Primeur weekly 2020-04-20

Crowd computing

Researchers seek new drugs to fight coronavirus using computers in schools across Kentucky ...

ESI Group participates to the fight against COVID-19 with Folding@Home ...

NASA calls on gamers and citizen scientists to help map world's corals ...

Ball State Planetarium's computers joins global effort to better understand COVID-19 ...

Quantum computing

Speeding-up quantum computing using giant atomic ions ...

Future quantum computers may pose threat to today's most-secure communications ...

Boson particles discovery provides insights for quantum computing ...

ColdQuanta awarded contract of up to $7,4 million from DARPA to accelerate development of scalable cold atom quantum computers ...

Seeqc gains over $11 million in funding to introduce fully digital quantum computing ...

Q-CTRL announces strategic investment by In-Q-Tel to accelerate quantum technology solutions for national security applications ...

Hot, dense and coherent: scalable quantum bits operate under practical conditions ...

Focus on Europe

Barcelona Supercomputing Center acquires innovative technology for optimised storage and data analysis ...

Tachyum opens new European Union Headquarters in Slovakia ...

PRACE 20th Call for Proposals increases number of systems offering GPUs to researchers ...

PRACE SHAPE 10th Call awards five inspiring SMEs projects for HPC access; PRACE SHAPE 11th Call now open ...

Shock-related buffeting in aeroplanes ...

Middleware

Pavilion is ready for VMware vSphere 7 ...

Hardware

Research and Markets to issue Global Quantum Computing Market Research Report - Industry Share, Growth, Drivers, Trends and Demand Forecast to 2030 ...

HPC-AI Advisory Council and National Supercomputing Centre Singapore expand 3rd APAC HPC-AI Competition to address COVID-19 ...

Research and Markets to issue Global FPGA Market by Configuration, Technology, Node Size, Vertical, and Region - Forecast to 2025 ...

WekaIO recognized as one of CRN's Top 100 Storage Vendors for 2020 ...

NVMeAcademy.com offers technical insights for NVMe and NVMe-over-Fabrics for data centre infrastructure and operations leaders and teams ...

Natron Energy provides back-up power to Forced Physics data centre technology for their high-performance compute (HPC) suite at the H5 Data Centers Phoenix, AZ Campus ...

Amid COVID, computing society releases report on best practices for virtual conferences ...

BP supercomputer to aid global health care researchers in race to halt COVID-19 ...

Applications

Ordering of atoms in liquid gallium under pressure ...

Supercomputers assist international engineering team on wave energy project ...

SDSC's Comet supercomputer and Triton Shared Computing Cluster available for COVID-19 research ...

Two Atos supercomputers in Czech Republic made available to support COVID-19 research ...

The UK's Hartree Centre deploys Atos supercomputer for Coronavirus treatment research ...

New findings in search for perfect hydrogen production ...

Supercomputer Fugaku will be used to help fight against COVID-19 ...

Using nano-scale spintronics, researchers aim to build novel artificial brain ...

Eindhoven researchers present revolutionary light-emitting silicon ...

Frontera sets sights on transformative research ...

Supercomputing future wind power rise ...

Computer model predicts how drugs affect heart rhythm ...

Making Big Data processing more energy efficient using magnetic circuits ...

Hot qubits break one of the biggest constraints to practical quantum computers ...

Chemist developing 3D simulations of coronavirus spike proteins ...

Intel commits $50 million with Pandemic Response Technology Initiative to combat Coronavirus ...

HPCinnovation.com, an educational site powered by Pavilion, launches to expand usage benefit awareness for "3rd wave of storage" solutions ...

AI leader Innoplexus chooses Northern Data HPC solutions to accelerate drug discovery and development against COVID-19 ...

Using supercomputers to understand aviation turbulence ...

Scientific machine learning paves way for rapid rocket engine design ...

California, Oregon, and Washington Research & Education Networks announce collaborative support for COVID-19 Western States Pact ...

Dissecting the mechanism of protein unfolding by SDS ...

SDSC researchers develop potential COVID-19 protease inhibitors ...

UC San Diego researchers optimize microbiome tool for computer GPUs ...

Eni's HPC5 supercomputer contributes to Coronavirus research ...

U.S. Department of Energy's INCITE programme seeks proposals for 2021 ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2020-04-20

Crowd computing

The novel coronavirus may have K-12 students in Kentucky's school districts learning at home, but researchers at the University of Louisville are using the computing power of thousands of computers in classrooms across the state to identify drugs to treat COVID-19. The desktop computers are part of the DataseamGrid, a network of computers housed in classrooms of 48 Kentucky school districts as part of a partnership designed to support research, education and workforce development. Read further...
ESI Group, a world player in virtual prototyping software and services for industrials, is joining Folding@Home project in the United States, making the computing power of its servers available to accelerate research on the prevention and treatment of COVID-19. Read further...
NASA invites video gamers and citizen scientists to embark on virtual ocean research expeditions to help map coral reefs around the world in an effort to better understand these threatened ecosystems. Read further...
The Charles W. Brown Planetarium at Ball State University is joining the fight against COVID-19 as its computers are being used as part of a global supercomputer to help researchers better understand the coronavirus. Read further...

Quantum computing

An international team of researchers have found a new way to speed up quantum computing that could pave the way for huge leaps forward in computer processing power. Scientists from the University of Nottingham and University of Stockholm have sped up trapped ion quantum computing using a new experimental approach - trapped Rydberg ions. Their results have just been published inNature. Read further...
Quantum computers that are exponentially faster than any of our current classical computers and are capable of code-breaking applications could be available in 12 to 15 years, posing major risks to the security of current communications systems, according to a new RAND Corporation report. The security risks posed by this new category of computers can be managed if the US government acts quickly, and a centrally coordinated, whole-of-nation approach is the best way to manage those challenges. Read further...
Researchers working on a U.S. Army project discovered a key insight for the development of quantum devices and quantum computers. Scientists found that a class of particles known as bosons can behave as an opposite class of particles called fermions, when forced into a line. Read further...
ColdQuanta, the quantum atomics company, has been selected by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to develop a scalable, cold-atom-based quantum computing hardware and software platform that can demonstrate quantum advantage on real-world problems. The award is valued at up to $7,4 million. Read further...
Seeqc, the Digital Quantum Computing company, has announced funding of $5 million from M Ventures, the strategic corporate venture capital arm of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany to develop commercially viable quantum computing systems for problem-specific applications. Read further...
Q-CTRL, a start-up that applies the principles of control engineering to accelerate the development of quantum technology, has announced a strategic investment by In-Q-Tel (IQT), the not-for-profit strategic investor that identifies innovative technology solutions to support the national security communities of the U.S. and its allies. Read further...
QuTech, a collaboration between TU Delft and TNO, has managed to control qubits in silicon at temperatures over 50 times higher than previously. The increase to practical temperatures represents a crucial leap towards a functional quantum computer. Qubits are the building blocks of a future quantum computer and operating at a higher temperature opens up the possibility of integrating both qubits and their controlling electronics onto one standard chip. The researchers published their findings inNature. Read further...

Focus on Europe

Thanks to the public procurement of innovation for HPC by PPI4HPC, the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) will provide a new infrastructure, which allows for higher data storage and data analysis capacity. Read further...
Semiconductor start-up Tachyum Inc. has opened new offices in Slovakia that will enable it to best address the regional needs of its growing number of customers, partners, vendors and personnel throughout the European Union. Tachyum's worldwide headquarters remain located in Silicon Valley. Read further...
The 20th Call for Proposals for PRACE Project Access received 59 eligible proposals, of which 45 were awarded a total of 2,11 billion core hours. This brings the total number of Project Access projects awarded to 779 since 2010. Taking into account the five multi-year projects from the 16th and 18th Calls that were renewed and will enter their third and second years respectively, and the 13,8 million core hours reserved for Centres of Excellence, the total amount of computing time awarded by PRACE to date totals nearly 25 billion core hours. Read further...
The PRACE 10th SHAPE (SME HPC Adoption Programme in Europe) Call for Applications received five innovative proposals from SMEs across five different countries by the closing date in December 2019. For the first time projects from Slovenia and Turkey are included in the SHAPE Call results. All five submitted proposals were awarded for the PRACE SHAPE pan-European programme. This programme promotes High-Performance Computing (HPC) adoption by SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises) and it's free of charge. The Eleventh Call for Applications to SHAPE invites applications from European SMEs with an interesting idea that would benefit from High Performance Computing for increasing their competitiveness. The Eleventh Call for Applications to SHAPE opened on 1 April 2020 with a closing date of 1 June 2020. Read further...
Shock-related buffeting is a phenomenon that occurs when air passes over the wing of an aeroplane under extreme conditions and can have profound consequences for how wings are engineered and their durability. Professor Neil Sandham of the University of Southampton has been investigating this using direct numerical simulations. Read further...

Middleware

Pavilion Data Systems, an expert in NVMe-over-Fabrics (NVMe-oF), announced VMware vSphere 7 certification and presence on VMware's Compatibility Guide. Pavilion is one of the first storage array vendors to support VMware vSphere 7 using RDMA-over-Converged Ethernet (RoCE v2). Read further...

Hardware

The "Quantum Computing Market Research Report: By Offering, Deployment Type, Application, Technology, Industry - Industry Share, Growth, Drivers, Trends and Demand Forecast to 2030" report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering. Read further...
The HPC-AI Advisory Council (HPCAIAC) and the National Supercomputing Centre (NSCC) Singapore have joined the global fight against COVID-19 by expanding the 2020 APAC HPC-AI competition to address education and applied learning towards accelerating bioscience research and discovery. Read further...
The "FPGA Market by Configuration (Low-End FPGA, Mid-Range FPGA, High-End FPGA), Technology (SRAM, Flash, Antifuse), Node Size (Less than 28 nm, 28-90 nm, More than 90 nm), Vertical (Telecommunications, Automotive), and Region - Global Forecast to 2025" report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering. Read further...
WekaIO, an innovation leader in high-performance and scalable file storage for data-intensive applications, is being recognized by CRN , a brand of The Channel Company, in its first-ever 2020 Storage 100 list. This new list, carefully chosen by a panel of respected CRN editors, acknowledges leading storage vendors that offer transformative, cutting-edge solutions. Read further...
NVMeAcademy.com provides easily consumed videos and papers for the design, implementation, and operation of the NVMe protocol and its networking counterpart NVMe-over-Fabrics. Read further...
Natron Energy, a global expert in sodium-ion batteries using Prussian Blue chemistry, has successfully deployed their innovative BlueTray4000 battery with Forced Physics DCT within their High-Performance Compute platform enabling uninterrupted performance and ride-through back-up power. Natron's batteries provide the 48V DC bridging and peak power capacity required to ensure Forced Physics' OCP Rack platform transfers smoothly to generator power in the H5 Data Centers Phoenix facility, a data centre where the back-up generators can carry the full load within fifteen seconds. Read further...
Science and technology conferences are engines of innovation - essential to the incubation of new ideas, the dissemination of research, and the spawning of new technologies. But this year, with no warning, conferences around the globe are finding themselves in uncharted waters as the global COVID-19 pandemic makes physical meetings impossible. To help organizers cope, the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) has issued a new report, "Virtual Conferences: A Guide to Best Practices", on how to replace face-to-face conferences with virtual ones during the pandemic. Read further...
BP is joining forces with the U.S. government, leading universities and the world's largest technology companies by providing access to its supercomputer to help researchers halt the spread of COVID-19. Read further...

Applications

Liquid metals and alloys have exceptional properties that make them suitable for electrical energy storage and generation applications. Read further...
Similar to solar panels and wind turbines, wave energy converters harness energy from Mother Nature's resources - specifically ocean waves - and turn them into electricity. While this process has not yet been perfected, it has the potential to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels. Read further...
With the U.S. and many other countries working round the clock to mitigate the devastating effects of the COVID-19 disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California San Diego is providing priority access to its high-performance computer systems and other resources to researchers advancing our understanding of the virus and efforts to develop an effective vaccine in as short a time as possible. Read further...
Atos, a global expert in digital transformation, has announced that its two supercomputers at IT4Innovations, the national supercomputing centre at the VSB-Technical University of Ostrava, have been made available to researchers and businesses conducting research related to COVID-19. These researchers have the opportunity for privileged access to computing time on Atos supercomputers Anselm, which was launched in 2013 and Barbora, installed in October 2019. Read further...
Atos, a global expert in digital transformation, has revealed that one of the most advanced supercomputers in the world, the powerful BullSequana X1000 installed at The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) Hartree Centre, is providing supercomputing power to assist in global computational drug discovery efforts to help combat COVID-19. Read further...
Hydrogen is of more interest than ever as a green power source in transportation. However, the chemical reaction for its industrial production was poorly understood. Scientists have now analysed the reaction in detail to gain insights into a more efficient and cost-effective production. Read further...
The supercomputer Fugaku, which is currently being installed in Kobe, Japan under a RIKEN-led project, will be put to use to help combat the COVID-19 pandemic, by giving priority to research selected by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. Read further...
A new research project will develop AI hardware; a completely new kind of computer system that mimics how the human brain is built up. Out with CPUs and memory storage, and in with artificial neural networks that can increase computer performance by up to 100.000 times compared to modern supercomputers. Read further...
Emitting light from silicon has been the 'Holy Grail' in the micro-electronics industry for decades. Solving this puzzle would revolutionize computing, as chips will become faster than ever. Researchers from Eindhoven University of Technology now succeeded: they have developed an alloy with silicon that can emit light. The results have been published in the journalNature. The team will now start creating a silicon laser to be integrated into current chips. Read further...
The most powerful supercomputer in the world for academic research has established its mission for the coming year. The Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) announced that the National Science Foundation has approved allocations of supercomputing time on Frontera to 49 science projects for 2020-2021. Time on Frontera is awarded based on a project's need for very large scale computing to make science and engineering discoveries, and the ability to efficiently use a supercomputer on the scale of Frontera. Read further...
Wind power surged worldwide in 2019, but will it sustain? More than 340.000 wind turbines generated over 591 gigawatts globally. In the U.S., wind powered the equivalent of 32 million homes and sustained 500 U.S. factories. What's more, in 2019 wind power grew by 19 percent, thanks to both booming offshore and onshore projects in the U.S. and China. Read further...
UC Davis Health researchers have developed a computer model to screen drugs for unintended cardiac side effects, especially arrhythmia risk. Read further...
The rapid progression of technology has led to a huge increase in energy usage to process the massive troves of data generated by devices. But researchers in the Cockrell School of Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin have found a way to make the new generation of smart computers more energy efficient. Read further...
Most quantum computers being developed around the world will only work at fractions of a degree above absolute zero. That requires multi-million-dollar refrigeration and as soon as you plug them into conventional electronic circuits they'll instantly overheat. Read further...
Computational chemist Mahmoud Moradi will develop enhanced, 3D simulations of the molecular dynamics of coronavirus spike glycoproteins to gain better understanding of how the virus binds to human cells. Read further...
Intel is pledging an additional $50 million in a pandemic response technology initiative to combat the coronavirus through accelerating access to technology at the point of patient care, speeding scientific research and ensuring access to online learning for students. Included in Intel's effort is an additional innovation fund for requests where access to Intel expertise and resources can have immediate impact. This is in addition to prior announcements of $10 million in donations that are supporting local communities during this critical time. Read further...
HPCinnovation.com, a thought leadership storage solution website, has been created to bring awareness to the third wave of storage for High Performance Computing (HPC) environments. The third wave of storage, brought about by disruptive technologies including NVMe over Fabrics (NVMe-oF), Hyperparallel Flash Arrays (HFAs), and RDMA over Converged Ethernet (RoCE), has the potential to fundamentally reshape the storage market by offering users affordable performance at scale. Read further...
Northern Data AG, a global provider of high-performance computing (HPC) solutions, has signed a strategic partnership with Innoplexus AG to accelerate drug discovery and development against COVID-19 and other diseases. Read further...
For airline passengers, there is seldom a more helpless feeling than experiencing turbulence. Though this phenomenon is almost always harmless during air travel, the jolting and bouncing of an aircraft causes anxiety in countless travellers every year. Read further...
"It's not rocket science" may be a tired cliché, but that doesn't mean designing rockets is any less complicated. Time, cost and safety prohibit testing the stability of a test rocket using a physical build "trial and error" approach. But even computational simulations are extremely time consuming. A single analysis of an entire SpaceX Merlin rocket engine, for example, could take weeks, even months, for a supercomputer to provide satisfactory predictions. Read further...
Statewide research and education networks in California, Oregon, and Washington have joined to support the shared approach announced by their states' respective leaders, Governors Gavin Newsom, Kate Brown, and Jay Inslee, to move toward a reopening of economic activity while safeguarding health outcomes. Read further...
Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have used molecular dynamics simulations to understand how sodium dodecyl sulfate causes protein unfolding. SDS is commonly used in labs to separate proteins and determine their molecular weights. However, it is still unclear how SDS influences protein structure. Read further...
San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) researchers Valentina Kouznetsova and Igor Tsigelny recently created a pharmacophore model and conducted data mining of the conformational database of FDA-approved drugs that identifies 64 compounds as potential inhibitors of the COVID-19 protease. Among the selected compounds are two HIV protease inhibitors, two hepatitis C protease inhibitors, and three drugs that have already shown positive results in testing with COVID-19. Read further...
Researchers at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California San Diego have been applying their high-performance computing expertise by porting the popular UniFrac microbiome tool to graphic processing units (GPUs) in a bid to increase the acceleration and accuracy of scientific discovery, including urgently needed COVID-19 research. Read further...
Eni has freely made its supercomputing infrastructure and its molecular modelling skills available for Coronavirus research, offering its contribution with its tools and resources of excellence in the fight against this global emergency. Read further...
The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Innovative and Novel Computational Impact on Theory and Experiment (INCITE) programme is now seeking proposals for high-impact, computationally intensive research campaigns in a broad array of science, engineering and computer science domains. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2020-04-20

Crowd computing

Researchers seek new drugs to fight coronavirus using computers in schools across Kentucky ...

ESI Group participates to the fight against COVID-19 with Folding@Home ...

NASA calls on gamers and citizen scientists to help map world's corals ...

Ball State Planetarium's computers joins global effort to better understand COVID-19 ...

Quantum computing

Speeding-up quantum computing using giant atomic ions ...

Future quantum computers may pose threat to today's most-secure communications ...

Boson particles discovery provides insights for quantum computing ...

ColdQuanta awarded contract of up to $7,4 million from DARPA to accelerate development of scalable cold atom quantum computers ...

Seeqc gains over $11 million in funding to introduce fully digital quantum computing ...

Q-CTRL announces strategic investment by In-Q-Tel to accelerate quantum technology solutions for national security applications ...

Hot, dense and coherent: scalable quantum bits operate under practical conditions ...

Focus on Europe

Barcelona Supercomputing Center acquires innovative technology for optimised storage and data analysis ...

Tachyum opens new European Union Headquarters in Slovakia ...

PRACE 20th Call for Proposals increases number of systems offering GPUs to researchers ...

PRACE SHAPE 10th Call awards five inspiring SMEs projects for HPC access; PRACE SHAPE 11th Call now open ...

Shock-related buffeting in aeroplanes ...

Middleware

Pavilion is ready for VMware vSphere 7 ...

Hardware

Research and Markets to issue Global Quantum Computing Market Research Report - Industry Share, Growth, Drivers, Trends and Demand Forecast to 2030 ...

HPC-AI Advisory Council and National Supercomputing Centre Singapore expand 3rd APAC HPC-AI Competition to address COVID-19 ...

Research and Markets to issue Global FPGA Market by Configuration, Technology, Node Size, Vertical, and Region - Forecast to 2025 ...

WekaIO recognized as one of CRN's Top 100 Storage Vendors for 2020 ...

NVMeAcademy.com offers technical insights for NVMe and NVMe-over-Fabrics for data centre infrastructure and operations leaders and teams ...

Natron Energy provides back-up power to Forced Physics data centre technology for their high-performance compute (HPC) suite at the H5 Data Centers Phoenix, AZ Campus ...

Amid COVID, computing society releases report on best practices for virtual conferences ...

BP supercomputer to aid global health care researchers in race to halt COVID-19 ...

Applications

Ordering of atoms in liquid gallium under pressure ...

Supercomputers assist international engineering team on wave energy project ...

SDSC's Comet supercomputer and Triton Shared Computing Cluster available for COVID-19 research ...

Two Atos supercomputers in Czech Republic made available to support COVID-19 research ...

The UK's Hartree Centre deploys Atos supercomputer for Coronavirus treatment research ...

New findings in search for perfect hydrogen production ...

Supercomputer Fugaku will be used to help fight against COVID-19 ...

Using nano-scale spintronics, researchers aim to build novel artificial brain ...

Eindhoven researchers present revolutionary light-emitting silicon ...

Frontera sets sights on transformative research ...

Supercomputing future wind power rise ...

Computer model predicts how drugs affect heart rhythm ...

Making Big Data processing more energy efficient using magnetic circuits ...

Hot qubits break one of the biggest constraints to practical quantum computers ...

Chemist developing 3D simulations of coronavirus spike proteins ...

Intel commits $50 million with Pandemic Response Technology Initiative to combat Coronavirus ...

HPCinnovation.com, an educational site powered by Pavilion, launches to expand usage benefit awareness for "3rd wave of storage" solutions ...

AI leader Innoplexus chooses Northern Data HPC solutions to accelerate drug discovery and development against COVID-19 ...

Using supercomputers to understand aviation turbulence ...

Scientific machine learning paves way for rapid rocket engine design ...

California, Oregon, and Washington Research & Education Networks announce collaborative support for COVID-19 Western States Pact ...

Dissecting the mechanism of protein unfolding by SDS ...

SDSC researchers develop potential COVID-19 protease inhibitors ...

UC San Diego researchers optimize microbiome tool for computer GPUs ...

Eni's HPC5 supercomputer contributes to Coronavirus research ...

U.S. Department of Energy's INCITE programme seeks proposals for 2021 ...