Primeur weekly 2020-08-24

Focus

IBM Power 10 and Marvell ThunderX3 introduced at first Hot Chips day and end of Moore's Law questioned by Intel ...

DeepMind proclaims the data centre as the new computer; Cerebras' Wafer Scale Engine and ETH Zurich's Manticore in the picture at Hot Chips second day ...

Exascale supercomputing

EuroHPC to launch new research and innovation call ...

Quantum computing

Quest for quantum Internet gets a boost with new technique for making entanglement ...

New superlattice by CCNY team could lead to sustainable quantum electronics ...

Researchers work to ensure accurate decoding in fragile quantum states ...

Middleware

Weka and Destiny Corporation unveil solution to accelerate SAS analytics workloads ...

Hardware

Purdue trustees approve purchase of supercomputer ...

NVIDIA to host Digital GTC in October featuring keynote from CEO Jensen Huang and continuous programming around the world ...

University of Groningen builds new data centre at Zernike Campus ...

National Science Foundation awards 12-month extension for XSEDE 2.0 project ...

Stanford scientists slow and steer light with resonant nanoantennas ...

SiFive announces OpenFive, an industry-leading custom silicon business unit ...

GRC listed as sample vendor in Gartner's July 2020 - Hype Cycle for Infrastructure Strategies, 2020 ...

OpenFive enhances differentiated IP portfolio with Die-to-Die interface controllers for HPC and chiplet markets ...

Arm and DARPA sign partnership agreement to accelerate technological innovation ...

Asperitas appoints new Chief Commercial Officer ...

LLNL pairs world's largest computer chip from Cerebras with Lassen to advance machine learning and AI research ...

Applications

HPC + AI Wall Street 2020 announces global keynotes in new virtual format ...

2D materials for ultrascaled field-effect transistors ...

Deep learning will help future Mars rovers go farther, faster, and do more science ...

Foiling illicit cryptocurrency mining with artificial intelligence ...

Save the data: A new approach to database management in solid-state drives ...

US Department of Energy to provide $21 million for artificial intelligence and machine learning research on fusion energy ...

NCSA to be data management partner for new NSF CINet grant ...

Renowned computational physicist is named associate director of computational science at Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory ...

Laboratory team completes highest-ever resolution quake simulations using Sierra supercomputer ...

Using models, 3D printing to study common heart defect ...

The Cloud

Weka expands Cloud offering with Kubernetes CSI for application agility ...

IBM reveals next-generation IBM POWER10 processor ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2020-08-24

Focus

Between 16 and 18 August, Hot Chips was held as a virtual conference on high-performance microprocessors and related integrated circuits. In this video,Primeur Magazineis summarizing some of the highlights of the first conference day where over 2000 people already had registered. We introduce the Power 10 announcement by IBM; the ThunderX3, the Marvell chip based on Arm; and the keynote by Intel. Read further...
Between 16 and 18 August, Hot Chips was held as a virtual conference on high-performance microprocessors and related integrated circuits. In this video,Primeur Magazineis summarizing three of the highlights of the second conference day. The first one is the keynote delivered by Dan Belov from DeepMind; second highlight is Cerebras, the largest chip in the world; third highlight is the Risc-V-based Manticore processor which is being developed at ETH Zurich. Read further...

Exascale supercomputing

The European High Performance Computing Joint Undertaking (EuroHPC JU) is publishing a new call for proposals to support the development of European low-power HPC processors and accelerators. This action will complete the European HPC supply value chain and develop a world-class supercomputing ecosystem in Europe. Read further...

Quantum computing

Traditional ways of producing entanglements, necessary for the development of any 'quantum internet' linking quantum computers, are not very well suited for fiber optic telecoms networks used by today's non-quantum internet. However, researchers have come up with a new way to produce such particles that is much more compatible. Read further...
A team of international physicists led by Lia Krusin-Elbaum of the City College of New York, has created a new topological magnetic superlattice material, that at a high temperature can conduct electrical current without dissipation and lost energy. The finding, detailed in a paper published inNature Physics, could be the basis of research leading to an entire new quantum materials class that can potentially provide a platform for error-free quantum computing. Read further...
When computers share information with one another, the information gets encoded into bits, then decoded back into its original form. In the process, pieces of the information sometimes get scrambled, or lost. As a simplified example, an improperly decoded e-mail that says: "I am now sending you the money", could arrive at its destination saying: "I am not sending you the money". Read further...

Middleware

WekaIO, an innovation expert in high-performance, scalable file storage for data-intensive applications, together with Destiny Corporation, a business and technology consultancy specializing in SAS - an integrated software suite for advanced and predictive analytics, business intelligence, and data management - analytics and a SAS Institute gold partner, have published a reference design that is capable of delivering 5x runtime and wall clock time improvements for SAS analytics long running jobs, while also providing among the best storage economics. The solution is available on-premises as well as on Amazon Web Services (AWS). Most of the Fortune Global 1000 companies rely on SAS analytics to power their businesses and transform data into intelligence. Read further...

Hardware

The Purdue University Board of Trustees on August 7, 2020 approved the purchase of a high-performance computer cluster called Anvil from Dell Inc. Read further...
NVIDIA will be hosting its GPU Technology Conference, running October 5-9, and featuring a recorded keynote address by CEO and founder Jensen Huang. Read further...
The University of Groningen (UG) has an increasing need for reliable data storage and high-quality computing power. The current Rekenhal computing space at Zernike Campus is seriously out of date and will therefore be replaced. The construction of the new High Performance Computing (HPC) data centre at the University of Groningen will start in September 2020 on the Grouwelerie road. Technical service provider ENGIE Services is the main contractor and will carry out the building work together with construction contractor Bouwgroep Dijkstra Draisma. The data centre will likely open its doors in early 2022. Read further...
The National Science Foundation's (NSF) Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure has awarded XSEDE 2.0 an additional year in funding that will provide support for ongoing project operations until August 31, 2022. The $21,8 million, 12-month extension enables XSEDE to continue its mission of accelerating open science discovery, enhancing user productivity, broadening participation in science and engineering, and engaging a new diverse generation of computational researchers. Read further...
Light is notoriously fast. Its speed is crucial for rapid information exchange, but as light zips through materials, its chances of interacting and exciting atoms and molecules can become very small. If scientists can put the brakes on light particles, or photons, it would open the door to a host of new technology applications. Read further...
SiFive Inc., a provider of commercial RISC-V processor IP and silicon solutions, has launched OpenFive, a self-contained and autonomous business unit to capture the opportunity offered by enabling customizable, silicon-focused solutions with differentiated-IP. OpenFive will be led by Dr. Shafy Eltoukhy, SVP, and general manager of OpenFive. OpenFive is solution-centric and uniquely positioned to design processor agnostic SoCs and deliver high-quality silicon. Read further...
Green Revolution Cooling (GRC), a global expert in single-phase immersion cooling for data centres, has been recognized as a sample vendor in the Gartner Hype Cycle Report: Hype Cycle for Infrastructure Strategies, 2020, under immersion cooling category. Read further...
OpenFive, a provider of customizable, silicon-focused solutions with differentiated IP, has launched a new Die-to-Die (D2D) interface IP portfolio to serve next-generation chiplet based designs for Networking, HPC, and AI markets. Read further...
Arm has signed a three-year partnership agreement with the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), establishing an access framework to all commercially available Arm technology. With DARPA's Electronics Resurgence Initiative gaining momentum, the new agreement will enable the research community that supports DARPA's programmes to quickly and easily take advantage of Arm’s leading IP, tools and support, accelerating innovation in a variety of fields. Read further...
Immersion cooling specialist Asperitas announces that Peter Uelen has joined the management team as Chief Commercial Officer. Read further...
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and artificial intelligence (AI) computer company Cerebras Systems have integrated the world's largest computer chip into the National Nuclear Security Administration's (NNSA) Lassen system, upgrading the top-tier supercomputer with cutting-edge AI technology. Read further...

Applications

HPC + AI Wall Street has announced two global CxO keynotes for its virtual conference on September 15, 2020. The morning keynote, "Cross-Border Payments and Real- time Reconciliation - Is the US Ready?", will be delivered by Shaunt M. Sarkissian, Chief Innovation Officer, Global Head of Payments, IP, and Corporate Development at The Bank of London. The afternoon programme will feature a keynote from Ritesh Jain, (Former) COO, Global Head of Digital Technology Foundation, HSBC, who will speak on the topic: "It's Not Just About Open Banking, It's About Open Financing Too". Read further...
With the increasing miniaturization of electronic components, researchers are struggling with undesirable side effects. In the case of nanometer-scale transistors made of conventional materials such as silicon, quantum effects occur that impair their functionality. One of these quantum effects, for example, is additional leakage currents, i.e. currents that flow "astray" and not via the conductor provided between the source and drain contacts. It is therefore believed that Moore's scaling law, which states that the number of integrated circuits per unit area doubles every 12-18 months, will reach its limits in the near future because of the increasing challenges associated with the miniaturisation of their active components. This ultimately means that the currently manufactured silicon-based transistors - called FinFETs and equipping almost every supercomputer - can no longer be made arbitrarily smaller due to quantum effects. Read further...
NASA's Mars rovers have been one of the great scientific and space successes of the past two decades. Four generations of rovers have traversed the red planet gathering scientific data, sending back evocative photographs, and surviving incredibly harsh conditions - all using on-board computers less powerful than an iPhone 1. The latest rover, Perseverance, was launched on July 30, 2020, and engineers are already dreaming of a future generation of rovers. Read further...
Los Alamos National Laboratory computer scientists have developed a new artificial intelligence (AI) system that may be able to identify malicious codes that hijack supercomputers to mine for cryptocurrency such as Bitcoin and Monero. Read further...
As Web services, Cloud storage, and Big-Data services continue expanding and finding their way into our lives, the gigantic hardware infrastructures they rely on - known as data centres - need to be improved to keep up with the current demand. One promising solution for improving the performance and reducing the energy load associated with reading and writing large amounts of data is to confer storage devices with some computational capabilities and offload part of the data read/write process from CPUs. Read further...
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced a plan to provide up to $21 million to support research in artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) for fusion energy. Read further...
The National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) is the data management partner for a new National Science Foundation (NSF) project awarded to Praveen Kumar from the University of Illinois' Civil and Environmental Engineering department. The Critical Interface Network in Intensively Managed Landscapes (CINet) project will use two software tools developed by NCSA: the Clowder Framework and the Geostreaming Data Framework. Data will be streaming from sensors in real time and manually uploaded to the tools by scientists to share with the larger community. Read further...
Bill Dorland, a renowned computational physicist at the University of Maryland has been named to the new position of associate laboratory director for computational science at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL). Read further...
A Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) team has published new supercomputer simulations of a magnitude 7.0 earthquake on the Hayward Fault. This work represents the highest-ever resolution ground motion simulations from such an event on this scale. Read further...
One of the most common congenital heart defects, coarctation of the aorta (CoA) is a narrowing of the main artery transporting blood from the heart to the rest of the body. It affects more than 1600 newborns each year in the United States, and can lead to health issues such as hypertension, premature coronary artery disease, aneurysms, stroke and cardiac failure. Read further...

The Cloud

WekaIO, an innovation expert in high-performance, scalable file storage for data-intensive applications, has introduced the Kubernetes (K8s) Container Storage Interface (CSI) plugin, allowing its customers to easily deliver Container-as-a-Service (CaaS) functionality utilizing the Weka File System (WekaFS), the world's fastest and most scalable parallel file system for high performance workloads. Read further...
IBM hass revealed the next generation of its IBM POWER central processing unit (CPU) family: IBM POWER10. Designed to offer a platform to meet the unique needs of enterprise hybrid Cloud computing, the IBM POWER10 processor uses a design focused on energy efficiency and performance in a 7nm form factor with an expected improvement of up to 3x greater processor energy efficiency, workload capacity, and container density than the IBM POWER9 processor. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2020-08-24

Focus

IBM Power 10 and Marvell ThunderX3 introduced at first Hot Chips day and end of Moore's Law questioned by Intel ...

DeepMind proclaims the data centre as the new computer; Cerebras' Wafer Scale Engine and ETH Zurich's Manticore in the picture at Hot Chips second day ...

Exascale supercomputing

EuroHPC to launch new research and innovation call ...

Quantum computing

Quest for quantum Internet gets a boost with new technique for making entanglement ...

New superlattice by CCNY team could lead to sustainable quantum electronics ...

Researchers work to ensure accurate decoding in fragile quantum states ...

Middleware

Weka and Destiny Corporation unveil solution to accelerate SAS analytics workloads ...

Hardware

Purdue trustees approve purchase of supercomputer ...

NVIDIA to host Digital GTC in October featuring keynote from CEO Jensen Huang and continuous programming around the world ...

University of Groningen builds new data centre at Zernike Campus ...

National Science Foundation awards 12-month extension for XSEDE 2.0 project ...

Stanford scientists slow and steer light with resonant nanoantennas ...

SiFive announces OpenFive, an industry-leading custom silicon business unit ...

GRC listed as sample vendor in Gartner's July 2020 - Hype Cycle for Infrastructure Strategies, 2020 ...

OpenFive enhances differentiated IP portfolio with Die-to-Die interface controllers for HPC and chiplet markets ...

Arm and DARPA sign partnership agreement to accelerate technological innovation ...

Asperitas appoints new Chief Commercial Officer ...

LLNL pairs world's largest computer chip from Cerebras with Lassen to advance machine learning and AI research ...

Applications

HPC + AI Wall Street 2020 announces global keynotes in new virtual format ...

2D materials for ultrascaled field-effect transistors ...

Deep learning will help future Mars rovers go farther, faster, and do more science ...

Foiling illicit cryptocurrency mining with artificial intelligence ...

Save the data: A new approach to database management in solid-state drives ...

US Department of Energy to provide $21 million for artificial intelligence and machine learning research on fusion energy ...

NCSA to be data management partner for new NSF CINet grant ...

Renowned computational physicist is named associate director of computational science at Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory ...

Laboratory team completes highest-ever resolution quake simulations using Sierra supercomputer ...

Using models, 3D printing to study common heart defect ...

The Cloud

Weka expands Cloud offering with Kubernetes CSI for application agility ...

IBM reveals next-generation IBM POWER10 processor ...