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Primeur weekly 2016-08-01

Special

National Strategic Computing Initiative Executive Council to unfold Strategic Plan ...

Quantum information science is to play a key role in the U.S. National Strategic Computing Initiative ...

Focus

Lenovo is heavily investing in new HPC technology, showing its commitment to the HPC market ...

South Africa's CHPC in the picture with new Lengau supercomputer, Student Cluster Competition victory and upcoming ICRI 2016 Conference ...

Exascale supercomputing

China starts developing new-era exascale supercomputer ...

Crowd computing

IBM intensifies fight against Zika ...

Middleware

Red Hat Satellite 6.2 introduces new features to help users increase efficiency across on-premise, Cloud, and container-based environments ...

Hardware

Mellanox Technologies receives Baidu's Award for Technology Leadership, drives company to new heights in machine learning ...

Medallia deploys Mellanox Ethernet solutions to supercharge real-time analytics and achieve the efficiency of hyperscale infrastructure ...

A research project coordinated by UC3M helps reduce the cost of parallel computing ...

Supermicro shipping latest Intel Xeon Phi processor server solutions in volume with Intel Omni-Path fabric ...

Vortex laser offers hope for Moore's Law ...

Penguin Computing provides high-performance computing cluster to University of Alaska Fairbanks ...

Fifth NVM Express Plugfest participation set a record; Next event scheduled for October 2016 ...

Physicists use supercomputers to find a way of making imitation graphene from salt ...

Chip makes parallel programmes run faster with less code ...

Applications

KnuEdge and University of California San Diego to host premiere industry conference to drive next-gen machine learning performance ...

Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory and Princeton join high-performance software project ...

Red Hat unveils JBoss Data Grid 7 as platform for real-time data analytics ...

Teradata acquires Big Data Partnership consultancy and expands open source analytics services ...

PRACE to organize Women in HPC Workshop at SC16 ...

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory chemist named Howes Scholar ...

NSF commits $35 million to improve scientific software ...

Making Big Data DANCE(S): XSEDE project successfully tests scheduled networking of Big Data ...

New ALS gene NEK1 found by Project MinE researchers at University of Massachusetts and UMC Utrecht ...

New ALS gene C21orf2 identified by international research consortium Project MinE ...

FogHorn Systems secures $12 million in Series A funding ...

The Cloud

IBM Cloud ranked as leading Platform as a Service (PaaS) according to analyst firm ...

Oracle buys NetSuite ...

New Cloud-computing platform to further the analysis of microbial genomes ...

USFlash

Australian Government to make a $14 million investment in NCI's supercomputing and data storage capacity ...

Australian Government to make a $14 million investment in NCI's supercomputing and data storage capacity


27 Jul 2016 Acton - The National Computational Infrastructure (NCI) has received an $7 million boost from the Australian Government, matched dollar-for-dollar by the NCI collaborating partners. The funding will ensure the ongoing delivery of NCI's supercomputing services to more than 4,000 researchers in more than 80% of Australian universities, together with government science agencies, medical research institutes, and industry, and will pave the way for the next-generation peak system.

The $14 million investment will provide a valuable 30% uplift in NCI's supercomputer capability and throughput to provide better access, accelerate results for researchers using the supercomputer, and ensure ongoing service robustness for nationally significant research data across a range of disciplines, including the earth and environmental sciences, medical research, astronomy and materials science.

These upgrades are made possible by an injection of $7 million, as part of $16 million made available through the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS) Agility Fund, announced by Minister for Education and Training, Senator the Hon. Simon Birmingham.

“This is a wonderful outcome for Australian research, and an expression of the value of, and confidence in, the advanced computational and data services provided by NCI", stated Professor Lindsay Botten, NCI Director, in acknowledging the importance of the allocation announced by Minister Birmingham.

The $14 million injection will see the expansion of NCI's supercomputer capability and its extremely high-performance filesystem that are tightly coupled with what is already Australia's most highly-integrated research computing environment, comprising its highest performance filesystems, a private Cloud and the supercomputer.

"Raijin, NCI's current supercomputer, has a peak performance of 1.2 Petaflops, completing 1,200 trillion calculations per second and delivering more than 500 million compute hours per year", stated NCI Associate Director, Allan Williams.

The expansion provided by this co-investment will see an extra 150 million compute hours become available, alleviating severe supply shortages and enabling more impactful research until the replacement of Raijin can be put in place.

"Researcher demand is currently outstripping NCI's current HPC system, which was installed in 2012. This expansion is a most welcome boost as demand for high-performance computing is increasing in every area of research and in every research organisation", stated Mr. Williams.

"Researchers will not only see a 30% boost in supercomputer throughput, but will have access to cutting-edge technology, and will benefit from a 10% increase in overall storage capability, growing by 3 petabytes with the replacement of the earliest Lustre filesystem, which was the fastest in the Southern Hemisphere at the time it was commissioned."

This new storage capacity will be underpinned by NCI's existing high-speed InfiniBand interconnect, linking high-performance computing and storage systems together at speeds of 50-120 gigabytes per second.

"At 50 gigabytes per second, you could write a DVD in one-tenth of a second", explained Mr. Williams.

NCI supports the full gamut of Australian science, engineering and medical research. The Bureau of Meteorology and CSIRO are developing next-generation weather and climate models and an enhanced seasonal prediction capability for agriculture, while Geoscience Australia is unveiling Australia's evolving environmental profile derived from decades of satellite imagery.

Professor Chris Goodnow, Deputy Director of NCI's Collaborating Partner, the Garvan Institute of Medical Research, says the increase in NCI's capacity will facilitate the next big step forward in cancer research.

He stated: "There are over 70 bioinformaticians working on genomic data at Garvan, and we are generating mind-bogglingly large amounts of genomic information.

Each genome requires 5,000 hours of compute time and 1 terabyte (1000 gigabytes) of storage, but at NCI, Garvan can process hundreds of genomes simultaneously.

“NCI provides an academically accessible but secure computational environment, so it's an ideal repository for the large-scale genomic datasets that Garvan is producing."

This research will ultimately lead to personalised medicine in Australia, reduced costs for treatments and improved outcomes for patients.

"This is not just about Garvan and NCI - this is doing something good for all Australia."

Source: National Computational Infrastructure - NCI

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Primeur weekly 2016-08-01

Special

National Strategic Computing Initiative Executive Council to unfold Strategic Plan ...

Quantum information science is to play a key role in the U.S. National Strategic Computing Initiative ...

Focus

Lenovo is heavily investing in new HPC technology, showing its commitment to the HPC market ...

South Africa's CHPC in the picture with new Lengau supercomputer, Student Cluster Competition victory and upcoming ICRI 2016 Conference ...

Exascale supercomputing

China starts developing new-era exascale supercomputer ...

Crowd computing

IBM intensifies fight against Zika ...

Middleware

Red Hat Satellite 6.2 introduces new features to help users increase efficiency across on-premise, Cloud, and container-based environments ...

Hardware

Mellanox Technologies receives Baidu's Award for Technology Leadership, drives company to new heights in machine learning ...

Medallia deploys Mellanox Ethernet solutions to supercharge real-time analytics and achieve the efficiency of hyperscale infrastructure ...

A research project coordinated by UC3M helps reduce the cost of parallel computing ...

Supermicro shipping latest Intel Xeon Phi processor server solutions in volume with Intel Omni-Path fabric ...

Vortex laser offers hope for Moore's Law ...

Penguin Computing provides high-performance computing cluster to University of Alaska Fairbanks ...

Fifth NVM Express Plugfest participation set a record; Next event scheduled for October 2016 ...

Physicists use supercomputers to find a way of making imitation graphene from salt ...

Chip makes parallel programmes run faster with less code ...

Applications

KnuEdge and University of California San Diego to host premiere industry conference to drive next-gen machine learning performance ...

Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory and Princeton join high-performance software project ...

Red Hat unveils JBoss Data Grid 7 as platform for real-time data analytics ...

Teradata acquires Big Data Partnership consultancy and expands open source analytics services ...

PRACE to organize Women in HPC Workshop at SC16 ...

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory chemist named Howes Scholar ...

NSF commits $35 million to improve scientific software ...

Making Big Data DANCE(S): XSEDE project successfully tests scheduled networking of Big Data ...

New ALS gene NEK1 found by Project MinE researchers at University of Massachusetts and UMC Utrecht ...

New ALS gene C21orf2 identified by international research consortium Project MinE ...

FogHorn Systems secures $12 million in Series A funding ...

The Cloud

IBM Cloud ranked as leading Platform as a Service (PaaS) according to analyst firm ...

Oracle buys NetSuite ...

New Cloud-computing platform to further the analysis of microbial genomes ...

USFlash

Australian Government to make a $14 million investment in NCI's supercomputing and data storage capacity ...