Primeur weekly 2020-08-31

Focus

Baidu's Kunlun, Alibaba's Hanguang 800 NPU, and LightMatter's Mars Photonics Core highlighted at Hot Chips ...

TSMC's N7 business is flourishing amidst economic crisis ...

Synopsys, Cadence, Mentor and SiPearl/Arm chips stories in focus at TSMC's Open Innovation Platform Ecosystem Forum ...

Exascale supercomputing

Two new European centres of excellence for high-performance computing applications led by BSC ...

Quantum computing

Sussex study enables predicting computational power of early quantum computers ...

Princeton plays major role in new $115 million quantum science centre ...

White House, NSF, and DOE announce over $1 billion in awards for AI and QIS Research ...

Cosmic rays may soon stymie quantum computing ...

Intel collaborates with Argonne National Laboratory, DOE in Q-NEXT quantum computing research ...

ColdQuanta selected as an industry partner for DOE's Quantum Science Center ...

Research and Markets to issue 2020 Insights into Quantum Computing - A New Paradigm Nears the Horizon ...

Hardware

Boston is launching Prime Computer as a new partner ...

DDN A³I receives 2020 AI Breakthrough Award for Hardware ...

Supercomputer Mahti is now available to researchers and students - Finland's next generation computing and data management environment is complete ...

Photonics researchers report breakthrough in miniaturizing light-based chips ...

Cadence announces availability of UltraLink D2D PHY IP on TSMC N7, N6 and N5 processes ...

Cadence digital and custom flows achieve certification for TSMC N3 process ...

University at Buffalo selects Panasas high-performance storage to support research at its leading academic supercomputing centre ...

HPE reports Q3 results ...

Tachyum Prodigy native AI supports TensorFlow and PyTorch ...

Cerebras Systems expands global footprint with Toronto office opening ...

Research and Markets to issue China Data Center Industry Analysis and Forecast 2020-2025 ...

Applications

RIKEN and JAXA collaborate to offer real-time rainfall forecasts ...

Machine learning helps plasma physics researchers understand turbulence transport ...

OpenTopography collaboration awarded new 4-year grant ...

CSC and NVIDIA invite computational scientists to virtual GPU Hackathon ...

Faster, more efficient energy storage could stem from holistic study of layered materials ...

UT Austin selected as home of US National AI Institute focused on machine learning ...

The SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics chooses WekaFS to enable secure scientific research ...

Research shows thin-film lithium niobate photonic integrated circuits are fundamentally scalable and highly cost-effective, ideal for use in telecommunications and quantum computing ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2020-08-31

Focus

Between 16 and 18 August, Hot Chips was held as a virtual conference on high-performance microprocessors and related integrated circuits. In this final video,Primeur Magazineaddresses three more companies and their processors. The first presentation is delivered by Jian Ouyang from Baidu about the Kunlun processor; second comes Alibaba with the Hanguang 800 NPU processor; and the last one is the Mars Photonics Core based on photonics presented by LightMatter's Carl Ramey. Read further...
For 2020, the TSMC Technology Symposium was held online for two consecutive days, August 24 and 25.Primeur Magazineis reporting the highlights from its 4m below sealevel studio in downtown Almere. TSMC is a company that produces chips and sends them out to the companies that we were talking about during the Hot Chips conference and that are designing the chips. When the chip design is ready, the companies send it to TSMC or one of the other chip-producing companies. They manufacture the chips and send them back to the companies that made the design. Read further...
On August 26, 2020, TSMC held its Open Innovation Platform Ecosystem Forum online. The forum was streamlined across the world in different time zones.Primeur Magazinefollowed the event in the European time zone and is reporting the highlights from its 4m below sealevel studio in downtown Almere. The forum was focused on TSMC's partners. TSMC's President for Europe Maria Marced opened the event and introduced the speakers from Cadence, Synopsys and Mentor. In addition, 21 selected technical papers were presented.Primeur Magazinechose the SiPearl/Arm paper for a brief overview. Read further...

Exascale supercomputing

New Centres of Excellence (CoEs) for High Performance Computer (HPC) applications have been announced and the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) leads two, with a total budget of 10 million euro, and will participate in a third one. The new centres of excellence led by BSC are the Center of Excellence in Combustion (CoEC), and HPC/Exascale Centre of Excellence in Personalised Medicine (PerMedCoE). In addition, the BSC participates in the NOMAD2 Center for the Search for New Materials, which is led by the Max-Planck-Gessellschaft Zur Forderung Der Wissenschaften EV. Read further...

Quantum computing

Quantum physicists at the University of Sussex have created an algorithm that speeds up the rate of calculations in the early quantum computers which are currently being developed. They have created a new way to route the ions - or charged atoms - around the quantum computer to boost the efficiency of the calculations. Read further...
Princeton University will have a major leadership role in one of the five new multi-institution centres for the advancement of quantum science research announced by the U.S. Department of Energy. Princeton Professor Andrew Houck will be deputy director of the new Co-Design Center for Quantum Advantage (C2QA) headquartered at Brookhaven National Laboratory. Read further...
The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) have announced over $1 billion in awards for the establishment of 12 new artificial intelligence (AI) and quantum information science (QIS) research institutes nationwide. Read further...
The practicality of quantum computing hangs on the integrity of the quantum bit, or qubit. Qubits, the logic elements of quantum computers, are coherent two-level systems that represent quantum information. Each qubit has the strange ability to be in a quantum superposition, carrying aspects of both states simultaneously, enabling a quantum version of parallel computation. Quantum computers, if they can be scaled to accommodate many qubits on one processor, could be dizzyingly faster, and able to handle far more complex problems, than today's conventional computers. Read further...
Intel is among the leading U.S. quantum technology companies included in Q-NEXT, one of five new national quantum research centres established by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Q-NEXT, National Quantum Information Science Research Center, is led by Argonne National Laboratory and brings together world-class researchers from national laboratories, universities and leading technology companies to ensure U.S. scientific and economic leadership in this advancing field. The collaboration will enable Intel to actively contribute to the industry's efforts on quantum computing. Read further...
ColdQuanta, a quantum atomics company, was selected as one of only three industry partners for the Department of Energy (DOE) Quantum Science Center (QSC), under the collaboration headed by Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). The collaboration is charged with developing quantum technologies that will usher in a new era of innovation to enhance national security and ensure that America remains a global leader in scientific R&D. IBM and Microsoft were named as the other two industry partners. Read further...
The "Quantum Computing - A New Paradigm Nears the Horizon" report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering. Read further...

Hardware

Boston Limited will include Prime Computer in its product portfolio and distribute the Swiss manufacturer's innovative IT hardware solutions in the UK and Ireland. With all Prime Computer products, their fanless design in servers makes them suitable for use in a wide range of operating environments across a variety of sectors including hospitality, medical practices, and hospitals. All products are completely silent with no other mechanical parts generating noise, making it ideal for any environment. As many businesses currently rely on digital services, Prime Computer products are designed to provide continuous operation and reliability for all business needs. Read further...
DDN, a premier provider of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Data Management software and hardware solutions enabling Intelligent Infrastructure, has been selected as the winner of the AI Breakthrough "Innovation Award for AI Hardware". DDN's A³I - Accelerated, Any-Scale AI - solutions were recognized for their innovative approach to data-intensive AI storage. By emphasizing integration into GPU-computing environments commonly used for AI and deep learning applications and simplifying management of growing data sets, DDN has delivered distinctive benefits to complement their long-standing performance leadership. Read further...
CSC - IT Center for Science's new supercomputer Mahti is now available for researchers and students at Finnish universities and research institutes. With the opening of Mahti, Finland's national next-generation computing and data management environment is complete. Read further...
Photonic integrated circuits that use light instead of electricity for computing and signal processing promise greater speed, increased bandwidth, and greater energy efficiency than traditional circuits using electricity. But they're not yet small enough to compete in computing and other applications where electric circuits continue to reign. Read further...
Cadence Design Systems Inc. has made available its silicon-proven Cadence UltraLink D2D PHY IP on the TSMC N7 process. Test silicon on the TSMC N7 process with full silicon characterization data is now available, an important milestone for very high-speed, advanced IP. Extensive silicon validation is necessary to guarantee design margins, performance across all process corners, bit-error rate (BER), insertion loss and maximum transmission speed. For the N6 process, re-characterized silicon data is available. Cadence is ready to engage with customers now with its UltraLink D2D PHY IP on the TSMC N7 and N6 processes. Cadence also recently taped out its UltraLink D2D IP on the TSMC N5 process and is now working with early adopter customers ahead of anticipated test silicon availability later this year. Read further...
Cadence Design Systems Inc. has announced that its digital full flow and custom tool suite has been optimized for TSMC's 3nm (N3) process technology. The Cadence tools have achieved the latest Design Rule Manual (DRM) and SPICE certification for TSMC's N3 process. These innovations assist in driving and delivering next-generation mobile, AI and HPC applications, developed on the N3 process technology, with innovative reference flows and methodologies. Cadence and TSMC continue to work closely with customers on production designs on TSMC's advanced-process technologies. Read further...
The University at Buffalo (UB), a premier, research-intensive public university and the largest institution in the State University of New York ( SUNY) system, has chosen Panasas' ActiveStor Ultra high-performance computing (HPC) data storage to serve as the backbone for its Center for Computational Research (CCR). CCR, a leading academic supercomputing centre, provides computing resources to the 64 campuses within the SUNY network and supports UB researchers and affiliated partners, including industry, with access to advanced computing resources. Read further...
Hewlett Packard Enterprise has announced financial results for its fiscal 2020 third quarter, ended July 31, 2020. Read further...
Tachyum Inc. has further expanded the capabilities of its Prodigy Universal Processor through support for TensorFlow and PyTorch environments, enabling a faster, less expensive and more dynamic solution for the most challenging artificial intelligence/machine learning workloads. Read further...
Cerebras Systems, a pioneer in accelerating artificial intelligence (AI) compute, has announced its international expansion in Canada with the opening of its Toronto office. The regional office, which will be focused on accelerating the company's R&D efforts and establishing an AI centre of excellence, will be led by local technology industry veteran Nish Sinnadurai. With more than fifteen engineers currently employed, Cerebras plans to triple its Toronto engineering team in the coming year. Read further...
The "China Data Center Market - Growth, Trends, Forecasts (2020-2025)" report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering. Read further...

Applications

Researchers from RIKEN, Chiba University, the University of Tokyo, and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) have used a combination of satellite data and supercomputer simulations to offer five-day rainfall forecasts over the Internet covering the globe. The new system combines a variety of techniques, particularly precipitation nowcasting and numerical weather prediction, to come up with predictions that rely on the strengths of the different techniques to come up with forecasts that are accurate on a variety of time scales. Read further...
For more than four decades, UC San Diego Professor of Physics Patrick H. Diamond and his research group have been advancing fundamental concepts in plasma physics, which is an important aspect of furthering advancements in fusion energy. Most recently, Diamond worked with graduate student Robin Heinonen on a model reduction study that used the Comet supercomputer at the San Diego Supercomputer Center at the University of California San Diego to showcase how machine learning produced a novel model for plasma turbulence. Read further...
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has renewed funding for OpenTopography, a science gateway that provides online access to Earth science oriented high-resolution topography data and processing tools to a broad user community advancing research and education in areas ranging from earthquake geology to ecology and hydrology. Read further...
The virtual GPU Hackathon will be organized between 26 October and 4 November 2020. Interested parties are requested to apply by 17 September 2020 at the latest. Read further...
A team led by the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) developed a novel, integrated approach to track energy-transporting ions within an ultra-thin material, which could unlock its energy storage potential leading toward faster charging, longer lasting devices. Read further...
The National Science Foundation has selected the University of Texas at Austin to lead the NSF AI Institute for Foundations of Machine Learning, one of five new national AI institutes, bolstering the university's existing strengths in this emerging field. Machine learning is the technology that drives AI systems, enabling them to acquire knowledge and make predictions in complex environments. This technology has the potential to transform everything from transportation to entertainment to health care. Read further...
WekaIO, an innovation expert in high-performance, scalable, and parallel file storage, has announced that the SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics has selected the Weka File System (WekaFS) to ensure data security with zero application performance degradation. SIB chose WekaFS because it provides a secure high-performance compute (HPC) and storage platform that prevents unauthorized users from accessing sensitive personal biodata while ensuring immediate access to the same data for authorized researchers who use it to accelerate research for critical public health issues, such as cancer or diabetes. Since installing WekaFS, SIB supports a growing number of projects on the cluster, in particular, because the researchers can trust the security of the sensitive data. Read further...
Scientists from HyperLight, an expert in the commercialization of lithium niobate (LN) integrated optical circuits, have teamed with Harvard University researchers to achieve a significant technical milestone for photonic integrated circuits (PICs). For the first time, ultrahigh performance LN PICs are demonstrated to be compatible with mass production technologies. LN PICs produced at large scale with high performance and low cost using HyperLight technology, will alleviate bottlenecks in data centre and telecommunications networks, while minimizing energy consumption. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2020-08-31

Focus

Baidu's Kunlun, Alibaba's Hanguang 800 NPU, and LightMatter's Mars Photonics Core highlighted at Hot Chips ...

TSMC's N7 business is flourishing amidst economic crisis ...

Synopsys, Cadence, Mentor and SiPearl/Arm chips stories in focus at TSMC's Open Innovation Platform Ecosystem Forum ...

Exascale supercomputing

Two new European centres of excellence for high-performance computing applications led by BSC ...

Quantum computing

Sussex study enables predicting computational power of early quantum computers ...

Princeton plays major role in new $115 million quantum science centre ...

White House, NSF, and DOE announce over $1 billion in awards for AI and QIS Research ...

Cosmic rays may soon stymie quantum computing ...

Intel collaborates with Argonne National Laboratory, DOE in Q-NEXT quantum computing research ...

ColdQuanta selected as an industry partner for DOE's Quantum Science Center ...

Research and Markets to issue 2020 Insights into Quantum Computing - A New Paradigm Nears the Horizon ...

Hardware

Boston is launching Prime Computer as a new partner ...

DDN A³I receives 2020 AI Breakthrough Award for Hardware ...

Supercomputer Mahti is now available to researchers and students - Finland's next generation computing and data management environment is complete ...

Photonics researchers report breakthrough in miniaturizing light-based chips ...

Cadence announces availability of UltraLink D2D PHY IP on TSMC N7, N6 and N5 processes ...

Cadence digital and custom flows achieve certification for TSMC N3 process ...

University at Buffalo selects Panasas high-performance storage to support research at its leading academic supercomputing centre ...

HPE reports Q3 results ...

Tachyum Prodigy native AI supports TensorFlow and PyTorch ...

Cerebras Systems expands global footprint with Toronto office opening ...

Research and Markets to issue China Data Center Industry Analysis and Forecast 2020-2025 ...

Applications

RIKEN and JAXA collaborate to offer real-time rainfall forecasts ...

Machine learning helps plasma physics researchers understand turbulence transport ...

OpenTopography collaboration awarded new 4-year grant ...

CSC and NVIDIA invite computational scientists to virtual GPU Hackathon ...

Faster, more efficient energy storage could stem from holistic study of layered materials ...

UT Austin selected as home of US National AI Institute focused on machine learning ...

The SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics chooses WekaFS to enable secure scientific research ...

Research shows thin-film lithium niobate photonic integrated circuits are fundamentally scalable and highly cost-effective, ideal for use in telecommunications and quantum computing ...