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Primeur weekly 2019-04-01

Focus

A clarifying look at the ETP4HPC role in EuroHPC and opportunities for European SMEs ...

Exascale supercomputing

First U.S. exascale supercomputer to be a Cray Shasta system ...

Cray appoints new SVP of products as company prepares for exascale and expands into commercial market ...

Barcelona Supercomputing Center candidate to host one of the two largest supercomputers of the EU for 2021 ...

Quantum computing

D-Wave expands Leap Quantum Cloud Service and Application Environment to Europe and Japan ...

Groovenauts to release world's first business service powered with quantum computing technology ...

ColdQuanta appoints Robert "Bo" Ewald as President and Chief Executive Officer ...

Focus on Europe

Netherlands eScience Center launches new Call for Proposals: Innovative eScience Technologies for "Big Science" (eTEC-BIG) ...

Irish Centre for High-End Computing calls for participation to the Copernicus Hackathon Ireland ...

Helmholtz to base new AI flagship unit in Munich to strengthen its Germany-wide research network ...

ISC 2019 Conference keynote brings high performance computing to life ...

Boston and Asperitas introduce performance boosting Cloud & compute solutions powered by Immersed Computing ...

Middleware

SDSC and Sylabs spread the word on Singularity ...

HPCNow! joins Bright Partner Programme as Advanced Reseller and Services Partner ...

Turkish company Mevasis signs up to Bright reseller programme ...

Hardware

Inspur to offer BeeGFS for HPC and AI clusters ...

Massive Storage Systems and Technology Conference (MSST) announces distinguished keynoters and 5-day agenda of notable speakers ...

Fujitsu develops deep learning acceleration technology and achieves world's highest speed ...

Micron boosts client computing performance with introduction of new NVMe SSD portfolio ...

Oak Ridge National Laboratory helps identify challenges of extremely heterogeneous architectures ...

Applications

Modified deep-learning algorithms unveil features of shape-shifting proteins ...

Supercomputer simulations help combat tuberculosis granulomas ...

NCSA visualization team co-produces Birth of Planet Earth ...

Scientists develop way to perform supercomputer simulations of the heart on cellphones ...

Oak Ridge National Laboratory investigates complex uranium oxides with help from CADES resources ...

The Cloud

Vcinity expands Ultimate X technology for unleashing access to remote data ...

NCSA visualization team co-produces Birth of Planet Earth


28 Mar 2019 Urbana-Champaign - Birth of Planet Earth, a new 24-minute giant screen science documentary for digital fulldome cinemas, had its global premiere at the Zeiss-Großplanetarium in Berlin this month. The film is a co-production of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) Advanced Visualization Lab (AVL) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Spitz Creative Media, and Thomas Lucas Productions Inc., in association with Tellus Science Museum in Cartersville, Georgia. The documentary is now available for booking by planetariums, museums and educational institutions.

Narrated by Richard Dormer (Game of Thrones, Fortitude), Birth of Planet Earth looks at the very beginning of our planet and the unique requirements that enabled life to evolve. The new documentary helps us to develop a better understanding of the history of our very own existence on this pale blue dot we call home.

According to Director Tom Lucas, "Birth of Planet Earth allows us to successfully fuse high-end animation techniques from the team at Spitz Creative Media with supercomputer-produced scientific visualizations from the AVL".

Dr. Donna Cox, Director of NCSA's Advanced Visualization Lab and professor in the School of Art and Design at Illinois, is a pioneer in the use of scientific data as a storytelling tool for television, fulldome, and IMAX documentaries. In 2017, Dr. Cox was honoured for lifetime achievement by IMERSA, the fulldome visualization society. Under the CADENS - Centrality of Advanced Digitally ENabled Science - grant from the National Science Foundation, Donna Cox's team aims to increase digital literacy and inform the general public about computational and data-enabled scientific discovery. Donna Cox and her team worked with leading researchers to produce many of the scientific numerical visualizations seen in Birth of Planet Earth.

"In one scene of Birth of Planet Earth", stated Dr. Cox, "AVL worked with a team of University of Illinois biophysicists, led by the late Dr. Klaus Schulten, to show a numerical model of photosynthesis and how early-Earth bacteria harvests energy from the Sun. This model uses supercomputers to calculate the complex atomic processes that enabled life on planet Earth to evolve and spread." The documentary, which is dedicated in Klaus Schulten's memory, premiered in his birth country of Germany.

The show portrays the rise of photosynthesis as part of a broader effort to present current theories about how events in the solar system positioned Earth for being a home to life. In another scene brought to vivid life by AVL, Earth collides with a neighboring proto-planet, Theia, resulting in the formation of our Moon. According to Donna Cox: "Dr. Robin Canup of the Southwest Research Institute computed the astrophysics for the formation of the earth-moon system. Her numerical model, informed by moon rock analysis and physics, generates numbers that describe the physical dynamism of the collision that formed the moon."

Birth of Planet Earth is an engaging show for audiences of all ages that complements the extensive, award-winning fulldome library available from Spitz Creative Media. Recommended for grades five and up, the film will be accompanied by teacher guides and STEM curriculum resources that encourage student engagement on concepts set forth in Birth of Planet Earth. These materials are being prepared by the staff of the Smithsonian-affiliated Tellus Science Museum in Cartersville, Georgia.

In addition to Berlin, Birth of Planet Earth has been booked in a number of planetariums and science centres throughout North America and in Europe. Additional foreign language soundtracks are currently in production. Birth of Planet Earth is now available for booking in 4K dome master format, with an 8K dome version and extended 4K television version available later this year.

Source: National Center for Supercomputing Applications - NCSA

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Primeur weekly 2019-04-01

Focus

A clarifying look at the ETP4HPC role in EuroHPC and opportunities for European SMEs ...

Exascale supercomputing

First U.S. exascale supercomputer to be a Cray Shasta system ...

Cray appoints new SVP of products as company prepares for exascale and expands into commercial market ...

Barcelona Supercomputing Center candidate to host one of the two largest supercomputers of the EU for 2021 ...

Quantum computing

D-Wave expands Leap Quantum Cloud Service and Application Environment to Europe and Japan ...

Groovenauts to release world's first business service powered with quantum computing technology ...

ColdQuanta appoints Robert "Bo" Ewald as President and Chief Executive Officer ...

Focus on Europe

Netherlands eScience Center launches new Call for Proposals: Innovative eScience Technologies for "Big Science" (eTEC-BIG) ...

Irish Centre for High-End Computing calls for participation to the Copernicus Hackathon Ireland ...

Helmholtz to base new AI flagship unit in Munich to strengthen its Germany-wide research network ...

ISC 2019 Conference keynote brings high performance computing to life ...

Boston and Asperitas introduce performance boosting Cloud & compute solutions powered by Immersed Computing ...

Middleware

SDSC and Sylabs spread the word on Singularity ...

HPCNow! joins Bright Partner Programme as Advanced Reseller and Services Partner ...

Turkish company Mevasis signs up to Bright reseller programme ...

Hardware

Inspur to offer BeeGFS for HPC and AI clusters ...

Massive Storage Systems and Technology Conference (MSST) announces distinguished keynoters and 5-day agenda of notable speakers ...

Fujitsu develops deep learning acceleration technology and achieves world's highest speed ...

Micron boosts client computing performance with introduction of new NVMe SSD portfolio ...

Oak Ridge National Laboratory helps identify challenges of extremely heterogeneous architectures ...

Applications

Modified deep-learning algorithms unveil features of shape-shifting proteins ...

Supercomputer simulations help combat tuberculosis granulomas ...

NCSA visualization team co-produces Birth of Planet Earth ...

Scientists develop way to perform supercomputer simulations of the heart on cellphones ...

Oak Ridge National Laboratory investigates complex uranium oxides with help from CADES resources ...

The Cloud

Vcinity expands Ultimate X technology for unleashing access to remote data ...