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Primeur weekly 2017-09-18

Special

2017 - Another year on the Road to Exascale: The state of exascale progress today ...

Focus

ETP4HPC plays instrumental role in development of European exascale programme ...

Atos/Bull to provide customers with mix of processor architectures and new BXI interconnect ...

Quantum computing

IBM pioneers new approach to simulate chemistry with quantum computing ...

The dark side of quantum computers ...

Toward unbreakable encrypted messages ...

First on-chip nanoscale optical quantum memory developed ...

Focus on Europe

HPC Advisory Council and ISC Group announce the 2018 Student Cluster Competition ...

Digital Infrastructures for Research 2017 to announce Call for Abstracts ...

HPC alliance GW4 shortlisted for Times Higher Education award ...

New GPU power for machine learning and HPC at CSC Finland ...

Mexico launches HPC initiative for Energy Research and Development supported by BSC ...

Middleware

PGI 17.7 compilers for heterogeneous supercomputing now available ...

Hardware

Supermicro launches petabyte scale 1U server and JBOF ...

Packet partners with Arm to accelerate adoption of Armv8-A for data centre workloads ...

Xilinx, Arm, Cadence, and TSMC announce world's first CCIX silicon demonstration vehicle in 7nm process technology ...

Applications

Supercomputing power to study brain function ...

Julia joins Petaflop Club ...

BSC participates in eTRANSAFE, a project for new drug safety assessment and integrative data analysis research ...

NERSC supercomputers help Berkeley Lab scientists map key DNA protein complex ...

Study clarifies how neural nets think when processing language ...

Modelling a city's minuscule changes ...

The Cloud

Oracle joins the Cloud Native Computing Foundation ...

Dell EMC and IBM to offer VMware solutions on the IBM Cloud ...

VMware speeds customer time to value for SDDC and multi-Cloud management with new vRealize suite 2017 ...

HPC alliance GW4 shortlisted for Times Higher Education award


8 Sep 2017 Bristol - The GW4 Alliance - made up of four leading research-intensive universities: Bath, Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter - has been shortlisted under the category of Technological Innovation of the Year at this year's Times Higher Education (THE) Awards for its world-first supercomputer, Isambard.

The THE Awards are often called the Oscars of the higher education sector. Each year they attract hundreds of entries from UK universities, honouring creativity, efficiency and innovation in the higher education sector.

The EPSRC awarded the GW4 Alliance, together with Cray Inc. and the Met Office, GBP 3 million to deliver a new Tier 2 high performance computing (HPC) service to benefit scientists across the UK. This collaboration has produced the world's first ARM-based production supercomputer, named 'Isambard' after the renowned Victorian engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel.

Isambard will enable researchers to choose the best hardware system for their specific scientific problem, improving efficiency and cost-effectiveness. The supercomputer is able to provide system comparison at high speed as it includes over 10,000, high-performance 64-bit ARM cores, making it one of the largest machines of its kind anywhere in the world.

Professor Simon McIntosh-Smith, lead academic on the project at the University of Bristol, commented: "Since we announced the system we've been contacted by a wide range of world-class academic and industrial HPC users asking for access to the service. Isambard could be the first of a new generation of ARM-based supercomputers and it is exciting to see this potential recognised by Times Higher Education."

Professor Nick Talbot, Chair of GW4 Board and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) at University of Exeter, stated: "We are delighted that GW4's supercomputer, Isambard, has been shortlisted for this prestigious award. The project is a testament to the power of industry and academic collaboration, and we are proud to share in this success with partners Cray, the Met Office and ARM. Isambard lives up to its venerable namesake in catalysing our region's expertise in engineering and innovation, and looks set to provide huge benefits to scientists across the UK, and beyond."

The Times Higher Awards 2017 gala ceremony will take place on 30 November 2017 at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London.
Source: University of Bristol

Back to Table of contents

Primeur weekly 2017-09-18

Special

2017 - Another year on the Road to Exascale: The state of exascale progress today ...

Focus

ETP4HPC plays instrumental role in development of European exascale programme ...

Atos/Bull to provide customers with mix of processor architectures and new BXI interconnect ...

Quantum computing

IBM pioneers new approach to simulate chemistry with quantum computing ...

The dark side of quantum computers ...

Toward unbreakable encrypted messages ...

First on-chip nanoscale optical quantum memory developed ...

Focus on Europe

HPC Advisory Council and ISC Group announce the 2018 Student Cluster Competition ...

Digital Infrastructures for Research 2017 to announce Call for Abstracts ...

HPC alliance GW4 shortlisted for Times Higher Education award ...

New GPU power for machine learning and HPC at CSC Finland ...

Mexico launches HPC initiative for Energy Research and Development supported by BSC ...

Middleware

PGI 17.7 compilers for heterogeneous supercomputing now available ...

Hardware

Supermicro launches petabyte scale 1U server and JBOF ...

Packet partners with Arm to accelerate adoption of Armv8-A for data centre workloads ...

Xilinx, Arm, Cadence, and TSMC announce world's first CCIX silicon demonstration vehicle in 7nm process technology ...

Applications

Supercomputing power to study brain function ...

Julia joins Petaflop Club ...

BSC participates in eTRANSAFE, a project for new drug safety assessment and integrative data analysis research ...

NERSC supercomputers help Berkeley Lab scientists map key DNA protein complex ...

Study clarifies how neural nets think when processing language ...

Modelling a city's minuscule changes ...

The Cloud

Oracle joins the Cloud Native Computing Foundation ...

Dell EMC and IBM to offer VMware solutions on the IBM Cloud ...

VMware speeds customer time to value for SDDC and multi-Cloud management with new vRealize suite 2017 ...