Primeur weekly 2020-07-20

Focus

Alexandre Bonvin - HADDOCK enables Life Science researchers to do complex simulations for COVID-19 ...

Exascale supercomputing

BSC works on proactive solutions for timing and reliability in HPC systems in the project RECIPE ...

NNSA completes Exascale Class Cooling Equipment Project ...

Quantum computing

Cambridge Quantum Computing partners with IBM to expand industry engagement in quantum ...

Streamlining quantum information transmission ...

Focus on Europe

Several Italian Researh organisations, including INFN, and INAF, have formed a Joint Research Unit (JRU) "HPC4NDR - High Performance Computing for Natural Disaster Resilience" ...

The Catalan Minister Àngels Chacon visits the MareNostrum supercomputer to present the guidelines for the new 2020-2029 agreement ...

The MareNostrum supercomputer can now also be visited virtually ...

COSMA supercomputer reveals the atmospheric impact of planetary collisions and galaxy evolution research ...

Pascal Bouvry and Roger Lampach appointed CEO of LuxProvide S.A. in charge of setting up and operating the MeluXina supercomputer ...

ICT 2020 - Leading the Digital Age - event has been cancelled ...

Middleware

Bright Computing announces significant expansion of Bright-run research cluster at the Flatiron Institute ...

Altair releases new version of Altair Knowledge Studio market-leading machine learning and predictive analytics solution ...

Henri Richard joins Excelero as Board Advisor ...

Hardware

HPC integration specialist Boston Limited releases certified Panasas ActiveStor Ultra to its global customer base ...

NVIDIA names John Dabiri to Board of Directors ...

Fujitsu installs A64FX processortechnology at German university to explore origins of universe ...

Alfa Laval assists the world's fastest supercomputer in research against COVID-19 ...

More powerful data centre will accelerate research at Leiden University ...

JEDEC publishes new DDR5 standard for advancing next-generation high performance computing systems ...

GRC continues to build market momentum and raises additional capital to support new product development and strategic partnerships ...

Tachyum among the "100 Best Companies to Watch Out for in 2020" ...

Booz Allen Hamilton named Partner of the Year for Global Consulting by NVIDIA ...

Applications

BSC participates in the first observatory based on Big Data and artificial intelligence to detect and prevent future epidemics ...

Hyperion Research invites submissions for HPC Innovation Excellence Awards ...

Argonne conducts largest-ever simulation of flow inside an internal combustion engine ...

Arizona Universities join research computing consortium to study COVID-19 ...

Scientists identify new material with potential for brain-like computing ...

Experiment confirms liquids show properties of solid bodies at microscopic scales ...

Tel Aviv University graduate receives ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award ...

Over $10 million awarded to Penn State for energy centre ...

Cortical.io Introduces Contract Intelligence Solution with Semantic Search ...

HPC-AI Advisory Council announces 8th Annual APAC Advanced RDMA Programming Workshop and Competition ...

MathWorks partners with NVIDIA's Deep Learning Institute to offer new deep learning with MATLAB course ...

The Cloud

Cloud Computing Magazine names Univa a 2020 Product of the Year Award Winner ...

Core Scientific acquires Atrio, strengthening its AI capabilities as the Cloud for Data Scientists ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2020-07-20

Focus

We welcomed Alexandre Bonvin in our virtual Not-From-Frankfurt studio where he explained how ClusterVision clusters are at the heart of HADDOCK, a platform that enables researchers in Life Sciences to do complex simulations. During the past months there was a considerable increase in use of HADDOCK due to the COVID-19 crisis. Read further...

Exascale supercomputing

Driven by new application domains - i.e. computationally-intensive data analytics, new applications of massively parallel computations, and the increased ability of new customers to enter the market, the HPC market is developing quickly. Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) researchers are working to respond to this challenge in the European project RECIPE, aimed at providing solutions to manage that complexity and to make the system reliable. Read further...
The U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) has announced the completion of the Exascale Class Computer Cooling Equipment Project at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). On May 12, the project reached Critical Decision-4 (CD-4), Project Completion, 10 months ahead of schedule and $20 million under budget. A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the project took place July 16, during a visit from NNSA Administrator Lisa E. Gordon-Hagerty. Read further...

Quantum computing

Cambridge Quantum Computing (CQC) has become the first startup-based hub in the IBM Q Network. As a hub, CQC will expand membership of the network with Cloud-based access to the IBM Quantum Computation Center, which now includes 20 of the most-advanced quantum computers commercially available to explore practical applications for business and science, including eight systems with a Quantum Volume of 32, and a 53-qubit system - the largest available for clients in the industry. CQC and its hub member organisations will collaborate on chemistry, optimization, finance, and quantum machine learning and natural language processing using IBM Quantum systems and the open source Qiskit framework to advance and grow the industry's quantum computing ecosystem. Read further...
The quantum realm holds the key to the next revolution in communication technology as we know it. With the promise of unprecedented performance and impenetrable security, quantum technology is taking its first steps towards the ultimate goal of applications such as highly encrypted yet nearly fast-as-light financial transactions. However, the ability for quantum computers to communicate with one another has been limited by the resources required for such exchanges, constraining the amount of information that can be traded, as well as the amount of time it can be stored. Read further...

Focus on Europe

The Joint Research Unit (JRU) "HPC4NDR - High Performance Computing for Natural Disaster Resilience" is aimed at coordinating research and development activities in high performance computing with the aim the reduction of risks associated with natural disasters. Read further...
The Catalan government will contribute 59 million euro to the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) under the agreement with the Spanish Government and the UPC for the period 2020-2029. Read further...
In order to facilitate access to the MareNostrum supercomputer and publicize the research being carried out, the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) has enabled the virtual tour of the facility. Read further...
Giant impacts have a wide range of consequences for young planets and their atmospheres, according to research led by scientists at the University of Durham. These huge collisions dominate the late stages of planet formation. Using 3D supercomputer simulations the researchers have found a way of revealing how much atmosphere is lost during these events. In addition, a supercomputer simulation carried out in Durham that realistically calculates the formation of galaxies from the Big Bang to the present day is one of cosmology's most popular research papers of the past decade. Read further...
The entry into office of the new LuxProvide SA management team around Roger Lampach and Pascal Bouvry - both appointed CEO - constitutes a new important step in the implementation of the Luxembourg high performance computing infrastructure (HPC) which sees itself endowed with European funds and will integrate the European network EuroHPC of supercomputers. Read further...
One has been closely monitoring the situation with COVID-19, and after much consideration, the European Commission together with the German Presidency have made the decision to cancel the ICT 2020 conference, due to take place 1-3 December in Cologne. As the nature of the event lies particularly in the personal exchange and networking of the digital community, one has to prioritise the health and safety of the ICT stakeholders. However, the European Commission will explore the possibility to bring you this unique event in 2021. More updates will be shared in September. Read further...

Middleware

Bright Computing, a global expert in Linux Cluster automation and management software for HPC and machine learning, has expanded its continued relationship with the Flatiron Institute, the in-house research division of the Simons Foundation. Read further...
Altair, a global technology company providing solutions in product development, high performance computing (HPC), and data analytics, has released a new version of Altair Knowledge Studio that brings even greater speed, flexibility, and transparency to data modelling and predictive analytics. Read further...
Excelero, a disruptor in software-defined block storage for AI/ML/deep learning and GPU computing, announced that longtime enterprise technology executive and strategist Henri Richard has become a board advisor. As AI/ML/deep learning and HPC deployments drive demand for newer software-defined storage solutions using NVMe Flash, Henri Richard will assist Excelero's executive team in uncovering opportunities to accelerate growth. Read further...

Hardware

Global high-performance computing (HPC) integration specialists Boston Limited has completed testing and certification of the Panasas ActiveStor Ultra product line, readying the turnkey HPC storage appliance for distribution to its customer base throughout the US, EMEA and APAC. ActiveStor Ultra features PanFS, the fastest parallel file system at any price point. Boston is a strategic distributor and integrator for ActiveStor Ultra, providing customized HPC product and service solutions including installation, configuration and support services globally. Read further...
NVIDIA has named to its board of directors John Dabiri, the Centennial Professor of aeronautics and mechanical engineering at the California Institute of Technology, where he previously served as dean of Students and chair of the Faculty Board. Read further...
Researchers at the University of Regensburg in Germany are extending their exploration of the origins of the universe boosted by a new Fujitsu supercomputer, the PRIMEHPC FX700 underpinned by the new Arm-based Fujitsu A64FX processor. The university's QPACE4 - QCD Parallel Computing Engine 4 - project can now reach new insights, using a supercomputer based on technology developed by Fujitsu for the supercomputer Fugaku, recently ranked no. 1 in the TOP500 list of the world's supercomputers. Read further...
Alfa Laval, a world expert in heat transfer, centrifugal separation and fluid handling, has supplied its newly developed heat exchangers for the advanced cooling system of the world's fastest supercomputer; the Japanese 'Fugaku'. Due to its speed of 415 quadrillion computations per second, the computer is used in research for remedies against COVID-19. Read further...
Language evolution, targeted drugs or archaeological interpretation. Researchers are making increasing use of supercomputers that can rapidly process large quantities of data. This is one reason why the Leiden University data centre will be extended and updated. Datamining means we can get a better picture of the past. Read further...
JEDEC Solid State Technology Association, a global expert in the development of standards for the micro-electronics industry, has published the widely-anticipated JESD79-5 DDR5 SDRAM standard. The standard addresses demand requirements being driven by intensive Cloud and enterprise data centre applications, providing developers with twice the performance and much improved power efficiency. JESD79-5 DDR5 is now available for download from the JEDEC website. Read further...
GRC - Green Revolution Cooling, an expert in single-phase immersion cooling for data centres, has closed a $7 million Series B investment. The latest infusion, funded by private investors brings the company's total funding to date to $15 million. Read further...
Tachyum Inc. was recognized for its innovative approach, dedicated vision and effective solutions by being named as one of the "100 Best Companies to Watch Out for in 2020" in the July edition ofExeleon Magazine. Read further...
Booz Allen Hamilton has been selected by the NVIDIA Partner Network (NPN) as the 2019 Global Consulting Partner of the Year for the Americas. This is the third year in a row that Booz Allen has been honoured with this award. Read further...

Applications

Catalonia has the first State Epidemiological Observatory that will use Big Data and artificial intelligence techniques to generate a new collection of innovative epidemiological models for public health institutions that help them prevent, detect early, and mitigate the spread of epidemics. Read further...
Hyperion Research and the HPC User Forum Steering Committee are now accepting submissions for the 16th round of the HPC Innovation Excellence Awards. The programme started in 2011 and has recognized nearly 100 outstanding HPC-supported achievements in academia, government and the private sector. Read further...
Imagine more efficient internal combustion engines with lower emissions, sparked by computer simulation. Scientists across the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory have recently joined forces to conduct the largest-ever simulation of flow inside an internal combustion engine. The new insights could be used by auto manufacturers to design greener engines. Read further...
The University of Arizona, in partnership with research computing centres at Arizona State University and Northern Arizona University (NAU), is contributing research computing resources to a worldwide effort to advance COVID-19 research. Read further...
Chinedu E. Ekuma and his colleagues at the Sensor and Electrons Devices Directorate at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory have developed a new complex material design strategy for potential use in neuromorphic computing, using metallocene intercalation in hafnium disulfide (HfS2). The work is the first to demonstrate the effectiveness of a design strategy that functionalizes a 2D material with an organic molecule. Read further...
An international paper went out inPhysical Review B. The collaborators are Kazan Federal University, Vereschagin Institute of High Pressure Physics (Russian Academy of Sciences), Queen Mary University of London, Imperial College London, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Wuhan University of Technology, and Sichuan University. Read further...
ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery, has announced that Dor Minzer receives the 2019 ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award for his dissertation, "On Monotonicity Testing and the 2-to-2-Games Conjecture". The key contributions of Dor Minzer's dissertation are settling the complexity of testing monotonicity of Boolean functions and making a significant advance toward resolving the Unique Games Conjecture, one of the most central problems in approximation algorithms and complexity theory. Honourable Mentions for the 2019 ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award go to Jakub Tarnawski, Ecole polytechnique federale de Lausanne (EPFL) and JiaJun Wu, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Read further...
Penn State will receive more than $10 million from the U.S. Department of Energy as an Energy Frontier Research Center Award. This is one of 10 awards announced in 2020, and the second EFRC awarded to Penn State researchers. Read further...
Cortical.io has launched a new release of Cortical.io Contract Intelligence, an AI-based solution for enterprises that need to review and manage a large corpus of contracts and other legal documents. Cortical.io Contract Intelligence utilizes its patented natural language understanding (NLU) approach to automatically and quickly extract, classify and analyze relevant information in documents with a degree of accuracy that is difficult to achieve with manual labor or with other automation tools. Read further...
The HPC-AI Advisory Council, a for community benefit organisation promoting high performance computing (HPC) and artificial intelligence (AI) education, has announced registration is now open for its 8th Annual Advanced RDMA Programming Workshop and Competition. The 5-day online workshop from July 27 to August 2, followed by a 2-day hackathon will provide students with a comprehensive introduction to advanced network technologies and Remote Direct Memory Access (RDMA) programming for efficient server-to-server and server-to-storage communication. Read further...
MathWorks has announced that a comprehensive "Deep Learning with MATLAB" course is now available, developed in collaboration with NVIDIA's Deep Learning Institute. The two-day course is being offered in both instructor-led online and self-paced on-demand formats throughout the rest of 2020. On completion, engineers, scientists, and researchers will be ready to apply GPU-accelerated deep learning techniques in MATLAB to common applications such as image classification, autonomous systems, voice recognition, and object detection. Read further...

The Cloud

Univa, a provider of workload management and Cloud automation solutions for enterprise HPC, has announced that TMC, a global, integrated media company, has awarded Navops Launch 2.0 a 2020 Product of the Year Award, presented by Cloud Computing Magazine. Read further...
Core Scientific, an infrastructure and software solutions provider for Artificial Intelligence (AI) and blockchain led by CEO Kevin Turner, the former COO of Microsoft, has acquired certain assets and technology of Atrio Inc., a performance-critical AI and High Performance Computing (HPC) Cloud services company. Core Scientific has also recently partnered with NVIDIA, the inventor of the GPU, as well as NetApp, an expert in Cloud data services, to provide free access to AI and data engineering infrastructure for GPU-accelerated novel coronavirus-related research. The addition of Atrio's innovative intellectual property and expertise is a part of Core Scientific's larger efforts in building the Cloud for Data Scientists which includes helping researchers accelerate AI-based genomics research to combat the pandemic. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2020-07-20

Focus

Alexandre Bonvin - HADDOCK enables Life Science researchers to do complex simulations for COVID-19 ...

Exascale supercomputing

BSC works on proactive solutions for timing and reliability in HPC systems in the project RECIPE ...

NNSA completes Exascale Class Cooling Equipment Project ...

Quantum computing

Cambridge Quantum Computing partners with IBM to expand industry engagement in quantum ...

Streamlining quantum information transmission ...

Focus on Europe

Several Italian Researh organisations, including INFN, and INAF, have formed a Joint Research Unit (JRU) "HPC4NDR - High Performance Computing for Natural Disaster Resilience" ...

The Catalan Minister Àngels Chacon visits the MareNostrum supercomputer to present the guidelines for the new 2020-2029 agreement ...

The MareNostrum supercomputer can now also be visited virtually ...

COSMA supercomputer reveals the atmospheric impact of planetary collisions and galaxy evolution research ...

Pascal Bouvry and Roger Lampach appointed CEO of LuxProvide S.A. in charge of setting up and operating the MeluXina supercomputer ...

ICT 2020 - Leading the Digital Age - event has been cancelled ...

Middleware

Bright Computing announces significant expansion of Bright-run research cluster at the Flatiron Institute ...

Altair releases new version of Altair Knowledge Studio market-leading machine learning and predictive analytics solution ...

Henri Richard joins Excelero as Board Advisor ...

Hardware

HPC integration specialist Boston Limited releases certified Panasas ActiveStor Ultra to its global customer base ...

NVIDIA names John Dabiri to Board of Directors ...

Fujitsu installs A64FX processortechnology at German university to explore origins of universe ...

Alfa Laval assists the world's fastest supercomputer in research against COVID-19 ...

More powerful data centre will accelerate research at Leiden University ...

JEDEC publishes new DDR5 standard for advancing next-generation high performance computing systems ...

GRC continues to build market momentum and raises additional capital to support new product development and strategic partnerships ...

Tachyum among the "100 Best Companies to Watch Out for in 2020" ...

Booz Allen Hamilton named Partner of the Year for Global Consulting by NVIDIA ...

Applications

BSC participates in the first observatory based on Big Data and artificial intelligence to detect and prevent future epidemics ...

Hyperion Research invites submissions for HPC Innovation Excellence Awards ...

Argonne conducts largest-ever simulation of flow inside an internal combustion engine ...

Arizona Universities join research computing consortium to study COVID-19 ...

Scientists identify new material with potential for brain-like computing ...

Experiment confirms liquids show properties of solid bodies at microscopic scales ...

Tel Aviv University graduate receives ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award ...

Over $10 million awarded to Penn State for energy centre ...

Cortical.io Introduces Contract Intelligence Solution with Semantic Search ...

HPC-AI Advisory Council announces 8th Annual APAC Advanced RDMA Programming Workshop and Competition ...

MathWorks partners with NVIDIA's Deep Learning Institute to offer new deep learning with MATLAB course ...

The Cloud

Cloud Computing Magazine names Univa a 2020 Product of the Year Award Winner ...

Core Scientific acquires Atrio, strengthening its AI capabilities as the Cloud for Data Scientists ...