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Primeur weekly 2018-04-16

Focus

GO FAIR initiative to create implementation networks for stewardship of data ...

Quantum computing

Atos Quantum Learning Machine can now simulate real qubits ...

UCSB/Google researchers in quantum computing professor John Martinis' group outline their plan for quantum supremacy ...

New qubit now works without breaks ...

Prototype of most advanced quantum memory presented by two Kazan universities ...

The thermodynamics of computing ...

Focus on Europe

GÉANT confirms Erik Huizer as CEO ...

ISC launches Travel Grant Programme to enable students and young researchers to attend the conference ...

Student develops gaming technology for environmental and scientific research ...

Prof. Dr. Xiaoxiang Zhu wins the 2018 PRACE Ada Lovelace Award for HPC ...

Academia and industry collaborate to drive UK supercomputer adoption ...

Middleware

Queen Mary University of London HPC cluster performance increases several orders of magnitude, saving time and cost ...

Hardware

University of Texas hires next director of no. 1 ranked computational institute ...

James Ang joins Pacific Northwest National Laboratory as chief scientist for computing ...

Fujitsu commences sales of PRIMERGY x86 server aimed at data centre companies ...

Tohoku University deploys vSMP Foundation for "The Supercomputer System" ...

Chinese leading weather research institute selected Mellanox InfiniBand, replacing OmniPath in an existing data centre ...

Valleytronics discovery could extend limits of Moore's Law ...

Top HPC clusters and workstations for AI, ML developed by Nor-Tech ...

Demonstration of world record: 159 Tb/s transmission over 1,045 km with 3-mode fiber ...

Applications

Boston partners with Excelero and Pixit Media at NAB to demo joint solution for media workflows ...

Fujitsu launches "Heart Explorer" to study heart behaviour ...

U.S. Department of Energy supports doctoral research into on-site analysis of supercomputer simulations ...

Scientists use machine learning to speed discovery of metallic glass ...

Machine learning could help search for gravitational waves ...

Artificial Intelligence can now detect gravitational waves ...

Jon Bashor retires after 27 years of service to national labs ...

Research and software: perspectives from different communities ...

The background hum of space could reveal hidden black holes ...

How to catch a fish genome with Big Data ...

Translational research community debates on the EGA and its impact on health ...

The Cloud

Capitalizing on the opportunity of hybrid cloud in HPC ...

St. Jude Cloud launches for researchers worldwide ...

Prof. Dr. Xiaoxiang Zhu wins the 2018 PRACE Ada Lovelace Award for HPC

9 Apr 2018 Brussels - Prof. Dr. Xiaoxiang Zhu, German Aerospace Center (DLR) and Technical University of Munich (TUM), Germany, is the winner of the 2018 PRACE Ada Lovelace Award for HPC for her outstanding contributions and impact on HPC in Europe. She is the professor for Signal Processing in Earth Observation (SiPEO) at TUM and head of Department EO Data Science at the Remote Sensing Technology Institute of DLR.

Sinéad Ryan, Chair of the PRACE Scientific Steering Committee will present the award to Xiaoxiang Zhu on 31 May 2018 at PRACEdays18, the central event of the European HPC Summit Week in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Furthermore Professor Zhu will participate at the panel "CoEs and HLSTs, what problems can they solve for me?" on 31 May 2018 at PRACEdays18. The PRACE Ada Lovelace Award for HPC will be presented for the third time.

Professor Zhu and her team (SiPEO) develop explorative algorithms to improve information retrieval from remote sensing data, in particular those from the current and next generation of Earth observation missions. The outstanding achievement of her research work is to use satellite imagery and supercomputing to predict risks of structural degradation and damage to city buildings. Furthermore she and her team contribute to the first ever global urban models in 3D and 4D. In addition her contributions has a social impact as the improved retrieval of geo-information from EO data can be used to better support cartographic applications, resource management, civil security, disaster management, planning and decision making.

The 3D models offer the possibility to create precise, static representations of a city. Dr. Xiaoxiang Zhu and her team recognized that accurately modelling cities for risk management purposes needed a fourth dimension: time. To put "in motion" a three-dimensional, high-resolution computational model, the team needed the help of HPC. Professor Zhu's work now concentrates on measuring temporal changes down to the centimetre or even millimetre scale to observe whether buildings have been disturbed by uplift or subsidence.

To create the 4D models, the next generation of HPC systems and data storage was used. Dr. Zhu and her team have gone a step further by fusing PetaBytes of Earth observation satellite data and social media data - both including images and texts. Such global data sets will lead to a giant leap for urban geography research as well as significantly contribute to the United Nations' Sustainability Goal "Sustainable Cities and Communities".

For her outstanding research work, Professor Zhu has won several awards, among them the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Prize - the most prestigious German award for young scientists.

The relevance of her current work is demonstrated by the approval of the European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant in 2016 for her project "So2Sat: Big Data for 4D Global Mapping - 10^16 Bytes from Social Media to EO Satellites" and the Helmholtz Excellence Professorship in 2017.

Prof. Zhu currently uses two allocations of 26 and 20 million core hours, respectively, on SuperMUC of the Leibniz Supercomputing Centre (LRZ).

To motivate other female scientists in the STEM field, Prof. Zhu contributes to a working group created by the board of DLR that aims to develop innovative instruments to promote women in science. In addition, she has described her experiences through interviews with publications such asNatureandSüddeutsche Zeitung. In 2015, Prof. Dr. Zhu won the Helene-Lange-Preis, awarded annually to an excellent female scientist in Germany in the STEM field.
Source: PRACE

Back to Table of contents

Primeur weekly 2018-04-16

Focus

GO FAIR initiative to create implementation networks for stewardship of data ...

Quantum computing

Atos Quantum Learning Machine can now simulate real qubits ...

UCSB/Google researchers in quantum computing professor John Martinis' group outline their plan for quantum supremacy ...

New qubit now works without breaks ...

Prototype of most advanced quantum memory presented by two Kazan universities ...

The thermodynamics of computing ...

Focus on Europe

GÉANT confirms Erik Huizer as CEO ...

ISC launches Travel Grant Programme to enable students and young researchers to attend the conference ...

Student develops gaming technology for environmental and scientific research ...

Prof. Dr. Xiaoxiang Zhu wins the 2018 PRACE Ada Lovelace Award for HPC ...

Academia and industry collaborate to drive UK supercomputer adoption ...

Middleware

Queen Mary University of London HPC cluster performance increases several orders of magnitude, saving time and cost ...

Hardware

University of Texas hires next director of no. 1 ranked computational institute ...

James Ang joins Pacific Northwest National Laboratory as chief scientist for computing ...

Fujitsu commences sales of PRIMERGY x86 server aimed at data centre companies ...

Tohoku University deploys vSMP Foundation for "The Supercomputer System" ...

Chinese leading weather research institute selected Mellanox InfiniBand, replacing OmniPath in an existing data centre ...

Valleytronics discovery could extend limits of Moore's Law ...

Top HPC clusters and workstations for AI, ML developed by Nor-Tech ...

Demonstration of world record: 159 Tb/s transmission over 1,045 km with 3-mode fiber ...

Applications

Boston partners with Excelero and Pixit Media at NAB to demo joint solution for media workflows ...

Fujitsu launches "Heart Explorer" to study heart behaviour ...

U.S. Department of Energy supports doctoral research into on-site analysis of supercomputer simulations ...

Scientists use machine learning to speed discovery of metallic glass ...

Machine learning could help search for gravitational waves ...

Artificial Intelligence can now detect gravitational waves ...

Jon Bashor retires after 27 years of service to national labs ...

Research and software: perspectives from different communities ...

The background hum of space could reveal hidden black holes ...

How to catch a fish genome with Big Data ...

Translational research community debates on the EGA and its impact on health ...

The Cloud

Capitalizing on the opportunity of hybrid cloud in HPC ...

St. Jude Cloud launches for researchers worldwide ...