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Primeur weekly 2017-04-10

Exascale supercomputing

EUROSERVER paves the way for low-power data centres ...

Intersect360 Research to provide USCC testimony for China's Pursuit of Next Frontier Tech hearing ...

Quantum computing

'Virtual' interferometers may overcome scale issues for optical quantum computers ...

Quantum-physical model system ...

Optics advance quantum information processing ...

Focus on Europe

A glance into the ISC 2017 Research Paper Session ...

OCF announce Iceotope as liquid cooling partner for research and academic market ...

Return of the mini-supercomputer in the Netherlands: Little Green Machine II ...

Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry chooses vSMP Foundation ...

PRACE opens SHAPE 5th Call for Proposals ...

IBM invests to accelerate innovation, collaboration and fast-track health care solutions in Finland ...

73% of academics say access to research data helps them in their work; 34% do not publish their data ...

Middleware

DDN Lustre powers University of Edinburgh accelerated genomics research ...

Hardware

Supercomputer growth drives record HPC revenue in 2016, Hyperion Research reports ...

Canada's most powerful academic supercomputer will launch at Simon Fraser University ...

Silicon Mechanics Announces Recipient of 6th Annual Research Cluster Grant ...

U.S. businesses risk falling behind as lead in global semiconductor industry threatened ...

Fujitsu and Oracle launch Fujitsu SPARC M12 servers with world's fastest per-core performance ...

IBM Researchers advance the understanding of chip reliability at IEEE International Reliability Physics Symposium ...

Applications

Artificial intelligence: Bosch and University of Amsterdam to cooperate closely ...

Cyber gene network could speed up discoveries ...

How can network analysis lead to a new way of studying court decisions? ...

IBM patents machine learning models for drug discovery ...

Clemson scientists receive $2.95 million to improve and simplify large-scale data analysis ...

New brain-inspired cybersecurity system detects 'bad apples' 100 times faster ...

Supercomputers reveal how cell membranes keep cancer-causing proteins turned off ...

The Cloud

IBM opens Budapest Software Lab to develop Cloud Video solutions ...

IBM first to deliver latest NVIDIA GPU accelerator on the Cloud to speed AI workloads ...

University of Wyoming uses Oracle Cloud to drive core mission of teaching, research, and service ...

Industry experts discuss advantages and risks of shifting data analytics to the Cloud ...

DDN Lustre powers University of Edinburgh accelerated genomics research

6 Apr 2017 Santa Clara - The University of Edinburgh, one of the world's top educational and research institutions, has deployed three DDN ES7K Lustre Parallel File System Appliances to accelerate data-intensive workflows across research and industry. At the Edinburgh Parallel Computing Center (EPCC), DataDirect Networks' advanced Lustre appliances manage a rising tide of digital data generated by traditional HPC and other forms of novel computing.

According to professor Mark Parsons, director of the Edinburgh Parallel Computing Center, DDN's high-performance storage supports fast-growing genomics research while enabling multinational companies and smaller businesses to benefit from access to advanced technologies. "We're entering a period of huge innovation both in HPC and storage", he stated. "Companies like DDN, which continue to innovate, best allow us to support scientists and researchers across all kinds of businesses to harness the full potential of leading-edge technology and to accelerate life-changing discoveries."

The Edinburgh Parallel Computing Center participates in many large-scale European research infrastructures, including the Scottish Genomes Partnership (SGP), led by the University of Edinburgh and University of Glasgow. With the goal to link crucial genetic data from sequenced genomes with clinical information, SGP installed 10 Illumina HiSeq X Ten Sequencing Systems along with the first deployment of Illumina's SeqLab end-to-end solution for streamlining scientific workflows. A team at Edinburgh Genomics took advantage of this "plug and play" approach to achieve maximum throughput in weeks rather than months; 5500 genomes have been sequenced in a little more than a year.

Thanks to its powerful, centralized DDN storage, the Edinburgh computing centre is making major strides in sequencing the genomes of more than 3000 people in Scotland. This ongoing effort is empowering the Scottish National Health Service to discover new, personalized treatments of diseases and genetic disorders while opening the door to more effective and safer drug therapies. The deployment of DDN's trio of ES7K appliances with nearly 3PB of robust storage follows a legacy deployment of 23PB of DDN SFA12K storage used to support the UK Research Data Facility (RDF), which is funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

"The key to DDN winning this latest bid was the quality of its technology and solutions", stated Mark Parsons. "DDN understands our requirements, and its ES7K offers the best balance of price, performance and capacity."

In addition, the Edinburgh Parallel Computing Center takes advantage of DDN's fast data access speeds and scalable capacity to meet the far-ranging requirements of its Fortissimo initiative, a European-commissioned project that brings vital resources to companies that otherwise couldn't afford them. This successful effort has sped the development of the first high-performance "megacar", one of the world's fastest cars. The effort also elevated performance of SunCast software, a leading-edge solution from Integrated Environment Solutions, to analyze the earth's shadows and effects of solar gains on the thermal performance of buildings.

Looking ahead, the University of Edinburgh is evaluating DDN's WOS object storage to support an infinitely scalable storage pool to help the university better manage an active archive of more than 2PB of data. The goal of this additional deployment would be to offer a highly scalable alternative to file storage to the university’s industry users and tier-two centers that are being established around the UK.

Source: DataDirect Networks - DDN

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Primeur weekly 2017-04-10

Exascale supercomputing

EUROSERVER paves the way for low-power data centres ...

Intersect360 Research to provide USCC testimony for China's Pursuit of Next Frontier Tech hearing ...

Quantum computing

'Virtual' interferometers may overcome scale issues for optical quantum computers ...

Quantum-physical model system ...

Optics advance quantum information processing ...

Focus on Europe

A glance into the ISC 2017 Research Paper Session ...

OCF announce Iceotope as liquid cooling partner for research and academic market ...

Return of the mini-supercomputer in the Netherlands: Little Green Machine II ...

Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry chooses vSMP Foundation ...

PRACE opens SHAPE 5th Call for Proposals ...

IBM invests to accelerate innovation, collaboration and fast-track health care solutions in Finland ...

73% of academics say access to research data helps them in their work; 34% do not publish their data ...

Middleware

DDN Lustre powers University of Edinburgh accelerated genomics research ...

Hardware

Supercomputer growth drives record HPC revenue in 2016, Hyperion Research reports ...

Canada's most powerful academic supercomputer will launch at Simon Fraser University ...

Silicon Mechanics Announces Recipient of 6th Annual Research Cluster Grant ...

U.S. businesses risk falling behind as lead in global semiconductor industry threatened ...

Fujitsu and Oracle launch Fujitsu SPARC M12 servers with world's fastest per-core performance ...

IBM Researchers advance the understanding of chip reliability at IEEE International Reliability Physics Symposium ...

Applications

Artificial intelligence: Bosch and University of Amsterdam to cooperate closely ...

Cyber gene network could speed up discoveries ...

How can network analysis lead to a new way of studying court decisions? ...

IBM patents machine learning models for drug discovery ...

Clemson scientists receive $2.95 million to improve and simplify large-scale data analysis ...

New brain-inspired cybersecurity system detects 'bad apples' 100 times faster ...

Supercomputers reveal how cell membranes keep cancer-causing proteins turned off ...

The Cloud

IBM opens Budapest Software Lab to develop Cloud Video solutions ...

IBM first to deliver latest NVIDIA GPU accelerator on the Cloud to speed AI workloads ...

University of Wyoming uses Oracle Cloud to drive core mission of teaching, research, and service ...

Industry experts discuss advantages and risks of shifting data analytics to the Cloud ...