Primeur weekly 2020-04-06

Quantum computing

D-Wave provides free quantum Cloud access for global response to COVID-19 ...

To tune up your quantum computer, better call an AI mechanic ...

Focus on Europe

Russian scientists within a multi-national research team use JSCC RAS supercomputer to develop treatment against COVID-19 coronavirus infection ...

IRB Barcelona collaborates with Amazon in the development of a computational tool ...

Researchers develop a computer simulator that recreates the spread of COVID-19 in Europe ...

Using European supercomputing to treat the coronavirus ...

Corona / COVID-19 pandemic leading to massive uptick in demand for computing capacity ...

Middleware

WekaIO recognized in the 2020 CRN Partner Programme Guide ...

Hardware

Inspur's storage system ranks top two in the SPC Benchmark 1 performance test ...

GRC appoints former Schneider Electric executive to Board of Directors ...

Supermicro provides third quarter of fiscal 2020 business update ...

Intersect360 Research to issue new HPC market guidance ...

NERSC, ESnet continue to deliver supercomputing and networking support for US' scientists during pandemic ...

SiFive to present at Virtual Linley Spring Processor Conference ...

Applications

A new way to fine-tune exotic materials: Thin, stretch and clamp ...

Arkansas researchers developing prediction models for coronavirus ...

Artificial intelligence to predict corona-patients' risk of needing ventilators ...

ACM Prize in Computing awarded to AlphaGo developer ...

Scalable algorithms for many applications ...

Using artificial intelligence to learn more about RAGE receptors ...

How at risk are you of getting a virus on an airplane? ...

COVID-19 related research at Berkeley Lab ...

The Cloud

Oracle continues to invest in Canada and opens second Canadian Cloud region in Montreal ...

Lenovo delivers smarter Edge to Cloud infrastructure solutions to unlock data insights ...

ImmunityBio Combines Supercomputing Power With Microsoft Azure to Target Infection “Doorway” of the Coronavirus ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2020-04-06

Quantum computing

D-Wave Systems Inc., an expert in quantum computing systems, software, and services, has announced the immediate availability of free access to its quantum systems via the Leap quantum Cloud service for anyone working on responses to the COVID-19 crisis. Joining the effort are partners and customers including CINECA, DENSO, Forschungszentrum Jülich, Kyocera Corporation, KYOCERA Communication Systems, MDR/Cliffhanger, Menten AI, NEC Solution Innovators Ltd., OTI Lumionics, QAR Lab at LMU Munich, Sigma-i, Tohoku University, and Volkswagen, who will provide access to engineering teams with expertise on how to use the quantum computer and formulate problems, as well as help in developing solutions. Read further...
A high-end race car engine needs all its components tuned and working together precisely to deliver top-quality performance. The same can be said about the processor inside a quantum computer, whose delicate bits must be adjusted in just the right way before it can perform a calculation. Who's the right mechanic for this quantum tuneup job? According to a team that includes scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), it's an artificial intelligence, that's who. Read further...

Focus on Europe

The Joint Supercomputer Center of the Russian Academy of Sciences (JSCC RAS) provides high priority access to computing resources for research teams studying methods to fight the COVID-19 coronavirus infection. Russian scientists, as part of a multi-national research team, use the recently upgraded MVS-10P OP cluster system based on high-performance 2ndGeneration Intel Xeon Scalable server processors. The international project aims to develop a medicine for diagnostics and therapy against the coronavirus' contagious disease. Read further...
There are currently more than 10.000 scientific articles related to coronavirus infections. In fact, in recent weeks, research to combat COVID-19 has accelerated, and more than 4000 new academic papers have been published on potential vaccines, therapies, and treatments. Processing this volume of information manually would be unmanageable to be able to advance this urgently needed research fast enough. IRB Barcelona's Structural Bioinformatics and Network Biology Laboratory, led by ICREA researcher Patrick Aloy, has joined forces with Amazon to develop a computational tool that would speed up the process. Using artificial intelligence, this tool will "read" all these articles and extract all relevant information related to the molecules and treatments studied. Read further...
A team of Spanish researchers have designed and validated a simulator to enable study of the evolution of the COVID-19 illness in Spain and in all Europe, based on parameters such as climate, social distancing policies and transportation. This research work has been carried out by scientists and technologists from Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M), the Centro Nacional de Epidemiología (CNE) and the Consorcio Centro de Investigación Biomédica en Red (CIBER) from the Instituto de Salud Carlos III (ISCIII), in conjunction with the Barcelona Supercomputing Center - Centro Nacional de Supercomputación (BSC-CNS). Read further...
The European Commission has offered its support in the field of high-performance computing (HPC) in order to help find a treatment for the novel coronavirus. Read further...
Northern Data AG, one of the world's largest providers of high-performance computing (HPC) solutions, has reported that the coronavirus / COVID-19 pandemic is resulting in a massive increase in computing capacity demand. In order to meet the increased demand, the company has instigated an acceleration of the expansion of capacities at its locations and in addition is looking to develop further locations. Read further...

Middleware

WekaIO, an innovation expert in high-performance, scalable file storage for data-intensive applications, has been featured by CRN, a brand of The Channel Company, in its 2020 Partner Programme Guide. This annual guide is the definitive listing of the most rewarding partner programmes from technology companies that provide products and services through the IT channel. Read further...

Hardware

In the latest SPC Benchmark 1 report issued by Storage Performance Council (SPC), Inspur ranked top two with 7.520.358 IOPS and a 0,472 ms response time, and the cost of unit SPC IOPS was only 60% of the first place. The SPC Benchmark 1 results are a valuable reference for the selection of storage systems for businesses critical applications like OLTP systems, databases systems, and server applications. Read further...
GRC - Green Revolution Cooling, an expert in immersion cooling for data centres, has appointed Dave Johnson, former Executive Vice President of the Secure Power Division at Schneider Electric, to its board of directors. Read further...
Super Micro Computer Inc., a global expert in high-performance, high-efficiency server, storage technology and green computing, has provided preliminary information regarding its financial results for the third quarter of fiscal 2020 ended March 31, 2020. Read further...
Intersect360 Research has released a new report guiding its clients that the market for HPC products and services will fall significantly short of the previous 2020 forecast due to the effects of the global COVID-19 pandemic. Read further...
While people around the world hunker down in their homes to try to slow the advance of the COVID-19 virus and many services have decreased or stopped, two user facilities operated by the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science continue to provide critical computing and networking resources to thousands of scientists, including some who are exploring ways to fight the pandemic. Read further...
SiFive Inc., a provider of commercial RISC-V processor IP and silicon solutions, will be participating in the Linley Spring Processor Conference, which will now be held virtually April 6-9, 2020. SiFive will host two virtual sessions, during which attendees will have the opportunity to learn more about the RISC-V uprising driving chip customization and how SiFive is powering the next generation of custom SoCs. The company, whose mission is to reduce the time, complexity, and cost of custom silicon for people trying to solve today's computing challenges - otherwise known as the idea-to-silicon journey, is also a Platinum sponsor of the event. Read further...

Applications

One way to change the properties of a material is to stretch it just a wee bit, so its atoms are farther apart but the bonds between them don't break. This extra distance affects the behaviour of electrons, which determine whether the material is an insulator or a conductor of electricity, for instance. Read further...
Data science professor Justin Zhan is collaborating with University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences professors David Ussery and Xuming Zhang to develop accurate predictions of genomic variation trends of coronavirus. Read further...
As coronavirus patients are hospitalized, it is difficult for doctors to predict which of them will require intensive care and a respirator. Many different factors come into play, some yet to be fully understood by doctors . Read further...
ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery, has announced that David Silver is the recipient of the 2019 ACM Prize in Computing for breakthrough advances in computer game-playing. David Silver is a Professor at University College London and a Principal Research Scientist at DeepMind, a Google-owned artificial intelligence company based in the United Kingdom. David Silver is recognized as a central figure in the growing and impactful area of deep reinforcement learning. Read further...
Within his "ScAlBox" project, computer scientist Professor Peter Sanders of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) develops basic computation tools for many applications. The project is aimed at providing algorithms and software libraries that can be adapted to growing data volumes and scaled to millions of processors working in parallel. The project will now be funded with an Advanced Grant by the European Research Council (ERC). Read further...
Receptor Advanced Glycation End-products (RAGEs) were first characterized in 1992 and thought to be linked to several chronic diseases including Alzheimer's, diabetes, and congestive heart failure. They are the focus of a new study by researchers affiliated with the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at UC San Diego, which describes the use of artificial intelligence machine learning tools to demonstrate a potential RAGE inhibitor that has better efficacy and fewer side effects. Read further...
Fair or not, airplanes have a reputation for germs. However, there are ways to minimize the risks. Read further...
Scientists around the world are joining together to study the coronavirus known as SARS-CoV-2 and to expedite the development of possible vaccines and treatments to prevent its infectious disease, named COVID-19. At the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, some unique capabilities and facilities are being called into action quickly to assist in the national COVID-19 response. Read further...

The Cloud

To support growing customer demand for enterprise Cloud services in Canada, Oracle has launched a new Gen 2 Cloud region in Montreal. This follows the launch of its Toronto Cloud region last year, making Canada Oracle's latest country offering dual Cloud regions. The opening is part of Oracle's global plans to operate 36 Generation 2 Cloud regions by the end of 2020. Now, Canadian customers and partners will have access to all Oracle Cloud services, including Oracle Autonomous Database and Oracle Autonomous Linux, as well as Oracle Cloud Applications, to unlock innovation and drive business growth. Read further...
Lenovo Data Center Group (DCG) has expanded its portfolio of IT infrastructure solutions. As companies implement Internet of Things (IoT) solutions and 5G technologies, an increase in connected devices drives an explosion of data created, analyzed, stored and managed from the edge to the core. For enterprises building end-to-end applications that leverage Azure, the new Lenovo ThinkAgile MX1021 and ThinkSystem DM7100 provide validated solutions for Cloud tiering. Read further...
ImmunityBio Inc., a privately held immunotherapy company within the NantWorks ecosystem of companies, is collaborating with Microsoft to leverage the company's Azure platform to perform a highly detailed computational analysis of the spike protein structure of the SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus responsible for the global pandemic. The spike protein serves as the "doorway" for the virus to enter human cells, making it a high-priority target for a vaccine or antibody therapies to fight the virus. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2020-04-06

Quantum computing

D-Wave provides free quantum Cloud access for global response to COVID-19 ...

To tune up your quantum computer, better call an AI mechanic ...

Focus on Europe

Russian scientists within a multi-national research team use JSCC RAS supercomputer to develop treatment against COVID-19 coronavirus infection ...

IRB Barcelona collaborates with Amazon in the development of a computational tool ...

Researchers develop a computer simulator that recreates the spread of COVID-19 in Europe ...

Using European supercomputing to treat the coronavirus ...

Corona / COVID-19 pandemic leading to massive uptick in demand for computing capacity ...

Middleware

WekaIO recognized in the 2020 CRN Partner Programme Guide ...

Hardware

Inspur's storage system ranks top two in the SPC Benchmark 1 performance test ...

GRC appoints former Schneider Electric executive to Board of Directors ...

Supermicro provides third quarter of fiscal 2020 business update ...

Intersect360 Research to issue new HPC market guidance ...

NERSC, ESnet continue to deliver supercomputing and networking support for US' scientists during pandemic ...

SiFive to present at Virtual Linley Spring Processor Conference ...

Applications

A new way to fine-tune exotic materials: Thin, stretch and clamp ...

Arkansas researchers developing prediction models for coronavirus ...

Artificial intelligence to predict corona-patients' risk of needing ventilators ...

ACM Prize in Computing awarded to AlphaGo developer ...

Scalable algorithms for many applications ...

Using artificial intelligence to learn more about RAGE receptors ...

How at risk are you of getting a virus on an airplane? ...

COVID-19 related research at Berkeley Lab ...

The Cloud

Oracle continues to invest in Canada and opens second Canadian Cloud region in Montreal ...

Lenovo delivers smarter Edge to Cloud infrastructure solutions to unlock data insights ...

ImmunityBio Combines Supercomputing Power With Microsoft Azure to Target Infection “Doorway” of the Coronavirus ...