Primeur weekly 2020-03-16

Focus

EuroHPC work programme 2020 calls for consolidation type of projects with a budget of 170 million euro ...

Details of the three upcoming 2020 EuroHPC JU Calls for Proposals ...

EuroHPC JU will move to the Drosbach building in Luxembourg ...

Exascale supercomputing

MEEP Project: A flexible system supporting next generation European open source software and hardware ...

Ying-Chih Yang joins SiPearl as CTO ...

Quantum computing

Preparing Ireland for quantum - Irish Centre for High-End Computing brings prestigious European Quantum Technologies Conference to Dublin ...

Finnish researchers look at noisy quantum computer ...

NSF CAREER Award supports framework for photons as quantum transistors ...

Engineers crack 58-year-old puzzle on way to quantum breakthrough ...

New error correction method provides key step toward quantum computing ...

IDC survey finds optimism that quantum computing will result in competitive advantage ...

Focus on Europe

New HLRS "Hawk" supercomputer to deliver unparalleled performance, capacity, and density for science and research ...

It is time to register for the Supercomputing Frontiers 2020 virtual conference ...

Middleware

SDSC announces comprehensive data sharing resource ...

Hardware

Supermicro unveils MegaDC servers - The first commercial off-the-shelf systems designed exclusively for hyperscale data centres ...

Mellanox delivers Spectrum-3 based Ethernet switches - First 12,8 Tbps networking platforms optimized for Cloud, storage, and AI ...

Semtech announces production of Tri-Edge, a PAM4 CDR platform for 200G and 400G data centre applications ...

Innovium delivers production grade SONiC/SAI for TERALYNX based switch systems ...

Innovium and Credo announce interoperability of production TERALYNX 7 switch family with Credo's Dual 400G MACsec solution ...

Kingston Technology releases enterprise-grade data centre NVMe SSD for mixed use ...

MaxLinear's 2nd generation PAM4 DSP selected by Centera Photonics to deliver sub-3,5W 100G optical modules for hyperscale data centres ...

Applications

UK supercomputer to combat Africa's worst locust outbreak in decades ...

Formula for possible treatment of coronavirus developed by innovative Bulgarian company ...

CSC has selected Mahti supercomputer Pilot Projects ...

HETDEX experiment, led by UT Austin, uses advanced computing resources at TACC to pin down the expansion rate of the universe ...

Oden Institute's Feliciano Giustino applies TACC's supercomputing power to the development of novel materials at the quantum scale ...

Computer model solves mystery of how gas bubbles build big methane hydrate deposits ...

A flexible brain for AI ...

AI assist CT analysis in identifying COVID-19 patients ...

The Cloud

Centre-wide support for, and R&D around, containers helps researchers compute with ease at TACC and elsewhere ...

Oracle announces fiscal 2020 third quarter financial results ...

Hydro66 and maincubes sign partnership for European coverage ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2020-03-16

Focus

The EuroHPC JU will open three calls for proposals this year, starting in April. A modest 85 million euro is still available from the general European Union EuroHPC budget. This should be matched by a similar amount from the EuroHPC participation states. Noteworthy is that UK organisations can still participate, but that at some calls it may be difficult for US, Chinese, or Japanese companies to participate, even if they have a strong research presence in Europe. Read further...
In 2020, the EuroHPC JU intends to launch three Calls for Proposals. The calls will open in April and July. Read further...
The EuroHPC JU will have its permanent offices at the Drosbach Building in Luxembourg, close to the Euro Forum where it was temporarily located. According to the 2020 workplan, it is also expected there will be some permanent staff working for EuroHPC JU. Some 1,3 million euro is budgeted for direct personnel costs in 2020. In 2019, this was operated by the European Commission. At the end of 2020, EuroHPC should be fully staffed with about 15 fte. Read further...

Exascale supercomputing

Launched on 1 January 2020 and coordinated by the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC), the European project "MareNostrum Experimental Exascale Platform" (MEEP) supports the goal of the European Union programme EuroHPC to create competitive European technology integrated into future exascale supercomputers. Read further...
SiPearl, the company that is bringing to life the European Processor Initiative (EPI) consortium's project by designing the microprocessor for the European exascale supercomputer, has appointed Ying-Chih Yang as Chief Technical Officer. As the microprocessor's lead architect, he will head up all its developments. Read further...

Quantum computing

Over 500 global experts in quantum technologies will descend on Dublin in November this year for the European Quantum Technologies Conference (EQTC) adding momentum to initiatives already taken by the Department of Business, Enterprise & Innovation (DBEI) in this emerging and strategically important field for Ireland. The event is the flagship event of the European Quantum Initiative a 1 billion euro initiative launched by the EU in 2018 to bring together research institutions, industry and public funders, to expand European scientific leadership and excellence in Quantum. Read further...
Researchers from CSC - IT center for Science, Aalto University and Åbo Akademi and their collaborators from Boston University in the USA have for the first time demonstrated how the noise impacts on quantum computing in a systematic way. The results are published in the prestigious journalPhysical Review Letters. Read further...
As a candidate for the qubits - the basic units of quantum information - in quantum computers, photons have one major advantage over the electrons used in all current devices. Unlike electrons, photons, the smallest possible quantity of light, do not easily interact with their surroundings. So, unlike its electron-based counterpart, a photonic quantum device would not need to be cooled to nearly absolute zero to limit unwanted interactions. But such a device does not exist - yet. Read further...
A happy accident in the laboratory has led to a breakthrough discovery that not only solved a problem that stood for more than half a century, but has major implications for the development of quantum computers and sensors. In a study published inNature, a team of engineers at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Sydney has done what a celebrated scientist first suggested in 1961 was possible, but has eluded everyone since: controlling the nucleus of a single atom using only electric fields. Read further...
An Army project devised a novel approach for quantum error correction that could provide a key step toward practical quantum computers, sensors and distributed quantum information that would enable the military to potentially solve previously intractable problems or deploy sensors with higher magnetic and electric field sensitivities. Read further...
A recent International Data Corporation (IDC) survey of IT and business personnel responsible for quantum computing adoption found that improved AI capabilities, accelerated business intelligence, and increased productivity and efficiency were the top expectations of organisations currently investing in Cloud-based quantum computing technologies. Read further...

Focus on Europe

The High-Performance Computing Center Stuttgart (HLRS) has selected DDN's EXAScaler with IME scale-out flash storage system for "Hawk", its new flagship supercomputer system. Hawk will empower scientists and engineers to conduct research on larger and more complex phenomena while supporting data-intensive workflows that combine big data analysis, deep learning and simulation. Read further...
As we reported earlier, Supercomputing Frontiers 2020 next weekwill go completely virtual. For a small registration fee everyone over the whole world can participate. The final program has been announced on the website. A new and rare theme of the conference: there will be four speakers talking about Africa and HPC (South Africa, Namibia, Ethiopia). Three on the first day, and one, about food security, genomics and African continent, on the second day. And there many other interesting talks with strong focus on AI, combining AI with other topics: cosmology, gravitational waves, graphs, bioinformatics, multi-scale modelling etc. Read further...

Middleware

The San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California San Diego has launched 'HPC Share', a data sharing resource that will enable users of the Center's high-performance computing resources to easily transfer, share, and discuss their data within their research teams and beyond. Read further...

Hardware

Super Micro Computer Inc., a global expert in enterprise computing, storage, networking solutions and green computing technology, has launched its new MegaDC line of servers - the industry's first commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) systems designed exclusively for large scale deployment in hyperscale data centres. Read further...
Mellanox Technologies Ltd., a supplier of high-performance, end-to-end interconnect solutions for data centre servers and storage systems, has announced that customer shipments of SN4000 Ethernet switches have commenced. The SN4000 family is powered by Mellanox Spectrum-3 - the world's best performing, most scalable, and most flexible 12,8 Tbps Ethernet switch ASIC, which is optimized for Cloud, Ethernet storage fabric, and AI interconnect applications. SN4000 platforms come in flexible form-factors supporting a combination of up to 32 ports of 400GbE, 64 ports of 200GbE and 128 ports of 100/50/25/10GbE. The SN4000 platforms complement the 200/400GbE SN3000 leaf switches to form an efficient and high bandwidth leaf/spine network. Read further...
Semtech Corporation, a supplier of high performance analog and mixed-signal semiconductors and advanced algorithms, has announced production availability of GN2558 and GN2559, Semtech's Tri-Edge CDR SR solutions to enable next-generation data centre multi-mode interconnectivity. GN2558 is a quad PAM4 CDR with an integrated VCSEL driver, and GN2559 is a quad PAM4 CDR with an integrated linear transimpedance amplifier (TIA). Read further...
Innovium Inc., a provider of networking switch solutions for Cloud and edge data centres, has delivered a broad range of innovative systems and production grade SONiC/SAI running on its TERALYNX switch silicon family. These 10-400G production TERALYNX switch systems have been designed by world's leading OEM and ODM partners and are being deployed by top Cloud data centre customers in live production networks with a range of network operating systems, including SONiC. Read further...
Innovium Inc., a provider of high performance, innovative switching solutions for data centres, and Credo, a global innovation expert in high-speed serial connectivity solutions, have achieved successful interoperability of Credo's MACsec chip family with Innovium's market-leading 12,8Tbps TERALYNX 7 switch silicon. As Cloud and data centre customers are paying more attention to security, this interoperability enables them to deploy a MACsec enabled 1RU, 32 x 400G switch using Innovium’s 12.8Tbps TERALYNX 7 switch silicon and Credo's dual 400G CMS50216 MACsec chip. Both these products have been adopted by leading system partners and Cloud companies. Read further...
Kingston Digital Inc., the Flash memory affiliate of Kingston Technology Company Inc., a world expert in memory products and technology solutions, has made available DC1000M, a new U.2 data centre NVMe PCIe SSD. DC1000M is designed to support a wide range of data-intensive enterprise workloads, including Cloud computing, web hosting, high-performance computing (HPC), virtual infrastructures, artificial intelligence and deep learning applications. DC1000M joins the recently released DC1000B NVMe boot drive, the VMware Ready DC500 series SATA SSDs and DC450R to form the most complete range of superior enterprise-class data centre storage solutions in the market. Read further...
MaxLinear Inc., a provider of radio frequency (RF), analogue and mixed-signal integrated circuits for the connected home, wired and wireless infrastructure, and industrial and multi-market applications, has announced that Centera Photonics Inc., a silicon photonics optical solution provider for high performance interconnects, has selected MaxLinear's Telluride PAM4 DSP (MxL93516) for their next generation 100G-DR1 optical modules. Read further...

Applications

A supercomputer funded by UK aid is helping countries in East Africa to tackle devastating locust outbreaks by tracking the insects' movements around the continent. Read further...
An innovative Bulgarian company has developed a molecule for the treatment of various types of coronavirus. This was announced by the Deputy Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Sofia Tech Park Kostadin Petkov during the emergency meeting of the Council of Ministers regarding the situation with the flu epidemic and the COVID-19 prevention measures. Read further...
First users of CSC's next flagship supercomputer Mahti have been chosen. These Pilot Projects will be run during the Mahti's acceptance phase. Read further...
Two decades ago, Saul Perlmutter, Brian Schmidt, and Adam Reiss shocked the world when they published research showing not only that the Universe was expanding, but that the expansion was occurring at an accelerating rate. The discovery came as a complete surprise even to the astronomers themselves, and netted them a Nobel Prize in 2011. Read further...
Feliciano Giustino had already discovered several novel nanomaterials and had a slew of offers from competing institutions worldwide before joining the University of Texas at Austin. The reputation of the Oden Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences drew him to the Forty Acres. But supercomputing is what will keep him here. Read further...
New research from the University of Texas at Austin has explained an important mystery about natural gas hydrate formations and, in doing so, advanced scientists' understanding of how gas hydrates could contribute to climate change and energy security. Read further...
Scientists at Osaka University developed a customizable computing device using nanofabricated switches than can be rewired to optimize AI applications using 80% less power. These devices can be used as flexible computing platform for artificial intelligence tasks. Read further...
Chinese researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) assisted computed tomography (CT) analysis system in identifying patients with COVID-19 or common viral pneumonia. Read further...

The Cloud

Researchers who use supercomputers for science typically don't limit themselves to one system. They move their projects to whatever resources are available, often using many different systems simultaneously, in their lab, on their campus cluster, at advanced computing centers like TACC, and in the Cloud. Read further...
Oracle Corporation has announced fiscal 2020 Q3 results. Total revenues were $9,8 billion, up 2% in USD and 3% in constant currency compared to Q3 last year. Cloud Services and License Support revenues were $6,9 billion, up 4% in USD and 5% in constant currency. Cloud License and On-Premise License revenues were $1,2 billion. Read further...
Hydro66 Holdings Corp. has signed a new partnership with maincubes, an operator of high-availability and secure data centres located in Germany and the Netherlands. Hydro66, the ultra-low emissions colocation and Cloud infrastructure provider, and maincubes have agreed to partner in delivering next-generation architecture for corporate customers, including joint marketing of products and services. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2020-03-16

Focus

EuroHPC work programme 2020 calls for consolidation type of projects with a budget of 170 million euro ...

Details of the three upcoming 2020 EuroHPC JU Calls for Proposals ...

EuroHPC JU will move to the Drosbach building in Luxembourg ...

Exascale supercomputing

MEEP Project: A flexible system supporting next generation European open source software and hardware ...

Ying-Chih Yang joins SiPearl as CTO ...

Quantum computing

Preparing Ireland for quantum - Irish Centre for High-End Computing brings prestigious European Quantum Technologies Conference to Dublin ...

Finnish researchers look at noisy quantum computer ...

NSF CAREER Award supports framework for photons as quantum transistors ...

Engineers crack 58-year-old puzzle on way to quantum breakthrough ...

New error correction method provides key step toward quantum computing ...

IDC survey finds optimism that quantum computing will result in competitive advantage ...

Focus on Europe

New HLRS "Hawk" supercomputer to deliver unparalleled performance, capacity, and density for science and research ...

It is time to register for the Supercomputing Frontiers 2020 virtual conference ...

Middleware

SDSC announces comprehensive data sharing resource ...

Hardware

Supermicro unveils MegaDC servers - The first commercial off-the-shelf systems designed exclusively for hyperscale data centres ...

Mellanox delivers Spectrum-3 based Ethernet switches - First 12,8 Tbps networking platforms optimized for Cloud, storage, and AI ...

Semtech announces production of Tri-Edge, a PAM4 CDR platform for 200G and 400G data centre applications ...

Innovium delivers production grade SONiC/SAI for TERALYNX based switch systems ...

Innovium and Credo announce interoperability of production TERALYNX 7 switch family with Credo's Dual 400G MACsec solution ...

Kingston Technology releases enterprise-grade data centre NVMe SSD for mixed use ...

MaxLinear's 2nd generation PAM4 DSP selected by Centera Photonics to deliver sub-3,5W 100G optical modules for hyperscale data centres ...

Applications

UK supercomputer to combat Africa's worst locust outbreak in decades ...

Formula for possible treatment of coronavirus developed by innovative Bulgarian company ...

CSC has selected Mahti supercomputer Pilot Projects ...

HETDEX experiment, led by UT Austin, uses advanced computing resources at TACC to pin down the expansion rate of the universe ...

Oden Institute's Feliciano Giustino applies TACC's supercomputing power to the development of novel materials at the quantum scale ...

Computer model solves mystery of how gas bubbles build big methane hydrate deposits ...

A flexible brain for AI ...

AI assist CT analysis in identifying COVID-19 patients ...

The Cloud

Centre-wide support for, and R&D around, containers helps researchers compute with ease at TACC and elsewhere ...

Oracle announces fiscal 2020 third quarter financial results ...

Hydro66 and maincubes sign partnership for European coverage ...