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Primeur weekly 2016-07-04

Special

European Commission reorganisation affects supercomputing and e-Infrastructures ...

Focus

The next flagship supercomputer in Japan will be the "post K" with a CPU based on ARM V8 with HPC extension ...

Crowd computing

Book about volunteer computing released ...

Quantum computing

New, better way to build circuits for world's first useful quantum computers ...

Focus on Europe

ISC 2016 breaks record with attendance and programme in Frankfurt ...

PRACE Council elects new leadership ...

PRACE launches Fourth Call for Applications under SHAPE ...

International Data Corporation lauds innovations in supercomputing with Innovation Excellence Awards ...

PRACE looks back on successful ISC 2016 Conference in Frankfurt ...

Hardware

New age of computing launched at the University of Melbourne ...

Computing density of scalable energy-efficient RSC Tornado solution with the newest Intel Xeon Phi processor has increased by 2 times to 528 Teraflops per cabinet ...

CFMS selects Cray for next generation HPC platform ...

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory dedicates new supercomputer facility ...

Applications

Supercomputers on the trail of dark matter ...

New Quantum Mechanics algorithm fast on GPU desktop, not like older algorithms that need a supercomputer ...

Seeds of supermassive black holes could be revealed by gravitational waves ...

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs enlists IBM's Watson in the war on cancer ...

New ocean current simulations alter view of climate change impacts ...

Computer simulations help scientists glimpse why life can't happen without water ...

Nine University of Wyoming projects awarded summer use of supercomputer in Cheyenne ...

TOP500

MSU supercomputer recognized for power and energy efficiency ...

DDN increases its TOP500 HPC leadership to an unprecedented 70 percent of global supercomputing centres ...

The Cloud

Oracle announces Pfizer's Selection of Oracle Cloud for clinical data management and trial management across its clinical trial portfolio ...

IBM unveils new Bluemix OpenWhisk tools to speed development of IoT apps on IBM Cloud ...

Oracle brings SPARC to the Cloud ...

European Commission reorganisation affects supercomputing and e-Infrastructures


4 Jul 2016 Brussels - As of July 1st the European Commission (EC) has been reorganised in a way that affects European HPC and exascale computing. The most important part is the formation of a new unit (department) "High Performance Computing and Quantum Technology" headed by Gustav Kalbe. This unit will support HPC and exascale initiatives for science and industry, and handle the new Quantum Technology programme of the EC. The pan-European supercomputer infrastructure PRACE is now handled by this new unit.

Before PRACE was handled by the e-Infrastructure unit. This unit has been repositioned to handle "eInfrastructure and Science Cloud". The European Science Cloud is a new initiative recently announced by the Commmission. Although PRACE is an e-Infrastructure and part of the European Open Science CLoud, the EC has chosen to more tightly connect it to the exascale R&D developments of the Commission instead.

The Quantum Technology efforts and responsibilities will also be shared with another unit. The unit "Flagships" will work on the preparation of the 1 billion euro "Quantum flagship".

Some of the Commission's departments, including the "High Performance Computing and Quantum Technology Department" will move to Luxembourg, away from Brussels.

The Directorate General in which these units are located is called "Connect". DG CONNECT director Roberto Viola explains in a blog the rationale behind the restructuring. "The design approach for DG CONNECT 2.0 was to make it fit for the Digital Single Market. We need to focus DG CONNECT's organisation in the field of online services, copyright, and media. Emerging new technology priorities such as digitising industry, the data-driven economy and connected & automated driving have also become more prominent in the new structure."

Roberto Viola says DG CONNECT wants to reinforce its presence in Luxembourg from 2018. This will mean the progressive transfer of activities related to e-infrastructures, high-performance computing, e-government, and e-health to Luxembourg.

He notes that an integral part of the mission of DG CONNECT is to make sure that Europe can be one of the world's leaders in high-performance computing. Advancements in supercomputers can improve significantly our lives through new breakthroughs in medical science, more secure societies and a cleaner environment. The EC will also look at the significant breakthroughs in science on new materials such as graphene.

Details of the new organisation structure can be found at: https://ec.europa.eu/digital-single-market/en/who-we-are-dg-connect and at https://ec.europa.eu/digital-single-market/sites/digital-agenda/files/organi_en.pdf .
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Primeur weekly 2016-07-04

Special

European Commission reorganisation affects supercomputing and e-Infrastructures ...

Focus

The next flagship supercomputer in Japan will be the "post K" with a CPU based on ARM V8 with HPC extension ...

Crowd computing

Book about volunteer computing released ...

Quantum computing

New, better way to build circuits for world's first useful quantum computers ...

Focus on Europe

ISC 2016 breaks record with attendance and programme in Frankfurt ...

PRACE Council elects new leadership ...

PRACE launches Fourth Call for Applications under SHAPE ...

International Data Corporation lauds innovations in supercomputing with Innovation Excellence Awards ...

PRACE looks back on successful ISC 2016 Conference in Frankfurt ...

Hardware

New age of computing launched at the University of Melbourne ...

Computing density of scalable energy-efficient RSC Tornado solution with the newest Intel Xeon Phi processor has increased by 2 times to 528 Teraflops per cabinet ...

CFMS selects Cray for next generation HPC platform ...

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory dedicates new supercomputer facility ...

Applications

Supercomputers on the trail of dark matter ...

New Quantum Mechanics algorithm fast on GPU desktop, not like older algorithms that need a supercomputer ...

Seeds of supermassive black holes could be revealed by gravitational waves ...

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs enlists IBM's Watson in the war on cancer ...

New ocean current simulations alter view of climate change impacts ...

Computer simulations help scientists glimpse why life can't happen without water ...

Nine University of Wyoming projects awarded summer use of supercomputer in Cheyenne ...

TOP500

MSU supercomputer recognized for power and energy efficiency ...

DDN increases its TOP500 HPC leadership to an unprecedented 70 percent of global supercomputing centres ...

The Cloud

Oracle announces Pfizer's Selection of Oracle Cloud for clinical data management and trial management across its clinical trial portfolio ...

IBM unveils new Bluemix OpenWhisk tools to speed development of IoT apps on IBM Cloud ...

Oracle brings SPARC to the Cloud ...