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Primeur weekly 2017-05-15

Special

NVIDIA ushers in new era of robotics, with breakthroughs making It easier to build and train intelligent machines ...

NVIDIA and Toyota collaborate to accelerate market introduction of autonomous cars ...

NVIDIA launches GPU Cloud platform to simplify AI development ...

NVIDIA advances AI computing revolution with new Volta-based DGX systems ...

NVIDIA launches revolutionary Volta GPU platform, fueling next era of AI and high performance computing ...

NVIDIA to train 100,000 developers on deep learning in 2017 ...

NVIDIA paves path to AI cities with Metropolis Edge-to-Cloud platform for video analytics ...

NVIDIA Tesla accelerators on IBM Cloud demonstrate advanced performance for training deep learning models ...

BSC and NVIDIA a step forward to the interactive simulation of humans ...

Quantum computing

Refrigerator for quantum computers discovered ...

Focus on Europe

EoCoE service page open for PRACE user community ...

Spring 2017 edition of the e-IRG newsletter available ...

PRACE to issue Annual Report 2016 ...

Middleware

Bright Computing announces 8.0 release - Setting new standard for automation and ease-of-use for Linux-based clusters and public, private and hybrid Clouds ...

CETIAT France chooses Bright Cluster Manager for aerodynamics and fluid mechanics HPC environment ...

2016 National Research Infrastructure Roadmap for Australia is now available ...

Hardware

Cray delivers production-ready AI with new Cray CS-Storm accelerated cluster supercomputers ...

Inspur to unveil 2U 8-GPU AI supercomputer at GTC 2017 ...

Inspur unveiled AIStation, AI deep learning training cluster management software at GTC 2017 ...

Supermicro systems deliver 170 Tflop/s FP16 of peak performance for artificial intelligence, and deep learning at GTC 2017 ...

NCSA's Blue Waters project provides $1.08 billion direct return to Illinois' economy ...

Applications

SDSC's Comet helps replicate brain circuitry to direct a realistic prosthetic arm ...

University of Wyoming graduate student one of 36 selected for CyberGIS Summer School ...

Supercomputing mimics berkelium experiments to validate new find ...

'Inverse designing' spontaneously self-assembling materials ...

Story of silver birch from genomic Big Data ...

Targeted, high-energy cancer treatments get a supercomputing boost ...

Computer accurately identifies and delineates breast cancers on digital tissue slides ...

Sound over silicon: Computing's wave of the future ...

USC Viterbi School of Engineering faculty awarded multiple MURI grants ...

New funding announced for Digital Earth Australia ...

NCSA releases annual report highlighting scientific exploration and breakthroughs enabled by the Blue Waters Project ...

Supercomputer can disprove the theory of sunspot formation ...

The Cloud

Inspur to release InCloud OS 5.0 "F.A.S.T" at the 2017 OpenStack Summit ...

IBM extends data science collaborative workspace to the private Cloud ...

Pointwise and Envenio Join Forces on Demand ...

USC Viterbi School of Engineering faculty awarded multiple MURI grants

2 May 2017 Los Angeles - USC Viterbi School of Engineering faculty teams were the recipients of three different 2017 Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative grants (MURI) from the Department of Defense. Research teams from USC Viterbi's Department of Computer Science, the Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering, and the Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Sciences will work on a range of research topics, from preventing cyber attacks, to advancing quantum computing, and to the development of improved polymers for energy use and storage.

The following are the three MURI centres:

  • "Cyber Deception through Active Leverage of Adversaries' Cognition Process"

Milind Tambe, Helen N. and Emmett H. Jones Professor in Engineering at the University of Southern California and co-founder of USC's Center for Artificial Intelligence in Society (CAIS), will lead a new MURI on cybersecurity, to combat what researchers have identified as increasingly dangerous cyber threats. To do so, Milind Tambe and a team of researchers from Carnegie Mellon University, Arizona State University, University of Texas in El Paso; University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill; and North Carolina State University will employ "Cyber Inception", a new approach to cyber attacks. The interdisciplinary approach will leverage research in cognitive modelling, computational game theory, and computer systems to advance innovation in security. Using a multi-pronged approach, the researchers will create a mathematical framework for modeling defenders and attackers in a cyber security environment, create cognitive models of decision-making by attackers and develop prototypes for multi-layered environments that can monitor attacks and develop environments in which it will be impossible for attackers to know what is real and what is deceptive.

Milind Tambe will be the Principal Investigator on this MURI grant, which received a total of $6.2 million in funding. His expertise in security games, multi-agent teamwork, and distributed constraint optimization has been deployed by the US Coast Guard, the Federal Air Marshal Service, and by police departments and airports in Los Angeles County. Milind Tambe's work has also been utilized by wildlife security organisations. Milind Tambe co-directs the USC Center on AI for Social Good.

  • "The Foundations of Interactive Protocols for Quantum Computation and Communications"

Ben Reichardt, associate professor of Electrical Engineering-Systems at USC Viterbi will spearhead a USC effort to this MURI, through a $1.2 million subcontract on quantum computing. The MURI, led by Caltech, will work on developing scalable protocols to test, control and enable the secure, reliable use of arbitrary quantum devices. This research will develop practical and rigorous techniques for certifying devices with more than 10-20 qubits in both single devices and two or more entangled devices.

  • "Physics, Chemistry and Mechanics of Polymer Dielectric Breakdowns"

Priya Vashishta, Dean's Professor in the Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at USC Viterbi and director of the Collaboratory for Advanced Computing and Simulations; Rajiv Kalia, Professor of Physics and Astronomy Computer Science, Chemical engineering, and Materials Science; and Aiichiro Nakano, Professor of Computer Science, Physics and Astronomy and Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, will support a MURI effort with a $1 million subcontract to understand how polymers can be better tailored to support electric power needs and energy storage. This MURI will be led by the University of Connecticut, with collaborators from Stanford, Purdue and USC. It will seek to understand how to limit degradation of polymers that function as dielectrics - which serve as both insulators and capable of charges within electric power grids. This project will focus on the creation of filed-degraded model materials, multi-scale characterization and modeling, and breakdown phenomenology and complexity.

The USC investigators will use Non-Adiabatic Quantum Molecular Dynamics Methods to investigate the role of excited electronic states that can be created as a result of large electric fields. Quantum Molecular Dynamics simulations will also be used to explain experimental observations of the creation of excited states and monitor how the energy generated during the electron-hole recombination process can cause bond cleavage and defect formation that result in dielectric breakdown of the material.

Source: University of Southern California

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Primeur weekly 2017-05-15

Special

NVIDIA ushers in new era of robotics, with breakthroughs making It easier to build and train intelligent machines ...

NVIDIA and Toyota collaborate to accelerate market introduction of autonomous cars ...

NVIDIA launches GPU Cloud platform to simplify AI development ...

NVIDIA advances AI computing revolution with new Volta-based DGX systems ...

NVIDIA launches revolutionary Volta GPU platform, fueling next era of AI and high performance computing ...

NVIDIA to train 100,000 developers on deep learning in 2017 ...

NVIDIA paves path to AI cities with Metropolis Edge-to-Cloud platform for video analytics ...

NVIDIA Tesla accelerators on IBM Cloud demonstrate advanced performance for training deep learning models ...

BSC and NVIDIA a step forward to the interactive simulation of humans ...

Quantum computing

Refrigerator for quantum computers discovered ...

Focus on Europe

EoCoE service page open for PRACE user community ...

Spring 2017 edition of the e-IRG newsletter available ...

PRACE to issue Annual Report 2016 ...

Middleware

Bright Computing announces 8.0 release - Setting new standard for automation and ease-of-use for Linux-based clusters and public, private and hybrid Clouds ...

CETIAT France chooses Bright Cluster Manager for aerodynamics and fluid mechanics HPC environment ...

2016 National Research Infrastructure Roadmap for Australia is now available ...

Hardware

Cray delivers production-ready AI with new Cray CS-Storm accelerated cluster supercomputers ...

Inspur to unveil 2U 8-GPU AI supercomputer at GTC 2017 ...

Inspur unveiled AIStation, AI deep learning training cluster management software at GTC 2017 ...

Supermicro systems deliver 170 Tflop/s FP16 of peak performance for artificial intelligence, and deep learning at GTC 2017 ...

NCSA's Blue Waters project provides $1.08 billion direct return to Illinois' economy ...

Applications

SDSC's Comet helps replicate brain circuitry to direct a realistic prosthetic arm ...

University of Wyoming graduate student one of 36 selected for CyberGIS Summer School ...

Supercomputing mimics berkelium experiments to validate new find ...

'Inverse designing' spontaneously self-assembling materials ...

Story of silver birch from genomic Big Data ...

Targeted, high-energy cancer treatments get a supercomputing boost ...

Computer accurately identifies and delineates breast cancers on digital tissue slides ...

Sound over silicon: Computing's wave of the future ...

USC Viterbi School of Engineering faculty awarded multiple MURI grants ...

New funding announced for Digital Earth Australia ...

NCSA releases annual report highlighting scientific exploration and breakthroughs enabled by the Blue Waters Project ...

Supercomputer can disprove the theory of sunspot formation ...

The Cloud

Inspur to release InCloud OS 5.0 "F.A.S.T" at the 2017 OpenStack Summit ...

IBM extends data science collaborative workspace to the private Cloud ...

Pointwise and Envenio Join Forces on Demand ...