Primeur weekly 2021-01-11

Exascale supercomputing

Preparing an earthquake risk assessment application for exascale ...

Quantum computing

A bit too much: reducing the bit width of Ising models for quantum annealing ...

The world's first integrated quantum communication network ...

Focus on Europe

GBP 20 million funding boost for science supercomputer will drive science simulation and UK-wide innovation ...

Northern Data acquires data centre site in Northern Sweden fully powered by green energy ...

Research and Markets to issue report on High Performance Computing (HPC) Market by Component, Deployment Type, Organization Size, Server Prices Band, Application Area, and Region - Global Forecast to 2025 ...

Environmental researchers benefit from powerful supercomputer at Plymouth Marine Laboratory ...

Middleware

XSEDE welcomes new service providers ...

Hardware

IBM appoints Gary D. Cohn as Vice Chairman ...

IBM appoints Martin Schroeter as CEO of "NewCo" independent managed infrastructure services business to spin out from IBM ...

Light-based processors boost machine-learning processing ...

E4 Computer Engineering announces University of Pisa as the first customer of Ultrafast Storage, Totally Integrated (USTI), the new solution for high performance distributed block storage ...

Existing Northern Data bitcoin mining customer expands contract volume by more than 200 MW ...

Power XL Pro launched as new professional server based on AMD EPYC technology ...

Swinburne-led research team demonstrates world's fastest optical neuromorphic processor ...

Applications

Supercomputer models describe chloride's role in corrosion ...

HPC-AI Advisory Council to host HPC AI AC Conference in Japan on January, 26 ...

Insights through atomic simulation ...

Advanced materials in a snap ...

New data-driven global climate model provides projections for urban environments ...

Frequency data for stable power supply ...

Physicists observe competition between magnetic orders ...

UTSA Artificial Intelligence Consortium receives over $1 million in research funding ...

Entangling electrons with heat ...

NIO partners with NVIDIA to develop a new generation of automated driving electric vehicles ...

Navantia leverages Ansys' digital transformation solutions to design next-gen naval vessels ...

Engineering graduate student places second in international research competition ...

The Cloud

Covid-19 genome sequencing project gets major upgrade ...

IBM provides Harris-Stowe State University with $2 million in Artificial Intelligence and open hybrid Cloud technology resources to help students build modern skills ...

IBM and Avertra collaborate to drive digital transformation for energy & utilities clients with IBM Cloud ...

UJET CCaaS Cloud contact centre now available on Oracle Cloud Marketplace ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2021-01-11

Exascale supercomputing

As to prepare for next-generation systems like Aurora, developers at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory are working to port the SW4 application - a multidisciplinary simulation code for earthquake hazard and risk assessment - to run on GPU-based Intel machines. As part of the EQSIM project supported by DOE's Exascale Computing Project, Brian Homerding of the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF) and Houjun Tang of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory are leading an effort to use the C++ abstraction library RAJA, whose SYCL backend is currently being written. Read further...

Quantum computing

Given a list of cities and the distances between each pair of cities, how do you determine the shortest route that visits each city exactly once and returns to the starting location? This famous problem is called the "traveling salesman problem" and is an example of a combinatorial optimization problem. Solving these problems using conventional computers can be very time-consuming, and special devices called "quantum annealers" have been created for this purpose. Read further...
Chinese scientists have established the world's first integrated quantum communication network, combining over 700 optical fibers on the ground with two ground-to-satellite links to achieve quantum key distribution over a total distance of 4600 kilometers for users across the country. Read further...

Focus on Europe

The UK government has announced a GBP 20 million funding boost to upgrade the capabilities of the DiRAC High Performance Computing facility. The upgrade will enhance the UK's scientific leadership and productivity, driving ground-breaking discoveries in scientific research, with opportunities spread across the UK. It will support the training of the next generation of UK researchers and attract the world's top computational researchers to the UK. Read further...
Northern Data AG acquires a data centre facility in Northern Sweden to meet massive customer demand. The site currently consists of six data centre halls on an area of 2,5 hectares and will now be further expanded by Northern Data following the acquisition. Read further...
The "Global High Performance Computing (HPC) Market by Component (Solutions - Servers, Storage, Networking Devices - Software & Services), Deployment Type, Organization Size, Server Prices Band, Application Area, and Region - Forecast to 2025" report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering. Read further...
Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML), the marine research organisation and registered charity, is hosting an extensive new high performance computing (HPC) facility as part of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) Earth Observation Data Acquisition and Analysis Service (NEODAAS). The new facility is the first centralised HPC service available to UK environmental researchers specifically for applying artificial intelligence (AI) and deep learning to Earth observation data. The new HPC system is designed, integrated and maintained by high performance compute, storage, Cloud and AI integrator, OCF. Read further...

Middleware

XSEDE has recently welcomed five resources into the XSEDE Federation: the University of Kentucky's KyRIC, Purdue University's Anvil, Texas A&M's FASTER, Johns Hopkins University's Rockfish, and the Open Storage Network (OSN). Of these newly-added resources, KyRIC and OSN are currently accepting allocation requests for the current deadline of January 15, 2021, along with two other recently-added members of the XSEDE Federation: San Diego Supercomputer Center's Expanse and Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center's Bridges-2. The others expect to begin accepting requests later in 2021. Read further...

Hardware

IBM has appointed Gary D. Cohn as Vice Chairman of IBM and member of the IBM Executive Leadership Team. Mr. Cohn will work in partnership with IBM CEO Arvind Krishna and the IBM Executive Leadership Team on a wide range of business initiatives and external engagement, in areas including business development, client services, public advocacy and client relationship management. Read further...
IBM has appointed Martin Schroeter as Chief Executive Officer of the independent company that will be created following the separation of IBM's Managed Infrastructure Services business ("NewCo"), effective January 15. NewCo will focus on the management and modernization of IT infrastructure in every industry around the world. The previously announced separation is expected to occur by the end of 2021. Read further...
An international team of scientists have developed a photonic processor that uses rays of light inside silicon chips to process information much faster than conventional electronic chips. Published inNature, the breakthrough study was carried out by scientists from the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), the Universities of Oxford, Münster, Exeter, Pittsburgh, and IBM Research - Zurich. Read further...
E4 Computer Engineering, an Italian company in the fields of High Performance Computing, Artificial Intelligence and High Performance Data Analytics, has announced that University of Pisa will become the first customer of USTI - Ultrafast Storage, Totally Integrated, the new solution for high performance distributed block storage, based on software-defined block storage Excelero NVMesh, Western Digital SSDs NVME Ultrastar and Mellanox Infiniband 200 Gb/s network interfaces. Read further...
Northern Data AG, a provider of high-performance computing (HPC) solutions, can announce the extension of a customer contract of a volume of ASIC chips worth USD 100 million. The existing customer, from the bitcoin mining sector, is making use of an extension option, which it drew at the end of the year. The USD 100 million order volume of ASIC chips corresponds to an additional capacity of more than 200 MW, which will be allocated to Northern Data's up-to-five new Scandinavian and Canadian data centre locations, among others. The expansion of these new HPC data centres is being accelerated due to the massive growth in customer demand. Read further...
IKOULA, a key player in the European market for dedicated servers, outsourcing, and Cloud computing integrates a new professional dedicated server combining power, reliability, security, and competitive price. Equipped with the latest generation AMD EPYC processors, the Power XL Pro server is designed to meet the present and future challenges of businesses. Namely, high-performance computing, hyper-virtualization, or massive data processing. Read further...
An international team of researchers led by Swinburne University of Technology has demonstrated the world's fastest and most powerful optical neuromorphic processor for artificial intelligence (AI), which operates faster than 10 trillion operations per second (TeraOPs/s) and is capable of processing ultra-large scale data. Read further...

Applications

Researchers have been studying chloride's corrosive effects on various materials for decades. Now thanks to high-performance computers at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) and the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC), detailed models have been simulated to provide new insight on how chloride leads to corrosion. Read further...
The HPC-AI Advisory Council is organising virtually the inaugural Japan Conference on January 26, 2021 - 14:00-17:00 JST - to learn more about Japan's visionary strategies driving its leadership in cutting edge AI and HPC domains and disciplines, the inventive applications, tools and technologies, emerging trends, best practices and breakthroughs fueling economies, productivity and progress, globally. Read further...
A recent special issue inThe Journal of Chemical Physicshighlights Pacific Northwest National Laboratory's (PNNL) contributions to developing two prominent open-source software packages for computational chemistry used by scientists around the world. Read further...
If everything moved 40.000 times faster, you could eat a fresh tomato three minutes after planting a seed. You could fly from New York to Los Angeles in half a second. And you'd have waited in line at airport security for that flight for 30 milliseconds. Read further...
Cities only occupy about 3% of the Earth's total land surface, but they bear the burden of the human-perceived effects of global climate change, researchers said. Global climate models are set up for big-picture analysis, leaving urban areas poorly represented. In a new study, researchers take a closer look at how climate change affects cities by using data-driven statistical models combined with traditional process-driven physical climate models. Read further...
In the renewable energies era, grid frequency will be an increasingly important indicator of stability of power supply. Under the direction of the Helmholtz Association, an interdisciplinary research consortium has analyzed frequency fluctuations in twelve synchronous grid areas on three continents. For data recording, scientists of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) have developed a portable, GPS-synchronized recorder based on a new measurement technology. First results have now been published inNature Communications. Read further...
They are as thin as a hair, only a hundred thousand times thinner - so-called two-dimensional materials, consisting of a single layer of atoms, have been booming in research for years. They became known to a wider audience when two Russian-British scientists were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2010 for the discovery of graphene, a building block of graphite. The special feature of such materials is that they possess novel properties that can only be explained with the help of the laws of quantum mechanics and that may be relevant for enhanced technologies. Researchers at the University of Bonn, Germany have now used ultracold atoms to gain new insights into previously unknown quantum phenomena. They found out that the magnetic orders between two coupled thin films of atoms compete with each other. The study has been published in the journalNature. Read further...
Dhireesha Kudithipudi, founding director of the MATRIX AI Consortium for Human Well-Being, and the Robert F. McDermott Endowed Chair in Engineering, was recently awarded $1.481.697 in combined funding for her research in lifelong learning. This funding includes a $472.306 sub-award from Argonne National Laboratory under the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's (DARPA) Lifelong Learning Machines (L2M) programme, along with a $1.009.391 award from the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL). Read further...
A joint group of scientists from Finland, Russia, China and the USA have demonstrated that temperature difference can be used to entangle pairs of electrons in superconducting structures. The experimental discovery, published inNature Communications, promises powerful applications in quantum devices, bringing us one step closer towards applications of the second quantum revolution. Read further...
NIO, a pioneer in China's premium smart electric vehicle market, and NVIDIA have announced that the automaker has selected the NVIDIA DRIVE Orin system-on-a-chip (SoC) for its new generation of electric vehicles, which will offer advanced automated driving capabilities. Read further...
Navantia and Ansys are substantially decreasing the design time and boosting the performance of next-generation navy vessels, such as F-110 frigates and S-80 submarines. Through a new strategic agreement, Navantia engineers will leverage Ansys' solutions as part of the Shipyard 4.0 Integrated Business Management System - Navantia's leading-edge technology platform that includes digital technologies across the operational lifecycle of navy ships to improve product quality and speed production. Read further...
Mahabubul Alam, a doctoral candidate in electrical engineering at Penn State, was recently awarded second place in the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) Student Research Competition at the International Conference on Computer-Aided Design. Read further...

The Cloud

Supercomputing facilities set up to track the spread and evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic have received GBP 1,2 million in government funding to expand globally. The grant is part of a major GBP 213 million investment by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) to upgrade the UK's scientific infrastructure. Read further...
Harris-Stowe State University has signed a multi-million dollar collaboration with IBM on a comprehensive programme designed to develop diverse and high demand skill sets that align with industry needs and trends so both students and faculty can develop the skills they need today for the jobs of tomorrow. Read further...
IBM has signed a collaboration with Avertra, a global integration services, products and consultancy organisation, to help accelerate clients' digital transformation in the energy and utilities industry. Avertra will host its MiCustomer Digital Experience platform on IBM Cloud, helping to build connected Energy & Utilities (E&U) organisations that can run more intelligently and securely. Read further...
UJET Inc., a global CCaaS 3.0 Cloud contact centre, and a member of the Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN), has announced its integration with Oracle Cloud CX Service and its availability on Oracle Cloud Marketplace. Oracle Cloud Marketplace is a centralized repository of enterprise applications offered by Oracle and Oracle partners. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2021-01-11

Exascale supercomputing

Preparing an earthquake risk assessment application for exascale ...

Quantum computing

A bit too much: reducing the bit width of Ising models for quantum annealing ...

The world's first integrated quantum communication network ...

Focus on Europe

GBP 20 million funding boost for science supercomputer will drive science simulation and UK-wide innovation ...

Northern Data acquires data centre site in Northern Sweden fully powered by green energy ...

Research and Markets to issue report on High Performance Computing (HPC) Market by Component, Deployment Type, Organization Size, Server Prices Band, Application Area, and Region - Global Forecast to 2025 ...

Environmental researchers benefit from powerful supercomputer at Plymouth Marine Laboratory ...

Middleware

XSEDE welcomes new service providers ...

Hardware

IBM appoints Gary D. Cohn as Vice Chairman ...

IBM appoints Martin Schroeter as CEO of "NewCo" independent managed infrastructure services business to spin out from IBM ...

Light-based processors boost machine-learning processing ...

E4 Computer Engineering announces University of Pisa as the first customer of Ultrafast Storage, Totally Integrated (USTI), the new solution for high performance distributed block storage ...

Existing Northern Data bitcoin mining customer expands contract volume by more than 200 MW ...

Power XL Pro launched as new professional server based on AMD EPYC technology ...

Swinburne-led research team demonstrates world's fastest optical neuromorphic processor ...

Applications

Supercomputer models describe chloride's role in corrosion ...

HPC-AI Advisory Council to host HPC AI AC Conference in Japan on January, 26 ...

Insights through atomic simulation ...

Advanced materials in a snap ...

New data-driven global climate model provides projections for urban environments ...

Frequency data for stable power supply ...

Physicists observe competition between magnetic orders ...

UTSA Artificial Intelligence Consortium receives over $1 million in research funding ...

Entangling electrons with heat ...

NIO partners with NVIDIA to develop a new generation of automated driving electric vehicles ...

Navantia leverages Ansys' digital transformation solutions to design next-gen naval vessels ...

Engineering graduate student places second in international research competition ...

The Cloud

Covid-19 genome sequencing project gets major upgrade ...

IBM provides Harris-Stowe State University with $2 million in Artificial Intelligence and open hybrid Cloud technology resources to help students build modern skills ...

IBM and Avertra collaborate to drive digital transformation for energy & utilities clients with IBM Cloud ...

UJET CCaaS Cloud contact centre now available on Oracle Cloud Marketplace ...