Primeur weekly 2020-02-17

Focus

UK to invest GBP 1,2 billion - 1,4 billion Euro - for the world's most powerful weather and climate supercomputing infrastructure ...

South West Consortium in the UK to host Europe's largest Arm supercomputer ...

Quantum computing

Artificial atoms create stable qubits for quantum computing ...

Quantum technologies: New insights into superconducting processes ...

Focus on Europe

Estonia joined the Nordic e-Infrastructure Collaboration Initiative ...

Technology takes a step forwards in genetic research ...

EOSC Secretariat launches brief webform for HPC projects to complete on cooperation opportunities between HPC & EOSC ...

SiPearl launches its development with 6,2 million euro of European funds ...

Successful patenting and commercialization of green supercomputers 'Made in Hessen' ...

Middleware

BrainChip's Akida Development Environment now freely available for use ...

SuperTest Vermeer Release Update #1 from Solid Sands adds enhanced usability features for compiler developers and users ...

Hardware

XTREME-D launches new HPC infrastructure services in collaboration with Digital Realty and announces strategic alliance with Lenovo ...

Philip Crocker of Panasas Recognized on CRN’s Channel Chiefs List for Fifth Consecutive Year ...

Tachyum running Apache is a key milestone for Prodigy Universal Processor software stack ...

Mat Gruen of WekaIO recognized on CRN's 2020 Channel Chiefs list ...

New AI technology from Arm delivers unprecedented on-device intelligence for IoT ...

GRC provides liquid immersion-cooling systems for Serbia's first green data centre ...

Demonstration of world record transmission capacity over a 38-core 3-mode optical fiber ...

Applications

Indiana University creates climate change data portal to model state's future water supply ...

Computer-based weather forecast: New algorithm outperforms mainframe computer systems ...

New technology could help solve AI's 'memory bottleneck' ...

ORNL researchers develop 'multitasking' AI tool to extract cancer data in record time ...

Computer simulations visualize how DNA is recognized to convert cells into stem cells ...

Paul K. Kearns named the 2020 FLC Laboratory Director of the Year ...

Measuring mutations in sperm may reveal risk for autism in future children ...

Engaging young minds in cybersecurity ...

Researchers say spread of coronavirus extends far beyond China's quarantine zone ...

The Cloud

Equinix taps Oracle Exadata to help power global interconnection platform ...

Oracle announces Oracle Cloud Data Science Platform ...

Vantage Data Centers embarks upon USD $2 billion European expansion; entry into five new markets through acquisition and greenfield developments ...

University of Florida accelerates biotech research innovation with Qumulo ...

NetApp reports third quarter of fiscal year 2020 results ...

Second GPU Cloudburst experiment yields new findings ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2020-02-17

Focus

Predicting severe weather and the impacts of climate change will be faster and more accurate than ever before, thanks to confirmation of GBP 1,2 billion government funding to develop a state-of-the-art supercomputing infrastructure, Business and Energy Secretary and COP26 President Alok Sharma announced on 17 February 2020. Read further...
The GW4 Alliance in the UK , together with the Met Office, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), and partners, have been awarded £4,1 million (about 5 million Euro) by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) to create Isambard 2, the largest Arm-based supercomputer in Europe. Read further...

Quantum computing

Quantum engineers from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) Sydney have created artificial atoms in silicon chips that offer improved stability for quantum computing. Read further...
The development of a quantum computer that can solve problems, which classical computers can only solve with great effort or not at all - this is the goal currently being pursued by an ever-growing number of research teams worldwide. The reason: Quantum effects, which originate from the world of the smallest particles and structures, enable many new technological applications. So-called superconductors, which allow for processing information and signals according to the laws of quantum mechanics, are considered to be promising components for realizing quantum computers. A sticking point of superconducting nanostructures, however, is that they only function at very low temperatures and are therefore difficult to bring into practical applications. Read further...

Focus on Europe

On 11 February 2020, the agreement for Estonia to join the Nordic e-Infrastructure Collaboration NeIC was signed at the Delta Centre in Tartu. This agreement gives Estonian research infrastructures the possibility to maintain and enhance their competitiveness and do more international cooperation. Read further...
New research brings combined computational and laboratory genome engineering a step closer following the design of smaller and smaller genomes, to advance genetic manipulation, using supercomputers by researchers at the University of Bristol. Read further...
The interaction between High-Performance Computing (HPC) and the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) is a crucial element of the European Data Infrastructure, and reflections about this relationship have been consistently featured throughout 2019 at relevant events such as the EOSC-hub Week and the EOSC Symposium . Read further...
SiPearl, the designer of the microprocessor for the European exascale supercomputer, has been awarded 6,2 million euro of support from Europe under the Horizon 2020 programme. These funds are enabling Philippe Notton, the company's founder, to launch its development with solid foundations in place. To achieve the goal to release its first range of microprocessors on the market by 2022, SiPearl is preparing to carry out a significant round of fundraising alongside this. Read further...
By 2030, data centres could be responsible for 13 percent of worldwide power consumption. In Frankfurt, the global network node with the highest data volume, data centres today already consume 20 percent of all local electricity - and this figure is rising. A large part of it is used for cooling power. Already today, the waste heat from single large-scale data centres could be used to heat up to 10.000 households. Read further...

Middleware

BrainChip Holdings Ltd., a provider of ultra-low power, high-performance edge AI technology, has announced that access to its Akida Development Environment (ADE) no longer requires pre-approval, now allowing designers to freely develop systems for edge and enterprise products on the company's Akida Neural Processing technology. Read further...
Solid Sands, a global expert in compiler testing and validation, has launched Update #1 to the latest SuperTest Vermeer Release. Adding to the optimizing compiler suite, bare-metal system testing, Windows environment and traceability capabilities introduced with Vermeer, this important new update includes simplified calling convention testing, a new graphical user interface (GUI), C18 language support, and enhanced traceability between SuperTest tests and C language variants. Read further...

Hardware

Award-winning Japanese HPC Cloud company XTREME-D has signed an agreement with San Francisco-based Digital Realty, a global provider of data centre, colocation, and interconnection solutions. MC Digital Realty, a 50/50 joint venture between Mitsubishi Corporation and Digital Realty in Japan, will supply 10kW racks from its Digital Osaka 2 facility to host XTREME-D's flagship product, XTREME-Stargate. XTREME-D has also formed a strategic alliance with Lenovo Enterprise Solutions Ltd. to be a supply partner for the product. Read further...
Panasas, an expert in high-performance computing (HPC) data storage solutions, has announced that CRN , a brand of The Channel Company, has named Philip Crocker, senior director of global channel marketing and business development at Panasas, to its 2020 list of Channel Chiefs. This annual list recognizes the top vendor executives who continually demonstrate exemplary leadership, influence, innovation, and growth for the IT channel. This win marks the fifth consecutive year that Philip Crocker has been honoured with the award. Read further...
Semiconductor start-up Tachyum Inc. has completed another critical stage in software development by successfully achieving an Apache web server port to Prodigy Universal Processor Instruction Set Architecture (ISA). This latest milestone by Tachyum's software team brings the company's Prodigy Universal Processor one step closer to being customer-ready in anticipation of its commercial launch in 2021. Read further...
WekaIO, an innovation expert in high-performance, scalable file storage for data-intensive applications, has announced that CRN , a brand of The Channel Company, has named Mat Gruen, senior director of channels at WekaIO, to its 2020 list of the 50 Most Influential Channel Chiefs. This annual list recognizes individuals who have demonstrated clear vision, the ability to drive the channel agenda, and exceptional leadership in the development of the IT channel and partnerships. Read further...
Arm has made significant additions to its artificial intelligence (AI) platform, including new machine learning (ML) IP, the Arm Cortex-M55 processor and Arm Ethos-U55 NPU, the industry's first microNPU (Neural Processing Unit) for Cortex-M, designed to deliver a combined 480x leap in ML performance to micro-controllers. The new IP and supporting unified toolchain enable AI hardware and software developers with more ways to innovate as a result of unprecedented levels of on-device ML processing for billions of small, power-constrained IoT and embedded devices. Read further...
GRC - Green Revolution Cooling, an expert in single-phase immersion cooling for data centres, has signed a new business collaboration with HiTeam, a subsidiary of E-Smart Systems, at the new Zelendata Centre in Technology Park in Vrsac, Serbia, the country's first green data centre. Read further...
The National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT), Sumitomo Electric Industries Ltd., and Optoquest Co. Ltd. succeeded in experimental transmission at 10,66 petabit per second, achieving a spectral efficiency of 1158,7 bits per second/Hz. This result exceeded the previous record of 10,16 petabit per second. Read further...

Applications

To promote collaborative research and inform water stakeholders throughout the state, an Indiana University (IU) research team has created the Future Water science gateway, a public interactive data portal that shows users a highly detailed model of the Wabash River Basin under a number of different climate scenarios. Read further...
The exponential growth in computer processing power seen over the past 60 years may soon come to a halt. Complex systems such as those used in weather forecast, for example, require high computing capacities, but the costs for running supercomputers to process large quantities of data can become a limiting factor. Researchers at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) in Germany and Università della Svizzera italiana (USI) in Lugano in Switzerland have recently unveiled an algorithm that can solve complex problems with remarkable facility - even on a personal computer. Read further...
Memory-hungry, power-sapping big data might finally have met its match. Electrical engineers at Northwestern University and the University of Messina in Italy have developed a new magnetic memory device that could potentially support the surge of data-centric computing, which requires ever-increasing power, storage and speed. Read further...
As the second-leading cause of death in the United States, cancer is a public health crisis that afflicts nearly one in two people during their lifetime. Cancer is also an oppressively complex disease. Hundreds of cancer types affecting more than 70 organs have been recorded in the USA's cancer registries - databases of information about individual cancer cases that provide vital statistics to doctors, researchers, and policymakers. Read further...
Researchers of the Hubrecht Institute, KNAW - The Netherlands, and the Max Planck Institute in Münster, Germany have revealed how an essential protein helps to activate genomic DNA during the conversion of regular adult human cells into stem cells. Their findings are published in theBiophysical Journal. Read further...
Paul K. Kearns, director of the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory, has been selected for the 2020 Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC) Laboratory Director of the Year award. The award honours laboratory directors who have made major contributions to the overall enhancement of technology transfer for economic development, including support of FLC activities, internal accomplishments, industry involvement and community service. Read further...
While the causes of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are not fully understood, researchers believe both genetics and environment play a role. In some cases, the disorder is linked to de novo mutations that appear only in the child and are not inherited from either parent's DNA. Read further...
The state of Texas currently has more than 43.000 job openings in the field of cybersecurity, according to Cyberseek.org. Entry level positions can start at $95.000 for a Cybersecurity Engineer, Cybersecurity Analyst, or a Cyber Crime Analyst in government. And at big companies like Netflix, Amazon Web Services, Bloomberg, Freddie Mac, and Morgan Stanley, experts can make much more. Read further...
Infectious disease researchers at the University of Texas at Austin and other institutions in Hong Kong, mainland China and France have concluded there is a high probability that the deadly Wuhan coronavirus spread beyond Wuhan and other quarantined cities before Chinese officials were able to put a quarantine in place. At least 128 cities in China outside of the quarantine zone, including cities with no reported cases to date, had a greater than even risk of exposure, according to a paper currently in press withEmerging Infectious Diseases, a journal of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Read further...

The Cloud

To help power one of the most dynamic data centre and global interconnection platforms in the world, Equinix relies on Oracle Exadata Database Machine as a core Oracle Database transaction engine to run its growing business. With a global footprint of more than 200 International Business Exchange (IBX) data centres spanning across more than 50 markets on five continents, Platform Equinix contains the highest share of the world's public Cloud on-ramps and one of the most physically and virtually interconnected ecosystems in the world. Read further...
Oracle has made available the Oracle Cloud Data Science Platform. At the core is Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Data Science, helping enterprises to collaboratively build, train, manage and deploy machine learning models to increase the success of data science projects. Unlike other data science products that focus on individual data scientists, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Data Science helps improve the effectiveness of data science teams with capabilities like shared projects, model catalogs, team security policies, reproducibility and auditability. Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Data Science automatically selects the most optimal training datasets through AutoML algorithm selection and tuning, model evaluation and model explanation. Read further...
Vantage Data Centers, a global provider of hyperscale data centre campuses, has unveiled its expansion into Europe through the acquisition of Etix Everywhere and greenfield developments in four additional European markets. Etix's data centre portfolio includes a 55MW hyperscale data centre campus in Frankfurt, Germany, which is currently under construction. Separately, Vantage Europe has secured land and is planning to develop hyperscale data centre campuses in Berlin, Milan, Warsaw and Zurich. Read further...
Qumulo, a provider of hybrid Cloud file storage, has announced that the University of Florida has chosen Qumulo's distributed file system for its scalable capacity, real-time data analytics, and industry-recognized commitment to customer care. Read further...
NetApp has reported financial results for the third quarter of fiscal year 2020, which ended on January 24, 2020. Read further...
In late 2019, researchers at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) and the Wisconsin IceCube Particle Astrophysics Center (WIPAC) caught the attention of the high-performance computing community and top commercial Cloud providers by successfully completing a bold experiment that marshalled all globally available-for-sale graphics processing units (GPUs) for a brief run which proved it is possible to elastically burst to very large scales of GPUs using the Cloud, even in this pre-exascale era of computing. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2020-02-17

Focus

UK to invest GBP 1,2 billion - 1,4 billion Euro - for the world's most powerful weather and climate supercomputing infrastructure ...

South West Consortium in the UK to host Europe's largest Arm supercomputer ...

Quantum computing

Artificial atoms create stable qubits for quantum computing ...

Quantum technologies: New insights into superconducting processes ...

Focus on Europe

Estonia joined the Nordic e-Infrastructure Collaboration Initiative ...

Technology takes a step forwards in genetic research ...

EOSC Secretariat launches brief webform for HPC projects to complete on cooperation opportunities between HPC & EOSC ...

SiPearl launches its development with 6,2 million euro of European funds ...

Successful patenting and commercialization of green supercomputers 'Made in Hessen' ...

Middleware

BrainChip's Akida Development Environment now freely available for use ...

SuperTest Vermeer Release Update #1 from Solid Sands adds enhanced usability features for compiler developers and users ...

Hardware

XTREME-D launches new HPC infrastructure services in collaboration with Digital Realty and announces strategic alliance with Lenovo ...

Philip Crocker of Panasas Recognized on CRN’s Channel Chiefs List for Fifth Consecutive Year ...

Tachyum running Apache is a key milestone for Prodigy Universal Processor software stack ...

Mat Gruen of WekaIO recognized on CRN's 2020 Channel Chiefs list ...

New AI technology from Arm delivers unprecedented on-device intelligence for IoT ...

GRC provides liquid immersion-cooling systems for Serbia's first green data centre ...

Demonstration of world record transmission capacity over a 38-core 3-mode optical fiber ...

Applications

Indiana University creates climate change data portal to model state's future water supply ...

Computer-based weather forecast: New algorithm outperforms mainframe computer systems ...

New technology could help solve AI's 'memory bottleneck' ...

ORNL researchers develop 'multitasking' AI tool to extract cancer data in record time ...

Computer simulations visualize how DNA is recognized to convert cells into stem cells ...

Paul K. Kearns named the 2020 FLC Laboratory Director of the Year ...

Measuring mutations in sperm may reveal risk for autism in future children ...

Engaging young minds in cybersecurity ...

Researchers say spread of coronavirus extends far beyond China's quarantine zone ...

The Cloud

Equinix taps Oracle Exadata to help power global interconnection platform ...

Oracle announces Oracle Cloud Data Science Platform ...

Vantage Data Centers embarks upon USD $2 billion European expansion; entry into five new markets through acquisition and greenfield developments ...

University of Florida accelerates biotech research innovation with Qumulo ...

NetApp reports third quarter of fiscal year 2020 results ...

Second GPU Cloudburst experiment yields new findings ...