Primeur weekly 2019-11-11

Focus

EPCC goes beyond HPC by embracing data science ...

ARM processors are capable of doing HPC with more than decent performance ...

Delivering better HPC systems with co-design yields better astrophysics at DiRAC and better science as a whole ...

Rolls-Royce uses HPC simulation and modelling as business driver and innovation ...

Exascale supercomputing

UK's Atomic Weapons Establishment selects Cray Shasta to support security and defence research ...

Deep learning expands study of nuclear waste remediation ...

Previewing the new Frontier of high-performance computing ...

Crowd computing

NVIDIA announces Jetson Xavier NX, world's smallest supercomputer for AI at the edge ...

Quantum computing

Quantum computers in Innsbruck support Qiskit as quantum software tool ...

Quantum computing start-up Q-CTRL opens U.S. headquarters in Los Angeles ...

Ultrafast quantum motion in a nanoscale trap detected ...

A new quantum data classification protocol brings us nearer to a future 'quantum internet' ...

Hardware

Hazelcast brings industry-leading in-memory speed and scalability to Intel Optane DC persistent memory ...

Sberbank presents Russia's fastest supercomputer ...

Apple Alum & Silicon Valley Luminary Scott Noteboom joins Submer Technologies as CTO ...

Applications

Machine learning algorithms help predict traffic headaches ...

Artificial intelligence driving digital pathology ...

NVIDIA wins new AI inference benchmarks ...

ALCF selects new projects for data science programme ...

High-performance computing key to improving alloys ...

Gordon Bell finalist team tackles transistors with new programming paradigm ...

Clear Intelligence announces participation in 2019 Supercomputing Conference ...

Search for lightweight alloying solutions earns team a Gordon Bell finalist nomination ...

The Cloud

IBM speeds enterprises hybrid Cloud adoption and innovation by extending partnership with VMware ...

Europe's Science Cloud needs solid foundations ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2019-11-11

Focus

At the 75th HPC User Forum in Edinburgh, Scotland, Nick Brown, staff member at EPCC, formerly known as the Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre, gave a talk about HPC and data science at EPCC. EPCC is a supercomputing centre based at the University of Edinburgh. The University was founded in 1583 and is the fourth oldest in Scotland. It has about 30.000 students. Some of its alumni include Charles Darwin, James Clark Maxwell and Thomas Bayes. EPCC has been around for 30 years and has built itself up as one of the leading centres for high-performance computing in Europe. In the past year, EPCC has moved to the centre of Edinburgh into a strategic and brand spanking new building which is purpose-built. EPCC has a staf of about 120 people across a whole variety of different disciplines and areas of expertise. 80 to 85 percent of EPCC staff is hosted in the new building while 15 to 20 percent is working in the data centre on the outskirts of Edinburgh, where EPCC physically hosts the machines. Read further...
At the 75th HPC User Forum in Edinburgh, Scotland, Simon Burbidge, Director of the Advanced Computing Research Centre (ACRC) at the University of Bristol, talked about ARM processors in the UK Catalyst HPE and Isambard Cray machines. He explained what you can do with ARM processors, whether they work or not, whether they might be useful, and share this with the community at large and encourage people to join up with this, if they want to try some codes on these new machines. Read further...
At the 75th HPC User Forum in Edinburgh, Scotland, Mark Wilkinson, Director of the DiRAC HPC Facility, spoke about the challenges related to creating simulations of the universe. He claimed that co-design of HPC systems is important. It is a good idea and it does work in terms of delivering more scientifically and research productive HPC systems. Mark Wilkinson introduced the various systems hosted within Dirac and showed some of the science that is performed at the facility. Read further...
At the 75th HPC User Forum in Edinburgh, Scotland, Leigh Lapworth, Fellow Computational Sciences at Rolls-Royce, a company that is doing business in civil aerospace, defence, and power systems, presented the modelling and simulation activities that Rolls-Royce is deploying with the use of HPC. Their are three main drivers for this business. One is a growing demand for cleaner, safer and more competitive power. The second one is electrification and the third one digitisation. Read further...

Exascale supercomputing

The United Kingdom's Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) has selected the Cray Shasta supercomputer to support security and defence of the U.K. The Shasta system, purpose-built for the exascale era, was chosen due to its ability to run mixed workloads and applications at the best total cost of ownership (TCO) for a system across five years. Read further...
A research collaboration between Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), Brown University, and NVIDIA has achieved exaflop performance on the Summit supercomputer with a deep learning application used to model subsurface flow in the study of nuclear waste remediation. Their achievement, which will be presented during the "Deep Learning on Supercomputers" workshop at SC19, demonstrates the promise of physics-informed generative adversarial networks (GANs) for analyzing complex, large-scale science problems. Read further...
In the main banquet room of Knoxville, Tennessee's downtown Hilton Hotel, more than 150 scientists from around the world got their first peek at the exascale computing power that will become available for their research projects in two short years. The US Department of Energy's (DOE) Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF) - a DOE Office of Science User Facility at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) - presented its first Frontier Application Readiness Kick-Off Workshop from October 8 through 10. Read further...

Crowd computing

NVIDIA has introduced Jetson Xavier NX, the world's smallest, most powerful AI supercomputer for robotic and embedded computing devices at the edge. With a compact form factor smaller than the size of a credit card, the energy-efficient Jetson Xavier NX module delivers server-class performance up to 21 TOPS for running modern AI workloads, and consumes as little as 10 watts of power. Read further...

Quantum computing

The quantum computers in Innsbruck, Austria, by AQT and the University of Innsbruck now support Qiskit, a prominent open-source programming language initially created by IBM and developed by scientist all around the world. Qiskit comes with a wide range of algorithms and applications, which will now be available via the Cloud on the Innsbruck quantum devices. Read further...
Quantum computing start-up Q-CTRL has opened its U.S. headquarters in Los Angeles to serve its growing industrial and academic client base throughout the U.S. Read further...
KAIST researchers have reported the detection of a picosecond electron motion in a silicon transistor. This study has presented a new protocol for measuring ultrafast electronic dynamics in an effective time-resolved fashion of picosecond resolution. The detection was made in collaboration with Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp. (NTT) in Japan and National Physical Laboratory (NPL) in the UK and is the first report to the best of our knowledge. Read further...
Quantum-based communication and computation technologies promise unprecedented applications, such as unconditionally secure communications, ultra-precise sensors, and quantum computers capable of solving specific problems with a level of efficiency impossible to reach by classical computers. In recent times, quantum computers are also envisioned as nodes in a network of quantum devices, where connections are established via quantum channels and data are quantum systems that flow through the network, thus setting the bases for a future "quantum internet". Read further...

Hardware

Hazelcast's in-memory data grid features optimizations for Intel Optane DC Persistent Memory, which provides increased data density and more cost-efficient access to in-memory speeds. The latest update to Hazelcast IMDG also improves performance, scalability and reliability for mission-critical, time-sensitive workloads. Read further...
Sberbank and SberCloud have unveiled Russia's fastest supercomputer, the Christofari, named after Nikolai Christofari, the first customer of Russia's first savings bank. Read further...
Silicon Valley luminary Scott Noteboom joins Submer Technologies as Chief Technology Officer (CTO) to help build next generation data infrastructures. Read further...

Applications

Urban traffic roughly follows a periodic pattern associated with the typical "9 to 5" work schedule. However, when an accident happens, traffic patterns are disrupted. Designing accurate traffic flow models, for use during accidents, is a major challenge for traffic engineers, who must adapt to unforeseen traffic scenarios in real time. Read further...
An upgrade in the University of Queensland's (UQ) artificial intelligence capabilities could help to revolutionise pathology laboratories across Australia. Professor Brian Lovell said UQ's high-performance computer, Weiner, was now able to deliver unprecedented performance for image processing and deep learning algorithms, allowing advancements in digital pathology. Read further...
NVIDIA has posted the fastest results on new benchmarks measuring the performance of AI inference workloads in data centres and at the edge - building on the company's equally strong position in recent benchmarks measuring AI training. Read further...
The Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF), a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science User Facility, has selected three new projects and renewed three ongoing projects for the 2019-2020 ALCF Data Science Programme (ADSP). Read further...
Mixing metals into alloys is an age-old practice. The tedious trial and error of heating, cooling, testing, and remixing was once the only method to fine-tune the best blend of metals for ideal strength and durability. In recent times, computational scientists have developed a faster, more precise approach. Read further...
Transistors, tiny semiconductor devices that switch electricity on or off, revolutionized the electronics field when they were discovered in 1947. Originally half-inch-high pieces of germanium, transistors today are mainly composed of germanium's close relative, silicon, and are about 40 to 60 nanometers in length - more than 1000 times smaller than the finest grains of sand on Earth. Their size allows electronics manufacturers to fit billions of them on present-day computer chips. Read further...
Clear Intelligence, the Clear Technologies Machine Learning/IoT practice, will participate in Supercomputing 2019, the international conference for High Performance Computing, networking, storage, and analysis. This five-day event will be held on November 17-22, 2019 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Colorado. Clear Intelligence will be exhibiting their AI vision solution which combines existing infrastructure, deep learning, and analysis to help businesses solve a variety of challenges. Read further...
Alloys - mixtures of two or more metals - are designed to be stronger, more ductile (pliable), or more durable than pure elements. Steel is one of the most popular alloy materials, but its weight makes it less desirable than lightweight alloys, which are favored in engineering for their ability to improve vehicle efficiency and reduce emissions. Read further...

The Cloud

At VMworld Europe 2019, IBM has signed an extended partnership with VMware to accelerate hybrid Cloud innovation and adoption across global enterprises. Through new and updated technology offerings, IBM is making it easier than ever for enterprises of all sizes to more securely move VMware workloads to the Cloud and leverage open technologies to modernize their business operations. Read further...
For Europe's ambitious and wide-ranging plan to build an Open Science Cloud, convenience could be the watchword. To make an early impact and overcome inertia, the new European Science Cloud should focus on making researchers' lives easier. In particular, the new initiative should concentrate on helping researchers access integrated data, tools and infrastructure, while also providing them with a ready-made and risk-free means of publishing their own data and tools. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2019-11-11

Focus

EPCC goes beyond HPC by embracing data science ...

ARM processors are capable of doing HPC with more than decent performance ...

Delivering better HPC systems with co-design yields better astrophysics at DiRAC and better science as a whole ...

Rolls-Royce uses HPC simulation and modelling as business driver and innovation ...

Exascale supercomputing

UK's Atomic Weapons Establishment selects Cray Shasta to support security and defence research ...

Deep learning expands study of nuclear waste remediation ...

Previewing the new Frontier of high-performance computing ...

Crowd computing

NVIDIA announces Jetson Xavier NX, world's smallest supercomputer for AI at the edge ...

Quantum computing

Quantum computers in Innsbruck support Qiskit as quantum software tool ...

Quantum computing start-up Q-CTRL opens U.S. headquarters in Los Angeles ...

Ultrafast quantum motion in a nanoscale trap detected ...

A new quantum data classification protocol brings us nearer to a future 'quantum internet' ...

Hardware

Hazelcast brings industry-leading in-memory speed and scalability to Intel Optane DC persistent memory ...

Sberbank presents Russia's fastest supercomputer ...

Apple Alum & Silicon Valley Luminary Scott Noteboom joins Submer Technologies as CTO ...

Applications

Machine learning algorithms help predict traffic headaches ...

Artificial intelligence driving digital pathology ...

NVIDIA wins new AI inference benchmarks ...

ALCF selects new projects for data science programme ...

High-performance computing key to improving alloys ...

Gordon Bell finalist team tackles transistors with new programming paradigm ...

Clear Intelligence announces participation in 2019 Supercomputing Conference ...

Search for lightweight alloying solutions earns team a Gordon Bell finalist nomination ...

The Cloud

IBM speeds enterprises hybrid Cloud adoption and innovation by extending partnership with VMware ...

Europe's Science Cloud needs solid foundations ...