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Primeur weekly 2016-09-12

Focus

SGI is merging compute and storage together in one single system ...

Piz Daint excellent in weather forecasting on GPU accelerators using high resolution COSMO model ...

Exascale supercomputing

ORNL receives Exascale Computing Project awards to develop next-gen applications ...

The Exascale Computing Project announces $39.8 million in first-round development awards ...

Argonne-led projects among $39.8 million in first-round Exascale Computing Project awards ...

Berkeley Lab to lead 5 exascale projects and support 6 others ...

Quantum computing

NREL discovery creates future opportunity in quantum computing ...

Focus on Europe

Call open for ISC 2017 Research Papers - Submission by December 2, 2016 ...

European researchers simplify optimal software execution on complex electronics ...

OLCF staff engage at International Supercomputing Conference ...

Aegis Data partners with Open Compute Project provider Hyperscale IT to capitalise on demand for scalable compute ...

Hardware

Researchers use hardware to accelerate core-to-core on-chip communication ...

DDN delivers high performance data storage fabric at the University of Queensland ...

Supermicro introduces NVIDIA Pascal GPU-enabled server solutions featuring NVIDIA Tesla P100 ...

IBM Linux servers designed to accelerate artificial intelligence, deep learning and advanced analytics ...

University of Arkansas gets fastest Internet connection in the state ...

Fujitsu receives order for Super-Kamiokande experiment computer system from University of Tokyo ...

National Center for Atmospheric Research selects Juniper Networks technology to foster global collaboration and aid in the study of climate change and global warming ...

Applications

For first time, carbon nanotube transistors outperform silicon ...

Memory for future wearable electronics ...

Computer simulation reveals p53 weak spots and opens new avenues against cancer ...

Avoiding 'traffic jam' creates impossibly bright 'lighthouse' ...

Scientists discover what extraordinary compounds may be hidden inside Neptune and Uranus ...

New research reveals hundreds of undiscovered black holes ...

IBM and Harrow Council to bring Watson Care Manager to individuals in the UK ...

Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility dives into deep learning ...

Recreating our galaxy in a supercomputer ...

Gachon University Gil Medical Center adopts IBM Watson for Oncology trained by Memorial Sloan Kettering, marking Watson's first deployment in Korea ...

The Cloud

New service improves Cloud storage usage on mobile devices ...

Univa joins Microsoft Enterprise Cloud Alliance ...

Consultation on Cloud computing research innovation - Challenges for WP 2018-2020 ...

Piz Daint excellent in weather forecasting on GPU accelerators using high resolution COSMO model

23 Jun 2016 Frankfurt - After the workshop on International Cooperation following ISC 2016 in Frankfurt, Germany,Primeur Magazinehad the opportunity to talk with Thomas Schulthess from the Swiss National Supercomputing Center (CSCS) and from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology - ETH Zurich about Piz Daint, Europe's fastest supercomputer ranked at no. 8 in the June 2016 edition of the TOP500, which is located at CSCS. Piz Daint is part of the bigger initiative that is being run in Switzerland, both in application software development investments and in vendor collaborations, like NVIDIA in this particular case. This allowed CSCS to build the system in 2013. Thomas Schulthess is happily surprised that Piz Daint is still in the top 10 and in the top spot of European supercomputers for such a long time. In the fall, Piz Daint will be upgraded.

Piz Daint is a package of both very aggressive application development - a lot of applications have been ported on GPUs in multi-processor architectures - and innovative system investment. With the modest investments that research has in Switzerland, the result is that Switzerland can still keep up with the leading systems in Europe.

Piz Daint gets its performance, both in terms of floating point operations and bandwidth, from the GPU accelerators and the high memory bandwidth of the memory that is on the accelerators.

From the beginning Piz Daint has been used in chemistry codes and climate applications. The climate applications in particular are interesting because these allowed the researchers to use COSMO, the regional climate model that is also used for weather forecasting by CSCS's partners, MeteoSwiss, the German Weather Service DWD and a number of other weather services. The development of Piz Daint, together with the climate codes, allowed the researchers to use the same technologies - GPUs and the COSMO implementation that they wrote - to design an appliance for weather forecasting. This is the machine that was put in operation last fall. The model that goes with it at MeteoSwiss is now in operation since April 2016 and is probably one of the - by far - most efficient and most performant weather forecasting systems in terms of cost-efficiency and energy-efficiency, that is running on GPU accelerators.

The COSMO model is running at high, kilometre-scale resolution, showing how the atmosphere runs over the Alpine region. It allows the weather service to make forecasts for the next couple of days. When you visit the MeteoSwiss website, you can get the forecast for the following day in Zurich. COSMO also keeps the airplanes flying in and out of Zurich and Geneva airport. The weather forecasts are derived from the simulations. You need the high resolution because of the many mountains in Switzerland. You have to resolve the valleys. In Switzerland there are, for example, the Föhn winds. In order to predict those, in order to predict a change from good to bad weather, you have to be able to predict these winds in the valleys. Therefore you need the high resolution.

Within all the communities in Switzerland, be it material sciences or climate, there are collaborations at the European scale and at the global scale. This is very simple. Switzerland is a small country with very high ambitions in technology leadership but you have to realize that there is no Swiss science. There is only science with a Swiss participation. This is basically driving the collaboration. The smaller the country, the more you have to collaborate with the others.

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Primeur weekly 2016-09-12

Focus

SGI is merging compute and storage together in one single system ...

Piz Daint excellent in weather forecasting on GPU accelerators using high resolution COSMO model ...

Exascale supercomputing

ORNL receives Exascale Computing Project awards to develop next-gen applications ...

The Exascale Computing Project announces $39.8 million in first-round development awards ...

Argonne-led projects among $39.8 million in first-round Exascale Computing Project awards ...

Berkeley Lab to lead 5 exascale projects and support 6 others ...

Quantum computing

NREL discovery creates future opportunity in quantum computing ...

Focus on Europe

Call open for ISC 2017 Research Papers - Submission by December 2, 2016 ...

European researchers simplify optimal software execution on complex electronics ...

OLCF staff engage at International Supercomputing Conference ...

Aegis Data partners with Open Compute Project provider Hyperscale IT to capitalise on demand for scalable compute ...

Hardware

Researchers use hardware to accelerate core-to-core on-chip communication ...

DDN delivers high performance data storage fabric at the University of Queensland ...

Supermicro introduces NVIDIA Pascal GPU-enabled server solutions featuring NVIDIA Tesla P100 ...

IBM Linux servers designed to accelerate artificial intelligence, deep learning and advanced analytics ...

University of Arkansas gets fastest Internet connection in the state ...

Fujitsu receives order for Super-Kamiokande experiment computer system from University of Tokyo ...

National Center for Atmospheric Research selects Juniper Networks technology to foster global collaboration and aid in the study of climate change and global warming ...

Applications

For first time, carbon nanotube transistors outperform silicon ...

Memory for future wearable electronics ...

Computer simulation reveals p53 weak spots and opens new avenues against cancer ...

Avoiding 'traffic jam' creates impossibly bright 'lighthouse' ...

Scientists discover what extraordinary compounds may be hidden inside Neptune and Uranus ...

New research reveals hundreds of undiscovered black holes ...

IBM and Harrow Council to bring Watson Care Manager to individuals in the UK ...

Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility dives into deep learning ...

Recreating our galaxy in a supercomputer ...

Gachon University Gil Medical Center adopts IBM Watson for Oncology trained by Memorial Sloan Kettering, marking Watson's first deployment in Korea ...

The Cloud

New service improves Cloud storage usage on mobile devices ...

Univa joins Microsoft Enterprise Cloud Alliance ...

Consultation on Cloud computing research innovation - Challenges for WP 2018-2020 ...