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Primeur weekly 2018-02-12

Quantum computing

New controls scale quantum chips ...

Controlling quantum interactions in a single material ...

Light controls two-atom quantum computation ...

Focus on Europe

TANGO project releases the Beta version of #TANGOToolbox to facilitate the effort of coding when targeting various hardware architectures ...

Nominations open for PRACE Ada Lovelace Award for HPC 2018 ...

Optalysys and The Earlham Institute achieve over 90% energy savings in breakthrough project applying optical processing for DNA sequence alignment ...

Middleware

Sylabs emerges from stealth to bring Singularity container technology to enterprise performance computing ...

Dell EMC expands server capabilities for software-defined, edge and high-performance computing ...

Hardware

Virtual reality helps explore the GPS of the mind ...

HiPerGator is the number 3 most powerful computer at a U.S. public university ...

Supermicro expands edge computing and network appliance portfolio with new high density SoC solutions ...

Supermicro introduces Silicon Valley's first 3-Megawatt clean energy automated rack integration facility ...

One Stop Systems introduces highest bandwidth, 5th generation NVMe ion accelerator flash storage array ...

Applications

University of Illinois researcher recognized with ACM Fellowship for contributions to parallel programming ...

After the storm: Simulating and visualizing extreme weather with XSEDE ...

XSEDE's Maverick helps explore next generation solar cells and LEDs ...

Optimized solutions for treating bone fractures will soon be reality ...

UMass Amherst computer science experts in artificial intelligence join IBM's AI Horizons Network ...

AI computer vision breakthrough IDs poachers in less than half a second ...

University of Chicago astrophysicists settle cosmic debate on magnetism of planets and stars ...

Portland State University joins nationwide program to develop brain-inspired computing ...

The Cloud

Ampere launches to accelerate hyperscale Cloud computing innovations ...

Oracle Cloud growth driving aggressive global expansion ...

Leading Cloud providers join with NSF to support data science frontiers ...

Smartly containing the Cloud increases computing efficiency, according to first-of-its-kind study ...

Sylabs emerges from stealth to bring Singularity container technology to enterprise performance computing

8 Feb 2018 Albany - Sylabs has entered the market to provide solutions and services based on Singularity, an open source container technology designed for high performance computing (HPC). Founded by the inventor and project lead for Singularity, Sylabs will license and support Singularity Pro, an enterprise version of the software, and introduce it to businesses in the enterprise and HPC commercial markets.

"Already the container platform of choice by academia and commercial HPC centres, Singularity's features also make it the ideal container technology for artificial intelligence, machine/deep learning, compute-driven analytics, and data science - areas that we characterize as enterprise performance computing, or EPC", stated Gregory Kurtzer, founder and CEO of Sylabs. "These applications carry data-intensive workloads that demand HPC-like resources, and, as more companies leverage data to support their businesses, the need to properly containerize and support those workflows has grown substantially."

While most container platforms are designed for microservices, Singularity was designed for HPC and scientific use cases. Founded in late 2015, Singularity is now in its 13th release (version 2.4.2) and runs over a million containers a day, via the Open Science Grid alone - a consortium that provides distributed computing resources for scientific research. According to a voluntary registry, it has an estimated user base of more than 25,000 spread around the world at major universities and government institutions including Stanford University, the National Institutes of Health, San Diego Supercomputer Center, the Texas Advanced Computing Center, as well as multiple US national labs.

The features that facilitated Singularity's growth appeal to scientists as well as system providers. Some of these include:

  • Security: Unlike other container technologies, Singularity enables users to run containers without the security implications of granting users control of a root-owned daemon process or kernel features which do not exist in legacy operating systems
  • Single File Format: Singularity containers consist of a single file (SIF) that encapsulates the runtime environment. Benefits of this format enable extreme user mobility, security controls compliance, archive, reproducibility and trust via cryptographic signing of the runtime container
  • Support for high performance hardware: Singularity supports GPUs, Infiniband, and Intel Phi natively which are necessary resources for accelerating HPC and enterprise computing workloads
  • Compatibility: Singularity is compatible with Docker Hub and, when applicable, direct host IO and integrates seamlessly with resource managers, Message Passing Interface (MPI), batch job workflows, etc.

Singularity was designed for native use on GPUs, which enables users to go beyond microservices enterprise deployments and create "build once, run anywhere" applications that move seamlessly between HPC, enterprise, and Cloud resources.

Sylabs remains committed to the open source community. All of its development efforts and engagement of the community will reside in the public GitHub repository for Singularity . Starting today, the company will make commercially available Singularity Pro, which will be available via a subscription license.

Sylabs has completed a seed round of funding. It is privately funded by RStor Inc., a start-up in stealth mode.
Source: Sylabs

Back to Table of contents

Primeur weekly 2018-02-12

Quantum computing

New controls scale quantum chips ...

Controlling quantum interactions in a single material ...

Light controls two-atom quantum computation ...

Focus on Europe

TANGO project releases the Beta version of #TANGOToolbox to facilitate the effort of coding when targeting various hardware architectures ...

Nominations open for PRACE Ada Lovelace Award for HPC 2018 ...

Optalysys and The Earlham Institute achieve over 90% energy savings in breakthrough project applying optical processing for DNA sequence alignment ...

Middleware

Sylabs emerges from stealth to bring Singularity container technology to enterprise performance computing ...

Dell EMC expands server capabilities for software-defined, edge and high-performance computing ...

Hardware

Virtual reality helps explore the GPS of the mind ...

HiPerGator is the number 3 most powerful computer at a U.S. public university ...

Supermicro expands edge computing and network appliance portfolio with new high density SoC solutions ...

Supermicro introduces Silicon Valley's first 3-Megawatt clean energy automated rack integration facility ...

One Stop Systems introduces highest bandwidth, 5th generation NVMe ion accelerator flash storage array ...

Applications

University of Illinois researcher recognized with ACM Fellowship for contributions to parallel programming ...

After the storm: Simulating and visualizing extreme weather with XSEDE ...

XSEDE's Maverick helps explore next generation solar cells and LEDs ...

Optimized solutions for treating bone fractures will soon be reality ...

UMass Amherst computer science experts in artificial intelligence join IBM's AI Horizons Network ...

AI computer vision breakthrough IDs poachers in less than half a second ...

University of Chicago astrophysicists settle cosmic debate on magnetism of planets and stars ...

Portland State University joins nationwide program to develop brain-inspired computing ...

The Cloud

Ampere launches to accelerate hyperscale Cloud computing innovations ...

Oracle Cloud growth driving aggressive global expansion ...

Leading Cloud providers join with NSF to support data science frontiers ...

Smartly containing the Cloud increases computing efficiency, according to first-of-its-kind study ...