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Primeur weekly 2018-04-09

Quantum computing

Frogs and mushrooms bubble up in quantum fluids ...

Focus on Europe

TrueBrainConnect: Predicting brain disorders - New ERC-funded project at Charité to combine EEG data and machine learning ...

Middleware

TACC promotes longtime visualization expert to director ...

The OpenMP ARB appoints Barbara Chapman of Stony Brook University and Brookhaven National Lab to its Board of Directors ...

GigaSpaces boosts Big Data and analytics performance with InsightEdge Platform 12.3 ...

Hardware

Singapore's NSCC and Australia's Pawsey Supercomputing Centre sign an MOU to boost HPC scientific collaboration ...

World's first 2 petaflop Deep Learning system, NVIDIA DGX-2, features Mellanox InfiniBand and Ethernet solutions ...

Burton Smith, Cray co-founder a dies at 77 ...

REFLEX CES to launch low profile PCIe board XpressGXA10-LP 1150 and 1151 versions ...

Supermicro first-to-market with IoT embedded solutions optimized for new 8th Gen Intel Core processors ...

Preferred Networks to launch MN-1b private sector supercomputer adopting NVIDIA Tesla V100 32GB GPUs ...

GigaSpaces InsightEdge Platform with Intel technology accelerates AI innovations ...

DDN and Dalet announce certified solutions; Reimagining centralized storage for ultra HD broadcast workflows at scale ...

Applications

University of Alabama in Huntsville researchers' supercomputer simulations shed light on the heliospheric interface ...

Academic researchers look to Argonne's Mira supercomputer to better understand boiling phenomena, bubble formation and two-phase bubbly flow inside nuclear reactors ...

Anticipating the dangers of space ...

NVIDIA Project Clara supercomputing platform redefines medical imaging ...

University of Illinois team brings subatomic resolution to computational microscope ...

BSC launches the Bioinfo4Women - Outstanding Young Female Bioinformaticians Programme ...

Statewide Users Group spring conference showcases variety of research and OSC resources ...

Insilico Taiwan calls Taiwanese AI talents with MolHack starting from April 23 ...

Dark matter might not be interactive after all ...

Forecasting the 'whether' with computer modelling ...

William Tang wins 2018 NVIDIA Global Impact Award ...

The Cloud

Gluster Community releases Gluster 4.0 with enhanced container integration ...

Burton Smith, Cray co-founder a dies at 77

5 Apr 2018 Seattle - You only need to say his first name - Burton - and everyone in the HPC community knows who you mean. Burton Smith, who died at age 77, was an industry luminary, a technological innovator, and an open, caring person who earned the admiration of his colleagues.

Burton Smith was a Microsoft technical fellow and was co-founder and chief scientist of Tera Computer Company, which became Cray Inc. after acquiring Cray Research from SGI in 2000. He was also a member of Cray’s board of directors.

He remained humble despite international recognition, including accolades like the 2003 Seymour Cray Award from IEEE "for ingenious and sustained contributions to designs and implementations at the frontier of high performance computing". When confronted with the magnitude of his contributions to the industry, he downplayed his own role and shared credit with other great minds.

Burton Smith's quick thinking and natural leadership served him well, whether he was solving a complex computing problem or shepherding us away from the office windows during an earthquake.

While Burton Smith was best-known for being a hardware architect, he also looked at the broader picture - including software and programming languages - and the important interplay between each part of the system. He embraced hardware-software co-design.

Back in the early Tera days, colleague Richard Korry asked Burton Smith why they couldn't cool the supercomputer using just air. "He proceeded to grab some scratch paper", stated Richard Korry, "and explained how to calculate the heat transfer characteristics of cooled air and the heat density of the chips. After some quick calculations he came up with the result that air flow of Mach 2 could do the trick, but that liquid cooled would be much easier."

Cray's Brad Chamberlain shared an anecdote from the early 2000's: "Just after I'd started at Cray, we were trying to schedule something and he grinned and asked, 'Have you seen my calendar app?' (This, at a time when Blackberrys and PDAs were getting pretty commonplace.) He proceeded to pull out a well-creased sheet of paper with tons of phone numbers, dates, etc. on it that appeared to just be a huge text file printed in a tiny font, and proceeded to take off his glasses, squint, and pore over it for what he was looking for. For someone so technically savvy, it was refreshingly old-school." But Brad Chamberlain reported that during a more recent encounter, Burton Smith pulled out a smartphone - "which was both shocking and natural".

Technical meetings during Burton Smith's days at Cray could get heated, sparked by passionate innovators with different points of view. His phrase of choice when that happened was usually "Peace ... peace." It was his way of saying that he heard and respected each person's opinion, but "let's take it down a notch". He wielded his authority with grace.

As one colleague stated: "He was an amazing human being."

"Burton made a huge impact, not only on Cray but on the entire supercomputing industry. He will be missed by many and his ideas will continue to be important for a very long time", stated Peter Ungaro, Cray's president and CEO.
Source: Cray

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Primeur weekly 2018-04-09

Quantum computing

Frogs and mushrooms bubble up in quantum fluids ...

Focus on Europe

TrueBrainConnect: Predicting brain disorders - New ERC-funded project at Charité to combine EEG data and machine learning ...

Middleware

TACC promotes longtime visualization expert to director ...

The OpenMP ARB appoints Barbara Chapman of Stony Brook University and Brookhaven National Lab to its Board of Directors ...

GigaSpaces boosts Big Data and analytics performance with InsightEdge Platform 12.3 ...

Hardware

Singapore's NSCC and Australia's Pawsey Supercomputing Centre sign an MOU to boost HPC scientific collaboration ...

World's first 2 petaflop Deep Learning system, NVIDIA DGX-2, features Mellanox InfiniBand and Ethernet solutions ...

Burton Smith, Cray co-founder a dies at 77 ...

REFLEX CES to launch low profile PCIe board XpressGXA10-LP 1150 and 1151 versions ...

Supermicro first-to-market with IoT embedded solutions optimized for new 8th Gen Intel Core processors ...

Preferred Networks to launch MN-1b private sector supercomputer adopting NVIDIA Tesla V100 32GB GPUs ...

GigaSpaces InsightEdge Platform with Intel technology accelerates AI innovations ...

DDN and Dalet announce certified solutions; Reimagining centralized storage for ultra HD broadcast workflows at scale ...

Applications

University of Alabama in Huntsville researchers' supercomputer simulations shed light on the heliospheric interface ...

Academic researchers look to Argonne's Mira supercomputer to better understand boiling phenomena, bubble formation and two-phase bubbly flow inside nuclear reactors ...

Anticipating the dangers of space ...

NVIDIA Project Clara supercomputing platform redefines medical imaging ...

University of Illinois team brings subatomic resolution to computational microscope ...

BSC launches the Bioinfo4Women - Outstanding Young Female Bioinformaticians Programme ...

Statewide Users Group spring conference showcases variety of research and OSC resources ...

Insilico Taiwan calls Taiwanese AI talents with MolHack starting from April 23 ...

Dark matter might not be interactive after all ...

Forecasting the 'whether' with computer modelling ...

William Tang wins 2018 NVIDIA Global Impact Award ...

The Cloud

Gluster Community releases Gluster 4.0 with enhanced container integration ...