Primeur weekly 2020-08-03

Quantum computing

Simulating quantum 'time travel' disproves butterfly effect in quantum realm ...

Healing an Achilles' heel of quantum entanglement ...

Quantum machines learn "quantum data" ...

Sharing a secret in the quantum way ...

Qilimanjaro Quantum Tech, the spin-off of the University of Barcelona, the BSC and the IFAE, pioneers quantum computing in Europe ...

Focus on Europe

Hyperion Research postpones Fall HPC User Forums in Tucson, Stuttgart and Bristol, UK ...

SiPearl & Arm will be present at the Open Innovation Platform Ecosystem Forum organised by TSMC on 26 August ...

Thomas Lippert appointed Professor at Goethe University Frankfurt ...

Hewlett Packard Enterprise powers the Edinburgh International Data Facility with software, HPC, and AI solutions ...

LEGaTO project to organize Online Low Energy Heterogeneous Computing Workshop ...

Hardware

Mason researchers to receive funding for acquisition of adaptive computing infrastructure ...

Worldwide HPC industry predicted down 3,7% in 2020 due to COVID-19, first decline in ten years ...

MOX announces new and diverse fiber route between Hillsboro and Portland with Extension to Seattle ...

Penguin Computing and Pavilion Data Systems partner to bring high performance, scalable storage systems to the high performance computing market ...

Xilinx reports first quarter fiscal year 2021 results ...

Tachyum joins Trusted Computing Group to follow the same security standards as Intel and AMD ...

Supermicro and Scality collaborate to simplify deployment of enterprise software defined storage ...

Continental puts its own supercomputer for vehicle AI system training, powered by NVIDIA DGX, into operation ...

Applications

Weighing up plasma particles using a new particle-resampling algorithm ...

New interdisciplinary atmospheric physics and computer science project at Mainz University ...

Computational gene study suggests new pathway for COVID-19 inflammatory response ...

University of Maine professors receive DOE grant to design novel energy-storage materials ...

Spin, spin, spin: researchers enhance electron spin longevity ...

A centerpiece of EBRAINS' human brain atlas is presented in 'Science' ...

Research opens new neural network model pathway to understanding the brain ...

BSC takes part in cross-sector Cyber-Physical Systems project for the development of large scientific astronomical instruments ...

Re-engineering antibodies to find relief for COVID-19 ...

First Student Cluster Supercomputing Competition focusing on racial inclusion slated for January 2021 ...

Departments of Energy, Health and Human Services, and Veterans Affairs announce COVID-19 Insights Partnership ...

National Institutes of Health award $6 million to University of Connecticut Health biological computer modelling teams ...

The Cloud

Qumulo announces Cloud file offerings now available in AWS marketplace for AWS GovCloud (US) ...

Supermicro unveils new generation top-loading storage systems for high-capacity Cloud-scale deployments ...

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Edition: weekly - Issue: 2020-08-03

Quantum computing

Using a quantum computer to simulate time travel, researchers have demonstrated that, in the quantum realm, there is no 'butterfly effect'. In the research, information - qubits, or quantum bits - 'time travel' into the simulated past. One of them is then strongly damaged, like stepping on a butterfly, metaphorically speaking. Surprisingly, when all qubits return to the "present", they appear largely unaltered, as if reality is self-healing. Read further...
Louisiana State University Associate Professor of Physics Mark M. Wilde and his collaborator have solved a 20-year-old problem in quantum information theory on how to calculate entanglement cost - a way to measure entanglement - in a manner that's efficiently computable, useful, and broadly applicable in several quantum research areas. Read further...
Skoltech scientists have shown that quantum-enhanced machine learning can be used on quantum - as opposed to classical - data, overcoming a significant slowdown common to these applications and opening a ''fertile ground to develop computational insights into quantum systems''. Read further...
Researchers at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, have demonstrated a record setting quantum protocol for sharing a secret amongst many parties. The team created an 11-dimensional quantum state and used it to share a secret amongst 10 parties. By using quantum tricks, the secret can only be unlocked if the parties trust one another. The work sets a new record for the dimension of the state - which impacts on how big the secret can be - and the number of parties with whom it is shared and is an important step towards distributing information securely across many nodes in a quantum network. Read further...
A team of researchers led by Prof. José Ignacio Latorre, from the Faculty of Physics of the University of Barcelona (UB), and including Dr. Pol Forn Díaz, from the Institute for High Energy Physics (IFAE), and Dr. Artur Garcia, from the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC), have created Qilimanjaro Quantum Tech SL, a spin-off of the University of Barcelona, the Barcelona Supercomputing Center, and the Institute for High Energy Physics. The founding team is completed by Victor Canivell and Jordi Blasco, who have executive experience in the IT and M&A sectors respectively. This innovative spin-off also has the support of world-leading advisors from the quantum technology sector. Read further...

Focus on Europe

Due to the coronavirus restrictions, Hyperion Research has canceled the HPC User Forum meeting that was scheduled to take place this fall in Tuscon, Arizona, September 8-10, along with the meetings that were to be hosted by HLRS in Stuttgart, Germany, September 28-29, and the University of Bristol in that UK city, October 1-2. Read further...
SiPearl, the company that is designing the high-performance, low-power microprocessor for the European exascale supercomputer, will be a guest speaker at the upcoming Open Innovation Platform Ecosystem Forum, organised by its industrial partner TSMC, the world's leading independent semiconductor foundry. Read further...
Prof. Thomas Lippert, head of the Jülich Supercomputing Centre, has been appointed professor at Goethe University Frankfurt and will occupy the newly created chair for "Modular Supercomputing and Quantum Computing" at the Institute for Computer Science. Read further...
Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has been chosen to power the Edinburgh International Data Facility (EIDF), Europe's first regional data innovation centre, at EPCC, University of Edinburgh. HPE will deliver an end-to-end infrastructure featuring its industry-leading high-performance computing (HPC) and artificial intelligence (AI) solutions powered by HPE Apollo Systems and HPE Superdome Flex Servers, as well as HPE Ezmeral Container Platform software capabilities. Read further...
The LEGaTO project is organising the 'Low Energy Heterogeneous Computing Workshop', which will be held online on 4 September 2020 and collocated with FPL 2020. Read further...

Hardware

Elise Miller-Hooks, Professor, Bill and Eleanor Hazel Chair, Infrastructure Engineering, Civil, Environmental and Infrastructure Engineering; Maria Emelianenko, Professor, Mathematical Sciences; Yue Cheng, Associate Professor, Computer Science; Jayshree Sarma, Director, Office of Research Computing, Research and Innovation Initiatives; and Shobita Satyapal, Professor, Physics and Astronomy, will receive funding next month from the National Science Foundation to acquire a reconfigurable and agile computing system. Read further...
HPC and hyperscale analyst firm Intersect360 Research has released its worldwide HPC market model and forecast, pegging the size of the industry at $39 billion in 2019, a jump of 8,2% from 2018. The forecast predicts "significant disruption" to the HPC market in the short term as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, primarily seen as a 3,7% market shortfall in 2020, followed by a corresponding spike upward in 2021. Read further...
MOX Networks LLC, a fiber-optic network specialist, has introduced its new and diverse fiber route between Portland and Hillsboro, Oregon, along with a planned extension into Seattle, Washington in 2021. This initial 25 mile route between Hillsboro and Portland offers an immediate alternative to all existing regional network options in the area. Phase 2 of this route will extend 200 miles up to Seattle in 2021. The combined routes deliver solutions for customers looking to bypass heavy traffic congestion points and increase network diversity options in the U.S. Northwest. Read further...
Pavilion Data Systems Inc. and Penguin Computing, a subsidiary of SMART Global Holdings Inc. and expert in high-performance computing (HPC), artificial intelligence (AI), and enterprise data centre solutions, have signed a partnership. Under the agreement, Penguin Computing will serve as the High Performance Computing (HPC) sector reseller and solution provider of Pavilion Hyperparallel Flash Arrays (HFA). Read further...
Xilinx Inc., an expert in adaptive and intelligent computing, has announced revenues of $727 million for the first quarter of fiscal year 2021. Read further...
Tachyum Inc. has announced its membership in the Trusted Computing Group (TCG), part of the company's continued efforts to collaborate with other industry organisations and academic institutions to further develop and promote trusted computing technologies. Read further...
Super Micro Computer Inc., a global expert in enterprise computing, storage, networking solutions, and green computing technology, has introduced a new solution leveraging the Scality RING offering, enabling enterprises to scale and protect their most valuable assets - their data, in on-premises or hybrid Cloud deployments. Read further...
The automotive industry is changing and development cycles are becoming shorter. In order to develop innovative technologies even more efficiently and quickly, Continental has invested in setting up its own supercomputer for Artificial Intelligence (AI), powered by NVIDIA InfiniBand-connected DGX systems. It has been operating from a data centre in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, since the beginning of 2020 and is offering computing power as well as storage to developers in locations worldwide. AI enhances advanced driver assistance systems, makes mobility smarter and safer and accelerates the development of systems for autonomous driving. Read further...

Applications

The sun's energy is the result of a continuous series of nuclear fusion reactions in which ionized hydrogen in the form of plasma collides at high speeds and releases helium and energetic neutrons - producing enormous bursts of energy in the process. Read further...
The Big Data in Atmospheric Physics (BINARY) project at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) has been granted 1,5 million euro in funding by the Carl Zeiss Foundation. The basic idea of this interdisciplinary project that unites atmospheric physics and computer science is to apply state-of-the-art methods of statistical data analysis and machine learning to various scientific problems in atmospheric physics. Read further...
Analyses of lung fluid cells from COVID-19 patients conducted on the United States' fastest supercomputer point to gene expression patterns that may explain the runaway symptoms produced by the body's response to SARS-CoV-2. Read further...
Two University of Maine researchers Liping Yu and Yingchao Yang will research ways to predict, synthesize and characterize a new class of 2D materials for active electrodes in batteries and supercapacitors. These new materials, which they will develop with artificial intelligence-aided design, could help address the limitations in existing energy storage devices, including inadequate power, capacity, efficiency, lifespan and cost effectiveness. Read further...
The electron is an elementary particle, a building block on which other systems evolve. With specific properties such as spin, or angular momentum, that can be manipulated to carry information, electrons are primed to advance modern information technology. An international collaboration of researchers has now developed a way to extend and stabilize the lifetime of the electron's spin to more effectively carry information. Read further...
"Julich-Brain" is the name of the first 3D-atlas of the human brain that reflects the variability of the brain's structure with microscopic resolution. The atlas features close to 250 structurally distinct areas, each one based on the analysis of 10 brains. More than 24.000 extremely thin brain sections were digitized, assembled in 3D and mapped by experts. As part of the new EBRAINS infrastructure of the European Human Brain Project, the atlas serves as an interface to link different information about the brain in a spatially precise way. Read further...
NTT Research Inc., a division of NTT, announced that a research scientist in its Physics & Informatics (PHI) Lab, Dr. Hidenori Tanaka, was the lead author on a technical paper that advances basic understanding of biological neural networks in the brain through artificial neural networks. Titled "From deep learning to mechanistic understanding in neuroscience: the structure of retinal prediction", the paper was presented at NeurIPS 2019, a machine-learning, artificial intelligence (AI) and computational neuroscience conference, and published inAdvances in Neural Information Processing Systems32 (NIPS 2019). Work on the paper originated at Stanford University, academic home of the paper's six authors when the research was performed. At the time, a post-doctoral fellow and visiting scholar at Stanford University, Dr. Tanaka joined NTT Research in December 2019. The underlying research aligns with the PHI Lab's mission to rethink the computer by drawing inspirations from computational principles of neural networks in the brain. Read further...
Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) participates in the EU-funded Rising STARS: RISE International Network for Solutions Technologies and Applications of Real-Time Systems, an exciting project that combines high-end research with global collaborations and networking. The project is funded under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie RISE programme and is coordinated by the Observatoire de Paris. Read further...
With millions of COVID-19 cases reported across the globe, people are turning to antibody tests to find out whether they have been exposed to the coronavirus that causes the disease. But what are antibodies? Why are they important? If we have them, are we immune to COVID-19? And if not, why not? Read further...
The inaugural Student Cluster Competition including historically black and minority universities in the supercomputing challenge arena is slated for January 25, 2021. To date, participating colleges include Prairie View A&M University, Fayetteville State University, and Tennessee State University. With the support of top technology sponsors, Student Cluster Competitions train students to design and build supercomputing (HPC) clusters and optimize real-world scientific and artificial intelligence programmes, providing valuable industry, teambuilding skills and experience. Read further...
The Department of Energy (DOE), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced the formation of the COVID-19 Insights Partnership, an initiative to coordinate and share health data as well as research and expertise to aid in the fight against COVID-19. Read further...
Two University of Connecticut School of Medicine biological computer modelling groups at University of Connecticut Health have won a five-year award worth more than $6 million to continue and enhance their longstanding software resource, committed to supporting cellular biology research throughout the international scientific community. Read further...

The Cloud

Qumulo, a Cloud file data platform that helps organisations easily create and manage their file data at scale with unrivaled freedom, control and real-time visibility, has made available Qumulo in AWS GovCloud (US) through AWS Marketplace, as well as the upcoming FIPS 140-2 and Common Criteria EAL2+ certifications of its platform. Read further...
Super Micro Computer Inc., a global expert in enterprise computing, storage, networking solutions, and green computing technology, has launched an extension of its market-proven ultra-dense storage solutions with new 60-bay and 90-bay solutions. These best-in-class high-capacity storage and expansion systems are optimized for Cloud-scale storage implementations as well as HPC storage applications. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2020-08-03

Quantum computing

Simulating quantum 'time travel' disproves butterfly effect in quantum realm ...

Healing an Achilles' heel of quantum entanglement ...

Quantum machines learn "quantum data" ...

Sharing a secret in the quantum way ...

Qilimanjaro Quantum Tech, the spin-off of the University of Barcelona, the BSC and the IFAE, pioneers quantum computing in Europe ...

Focus on Europe

Hyperion Research postpones Fall HPC User Forums in Tucson, Stuttgart and Bristol, UK ...

SiPearl & Arm will be present at the Open Innovation Platform Ecosystem Forum organised by TSMC on 26 August ...

Thomas Lippert appointed Professor at Goethe University Frankfurt ...

Hewlett Packard Enterprise powers the Edinburgh International Data Facility with software, HPC, and AI solutions ...

LEGaTO project to organize Online Low Energy Heterogeneous Computing Workshop ...

Hardware

Mason researchers to receive funding for acquisition of adaptive computing infrastructure ...

Worldwide HPC industry predicted down 3,7% in 2020 due to COVID-19, first decline in ten years ...

MOX announces new and diverse fiber route between Hillsboro and Portland with Extension to Seattle ...

Penguin Computing and Pavilion Data Systems partner to bring high performance, scalable storage systems to the high performance computing market ...

Xilinx reports first quarter fiscal year 2021 results ...

Tachyum joins Trusted Computing Group to follow the same security standards as Intel and AMD ...

Supermicro and Scality collaborate to simplify deployment of enterprise software defined storage ...

Continental puts its own supercomputer for vehicle AI system training, powered by NVIDIA DGX, into operation ...

Applications

Weighing up plasma particles using a new particle-resampling algorithm ...

New interdisciplinary atmospheric physics and computer science project at Mainz University ...

Computational gene study suggests new pathway for COVID-19 inflammatory response ...

University of Maine professors receive DOE grant to design novel energy-storage materials ...

Spin, spin, spin: researchers enhance electron spin longevity ...

A centerpiece of EBRAINS' human brain atlas is presented in 'Science' ...

Research opens new neural network model pathway to understanding the brain ...

BSC takes part in cross-sector Cyber-Physical Systems project for the development of large scientific astronomical instruments ...

Re-engineering antibodies to find relief for COVID-19 ...

First Student Cluster Supercomputing Competition focusing on racial inclusion slated for January 2021 ...

Departments of Energy, Health and Human Services, and Veterans Affairs announce COVID-19 Insights Partnership ...

National Institutes of Health award $6 million to University of Connecticut Health biological computer modelling teams ...

The Cloud

Qumulo announces Cloud file offerings now available in AWS marketplace for AWS GovCloud (US) ...

Supermicro unveils new generation top-loading storage systems for high-capacity Cloud-scale deployments ...