Primeur weekly 2020-09-07

Focus

EuroHPC JU funded SparCity project to deliver coherent collection of innovative algorithms and tools for sparse computations on emerging hardware platforms ...

Exascale supercomputing

Reaching new heights in weather forecasting's exascale future ...

Quantum computing

New study expands types of physics and engineering problems that can be solved by quantum computers ...

A molecular approach to quantum computing ...

European project aims to scale up quantum computing technology ...

New technology lets quantum bits hold information for 10.000 times longer than previous record ...

Quantum algorithm proposed to solve Dyck language problems ...

University of Arizona collaborates on $115 million effort to build quantum computer ...

New theory hints at more efficient way to develop quantum algorithms ...

Atos helps researchers and students to experiment with quantum algorithms by offering free, universal access to myQLM ...

Focus on Europe

New Irish Competence Centre to fast-track academic and SME participation in EU supercomputing initiative ...

EuroCC and CASTIEL: two new projects to boost European HPC knowledge and opportunities ...

Gauss Centre for Supercomputing coordinates projects to build Pan-European HPC Competency Network ...

Middleware

Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility fosters GCC compiler development with Mentor contract ...

Altair extends strategic OEM agreement with Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) to optimize high performance computing ...

Hardware

SUTD develops intelligent model simulator that maps complex phenomena of memristor memory ...

HPC-AI Advisory Council bolsters open resources and support for community-wide collaborations ...

Credo to showcase advanced connectivity solutions at CIOE 2020 ...

Tachyum promotes Krishna Thatipelli to Senior Director of Hardware Design Engineering ...

Panasas appoints Tom Shea as President and CEO ...

SiFive and Barcelona Supercomputing Center advance industry adoption of RISC-V Vector extension ...

Supermicro and Preferred Networks (PFN) collaborate to develop the world's most efficient supercomputer ...

New grant more than doubles University of California Merced's campus supercomputing power ...

National Science Foundation awards $390.000 to Syracuse University computing initiative ...

Los Alamos takes new HPE Apollo 80 System on a test drive ...

Applications

University of Texas Health physicians use supercomputers to interpret results of traumatic brain injury clinical trial ...

MD Anderson researcher uses TACC's Stampede2 supercomputer to explore mutations in cancer cells ...

University of Texas researchers develop rational design principles for achieving giant intrinsic spin hall effects in transition metal oxides ...

Realizing the dream of rotating detonation engines through an OLCF, NETL, GE, and University of Michigan collaboration ...

University of Alabama in Huntsville leads $3,2 million solar software model effort to aid in space weather predictions ...

New GPUs and more bandwidth to unlock astronomical data ...

NASA scientists explore Venus habitable climate scenarios at NCCS ...

Zooming in on dark matter ...

The Cloud

Lenovo Data Center Group releases Cloud-based business agility solutions for the new, smarter normal ...

Internet2 announces selection of two research teams for final phase of exploring Clouds for acceleration of science project ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2020-09-07

Focus

Didem Unat is the project coordinator of a newly awarded project called SparCity, an optimization and co-design framework for sparse computation. Didem Unat works as a faculty member at the Koç University located in Istanbul, Turkey. Prior to joining Koç University, Didem Unat was a researcher at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and highly involved in exascale co-design projects. Her research area includes programming environments, runtime systems, compilers, libraries for scientific and industrial applications. Her academic university group is involved in developing system software, programme modelling and prediction tools. In addition, they perform application parallelisation and optimisation. Koç University is a small but very well known research university in Turkey, specialized in logic programming. Koç manages the highest number of projects of all universities in Turkey for Horizon 2020.Primeur Magazineinvited Didem Unat in its virtual 4m below sealevel studio in downtown Almere to talk about SparCity. Read further...

Exascale supercomputing

Using the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility's (OLCF) IBM AC922 Summit - the United States' most powerful supercomputer devoted to open science, located at the US Department of Energy's (DOE) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) - a team of researchers from the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) and ORNL achieved a computational first: a global simulation of the Earth's atmosphere at a 1-square-kilometer average grid-spacing for a full 4-month season. Read further...

Quantum computing

A well-known quantum algorithm that is useful in studying and solving problems in quantum physics can be applied to problems in classical physics, according to a new study in the journalPhysical Review Afrom University of Wisconsin–Madison assistant professor of physics Jeff Parker. Read further...
The technology behind the quantum computers of the future is fast developing, with several different approaches in progress. Many of the strategies, or "blueprints", for quantum computers rely on atoms or artificial atom-like electrical circuits. In a new theoretical study in the journalPhysical Review X, a group of physicists at Caltech demonstrates the benefits of a lesser-studied approach that relies not on atoms but molecules. Read further...
SEQUENCE is an innovative European research project that uses unconventional approaches to develop electronics for low temperature operation. This will enable quantum computers to scale up to be able to tackle a variety of important technological and scientific problems as well as improve satellite and terrestrial communication systems. Read further...
Quantum bits, or qubits, can hold quantum information much longer now thanks to efforts by an international research team. The researchers have increased the retention time, or coherence time, to 10 milliseconds - 10.000 times longer than the previous record - by combining the orbital motion and spinning inside an atom. Such a boost in information retention has major implications for information technology developments since the longer coherence time makes spin-orbit qubits the ideal candidate for building large quantum computers. Read further...
A joint French-Russian-Latvian research saw light inLeibniz International Proceedings in Informatics. Co-author, Senior Research Associate of the KFU Quantum Informatics Lab Kamil Khadiev, explained: "The Dyck problem is designed to check the programme code and allows you to find out whether it satisfies the rules or not. The problem, on the one hand, is an important subtask of parsers and compilers, and on the other hand, it is interesting from a theoretical point of view. The classical solution to the problem has been known for a long time, but no one thought about a quantum algorithm for the problem until 2018. Particular attention to the construction of a quantum algorithm for the Dyck problem appeared after a publication by Scott Aaronson and his co-authors two years ago. Aaronson showed, in particular, that a programme for an ordinary computer would solve the problem for a year, but on a quantum computer it can be solved in a few seconds." Read further...
Three University of Arizona engineers are part of the newly established $115 million Superconducting Quantum Materials and Systems (SQMS) Center, led by the US Department of Energy's Fermilab. The centre aims to build a quantum computer and develop quantum sensors that could lead to discoveries about dark matter and other elusive subatomic particles. Read further...
In 2019, Google claimed it was the first to demonstrate a quantum computer performing a calculation beyond the abilities of today's most powerful supercomputers. Read further...
Atos, a global expert in digital transformation, now provides free, universal access to myQLM, its programme providing researchers, students and developers with quantum programming tools. Launched in 2019 and initially reserved to Atos Quantum Learning Machine (Atos QLM) users, myQLM aims to democratize access to quantum simulation and encourage innovation in quantum computing. By allowing all researchers, students and developers worldwide to download and use myQLM, Atos moves one step further forward in its commitment to empower the quantum computing community. Read further...

Focus on Europe

The Irish Centre for High-End Computing (ICHEC), Ireland's High-performance computing authority, on 2 September has launched Ireland's Euro-HPC Competence Centre which is hosted at ICHEC. ICHEC analyses complex data to provide intelligent solutions that deliver effective policy change, providing solutions to some of the toughest challenges across public, academic and enterprise sectors in Ireland. 1 September 2020 marked the official start of a Pan-European initiative agreed by the European Council in 2018, to invest in creating a European network of national high-performance computing (HPC) competence centres to develop world-class European supercomputing capabilities. The project EuroCC will run for a 2-year period with a total budget of 57 million euro. Ireland joined the European HPC initiative in September 2018. Read further...
With funding from the European High Performance Computing Joint Undertaking (EuroHPC JU), EuroCC and CASTIEL will build a European network of 33 national HPC competence centres. The two projects will bridge the existing HPC skills gaps while promoting cooperation and the implementation of best practices across Europe. Read further...
The Gauss Centre for Supercomputing (GCS) has celebrated the official kick-off of a new Pan-European effort aimed at creating a European network of national high-performance computing (HPC) competence centres. The initiative, encompassing 33 participating European states, will be coordinated by GCS member, the High-Performance Computing Center Stuttgart (HLRS). The EuroCC project, funded by the EuroHPC Joint Undertaking and 33 participating European states, will build a sustainable and globally competitive European HPC ecosystem. It will serve research and science in academia while also supporting industries in European member states with a particular focus on encouraging small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to turn to and exploit the advantages of HPC. Read further...

Middleware

The computational scientists who run codes on the massively powerful supercomputers at the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF) are working on solving some of the world's most challenging problems. The OLCF supports research in areas ranging from biology to engineering to energy - and it is now supporting work related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Crucial to running the computational codes that enable this research are compilers, tools that convert a user's programming instructions into code that the computers can actually execute. Read further...
Altair, a global technology company providing solutions in product development, high performance computing (HPC), and data analytics, extended its multi-year OEM agreement with Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) to offer the newly enhanced version of Altair PBS Professional workload manager and job scheduler across HPE's industry-leading HPC systems, including HPE Apollo Systems and new line of HPE Cray supercomputers. HPE Pointnext Technology Services, which provides advisory and professional services to design and deploy solutions, will also be used to offer support for Altair's latest software offering. Read further...

Hardware

Memristor memory technology is one of the most promising candidates for next generation edge computing. The Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) led in the development of an intelligent model simulator that predicts complex phenomena of memristor memory to enable the production of a cheaper faster memory. Read further...
The member-based for community benefit HPC-AI Advisory Council has announced its High-Performance Center's newest platform "Iris" is immediately available for community-wide access. Read further...
Credo, a global innovation expert in high performance, low power serial connectivity solutions, has announced its participation in the China International Optoelectronic Expo, to be held in Shenzhen, China from September 9-11. Read further...
Tachyum Inc. has announced the promotion of Krishna Thatipelli, a seasoned professional with strong technical and management skills in CPUs and ASIC development, to Senior Director of Hardware Design Engineering after successfully delivering August milestones related to the company's Prodigy Universal Processor. Read further...
Panasas has announced that chief operating officer Tom Shea has succeeded Faye Pairman as president and chief executive officer and member of the board of directors, effective immediately. Read further...
SiFive Inc., a provider of commercial RISC-V processor IP and silicon solutions, has introduced several new updates to their leading RISC-V portfolio in the areas of security, and vector processing. In collaboration with the Barcelona Supercomputing Center, SiFive created an API for vector intrinsics for popular open-source compilers GCC, and LLVM. Additionally, SiFive reports that the SiFive Shield Hardware Cryptographic Accelerator (HCA) true random number generator (TRNG) has successfully passed conformance evaluation to SP 800-90B standard, to enable FIPS 140 certified security solutions. Read further...
Super Micro Computer Inc., a global expert in enterprise computing, storage, networking solutions and green computing technology, announced that its collaboration with Preferred Networks achieved the #1 ranking for the Green500 semi-annual industry assessment. The MN-3 reached a record 21.11 Gigaflops of performance-per-watt on a benchmark run that delivered a total performance of 1.62 Petaflops. This efficiency achievement is 15% higher than the previous Green500 record of 18.404 Gflops/W, which was recorded in June 2018. Read further...
University of California Merced is rapidly gaining a strong reputation for research and scientific computing across many disciplines and a major expansion of its computing infrastructure is about to cement the campus' status as a research computing hub. Read further...
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a grant of $390.000 for a new research computing cluster at Syracuse University. The cluster will be built using graphical processing units (GPUs), which offer significant processing and memory advantages over traditional hardware. The new cluster will significantly increase the computing power available to faculty and students. Read further...
Los Alamos National Laboratory recently began using HPE Apollo 80 Systems from Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) that feature Fujitsu A64FX Arm processors for evaluation of some of the most demanding physical simulation workloads in the world. Read further...

Applications

Individuals with traumatic brain injuries, or TBIs, frequently experience the shrinking or atrophying of brain tissue near where the injury occurred, causing additional damage beyond the original harm. If this can be prevented, many could function in the future who cannot now. Read further...
All life depends upon DNA repair and replication. In every human cell the essential ability to replicate and repair genomes depends upon the coordinated actions of the genome sequence. Flaws or mistakes in repair and cell cycle regulation can lead to defects in the structure of the DNA and can prevent the replication from functioning properly. Read further...
Dr. Priyamvada Jadaun and associates at the University of Texas at Austin's Microelectronics Research Center have been researching SHE, the Spin Hall Effect. First predicted by Dyakonov and Perel, SHE occurs when an electric current is passed through certain materials and a spin current is produced which consists of electrons with opposite spins flowing in opposite directions. Read further...
Revisiting an engine concept first proposed in the 1950s, researchers at the University of Michigan (UM) are conducting trailblazing research that may finally unlock its potential for ultra-high-efficiency propulsion and power generation. UM professor of aerospace engineering Venkat Raman has tapped the United States' most powerful supercomputer for open science, Summit, to execute combustion simulations with unprecedented fidelity and speed for this new engine. Summit is located at the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF), a US Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science User Facility at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). The groundbreaking simulations are giving engineers at General Electric (GE) Research new insights they believe will enable them to forge the breakthroughs required to commercialize this long-sought-after technology: a rotating detonation engine (RDE). Read further...
The National Science Foundation (NSF) and NASA have awarded $3,2 million over three years to development of open-source solar atmosphere and inner heliosphere software models useful to predict space weather, a project led by the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH), a part of the University of Alabama System, with a UAH professor as principal investigator. Read further...
A new graphics processing unit (GPU) cluster supporting one of Australia's Square Kilometre Array (SKA) precursor telescopes is fully operational at the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre, enabling researchers to accelerate their data processing and deliver new insights about our Universe. Read further...
NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) scientists leveraged NASA supercomputing resources for several months to model a hypothetical climate history for Venus over the past 4,2 billion years. The modelling helped the scientists explore whether the planet had an Earth-like climate for a long period. Read further...
Most matter in the Universe is dark and completely different in nature from the matter that makes up stars, planets and people. Galaxies form and grow when gas cools and condenses at the center of enormous clumps of this dark matter, the so-called dark matter haloes. Read further...

The Cloud

Lenovo Data Center Group (DCG) announces a range of new and updated hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) solutions and Lenovo Cloud Services to enable customers to keep pace with evolving business needs. As remote work becomes the new, smarter normal, businesses need to adapt their hybrid Cloud strategy and modernize their data center infrastructure. Lenovo is addressing this by delivering an unparalleled, open platform of hyperconverged infrastructure solutions in partnership with Nutanix, Microsoft and VMware and expands software-defined systems management capabilities with Lenovo XClarity. Read further...
Internet2 confirmed the selection of two research teams using an external academic review panel for the second and final phase of the Exploring Clouds for Acceleration of Science (E-CAS) project that was first announced in November 2018. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2020-09-07

Focus

EuroHPC JU funded SparCity project to deliver coherent collection of innovative algorithms and tools for sparse computations on emerging hardware platforms ...

Exascale supercomputing

Reaching new heights in weather forecasting's exascale future ...

Quantum computing

New study expands types of physics and engineering problems that can be solved by quantum computers ...

A molecular approach to quantum computing ...

European project aims to scale up quantum computing technology ...

New technology lets quantum bits hold information for 10.000 times longer than previous record ...

Quantum algorithm proposed to solve Dyck language problems ...

University of Arizona collaborates on $115 million effort to build quantum computer ...

New theory hints at more efficient way to develop quantum algorithms ...

Atos helps researchers and students to experiment with quantum algorithms by offering free, universal access to myQLM ...

Focus on Europe

New Irish Competence Centre to fast-track academic and SME participation in EU supercomputing initiative ...

EuroCC and CASTIEL: two new projects to boost European HPC knowledge and opportunities ...

Gauss Centre for Supercomputing coordinates projects to build Pan-European HPC Competency Network ...

Middleware

Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility fosters GCC compiler development with Mentor contract ...

Altair extends strategic OEM agreement with Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) to optimize high performance computing ...

Hardware

SUTD develops intelligent model simulator that maps complex phenomena of memristor memory ...

HPC-AI Advisory Council bolsters open resources and support for community-wide collaborations ...

Credo to showcase advanced connectivity solutions at CIOE 2020 ...

Tachyum promotes Krishna Thatipelli to Senior Director of Hardware Design Engineering ...

Panasas appoints Tom Shea as President and CEO ...

SiFive and Barcelona Supercomputing Center advance industry adoption of RISC-V Vector extension ...

Supermicro and Preferred Networks (PFN) collaborate to develop the world's most efficient supercomputer ...

New grant more than doubles University of California Merced's campus supercomputing power ...

National Science Foundation awards $390.000 to Syracuse University computing initiative ...

Los Alamos takes new HPE Apollo 80 System on a test drive ...

Applications

University of Texas Health physicians use supercomputers to interpret results of traumatic brain injury clinical trial ...

MD Anderson researcher uses TACC's Stampede2 supercomputer to explore mutations in cancer cells ...

University of Texas researchers develop rational design principles for achieving giant intrinsic spin hall effects in transition metal oxides ...

Realizing the dream of rotating detonation engines through an OLCF, NETL, GE, and University of Michigan collaboration ...

University of Alabama in Huntsville leads $3,2 million solar software model effort to aid in space weather predictions ...

New GPUs and more bandwidth to unlock astronomical data ...

NASA scientists explore Venus habitable climate scenarios at NCCS ...

Zooming in on dark matter ...

The Cloud

Lenovo Data Center Group releases Cloud-based business agility solutions for the new, smarter normal ...

Internet2 announces selection of two research teams for final phase of exploring Clouds for acceleration of science project ...