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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 ...

Environmental researchers benefit from powerful supercomputer at Plymouth Marine Laboratory


A European Space Agency (ESA) Climate Change Initiative Ocean Colour dataset showing the monthly average of chlorophyll concentration, produced at PML.
11 Jan 2021 Plymouth - 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.

The new Massive GPU Cluster for Earth Observation (MAGEO) has been funded by a NERC transformational capital award to support scientists seeking to apply deep learning tools to their own data, or to deep learning experts looking to apply their techniques to Earth Observation data. MAGEO will be used for a diverse range of applications including wildfire, oil spill and plastics detection, mangrove mapping and satellite and airborne data fusion. It has already contributed to the COVID-19 sequencing effort by donating computing power to Folding@Home.

Despite only recently being installed, MAGEO has already been used to develop a new method for the estimation of chlorophyll concentrations in the upper ocean. The method would have taken 16 months to train on a single GPU machine, but using MAGEO took only 10 days.

Dr. Daniel Clewley, NEODAAS Manager and Research Software Engineer at Plymouth Marine Laboratory, commented: "AI is a tremendous step forward within the Earth Observation field. A staggering amount of data is produced by satellite every day and by using AI, researchers can tease out changes, trends and anomalies not possible with standard analysis. The new MAGEO HPC cluster provided and supported by OCF will enable researchers in the UK to fully utilise AI with Earth Observation data."

Russell Slack, Managing Director of OCF, stated: "OCF is delighted to support NEODAAS in providing a shared HPC resource that can be utilised by many researchers across the UK in gathering environmental intelligence. The HPC facility supports cutting edge science produced by the Earth Observation group at PML and is now able to run a huge number of concurrent simulations for scientists when collating Earth observation data for the good of our planet’s sustainability."

The cluster is built around five special edition NVIDIA DGX-1 MaxQ nodes, providing a more energy efficient version using 50 percent of the power of a standard DGX-1 whilst still delivering 80 percent of the capacity. Each DGX-1 has 40.960 CUDA cores, 40 Intel Xeon 2.2 GHz cores, 512 GB system memory. The cluster has a dedicated 500TB of fast storage as well as being able to access satellite data stored on the existing file system at PML which has over 3 PB of storage.

MAGEO is available for researchers eligible for NERC funding by either applying as part of a grant proposal or through direct access (free at the point of use).
Source: Plymouth Marine Laboratory

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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 ...