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Primeur weekly 2019-08-05

Quantum computing

Imaging of exotic quantum particles as building blocks for quantum computing ...

Travelling towards a quantum internet at light speed ...

New toolkit for photonics: Quantum simulation by light radio ...

Is your supercomputer stumped? There may be a quantum solution ...

Quantum computers to clarify the connection between the quantum and classical worlds ...

Focus on Europe

Hungary, Portugal and Poland sign up to EU quantum communication infrastructure initiative ...

Middleware

Whiskytree chooses Panasas to address high-performance storage conditions for expanding visual effects facility ...

EXTEN Technologies announces version 3.0 of its HyperDynamic NVMe over Fabrics storage software with enhanced high-performance resiliency features ...

Raid Media Systems signs up as a Bright Reseller to target German supercomputing market ...

Hardware

Tachyum CEO presents "Flash Solutions for the Skyrocketing AI/ML Applications Market" at Flash Memory Summit ...

Granular aluminum for future computers ...

Optalysys appoints world renowned Silicon Photonics expert, Professor Thomas F. Krauss, to their Scientific Advisory Board ...

University of Vermont completes warp-speed upgrade of its supercomputer ...

Kalray announces the tape-out of Coolidge on TSMC 16nm process technology ...

Kalray unveils support of NVMe/TCP to ease and accelerate data centre storage disaggregation ...

Submer immersion cooling announces new North American headquarters in "Data Center Alley" ...

OLCF and tech company Providentia Worldwide build intelligence system for supercomputer cooling plant ...

William Kramer chosen to lead Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center ...

Simulating hurricanes with Blue Waters ...

Applications

Bubbles hold clue to improved industrial structures ...

NCSA collaborates with NGA to create the world's most powerful geospatial system ...

Oregon State University College of Engineering accelerates research, teaching with $2,6 million investment in AI computing resources ...

Supercomputing improves biomass fuel conversion ...

Scientists use Titan for complex cosmology studies ...

ALCC programme awards 6 million hours on OLCF resources ...

Researchers benchmarked a range of advanced combustion strategies on the Titan supercomputer ...

The fragile balance of the most productive ecosystems ...

The Cloud

SDSC awarded NSF grant for Triton Shared Computing Cluster upgrade ...

IBM transforms its software to be Cloud-native and run on any Cloud with Red Hat ...

Google Cloud and VMware extend strategic partnership ...

University of Vermont completes warp-speed upgrade of its supercomputer


University of Vermont president Suresh Garimella speaks with Mike Austin, director of systems architecture, inside the Vermont Advanced Computing Core, UVM's supercomputer. The DeepGreen cluster, which increased the supercomputer's speed by a factor of 200, is the vertical green array visible between the two. Photo: Sally McCay.
31 Jul 2019 Burlington - The University of Vermont (UVM) has unveiled a massive upgrade of its supercomputer, the Vermont Advanced Computing Core (VACC), on July 31, 2019 that will increase its speed by a factor of over 200.

Using a $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the university added a cluster of 80 high performance graphics processing units, or GPUs, containing 460.000 processing cores to the VACC, housed in UVM's primary data centre in South Burlington, over the winter and spring.

The new computing cluster, dubbed DeepGreen, is now operational. It can achieve a speed of over 1 petaflop, or one thousand million million computations per second, the equivalent of 20.000 laptop computers working in tandem.

"This is a massive upgrade", stated Richard Galbraith, UVM's vice president for research, "and a necessary one. In this age of Big Data, having a facility like this is absolutely essential for our faculty to stay at the cutting edge of their disciplines."

The upgrade positions the university well, said Adrian Del Maestro, associate professor of physics, director of the VACC and principal investigator on the NSF grant. "It one of the fastest supercomputers in New England", he stated, "and one of the 100 fastest academic supercomputers in the country."

According to Adrian Del Maestro, the increase in processing speed, combined with hyper-fast network connections within the cluster, will enable faculty to take on new types of research projects they did not have the computational power to explore in the past.

He cited three examples. "Josh Bongard in Computer Science will use DeepGreen to analyze a gigantic crowd-sourced data set to produce safer human-robot interactions", he stated. "Hugh Garavan in Psychiatry will use the new machine learning cores on the cluster to determine the impact of substance use on developing adolescents using brain imaging. And Yolanda Chen in Plant and Soil Science can massively speed up the genome re-sequencing of the Colorado Potato Beetle to better combat emerging threats to our food supply in a changing climate."

The upgraded VACC will also be a great asset in undergraduate education, said Safwan Wshah, an assistant professor in UVM's Computer Science department who teaches machine learning and deep learning to about 80 students per year.

"Deep Green will enable them to take on more and bigger projects and put them at a distinct advantage as they enter a job market that is tightly focused on artificial intelligence", he stated. "They are very excited to be entering this new age of discovery."
Source: University of Vermont

Back to Table of contents

Primeur weekly 2019-08-05

Quantum computing

Imaging of exotic quantum particles as building blocks for quantum computing ...

Travelling towards a quantum internet at light speed ...

New toolkit for photonics: Quantum simulation by light radio ...

Is your supercomputer stumped? There may be a quantum solution ...

Quantum computers to clarify the connection between the quantum and classical worlds ...

Focus on Europe

Hungary, Portugal and Poland sign up to EU quantum communication infrastructure initiative ...

Middleware

Whiskytree chooses Panasas to address high-performance storage conditions for expanding visual effects facility ...

EXTEN Technologies announces version 3.0 of its HyperDynamic NVMe over Fabrics storage software with enhanced high-performance resiliency features ...

Raid Media Systems signs up as a Bright Reseller to target German supercomputing market ...

Hardware

Tachyum CEO presents "Flash Solutions for the Skyrocketing AI/ML Applications Market" at Flash Memory Summit ...

Granular aluminum for future computers ...

Optalysys appoints world renowned Silicon Photonics expert, Professor Thomas F. Krauss, to their Scientific Advisory Board ...

University of Vermont completes warp-speed upgrade of its supercomputer ...

Kalray announces the tape-out of Coolidge on TSMC 16nm process technology ...

Kalray unveils support of NVMe/TCP to ease and accelerate data centre storage disaggregation ...

Submer immersion cooling announces new North American headquarters in "Data Center Alley" ...

OLCF and tech company Providentia Worldwide build intelligence system for supercomputer cooling plant ...

William Kramer chosen to lead Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center ...

Simulating hurricanes with Blue Waters ...

Applications

Bubbles hold clue to improved industrial structures ...

NCSA collaborates with NGA to create the world's most powerful geospatial system ...

Oregon State University College of Engineering accelerates research, teaching with $2,6 million investment in AI computing resources ...

Supercomputing improves biomass fuel conversion ...

Scientists use Titan for complex cosmology studies ...

ALCC programme awards 6 million hours on OLCF resources ...

Researchers benchmarked a range of advanced combustion strategies on the Titan supercomputer ...

The fragile balance of the most productive ecosystems ...

The Cloud

SDSC awarded NSF grant for Triton Shared Computing Cluster upgrade ...

IBM transforms its software to be Cloud-native and run on any Cloud with Red Hat ...

Google Cloud and VMware extend strategic partnership ...