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Primeur weekly 2017-12-04

Quantum computing

Simulating physics ...

Key component for quantum computing invented ...

Quantum-emitting answer might lie in the solution ...

Quantum systems correct themselves ...

NCSA SPIN intern Daniel Johnson published in Classical and Quantum Gravity ...

Focus on Europe

9th Irish Supercomputer List published ...

Gap between research and industry HPC in Ireland widens ...

SURFsara extends its status as Intel Parallel Computing Center for 2018 ...

EXDCI issues Call for Workshops for the European HPC Summit Week 2018 ...

Hardware

Supermicro introduces next-generation storage form factor with new Intel "Ruler" all-flash NVMe 1U server and JBOF ...

New director named at Los Alamos National Laboratory ...

AccelStor empowers all-flash array to advance genomics data analysis ...

New Storage 2020 report outlines vision for future HPC storage ...

Loci adds William Schrader, former PSINet Inc. CEO, to Advisory Board ...

Shantenu Jha named Chair of Brookhaven Lab's Center for Data-Driven Discovery ...

Applications

ORNL-designed algorithm leverages Titan to create high-performing deep neural networks ...

Drought-resistant plant genes could accelerate evolution of water-use efficient crops ...

HPE partners with Stephen Hawking's COSMOS Research Group and the Cambridge Faculty of Mathematics ...

Monopole current offers way to control magnets ...

70Gb/s optical intra-connects in data centers based on band-limited devices ...

Lobachevsky University scientists in search of fast algorithms for discrete optimization ...

High-Performance Computing cuts particle collision data prep time ...

TOP500

High performance computer MOGON II at the Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz among the 100 fastest supercomputers in the world ...

The Cloud

HPE unveils industryis first SaaS-based multi-Cloud management solution for on-premises and public Clouds ...

AccelStor revs up NeoSapphire all-flash array portfolio for next generation Cloud application ...

Gap between research and industry HPC in Ireland widens


1 Dec 2017 Dublin - Ireland has continued its steep fall on the research High Performance Computing stage - a trajectory that has been highlighted on several occasions. It is now 3.5 years since Ireland had a research facility ranking on the list - the Irish Centre for High-End Computing (ICHEC) Fionn installation.

While Ireland does claim 4 TOP500 machines on the current TOP500 list, these machines are owned and operated by private industry enterprises and do very little if anything to promote research in Ireland. As demonstrated by the log-scale graphs of the largest research/academic machines in several European countries, Ireland compares extremely unfavourably against other European countries. On a global stage, where two counties alone - China and the US - account for just over 2/3 of installations and very nearly 2/3 of performance the picture is even more lopsided.

The largest research installation in Europe is currently the "Piz Daint" machine with an impressive 361,760 cores and a performance of 19,590.0 TFlops/s. Ireland's largest machine Fionn, managed by ICHEC, has by comparison 7,680 cores and a performance of 140.4 TFlops/s - less than 1% of Piz Daint's performance. Even compared to countries with more modest HPC resources than Switzerland, Ireland still fairs poorly. Poland's largest research facility has more than 55,000 cores (1,670.1 TFlops/s) while Spain's largest has over 150,000 cores (6,470.8 TFlops/s).

In Ireland, it is evident that ICHEC is chronically underfunded, and without increased investment Ireland will continue to occupy the bottom rungs of the HPC research ladder and the work of Irish researchers will continue to suffer. Ireland's lack of investment in research HPC has meant that the country sits at or close to the bottom in terms of meaningful metrics that account for HPC resources openly available to researchers. For Irish researchers this leads to longer queue times and HPC facilities that are increasingly unable to support world-class research.
Source: The Irish Supercomputer List

Back to Table of contents

Primeur weekly 2017-12-04

Quantum computing

Simulating physics ...

Key component for quantum computing invented ...

Quantum-emitting answer might lie in the solution ...

Quantum systems correct themselves ...

NCSA SPIN intern Daniel Johnson published in Classical and Quantum Gravity ...

Focus on Europe

9th Irish Supercomputer List published ...

Gap between research and industry HPC in Ireland widens ...

SURFsara extends its status as Intel Parallel Computing Center for 2018 ...

EXDCI issues Call for Workshops for the European HPC Summit Week 2018 ...

Hardware

Supermicro introduces next-generation storage form factor with new Intel "Ruler" all-flash NVMe 1U server and JBOF ...

New director named at Los Alamos National Laboratory ...

AccelStor empowers all-flash array to advance genomics data analysis ...

New Storage 2020 report outlines vision for future HPC storage ...

Loci adds William Schrader, former PSINet Inc. CEO, to Advisory Board ...

Shantenu Jha named Chair of Brookhaven Lab's Center for Data-Driven Discovery ...

Applications

ORNL-designed algorithm leverages Titan to create high-performing deep neural networks ...

Drought-resistant plant genes could accelerate evolution of water-use efficient crops ...

HPE partners with Stephen Hawking's COSMOS Research Group and the Cambridge Faculty of Mathematics ...

Monopole current offers way to control magnets ...

70Gb/s optical intra-connects in data centers based on band-limited devices ...

Lobachevsky University scientists in search of fast algorithms for discrete optimization ...

High-Performance Computing cuts particle collision data prep time ...

TOP500

High performance computer MOGON II at the Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz among the 100 fastest supercomputers in the world ...

The Cloud

HPE unveils industryis first SaaS-based multi-Cloud management solution for on-premises and public Clouds ...

AccelStor revs up NeoSapphire all-flash array portfolio for next generation Cloud application ...