Primeur weekly 2020-05-25

Focus

InsideHPC's Rich Brueckner passes away at 58 ...

Only half of the EuroHPC countries confirmed they will participate in co-funding EuroHPC projects ...

Quantum computing

Atos and CSC empower the Finnish quantum research community with Atos Quantum Learning Machine ...

Quantum Hall effect 'reincarnated' in 3D topological materials ...

University of California Los Angeles physicists develop world's best quantum bits ...

Quantum leap: Photon discovery is a major step toward at-scale quantum technologies ...

Focus on Europe

HPC-AI Advisory Council and ISC Group continue Annual Student Cluster Competition as an online event ...

ELASTIC software architecture advances urban mobility in Florence ...

Middleware

Waste energy of LUMI supercomputer produces 20 percent of the district heat of Kajaani ...

Italy-based Do IT Systems becomes Bright Services Partner ...

Hardware

Microsoft claims to have built new supercomputer for OpenAI ...

New York University and IBM research takes electrons for a spin in moving toward more efficient, higher density data ...

GRC wins Phase I of AFWERX Programme ...

Samsung Electronics expands its foundry capacity with a new production line in Pyeongtaek, Korea ...

HPE reports Q2 results ...

Intersect360 Research invites your input in an all new survey ...

Applications

Scientists seeking therapies for deadly bacterial disease ...

2020 OLCF User Meeting will happen remote together ...

Summit supercomputer is mining for COVID-19 connections ...

A new method for unraveling complex gene interactions ...

ACM honours computing innovators for advances in research, education and industry ...

Discovery about the edge of fusion plasma could help realize fusion power ...

Superconductors with 'zeitgeist' - When materials differentiate between past and future ...

NIST team builds hybrid quantum system by entangling molecule with atom ...

BIOS IT partners with Panasas to deliver ActiveStor Ultra turnkey HPC storage appliances ...

Supercomputer model simulations reveal cause of Neanderthal extinction ...

Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center is supporting COVID-19 research ...

The Cloud

New technique separates industrial noise from natural seismic signals ...

Lyell Immunopharma goes all-in on AWS as its Cloud provider ...

WekaIO furthers Weka AI by integrating with deep learning pipeline management solution from Valohai ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2020-05-25

Focus

It is with great sadness that Primeur Magazine heard the news of Richard Brueckner's unexpected passing away on May 20, 2020 at the age of 58. For Primeur Magazine, Rich Brueckner was a well respected, hard working and warmly appreciated colleague. To us, it always meant a great pleasure to meet and discuss with Rich about the technicalities of covering HPC events. He will stay for ever in our memory as the smiling, eagerly interviewing news gatherer with the inseparable red hat which became his well known trademark over the years in the HPC Community. The Primeur Magazine team expresses its condolences to his family and colleagues. We will sorely miss his charismatic presence among us. Read further...
Of the 32 countries participating in EuroHPC, only 16 confirmed they will participate in co-funding EuroHPC projects from the 2020 calls. Two countries said they will not co-fund any activity - the Netherlands and Estonia. The other countries have not yet published their position. The first call already closes in July 2020. Preparation of proposals for that call will be very difficult for proposers that do not know what co-funding they can expect. Read further...

Quantum computing

Atos, a global expert in digital transformation, has delivered its Atos Quantum Learning Machine, the world's highest-performing commercially available quantum simulator, to CSC - IT Center for Science. The 30-qubit Atos Quantum Learning Machine - called Kvasi - gives the Finnish science and research community the means to prepare for the upcoming era of quantum computing. Read further...
U.S. and German physicists have found surprising evidence that one of the most famous phenomena in modern physics - the quantum Hall effect - is "reincarnated" in topological superconductors that could be used to build fault-tolerant quantum computers. Read further...
A team of researchers at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) has set a new record for preparing and measuring the quantum bits, or qubits, inside of a quantum computer without error. The techniques they have developed make it easier to build quantum computers that outperform classical computers for important tasks, including the design of new materials and pharmaceuticals. Read further...
A team of physicists at the University of Bristol has developed the first integrated photon source with the potential to deliver large-scale quantum photonics. The development of quantum technologies promises to have a profound impact across science, engineering and society. Quantum computers at scale will be able to solve problems intractable on even the most powerful current supercomputers, with many revolutionary applications, for example, in the design of new drugs and materials. Read further...

Focus on Europe

The HPC-AI Advisory Council (HPCAIAC), a for community benefit organisation promoting high performance computing (HPC) and artificial intelligence (AI) education, along with the ISC Group, organizers of Europe's premier HPC forum, ISC High Performance (ISC 2020), have announced that the 2020 ISC-HPCAIAC Student Cluster Competition (SCC), regularly scheduled as a three-day live event during the ISC conference, will be held as an online competition. Through the generous support of the National Supercomputing Center (NSCC) Singapore, 14 student teams from around the world will utilize the supercomputing platforms at NSCC to remotely configure, code and benchmark a series of HPC and AI applications. Read further...
The innovative software architecture developed by the EU-funded project ELASTIC is being applied to a real smart city use case on the public tram vehicles in the city of Florence, Italy. The ELASTIC framework is fostering next-generation urban mobility applications for tramway solutions through the support of Big Data and extreme-scale analytics. Read further...

Middleware

Loiste Lämpö and CSC - IT Center for Science Ltd. have signed an agreement concerning the construction of a district heating connection for a data centre that will be built for the LUMI supercomputer and the utilization of waste heat the computer produces. According to the agreement, the data centre, which will start operating at the beginning of 2021, will collect the heat generated as a by-product of its operations, which Loiste Lämpö will then transfer to its network to heat homes and commercial premises in Kajaani. Read further...
Bright Computing, a global expert in Linux cluster automation and management software for HPC and machine learning, announced that Do IT Systems has joined the Bright Partner Programme as a qualified Services Partner. Read further...

Hardware

In a recent blog Jennifer Langston, who writes about Microsoft research and innovation, is telling that Microsoft announced at its Build developers conference that it has built one of the top five publicly disclosed supercomputers in the world, making new infrastructure available in Azure to train extremely large artificial intelligence models. Built in collaboration with and exclusively for OpenAI, the supercomputer hosted in Azure was designed specifically to train their AI models. It represents a key milestone in a partnership announced last year to jointly create new supercomputing technologies in Azure. Read further...
Researchers at New York University (NYU) and IBM Research have demonstrated a new mechanism involving electron motion in magnetic materials that points to new ways to potentially enhance data storage. Read further...
GRC - Green Revolution Cooling, an expert in single-Phase immersion cooling for data centres, has won Phase I of the AFWERX Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) award, to collaborate with US military installations worldwide. Read further...
Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., a global expert in advanced semiconductor technology, is planning to boost its foundry capacity at the company's new production line in Pyeongtaek, Korea, to meet growing global demand for cutting-edge extreme ultraviolet (EUV) solutions. Read further...
Hewlett Packard Enterprise has issued financial results for its fiscal 2020 second quarter, ended April 30, 2020. Read further...
Intersect360 Research is conducting a new survey to evaluate your awareness of and satisfaction with major vendors' solutions for High Performance Computing (HPC). Read further...

Applications

Francisella tularensis, a bacterium that causes the illness tularemia - also known as "rabbit fever", is one of the most hostile organisms on the planet. Once the bacterium enters the body and tularemia sets in, an infected person can experience a range of symptoms, from ulcers to tonsillitis to pneumonia that can turn fatal. Read further...
The Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF), a US Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science User Facility at DOE's Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) will hold its 16th annual User Meeting June 3-4, 2020. This year, however, there will be a noticeable difference: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the OLCF's 2020 User Meeting will be held entirely online. Read further...
Scientists have tapped the immense power of the Summit supercomputer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) to comb through millions of medical journal articles to identify potential vaccines, drugs and effective measures that could suppress or stop the spread of COVID-19. Read further...
The first step for biologists who want to develop new, more efficient biofuels is to understand the genetic underpinnings of plants that can be digested by microbes into chemical compounds. One species in particular, the black cottonwood tree, or Populus trichocarpa (poplar tree), has long been a focus of scientists interested in bioenergy. Read further...
ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery, has announced the recipients of three prestigious technical awards. These leaders were selected by their peers for making contributions to some of the most impactful and fastest-growing fields in technology. Read further...
A major roadblock to producing safe, clean and abundant fusion energy on Earth is the lack of detailed understanding of how the hot, charged plasma gas that fuels fusion reactions behaves at the edge of fusion facilities called "tokamaks". Recent breakthroughs by researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) have advanced understanding of the behaviour of the highly complex plasma edge in doughnut-shaped tokamaks on the road to capturing the fusion energy that powers the sun and stars. Understanding this edge region will be particularly important for operating ITER, the international fusion experiment under construction in France to demonstrate the practicality of fusion energy. Read further...
What happened yesterday and what will happen tomorrow are usually two different and quite independent matters. The past and the future of human life are not symmetric and therefore not reversible. In physics, this is different. The fundamental forces of nature in elementary particles, atoms and molecules are symmetric with respect to their development in time: Forwards or backwards makes no difference, scientists call this a time-reversal symmetry. Read further...
Physicists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have boosted their control of the fundamental properties of molecules at the quantum level by linking or 'entangling' an electrically charged atom and an electrically charged molecule, showcasing a way to build hybrid quantum information systems that could manipulate, store and transmit different forms of data. Read further...
Global high-performance computing (HPC) integration specialists BIOS IT has partnered with HPC storage expert Panasas to deliver turnkey storage solutions leveraging the Panasas ActiveStor Ultra appliance. Read further...
Climate scientists from the IBS Center for Climate Physics discovered that, contrary to previously held beliefs, Neanderthal extinction was neither caused by abrupt glacial climate shifts, nor by interbreeding with Homo Sapiens. According to new supercomputer model simulations, only competition between Neanderthals and Homo Sapiens can explain the rapid demise of Neanderthals around 43 to 38 thousand years ago. Read further...
From the start the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC) has been active in the support of researchers who try to find an answer in the fight against the COVID-19 outbreak. An experimental test for the coronavirus, powered by the Bridges supercomputer, has revealed viral changes and host responses. In addition, Bridges is helping the Catholic University visualize the coronavirus at atomic detail. Read further...

The Cloud

For the first time, seismologists can characterize signals as a result of some industrial human activity on a continent-wide scale using Cloud computing. Read further...
Amazon Web Services Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company, has announced that Lyell Immunopharma is going all-in on AWS - running its Cloud infrastructure on AWS - and has selected AWS as its standard for machine learning (ML) workloads. Lyell leverages AWS's highly performant and scalable infrastructure to run its secure data and analytics platform as well as support its high-performance computing workloads to accelerate the research of new cell therapies as it searches for cures for cancer. Read further...
WekaIO, an Advanced Technology Partner in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Partner Network (APN) and an innovation expert in high-performance and scalable file storage, has announced its integration with the deep learning pipeline management solution from Valohai, a Weka Innovation Network (WIN) partner. The announcement underpins Weka's commitment to empower Data Scientists and Chief Data Officers to manage and prioritize data science pipelines. The tools from Valohai are supported in an Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC), and available in AWS Marketplace. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2020-05-25

Focus

InsideHPC's Rich Brueckner passes away at 58 ...

Only half of the EuroHPC countries confirmed they will participate in co-funding EuroHPC projects ...

Quantum computing

Atos and CSC empower the Finnish quantum research community with Atos Quantum Learning Machine ...

Quantum Hall effect 'reincarnated' in 3D topological materials ...

University of California Los Angeles physicists develop world's best quantum bits ...

Quantum leap: Photon discovery is a major step toward at-scale quantum technologies ...

Focus on Europe

HPC-AI Advisory Council and ISC Group continue Annual Student Cluster Competition as an online event ...

ELASTIC software architecture advances urban mobility in Florence ...

Middleware

Waste energy of LUMI supercomputer produces 20 percent of the district heat of Kajaani ...

Italy-based Do IT Systems becomes Bright Services Partner ...

Hardware

Microsoft claims to have built new supercomputer for OpenAI ...

New York University and IBM research takes electrons for a spin in moving toward more efficient, higher density data ...

GRC wins Phase I of AFWERX Programme ...

Samsung Electronics expands its foundry capacity with a new production line in Pyeongtaek, Korea ...

HPE reports Q2 results ...

Intersect360 Research invites your input in an all new survey ...

Applications

Scientists seeking therapies for deadly bacterial disease ...

2020 OLCF User Meeting will happen remote together ...

Summit supercomputer is mining for COVID-19 connections ...

A new method for unraveling complex gene interactions ...

ACM honours computing innovators for advances in research, education and industry ...

Discovery about the edge of fusion plasma could help realize fusion power ...

Superconductors with 'zeitgeist' - When materials differentiate between past and future ...

NIST team builds hybrid quantum system by entangling molecule with atom ...

BIOS IT partners with Panasas to deliver ActiveStor Ultra turnkey HPC storage appliances ...

Supercomputer model simulations reveal cause of Neanderthal extinction ...

Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center is supporting COVID-19 research ...

The Cloud

New technique separates industrial noise from natural seismic signals ...

Lyell Immunopharma goes all-in on AWS as its Cloud provider ...

WekaIO furthers Weka AI by integrating with deep learning pipeline management solution from Valohai ...