Primeur weekly 2019-12-02

Exascale supercomputing

LUMI supercomputer will arrive soon - CSC signed the Hosting Agreement with EuroHPC ...

The way is open to building world-class supercomputers in Europe ...

Crowd computing

Crowdsourced 'supercomputer' enables more localised and accurate rainfall forecasts ...

Quantum computing

Researchers reach milestone in quantum standardization ...

Ultrafast quantum simulations: A new twist to an old approach ...

Middleware

OpenNebula 5.10 "Boomerang" released ...

Hardware

Boston to continue HPC Roadshow in South Africa at the CHPC Conference ...

Fujitsu begins shipping supercomputer Fugaku ...

KISTI collaborates with Rescale to diversify R&D service of KISTI-5 supercomputer, Nurion ...

Applications

Rethinking brain-inspired computing from the atom up ...

Toward more efficient computing, with magnetic waves ...

A new theory for how black holes and neutron stars shine bright ...

Molecular eraser enables better data storage and computers for AI ...

Argonne and TAE Technologies heating up plasma energy research ...

IBM makes higher quality weather forecasts available worldwide ...

How the immune system gets on the wrong track ...

Pervasive Technology Institute and Cancer Computer join forces for cure ...

TOP500

CNES's Data Processing Centre increases capacity and reaches 15th place in IO500 world ranking ...

WekaIO places first on IO-500 Challenge ...

The Cloud

NetApp and Google Cloud advance strategic partnership to drive innovation in the Cloud ...

USFlash

Atos grows Santos Dumont supercomputer capacity fivefold making it largest in Latin America ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2019-12-02

Exascale supercomputing

The European High-Performance Computing Joint Undertaking, EuroHPC JU, and CSC - IT Center for Science Ltd. have signed a Hosting Agreement about hosting one of the three pre-exascale supercomputers in CSC's data centre in Kajaani, Finland. Read further...
Hosting agreements have been signed between the European High Performance Computing Joint Undertaking (EuroHPC JU) and the eight sites where its first supercomputers will be located. Read further...

Crowd computing

Accurate forecasts of rainfall are crucial in Africa, where 95% of agriculture depends on highly localised rainfall. Currently, forecasts are based on satellite data and are not sufficiently accurate for small geographical areas. In order to improve local rainfall forecasts in the sub-Saharan region and enable farmers to plan their crop strategy more effectively, IBM has joined forces with TU Delft to set up the African Rainfall Project. Thanks to crowdsourced computing power pooled from volunteers in the IBM World Community Grid, forecasting models using ground observations and satellite data can now be tested. Read further...

Quantum computing

Researchers at the University of Waterloo have developed a method that could pave the way to establishing universal standards for measuring the performance of quantum computers. The new method, called cycle benchmarking, allows researchers to assess the potential of scalability and to compare one quantum platform against another. Read further...
Billions of tiny interactions occur between thousands of particles in every piece of matter in the blink of an eye. Simulating these interactions in their full dynamics was said to be elusive but has now been made possible by new work of researchers from Oxford and Warwick. Read further...

Middleware

OpenNebula 5.10, code-named "Boomerang", is the sixth update release of the OpenNebula 5 series. The ongoing development and evolution of OpenNebula has focused on targeting usability and functional improvements driven by the needs of its thousands of users, including industry leaders like BlackBerry, Akamai, Telefonica, Runtastic, CA Technologies, Hitachi Vantara, Booking and King, as well as research and supercomputing centres like Harvard University, FermiLab, European Space Agency and ETH Zürich. As an enterprise-class product, OpenNebula offers a simple upgrade path to get to this most current version. Read further...

Hardware

Boston is participating in the 13th CHPC National Conference for the first time as exhibitors and workshop delivery partners. Boston is bringing the first public NVIDIA DLI Course to South Africa. As global delivery partners for the NVIDIA Deep Learning Institute, Boston are offering attendees the chance to take a Deep Learning Fundamentals workshop for Computer Vision. This instructor-led hands-on workshop explores widely used open-source frameworks, and NVIDIA's latest GPU-accelerated deep learning platforms, to teach participants how to deploy their own neural networks. Read further...
Fujitsu Limited began shipping the supercomputer Fugaku, which is jointly developed with RIKEN and promoted by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology with the aim of starting general operation between 2021 and 2022. The first machine to be shipped this time is one of the computer units of Fugaku, a supercomputer system comprised of over 150.000 high-performance CPUs connected together. Fujitsu will continue to deliver the units to RIKEN Center for Computational Science in Kobe, Japan, for installation and tuning. Read further...
Rescale, an expert in high performance computing (HPC) in the Cloud, has signed a strategic business agreement (MOU) with the Korea Institute of Science and Technology Information (KISTI) to provide 'ezNurion' services to popularize and activate the use of Nurion, KISTI's 5thsupercomputer. Read further...

Applications

If you wanted to deliver a package across the street, you could program a powerful computer to do it, equipped with sensors and hardware capable of running multiple differential equations to track the movement and speed of each car. But a young child would be capable of doing the same task with little effort, according to Alex Demkov, professor of Physics at The University of Texas at Austin. Read further...
MIT researchers have devised a novel circuit design that enables precise control of computing with magnetic waves - with no electricity needed. The advance takes a step toward practical magnetic-based devices, which have the potential to compute far more efficiently than electronics. Read further...
For decades, scientists have speculated about the origin of the electromagnetic radiation emitted from celestial regions that host black holes and neutron stars - the most mysterious objects in the universe. Astrophysicists believe that this high-energy radiation - which makes neutron stars and black holes shine bright - is generated by electrons that move at nearly the speed of light, but the process that accelerates these particles has remained a mystery. Read further...
Scientists have added a crucial tool to the atomic-scale manufacturing toolkit with major implications for today's data driven - carbon-intensive - world, according to new research from the University of Alberta in Canada. Read further...
"So that's our problem", noted Sean Dettrick, director of computational sciences at TAE Technologies. ​"How do we get plasma hot enough to enable a fusion reaction to occur?" If you're the sun, you do it with immense gravitational pressure and a thermal engine that can generate temperatures of 27 million degrees F. If you're TAE, you develop a succession of magnetic fusion plasma confinement devices as a means to generate unlimited electricity; a technology that could have far-reaching implications for the United States' energy security. Read further...
IBM and its subsidiary The Weather Company have globally rolled out a new supercomputer-driven weather forecasting system that will provide fresher, higher quality forecasts in parts of the world that have never before had access to state-of-the-art weather data. Read further...
With the help of simulations on the supercomputer "Piz Daint", an international research team has succeeded in making inflammation-promoting molecular processes in special cells visible. This research enables more targeted treatments for certain immune disorders and the production of drugs with fewer side effects. Read further...
Indiana University's (IU) Pervasive Technology Institute (PTI) and the Canadian non-profit Cancer Computer are teaming up to increase cancer research capacity - and ultimately hasten a cure for the deadly disease. Read further...

TOP500

CNES has this year extended the computing power of its Data Processing Centre and boosted the performance of its storage system. The dual-precision peak performance rate is now 725 TFLOPS with the new GPUs, while on the storage side more than 70 Gbps of measured bandwidth is available and the platform has been clocked at several million operations per second. IO500 is an international benchmark standard managed by the Virtual Institute for I/O that measures bandwidth and input/output operations per second (IOps) using typical workloads observed on real systems. CNES's computing platform was benchmarked against the IO500 standard and took 15th place in the world ranking unveiled in November 2019. Read further...
WekaIO, an innovation expert in high-performance, scalable file storage for data-intensive applications, has been awarded the first-place ranking on the IO-500 Challenge, rankings that compare storage systems that work in tandem with the world's largest supercomputers. Read further...

The Cloud

NetApp, a data authority for hybrid Cloud, and Google Cloud have made available NetApp Cloud Volumes Service, NetApp Cloud Volumes ONTAP for Google Cloud, and support for Anthos on NetApp HCI to help organisations focus on innovation across any hybrid environments. Read further...

USFlash

Atos, a global expert in digital transformation, has extended the capacity of the Santos Dumont supercomputer. Based on Atos' BullSequana technology, this machine, was originally delivered in 2015 to the National Laboratory for Scientific Computing (LNCC). This update confirms its position as the most powerful supercomputer in Latin America dedicated to research and puts it back on the world's TOP500 list. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2019-12-02

Exascale supercomputing

LUMI supercomputer will arrive soon - CSC signed the Hosting Agreement with EuroHPC ...

The way is open to building world-class supercomputers in Europe ...

Crowd computing

Crowdsourced 'supercomputer' enables more localised and accurate rainfall forecasts ...

Quantum computing

Researchers reach milestone in quantum standardization ...

Ultrafast quantum simulations: A new twist to an old approach ...

Middleware

OpenNebula 5.10 "Boomerang" released ...

Hardware

Boston to continue HPC Roadshow in South Africa at the CHPC Conference ...

Fujitsu begins shipping supercomputer Fugaku ...

KISTI collaborates with Rescale to diversify R&D service of KISTI-5 supercomputer, Nurion ...

Applications

Rethinking brain-inspired computing from the atom up ...

Toward more efficient computing, with magnetic waves ...

A new theory for how black holes and neutron stars shine bright ...

Molecular eraser enables better data storage and computers for AI ...

Argonne and TAE Technologies heating up plasma energy research ...

IBM makes higher quality weather forecasts available worldwide ...

How the immune system gets on the wrong track ...

Pervasive Technology Institute and Cancer Computer join forces for cure ...

TOP500

CNES's Data Processing Centre increases capacity and reaches 15th place in IO500 world ranking ...

WekaIO places first on IO-500 Challenge ...

The Cloud

NetApp and Google Cloud advance strategic partnership to drive innovation in the Cloud ...

USFlash

Atos grows Santos Dumont supercomputer capacity fivefold making it largest in Latin America ...