lab study uses supercomputers to analyze hydrological changes in a California watershed following a wildfire ...

PPG selected for DOE partnership to speed development, testing of adhesives for lightweight vehicles ...

Sum of three cubes for 42 finally solved - using real life planetary computer ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2019-09-09

Quantum computing

Today marks the launch of a pilot project, OPENQKD, that will install a test quantum communication infrastructure in several European countries. It will boost the security of critical applications in the fields of telecommunications, health care, electricity supply and government services. Read further...
Schrödinger and Qu & Co are setting up a business and scientific collaboration to advance the use of quantum mechanics on complex molecular systems using quantum computing hardware. Read further...
Scientists at Linköping University have shown how a quantum computer really works and have managed to simulate quantum computer properties in a classical computer. "Our results should be highly significant in determining how to build quantum computers", stated Professor Jan-Åke Larsson. Read further...

Focus on Europe

AUBASS Co., Ltd. and Kalray Corporation announced that its AUBIST Adaptive Platform, a solution compliant with AUTOSAR Adaptive Platform specification, is now ported and supports Kalray MPPA intelligent processor. Such complete solution has been already delivered to pre-selected major car manufacturers. Read further...
On 29 and 30 August, the Netherlands eScience Center took part in a unique hackathon at the University of Twente (UT). The goal of the hackathon was to assess the usability of the Orange platform, which will run the data analysis for the project "What Works When for Whom". Read further...
A phenomenon that is well known from chaos theory was observed in a material for the first time ever, by scientists from the University of Groningen. A structural transition in the ferro-elastic material barium titanate, caused by an increase or decrease in temperature, resembles the periodic doubling seen in non-linear dynamical systems. This 'spatial chaos' in a material was first predicted in 1985 and could be used in applications such as adaptable neuromorphic electronics. Read further...

Middleware

Bright Computing, a global expert in Linux cluster automation and management software for HPC and machine learning, announced that 2CRSI has joined the Bright Partner Programme. Read further...
OpenMP is a directive-based programming model for shared memory, vectorization, and heterogeneous device programming in high performance computing (HPC). As an industry standard, it supports multi-language, high-level parallelism that is performant, productive, and portable. The OpenMP 5.0 specification released in November 2018 added many new features that will be useful for highly parallel and complex applications. Read further...

Hardware

Asperitas has attracted an investment from Shell Ventures, the corporate venture arm of Shell, and the Participation Fund for Sustainable Economy North Holland (PDENH). The investment, led by Shell Ventures, supports the acceleration of Asperitas' mission to enable sustainable data centres on a global scale. Read further...
A William & Mary physicist has been awarded computing time on a U.S. Department of Energy machine that holds current bragging rights of world's fastest supercomputer. Read further...
GRC - Green Revolution Cooling, an expert in single-phase immersion cooling for data centres, has launched its joint project with NVIDIA to help power a GPU-intensive computing subsystem for the Texas Advanced Computing Center's (TACC) Frontera Supercomputer, the world's largest academic supercomputer. Read further...
Mellanox Technologies Ltd., a supplier of optical transceivers and high-performance, end-to-end smart interconnect solutions for data centre servers and storage systems, has launched new 400G DR4 500m transceivers and 400G DAC splitters and 100G SFP-DD DAC cables for server/storage interconnects. In addition, new 200G "active" DAC cables for HDR InfiniBand and 200GbE Ethernet were introduced to extend copper cable reach up to four meters. Lastly, new QSA56 Port Adapters enable single-channel SFP cables and transceivers to be connected to 200G switch or network adapter ports. QSA56 supports cables and transceivers from 0,5m to 10km. Read further...
The Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at the University of Texas at Austin has launched Frontera, the fastest supercomputer at any university and the 5th most powerful system in the world. TACC is also home to Stampede2, the second fastest supercomputer at any American university. The launch of Frontera solidifies UT Austin among the world's academic leaders in this realm. Read further...
Researchers at KU Leuven and imec, Belgium have successfully developed a new technique to insulate microchips. The technique uses metal-organic frameworks, a new type of materials consisting of structured nanopores. In the long term, this method can be used for the development of even smaller and more powerful chips that consume less energy. The team has received an ERC Proof of Concept grant to further their research. Read further...
WekaIO, an innovation expert in high-performance, scalable file storage for data intensive applications, has been assigned patents (10268378) for "congestion mitigation in a distributed storage system", (10394490) for "flash registry with write leveling", and (10402093) for "congestion mitigation in a multi-tiered distributed storage system", and has forty-one more patents pending. Read further...
Intel, the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at the University of Texas at Austin, the National Science Foundation (NSF), Dell Technologies and other science and technology partners have gathered to unveil Frontera, the fifth most powerful supercomputer in the world and the fastest in academia. Based on 2nd generation Intel Xeon Scalable processors and featuring Intel Optane DC persistent memory, the Frontera system is poised to accelerate scientific research and innovation. Read further...

Applications

As an early user of Frontera, the fastest academic supercomputer in the world, Manuela Campanelli, professor of Astrophysics at the Rochester Institute of Technology and director for the Center for Computational Relativity and Gravitation, is living out her childhood dream. Read further...
Emerging viruses have been with us for hundreds of years and will be with us for hundreds more. If you follow the news, we are continually concerned about whether there will be another outbreak of influenza or increasing incidence of Ebola or other viruses that threaten our health. Read further...
By now, we've all experienced the uncanny ability of artificial intelligence (AI) to mine real world data to identify faces in photos or predict our buying patterns. But the next wave of AI will combine computer simulations with machine learning - a subset of AI - to create faster, more accurate predictive models for physics, chemistry and biology, in order to forecast weather and climate, design better materials, and tailor medical treatments to specific patients. Read further...
Solar photovoltaics have shown great potential in the past few decades. In addition to today's silicon-based solar materials, researchers are exploring organic polymer materials, which have shown promise due to their remarkable ability to transform light into energy at a lower cost. Read further...
Gliomas are a particularly nasty form of brain tumour - fast-growing, deadly, and difficult to root out. But there is hope among physicians and researchers that even this most challenging foe can be managed more effectively. George Biros, professor at the University of Texas at Austin, with joint appointments at the Oden Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences and the Walker Department of Mechanical Engineering, is leading an effort to apply massive, high-speed computers, machine learning, and biophysical models of cells to the problem of diagnosing and treating gliomas. Read further...
Nobel laureate Richard Feynman once called turbulence "the most important unsolved problem of classical physics". That's because the chaotic motion of turbulence can't be neatly solved with equations. Turbulence is so complicated that scientists today try to simplify it as much as possible but still retain the basic physics of it. One of the simplifications is to assume that the general motion of turbulence, its flow, is incompressible or of constant density. This simplification works as a good approximation of low speed flows, but it falls apart for high speed turbulent flows, which are important for a wide variety of applications and phenomena such as the mixing of fuel in combustion engines of cars, planes, and rockets. Read further...
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at UC San Diego and its partners a three-year, $5,9 million grant to host the EarthCube Office as part of the ongoing NSF-funded EarthCube programme, aimed at transforming geoscience research by creating an advanced cyberinfrastructure to further access, sharing, visualization, and analysis of geosciences data and resources. Read further...
In newly published research, an international team of geologists, geophysicists, and mathematicians show how coupled computer models can accurately recreate the conditions leading to the world's deadliest natural disasters of 2018, the Palu earthquake and tsunami, which struck western Sulawesi, Indonesia in September last year. Read further...
A team of scientists at Freie Universität Berlin has developed an Artificial Intelligence (AI) method that provides a fundamentally new solution of the "sampling problem" in statistical physics. The sampling problem is that important properties of materials and molecules can practically not be computed by directly simulating the motion of atoms in the computer because the required computational capacities are too vast even for supercomputers. Read further...
Homeowners often invest in energy-saving upgrades to make their homes more comfortable and lower their expenses, hoping to see reductions in their upcoming utility bills. Government-backed and utility-backed programmes that provide energy-efficient home improvements share the same goal of reducing costs. But measuring the costs and effects of hundreds of different retrofits in thousands of households is a complex process, and the big picture - which changes should be prioritized for the biggest benefit to the resident - is difficult to put together. While energy efficiency programmes have developed sophisticated models to improve decision making, documented disparities between predicted and realized savings demonstrate that there is still substantial progress that could be made. Read further...
In preparation for the Frontier supercomputer, the US Department of Energy's (DOE) Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF) has selected eight research projects to participate in its Center for Accelerated Application Readiness (CAAR) programme. Read further...
In recent years, wildfires in the western United States have occurred with increasing frequency and scale. Climate change scenarios in California predict prolonged periods of drought with potential for conditions even more amenable to wildfires. The Sierra Nevada Mountains provide up to 70% of the state's water resources, yet there is little known on how wildfires will impact water resources in the future. Read further...
PPG has been selected for a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) partnership that will use supercomputing resources to accelerate the development and testing of structural adhesives for vehicles built from lightweight materials. The project was authorized by the DOE Vehicle Technologies Office, with funding provided by the High Performance Computing for Energy Innovation (HPC4EI) programme. Read further...
Hot on the heels of the ground-breaking 'Sum-Of-Three-Cubes' solution for the number 33, a team led by the University of Bristol and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has solved the final piece of the famous 65-year-old maths puzzle with an answer for the most elusive number of all - 42. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2019-09-09

Quantum computing

New quantum project aims for ultra-secure communication in Europe ...

Schrödinger and Qu & Co announce collaboration to advance quantum mechanical computations on quantum computers ...

Spreading light over quantum computers ...

Focus on Europe

AUBASS' AUTOSAR Adaptive Platform solution ported on Kalray's intelligent processor ...

eScience Center takes part in hackathon to improve tools for analysis of internet therapies ...

At the edge of chaos, powerful new electronics could be created ...

Middleware

2CRSI becomes a Bright reseller in the USA, Europe and Middle East ...

NERSC and ECP host OpenMP Hackathon for energy-efficient architectures ...

Hardware

Shell and PDENH are investing in Dutch sustainable data centre technology scale-up Asperitas ...

Konstantinos Orginos awarded time on world's fastest supercomputer to study Lattice QCD ...

GRC teams with NVIDIA to provide fully optimized liquid-immersion cooled system to support the Texas Advanced Computing Center's Frontera supercomputer ...

Mellanox introduces new LinkX 200G & 400G cables & transceivers at CIOE, Shenzhen, China and ECOC, Dublin, Ireland 2019 ...

Texas boosts U.S. science with fastest academic supercomputer in the world ...

New insulation technique paves the way for more powerful and smaller chips ...

WekaIO awarded three patents ...

Intel Xeon Scalable processors drive advanced research in world's fastest academic supercomputer ...

Applications

Rochester Institute of Technology researchers use Frontera supercomputer to simulate neutron star mergers ...

Researchers use TACC's new Frontera supercomputer to simulate viruses and cells ...

Teaching Neural Networks Quantum Chemistry ...

Building a sunnier energy future ...

Researchers apply increasing computational power to develop predictive models and create patient-specific treatment plans ...

Researchers will simulate high speed turbulent flows on Frontera supercomputer ...

U.S. National Science Foundation awards San Diego Supercomputer Center and partners $5,9 million to host EarthCube Office ...

Researchers uncover role of earthquake motions in triggering a 'surprise' tsunami ...

Artificial Intelligence for Physics Research ...

NCSA machine learning pipeline provides insight into energy-efficient home improvement programmes ...

Eight projects to gain early access to the Frontier supercomputer ...

New Berkeley Lab study uses supercomputers to analyze hydrological changes in a California watershed following a wildfire ...

PPG selected for DOE partnership to speed development, testing of adhesives for lightweight vehicles ...

Sum of three cubes for 42 finally solved - using real life planetary computer ...