Primeur weekly 2020-05-11

Exascale supercomputing

Exascale Computing Project (ECP) names Berkeley Lab's Katie Antypas as new Director for Hardware and Integration ...

Crowd computing

Your computer can help scientists seeking potential COVID-19 treatments as part of a crowd computing effort ...

Quantum computing

US army researchers see path to quantum computing at room temperature ...

Focus on Europe

Researchers identify potential active substances against coronavirus by running supercomputer simulations ...

How to look for hidden drug binding pockets ...

Universe simulation Illustris is an ongoing success story ...

PRACE awards 195 million core hours to trap and defeat SARS-CoV-2 and more to come ...

Irish Centre for High-Performance Computing leads an international project to develop quantum circuit simulation tools for Europe's largest supercomputers ...

Middleware

Registration now open for 2020 OpenFabrics Alliance Virtual Workshop ...

Hardware

NERSC finalizes contract for next-generation supercomputer ...

Summit ranks on Graph500 list using only a fraction of its computing power ...

Aldec's new HES FPGA accelerator board targets HPC, HFT and prototyping applications plus hits the 'price/performance' sweet spot ...

Faraday's SoCreative!V platform accelerates SoC development in Edge applications ...

United States Data Center Market Outlook 2020-2025 - Opening of several new facilities likely to be delayed by up to three months due to outbreak of COVID-19 ...

Lenovo provides customers with an EPYC choice in data centre servers ...

Xilinx teams with leading universities around the world to establish adaptive compute research clusters ...

New study exposes hidden costs of high-performance storage; downtime and labour costs are significant burdens that risk the mission ...

Supermicro announces third quarter fiscal year 2020 financial results ...

Applications

International team to provide world's first 3D simulations of superluminous supernovae ...

Ansys RedHawk-SC multiphysics signoff solution achieves certification on all TSMC advanced process technologies ...

Gold standard force fields help identify promising peptides to disrupt COVID-19 ...

Texascale Days showcases potential of Frontera for large-scale simulation and modelling ...

TACC COVID-19 twitter dataset enables social science research about pandemic ...

European supercomputers join pharmaceutical companies in hunt for new drugs ...

Shedding new light on nanolasers using 2D semiconductors ...

Research found a new way to make functional materials based on polymers of metal clusters ...

To make an atom-sized machine, you need a quantum mechanic ...

Simulations forecast nationwide increase in human exposure to extreme climate events ...

Using digital twins to design more sustainable cities ...

Variance in tree species results in the cleanest urban air ...

First simulation of a full-sized mitochondrial membrane ...

Four years of calculations lead to new insights into muon anomaly ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2020-05-11

Exascale supercomputing

The US Department of Energy's (DOE) Exascale Computing Project (ECP) has selected Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory's Katie Antypas as its new Director for the project's Hardware & Integration (HI) Focus Area, effective May 11, 2020. Katie Antypas will be replacing Terri Quinn, who is returning to her full-time responsibilities as Deputy Associate Director for Livermore Computing (LC), Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's (LLNL) high-performance computing (HPC) organisation. Read further...

Crowd computing

IBM has announced that anyone in the world with a PC, laptop or Mac and an Internet connection could help scientists seek chemical compounds that might be effective against COVID-19. To do so, volunteers' devices will perform small, virtual experiments to identify chemical compounds, including those in existing medicines, that could potentially be used as treatments candidates for COVID-19. Compounds that show promise for treating COVID-19 will undergo further testing and analysis. Read further...

Quantum computing

US Army researchers predict quantum computer circuits that will no longer need extremely cold temperatures to function could become a reality after about a decade. Read further...

Focus on Europe

Several drugs approved for treating hepatitis C viral infection were identified as potential candidates against COVID-19, a new disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. This is the result of research based on extensive calculations using the MOGON II supercomputer at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU). Read further...
Cryptic pockets are hidden and appear only when a ligand molecule is actually bound. Now researchers have developed a novel sampling approach, which can detect hidden binding pockets in proteins that were before deemed undruggable. Their approach could even help to battle the current coronavirus pandemic. Read further...
In 2014, a team of scientists amazed the world with a simulation of the universe from its birth to the present. Having first confirmed that the cosmological model actually leads to the galaxy distribution that we see in space, the project went on to yield numerous discoveries - for instance about the properties of galaxies and the impact of supermassive black holes on cosmic structures. Still today, the project calculated on PRACE supercomputers inspires ever more new scientific approaches for investigating the origin of our universe. Read further...
PRACE is joining the battle against COVID-19 by providing huge computational power - 195.000.000 core hours - to the first ten projects awarded under the Fast Track Call for Proposals to support the mitigation of the impact of the pandemic. And this is only the beginning. Read further...
The Irish Centre for High-End Computing (ICHEC) which delivers complex compute solutions to Irish HEAs, Enterprises and the Public Sector on behalf of the State, is leading a novel quantum simulation project in collaboration with partners at the Leibniz Supercomputing centre (LRZ) to develop quantum simulation tools for Europe's largest supercomputers. Read further...

Middleware

The OpenFabrics Alliance (OFA) has opened registration for its OFA Virtual Workshop, taking place June 8-12, 2020. This virtual event will replace the postponed in-person OFA Workshop that was set to take place this past March and will provide fabric developers and users an opportunity to discuss emerging fabric technologies, collaborate on future industry requirements, and address today's challenges. The OFA Workshop is a premier means of fostering collaboration among those who develop fabrics, deploy fabrics and create applications that rely on fabrics. Read further...

Hardware

The National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC), the mission high-performance computing facility for the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science, has moved another step closer to making Perlmutter - its next-generation GPU-accelerated supercomputer - available to the science community in 2020. Read further...
For the first time ever and using only a fraction of its processing power, an Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) supercomputer has entered the Graph500 ranking, a list published twice a year that benchmarks the speed at which a computer performs graph operations. Read further...
Aldec Inc., a pioneer in mixed HDL language simulation and hardware-assisted verification for FPGA and ASIC designs, has launched a new FPGA accelerator board for high performance computing (HPC), high frequency trading (HFT) applications and high speed FPGA prototyping. The HES-XCKU11P-DDR4 is a 1U form factor board featuring a Xilinx Kintex UltraScale+ FPGA, a PCIe interface and two QSFP-DD connectors - providing a total of up to 400 Gbit/s bandwidth, and which hits the ideal sweet spot between speed, logic cells, low power draw and price. Read further...
Faraday Technology Corporation, an ASIC design service and IP provider, has launched its SoCreative!V SoC development platform based upon Faraday's A500 SoC in UMC's 28HPC process. The platform features an ARM Cortex-A53 Quad core with up to 1,4GHz clock rate; delivering an all-in-one solution with multiple, extendable, high-speed interfaces addressing current market demands for high-performance computing applications, such as 5G, networking, AIoT, High-Def Projectors, Multimedia, and MFP. Read further...
The "Data Center Market in US - Industry Outlook and Forecast 2020-2025" report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering. Read further...
Lenovo Data Center Group (DCG) has launched the ThinkSystem SR645 and SR665 two-socket servers featuring enhanced performance and I/O connectivity for higher performance workloads. This announcement follows the release of the ThinkSystem SR635 and SR655 single-socket servers, and expands Lenovo's server portfolio powered by AMD EPYC 7002 Series processors. Read further...
Xilinx Inc., an expert in adaptive and intelligent computing, is establishing Xilinx Adaptive Compute Clusters (XACC) at four of the world's most prestigious universities. The XACCs provide critical infrastructure and funding to support novel research in adaptive compute acceleration for high performance computing (HPC). The scope of the research is broad and encompasses systems, architecture, tools and applications. Read further...
Total cost of ownership (TCO) now rivals performance as a top criterion for purchasing high-performance computing (HPC) storage systems, according to an independent study published by Hyperion Research. Read further...
Super Micro Computer Inc., a global expert in high-performance, high-efficiency server, storage technology and green computing, has issued financial results for its third quarter of fiscal year 2020 ended March 31, 2020. Read further...

Applications

For most of the 20th century, astronomers have scoured the skies for supernovae - the explosive deaths of massive stars - and their remnants in search of clues about the progenitor, the mechanisms that caused it to explode, and the heavy elements created in the process. In fact, these events create most of the cosmic elements that go on to form new stars, galaxies, and life. Read further...
Ansys achieved certification for its next-generation system-on-chip (SoC) power noise signoff platform for all TSMC's advanced process technologies. This helps mutual customers verify the power requirements and reliability of the world's largest chips for artificial intelligence, machine learning, 5G mobile, and high-performance computing (HPC) applications. Read further...
Drug discovery is arduous, expensive, and often prone to failure, but computer-aided drug design and simulation can speed up and improve the development of treatments. Thomas Cheatham - a professor of medicinal chemistry and director of the Center for High Performance Computing at the University of Utah - and Rodrigo Galindo - a research professor in his group - use powerful supercomputers to predict the characteristics of novel drugs. Read further...
Computational simulation and modelling is always pushing the boundaries of the possible, adding more physical realism - down to the quantum level - or modelling larger systems - whether all the stars in a galaxy or all the interacting atoms in a cell. As one of the largest supercomputers on the planet, Frontera allows researchers to solve problems that have been beyond the grasp of researchers in the past. From March 10-16, 2020, the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) hosted its second Texascale Days event, where research teams were provided exclusive access to Frontera, which is typically shared among dozens of projects. Read further...
Of the myriad ways researchers are fighting the spread of the coronavirus, studying Tweets may not be the first that come to mind. But now, as in past crises, tapping into one of the world's leading real-time messaging service can help identify new pandemic hotspots, highlight new symptoms, or interpret how people and communities are responding to orders to practice social distancing. Read further...
Behind the Exscalate4CoV project stands an unprecedented consortium of the best scientific minds in the technological and bio-medical fields. Supported by 3 million euro of emergency EU funding, an increasing number of pharmaceutical companies and research institutes have recently joined the quest to find a drug to treat the coronavirus. Read further...
In his latest line of research, Cun-Zheng Ning, a professor of electrical engineering in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University, and his peers explored the intricate balance of physics that governs how electrons, holes, excitons and trions coexist and mutually convert into each other to produce optical gain. Read further...
Researchers at the universities of Jyvaskyla in Finland and Xiamen in China have discovered a novel way to make functional macroscopic crystalline materials out of nanometer-size 34-atom silver-gold intermetallic clusters. The cluster material has a highly anisotropic electrical conductivity, being a semiconductor in one direction and an electrical insulator in other directions. Read further...
Here's a new chapter in the story of the miniaturisation of machines: researchers in a laboratory in Singapore have shown that a single atom can function as either an engine or a fridge. Such a device could be engineered into future computers and fuel cells to control energy flows. Read further...
By 2050, the United States will likely be exposed to a larger number of extreme climate events, including more frequent heat waves, longer droughts and more intense floods, which can lead to greater risks for human health, ecosystem stability and regional economies. Read further...
For Dr. Fabian Dembski, who works at the intersection of architecture, city planning, and computational science, cities are more than just the places we live. They function like living organisms, growing and changing over time. From this perspective, decisions made in city planning can either improve or degrade the health of urban spaces. Read further...
What kind of an effect do trees have on aerosol particle concentrations in cities? Modelling carried out at the University of Helsinki revealed that the air was cleanest on the street level with three rows of trees of variable height situated along boulevard-type city street canyons. Read further...
Scientists from the University of Groningen have developed a method that combines different resolution levels in a computer simulation of biological membranes. Their algorithm backmaps a large-scale model that includes features, such as membrane curvature, to its corresponding coarse-grained molecular model. This has allowed them to zoom in on toxin-induced membrane budding and to simulate a full-sized mitochondrial lipid membrane. Their approach opens the way to whole-cell simulations at a molecular level. Read further...
Two decades ago, an experiment at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory pinpointed a mysterious mismatch between established particle physics theory and actual lab measurements. When researchers gauged the behaviour of a subatomic particle called the muon, the results did not agree with theoretical calculations, posing a potential challenge to the Standard Model - our current understanding of how the universe works. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2020-05-11

Exascale supercomputing

Exascale Computing Project (ECP) names Berkeley Lab's Katie Antypas as new Director for Hardware and Integration ...

Crowd computing

Your computer can help scientists seeking potential COVID-19 treatments as part of a crowd computing effort ...

Quantum computing

US army researchers see path to quantum computing at room temperature ...

Focus on Europe

Researchers identify potential active substances against coronavirus by running supercomputer simulations ...

How to look for hidden drug binding pockets ...

Universe simulation Illustris is an ongoing success story ...

PRACE awards 195 million core hours to trap and defeat SARS-CoV-2 and more to come ...

Irish Centre for High-Performance Computing leads an international project to develop quantum circuit simulation tools for Europe's largest supercomputers ...

Middleware

Registration now open for 2020 OpenFabrics Alliance Virtual Workshop ...

Hardware

NERSC finalizes contract for next-generation supercomputer ...

Summit ranks on Graph500 list using only a fraction of its computing power ...

Aldec's new HES FPGA accelerator board targets HPC, HFT and prototyping applications plus hits the 'price/performance' sweet spot ...

Faraday's SoCreative!V platform accelerates SoC development in Edge applications ...

United States Data Center Market Outlook 2020-2025 - Opening of several new facilities likely to be delayed by up to three months due to outbreak of COVID-19 ...

Lenovo provides customers with an EPYC choice in data centre servers ...

Xilinx teams with leading universities around the world to establish adaptive compute research clusters ...

New study exposes hidden costs of high-performance storage; downtime and labour costs are significant burdens that risk the mission ...

Supermicro announces third quarter fiscal year 2020 financial results ...

Applications

International team to provide world's first 3D simulations of superluminous supernovae ...

Ansys RedHawk-SC multiphysics signoff solution achieves certification on all TSMC advanced process technologies ...

Gold standard force fields help identify promising peptides to disrupt COVID-19 ...

Texascale Days showcases potential of Frontera for large-scale simulation and modelling ...

TACC COVID-19 twitter dataset enables social science research about pandemic ...

European supercomputers join pharmaceutical companies in hunt for new drugs ...

Shedding new light on nanolasers using 2D semiconductors ...

Research found a new way to make functional materials based on polymers of metal clusters ...

To make an atom-sized machine, you need a quantum mechanic ...

Simulations forecast nationwide increase in human exposure to extreme climate events ...

Using digital twins to design more sustainable cities ...

Variance in tree species results in the cleanest urban air ...

First simulation of a full-sized mitochondrial membrane ...

Four years of calculations lead to new insights into muon anomaly ...