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Primeur weekly 2016-03-07

Focus

Azerbaijan e-infrastructure is developing fast thanks to project partnership with European Community ...

Quantum computing

Quantum leap for new UK centre ...

British minister announces GBP 204 million investment in doctoral training and Quantum Technologies science ...

Surrey's GBP 3 million grant puts the UK in pole position in the race to quantum technologies ...

Focus on Europe

Highly realistic virtual neurons fruit of an Allen Institute and Blue Brain collaboration ...

Middleware

Bright Computing announces partnership with France-based Alineos ...

Adaptive Computing launches high productivity remote visualization ...

Hardware

Mellanox delivers next generation network processor to key telco customers ...

TE Connectivity signs enterprise license agreement with ANSYS ...

OCF delivers new 181 Teraflop/s HPC resource for University College London ...

Cray appoints Fred Kohout as Chief Marketing Officer ...

The University of Rijeka takes a leap and unveils the most powerful supercomputer in the Adriatic region, designed by Bull ...

DDN continues run as global leader in 2015 TOP500 list of global supercomputing centres ...

Applications

SKODA AUTO drives innovation and automotive advancements powered by new SGI supercomputer ...

IBM and New York Genome Center to create comprehensive, open cancer data repository to tap cognitive insights from Watson ...

Updated workflows for new LHC ...

Cornell opens $25 million NSF platform for discovering new materials ...

World-leading supercomputer instrumental in discovery of proof point for Albert Einstein's general theory of relativity by Cardiff University ...

World's first parallel computer based on biomolecular motors ...

The Cloud

American Sleep Apnea Association and IBM launch SleepHealth app ...

Oracle unveils first data protection solution with seamless Cloud tiering ...

OCF delivers new 181 Teraflop/s HPC resource for University College London


2 Mar 2016 London - Researchers from across University College London are now benefiting from a brand new High Performance Computing (HPC) system, named Grace, in honour of pioneering computer scientist Grace Hopper. Designed and integrated by HPC Big Data and analytics integrator OCF, utilising Lenovo and DDN technology, this new central HPC resource will complement specific departments' specialist HPC services and will run alongside UCL's existing HPC machines, Legion and Emerald.

Researchers across Neuroscience, Engineering, Environmental Sciences and Biological Sciences have joined those from maths and physical sciences to take advantage of the new system. Grace is already contributing to research into environmental air quality and nanoscale chemistry for electronics through to chemical binding to develop better drugs and the development of algorithms for managing genomes.

"In our research we employ high performance computing facilities to solve the complicated quantum mechanics equations that govern molecular crystals, which play a vital role in understanding the physics and chemistry of other planets", stated Dr. Sam Azadi, Research Associate, Department of Physics and Astronomy, UCL. "The availability of Grace and its thousands of cores is opening up new possibilities for our research - understanding molecular crystals' behaviour under exotic conditions is crucial for modelling the structure, dynamic and evolution of the large planets."

"Grace is the result of continued focus on support for world-class computational science and research at UCL", stated Clare Gryce, Director, Research IT services at UCL. "The system replaces the Iridis3 service previously provided though our founding partnership in the Science and Engineering South consortium. At 181 Teraflops, Grace provides a step change in computational capability to researchers at the University."

Housed at VIRTUS, the UK's first shared data centre for research and education in Slough, Grace will be UCL's flagship HPC service and is free at the point of use for researchers across the University. Usage tends to be dominated by the maths and physical sciences space - in part due to application suitability for parallelization. Although only going live in December 2015, the new system has already seen more than 50 users so far, with more expected in the coming months.

Grace uses Lenovo NeXtScale servers connected to DDN SFA7700, providing 500TBs of usable data between home and scratch - 10% of which is already in use. The HPC machine will provide core services across UCL faculties, and operates the same software environment as the Legion system, enabling researchers to migrate between systems easily.

"Using a standardised software environment across Grace and Legion means researchers migrating their work between machines can do so easily, without the need to re-engineer applications", commented Dr. Owain Kenway, Research Computing Analyst at University College London. "Grace is the sister machine to Legion - the two machines service different types of workloads, they’re architecturally different but using a standardised software stack enables us to drive the maximum value and usage from both machines."

Owain Kenway added: "Grace and Legion will continue to be updated and upgraded in a leapfrog process each year."

On working with OCF, Owain Kenway commented: "OCF has successful partnerships with world leading vendors so were effective and responsive in bringing together the different partners to address any problems. They did a great job as broker, mediator and integrator, and I really enjoyed working with their technical team."

Clare Gryce concluded: "When you get down to building and commissioning the machine, it's about the collaboration between UCL and OCF's technical team. It's the quality of the relationship between the teams that is important. OCF has the right people, the expertise and resources to provide services, support and consultancy in addition to the hardware and software solutions that we require."

On April 6, 2016. the launching event of the new computing facility, GRACE, will take place at University College London. More information is available at https://www.ucl.ac.uk/research-it-services/grace .

Source: OCF, University College London

Back to Table of contents

Primeur weekly 2016-03-07

Focus

Azerbaijan e-infrastructure is developing fast thanks to project partnership with European Community ...

Quantum computing

Quantum leap for new UK centre ...

British minister announces GBP 204 million investment in doctoral training and Quantum Technologies science ...

Surrey's GBP 3 million grant puts the UK in pole position in the race to quantum technologies ...

Focus on Europe

Highly realistic virtual neurons fruit of an Allen Institute and Blue Brain collaboration ...

Middleware

Bright Computing announces partnership with France-based Alineos ...

Adaptive Computing launches high productivity remote visualization ...

Hardware

Mellanox delivers next generation network processor to key telco customers ...

TE Connectivity signs enterprise license agreement with ANSYS ...

OCF delivers new 181 Teraflop/s HPC resource for University College London ...

Cray appoints Fred Kohout as Chief Marketing Officer ...

The University of Rijeka takes a leap and unveils the most powerful supercomputer in the Adriatic region, designed by Bull ...

DDN continues run as global leader in 2015 TOP500 list of global supercomputing centres ...

Applications

SKODA AUTO drives innovation and automotive advancements powered by new SGI supercomputer ...

IBM and New York Genome Center to create comprehensive, open cancer data repository to tap cognitive insights from Watson ...

Updated workflows for new LHC ...

Cornell opens $25 million NSF platform for discovering new materials ...

World-leading supercomputer instrumental in discovery of proof point for Albert Einstein's general theory of relativity by Cardiff University ...

World's first parallel computer based on biomolecular motors ...

The Cloud

American Sleep Apnea Association and IBM launch SleepHealth app ...

Oracle unveils first data protection solution with seamless Cloud tiering ...