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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 ...

Data management and computing infrastructure procurement broadly serves Finnish research


15 Feb 2018 Espoo - Together with research and innovation actors, the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture is running the Data and Computing 2021 development programme (DL2021), which focuses on the development of data management and computing research infrastructures, services and expertise. The programme will run from 2017 to 2021. In January 2018, the development programme steering group discussed and approved the infrastructure procurement plan. The Ministry of Education and Culture has entered an agreement with CSC -IT Center for Science Ltd. on the launching of infrastructure procurement.

The data management and computing infrastructure supports research and education at universities, universities of applied sciences and research institutes. It also supports national innovation initiatives by making use of basic research results from higher education institutions and and research institutes in collaboration with working life.

New infrastructure ensures the international competitiveness of the Finnish research community in data and computing-intensive fields of research.

"Procurement will expand CSC's clientele considerably", predicted Vice Managing Director Tiina Kupila-Rantala of CSC. "Compared to now, it will promote, in particular, artificial intelligence research and the use of AI as a research tool, not to mention improve the conditions for data-intensive computing", she added.

The infrastructure will be installed in two main phases. In the first phase, the computing capacity being added will be available to clients by the end of March 2019, while the second phase will conclude in March 2020. During the third phase (2019-2021), capacity will supplemented to meet user needs arising later.

"The phasing has been planned by optimising the remaining lifecycle of the existing infrastructure. This also allows for the timely procurement of technologies and helps to minimise any interruptions in services", explained CSC Senior Application Specialist Sebastian von Alfthan.

In December 2017, the Ministry of Education and Culture entered an agreement with CSC to enhance expert support and training in data management and computing. The investment will support the development of expertise at both CSC and among its expanding user base.

According to Erja Heikkinen, Counsellor for Science Affairs at the Ministry of Education and Culture, it is vital that CSC be able to effectively meet the demands of its expanding clientele as well as provide training and support services for new fields of research. This will also facilitate the provision of local expert support in research organisations.

The development programme steering group consists of representatives from ministries, research organisations, research funders and companies. In addition to research infrastructure procurement, the steering group's task is also to initiate and chart research and training that requires data management and makes use of scientific computing in various fields. Another item on the steering group agenda is to ensure that research and training results in the field have a broad impact on society.

Scenarios for using the DL2021 development programme in computing and data-intensive research include:

1. Large-scale simulations

  • Conventional high-performance computing - of particular use to physical science representatives
  • Research subjects include climate change, space weather, fusion reactions, astronomy and particle physics phenomena

2. Medium-scale simulations

  • Material sciences research, energy technology challenges, chemistry and other natural science research questions, e.g. simulation of biophysical cell functions
  • Use of spatial datasets
  • Measured in computing time, these cover a large percentage of CSC's current client use

3. Data-intensive computing

  • Bioinformatics research, whose researchers currently comprise the largest user group of data-intensive computing at CSC
  • Linguistic research and other digital humanities
  • Use of data analytics in the analysis and economic study of business data

4. Data-intensive computing of sensitive data

  • Research based on medical patient data, such as cancer and epilepsy studies and the analysis of genetic and imaging data
  • Social sciences research, humanities interview data, and audio, visual and video records
  • Register data and other data containing personal information
  • Requires, for example, environments with a higher data security level and tools for managing data user rights

5. Artificial intelligence

  • The use of machine learning algorithms and wide-ranging data sources in meeting scientific and business challenges, e.g. artificial vision and smart traffic
  • Use expanding into new areas, such as biosciences and humanities, e.g. natural language research

6. Internet of Things (IoT) and data flows

  • Use of data sources with a constant flow of data, such as measurement satellites, weather radars, sensor networks, share prices, social media message flows
  • Use of data flow sources related to the Internet (Internet of Things), e.g. in robotics and industrial applications
Source: CSC - IT Center for Science

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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 ...