Primeur weekly 2020-06-29

Quantum computing

Atos takes the most powerful quantum simulator in the world to the next level with Atos QLM E ...

New model helps to describe defects and errors in quantum computers ...

Research and Markets to issue 2020 Revenue Assessment for Post-Quantum Cryptography (PQC) report ...

Focus on Europe

Iceland joined the LUMI consortium ...

LRZ to deploy HPE's Cray CS500 system to bring innovative architecture to the science of its users ...

Outcome of the e-IRG Webinar Series organized in the framework of the Croatian EU Presidency on 25-26 May 2020: Grand challenges of e-infrastructures within the new ERA ...

Spring 2020 edition of the e-IRG Magazine available ...

MareNostrum will generate a language model in Spanish based on millions of digital contents from the National Library of Spain ...

A team of bioengineering and computing experts outlines how the creation of text mining and Artificial Intelligence tools could advance biomaterials research and development ...

Barcelona Supercomputing Center releases OmpSs-2 version 2020.06 ...

Barcelona Supercomputing Center releases COMPSs version 2.7 ...

Ghent University engages Atos to build third Tier1 VSC supercomputer supporting research in Flanders ...

Dell Technologies high performance computing customers drive breakthroughs for global impact ...

Hardware

NCSA and Southern Methodist University announce new strategic partnership ...

TYAN brings the latest server advancements at its 2020 Server Solutions Online Exhibition ...

WekaIO awarded a patent for Flash Registry with Write Leveling ...

Western Digital's New NVMe SSDs and NVMe-oF solutions provide the foundation for next-generation, agile data infrastructures ...

CW-WDM MSA Group forms to drive new industry standard for optical laser sources ...

Battelle awarded contract to enable Arctic research ...

Applications

Project to calculate emissions reductions across Europe during the COVID-19 pandemic ...

Supercomputer simulations show how DNA prepares itself for repair ...

Georgia Tech engineers simulate solar cell work using supercomputers ...

A new way of designing global satellite missions ...

Process for 'two-faced' nanomaterials may aid energy, information tech ...

New transatlantic lab decodes the brain with AI ...

Ion conducting polymer crucial to improving neuromorphic devices ...

Scientists develop new tool to design better fusion devices ...

C3.ai Digital Transformation Institute announces COVID-19 awards ...

UCF Consortium announces OpenSNAPI project to develop an open, standard application programming interface for smart networking adapters ...

The Cloud

SDSC's Sherlock Cloud announces Skylab ...

Dell Technologies brings IT infrastructure and Cloud capabilities to Edge environments ...

New technique may enable all-optical data-centre networks ...

Schrödinger expands discovery efforts for COVID-19 Alliance with advanced molecular simulation leveraging high-powered parallel computing on Google Cloud ...

Nebulon emerges from stealth and announces Cloud-Defined Storage ...

Repertoire Immune Medicines receives funding from COVID-19 High Performance Computing Consortium ...

W3BCLOUD raises $20,5 million to roll out a network of data centres dedicated for the blockchain economy ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2020-06-29

Quantum computing

Atos, a global expert in digital transformation, extends its portfolio of quantum solutions with Atos QLM Enhanced (Atos QLM E), a new GPU-accelerated range of its Atos Quantum Learning Machine (Atos QLM) offer, the world's highest-performing commercially available quantum simulator. Offering up to 12 times more computation speed, Atos QLM E paves the way to optimized digital quantum simulation on the first, intermediate-scale quantum computers to be commercialized in the next few years - called NISQ which stands for Noisy Intermediate-Scale Quantum. Read further...
A summer internship in Bilbao, Spain, has led to a paper in the journalPhysical Review Lettersfor Jack Mayo, a Master's student at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. He has helped to create a universal model that can predict the number distribution of topological defects in non-equilibrium systems. The results can be applied to quantum computing and to studies into the origin of structure in the early Universe. Read further...
The "Post-Quantum Cryptography (PQC): A Revenue Assessment" report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering. Read further...

Focus on Europe

The LUMI Strategic Committee has approved Iceland as the tenth member country of the LUMI consortium. The decision was made in LUMI Strategic Committee's meeting on 27 May 2020. Read further...
The Leibniz Supercomputing Centre (LRZ) will extend its testbed programme using HPE's Cray CS500 system with Fujitsu A64FX processors that are based on Arm architecture. Integrating the technologies in early autumn, the institute of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities will be the first academic computing centre in the European Union to offer this innovative hardware for its users to explore. Read further...
The e-IRG workshop organised within the framework of the Croatian EU Presidency was conducted as a series of three webinars, each of them addressing one of the top challenges for the further development of e-Infrastructures in the Europe Research Area and beyond: development of adequate skills; partnerships between related stakeholders within and across national boundaries; and sharing of data under the FAIR principles, within and across scientific domains, institutions and countries. Read further...
The e-Infrastructure Reflection Group (e-IRG) has published a new edition of the e-IRG Magazine. The Spring edition is now available for download. Read further...
The supercomputer MareNostrum has already started to receive a vast amount of data from the Web archive of the National Library of Spain, which will be the base to generate a model of the Spanish language and other languages from the state. The archive of the Spanish web is the collection formed by websites with the domain .es - including blogs, forums, documents, images, videos, etc. - plus all those considered documentary heritage included in other domains that are collected so as to preserve the Spanish documentary heritage on the Internet and to ensure access to it. The Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) will be responsible for its undertaking, as commissioned by the Secretary of State for Digital and Artificial Intelligence Advancement (SEDIA), in the framework of the Plan to promote language technologies. Read further...
Nature Reviewmaterials magazine has published an article signed by scientists from the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC), the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) and the Institut de Bioingenieria de Catalunya (IBEC) outlining the great possibilities that artificial intelligence presents to the advancement of biomaterials design and development. Read further...
The Programming Models group at Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) has published a new release (version 2020.06) of the OmpSs-2 programming model. In this release, the developers have added several new major features such as a compiler based on LLVM, an integrated tracing tool, and support for OpenACC kernels. Moreover, they have optimized the scheduler infrastructure, the memory allocator and the discrete dependency system to improve performance and scalability of OmpSs-2 applications on many-core systems. Read further...
The Workflows and Distributed Computing team at the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) is proud to announce a new release, version 2.7, codename Hyacinth, of the programming environment COMPSs. Read further...
Atos, a global expert in digital transformation, has signed a 6-year contract for a value of over 10 million euro with Ghent University (UGent) to deliver the next Tier1 supercomputer for the Flemish Supercomputer Center VSC. This supercomputer will help researchers from academic research institutions, government and industry to speed up time-consuming calculations and solve complex computational problems: from modelling weather and climate change to supporting the development of renewable energy and accelerating the search for new medicine. Most significantly, supercomputers have recently been instrumental in research combating COVID-19, including in Flanders. Read further...
When organisations, including the University of Cambridge, Cardiff University and the University of Pisa, wanted to advance their data-centric research for new and emerging communities, they turned to Dell Technologies for high-performance computing (HPC) solutions. Read further...

Hardware

The National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas are forming a new strategic partnership to promote advanced computing and data science. Read further...
TYAN , an industry-leading server platform design manufacturer and a MiTAC Computing Technology Corporation subsidiary, is showcasing its latest lineup of HPC, storage, Cloud and embedded platforms powered by 2nd Gen AMD EPYC 7002 series processors and 2nd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable Processors at TYAN server solutions online exhibition. Read further...
WekaIO, an innovation expert in high-performance, scalable file storage for data-intensive applications, has been assigned a patent (10684799) for "Flash registry with write leveling", and has forty more patents pending. Read further...
Western Digital has introduced new solutions that provide the foundation for next-generation data infrastructures designed around Ultrastar NVMe SSDs and supercharged by NVMe-oF. Building upon the company's innovative design and integration capabilities - from NAND Flash to storage platforms - the new dual-port, performance Ultrastar DC SN840 NVMe SSDs and in-house RapidFlex NVMe-oF controllers are standalone solutions that combine to create the new OpenFlex Data24 NVMe-oF Storage Platform, a new shared storage Just a Bunch of Flash (JBOF) enclosure that extends the value of NVMe to multiple hosts over a low-latency Ethernet fabric network. These new solutions further expand Western Digital's data centre portfolio to help customers transition to higher efficiency NVMe SSDs and more advanced shared storage architectures to meet the evolving demands of performance-driven applications and workloads. Read further...
The CW-WDM MSA - Continuous-Wave Wavelength Division Multiplexing Multi-Source Agreement - Group has announced its formation as an industry consortium dedicated to defining and promoting specifications for multi-wavelength advanced integrated optics. Read further...
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded Battelle the Arctic Research Support and Logistics Services contract. On this 10-year, $260 million contract, Battelle and its partners will provide infrastructure and logistics support to academic researchers conducting NSF-funded studies in Alaska, Greenland, Canada and other Arctic areas. Read further...

Applications

Responding to an increasing demand to quantify the effects of the COVID-19 measures, especially in the environment and air quality, the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) and the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) have signed a contract to calculate European emission reductions during the pandemic in the framework of the Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (CAMS). ECMWF operates CAMS on behalf of the European Commission. Read further...
It's common knowledge that the human body consists of trillions of cells. The cell nucleus, which houses DNA, is under attack every second of every day by environmental and behavioural factors. Researchers from Harvard University and the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (UTMB) recently used the Comet supercomputer at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California San Diego to uncover the novel ways in which DNA prepares itself for repair. Read further...
Solar energy has become a popular renewable source of electricity around the world with silicon serving as the primary source due to its efficiency and stability. Because of silicon's relatively high cost, hybrid organic-inorganic perovskites (HOIPs) have emerged as a lower-cost - and highly efficient - option for solar power, according to a recent study by Georgia Institute of Technology researchers. Read further...
While using four satellites may sound simple, it is actually very complex. Building upon remote sensing work focused on global flooding they conducted using NCSA's Blue Waters supercomputer in 2015, Patrick Reed, the Joseph C. Ford Professor of Engineering at Cornell University, and his team discovered the right combination of factors to make a four-satellite constellation not only possible but economically feasible. The publication of the team's results earlier this year, including inNature Communications, has had the science community buzzing. Patrick Reed believes a large part of the response to the work is its practicality. This work has also recently been named one of eight global finalists for top human competitive result using genetic and evolutionary computation in 2020 (the Humies). Read further...
A team led by the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) used a simple process to implant atoms precisely into the top layers of ultra-thin crystals, yielding two-sided structures with different chemical compositions. The resulting materials, known as Janus structures after the two-faced Roman god, may prove useful in developing energy and information technologies. Read further...
The new German-Canadian lab HIBALL aims to create a microscopic 3D map of functional neuro-anatomy at the cellular level with the help of high-performance computing and artificial intelligence. The lab has been officially kicked off on June 26 with a virtual satellite event at the annual Organisation of Human Brain Mapping (OHBM) conference. Read further...
"Neuromorphic" refers to mimicking the behaviour of brain neural cells. When one speaks of neuromorphic computers, they are talking about making computers think and process more like human brains-operating at high-speed with low energy consumption. Read further...
One way that scientists seek to bring to Earth the fusion process that powers the stars is trapping plasma within a twisting magnetic coil device shaped like a breakfast cruller. But the device, called a stellarator, must be precisely engineered to prevent heat from escaping the plasma core where it stokes the fusion reactions. Now, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) researchers have demonstrated that an advanced computer code could help design stellarators that confine the essential heat more effectively. Read further...
C3.ai Digital Transformation Institute (C3.ai DTI) has announced the first C3.ai DTI awards for artificial intelligence (AI) techniques to mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic. Read further...
The Unified Communication Framework (UCF), a collaboration of industry, laboratories, and academia to create production-grade communication frameworks and open standards for data-centric and high-performance applications, has announced the formation of the Open Smart Network Application Programming Interface (OpenSNAPI) project. Read further...

The Cloud

The Sherlock Division of the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California San Diego has broadened its secure Cloud solutions portfolio to offer Skylab, an innovative customer-owned Cloud platform solution that provides a self-standing, compliant environment for secure workloads in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud. Read further...
Dell Technologies, an expert in hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI), has launched two new VxRail systems - including the first ruggedized VxRail model and introduction of AMD EPYC processors - bringing the power and simplicity of HCI to the most challenging and space-constrained edge environments. Read further...
A new technique that synchronises the clocks of computers in under a billionth of a second can eliminate one of the hurdles for the deployment of all-optical networks, potentially leading to more efficient data centres, according to a new study led by UCL and Microsoft. Read further...
Schrödinger, whose physics-based software platform enables discovery of high-quality, novel molecules for therapeutics and materials, has announced a significant expansion of its work to discover novel antiviral therapeutics for COVID-19 as a part of a philanthropic global initiative. The accelerated pace, including the evaluation of billions of molecules each week, is supported by Google Cloud, which has donated Cloud credits for high-powered parallel computing to enable rapid exploration of chemical space. Read further...
Nebulon Inc. has launched Cloud-Defined Storage, on-premises, server-based storage for mission critical applications managed by the Nebulon Cloud. Cloud-Defined Storage is powered by the combination of a secure, Cloud-based control plane and PCIe cards that are installed into customers' servers, providing the necessary enterprise-class data services for critical applications. With Cloud-Defined Storage, customers can cost-effectively and simply address both modern workloads like containers and NoSQL databases as well as traditional workloads like VMware and clustered SQL databases, whilst eliminating the operational overhead of managing and automating storage operations at-scale. Cloud-Defined Storage is the first ground-breaking innovation for server-based primary storage since the introduction of hyperconverged infrastructure. Read further...
Repertoire Immune Medicines, a clinical-stage biotech company tooled to decode and deploy the immune system across multiple major diseases, has received funding from the COVID-19 High Performance Computing (HPC) Consortium, a private-public sector effort offering computing capabilities to support COVID-19 research programmes. Repertoire's research project aims to identify viral epitopes most likely to induce durable immunity to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, through induction of long-term memory in T cells. Under this grant, Repertoire will leverage the Cloud computing resources of Amazon Web Service (AWS) to simulate and predict the complex immunological interactions across patient populations that lead to clearance of SARS-CoV-2. Read further...
W3BCLOUD, a joint venture between Advanced Micro Devices and ConsenSys, announced today that it has completed its initial close of $20,5 million in convertible notes from Advanced Micro Devices and ConsenSys, along with several family offices in the United Arab Emirates. With this first round of funding, W3BCLOUD will ramp and operate its first Ethereum blockchain data centres. W3BCLOUD will expand its network of decentralized data centres across the globe as more funding is raised. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2020-06-29

Quantum computing

Atos takes the most powerful quantum simulator in the world to the next level with Atos QLM E ...

New model helps to describe defects and errors in quantum computers ...

Research and Markets to issue 2020 Revenue Assessment for Post-Quantum Cryptography (PQC) report ...

Focus on Europe

Iceland joined the LUMI consortium ...

LRZ to deploy HPE's Cray CS500 system to bring innovative architecture to the science of its users ...

Outcome of the e-IRG Webinar Series organized in the framework of the Croatian EU Presidency on 25-26 May 2020: Grand challenges of e-infrastructures within the new ERA ...

Spring 2020 edition of the e-IRG Magazine available ...

MareNostrum will generate a language model in Spanish based on millions of digital contents from the National Library of Spain ...

A team of bioengineering and computing experts outlines how the creation of text mining and Artificial Intelligence tools could advance biomaterials research and development ...

Barcelona Supercomputing Center releases OmpSs-2 version 2020.06 ...

Barcelona Supercomputing Center releases COMPSs version 2.7 ...

Ghent University engages Atos to build third Tier1 VSC supercomputer supporting research in Flanders ...

Dell Technologies high performance computing customers drive breakthroughs for global impact ...

Hardware

NCSA and Southern Methodist University announce new strategic partnership ...

TYAN brings the latest server advancements at its 2020 Server Solutions Online Exhibition ...

WekaIO awarded a patent for Flash Registry with Write Leveling ...

Western Digital's New NVMe SSDs and NVMe-oF solutions provide the foundation for next-generation, agile data infrastructures ...

CW-WDM MSA Group forms to drive new industry standard for optical laser sources ...

Battelle awarded contract to enable Arctic research ...

Applications

Project to calculate emissions reductions across Europe during the COVID-19 pandemic ...

Supercomputer simulations show how DNA prepares itself for repair ...

Georgia Tech engineers simulate solar cell work using supercomputers ...

A new way of designing global satellite missions ...

Process for 'two-faced' nanomaterials may aid energy, information tech ...

New transatlantic lab decodes the brain with AI ...

Ion conducting polymer crucial to improving neuromorphic devices ...

Scientists develop new tool to design better fusion devices ...

C3.ai Digital Transformation Institute announces COVID-19 awards ...

UCF Consortium announces OpenSNAPI project to develop an open, standard application programming interface for smart networking adapters ...

The Cloud

SDSC's Sherlock Cloud announces Skylab ...

Dell Technologies brings IT infrastructure and Cloud capabilities to Edge environments ...

New technique may enable all-optical data-centre networks ...

Schrödinger expands discovery efforts for COVID-19 Alliance with advanced molecular simulation leveraging high-powered parallel computing on Google Cloud ...

Nebulon emerges from stealth and announces Cloud-Defined Storage ...

Repertoire Immune Medicines receives funding from COVID-19 High Performance Computing Consortium ...

W3BCLOUD raises $20,5 million to roll out a network of data centres dedicated for the blockchain economy ...