Primeur weekly 2017-02-27

Focus

Square Kilometre Array data crunching will require compute power beyond Moore's Law ...

Exascale supercomputing

ADIOS Version 1.11 moves I/O framework from research to production ...

Focus on Europe

Microsoft researcher tapped for opening keynote at ISC 2017 ...

Atos acquires zData, a premier consulting firm with unparalleled expertise in Big Data solutions ...

HPC5 consortium now registered as official Digital Hub with I4MS ...

Middleware

HPE and Red Hat join forces to give customers greater choice for NFV deployments ...

Hardware

Tokyo Tech supercomputer TSUBAME3.0 scheduled to start operating in summer 2017 ...

NASA saves energy and water with new modular supercomputing facility ...

Mellanox sets new DPDK performance record with ConnectX-5 ...

Mellanox introduces world-leading 6WIND-based router and IPsec Indigo platform at unmatched price/performance ...

Mellanox and ECI smash virtual CPE performance barriers with Indigo-based platform ...

ORNL director moving to new post at Battelle ...

DDN ranks no. 1 as HPC storage market leader and top supplier ...

National Science Foundation funds supercomputer cluster at Penn State ...

Applications

Watson Health Medical Imaging Collaborative expands to 24 members; IBM debuts Watson Imaging Clinical Review, the first cognitive imaging offering ...

3D-e-Chem team develops Virtual Machine for computer-aided drug discovery ...

IBM Research is training Watson to identify eye retina abnormalities ...

Lorentz-eScience competition 2018 to issue Call for Applications ...

Learning how to fine-tune nanofabrication ...

Deep Learning predicts hematopoietic stem cell development ...

New algorithm identifies gene transfers between different bacterial species ...

Artificial intelligence in quantum systems, too ...

ExxonMobil sets record on NCSA's Blue Waters supercomputer ...

The Cloud

eww ITandTEL implements high-performance Platform-as-a-Service environment with Red Hat technologies ...

Primeur Video news

2016-09-05 ClusterVision specializes in cluster design and cluster management using Trinity

On the Exhibition floor at ISC 2016 in Frankfurt, Germany, Primeur Magazine talked with Samira Mellenbergh, EMEA Account Manager at ClusterVision. As a system integrator ClusterVision helps design the architecture of HPC clusters into implementation and deployment.

2016-08-21 Sunway TaihuLight's strengths and weaknesses highlighted by Jack Dongarra

At the ISC 2016 Conference in Frankfurt, Germany, Primeur Magazine had the opportunity to talk with Jack Dongarra, Professor at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, who is one of the authors of the TOP500 list.

2016-08-15 NVIDIA's Tesla P100 GPU to fit into every GPU-enabled server

On the Exhibition floor at ISC 2016 in Frankfurt, Germany, Primeur Magazine talked with Marc Hamilton, Vice President of NVIDIA. Marc Hamilton highlighted the keynote talk of Andrew Ng from Baidu, who explained how high performance computing is being used by Baidu in deep learning and artificial intelligence, and how important it is to have strong scaling in the processor and how hard it is to reach this.

2016-08-15 OpenHPC sets out as vibrant community curating cohesive open source software stack for HPC

After the workshop on International Cooperation following ISC 2016 in Frankfurt, Germany,Primeur Magazinehad the opportunity to talk with Robert Wisniewski from Intel, who is chairing the OpenHPC initiative. OpenHPC is an open source, open community initiative to be able to produce a cohesive and comprehensive system software stack that will run a cluster or a supercomputer.

2016-07-13 Moore's Law is all about economics but there are alternative technologies on the way

On June 22, 2016 at the ISC 2016 Conference in Frankfurt, Germany, John Shalf from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory chaired a session titled "Scaling Beyond the End of Moore's Law". The session consisted of an introduction, three presentations and a panel discussion.

2016-07-11 D-Wave works with its customers Lockheed, Google and Los Alamos to design better quantum software

On the Exhibition floor at ISC 2016 in Frankfurt, Germany, Primeur Magazine talked with Bo Ewald, President of D-Wave International. Bo Ewald helped the company focus on customers, applications and software tools.

2016-07-06 OpenHPC sets out as vibrant community curating cohesive open source software stack for HPC

fter the workshop on International Cooperation following ISC 2016 in Frankfurt, Germany,Primeur Magazinehad the opportunity to talk with Robert Wisniewski from Intel, who is chairing the OpenHPC initiative. OpenHPC is an open source, open community initiative to be able to produce a cohesive and comprehensive system software stack that will run a cluster or a supercomputer.

2016-07-06 South Africa CHPC: Lengau supercomputer, Student Cluster Competition victory & ICRI 2016 conference

After the workshop on International Cooperation following ISC 2016 in Frankfurt, Germany,Primeur Magazinehad the opportunity to talk with Happy Sithole, Director of CHPC, the Centre for High Performance Computing in South Africa, about the new Lengau supercomputer, the Student Cluster Competition and the upcoming International Conference on Research Infrastructures - ICRI 2016, which will be organized in Cape Town, October 3-5, 2016.

2016-06-27 Sunway TaihuLight crunches its data near light-sparkling Lake Taihu

In the first session of Distinguished Speakers, chaired by Erich Strohmaier, at ISC 2016 in Frankfurt, Germany, Haohuan Fu from the National Supercomputer Center at Wuxi in China, introduced the new nr. 1 machine in the TOP500 list: the Sunway TaihuLight. Haohuan Fu started by explaining the name of the new system. It is named after Lake Taihu. Lake Taihu is a lake with intense light in the eastern part of China, very close to the city of Shanghai.

2016-06-27 Paul Messina - Integration and co-design key to reach capable exascale computing in the US

the first session of Distinguished Speakers, chaired by Erich Strohmaier, at ISC 2016 in Frankfurt, Germany, Paul Messina from Argonne National Laboratory talked about the U.S. governmental approach to reach capable exascale computing. There are some major technical challenges for exascale, including energy efficiency, interconnect technology, memory technology, scalable system software, programming systems, data management, and exascale algorithms, amongst others.

2016-04-11 Interview with Antonio Zoccoli about the IPCEI project

Antonio Zoccoli explains the IPCEI project on high performance computing and Big Data enabled applications to serve as a pilot for the European Data Infrastructure. Interview at EGI 2016 conference in Amsterdam.

2016-03-07 Azerbaijan e-infrastructure is developing fast thanks to project partnership with European Community

During the e-IRG Open Workshop, held in November 2015 in Belval/Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg, Primeur Magazine had the opportunity to talk with Rasim Alguliyev, Ramiz Aliguliyev, and Vugar Musayev from the Institute of Information Technology, which is part of the National Academy of Sciences (ANAS) in Azerbaijan.

2016-02-19 Interview Anwar Osseyran: e-Infrastructures; new supercomputer centre building, precision medicine

Interview with Anwar Osseyran, director of SURFsara & professor at the University of Amsterdam.

2016-02-08 Whole genome sequencing using HPC clusters in project MinE to find a cure for ALS

During the SURFsara Super D Event, recently held at Felix Meritis in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Primeur Magazine had the opportunity to talk with Jan Veldink, a neurologist and professor in neurogenetics from the University Medical Center (UMC) in Utrecht about Lou Gherig's disease, aslo known as ALS. Jan Veldink is coordinating the project MinE, which is a large genome sequencing project for ALS.

2016-02-08 Towards fully-integrated 3D tomography using new algorithms , scanning equipment and GPU clusters

During the SURFsara Super D Event, recently held at Felix Meritis in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Primeur Magazine had the opportunity to talk with Joost Batenburg from the Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica - CWI about 3D tomography. Joost Batenburg's research domain is tomography, a form of 3D image reconstruction from projections. The most well-known example of tomography is a medical CT scanner where X-ray images are recorded from a large number of angles, all around the patient.

2016-01-25 e-Infrastructures Austria, the relation with e-IRG and data management policies

During the e-IRG Open Workshop, recently held in Belval/Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg, Primeur Magazine had the opportunity to talk with Paolo Budroni from the University of Vienna. Paolo Budroni is representing the Austrian Ministry of Science as a new member of the e-IRG Delegates Meeting.

2015-12-21 e-Infrastructure brings experts and application developers together to cope with avalanche of data

During the e-IRG Open Workshop, recently held in Belval/Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg,Primeur Magazinehad the opportunity to talk with Professor Rudi Balling who is heading the Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine at the University of Luxembourg. This is an interdisciplinary centre which has under one roof experimental and computational biology, programmers, IT, engineers, physicists and mathematicians, and at the same time is reaching out to questions in health, particularly in the domain of neuro-degenerative diseases.

2015-11-30 Turkey to prepare itself for European Open Science Cloud - interview Mirat Satoğlu

During the e-IRG Open Workshop, recently held in Belval/Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg, Primeur Magazine had the opportunity to talk with Mehmet Mirat Satoğlu from ULAKBIM, the Turkish Academic Network and Information Center. Mehmet Mirat Satoğlu is a new member to the e-IRG Delegates Meeting. He is the Director of TUBITAK, the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey. TUBITAK supports services and projects for infrastructure.

2015-11-24 Exascale requires hard thinking about energy, scalability, complexity & reliability

At the Third eScience Symposium, recently held at the ArenA in Amsterdam, The Netherlands , Primeur Magazine had the opportunity to talk with Dieter Kranzlmüller, Professor in Computer Sciences at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich and also a member of the Board of Directors of the Leibniz Supercomputer Center. Dieter Kranzlmüller presented an introduction into exascale computing at the eScience Symposium. We are all preparing for exascale at this point in time and we see the challenges ahead, consisting of energy consumption, scalability, complexity, and reliability. Even with today's machines where we have several hundred thousands of cores we already see many of these aspects and we are working hard to getting them solved for the next version of machines, according to Dieter Kranzlmüller.

2015-11-09 Combining the benefits of both GPU and CPU in heterogeneous computing primeurmagazine

At the Third eScience Symposium, recently held at the ArenA in Amsterdam, The Netherlands,Primeur Magazinehad the opportunity to talk with Ana Lucia Varbanescu, an assistant professor in the Informatics Institute at the University of Amsterdam on the efficiency of modern heterogeneous systems and has a background in high performance computing at Delft University of Technology and the Amsterdam Free University. Heterogeneous computing uses the GPUs and CPUs together in a good fashion. This is what we have seen in the past couple of years

2015-11-09 HARNESS explored principles to integrate heterogeneous resources into Cloud platform

At the recent ISC Cloud and Big Data Conference in Frankfurt, Primeur Magazine had the opportunity to talk with Alexander Wolf, professor at Imperial College London and coordinator of the HARNESS project which has been exploiting heterogeneous resources in Cloud data centres during the past three years. Alexander Wolf is very proud of and happy with the project results.

2015-11-02 ClusterVision's Trinity is making OpenStack suitable for HPC workloads

At the recent ISC Cloud and Big Data Conference in Frankfurt,Primeur Magazinehad the opportunity to talk with Hans Then, Team Leader of Software Development at ClusterVision. Hans Then is responsible for developing the product Trinity. Trinity is a character from the Matrix-trilogy and actually the Trinity product is inspired on that. ClusterVision developed Trinity in response to customer requests. Around 2012-2013, many of the ClusterVision customers approached the company, asking it about OpenStack and what they could do with that. ClusterVision is a typical HPC-oriented specialist that is looking at OpenStack, a Cloud environment, from an HPC perspective. ClusterVision started to develop Trinity because if found that OpenStack, useful as it is as a tool, is not very well suited to HPC workloads.

2015-11-02 Fortissimo marketplace one-stop shop for SMEs in search of HPC-based components for simulation

At the recent ISC Cloud and Big Data Conference in Frankfurt,Primeur Magazinehad the opportunity to talk with Francis Wray, coordinator of the Fortissimo project, about the marketplace the project team has established. Francis Wray worked for the company scapos AG, a small company which makes business selling various types of software. The objective of Fortissimo is twofold. One of the aims is to create a brokerage where all the necessary components for high performance computing based simulation are present. Those components range from the end user who has a requirement through to the domain expert, through to the HPC expert, through to the centres who provide cycles, through to ISVs. The objective is to create a marketplace where the different skills of the different participants in the value chain can be brokered and used by SMEs whose business can benefit from advanced simulations.

2015-11-02 Digital humanities' project CLARIAH is digitizing datasets to get new science out of them

At the Third eScience Symposium, recently held at the ArenA in Amsterdam, The Netherlands,Primeur Magazinehad the opportunity to talk with José van Dijck, President of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). José van Dijck is Professor of Media Studies at the University of Amsterdam. She is very interested in digital humanities as a new branch of the humanities that has become interested in digital sources. Her team is working with digital text but also with digital images and sounds. They work with structured data and they are interested in how the digital data becomes a new material from which they draw new interpretations. All this data is putting a lot of new challenges to the team as researchers

2015-11-02 Video registration Vendor showdown at ISC Cloud & Big Data

At the ISC Cloud and Big Data Conference in Frankfurt, Michael Feldman, Intersect360 Research, chaired the vendor showdown. Participants were Stephan Gillich, Intel; Rolf Kersten, AWS; Auke Kuiper, DDN; Stefan Lautenschläger, Fujitsu; Alison B. Lowndes, NVIDIA; Barbara Murphy, HGST; and Hans Then, ClusterVision. The topics discussed included Cloud, Big Data, HPC and GPU computing, middleware and storage.

2015-10-19 Blue Yonder to automate enterprise decisions with machine learning

At the recent ISC Cloud and Big Data Conference in Frankfurt, Primeur Magazine had the opportunity to interview Michael Feindt from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and Blue Yonder. Michael Feindt provided a presentation on real life use cases involving data driven automated decisions during the conference and Primeur Magazine wanted to find out more about the technique Blue Yonder is using to this regard.

2015-09-07 Supercomputer visualization complements physical experiments in car design

At the ISC 2015 Exhibition in Frankfurt, Germany, Primeur Magazine interviewed Michael Resch and Uwe Wössner at the HLRS booth where a sparkling Porsche 111 Turbo S drew the attention of many visitors.Primeur Magazinewanted to know more about it and indeed, there was more than met the eye behind this shiny appearance. Michael Resch, Director of the High Performance Computer Centre in Stuttgart (HLRS) explained that the Porsche 111 Turbo S was designed using supercomputers. In the booth the visitors could see how close simulation was performed to optimize the shape to reduce the car's fuel consumption.

2015-08-11 Bright Computing to combine HPC and Big Data workloads - Interview with Matthijs van Leeuwen

At ISC 2015 in Frankfurt, Germany, Primeur Magazinehad the opportunity to talk with Matthijs van Leeuwen, CEO and founder of Bright Computing, a company founded in 2009. Bright Computing makes cluster management and system management easy, comprehensive, and scalable. The main products are Bright Cluster Manager for HPC; Bright Cluster Manager for Big Data; and Bright OpenStack. These three products can also be combined to create a combined infrastructure for both HPC and Big Data workloads, either on bare metal or virtualized. For the full text see: http://primeurmagazine.com/weekly/AE-PR-09-15-40.html

2015-08-10 European Supercomputer Programme in next Horizon 2020 period to also focus on HPC access for SMEs

At ISC 2015 in Frankfurt, Germany, Primeur Magazine had the opportunity to talk with Augusto Burgueno-Arjona from the European Commission, Department of e-Infrastructures, including European Supercomputer Service Programme, who also delivered the welcome address at the Conference stating that "HPC is high in the European political agenda as it is recognised as an essential technology to respond to the growing needs of our modern societies, transforming societal challenges into business opportunities, and bringing growth and jobs to the European economy". Augusto Burgueno-Arjona also stressed that "there are important upcoming steps, such as the large-scale platform integration of the technology building blocks and the coordinated acquisition at EU level of world-class systems". For the full text see http://primeurmagazine.com/weekly/AE-PR-09-15-24.html

2015-08-04 NICE to demonstrate EnginFrame and Desktop Cloud Visualization at ISC 2015

At the ISC 2015 in Frankfurt, Germany,Primeur Magazinetalked with Francesco Ruffino from NICE, an Italian company, founded in 1996, specialized since the beginning in high performance computing. The company team tries to prove the usability of high performance computing applications in both the private and public Cloud. The company has two main products: EnginFrame and Desktop Cloud Visualization (DCV). EnginFrame is a web dashboard which allows to very easily plug your application into the Cloud. Using DCV, you can visualize the utillization of interactive applications. DCV is a network protocol that will compress the pixels on the screen and send it to the client. For the full text see: http://primeurmagazine.com/weekly/AE-PR-08-15-64.html

2015-07-30 Intel's Rajeeb Hazra about convergence of HPC and Big Data

At ISC 2015 in Frankfurt Rajeeb Hazra from Intel did presents his thoughts about the convergence of HPC and Big data, or as he puts it: (HPC && Big Data) vs. (HPC || Big Data)

2015-07-29 European exascale projects DEEP-ER and Mont-Blanc to investigate new Exascale technologies

At ISC 2015 in Frankfurt, Germany, Primeur Magazine had the opportunity to interview Filippo Mantovani from the Mont-Blanc project and Estela Suarez from the DEEP-ER project on the opening night of the ISC 2015 Exhibition at their booth showcasing European exascale projects. Juri Schmidt demonstrated the network-attached memory technology used in the DEEP-ER project. Filippo Mantovani demonstrated the creditcard-sized system-on-chip that is used in the Mont-Blanc project. For the full text see: http://primeurmagazine.com/weekly/AE-PR-09-15-48.html

2015-07-29 Numascale's scalable appliances for data analytics meet customers' needs at attractive price points

At ISC 2015 in Frankfurt, Germany, Primeur Magazine had the opportunity to talk with Morten Toverud, CEO, Numascale. Numascale was running a live demo at the ISC 2015 Exhibition, showing its scalable high performance appliances for in-memory analytics. What the demo actually showed is that Numascale combines real time GPS data with other real time sensors and a huge amount of historical data. The Numascale system can determine and predict the next hour of traffic at major highways in Singapore. See the complete text of the interview at http://primeurmagazine.com/weekly/AE-PR-09-15-39.html

Video channel

  5 minute impression of the 2012 edition of International Supercomputing Conference ISC'12 in Hamburg, Germany. Dale Geldart from eXludus, Marc Saint Georges from VCODYNE and Steve Wallach from Convey Computer enlighten us with their knowledge and vision on HPC monitoring, HPC resources and Big Data.
  A 5 minute impression of the 2012 edition of International Supercomputing Conference ISC'12 in Hamburg, Germany. With news from Intel/Altair, Barcelona Supercomputing and Adaptive Computing's Moab 7.1.
  A first glance at the ISC'12 HPC exhibition in Hamburg
  Interview with Tomi Ilijas from Arctur HPC centre in Slovenia
  Is co-design useful for Exascale computing? Learn from the panel including Michael Resch, and Satoshi Matsuoka at ISC11 in Hamburg on June 23, 2011
Impression of the first day afternoon and evening of ISC11 in Hamburg on June 20, 2011.
Impression of the morning of the first day of ISC11 in Hamburg on June 20, 2011.
An introduction into Cloud computing and Cloud Federation from the Contrail project.
Robert's robot looking at what to do with his idle processor time from Desktop Grid Federation on Vimeo.

Primeur weekly 2017-02-27

Focus

Square Kilometre Array data crunching will require compute power beyond Moore's Law ...

Exascale supercomputing

ADIOS Version 1.11 moves I/O framework from research to production ...

Focus on Europe

Microsoft researcher tapped for opening keynote at ISC 2017 ...

Atos acquires zData, a premier consulting firm with unparalleled expertise in Big Data solutions ...

HPC5 consortium now registered as official Digital Hub with I4MS ...

Middleware

HPE and Red Hat join forces to give customers greater choice for NFV deployments ...

Hardware

Tokyo Tech supercomputer TSUBAME3.0 scheduled to start operating in summer 2017 ...

NASA saves energy and water with new modular supercomputing facility ...

Mellanox sets new DPDK performance record with ConnectX-5 ...

Mellanox introduces world-leading 6WIND-based router and IPsec Indigo platform at unmatched price/performance ...

Mellanox and ECI smash virtual CPE performance barriers with Indigo-based platform ...

ORNL director moving to new post at Battelle ...

DDN ranks no. 1 as HPC storage market leader and top supplier ...

National Science Foundation funds supercomputer cluster at Penn State ...

Applications

Watson Health Medical Imaging Collaborative expands to 24 members; IBM debuts Watson Imaging Clinical Review, the first cognitive imaging offering ...

3D-e-Chem team develops Virtual Machine for computer-aided drug discovery ...

IBM Research is training Watson to identify eye retina abnormalities ...

Lorentz-eScience competition 2018 to issue Call for Applications ...

Learning how to fine-tune nanofabrication ...

Deep Learning predicts hematopoietic stem cell development ...

New algorithm identifies gene transfers between different bacterial species ...

Artificial intelligence in quantum systems, too ...

ExxonMobil sets record on NCSA's Blue Waters supercomputer ...

The Cloud

eww ITandTEL implements high-performance Platform-as-a-Service environment with Red Hat technologies ...