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Primeur weekly 2020-03-16

Focus

EuroHPC work programme 2020 calls for consolidation type of projects with a budget of 170 million euro ...

Details of the three upcoming 2020 EuroHPC JU Calls for Proposals ...

EuroHPC JU will move to the Drosbach building in Luxembourg ...

Exascale supercomputing

MEEP Project: A flexible system supporting next generation European open source software and hardware ...

Ying-Chih Yang joins SiPearl as CTO ...

Quantum computing

Preparing Ireland for quantum - Irish Centre for High-End Computing brings prestigious European Quantum Technologies Conference to Dublin ...

Finnish researchers look at noisy quantum computer ...

NSF CAREER Award supports framework for photons as quantum transistors ...

Engineers crack 58-year-old puzzle on way to quantum breakthrough ...

New error correction method provides key step toward quantum computing ...

IDC survey finds optimism that quantum computing will result in competitive advantage ...

Focus on Europe

New HLRS "Hawk" supercomputer to deliver unparalleled performance, capacity, and density for science and research ...

It is time to register for the Supercomputing Frontiers 2020 virtual conference ...

Middleware

SDSC announces comprehensive data sharing resource ...

Hardware

Supermicro unveils MegaDC servers - The first commercial off-the-shelf systems designed exclusively for hyperscale data centres ...

Mellanox delivers Spectrum-3 based Ethernet switches - First 12,8 Tbps networking platforms optimized for Cloud, storage, and AI ...

Semtech announces production of Tri-Edge, a PAM4 CDR platform for 200G and 400G data centre applications ...

Innovium delivers production grade SONiC/SAI for TERALYNX based switch systems ...

Innovium and Credo announce interoperability of production TERALYNX 7 switch family with Credo's Dual 400G MACsec solution ...

Kingston Technology releases enterprise-grade data centre NVMe SSD for mixed use ...

MaxLinear's 2nd generation PAM4 DSP selected by Centera Photonics to deliver sub-3,5W 100G optical modules for hyperscale data centres ...

Applications

UK supercomputer to combat Africa's worst locust outbreak in decades ...

Formula for possible treatment of coronavirus developed by innovative Bulgarian company ...

CSC has selected Mahti supercomputer Pilot Projects ...

HETDEX experiment, led by UT Austin, uses advanced computing resources at TACC to pin down the expansion rate of the universe ...

Oden Institute's Feliciano Giustino applies TACC's supercomputing power to the development of novel materials at the quantum scale ...

Computer model solves mystery of how gas bubbles build big methane hydrate deposits ...

A flexible brain for AI ...

AI assist CT analysis in identifying COVID-19 patients ...

The Cloud

Centre-wide support for, and R&D around, containers helps researchers compute with ease at TACC and elsewhere ...

Oracle announces fiscal 2020 third quarter financial results ...

Hydro66 and maincubes sign partnership for European coverage ...

UK supercomputer to combat Africa's worst locust outbreak in decades


Locust outbreak in East Africa / UN FAO.
2 Mar 2020 London - A supercomputer funded by UK aid is helping countries in East Africa to tackle devastating locust outbreaks by tracking the insects' movements around the continent.

Climate experts in East Africa are using a UK-funded supercomputer to combat the continent's worst locust outbreak in 70 years, which is robbing people on the brink of starvation of much-needed food.

The supercomputer based in the regional climate centre in Kenya (ICPAC) uses satellite data to track dangerous locust swarms which in just one day can travel nearly 100 miles and consume the amount of crops that would otherwise feed 35.000 people.

The innovative technology - supported by UK aid and the UK Met Office - also produces extensive weather forecasts to predict the high winds, rainfall, and humidity that provide ideal breeding conditions for locusts so climate experts can predict their next destination. By improving early warning systems one is helping charities and African Governments to take rapid action to protect vulnerable communities.

The UK is also providing GBP 5 million to an emergency UN appeal to help vulnerable communities in Kenya, Somalia, Ethiopia, Sudan, South Sudan, Eritrea, Djibouti and Tanzania use this data to prepare for the arrival of locusts. This support will fund surveillance of the locusts and the spraying of aerial pesticides to kill the insects, protecting 78.000 hectares of land.

The locust infestation - driven by longer rainy seasons and extreme weather - has already destroyed hundreds of thousands of hectares of vegetation in East Africa. This is decimating the livelihoods of farmers and worsening the humanitarian crisis in East Africa where close to 25 million people are on the brink of starvation.

International Development Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan stated: "The devastating locust outbreak in East Africa has paralysed communities that are already facing the daily threat of starvation. Through UK aid and British expertise, we are helping to track, stop and kill dangerous swarms of locust to help millions of people fighting for survival. With rising temperatures and increasing cyclones driving these infestations, Britain is stepping up to help vulnerable communities prepare for and adapt to the catastrophic impacts of climate change."

UK aid to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has already helped protect 73.000 hectares across East Africa, supplied almost 290.000 litres of pesticides and trained 600 people to carry out surveillance to stop the locust spread.

On top of this, UK aid is helping vulnerable communities cope better with extreme weather by improving access to clean water, and providing drought-resistant seeds, farming tools and nutrition packs to families.

The supercomputer is being provided through the Department for International Development's Weather and Climate Information Services for Africa (WISER) programme, in collaboration with the Met Office and the Africa Climate Policy Centre.

The GBP 35 million programme will run from 2015 until 2021 and will:

  • Help to build Africa's resistance to climate change by implementing new policies and practices to plan for extreme changes in weather.
  • Work to improve the quality of weather and climate information by bringing together experts and support its use on the continent.
  • Provide expertise to improve climate forecasting ability and strengthen Africa's response to climate change.
Source: UK Government

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Primeur weekly 2020-03-16

Focus

EuroHPC work programme 2020 calls for consolidation type of projects with a budget of 170 million euro ...

Details of the three upcoming 2020 EuroHPC JU Calls for Proposals ...

EuroHPC JU will move to the Drosbach building in Luxembourg ...

Exascale supercomputing

MEEP Project: A flexible system supporting next generation European open source software and hardware ...

Ying-Chih Yang joins SiPearl as CTO ...

Quantum computing

Preparing Ireland for quantum - Irish Centre for High-End Computing brings prestigious European Quantum Technologies Conference to Dublin ...

Finnish researchers look at noisy quantum computer ...

NSF CAREER Award supports framework for photons as quantum transistors ...

Engineers crack 58-year-old puzzle on way to quantum breakthrough ...

New error correction method provides key step toward quantum computing ...

IDC survey finds optimism that quantum computing will result in competitive advantage ...

Focus on Europe

New HLRS "Hawk" supercomputer to deliver unparalleled performance, capacity, and density for science and research ...

It is time to register for the Supercomputing Frontiers 2020 virtual conference ...

Middleware

SDSC announces comprehensive data sharing resource ...

Hardware

Supermicro unveils MegaDC servers - The first commercial off-the-shelf systems designed exclusively for hyperscale data centres ...

Mellanox delivers Spectrum-3 based Ethernet switches - First 12,8 Tbps networking platforms optimized for Cloud, storage, and AI ...

Semtech announces production of Tri-Edge, a PAM4 CDR platform for 200G and 400G data centre applications ...

Innovium delivers production grade SONiC/SAI for TERALYNX based switch systems ...

Innovium and Credo announce interoperability of production TERALYNX 7 switch family with Credo's Dual 400G MACsec solution ...

Kingston Technology releases enterprise-grade data centre NVMe SSD for mixed use ...

MaxLinear's 2nd generation PAM4 DSP selected by Centera Photonics to deliver sub-3,5W 100G optical modules for hyperscale data centres ...

Applications

UK supercomputer to combat Africa's worst locust outbreak in decades ...

Formula for possible treatment of coronavirus developed by innovative Bulgarian company ...

CSC has selected Mahti supercomputer Pilot Projects ...

HETDEX experiment, led by UT Austin, uses advanced computing resources at TACC to pin down the expansion rate of the universe ...

Oden Institute's Feliciano Giustino applies TACC's supercomputing power to the development of novel materials at the quantum scale ...

Computer model solves mystery of how gas bubbles build big methane hydrate deposits ...

A flexible brain for AI ...

AI assist CT analysis in identifying COVID-19 patients ...

The Cloud

Centre-wide support for, and R&D around, containers helps researchers compute with ease at TACC and elsewhere ...

Oracle announces fiscal 2020 third quarter financial results ...

Hydro66 and maincubes sign partnership for European coverage ...