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Primeur weekly 2019-04-08

Focus

Fortissimo initiative ready to continue the HPC experience for SMEs ...

Quantum computing

Teams to build new algorithms and software tools for emerging quantum systems ...

Focus on Europe

Piz Daint takes on Tier 2 function in Worldwide LHC Computing Grid ...

Doron Prize 2019 goes to Thomas Schulthess ...

ISC 2019 is now open for registration ...

PRACE 18th Call for Proposals welcomes 2 new HPC systems and includes a Pilot Phase with the Fenix federated data infrastructure ...

PRACE SHAPE 9th Call for Applications is open from 1 April 2019 until 31 May 2019 ...

Middleware

The Leibniz Supercomputing Centre joins the OpenMP effort ...

Altair acquires Cambridge Collaborative's SEAM software, expanding solver portfolio ...

Hardware

DDN PartnerLink recognized in CRN's 2019 Partner Program Guide ...

PLDA announces two innovative vDMA engine IP solutions, delivering robust performance and scalability across a PCIe link or AMBA AXI fabric ...

Hyperion Research reports HPC server market beats forecast for full-year 2018 ...

Intel announces broadest product portfolio for moving, storing and processing data ...

Intel driving data-centric world with new 10nm Intel Agilex FPGA family ...

Intel appoints George S. Davis as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer ...

Indiana University's data centre upgrades, two additional designs approved by Board of Trustees ...

Penguin Computing designs now available with new 2nd generation Intel Xeon Scalable processors expanding options for data centre, HPC, and AI ...

Applications

New heart valve modelling technique enables customized medical care for patients ...

Supercomputers help supercharge protein assembly ...

Supercomputers aid our understanding of complex brain waves ...

Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research launches new call & matchmaking meeting for Energy System Integration ...

West Virginia University revs up computer resources to help move region forward ...

Rocket fuel that's cleaner, safer and still full of energy ...

Getting a big look at tiny particles ...

The Cloud

Atos and Google Cloud inaugurate unique artificial intelligence lab in France ...

Pixeom announces $15 million funding from Intel Capital, National Grid Partners and others for its software defined edge computing platform ...

West Virginia University revs up computer resources to help move region forward


WVU has helped create the Thorny Flat High Performance Computer Cluster in partnership with the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center.
2 Apr 2019 Morgantown - West Virginia University (WVU), in partnership with the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center, has created one of the state's most powerful computer clusters to help power research and innovation statewide. The announcement came as the University kicked off its inaugural Research Week celebration.

The Thorny Flat High Performance Computer Cluster, named after the state's second highest peak, joins the Spruce Knob cluster as resources. With 1,000 times more computing power than a desktop computer, the Thorny Flat cluster could benefit a variety research: forest hydrology; genetic studies; forensic chemistry of firearms; modelling of solar-to-chemical energy harvesting; and design and discovery of new materials.

Thorny Flat is the latest step in an ongoing regional partnership with the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center, which has contributed greatly to the Morgantown-Pittsburgh corridor's status as a hub for technological and scientific progress. The system will be housed in PSC's machine room, and the centre will provide routine maintenance and support for scientists using it.

The cluster was created by WVU's Research Computing team in Information Technology Services with a nearly $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure. Thorny Flat's creation also underscores WVU's commitment to ground-breaking research, which is being highlighted in the institution's inaugural Research Week.

In his latest State of the University address, WVU President Gordon Gee challenged the community to innovate so West Virginia can remain vibrant and competitive. "In a state that no longer manufactures products the way it used to, West Virginia University's faculty, staff and students have no choice but to manufacture transformation", he stated. "We must pioneer progress."

Blake Mertz, assistant professor of chemistry in WVU's Eberly College of Arts and Sciences, was the principal investigator behind the NSF grant. Blake Mertz's lab uses molecular dynamics simulations to model systems of interest in both biomedical and alternative energy research.

In particular, Blake Mertz is studying a peptide - a small protein - that could be used for targeted drug deliveries in cancer patients. Thorny Flat acts as a sort of computational microscope for observing key interactions between the peptide and the cell membrane surface. Blake Mertz said these simulations can speed discoveries about the peptide, saving not only time and money in the lab, but also lives in the clinic.

Also from Eberly, WVU physicist Zachariah Etienne will use Thorny Flat for simulations that model the physical processes involved when neutron stars collide.

"Neutron stars are not simply large balls of neutrons, and we cannot create neutron star matter in laboratories", Zachariah Etienne stated. The only way to understand how such matter behaves is to compare observations with computer simulations.

This kind of research "has the potential to revolutionize our current scientific understanding", Zachariah Etienne stated. "Historically, such revolutions have led to incredible new technologies that help us diagnose and cure disease, and generally make our modern lives far safer and more comfortable than our predecessors."

Thorny Flat, which will become available on April 9, 2019, can accommodate a wide range of users, offering free access to researchers with on-demand computational projects and first-time HPC users. Researchers with more intensive, long-term computational needs also can purchase separate, dedicated time and resources.

Thorny Flat is theoretically capable of processing data at 428 TeraFLOPS, or about 1,000 times faster than a typical desktop computer. FLOPS, or "floating point operations per second", is a measure of computer performance.

There are 108 total nodes available, containing 4,208 cores. For comparison, a high-end personal computer processor may have as many as 28 cores.

Seven nodes have access to 21 specialized Graphics Processing Units that can benefit research into fields such as artificial intelligence.

Source: West Virginia University

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Primeur weekly 2019-04-08

Focus

Fortissimo initiative ready to continue the HPC experience for SMEs ...

Quantum computing

Teams to build new algorithms and software tools for emerging quantum systems ...

Focus on Europe

Piz Daint takes on Tier 2 function in Worldwide LHC Computing Grid ...

Doron Prize 2019 goes to Thomas Schulthess ...

ISC 2019 is now open for registration ...

PRACE 18th Call for Proposals welcomes 2 new HPC systems and includes a Pilot Phase with the Fenix federated data infrastructure ...

PRACE SHAPE 9th Call for Applications is open from 1 April 2019 until 31 May 2019 ...

Middleware

The Leibniz Supercomputing Centre joins the OpenMP effort ...

Altair acquires Cambridge Collaborative's SEAM software, expanding solver portfolio ...

Hardware

DDN PartnerLink recognized in CRN's 2019 Partner Program Guide ...

PLDA announces two innovative vDMA engine IP solutions, delivering robust performance and scalability across a PCIe link or AMBA AXI fabric ...

Hyperion Research reports HPC server market beats forecast for full-year 2018 ...

Intel announces broadest product portfolio for moving, storing and processing data ...

Intel driving data-centric world with new 10nm Intel Agilex FPGA family ...

Intel appoints George S. Davis as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer ...

Indiana University's data centre upgrades, two additional designs approved by Board of Trustees ...

Penguin Computing designs now available with new 2nd generation Intel Xeon Scalable processors expanding options for data centre, HPC, and AI ...

Applications

New heart valve modelling technique enables customized medical care for patients ...

Supercomputers help supercharge protein assembly ...

Supercomputers aid our understanding of complex brain waves ...

Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research launches new call & matchmaking meeting for Energy System Integration ...

West Virginia University revs up computer resources to help move region forward ...

Rocket fuel that's cleaner, safer and still full of energy ...

Getting a big look at tiny particles ...

The Cloud

Atos and Google Cloud inaugurate unique artificial intelligence lab in France ...

Pixeom announces $15 million funding from Intel Capital, National Grid Partners and others for its software defined edge computing platform ...