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Primeur weekly 2018-04-23

Special

Commissioner Mariya Gabriel sees a growing sense of community in EuroHPC exascale initiative ...

Focus

ETAIS and eInfraCentral: a national and a European approach for offering e-Infrastructure services ...

Exascale supercomputing

The Exascale Computing Project (ECP) appoints GE's Brunon (Dave) Kepczynski as Industry Council Chair ...

Quantum computing

Novel thermal phases of topological quantum matter in the lab ...

Focus on Europe

ISC STEM Student Day opens for sign-up, includes free HPC & Machine Learning tutorial ...

Key role for University of Bristol in new supercomputer collaboration ...

e-IRG Open Workshop to focus on EuroHPC and development of e-Infrastructures in South-Eastern European (SEE) and Eastern-Mediterranean (EM) region ...

The JUWELS supercomputer in Juelich ...

KTH Sweden to organize PDC Summer School - Introduction to High Performance Computing ...

Hardware

Memorandum of Understanding on future international collaboration projects ...

New direct link from South Africa enables global science ...

Integrating optical components into existing chip designs ...

Russian RSC Group deployed the world first 100% hot water liquid cooled supercomputer at Joint Institute for Nuclear Research ...

DDN Storage builds major new engineering facility in Colorado focused on solving AI, Cloud and large-scale enterprise data challenges ...

Cray debuts AMD EPYC processors in supercomputer product line ...

Fujitsu upgrades RIKEN's AI research computer RAIDEN; reaches top tier of processing performance in Japan ...

Fujitsu launches new GS21 mainframe models supporting next-generation mission-critical systems ...

Applications

EMBO Practical Course on Integrative modelling of biomolecular interactions at Barcelona Supercomputing Center ...

Your digital twin: closer than you think - How computer models can predict health and help to prevent and cure diseases ...

From insulator to conductor in a flash ...

Oregon scientists decipher the magma bodies under Yellowstone ...

Some superconductors can also carry currents of 'spin' ...

Improving citizen science and big data analysis ...

Diamond-like carbon is formed differently to what was believed - machine learning enables development of new model ...

AI projected to replace thousands of banking jobs ...

The Cloud

UTSA Open Cloud Institute supports Cloud research & launches certificate programme ...

New direct link from South Africa enables global science

Artist impression of the Square Kilometre Array.10 Apr 2018 Amsterdam - The South African National Research and Education Network (NREN), comprising SANReN and TENET, has been connected to NetherLight, SURF's open exchange in Amsterdam, via a 20 Gbit/s connection. This new direct link will provide capacity to a number of international scientific projects including the Square Kilometre Array (SKA).

After Egypt, South Africa is the second African country to connect directly to NetherLight in Amsterdam. With the 20 Gbit/s connection to NetherLight, SANReN and TENET now also benefit from redundant connections to ANA-300G. These connections allow education and research institutions in South Africa to send data swiftly and safely to the United States, Canada and Europe.

Direct connectivity to South Africa is essential for a variety of international scientific projects. South Africa is an important partner for the Netherlands, among other things, in the field of radio astronomy. For example, the large radio telescope near Hartebeesthoek in South Africa is part of the European very-long-baseline interferometry (VLBI) network and data are routinely transported to the Netherlands where they are processed and analyzed at the Joint Institute for VLBI ERIC hosted at ASTRON. By connecting these geographically separated telescopes together digitally, astronomers can create some the sharpest images of the sky possible at radio wavelengths. In addition, scientists, engineers and policymakers from various countries are now involved in working on the SKA project, which will enable a wide range of new science projects.

When ultimately completed, the SKA will digitally connect hundreds of radio dishes and hundreds of thousands of individual antennas to create a new telescope of unparalleled sensitivity and study a wide range of transformational science from the earliest phases of the evolution of the universe to the origins of life itself.

Physically located in two geographically separated sites in Western Australia and South Africa, the SKA is expected to deliver hundreds of petabytes of science data a year to researchers around the world, once the first phase of construction is completed, and grow to exabytes in the coming decade. SKA data will be transported from the telescope sites in Australia and South Africa and distributed to a network of SKA Regional Centres (SRCs) in Europe and around the world. Connectivity, therefore, is an essential component of operating this network of SRCs and allowing astronomers around the world to extract scientific results from SKA data.

The Netherlands institute for radio astronomy ASTRON is currently leading several efforts to design that network and to establish a SKA Regional Centre in Europe. The new fast connection between the South African NREN and NetherLight will allow researchers in the Netherlands to gain experience transporting and analyzing large distributed data collections and prepare for the full SKA data rates to come.

"This new data connection to South Africa gives us the opportunity to get real hands on experience working with distributed data at this new scale. With LOFAR here in the Netherlands and the new MeerKAT telescope in South Africa, we already have some of the largest collections of astronomy data in the world. Thanks to this new high-speed line, we can start prototyping how we will actually interact with the SKA and its data products and let astronomers do their science", stated Dr. Michael Wise from ASTRON.
Source: SURF

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Primeur weekly 2018-04-23

Special

Commissioner Mariya Gabriel sees a growing sense of community in EuroHPC exascale initiative ...

Focus

ETAIS and eInfraCentral: a national and a European approach for offering e-Infrastructure services ...

Exascale supercomputing

The Exascale Computing Project (ECP) appoints GE's Brunon (Dave) Kepczynski as Industry Council Chair ...

Quantum computing

Novel thermal phases of topological quantum matter in the lab ...

Focus on Europe

ISC STEM Student Day opens for sign-up, includes free HPC & Machine Learning tutorial ...

Key role for University of Bristol in new supercomputer collaboration ...

e-IRG Open Workshop to focus on EuroHPC and development of e-Infrastructures in South-Eastern European (SEE) and Eastern-Mediterranean (EM) region ...

The JUWELS supercomputer in Juelich ...

KTH Sweden to organize PDC Summer School - Introduction to High Performance Computing ...

Hardware

Memorandum of Understanding on future international collaboration projects ...

New direct link from South Africa enables global science ...

Integrating optical components into existing chip designs ...

Russian RSC Group deployed the world first 100% hot water liquid cooled supercomputer at Joint Institute for Nuclear Research ...

DDN Storage builds major new engineering facility in Colorado focused on solving AI, Cloud and large-scale enterprise data challenges ...

Cray debuts AMD EPYC processors in supercomputer product line ...

Fujitsu upgrades RIKEN's AI research computer RAIDEN; reaches top tier of processing performance in Japan ...

Fujitsu launches new GS21 mainframe models supporting next-generation mission-critical systems ...

Applications

EMBO Practical Course on Integrative modelling of biomolecular interactions at Barcelona Supercomputing Center ...

Your digital twin: closer than you think - How computer models can predict health and help to prevent and cure diseases ...

From insulator to conductor in a flash ...

Oregon scientists decipher the magma bodies under Yellowstone ...

Some superconductors can also carry currents of 'spin' ...

Improving citizen science and big data analysis ...

Diamond-like carbon is formed differently to what was believed - machine learning enables development of new model ...

AI projected to replace thousands of banking jobs ...

The Cloud

UTSA Open Cloud Institute supports Cloud research & launches certificate programme ...