Primeur weekly 2019-10-14

Focus

Hyperion Research's Steve Conway on exascale developments and HPC technology trends world wide at the HPC User Forum in Edinburgh ...

Exascale supercomputing

First Annual Exascale Day celebrates discoveries on the fastest supercomputers in the world ...

ExaNoDe builds groundbreaking 3D prototype of compute element for exascale ...

Exascale Computing Market by Hardware, Software, Services, and Industry Vertical 2019-2024: The $2,4 billion global Exascale computing market is expanding to smaller companies ...

Quantum computing

The ICN2 and Microsoft expand partnership in quantum computing research ...

Physicists couple key components of quantum technologies ...

Focus on Europe

The EOSC Symposium call for contributions is open ...

Infrastructure Advisory Group to host Workshop on EuroHPC Systems Access Policy ...

ERC Synergy Grant: 12 million euro for research into 'magic' 3D nanostructures ...

Croatia becomes an Associate Member of CERN ...

UK Research and Innovation to award Cray with hardware contract for national supercomputer ARCHER2 ...

Middleware

WekaIO awarded patent ...

Hardware

The University of Queensland uses Dell Technologies supercomputer to pioneer new Alzheimer's Disease breakthrough ...

Mellanox releases independent report demonstrating ConnectX Ethernet NICs outperform competition and ships first ConnectX-6 Dx secure SmartNICs ...

CAIDA's KC Claffy inducted into Internet Hall of Fame ...

Lenovo and Intel power computational research at the Flatiron Institute ...

Arm enables Custom Instructions for embedded CPUs ...

General Micro Systems (GMS) launches S1202-XVE, the industry's smallest and lightest video server with Artificial Intelligence for rugged military & industrial applications ...

Samsung Electronics develops industry's first 12-layer 3D-TSV chip packaging technology ...

Tachyum CEO Dr. Radoslav Danilak named IT Person of the Year at IT GALA ...

Controlling superconducting regions within an exotic metal ...

Applications

Princeton's new supercomputer, Traverse, to accelerate scientific discovery in fusion research ...

MIT's CSAIL Lab and CAIDA identify "serial hijackers" of internet IP addresses ...

Summit supercomputer simulates how humans will 'brake' during Mars landing ...

Scientists observe a single quantum vibration under ordinary conditions ...

Study reveals limitations of method for determining protein structure ...

Rare 'Lazarus superconductivity' observed in promising, rediscovered material ...

Radiation detector with the lowest noise in the world boosts quantum work ...

The Cloud

University of North Dakota deploys Bright Cluster Manager for HPC, Data Science, and the Cloud on HPE Apollo 6500 Gen10 system ...

Atos delivers faster Cloud adoption with new SyntBots accelerators for Pivotal Platform ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2019-10-14

Focus

At the recent HPC User Forum in Edinburgh, Scotland,Primeur Magazinewas able to catch up on recent HPC developments with Steve Conway from Hyperion Research and co-organizer of two HPC User Fora in the same week, one in Lugano, Switzerland and one in Edinburgh, Scotland. Read further...

Exascale supercomputing

Cray, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, in partnership with the US Department of Energy's (DOE) Exascale Computing Project (ECP), and the DOE laboratories that will house the United States' first three exascale supercomputers - Argonne (ANL), Oak Ridge (ORNL) and Lawrence Livermore (LLNL) - have established National Exascale Day as a registered holiday to be celebrated annually on October 18 - 1018, of course. Read further...
The European ExaNoDe project has built a groundbreaking compute node prototype paving the way to exascale, combining 3DIC with multi-chip-module integration technologies, heterogeneous compute elements with Arm cores and FPGA acceleration and the UNIMEM memory system, all powered by a high-performance, high-productivity software stack. Read further...
The "Exascale Computing Market by Hardware, Software, Services, and Industry Vertical 2019 - 2024" report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering. Read further...

Quantum computing

The ICN2 Advanced Electron Nanoscopy Group is expanding its collaboration with the global network of Microsoft Quantum Labs in furtherance of Microsoft's goal of developing a scalable quantum computer - a vastly more powerful informatics tool based on radically different physics principles. The ICN2 laboratories will provide atomic-scale measurements, analysis, and modelling of new materials. Read further...
Quantum effects are genuinely found in the world of nanostructures and allow a wide variety of new technological applications. For example, a quantum computer could in the future solve problems, which conventional computers need a lot of time to handle. All over the world, researchers are engaged in intensive work on the individual components of quantum technologies - these include circuits that process information using single photons instead of electricity, as well as light sources producing such individual quanta of light. Coupling these two components to produce integrated quantum optical circuits on chips presents a particular challenge. Read further...

Focus on Europe

The EOSC Symposium that will take place November 26-28, 2019 in Budapest, Hungary is all about giving the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) community the chance to shape discussions on the strategic priorities of the EOSC and at the same time contribute to the work of the Executive Board Working Groups. Sessions at the Symposium will focus on these topics and input from EOSC stakeholders is fundamental. Read further...
The Infrastructure Advisory Group (INFRAG) of the EuroHPC Joint Undertaking is organising a Workshop on EuroHPC Systems Access Policy on October 21, 2019 in Brussels, Belgium. The organisation of this event is supported by the HPC-GIG Project, which is jointly implemented by PRACE, ETP4HPC, and GÉANT, with funding from the EU's Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme (2014-2020) under grant agreement 824151. Read further...
Prof. Rafal Dunin-Borkowski and Prof. Stefan Blügel from Forschungszentrum Jülich have successfully obtained a Synergy Grant from the European Research Council (ERC). In the '3D MAGiC' project, together with partners from the University of Mainz and the Radboud University in Nijmegen, they will explore still largely-unknown nanoscale 3D magnetic structures, which show particle-like properties. The grant is awarded for groundbreaking projects which, due to their complexity, can only be carried out by a team. Read further...
CERN welcomes the Republic of Croatia as an Associate Member State, following receipt of official notification that Croatia has completed its internal approval procedures in respect of the Agreement, signed on 28 February 2019, granting that status to the country. Read further...
Following a procurement exercise, UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) have announced that Cray has been awarded the contract to supply the hardware for the next national supercomputer, ARCHER2. Read further...

Middleware

WekaIO, an innovation expert in high-performance, scalable file storage for data intensive applications, has been assigned a patent (10437675) for "distributed erasure coded virtual file system", and has forty more patents pending. Read further...

Hardware

Dell Technologies has announced that one of the first computational projects for the University of Queensland's Dell Technologies high-performance computing (HPC) system may enable a non-invasive disease-modifying strategy for Alzheimer's Disease. Read further...
Mellanox Technologies Ltd., a supplier of high-performance, end-to-end smart interconnect solutions for data centre servers and storage systems, has announced that laboratory tests by The Tolly Group prove its industry-leading ConnectX 25GE Ethernet adapter significantly outperforms the Broadcom NetXtreme E series adapter in terms of performance, scalability and efficiency. Mellanox is extending this technology lead as ConnectX-6 Dx, the latest addition to the award winning ConnectX family, is being shipped to hyperscale customers. Read further...
KC Claffy, director of the Center for Applied Data Analysis (CAIDA) at the University of California's San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC), was inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame late last month for her pioneering work in the area of internet measurement and analysis. Read further...
Lenovo and Intel have revealed how their collaboration on joint technology solutions that accelerate the convergence of high-performance computing (HPC) and artificial intelligence (AI) is helping scientists at the Flatiron Institute solve scientific challenges in entirely new ways. Read further...
At Arm TechCon 2019, Arm CEO Simon Segars announced Arm Custom Instructions, a new feature for the Armv8-M architecture. Arm Custom Instructions will initially be implemented in Arm Cortex-M33 CPUs starting in the first half of 2020 at no additional cost to new and existing licensees, enabling SoC designers to add their own instructions for specific embedded and IoT applications without risk of software fragmentation. Read further...
General Micro Systems (GMS), the rugged C4ISR mobile systems and servers company, has launched the industry's smallest, lightest and most SWaP-C-optimized workstation, display and general-purpose graphics processing unit (GPGPU) artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm and video processor. At only seven pounds and 9,8 inches x 5,4 inches x 2,3 inches, the ultra-rugged S1202-XVE Peacock III enables the near real-time video processing of large amounts of high-quality images, video or sensor data for immediate and accurate analysis - right on the battlefield. This powerful processing performance makes the system ideal for military applications in harsh environments such as airborne reconnaissance, autonomous vehicles, wide-body C4ISR platforms, multi-console displays and other areas of modern warfare. Read further...
Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., a world expert in advanced semiconductor technology, has developed the industry's first 12-layer 3D-TSV (Through Silicon Via) technology. Read further...
Dr. Radoslav "Rado" Danilak, founder and CEO of semiconductor start-up Tachyum Inc., was named IT Person of the Year 2019 at IT GALA, the most prestigious annual event of the Slovak information technology and telecommunications communities. Read further...
Superconductivity has fascinated scientists for many years since it offers the potential to revolutionize current technologies. Materials only become superconductors - meaning that electrons can travel in them with no resistance - at very low temperatures. These days, this unique zero resistance superconductivity is commonly found in a number of technologies, such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Future technologies, however, will harness the total synchrony of electronic behaviour in superconductors - a property called the phase. There is currently a race to build the world's first quantum computer, which will use these phases to perform calculations. Conventional superconductors are very robust and hard to influence, and the challenge is to find new materials in which the superconducting state can be easily manipulated in a device. Read further...

Applications

A ribbon-cutting ceremony in Princeton's High-Performance Computing Research Center on September 30 kicked off the University's official launch of its newest supercomputer, called Traverse, which joins four other distinct computing clusters available to the University research community. Read further...
An increasingly popular form of cyber-attack is to hijack IP addresses for a range of goals, from sending spam and malware to stealing Bitcoin. It’s estimated that in 2017 alone, routing incidents such as IP hijacks affected more than 10 percent of all the world's routing domains. There have been major incidents at Amazon, Google and even nation-states - a study last year suggested that a Chinese telecom company used the approach to gather intelligence on western countries by rerouting their internet traffic through China. Read further...
A NASA team uses supercomputing to evaluate a retropropulsion-powered descent to the Martian surface Read further...
When a guitar string is plucked, it vibrates as any vibrating object would, rising and falling like a wave, as the laws of classical physics predict. But under the laws of quantum mechanics, which describe the way physics works at the atomic scale, vibrations should behave not only as waves, but also as particles. The same guitar string, when observed at a quantum level, should vibrate as individual units of energy known as phonons. Read further...
A new study by chemists at the University of Arkansas shows that X-ray crystallography, the standard method for determining the structure of proteins, can provide inaccurate information about membrane proteins, which in turn could lead to poor and inefficient drug design. Read further...
Researchers from the University of Maryland (UMD), the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory (NHMFL) and the University of Oxford have observed a rare phenomenon called re-entrant superconductivity in the material uranium ditelluride. The discovery furthers the case for uranium ditelluride as a promising material for use in quantum computers. Read further...
Researchers from Aalto University and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland have built a super-sensitive bolometer, a type of thermal radiation detector. The new radiation detector, made of a gold-palladium mixture makes it easier to measure the strength of electromagnetic radiation in real time. Bolometers are used widely in thermal cameras in the construction industry and in satellites to measure cosmic radiation. Read further...

The Cloud

The University of North Dakota (UND) has chosen Bright Cluster Manager for HPC, Bright Cluster Manager for Data Science, and Bright OpenStack to unify its newly designed clustered infrastructure giving them more versatility, access to the Cloud and to deep learning resources. The supercomputer at UND runs on the HPE Apollo 6500 Gen10 system, purpose-built for HPC and a leading platform for deep learning. The project was overseen by Core Technology Services (CTS) of the North Dakota University System, with input from Bright partner, Data in Science. Read further...
Atos' SyntBots intelligent automation platform has been upgraded with a suite of migration accelerators to enable its clients to quickly deploy enterprise workloads on Pivotal Application Service (PAS) and Pivotal Container Service (PKS). Pivotal Software Inc. is a Cloud-native platform provider that combines Cloud-native platforms, developer tools, and unique methodology. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2019-10-14

Focus

Hyperion Research's Steve Conway on exascale developments and HPC technology trends world wide at the HPC User Forum in Edinburgh ...

Exascale supercomputing

First Annual Exascale Day celebrates discoveries on the fastest supercomputers in the world ...

ExaNoDe builds groundbreaking 3D prototype of compute element for exascale ...

Exascale Computing Market by Hardware, Software, Services, and Industry Vertical 2019-2024: The $2,4 billion global Exascale computing market is expanding to smaller companies ...

Quantum computing

The ICN2 and Microsoft expand partnership in quantum computing research ...

Physicists couple key components of quantum technologies ...

Focus on Europe

The EOSC Symposium call for contributions is open ...

Infrastructure Advisory Group to host Workshop on EuroHPC Systems Access Policy ...

ERC Synergy Grant: 12 million euro for research into 'magic' 3D nanostructures ...

Croatia becomes an Associate Member of CERN ...

UK Research and Innovation to award Cray with hardware contract for national supercomputer ARCHER2 ...

Middleware

WekaIO awarded patent ...

Hardware

The University of Queensland uses Dell Technologies supercomputer to pioneer new Alzheimer's Disease breakthrough ...

Mellanox releases independent report demonstrating ConnectX Ethernet NICs outperform competition and ships first ConnectX-6 Dx secure SmartNICs ...

CAIDA's KC Claffy inducted into Internet Hall of Fame ...

Lenovo and Intel power computational research at the Flatiron Institute ...

Arm enables Custom Instructions for embedded CPUs ...

General Micro Systems (GMS) launches S1202-XVE, the industry's smallest and lightest video server with Artificial Intelligence for rugged military & industrial applications ...

Samsung Electronics develops industry's first 12-layer 3D-TSV chip packaging technology ...

Tachyum CEO Dr. Radoslav Danilak named IT Person of the Year at IT GALA ...

Controlling superconducting regions within an exotic metal ...

Applications

Princeton's new supercomputer, Traverse, to accelerate scientific discovery in fusion research ...

MIT's CSAIL Lab and CAIDA identify "serial hijackers" of internet IP addresses ...

Summit supercomputer simulates how humans will 'brake' during Mars landing ...

Scientists observe a single quantum vibration under ordinary conditions ...

Study reveals limitations of method for determining protein structure ...

Rare 'Lazarus superconductivity' observed in promising, rediscovered material ...

Radiation detector with the lowest noise in the world boosts quantum work ...

The Cloud

University of North Dakota deploys Bright Cluster Manager for HPC, Data Science, and the Cloud on HPE Apollo 6500 Gen10 system ...

Atos delivers faster Cloud adoption with new SyntBots accelerators for Pivotal Platform ...