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Primeur weekly 2017-06-26

Focus

China's effort on HPC in the next 5 years - from exascale prototypes to exascale system ...

Crowd computing

BOINC Monitor 9.70 released ...

Focus on Europe

Eight Irish Supercomputer List: Irish HPC capacity more than doubles again ...

Memorandum of Understanding signed between CHPC and PRACE ...

GENCI to boost France scientific competitiveness and industrial innovation with new petascale supercomputer ...

Huawei inaugurates the HPC Global Center of Excellence ...

Hardware

Universal ultra high-dense and 'hot water' cooled RSC Tornado solution: ready to support Intel Xeon Processor Scalable Family, world's first Intel Omni-Path fabric based and 100% 'hot water' liquid cooled switches, improved RSC BasIS functionality ...

NVMe Revision 1.3 expands reach of fast storage for Enterprise, Client, and Cloud power users ...

DDN Storage named to elite $1 billion+ valuation "Storage Unicorn" list ...

Verne Global sets strategic roadmap to manage advanced computing requirements ...

Cisco and NetApp advance digital transformation with software-defined converged infrastructure solution for the next generation data centre ...

Cisco unveils network of the future that can learn, adapt and evolve ...

New Supermicro X11 SuperBlade boosts I/O performance featuring Intel Omni-Path fabric ...

Supermicro announces full portfolio of A+ server solutions optimized for new high-performance AMD EPYC processors ...

Mellanox interconnect solutions scale deep learning platforms to world-leading performance ...

Mellanox Ethernet and InfiniBand chosen by AMD as the preferred interconnect solutions to accelerate new EPYC data centre platforms ...

Applications

Shape and size of DNA lesions caused by toxic agents affects repair of DNA ...

SDSC's Comet is a key resource in new global dark matter experiment ...

New computing system takes its cues from human brain ...

Blue Brain team discovers a multi-dimensional universe in brain networks ...

Machine learning and high performance computing for industrial applications ...

Modelling the brain with Lego bricks ...

How pythons regenerate their organs and other secrets of the snake genome ...

The Cloud

European Commission to set up new High Level Expert Group 2017-18 for the European Open Science Cloud ...

Huawei releases HPC Cloud solution 2.0 ...

GENCI to boost France scientific competitiveness and industrial innovation with new petascale supercomputer


19 Jun 2017 Paris - The French Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation (Ministère de l’Enseignement Supérieur, de la Recherche et de l’Innovation) and GENCI, the French national agency in charge of funding and making available large-scale facilities in high performance computing, hailed the signing of a contract, with ATOS Bull, for providing a new supercomputer that will further increase the scientific and economic competitiveness of both France and Europe, with an investment effort of 24 million euro.

Hosted at the CEA's TGCC centre - Très Grand Centre de Calcul - in Bruyères-Le-Châtel, Essonne, this supercomputer, operational at the beginning of 2018, will have a peak computational capacity of 9 petaflops, or 9 million billion operations a second in its initial configuration - the equivalent of more than 75,000 office PCs, multiplying the available computing power by 4.5 factor over the existing Bull Curie system at the TGCC. Alongside its computing capacity, the computer will also be able to manage a massive amount of data thanks to its data read/write capacity in excess of 500 Go/s. The capacity of this supercomputer is then scheduled to be increased to 20 petaflops in 2019.

The use of numeric simulation and high-performance computing has become a vital instrument in the field of fundamental and applied research, as well as in a growing number of industrial sectors and also as a decision-making tool for the public sector.

For scientists, in every field, this offers the opportunity to use an essential modelling tool that is complementary to both theory and experimentation, involving the fast generation and processing of a massive volume of complex data. This state-of-the-art equipment for extreme simulations will make it possible to improve research and applications within a range of fields as varied as climatology, combustion, new energies, astrophysics, medicine and biology, plasma physics, materials science, as well as humanities and social sciences to artificial intelligence and deep learning.

And for business, and in particular the SMEs and start-up sectors, numerical simulation enables them to optimise the performance of their technologies and processes, and helps create the innovations of tomorrow, in, for example, the aeronautic, automotive and energy sectors.

In the context of the digital revolution taking into account many countries such as the USA, China and Japan making huge investments in the world class strategic areas of HPC and Big Data, this new, extremely powerful and energy-efficient supercomputer will also become the French high level contribution within the PRACE - Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe - European research infrastructure to which GENCI is strongly committed.

This very expected purchase represents a further step up of investment into research infrastructures. It follows on from the full capacity commissioning of the Occigen supercomputer at the CINES centre, in Montpellier, at the beginning of 2017 and will be followed between now and 2019 with an investment in a new computer to be hosted at CNRS's IDRIS centre, located on Paris-Saclay plateau.

GENCI also welcomes the fact that this highly competitive tender call was won by a European computer manufacturer, ATOS Bull, and is thus contributing to the creation of jobs and the recognition of the excellence of the scientific and technological expertise of France in this high added-value sector.
Source: PRACE

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Primeur weekly 2017-06-26

Focus

China's effort on HPC in the next 5 years - from exascale prototypes to exascale system ...

Crowd computing

BOINC Monitor 9.70 released ...

Focus on Europe

Eight Irish Supercomputer List: Irish HPC capacity more than doubles again ...

Memorandum of Understanding signed between CHPC and PRACE ...

GENCI to boost France scientific competitiveness and industrial innovation with new petascale supercomputer ...

Huawei inaugurates the HPC Global Center of Excellence ...

Hardware

Universal ultra high-dense and 'hot water' cooled RSC Tornado solution: ready to support Intel Xeon Processor Scalable Family, world's first Intel Omni-Path fabric based and 100% 'hot water' liquid cooled switches, improved RSC BasIS functionality ...

NVMe Revision 1.3 expands reach of fast storage for Enterprise, Client, and Cloud power users ...

DDN Storage named to elite $1 billion+ valuation "Storage Unicorn" list ...

Verne Global sets strategic roadmap to manage advanced computing requirements ...

Cisco and NetApp advance digital transformation with software-defined converged infrastructure solution for the next generation data centre ...

Cisco unveils network of the future that can learn, adapt and evolve ...

New Supermicro X11 SuperBlade boosts I/O performance featuring Intel Omni-Path fabric ...

Supermicro announces full portfolio of A+ server solutions optimized for new high-performance AMD EPYC processors ...

Mellanox interconnect solutions scale deep learning platforms to world-leading performance ...

Mellanox Ethernet and InfiniBand chosen by AMD as the preferred interconnect solutions to accelerate new EPYC data centre platforms ...

Applications

Shape and size of DNA lesions caused by toxic agents affects repair of DNA ...

SDSC's Comet is a key resource in new global dark matter experiment ...

New computing system takes its cues from human brain ...

Blue Brain team discovers a multi-dimensional universe in brain networks ...

Machine learning and high performance computing for industrial applications ...

Modelling the brain with Lego bricks ...

How pythons regenerate their organs and other secrets of the snake genome ...

The Cloud

European Commission to set up new High Level Expert Group 2017-18 for the European Open Science Cloud ...

Huawei releases HPC Cloud solution 2.0 ...