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Primeur weekly 2018-12-03

Quantum computing

University of Southern California scientists find a way to enhance the performance of quantum computers ...

An important step towards completely secure quantum communication networks ...

Quantum computing at scale: Australian scientists achieve compact, sensitive qubit readout ...

Atos launches construction of global R&D Lab to drive innovation in Quantum Computing ...

Focus on Europe

University of Liverpool and IBM sign joint study agreement for research and innovation ...

Atos strengthens computing capacity of national supercomputing centre in Czech Republic with the new BullSequana supercomputer ...

The whole fleet of EU Commission Flagship projects meets for the first time at ICT Vienna ...

Middleware

DDN Storage and CSIR-CEERI enter partnership to provide Artificial Intelligence as a Service solutions ...

Hardware

Paving the way: An accelerator on a microchip ...

Five nanosecond decision-making ...

European partners build efficient pilot production line for photonic chips ...

WekaIO places in top five of the Virtual Institute's IO-500 10 Node Challenge ...

University of Birmingham to deploy largest IBM POWER AI cluster in the UK ...

HPE to acquire BlueData ...

Applications

Investment helps establish Artificial Intelligence-Supercomputing Facility in Edmonton ...

NCSA Director William Gropp and NCSA Affiliate Narayana Aluru named AAAS Fellows ...

SDSC's Comet supercomputer used to create detailed flu virus simulations ...

A new way to see stress - using supercomputers ...

Computational chemistry supports research on new semiconductor technologies ...

A big step toward the practical application of 3D holography with high-performance computers ...

Vanguard to tap Cray for new Stargate Imaging security solution ...

The Cloud

VMware to drive adoption of "as-a-service" model for on-premises data centres with new solutions for AWS outposts ...

Amazon Web Services announces eight new storage services and capabilities ...

E8 Storage partners with Clustar Technology, expanding its global presence ...

Fujitsu adopts Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform for global management decision-making assistance system ...

Red Hat acquires hybrid Cloud data management provider NooBaa ...

Investment helps establish Artificial Intelligence-Supercomputing Facility in Edmonton

15 Nov 2018 Edmonton - The Government of Canada is supporting academic and industry collaboration in the field of artificial intelligence (AI) to take advantage of growing opportunities in the global marketplace. On November 15, 2018, the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Natural Resources and Member of Parliament for Edmonton Mill Woods, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for Western Economic Diversification Canada, together with Randy Boissonnault, Member of Parliament for Edmonton Centre and Special Advisor to the Prime Minister on LGBTQ2 Issues, announced $2.5 million towards the University of Alberta.

The University of Alberta will establish an Artificial Intelligence-Supercomputing Hub for Academic and Industry Collaboration - "the AI-Hub" - equipped with high performance computers capable of processing vast amounts of raw data in hours instead of days. This will dramatically accelerate the development and commercialization of products and technologies in a more cost-effective manner. The facility will help attract and retain talent and provide training in AI for western Canadian companies. The project is expected to assist 40 small- and medium-sized enterprises, train 100 highly qualified personnel, and result in $15 million in increased business revenues and productivity gains.

Federal funding will also support marketing initiatives to increase the profile of Alberta's AI sector, which includes showcasing local industry at the AI and Interaction Digital Entertainment (AIIDE'18) International Conference. The conference is being held at the University of Alberta and marks the first year that the event has been hosted outside of the United States.

Canada's Innovation and Skills Plan is an effort to make our country a world-leading centre for innovation, while creating more good, well-paying jobs, and strengthening and growing the middle class. The investment is an example of this vision in action.

Sectors whose products and technologies may benefit from supercomputer capabilities include manufacturing, health, transportation (autonomous vehicles) and smart infrastructure. As a computer science institution, the University of Alberta is ranked third globally in the areas of AI and Machine Learning. Growth in the AI sector is anticipated to increase global GDP by $15.7 trillion USD by 2030.

"Artificial Intelligence presents exciting new opportunities to generate prosperity for Canadians through new and innovative high-quality jobs. Our government's investment in this facility will bring together industry and academia to help diversify our economy, enhance our competitive edge and put innovative products and technologies on the global market", stated the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for Western Economic Diversification Canada.

"The AI-Hub will help Canada and Canadian businesses compete in the global innovation race to bring new technologies and products to market and bolster our economy. The Government of Canada is proud to support the University of Alberta in its efforts to help establish Alberta as a leader in the artificial intelligence sector", stated the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Natural Resources and Member of Parliament for Edmonton Mill Woods.

"We are grateful for the financial support from our government and industry partners that makes this possible. We expect hundreds of students, faculty and small- and medium-sized enterprises to benefit from this supercomputer facility. This project will lead to economic growth and raise the profile of Western Canada's AI expertise and ecosystem nationally and internationally", stated Dr. Edmond Lou, Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Alberta.

"It is exciting to see academia, industry and the government coming together to invest in essential information systems infrastructure needed for the next generation technologies in the areas of artificial intelligence, natural language processing, machine learning and data analytics. The AI-Hub at the University of Alberta will allow innovative ideas from academia and industry move towards commercialization path and will create high quality professional jobs in the region", stated Mehadi Sayed, President and CEO of Clinisys EMR Inc.
Source: Western Economic Diversification Canada

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Primeur weekly 2018-12-03

Quantum computing

University of Southern California scientists find a way to enhance the performance of quantum computers ...

An important step towards completely secure quantum communication networks ...

Quantum computing at scale: Australian scientists achieve compact, sensitive qubit readout ...

Atos launches construction of global R&D Lab to drive innovation in Quantum Computing ...

Focus on Europe

University of Liverpool and IBM sign joint study agreement for research and innovation ...

Atos strengthens computing capacity of national supercomputing centre in Czech Republic with the new BullSequana supercomputer ...

The whole fleet of EU Commission Flagship projects meets for the first time at ICT Vienna ...

Middleware

DDN Storage and CSIR-CEERI enter partnership to provide Artificial Intelligence as a Service solutions ...

Hardware

Paving the way: An accelerator on a microchip ...

Five nanosecond decision-making ...

European partners build efficient pilot production line for photonic chips ...

WekaIO places in top five of the Virtual Institute's IO-500 10 Node Challenge ...

University of Birmingham to deploy largest IBM POWER AI cluster in the UK ...

HPE to acquire BlueData ...

Applications

Investment helps establish Artificial Intelligence-Supercomputing Facility in Edmonton ...

NCSA Director William Gropp and NCSA Affiliate Narayana Aluru named AAAS Fellows ...

SDSC's Comet supercomputer used to create detailed flu virus simulations ...

A new way to see stress - using supercomputers ...

Computational chemistry supports research on new semiconductor technologies ...

A big step toward the practical application of 3D holography with high-performance computers ...

Vanguard to tap Cray for new Stargate Imaging security solution ...

The Cloud

VMware to drive adoption of "as-a-service" model for on-premises data centres with new solutions for AWS outposts ...

Amazon Web Services announces eight new storage services and capabilities ...

E8 Storage partners with Clustar Technology, expanding its global presence ...

Fujitsu adopts Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform for global management decision-making assistance system ...

Red Hat acquires hybrid Cloud data management provider NooBaa ...