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Primeur weekly 2012-02-20

Special

European Commission serious about supercomputing

Exascale supercomputing

University of Tsukuba, Xtreme-X supercomputer now in operation

European Commission announces plan to double HPC investments in Europe

Computer scientists collect computing tools for next-generation machines

The Cloud

MTU selects Altair as its strategic partner for CAE pre- and post-processing and HPC workload management solutions

Red Hat expands subscription portability to the Cloud with Amazon Web Services

Accenture opens new research & development lab in Beijing to develop technology innovations for clients in China and Asia-Pacific region

BonFIRE opens 600,000 euro call for future Internet experiments and Cloud provider

Atos, EMC and VMware to form an open Cloud computing strategic alliance

HP boosts partner revenue opportunities in Cloud and services

VMware partners with Peake Healthcare Innovations to deliver new collaborative medical imaging Cloud

Oracle announces general availability of MySQL Cluster 7.2

Yabi: An online research environment for Grid, High Performance and Cloud computing

EuroFlash

Total selects SGI for world's largest commercial HPC system

CURIE speeds up European research

Next generation of supercomputers - HECToR and BlueGene/Q - for UK researchers launched

EU-U.S. HPC Challenges in Computational Sciences Summer School to be organized in Dublin

Open competition at the 4th PRACE Industrial Seminar 16th & 17th April 2012 in Bologna, Italy

Emerson Network Power to demonstrate next generation communications platform from Intel, codename 'Crystal Forest'

Swisscom joins Red Hat Cloud ecosystem

USFlash

Adaptive Computing forms software development partnership with NCSA

SGI ICE supercomputer speeds to benchmark record

World's greenest supercomputer heads to Melbourne to boost health research

C-DAC wins NASSCOM Innovation Award 2012-Runner Up in New Technology Advancement

C-DAC develops Biochrome

Handbook of Data Intensive Computing evaluates the state-of-the-art in new field

Gearing up for data deluge from world's biggest radio telescope

HP accelerates server market transformation with self-sufficient HP ProLiant Gen8 servers

StackIQ updates Rocks+ infrastructure management solution for Big Data and High Performance Computing

HP opens new revenue opportunities for qualified partners with flexible storage services

$8.5 million research initiative will study best approaches for quantum memories

HP introduces new thin clients

European Commission announces plan to double HPC investments in Europe

15 Feb 2012 Brussels - High Performance Computing (HPC) is critical for industries that rely on precision and speed, such as automotive and aviation, and the health sector. Access to rapid simulations carried out by ever-improving supercomputers can be the difference between life and death; between new jobs and profits or bankruptcy. Hospitals in Germany use HPC to avoid last-minute decisions during childbirth, while analysis of 3D brain imaging through HPC has allowed much earlier diagnosis of disease. HPC has enabled car makers to develop new vehicle platforms in 2 years rather than 5 years, saving the European car industry up to 40 billion euro. 97% of the industrial companies that employ HPC consider it indispensable for their ability to innovate, compete and survive.

For these reasons, the Commission has set out a plan for the EU to reverse its relative decline in HPC use and capabilities. Under this plan the EU will double its investment in HPC - from 630 million euro to 1.2 billion euro - and become home to computers that can perform 1,000,000,000,000,000,000 (i.e. 1018) operations per second ("exascale"), before 2020. Half of the investment would be for development and training and for new centres of excellence, creating thousands of jobs.

Neelie Kroes, European Commission Vice-President responsible for the Digital Agenda, stated: "High Performance Computing is a crucial enabler for European industry and for more jobs in Europe. It's investments like HPC that deliver innovations improving daily life. We've got to invest smartly in this field because we cannot afford to leave it to our competitors."

Specifically, the Commission's plan will substantially strengthen HPC in Europe by:

  • Strengthening PRACE as the leading pan-European HPC e-infrastructure, pooling national and EU funds to service academic and industrial research
  • Creating a workforce adequately trained in HPC
  • Stimulating the market for HPC in Europe by supporting more acquisitions of HPC systems and services and faster uptake of HPC by industry and SMEs
  • Encouraging Member States to jointly procure leading edge HPC systems in order to share costs
  • Establishing centres of excellence for software in scientific fields like energy, life-sciences and climate
  • Supporting the HPC Industry and research to maintain an independent and state-of-the-art EU supply chain through research and Innovation funding and pre-commercial procurement
  • Working to ensure that the EU HPC industry has fair access to global markets

A supercomputer can cost more than 100 million euro to build and 20 million euro to maintain each year. The world's largest supercomputers are more powerful than 130 000 laptops. The world's largest supercomputers can take up to 1,000 m2 space. Moreover, the building hosting the world's fastest HPC system takes up 10,500 m2 plus another 2,100 m2 for necessary chillers.

Europe's most powerful supercomputers are the CURIE HPC system (nr. 9 in the Top 500 supercomputer ranking) in France and the HERMES HPC system (no. 13 in Top 500) in Germany.

Ensuring Europe maintains sufficient ICT infrastructures to support innovation is a priority of the Digital Agenda for Europe (see IP/10/581, MEMO/10/199 and MEMO/10/200). At a macro-economic level, returns on investment in HPC are very high - the companies and countries that invest the most in HPC lead in science and economic success. Advances in the area of HPC such as new computing technologies, software, energy efficiency, storage applications, etc. feed into the broader ICT industry and the consumer mass market, becoming available in households within five years of their introduction in HPC. Conversely, advanced computing technologies developed for the consumer domain (e.g. energy-efficient chips, graphic cards processors) are increasingly used in HPC.

Securing high-quality jobs and growth in Europe requires building on the achievements of PRACE to further increase co-ordination between the actors in terms of governance and acquisition of supercomputing capacity.
Source: European Commission

Back to Table of contents

Primeur weekly 2012-02-20

Special

European Commission serious about supercomputing

Exascale supercomputing

University of Tsukuba, Xtreme-X supercomputer now in operation

European Commission announces plan to double HPC investments in Europe

Computer scientists collect computing tools for next-generation machines

The Cloud

MTU selects Altair as its strategic partner for CAE pre- and post-processing and HPC workload management solutions

Red Hat expands subscription portability to the Cloud with Amazon Web Services

Accenture opens new research & development lab in Beijing to develop technology innovations for clients in China and Asia-Pacific region

BonFIRE opens 600,000 euro call for future Internet experiments and Cloud provider

Atos, EMC and VMware to form an open Cloud computing strategic alliance

HP boosts partner revenue opportunities in Cloud and services

VMware partners with Peake Healthcare Innovations to deliver new collaborative medical imaging Cloud

Oracle announces general availability of MySQL Cluster 7.2

Yabi: An online research environment for Grid, High Performance and Cloud computing

EuroFlash

Total selects SGI for world's largest commercial HPC system

CURIE speeds up European research

Next generation of supercomputers - HECToR and BlueGene/Q - for UK researchers launched

EU-U.S. HPC Challenges in Computational Sciences Summer School to be organized in Dublin

Open competition at the 4th PRACE Industrial Seminar 16th & 17th April 2012 in Bologna, Italy

Emerson Network Power to demonstrate next generation communications platform from Intel, codename 'Crystal Forest'

Swisscom joins Red Hat Cloud ecosystem

USFlash

Adaptive Computing forms software development partnership with NCSA

SGI ICE supercomputer speeds to benchmark record

World's greenest supercomputer heads to Melbourne to boost health research

C-DAC wins NASSCOM Innovation Award 2012-Runner Up in New Technology Advancement

C-DAC develops Biochrome

Handbook of Data Intensive Computing evaluates the state-of-the-art in new field

Gearing up for data deluge from world's biggest radio telescope

HP accelerates server market transformation with self-sufficient HP ProLiant Gen8 servers

StackIQ updates Rocks+ infrastructure management solution for Big Data and High Performance Computing

HP opens new revenue opportunities for qualified partners with flexible storage services

$8.5 million research initiative will study best approaches for quantum memories

HP introduces new thin clients