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Primeur weekly 2017-04-18

Quantum computing

QxBranch and Commonwealth Bank Australia launch quantum computing simulator ...

Indistinguishable photons key to advancing quantum technologies ...

Recent advances and new insights into quantum image processing ...

Focus on Europe

Teratec 2017 Forum issues Call for Participation ...

Hazel Hen helps explain ultrafast phase transition ...

Hardware

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DDN names Jessica Popp General Manager of IME business unit ...

Eni fires up its HPC3, the new hybrid high performance computer for E&P activities ...

DDN advances object storage performance and delivers industry's most flexible and cost-effective data protection ...

Asetek to receive RackCDU D2C order for new HPC installation ...

PSNC deploys ADVA Optical Networking 96-channel 100G core solution in pan-European research network ...

Putting a spin on logic gates ...

Tool for checking complex computer architectures reveals flaws in emerging design ...

System better allots network bandwidth, for faster page loads ...

Applications

SDSC to enhance campus research computing resources for bioinformatics ...

U.S. Department of Energy's INCITE programme seeks advanced computational research proposals for 2018 ...

Tutorials schedule announced for PEARC17 ...

Fujitsu awarded three prizes for science and technology from MEXT ...

Fujitsu and Grid partner to jointly develop AI services ...

IBM brings Anaconda Open Data Science platform to IBM Cognitive Systems ...

Jefferson Lab scientists eavesdrop on chatter of sub-atomic world ...

Buckle up - Climate change to increase severe aircraft turbulence ...

Beyond the frontiers of Supercomputing ...

Scientists develop a novel algorithm, inspired on the behaviour of bee colonies, which will help dismantling criminal social networks ...

The Cloud

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Beyond the frontiers of Supercomputing

11 Apr 2017 Singapore - What do you get when you put the world's foremost supercomputing experts together in the same room? Plenty of opportunities for dialogue, collaboration and exchange of new ideas. Approximately 450 participants from 12 countries attended Supercomputing Frontiers 2017 (SCF2017), the National Supercomputing Centre (NSCC) Singapore's third annual international conference held from 13-16 March 2017 at the Biopolis.

NSCC Director and SCF2017 Organising Chairman Professor Tan Tin Wee said that the conference would allow the eclectic crowd to share ideas which could take the field to the next level - exascale supercomputing, referring to computers capable of one billion billion (1018calculations per second.

In his speech, guest of honour and NSCC Steering Committee Chairman Mr. Peter Ho said that supercomputing capabilities are now considered critical for countries to remain competitive in almost every sector of the economy, including aerospace, biomedical sciences, electronics, finance, health care, and marine and offshore engineering.

NSCC's task, he said, is thus to build the computational infrastructure needed to support Singapore's universities, research institutes and industry.

In December 2016, with the launch of NSCC's Advanced Supercomputer for Petascale Innovation Research and Enterprise (ASPIRE 1), Singapore finally entered the petascale league - one million billion (1015) calculations per second.

"ASPIRE 1 will underpin the national research infrastructure", stated Mr. Ho. "It's the first, we hope, in a series of supercomputers that will form the foundation of Singapore's push to compete in the digital economy."

At its launch, ASPIRE 1 was already operating at close to maximum capacity - an encouraging start, said Mr. Ho. "It's an indication of future demand and the strong promise of supercomputing in Singapore."

The supercomputer is also connected via InfiniBand - a highly efficient communications technology - to supercomputing centres around the world, including in Australia, Japan, Europe and North America, thus facilitating collaborations.

Despite this progress, Singapore's supercomputing journey is just beginning.

"Singapore is only at the start of developing and implementing a high-performance computing strategic roadmap", stated Mr. Ho. "For NSCC to realise the vision of catalysing supercomputing in Singapore, its team will have to bootstrap onto the knowledge and experience of others."

SCF 2017, he said, would present many opportunities for this. "I hope you will all learn something about how we can position ourselves, not just in Singapore but in our respective countries as well, to exploit the power of supercomputing to improve economic competitiveness, and more importantly, the lives of our people", added Mr. Ho.

At the conference, experts from academia and industry spoke on topics such as exascale supercomputing, new processor architectures, quantum and post-quantum supercomputing approaches, and the integration of computing hardware, storage and networking.

SCF2017 also featured a star-studded line-up of keynote speakers, and here are just some of the highlights: Professor Gordon Bell of Bell's Law fame gave his take on three decades of the Gordon Bell Prize, widely regarded as the Nobel prize of supercomputing, while Dr. Alessandro Curioni of IBM spoke about the power of cognitive computing.

In addition, Dr. Thom Dunning of the Northwest Institute for Advanced Computing talked about technologies aimed at making the leap to exascale computing, and Dr. Haohuan Fu, Director of the National Supercomputing Centre in Wuxi, China, spoke about the Sunway TaihuLight, currently the world's fastest supercomputer.

Yet another conference highlight was the launch of the inaugural SCF/NSCC awards, which recognise excellence in high-performance computing (HPC) in Singapore, as well as outstanding research and commercial efforts that make use of ASPIRE 1’s computational capabilities.

The winners received their awards at the opening ceremony from Mr. Ho.

Among the winners was Mr. Lim Chuan Poh, Chairman of the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), who received the Supercomputing Frontiers Singapore Distinguished Service Award for his leadership in guiding Singapore into petascale computing.

Dr. Raj Thampuran, A*STAR's managing director, received the Supercomputing Frontiers Singapore Visionary Award for his role in conceiving the A*STAR Computational Resource Centre (A*CRC), and for his leadership of the Institute of High Performance Computing (IHPC).

In addition, A*STAR's Data Storage Institute (DSI) picked up the NSCC Outstanding HPC Scientific Award for its use of supercomputing resources to simulate the magnetic properties of nanomaterials. The NSCC Outstanding HPC Industry Application Award went to Keppel Offshore and Marine Technology Centre (KOMTech) for its use of supercomputing in various computational fluid dynamics analyses.

"The winners come from industry, research and academia, including some educators who are nurturing bright young students in schools", stated Mr. Ho.

"I congratulate all of them because they are part of the foundation on which we will build Singapore's future supercomputing capabilities."
Source: GovTech Singapore

Back to Table of contents

Primeur weekly 2017-04-18

Quantum computing

QxBranch and Commonwealth Bank Australia launch quantum computing simulator ...

Indistinguishable photons key to advancing quantum technologies ...

Recent advances and new insights into quantum image processing ...

Focus on Europe

Teratec 2017 Forum issues Call for Participation ...

Hazel Hen helps explain ultrafast phase transition ...

Hardware

Engility to pursue NASA advanced computing services opportunity ...

DDN names Jessica Popp General Manager of IME business unit ...

Eni fires up its HPC3, the new hybrid high performance computer for E&P activities ...

DDN advances object storage performance and delivers industry's most flexible and cost-effective data protection ...

Asetek to receive RackCDU D2C order for new HPC installation ...

PSNC deploys ADVA Optical Networking 96-channel 100G core solution in pan-European research network ...

Putting a spin on logic gates ...

Tool for checking complex computer architectures reveals flaws in emerging design ...

System better allots network bandwidth, for faster page loads ...

Applications

SDSC to enhance campus research computing resources for bioinformatics ...

U.S. Department of Energy's INCITE programme seeks advanced computational research proposals for 2018 ...

Tutorials schedule announced for PEARC17 ...

Fujitsu awarded three prizes for science and technology from MEXT ...

Fujitsu and Grid partner to jointly develop AI services ...

IBM brings Anaconda Open Data Science platform to IBM Cognitive Systems ...

Jefferson Lab scientists eavesdrop on chatter of sub-atomic world ...

Buckle up - Climate change to increase severe aircraft turbulence ...

Beyond the frontiers of Supercomputing ...

Scientists develop a novel algorithm, inspired on the behaviour of bee colonies, which will help dismantling criminal social networks ...

The Cloud

Atos leads C2NET consortium - the first collaborative Cloud-based platform for SMEs to support manufacturing management ...

Comcast Business now provides enterprises with dedicated links to IBM Cloud ...

Nimbix ushers in next-generation GPUs for Cloud-based deep learning ...

USFlash

Group works toward devising topological superconductor ...

Stanford researchers create deep learning algorithm that could boost drug development ...

Biased bots: Human prejudices sneak into artificial intelligence systems ...