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Primeur weekly 2019-12-23

Quantum computing

Quantum technology expert to discuss quantum sensors for defense applications at Office of Naval Research ...

Focus on Europe

Fall 2019 edition of the e-IRG Magazine available ...

PRACE to issue Call for Proposals for DECI-16 (Tier-1) ...

Four new members joined the PRACE Training Centres network ...

Middleware

OLCF supercharges supercomputer analytics with Apache Kafka ...

Hardware

Dr. Ken Chang joins Ayar Labs executive leadership team as Senior Vice President of Engineering ...

Tachyum executives excited about company future after success of 2019 ...

Baidu and Samsung Electronics ready for production of leading-edge AI chip for early next year ...

CENIC builds 400G superchannel between Los Angeles and Riverside ...

Gina Tourassi appointed director of ORNL National Center for Computational Sciences ...

Mississippi State University and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration celebrate Orion supercomputer ...

Argonne's Mira supercomputer set to retire after years of enabling groundbreaking science ...

ALCF supercomputers drive scientific discoveries in 2019 ...

Applications

SDSC supercomputer simulations aid in solving boron carbide mystery ...

Skin cancer mystery revealed in Yin and Yang protein ...

HPC pushes cryptography beyond Moore ...

With ADIOS, Summit processes celestial data at scale of massive future telescope ...

In the fight against cancer, ORNL and Stony Brook Cancer Center enlist an advanced neural network ...

Argonne-led team wins technology challenge at SC19 ...

The Cloud

Microsoft and Oracle expand interoperability partnership to Canada ...

Atos acquires Google Cloud Premier Partner Maven Wave ...

HPC pushes cryptography beyond Moore


18 Dec 2019 Bochum - On 2 December 2019 at ECC 2019 in Bochum, a team of European scientists led by Paul Zimmermann of INRIA, France, announced that they computed the largest-ever RSA key size (RSA-240), alongside the largest-ever integer discrete logarithm (795 bits). The achievement is extra remarkable, because the feat goes beyond Moore's law: based on the current improvements in hardware, we would have had to wait a few more years for this result. Improvements in the software that carries out the Number Field Sieving, and algorithms allowed for the two records to be broken at the same time, and for Moore's law to be bypassed.

The project in which these achievements were recorded, named "New Records for Integer Factorization and Discrete Logarithm" received 32 million core hours on the German JUWELS supercomputer, hosted by the Gauss Centre for Supercomputing at Forschungszentrum Jülich, via an allocation under the 18th Call for Proposals for PRACE Project Access.

"These achievements prove that in the race for the largest and fastest supercomputer, we should continue to focus on scaling up and improving the applications that run on these machines. With phones, cars, homes, and even cities becoming 'smart' the need for digital security is ever increasing, and Europe can play a leading role here", stated Núria López, Chair of the PRACE Scientific Steering Committee.

RSA-240 is an extremely large number that is the product of two prime numbers. It looks like this:

1246203667817187840658350446081065904348203746516788057548187888832896668011882108550360395702725

0874750986476843845862105486553797025393057189121768431828636284694840530161441643046806687

5699415246993185704183030512549594371372159029236099 =

5094359522858399145550510235808437141326483820241114731866602965218

21206469746700620316443478873837606252372049619334517 * 2446242088383181505678131390240028966538020925789314014520412213365584770951781552582188977350305

90669041302045908071447

Such numbers are used in cryptography which secures communication, protecting for instance your WhatsApp messages from being read by others, and your online banking from being hacked by criminals. It is expected that quantum computers will be able to easily crack these RSA numbers, and researchers are already developing more complex protection measures. Until then, 2048-bit RSA, Diffie-Hellman, and DSA keys are recommended, as these can still lock adversaries out.
Source: PRACE

Back to Table of contents

Primeur weekly 2019-12-23

Quantum computing

Quantum technology expert to discuss quantum sensors for defense applications at Office of Naval Research ...

Focus on Europe

Fall 2019 edition of the e-IRG Magazine available ...

PRACE to issue Call for Proposals for DECI-16 (Tier-1) ...

Four new members joined the PRACE Training Centres network ...

Middleware

OLCF supercharges supercomputer analytics with Apache Kafka ...

Hardware

Dr. Ken Chang joins Ayar Labs executive leadership team as Senior Vice President of Engineering ...

Tachyum executives excited about company future after success of 2019 ...

Baidu and Samsung Electronics ready for production of leading-edge AI chip for early next year ...

CENIC builds 400G superchannel between Los Angeles and Riverside ...

Gina Tourassi appointed director of ORNL National Center for Computational Sciences ...

Mississippi State University and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration celebrate Orion supercomputer ...

Argonne's Mira supercomputer set to retire after years of enabling groundbreaking science ...

ALCF supercomputers drive scientific discoveries in 2019 ...

Applications

SDSC supercomputer simulations aid in solving boron carbide mystery ...

Skin cancer mystery revealed in Yin and Yang protein ...

HPC pushes cryptography beyond Moore ...

With ADIOS, Summit processes celestial data at scale of massive future telescope ...

In the fight against cancer, ORNL and Stony Brook Cancer Center enlist an advanced neural network ...

Argonne-led team wins technology challenge at SC19 ...

The Cloud

Microsoft and Oracle expand interoperability partnership to Canada ...

Atos acquires Google Cloud Premier Partner Maven Wave ...