Primeur weekly 2019-09-16

Focus

France is preparing to host an EuroHPC exascale system in 2022/2023 ...

Crowd computing

Purdue's nanoHUB@Home project lets anyone contribute to cutting-edge nanotechnology research - no PhD required ...

Quantum computing

ABN AMRO and QuSoft partnership to explore the power of quantum software ...

Q-CTRL leaps into the global top-10 of quantum start-ups ...

Quantum computers by AQT and University of Innsbruck leverage Cirq for quantum algorithm development ...

IBM and Fraunhofer join forces on Quantum Computing Initiative for Germany ...

Focus on Europe

GENCI to deploy new strategic plan 2019-2023 ...

IBM and SKODA AUTO University collaborate on new digital skills for students ...

Middleware

ORNL staff to highlight OpenACC's role in HPC at Annual Meeting ...

Hardware

Panasas High-performance data storage supports environmentally responsible energy exploration at Magseis Fairfield ...

Supermicro expands high-performance SuperWorkstation system portfolio with launch of new solution ...

National Science Foundation $1,4 million grant will help develop cyberinfrastructure across Midwest ...

Applications

Brain-inspired computing could tackle big problems in a small way ...

From the subatomic to the intergalactic: scientists gather in Leicester to share supercomputer results ...

Artificial intelligence helps to predict hybrid nanoparticle structures ...

Computer simulations predicted structure of gold cluster that chops carbon dioxide ...

Forging new frontiers in AI education: Diercks Hall opens at Milwaukee School of Engineering ...

AI to help drive engine efficiencies on the road ...

ANSYS and LS-DYNA creator Livermore Software Technology Corporation sign definitive acquisition agreement ...

New computing education group joins TACC ...

GPUs power GE code at OLCF hackathons ...

The Cloud

Mellanox to ship record of more than one million ConnectX adapters in Q3 2019 ...

SUSE enhances delivery of modern containerized and Cloud native applications ...

Univa expands Navops launch multi-Cloud automation to the Slurm community ...

Univa unveils Navops Launch 2.0 ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2019-09-16

Focus

Genci, the French national supercomputing organisation, has published its 5-year Strategic Plan 2019-2023. Genci acts as the link between the French governement, the French HPC users, and the French national supercomputers. It also interacts with European initiatives including PRACE and EuroHPC. Its strategic plan focuses on the main goals for HPC in France in the next 5 years. The strategic plan also includes an evaluation of the previous five-year plan. The Strategic Plan 2019-2023 defines a number of strategic objectives. The most interesting one is the concrete plan to position France as hosting country for an EuroHPC exascale system by 2022/2023. Read further...

Crowd computing

The next time you close your computer's lid and put it to sleep, you could instead be putting it to work on research projects in computational nanotechnology. That's the idea behind nanoHUB@Home, the latest addition to the Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing (BOINC), an open-source project that lets users donate idle computing cycles to a variety of scientific research projects available on the site. Read further...

Quantum computing

ABN AMRO and Amsterdam-based research consortium QuSoft are joining forces to explore the opportunities offered by quantum software and quantum computers. Operating under the name DisQover, the partnership will reveal what issues in the financial sector could be better solved using quantum computers. ABN AMRO announced the partnership on 11 September, at the Quantum Tech conference in Boston. Read further...
The quantum technology company started by Professor Michael J. Biercuk from the University of Sydney has announced a $US 15 million venture capital fundraising round, which catapults Q-CTRL into the top-10 of global quantum start-ups. Read further...
Quantum computers promise to solve problems that are out of reach for today's supercomputers. Programming quantum computers differs radically from what programmers are used today and thus new programming languages are required. A collaborative effort by Alpine Quantum Technologies (AQT) and the University of Innsbruck allows direct access to the ion-trap quantum computer in Innsbruck via Cirq, a framework developed by Google focused on developing and implementing quantum algorithms. Cirq can be used to explore quantum algorithms on the different hardware architectures, superconducting electronics and trapped ions. Read further...
IBM and one of Europe's leading organisations for applied research, Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft have signed an agreement to partner in the area of quantum computing with the goal of advancing the research and experimentation in Germany. The cooperation aims to drive the creation of a new community for industry and application-oriented quantum computation strategies. Read further...

Focus on Europe

Seven years after the publication of the last strategic plan, developed as part of the discussions conducted by the GENCI Associates, the GENCI Strategic Plan unveils the next major orientations of the Very Large Computing Research Infrastructure for the years to come. It highlights several issues at the heart of GENCI's concerns, notably the convergence of HPC with artificial intelligence and, more generally, aims to put the acquisition of an exascale machine at the centre within the framework of the European dynamic driven by the new EuroHPC structure. Responding to the needs of the scientific communities and researchers is the number one priority of GENCI, with the aim of guaranteeing the scientific and economic competitiveness of France at a global level. Read further...
SKODA AUTO University has signed an agreement of collaboration which will provide students from SKODA AUTO University academic courses in new areas including artificial intelligence, Big Data and high performance computing across a broad range of SKODA AUTO University study programmes. Read further...

Middleware

OpenMP and OpenACC are widely used directive-based application program interfaces (APIs) that allow computer scientists and engineers to program applications on shared memory and accelerator architectures on high-performance computing (HPC) systems. OpenMP is broad in scope as a parallel programming model with all-encompassing capabilities, and OpenACC is used specifically to offload scientific codes to accelerators, most commonly GPUs. OpenACC's narrow focus makes it especially manageable for implementation with different compilers, programs that convert higher-level code into instructions a computer can understand. Read further...

Hardware

Panasas, a proven expert in high-performance computing (HPC) data storage solutions, has released a case study featuring the marine survey activities of Panasas customer Magseis Fairfield, a Norway-based geophysics firm that provides ocean bottom seismic acquisition services for exploration and production (E&P) companies. Magseis Fairfield deploys the Panasas ActiveStor appliance for remote storage support in rugged off-shore environments around the world, where it acquires and stores large amounts of seismic 3D and 4D data used to create highly accurate reservoir models that help reduce the risk of drilling errors, avoid unnecessary disruption of natural sites, and streamline resource extraction. Read further...
Super Micro Computer Inc., a global expert in enterprise computing, storage, networking solutions, and green computing technology, added a new server-grade high-end workstation to its broad portfolio of fully configurable SuperWorkstation systems. The SYS-5049A-T joins a robust range of solutions supporting dynamic computational workloads for demanding requirements found in scientific research, deep learning (DL), artificial intelligence (AI), augmented reality (AR), and 3D modelling with real-time simulation. Read further...
To help solve the world's grand challenges, researchers often rely on powerful computer systems and people that provide advanced capabilities to store, transfer and process large amounts of data. However, many colleges and universities throughout the Midwest need help building the teams to support these computer systems that support their research and discoveries. Read further...

Applications

While computers have become smaller and more powerful and supercomputers and parallel computing have become the standard, we are about to hit a wall in energy and miniaturization. Now, Penn State researchers have designed a 2D device that can provide more than yes-or-no answers and could be more brainlike than current computing architectures. Read further...
Experts in astrophysics, particle physics, nuclear physics and cosmology assembled at the University of Leicester to share the latest scientific advances which have been made possible by DiRAC, a multi-site supercomputing facility. Founded in 2009 and jointly hosted at the Universities of Leicester, Edinburgh, Durham and Cambridge, DiRAC - Distributed Research utilising Advanced Computing - is a Government-funded super-computer facility, optimised for the specialist needs of scientists working at the cutting edge of theoretical astrophysics, particle physics, cosmology and nuclear physics. Read further...
Researchers at the Nanoscience Center and Faculty of Information Technology in the University of Jyväskylä, Finland, have achieved a significant step forward in predicting atomic structures of hybrid nanoparticles. A research article published inNature Communicationson 3 September 2019, demonstrates a new algorithm that "learns" to predict binding sites of molecules at the metal-molecule interface of hybrid nanoparticles by using already published experimental structural information on nanoparticle reference systems. The algorithm can in principle be applied to any nanometre-size structure consisting of metals and molecules provided that some structural information already exists on the corresponding systems. The research was funded by the AIPSE research programme of the Academy of Finland - Novel Applications of Artificial Intelligence in Physical Sciences and Engineering Research. Read further...
A doctoral dissertation taking place today at University of Jyväskylä, Finland, shows successful computer simulations that were able to predict the atom-precise structure of a cluster comprising 11 gold atoms. Later, the compound was observed to speed up decomposition of carbon dioxide. In his research M.Sc. Sami Kaappa used computer simulations to study properties of nanosized particles. Read further...
Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) celebrated the grand opening of Dwight and Dian Diercks Computational Science Hall on September 13, 2019. The 65.536-square-foot building, located at 1025 N. Milwaukee St., was made possible with a $34 million gift from MSOE alumnus Dwight Diercks and his wife Dian and features an NVIDIA GPU-powered supercomputer. The gift was the largest MSOE has received from an alumnus. Read further...
Automotive manufacturers are facing an ever-increasing demand to deliver better engine performance, fuel economy and reduced emissions. Achieving these goals, however, is a daunting task. Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory are developing the deep learning framework MaLTESE - Machine Learning Tool for Engine Simulations and Experiments - to meet the challenge. Read further...
ANSYS, a global expert and innovator of engineering simulation software, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Livermore Software Technology Corporation (LSTC), the premier provider of explicit dynamics and other advanced finite element analysis technology. Once closed, the acquisition will empower ANSYS customers to solve a new class of engineering challenges, including developing safer automobiles, aircraft and trains while reducing or even eliminating the need for costly physical testing. Read further...
A new research and service unit has joined the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at the University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin) - Expanding Pathways in Computing (EPIC) - adding to TACC's portfolio of educational programmes for students and community members of all ages. Read further...
The ability to simulate turbulent phenomena using high-performance computing (HPC) can provide industry with important insights for efficient engine design. Second only to the ability to perform these critical simulations is the speed at which they run. If a company can run a model more quickly, the number of possible design iterations increases, ultimately leading to a better end design. Read further...

The Cloud

Mellanox Technologies Ltd., a supplier of high-performance, end-to-end smart interconnect solutions for data centre servers and storage systems, is on track to ship over one million ConnectX and BlueField Ethernet network adapters in Q3 2019, a new quarterly record. Read further...
SUSE has introduced updates to its application delivery solutions that help customers accelerate production of modern containerized and Cloud native applications. These updates advance SUSE's delivery and support of solutions to create, deploy and manage workloads anywhere - on premise, hybrid and multi-Cloud - with exceptional service, value and flexibility. Read further...
Univa, an innovator in enterprise-grade workload management and optimization solutions, has added enhancements to its powerful Navops Launch HPC Cloud-automation platform to support the widely-used Slurm workload scheduler. Read further...
Univa, an innovator in enterprise-grade workload management and optimization solutions, has launched the newest release of its popular Navops Launch Cloud-automation platform. Navops Launch 2.0 delivers new capabilities to help simplify the migration of enterprise HPC workloads to the Cloud, enabling enterprises to transition HPC workloads to the Cloud while reducing costs by 30-40 percent. With features for rightsizing Cloud resources and automating hybrid cloud operations, using real-time Cloud, application and workload-related metrics, with composable automation applets, Navops Launch 2.0 gives enterprise users full control over Cloud-spend. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2019-09-16

Focus

France is preparing to host an EuroHPC exascale system in 2022/2023 ...

Crowd computing

Purdue's nanoHUB@Home project lets anyone contribute to cutting-edge nanotechnology research - no PhD required ...

Quantum computing

ABN AMRO and QuSoft partnership to explore the power of quantum software ...

Q-CTRL leaps into the global top-10 of quantum start-ups ...

Quantum computers by AQT and University of Innsbruck leverage Cirq for quantum algorithm development ...

IBM and Fraunhofer join forces on Quantum Computing Initiative for Germany ...

Focus on Europe

GENCI to deploy new strategic plan 2019-2023 ...

IBM and SKODA AUTO University collaborate on new digital skills for students ...

Middleware

ORNL staff to highlight OpenACC's role in HPC at Annual Meeting ...

Hardware

Panasas High-performance data storage supports environmentally responsible energy exploration at Magseis Fairfield ...

Supermicro expands high-performance SuperWorkstation system portfolio with launch of new solution ...

National Science Foundation $1,4 million grant will help develop cyberinfrastructure across Midwest ...

Applications

Brain-inspired computing could tackle big problems in a small way ...

From the subatomic to the intergalactic: scientists gather in Leicester to share supercomputer results ...

Artificial intelligence helps to predict hybrid nanoparticle structures ...

Computer simulations predicted structure of gold cluster that chops carbon dioxide ...

Forging new frontiers in AI education: Diercks Hall opens at Milwaukee School of Engineering ...

AI to help drive engine efficiencies on the road ...

ANSYS and LS-DYNA creator Livermore Software Technology Corporation sign definitive acquisition agreement ...

New computing education group joins TACC ...

GPUs power GE code at OLCF hackathons ...

The Cloud

Mellanox to ship record of more than one million ConnectX adapters in Q3 2019 ...

SUSE enhances delivery of modern containerized and Cloud native applications ...

Univa expands Navops launch multi-Cloud automation to the Slurm community ...

Univa unveils Navops Launch 2.0 ...