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Primeur weekly 2020-06-29

Quantum computing

Atos takes the most powerful quantum simulator in the world to the next level with Atos QLM E ...

New model helps to describe defects and errors in quantum computers ...

Research and Markets to issue 2020 Revenue Assessment for Post-Quantum Cryptography (PQC) report ...

Focus on Europe

Iceland joined the LUMI consortium ...

LRZ to deploy HPE's Cray CS500 system to bring innovative architecture to the science of its users ...

Outcome of the e-IRG Webinar Series organized in the framework of the Croatian EU Presidency on 25-26 May 2020: Grand challenges of e-infrastructures within the new ERA ...

Spring 2020 edition of the e-IRG Magazine available ...

MareNostrum will generate a language model in Spanish based on millions of digital contents from the National Library of Spain ...

A team of bioengineering and computing experts outlines how the creation of text mining and Artificial Intelligence tools could advance biomaterials research and development ...

Barcelona Supercomputing Center releases OmpSs-2 version 2020.06 ...

Barcelona Supercomputing Center releases COMPSs version 2.7 ...

Ghent University engages Atos to build third Tier1 VSC supercomputer supporting research in Flanders ...

Dell Technologies high performance computing customers drive breakthroughs for global impact ...

Hardware

NCSA and Southern Methodist University announce new strategic partnership ...

TYAN brings the latest server advancements at its 2020 Server Solutions Online Exhibition ...

WekaIO awarded a patent for Flash Registry with Write Leveling ...

Western Digital's New NVMe SSDs and NVMe-oF solutions provide the foundation for next-generation, agile data infrastructures ...

CW-WDM MSA Group forms to drive new industry standard for optical laser sources ...

Battelle awarded contract to enable Arctic research ...

Applications

Project to calculate emissions reductions across Europe during the COVID-19 pandemic ...

Supercomputer simulations show how DNA prepares itself for repair ...

Georgia Tech engineers simulate solar cell work using supercomputers ...

A new way of designing global satellite missions ...

Process for 'two-faced' nanomaterials may aid energy, information tech ...

New transatlantic lab decodes the brain with AI ...

Ion conducting polymer crucial to improving neuromorphic devices ...

Scientists develop new tool to design better fusion devices ...

C3.ai Digital Transformation Institute announces COVID-19 awards ...

UCF Consortium announces OpenSNAPI project to develop an open, standard application programming interface for smart networking adapters ...

The Cloud

SDSC's Sherlock Cloud announces Skylab ...

Dell Technologies brings IT infrastructure and Cloud capabilities to Edge environments ...

New technique may enable all-optical data-centre networks ...

Schrödinger expands discovery efforts for COVID-19 Alliance with advanced molecular simulation leveraging high-powered parallel computing on Google Cloud ...

Nebulon emerges from stealth and announces Cloud-Defined Storage ...

Repertoire Immune Medicines receives funding from COVID-19 High Performance Computing Consortium ...

W3BCLOUD raises $20,5 million to roll out a network of data centres dedicated for the blockchain economy ...

Dell Technologies high performance computing customers drive breakthroughs for global impact

24 Jun 2020 Round Rock - When organisations, including the University of Cambridge, Cardiff University and the University of Pisa, wanted to advance their data-centric research for new and emerging communities, they turned to Dell Technologies for high-performance computing (HPC) solutions.

"Every day, researchers worldwide push the limits of what we perceive as possible, by collaborating to create and enhance life-saving technologies", stated Thierry Pellegrino, vice president, Data-Centric Workloads & Solutions, Dell Technologies. "Our goal is to deliver high performance computing solutions that give more organisations the modern infrastructure they need to use advanced data analytics and AI to develop the next discovery, the next breakthrough and the next never-before."

The world's data growth, predicted to reach 175 zetabytes by 2025, up from 44 zetabytes today, challenges even the largest HPC systems. To adapt to significantly larger data sets and compute-intensive analytics processes, researchers are looking to exascale systems, capable of performing one quintillion (1018) calculations per second, which is five times faster than the world's current most powerful supercomputer. Researchers expect this advanced performance to have profound impacts so they can discover more effective medications sooner, identify and react to pandemics faster, and warn of hazardous weather conditions before they happen.

Dell Technologies has collaborated with Intel and the University of Cambridge, which houses one of the United Kingdom's top performing supercomputers, to launch the Open Exascale Lab. Dedicated to facilitating innovation and investigating emerging exascale technologies, the lab enables the world's most advanced technology leaders and experts to collaborate on HPC's next-generation systems. Dell EMC servers, networking and storage equipped with the latest Intel technologies power this environment.

Dell Technologies, the University of Cambridge and Intel have also collaborated on one of the world's fastest open source HPC storage solutions that can speed time to discovery or insight by alleviating performance bottlenecks between compute and storage. The pre-tested and validated Dell EMC Ready Solutions for HPC - Data Accelerator (DAC) feeds data via NVMe drives to achieve the speeds required for high-performance applications and make the results available more quickly.

"For people who do analytics or machine learning and process lots of data, we are bringing together one system with high levels of compute and I/O", stated Dr. Paul Calleja, director of research computing, Cambridge University. "This allows both customization and security for the tenants. With all these things together, the Data Accelerator can be used to deliver data-centric research to new and emerging communities."

The initial implementation of DAC on the university's Cumulus supercomputer debuted as the world's fastest HPC storage system on the June 2019 I/O-500 list. Nearly double the performance of the second-place entry, it provides approximately 500 terabytes of usable capacity on 24 DAC nodes.

Dell Technologies is also collaborating with the UK National Health Services (NHS) and Cardiff University to advance HPC systems that help transform public health and personalized medicine. Specifically, the bioscience teams at NHS and Cardiff University use next-generation genome sequencing on Dell Technologies' HPC solutions to help fight infectious diseases and improve public health. For example, already having sequenced over 30.000 SARS-CoV-2 genomes, they are working with the COVID-19 Genomics UK Consortium to map the spread of COVID-19. By tracking the global spread at a genomic level, researchers gain insights into the transmission dynamics and measure the effects of preventative interventions and policies adopted by various countries.

"Genomic sequencing will help us to understand coronavirus and its spread", stated Dr. Thomas Connor, bioinformatics lead for the Public Health Wales Pathogen Genomics Unit; lead at the sequencing centre at Cardiff University. "By analyzing samples from people who had confirmed cases of COVID-19, scientists can monitor changes in the virus at a national scale to understand how the virus is spreading and whether different strains are emerging. Having this information available will help in the clinical care of patients - and ultimately help to save lives."

As a Dell Technologies HPC & AI Center of Excellence (CoE) with expertise in VMware, the University of Pisa strives to make HPC and AI more accessible throughout the research community and beyond. It is one of the first organisations to use the new purpose-built Dell EMC PowerStore, which blends automation, next-generation technology and a novel software architecture to help organizations address the rapidly growing need for data. Seven times faster and three times more responsive than previous Dell EMC midrange storage arrays, PowerStore simplifies IT infrastructure by supporting a wide range of both traditional and emerging workloads with its scale-up, scale-out architecture. By virtualizing IT resources with VMware, the University can use resources more cost-effectively and make it easier for IT administrators and end users to deploy, manage and change the infrastructure.

"PowerStore combines the advantages of cutting-edge storage hardware and software", stated Maurizio Davini, CTO, University of Pisa. "It's that flexibility to define the resources for our users, for our applications, that makes the difference so we can quickly flex to meet changing needs."

Dell EMC Ready Solutions for HPC Storage, Data Accelerator will be globally available June 30, 2020.
Source: Dell EMC

Back to Table of contents

Primeur weekly 2020-06-29

Quantum computing

Atos takes the most powerful quantum simulator in the world to the next level with Atos QLM E ...

New model helps to describe defects and errors in quantum computers ...

Research and Markets to issue 2020 Revenue Assessment for Post-Quantum Cryptography (PQC) report ...

Focus on Europe

Iceland joined the LUMI consortium ...

LRZ to deploy HPE's Cray CS500 system to bring innovative architecture to the science of its users ...

Outcome of the e-IRG Webinar Series organized in the framework of the Croatian EU Presidency on 25-26 May 2020: Grand challenges of e-infrastructures within the new ERA ...

Spring 2020 edition of the e-IRG Magazine available ...

MareNostrum will generate a language model in Spanish based on millions of digital contents from the National Library of Spain ...

A team of bioengineering and computing experts outlines how the creation of text mining and Artificial Intelligence tools could advance biomaterials research and development ...

Barcelona Supercomputing Center releases OmpSs-2 version 2020.06 ...

Barcelona Supercomputing Center releases COMPSs version 2.7 ...

Ghent University engages Atos to build third Tier1 VSC supercomputer supporting research in Flanders ...

Dell Technologies high performance computing customers drive breakthroughs for global impact ...

Hardware

NCSA and Southern Methodist University announce new strategic partnership ...

TYAN brings the latest server advancements at its 2020 Server Solutions Online Exhibition ...

WekaIO awarded a patent for Flash Registry with Write Leveling ...

Western Digital's New NVMe SSDs and NVMe-oF solutions provide the foundation for next-generation, agile data infrastructures ...

CW-WDM MSA Group forms to drive new industry standard for optical laser sources ...

Battelle awarded contract to enable Arctic research ...

Applications

Project to calculate emissions reductions across Europe during the COVID-19 pandemic ...

Supercomputer simulations show how DNA prepares itself for repair ...

Georgia Tech engineers simulate solar cell work using supercomputers ...

A new way of designing global satellite missions ...

Process for 'two-faced' nanomaterials may aid energy, information tech ...

New transatlantic lab decodes the brain with AI ...

Ion conducting polymer crucial to improving neuromorphic devices ...

Scientists develop new tool to design better fusion devices ...

C3.ai Digital Transformation Institute announces COVID-19 awards ...

UCF Consortium announces OpenSNAPI project to develop an open, standard application programming interface for smart networking adapters ...

The Cloud

SDSC's Sherlock Cloud announces Skylab ...

Dell Technologies brings IT infrastructure and Cloud capabilities to Edge environments ...

New technique may enable all-optical data-centre networks ...

Schrödinger expands discovery efforts for COVID-19 Alliance with advanced molecular simulation leveraging high-powered parallel computing on Google Cloud ...

Nebulon emerges from stealth and announces Cloud-Defined Storage ...

Repertoire Immune Medicines receives funding from COVID-19 High Performance Computing Consortium ...

W3BCLOUD raises $20,5 million to roll out a network of data centres dedicated for the blockchain economy ...