Primeur weekly 2019-12-23

Quantum computing

Quantum technology expert to discuss quantum sensors for defense applications at Office of Naval Research ...

Focus on Europe

Fall 2019 edition of the e-IRG Magazine available ...

PRACE to issue Call for Proposals for DECI-16 (Tier-1) ...

Four new members joined the PRACE Training Centres network ...

Middleware

OLCF supercharges supercomputer analytics with Apache Kafka ...

Hardware

Dr. Ken Chang joins Ayar Labs executive leadership team as Senior Vice President of Engineering ...

Tachyum executives excited about company future after success of 2019 ...

Baidu and Samsung Electronics ready for production of leading-edge AI chip for early next year ...

CENIC builds 400G superchannel between Los Angeles and Riverside ...

Gina Tourassi appointed director of ORNL National Center for Computational Sciences ...

Mississippi State University and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration celebrate Orion supercomputer ...

Argonne's Mira supercomputer set to retire after years of enabling groundbreaking science ...

ALCF supercomputers drive scientific discoveries in 2019 ...

Applications

SDSC supercomputer simulations aid in solving boron carbide mystery ...

Skin cancer mystery revealed in Yin and Yang protein ...

HPC pushes cryptography beyond Moore ...

With ADIOS, Summit processes celestial data at scale of massive future telescope ...

In the fight against cancer, ORNL and Stony Brook Cancer Center enlist an advanced neural network ...

Argonne-led team wins technology challenge at SC19 ...

The Cloud

Microsoft and Oracle expand interoperability partnership to Canada ...

Atos acquires Google Cloud Premier Partner Maven Wave ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2019-12-23

Quantum computing

Michael J. Biercuk, founder and CEO of Q-CTRL, will describe how quantum sensors may provide exceptional new capabilities to the warfighter at the Office of Naval Research (ONR) on January 13, 2020, as part of the ONR's 2020 Distinguished Lecture Series. Read further...

Focus on Europe

The e-Infrastructure Reflection Group (e-IRG) has published a new edition of the e-IRG Magazine. The Fall edition is now available for download. Read further...
The PRACE DECI programme provides cross-national access to European Tier-1 HPC resources (national systems). Access will be awarded for a period of 12 months, beginning 1 June 2020. Resources are available on the following architectures: HP Cray XC40 / SHASTA, Intel and AMD clusters (various processor and memory configurations) and hybrid systems - clusters with GPGPU accelerators or Xeon Phi Co-processors (KNC) made available from the Czech Republic, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, and the UK. Read further...
The Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe (PRACE) under the PRACE 6IP Project has recently expanded the network of PRACE Training Centres (PTCs) from 10 to 14 members. The four new members, all with proven track records in HPC training, are established in the following PRACE partner countries: Austria - TU Wien representing VSC Research Center, Belgium - UANTWERPEN representing VSC & CÉCI, Slovenia - University of Ljubljana representing the HPC Center Slovenia, and Sweden - Swedish National Infrastructure for Computing, SNIC. They join an existing network of 10 PTCs that have been operational in the Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and the UK. Read further...

Middleware

The high-performance computing (HPC) systems at the US Department of Energy's (DOE) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) are about to vault into the "pubsub" era of real-time streaming analytics. Read further...

Hardware

Dr. Ken Chang, former VP of Wired Engineering at Xilinx, has joined Ayar Labs as Senior Vice President of Engineering. Dr. Chang joins Ayar after nine years at Xilinx where he led its SerDes technology group, which delivered industry first 28G KR/CR compliant transceivers for FPGAs and 56G PAM4 and 112G PAM4 transceivers capable of long reach transmission. Prior to that, he was at Rambus for 11 years where he led the development of numerous products and advanced technology development projects, all in the high-speed links domain. Read further...
A year that saw semiconductor start-up Tachyum make substantial progress in product development, financial positioning and expanded executive leadership, has ensured that the company remains on schedule to introduce Prodigy, the world's first Universal Processor, to worldwide markets in 2021. Read further...
Baidu Inc., a Chinese-language internet search provider, and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., a world expert in advanced semiconductor technology, have announced that Baidu's first Cloud-to-Edge AI accelerator, Baidu KUNLUN, has completed its development and will be mass-produced early next year. Read further...
CENIC has built a 400 gigabit-per-second (Gbps) single-carrier optical circuit between Los Angeles and Riverside in California, one of the first-ever 400G superchannels to be deployed by a US regional research and education network. Construction included upgrading nodes in Los Angeles, Tustin, Oceanside, San Diego - home to the San Diego Supercomputer Center, Escondido, Sun City, and Riverside to 400G capabilities. Read further...
Gina Tourassi has been appointed as director of the National Center for Computational Sciences, a division of the Computing and Computational Sciences Directorate at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Read further...
Mississippi State University (MSU) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) celebrated one of the USA's most powerful supercomputers on December 18. Read further...
Mira, the ALCF's 10-petaflop IBM Blue Gene/Q system, will be retired on December 31, 2019, ending a seven-plus year run of enabling breakthroughs in science and engineering. Read further...
Over the past year, ALCF supercomputing resources have enabled a number impactful studies and publications across scientific disciplines. Supercomputers at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory enabled numerous advances in science and engineering throughout 2019, with researchers producing scores of impactful studies and publications across scientific disciplines. Read further...

Applications

Boron carbide is one of the hardest materials on earth yet also very lightweight, which explains why it has been used in making vehicle armour and body protection for soldiers. Building upon decades of research on how to make boron carbide even more efficient, an engineering team at the University of Florida (UF) has been conducting supercomputer simulations to better understand the nanoscale level deformation mechanisms of this important material. Read further...
It starts off small, just a skin blemish. The most common moles stay just that way - harmless clusters of skin cells called melanocytes, which give us pigment. In rare cases, what begins as a mole can turn into melanoma, the most serious type of human skin cancer because it can spread throughout the body. Read further...
On 2 December 2019 at ECC 2019 in Bochum, a team of European scientists led by Paul Zimmermann of INRIA, France, announced that they computed the largest-ever RSA key size (RSA-240), alongside the largest-ever integer discrete logarithm (795 bits). The achievement is extra remarkable, because the feat goes beyond Moore's law: based on the current improvements in hardware, we would have had to wait a few more years for this result. Improvements in the software that carries out the Number Field Sieving, and algorithms allowed for the two records to be broken at the same time, and for Moore's law to be bypassed. Read further...
For nearly three decades, scientists and engineers across the globe have worked on the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), a project focused on designing and building the world's largest radio telescope. Although the SKA will collect enormous amounts of precise astronomical data in record time, scientific breakthroughs will only be possible with systems able to efficiently process that data. Read further...
When Joel Saltz - chair of the Department of Biomedical Informatics and associate director of the Stony Brook Cancer Center at Stony Brook University in New York - visited the US Department of Energy's (DOE) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) to deliver a lecture last December, he wasn't planning to jump into a big, new project. But a fortuitous discussion with Thomas Potok, leader of ORNL's Computational Data Analytics Group, sparked a collaboration to greatly accelerate cancer pathology research - and potentially lead to more effective cancer treatments. Read further...
An extensive collaboration led by Argonne recently won the Inaugural SCinet Technology Challenge at the Supercomputing 19 conference by demonstrating real-time analysis of light source data from Argonne's Advanced Photon Source to the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility. Read further...

The Cloud

Oracle is continuing the expansion of its Cloud interoperability partnership with Microsoft to help joint customers worldwide run their mission-critical workloads across Oracle Cloud and Microsoft Azure. The new interconnect location means enterprises can now build workloads that seamlessly interoperate between Microsoft and Oracle Cloud regions in Canada. This interconnect builds on an existing partnership announced in June of 2019. Read further...
Atos, a global expert in digital transformation, has signed an agreement to acquire Maven Wave, a U.S.-based business and technology consulting firm specialized in delivering digital transformation solutions for large enterprises. The company is a Google Cloud Premier Partner with eight Cloud Partner Specializations and recognized as the Google Cloud North America Services Partner of the year in both 2018 and 2019. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2019-12-23

Quantum computing

Quantum technology expert to discuss quantum sensors for defense applications at Office of Naval Research ...

Focus on Europe

Fall 2019 edition of the e-IRG Magazine available ...

PRACE to issue Call for Proposals for DECI-16 (Tier-1) ...

Four new members joined the PRACE Training Centres network ...

Middleware

OLCF supercharges supercomputer analytics with Apache Kafka ...

Hardware

Dr. Ken Chang joins Ayar Labs executive leadership team as Senior Vice President of Engineering ...

Tachyum executives excited about company future after success of 2019 ...

Baidu and Samsung Electronics ready for production of leading-edge AI chip for early next year ...

CENIC builds 400G superchannel between Los Angeles and Riverside ...

Gina Tourassi appointed director of ORNL National Center for Computational Sciences ...

Mississippi State University and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration celebrate Orion supercomputer ...

Argonne's Mira supercomputer set to retire after years of enabling groundbreaking science ...

ALCF supercomputers drive scientific discoveries in 2019 ...

Applications

SDSC supercomputer simulations aid in solving boron carbide mystery ...

Skin cancer mystery revealed in Yin and Yang protein ...

HPC pushes cryptography beyond Moore ...

With ADIOS, Summit processes celestial data at scale of massive future telescope ...

In the fight against cancer, ORNL and Stony Brook Cancer Center enlist an advanced neural network ...

Argonne-led team wins technology challenge at SC19 ...

The Cloud

Microsoft and Oracle expand interoperability partnership to Canada ...

Atos acquires Google Cloud Premier Partner Maven Wave ...