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Primeur weekly 2018-03-05

Quantum computing

Want more efficient simulators? Store time in a quantum superposition ...

Experimentally demonstrated a toffoli gate in a semiconductor three-qubit system ...

Individual quantum dots imaged in 3D for first time ...

Artificial intelligence techniques reconstruct mysteries of quantum systems ...

Majorana runners go long range: New topological phases of matter unveiled ...

Focus on Europe

University of Groningen to organize Second Information Universe Conference ...

IEEE eScience 2018 calls for contributions ...

Harvey Meyer is awarded an ERC Consolidator Grant for fundamental calculations on strong interaction effects ...

BSC presents SuperGeek, a mascot to bring supercomputers closer to the youngest ...

Call for Participation to European Forum about "Shaping Europe's Digital Future - HPC for Extreme Scale Scientific and Industrial Applications" ...

Data management and computing infrastructure procurement broadly serves Finnish research ...

Hardware

High demand from commercial customers to boost growth in global supercomputer market ...

OCF deploys UK academia's first IBM POWER9 systems ...

Niagara is Canada's most powerful research supercomputer fuelling Canadian innovation and discovery ...

CENIC recognizes UCSC's Hyades supercomputer cluster connection ...

CoolIT Systems reports 60% revenue growth in 2017 ...

SPEC offers HPG benchmarks free of charge to qualified non-profit organisations worldwide ...

Applications

Supercomputer model reveals how sticky tape makes graphene ...

Concertio launches Optimizer Studio to help performance engineers and IT professionals achieve peak system performance ...

Sandia researcher Jacqueline Chen elected to National Academy of Engineering ...

Oak Ridge National Laboratory uses supercomputers to simulate radiation transport and to understand the dynamic interactions among ions, solids and liquids ...

Mining hardware helps scientists gain insight into silicon nanoparticles ...

Can strongly lensed type 1a supernovae resolve cosmology's biggest controversy? ...

Give your research a boost at the SURF Research Bootcamp ...

TOP500

Supercomputing under a new lens: A Sandia-developed benchmark re-ranks top computers ...

The Cloud

Alibaba Cloud launches Cloud and AI solutions in Europe including bare metal HPC services ...

KIT helps build the European Open Science Cloud ...

OCF deploys UK academia's first IBM POWER9 systems


5 Mar 2018 Sheffield - Two Universities, Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and Newcastle University, are the first UK academic organisations to deploy IBM's POWER9 system, delivering unprecedented performance for modern High-Performance Computing (HPC), Analytics and Artificial Intelligence (AI) workloads. Working with OCF, the high-performance compute, storage and data analytics integrator, both universities have taken delivery of the systems and will be integrated by OCF into existing HPC infrastructures.

QMUL needs to have the latest technology to enable its researchers to excel in areas where they are using Deep Learning to solve some of today's toughest scientific challenges. The university became one of the first organisations to purchase two IBM Accelerated Compute Servers (AC922) powered by POWER9 CPUs, Volta GPUs and NVLink 2.0 interconnects.

"QMUL is a world-leader in deep learning research in post-event video forensics and analysis. Deep learning by large-scale convolutional neural networks - a category of neural networks that has been proven effective in areas such as image recognition and classification - has radically changed research into computer vision in recent years", commented Professor Sean Gong, Head of the Computer Vision Research Group at QMUL. "Given our previous test trials on IBM Minsky POWER8 servers, we expect to see significant benefit from the new POWER9 servers for deep learning on big video data."

Within the Mathematics, Statistics and Physics departments at Newcastle University, researchers were looking to use the GPU-accelerated platform for computational physics projects. "The major difficulty we face is that our calculations are non-linear, time-dependent and three-dimensional, so solving them is out of reach with pencil and paper, and the numerical computation requires large memory and fast speed - we are humbled from the start", commented Carlo Barenghi, Co-Director of the Joint Quantum Centre at Newcastle University. "We did some investigations and the IBM POWER9 system was the best technology for our work - in trial runs we got a 'speed up factor' in the order of 10x magnitude, so the decision was easily made."

The AC922 leverages IBM's new POWER9 processor with a myriad of modern connectivity capabilities, which improves data movement by up to 5.6x over the PCIe Gen 3 buses found in x86 servers. IBM Power Systems deliver the only architecture enabling NVLink between CPUs and GPUs, unlocking new potential for accelerated computing.

"Modern AI, HPC and Analytics workloads are driving an ever-growing set of data intensive challenges", commented Julian Fielden, Managing Director of OCF. "These challenges can only be met with accelerated infrastructure, such as IBM's POWER9. In such a highly competitive field as academic research, providing superior HPC services to compute large quantities of data quickly, can help to attract world-class researchers, as well as grants and funding."

Thomas King, Assistant Director for Research in IT Services at Queen Mary University of London, commented: "Working with IBM, OCF, and Univa, our resource scheduling partner, we're supporting a big uptake in research into Artificial Intelligence and this is a great demonstration of how the university is investing in cutting-edge research equipment for researchers and students."

Source: OCF

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Primeur weekly 2018-03-05

Quantum computing

Want more efficient simulators? Store time in a quantum superposition ...

Experimentally demonstrated a toffoli gate in a semiconductor three-qubit system ...

Individual quantum dots imaged in 3D for first time ...

Artificial intelligence techniques reconstruct mysteries of quantum systems ...

Majorana runners go long range: New topological phases of matter unveiled ...

Focus on Europe

University of Groningen to organize Second Information Universe Conference ...

IEEE eScience 2018 calls for contributions ...

Harvey Meyer is awarded an ERC Consolidator Grant for fundamental calculations on strong interaction effects ...

BSC presents SuperGeek, a mascot to bring supercomputers closer to the youngest ...

Call for Participation to European Forum about "Shaping Europe's Digital Future - HPC for Extreme Scale Scientific and Industrial Applications" ...

Data management and computing infrastructure procurement broadly serves Finnish research ...

Hardware

High demand from commercial customers to boost growth in global supercomputer market ...

OCF deploys UK academia's first IBM POWER9 systems ...

Niagara is Canada's most powerful research supercomputer fuelling Canadian innovation and discovery ...

CENIC recognizes UCSC's Hyades supercomputer cluster connection ...

CoolIT Systems reports 60% revenue growth in 2017 ...

SPEC offers HPG benchmarks free of charge to qualified non-profit organisations worldwide ...

Applications

Supercomputer model reveals how sticky tape makes graphene ...

Concertio launches Optimizer Studio to help performance engineers and IT professionals achieve peak system performance ...

Sandia researcher Jacqueline Chen elected to National Academy of Engineering ...

Oak Ridge National Laboratory uses supercomputers to simulate radiation transport and to understand the dynamic interactions among ions, solids and liquids ...

Mining hardware helps scientists gain insight into silicon nanoparticles ...

Can strongly lensed type 1a supernovae resolve cosmology's biggest controversy? ...

Give your research a boost at the SURF Research Bootcamp ...

TOP500

Supercomputing under a new lens: A Sandia-developed benchmark re-ranks top computers ...

The Cloud

Alibaba Cloud launches Cloud and AI solutions in Europe including bare metal HPC services ...

KIT helps build the European Open Science Cloud ...