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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 ...

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

29 Feb 2016 London - The discovery announced by an international team of scientists, including Cardiff University's Gravitational Physics Group, of the detection of the first-ever gravitational waves proving Albert Einstein's 1915 general theory of relativity was supported by a Bull supercomputer. This world-leading technology is the power behind much scientific research by universities, research institutions and, to a growing extent, by business.

The discovery is being considered as one of the biggest breakthroughs in physics for the last 100 years, as these tiny ripples in space-time are likely to offer a new way of exploring the universe. Gravitational waves interact very weakly with particles and require incredibly sensitive equipment to detect them which is why technological advances have been so important to the process.

Dr. Stephen Fairhurst, Cardiff University, stated: "To be able to make breakthrough discoveries of this nature we need the power of the best technology behind us. The supercomputer is designed to enable the most ambitious programmes and gives our scientists and researchers the opportunity to become industry leading. A Bull team of technology experts and Cardiff University’s Advanced Research Computing Group (ARCCA) were available to us throughout the project to make sure we were able to get the highest performance possible from the supercomputer so that we could make this once in a generation breakthrough."

The supercomputer is designed to be able to comb through extensive data that had been gathered by more than 1,000 scientists and researchers involved in the project. The Cardiff University team also used the supercomputer to conduct simulations of black-hole collisions to produce theoretical models, confirming the signals detected by the US-based Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory (LIGO) Project were in fact gravitational waves.

Andy Grant, Senior Vice President for Big Data and Security at Atos, stated: "Technology is a huge enabler of science and research and it's incredible for our technology to have played a part in such an important scientific discovery. Having cutting edge innovative solutions like our supercomputers, in terms of compute performance and the ability to process large volumes of data is key to enabling scientific leaps in innovation and discovery. It is particularly pleasing that researchers from Cardiff University worked extensively with the Bull Centre for Excellence in Parallel Programming to optimise the performance of their applications for the supercomputer."

Bull specialises in designing, building and operating some of the worlds' largest supercomputers. On-going investment into research and development in this area means that the technology remains at the forefront of the industry. The current focus on the next iteration is on the drive to exascale, and energy efficient supercomputing which Bull will deliver using our recently announced Sequana HPC platform.
Source: Atos

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 ...