Primeur weekly 2019-10-21

Focus

Interview with EPCC's Mark Parsons - plan for UK exascale supercomputer in 2022/2023 is taking shape ...

Quantum computing

Controlling the charge state of organic molecule quantum dots in a 2D nanoarray ...

Diversity may be key to reducing errors in quantum computing ...

Strathclyde quantum technology partnership secures GBP 4,6 million ...

Blanket of light may give better quantum computers ...

Focus on Europe

Gauss Centre for Supercomputing to exhibit at SC19 ...

Hardware

Mellanox propels NVMe/TCP and RoCE fabrics to new heights ...

Cerebras Systems continues rapid expansion with appointment of Vinay Srinivas as Vice President of Software Engineering ...

General Micro Systems' new S422/X422 server and AI engine set brings greater performance to next-gen army vehicle and airborne systems ...

General Micro Systems launches TITAN, the first sealed, conduction-cooled, AI-equipped, 1U/2U rackmount servers offering superior ruggedness, reliability, and performance ...

Kalray, intelligent processor and AI chip expert, adds Intron Technology as representative partner strategically targeting markets in China ...

First demonstration of a 1 petabit per second network node ...

Shawn Brown selected as the Director of the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center ...

Internet2 selects Ciena's 800G technology to fuel R&E efforts ...

Applications

San Diego Supercomputer Center launches open-source 'SeedMeLab' ...

Modelling the molecular architecture ...

Chains of atoms move at lightning speed inside metals ...

Mathematicians find gold in data ...

Bio-circuitry mimics synapses and neurons in a step toward sensory computing ...

Hate to wait? Sandia looks to speed up climate research ...

Tracing the dynamics of turbulent currents ...

Landmark $60 million gift to establish major initiative in artificial intelligence at Indiana University ...

The Cloud

Excelero and Quanta Cloud Technology streamline High-Performance Cloud Storage ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2019-10-21

Focus

Right after the recent HPC User Forum in Edinburgh, Scotland,Primeur Magazinewas kindly invited by the local forum organizer Mark Parsons, Director of the Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre (EPCC) at the University of Edinburgh, to his office for an interview. EPCC is preparing for the next supercomputer, Archer2, but there are also bold plans to bring an exascale supercomputer to the UK end of 2022/beginning of 2023. Old mines play an important role in reusing the massive amounts of heat an exascale supercomputer will produce. Read further...

Quantum computing

Australian researchers have fabricated a self-assembled, carbon-based nanofilm where the charge state (i.e., electronically neutral or positive) can be controlled at the level of individual molecules. Molecular self-assembly on a metal results in a high-density, 2D, organic quantum-dot array with electric-field-controllable charge state, with the organic molecules used as 'nano-sized building blocks' in fabrication of functional nanomaterials. Achieved densities are an order of magnitude larger than conventional inorganic systems. Read further...
In quantum computing, as in team building, a little diversity can help get the job done better, computer scientists have discovered. Unlike conventional computers, the processing in quantum-based machines is noisy, which produces error rates dramatically higher than those of silicon-based computers. So quantum operations are repeated thousands of times to make the correct answer stands out statistically from all the wrong ones. Read further...
A University of Strathclyde-led quantum technology partnership, which is aiming to develop some of the world's most powerful computers, has secured funding worth a total of GBP 4,6 million. Read further...
Quantum mechanics is one of the most successful theories of natural science, and although its predictions are often counterintuitive, not a single experiment has been conducted to date of which the theory has not been able to give an adequate description. Read further...

Focus on Europe

You can meet the three GCS centres, the High-Performance Computing Center Stuttgart (HLRS), Jülich Supercomputing Centre (JSC), and Leibniz Supercomputing Centre Garching (LRZ) at SC19 in Denver, Colorado, USA. The international conference for high-performance computing, networking, storage, and analysis, this year held from November 17–22, 2019 at the Colorado Convention Center, is the annually recurring premier event for the global high-performance computing (HPC) community. Read further...

Hardware

Mellanox Technologies Ltd., a supplier of high-performance, end-to-end smart interconnect solutions for data centre servers and storage systems, has achieved acceleration of NVMe/TCP at speeds up to 200Gb/s. The entire portfolio of shipping ConnectX adapters supports NVMe-oF over both TCP and RoCE, and the newly-introduced ConnectX-6 Dx and BlueField-2 products also secure NVMe-oF connections over IPsec and TLS using hardware-accelerated encryption and decryption. These Mellanox solutions empower Cloud, telco and enterprise data centres to deploy highly-efficient, NVMe flash storage platforms using both TCP/IP and RoCE. Read further...
Vinay Srinivas, former Vice President of Engineering at Synopsys, has joined Cerebras Systems to lead its rapidly expanding software organisation. Read further...
At the Association for the United States Army (AUSA) conference, General Micro Systems (GMS) announced that its new S422-SW and X422 combination has been chosen for two new military development programmes. The system pair brings a massive amount of server processing power, 10/40/100 Gigabit networking ports for sensors, and general-purpose graphics processing unit (GPGPU) artificial intelligence (AI) onto the battlefield for the first time in two small "shoebox-sized" rugged chassis designed to survive the harshest conditions where regular rackmount servers cannot. Read further...
At the Association for the United States Army (AUSA) conference, General Micro Systems (GMS) launched the industry's first sealed, fanless, conduction-cooled rackmount servers with artificial intelligence (AI) and mil-circular (38999) connectors for superior ruggedness in the most demanding defense and aerospace applications. The American-designed, sourced, and manufactured TITAN, a fully configurable server, also uses up to four of Intel's latest 2 nd gen Scalable Xeon processors, with all features coming together in a 1U or 2U chassis to provide the performance, mil-spec reliability, and complete silence required for extremely rugged battlefield environments. Read further...
Strengthening its position in processors for new intelligent systems, Kalray has signed a Value-Added Reseller (VAR) agreement with Intron Technology Holdings Limited, a fast-growing automotive electronics solutions provider in China. Intron Technology is a leading company with years of experience and leadership in providing automotive electronics solutions especially in the NEV ("New Energy Vehicles") market in China. Read further...
The Network System Research Institute at the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) has developed and demonstrated the first large-scale optical switching testbed capable of handling 1 Petabit per second optical signals. 1 Petabit per second is equivalent to the capacity to send 8K video to 10 million people simultaneously. Read further...
Shawn Brown 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. Shawn Brown, whose work uses high performance computing, informatics and computational modeling to advance research in scientific fields, including neuroscience and public health, will join the PSC on November 27, 2019. Read further...
Internet2, a non-profit, member-driven advanced technology community founded by the US' leading higher education institutions, has selected the latest photonic and coherent optical innovations from Ciena to transform its network to a more scalable, programmable and adaptive architecture. Read further...

Applications

Researchers at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at UC San Diego have launched an open-source software called SeedMeLab, which provides a host of features for researchers across all disciplines to manage and disseminate their data products internally and externally from a personalized and branded data Cloud with full ownership and control. Read further...
Searching for new substances and developing new techniques in the chemical industry: tasks that are often accelerated using computer simulations of molecules or reactions. But even supercomputers quickly reach their limits. Now researchers at the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics in Garching (MPQ) have developed an alternative, analogue approach. An international team around Javier Argüello-Luengo, PhD candidate at the Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO), Ignacio Cirac, Director and Head of the Theory Department at the MPQ, Peter Zoller, Director at the Institute of Quantum Optics and Quantum Information in Innsbruck (IQOQI), and others have designed the first blueprint for a quantum simulator that mimics the quantum chemistry of molecules. Like an architectural model can be used to test the statics of a future building, a molecule simulator can support investigating the properties of molecules. The results are now published in the scientific journalNature. Read further...
A phenomenon that has previously been seen when researchers simulate the properties of planet cores at extreme pressures has now also been observed in pure titanium at atmospheric pressure. Chains of atoms dash around at lightning speeds inside the solid material. Read further...
Russian mathematicians and geophysicists have made a standard technique for ore prospecting several times more effective. Their findings are reported inGeophysical Journal International, one of the most respected scientific periodicals on computational geophysics. Read further...
Researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the University of Tennessee and Texas A&M University demonstrated bio-inspired devices that accelerate routes to neuromorphic, or brain-like, computing. Their discovery could support the emergence of computing networks modeled on biology for a sensory approach to machine learning. Read further...
Presumably, Leonardo da Vinci could have saved a lot of time on his "Mona Lisa" if he had just slapped on two dots and a swoosh for a smiley face. But details take time. The same goes for running computer models and simulations. If you want oceans of calculations to study something as complex as Earth's climate, you'd better be prepared to wait. Read further...
Mathematically precise description and prediction of turbulent flow remains an unsolved problem in physics and engineering. Researchers at Imperial College London are working to change this with the help of "Piz Daint". Using complex computer simulations, they have now gained new insights. Read further...
Indiana University alumnus and information technology pioneer Fred Luddy has given $60 million to establish a multidisciplinary initiative in artificial intelligence at Indiana University (IU) based in the School of Informatics, Computing and Engineering, President Michael A. McRobbie has announced. This is the second-largest private gift in IU's history. Read further...

The Cloud

Quanta Cloud Technology (QCT), a global data centre solution provider, and Excelero have partnered to develop a High-Performance Cloud Storage joint solution , QxStor Excelero NVMesh, that delivers the high IOPs performance capabilities of NVMe Flash at scale without the traditional storage bottlenecks. Targeted at high-performance computing (HPC) users, Cloud service providers and web-scale organisations, QxStor Excelero NVMesh combines the QCTnext-generation NVMe storage servers with Excelero's NVMesh software-defined block storage for shared NVMe at local performance. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2019-10-21

Focus

Interview with EPCC's Mark Parsons - plan for UK exascale supercomputer in 2022/2023 is taking shape ...

Quantum computing

Controlling the charge state of organic molecule quantum dots in a 2D nanoarray ...

Diversity may be key to reducing errors in quantum computing ...

Strathclyde quantum technology partnership secures GBP 4,6 million ...

Blanket of light may give better quantum computers ...

Focus on Europe

Gauss Centre for Supercomputing to exhibit at SC19 ...

Hardware

Mellanox propels NVMe/TCP and RoCE fabrics to new heights ...

Cerebras Systems continues rapid expansion with appointment of Vinay Srinivas as Vice President of Software Engineering ...

General Micro Systems' new S422/X422 server and AI engine set brings greater performance to next-gen army vehicle and airborne systems ...

General Micro Systems launches TITAN, the first sealed, conduction-cooled, AI-equipped, 1U/2U rackmount servers offering superior ruggedness, reliability, and performance ...

Kalray, intelligent processor and AI chip expert, adds Intron Technology as representative partner strategically targeting markets in China ...

First demonstration of a 1 petabit per second network node ...

Shawn Brown selected as the Director of the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center ...

Internet2 selects Ciena's 800G technology to fuel R&E efforts ...

Applications

San Diego Supercomputer Center launches open-source 'SeedMeLab' ...

Modelling the molecular architecture ...

Chains of atoms move at lightning speed inside metals ...

Mathematicians find gold in data ...

Bio-circuitry mimics synapses and neurons in a step toward sensory computing ...

Hate to wait? Sandia looks to speed up climate research ...

Tracing the dynamics of turbulent currents ...

Landmark $60 million gift to establish major initiative in artificial intelligence at Indiana University ...

The Cloud

Excelero and Quanta Cloud Technology streamline High-Performance Cloud Storage ...