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Primeur weekly 2014-10-06

The Cloud

Oracle unveils latest Cloud applications at Oracle OpenWorld ...

Fujitsu and Midokura strengthen partnership to jointly develop global Cloud business ...

EuroFlash

Altera Programmable Logic inspires innovation at 2014 Maker Faire Europe ...

Human Brain Project (HBP) Pre-Commercial Procurement under way ...

UberCloud to host NICE software solutions in the UberCloud marketplace ...

Quantum environmentalism ...

Atos to initiate buyout offer followed by a squeeze-out on Bull's shares ...

USFlash

CoolIT Systems liquid cools Intel 'Cherry Creek' supercomputer for UNLV deployment at SUPERNAP to boost scientific research ...

Altera and ARM expand strategic partnership for SoC development tools ...

New report explores the value of government leadership in supercomputing for industrial competitiveness ...

Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology to roll out supercomputer ...

Iowa State physicists among teams preparing for new Energy Department supercomputer ...

Four projects headed by University of Wyoming researchers selected for supercomputer use ...

ICL becomes the newest Intel Parallel Computing Center (IPCC) ...

Laying the groundwork for data-driven science ...

Cray launches next-generation supercomputer and cluster systems ...

DataDirect Networks introduces industry's first enterprise-class scale-out parallel file system appliance, making customers’ Big Data deployments effortless and infinitely scalable ...

Indiana University boots up new supercomputer ...

SDSC granted $1.3 million award for 'SeedMe.org' data sharing infrastructure ...

Brain cell linker dependence shown by XSEDE/TACC supercomputer simulations ...

A deep dive into plasma ...

University of Virginia's new $2.4 million computing cluster to enhance and facilitate Big Data research ...

Carnegie Mellon leads new NSF project mining educational data to improve learning ...

A new approach to on-chip quantum computing ...

Princeton scientists observe elusive particle that is its own antiparticle ...

HP extends benefits of ARM architecture into the data centre with new servers ...

IBM provides clients superior alternative to x86-based commodity servers ...

Oracle announces Exalytics In-Memory Machine X4-4 ...

Oracle introduces Oracle Virtual Networking support for OpenStack ...

National Institute of Biomedical Genomics (NIBMG) deploys DataDirect networks storage to achieve significant oerformance improvement in world-class genomics research and collaboration for oral cancer ...

Human Brain Project (HBP) Pre-Commercial Procurement under way


1 Oct 2014 Juelich - A pre-commercial procurement of research and development services on "interactive supercomputers" has been launched. Interactivity will be a key feature of a future high-performance computing infrastructure for brain research. Three bidding consortia comprising leading providers of HPC solutions have each been awarded with a contract.

Forschungszentrum Jülich, leading the creation of the Human Brain Project's High Performance Computing (HPC) Platform, is conducting a Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) of innovative supercomputing technology solutions for the HBP that meet the specific requirements of this groundbreaking project.

The HBP's HPC Platform Subproject will build the supercomputing and data hard- and software infrastructure required to run cellular brain model simulations approaching the size of a full human brain. This infrastructure will be made available to the HBP consortium and the wider community. The central element of the HPC Platform will be the HBP Supercomputer, the project's main production system at Jülich Supercomputing Centre (JSC). Over the next decade, the HBP Supercomputer will be built in stages to arrive at the exascale capability needed for cellular simulations of the complete human brain.

Large-scale, data-intensive brain simulations running on the HBP Supercomputer will need to be interactively visualised and controlled by experimenters. According to the HBP vision, "interactive supercomputing" capabilities will allow the supercomputer to be used like a scientific instrument, enabling in silico experiments on virtual human brains. These requirements will affect the whole system design, including the hardware architecture, run-time system, mode of operation, resource management and many other aspects.

PCP is a relatively new model of public procurement designed to procure research and development (R&D) services, which is promoted by the European Commission. It is organized as a competitive process comprising three phases: 1) solution exploration, leading to design concepts, 2) prototyping, 3) original development of limited volumes of first products. To select the supplier(s) best able to satisfy the goals of the PCP, the number of candidates is reduced at each phase after an evaluation of the respective results and the bids for the following phase.

The goal of the HBP PCP is to acquire R&D of HPC system components that allow interactive visualization and steering of large-scale brain simulations on an HPC architecture capable of providing a floating-point peak performance up to 50 PFlop/s and a memory capability of up to 20 PBytes. Suppliers will be required to deliver pilot systems, demonstrating the readiness of the developed technologies and their integration into a scalable HPC architecture for a representative set of HBP use cases. The pilots should be deployed and operated as "pre-production" test systems at JSC.

Following an open call for tender in May/June of this year and a thorough evaluation of the bids received, three successful consortia have entered into contracts with Forschungszentrum Jülich:

  • Cray Computer GmbH (Switzerland) / Cray Computer Deutschland GmbH / Cray UK Limited
  • Dell GmbH / ParTec Cluster Competence Center GmbH / Extoll GmbH
  • IBM Research GmbH (Switzerland) / NVIDIA GmbH
The consortia have already entered Phase 1 of the HBP PCP and will be working independently on their design concepts until January next year, when their results will be assessed.
Source: Forschungszentrum Juelich

Back to Table of contents

Primeur weekly 2014-10-06

The Cloud

Oracle unveils latest Cloud applications at Oracle OpenWorld ...

Fujitsu and Midokura strengthen partnership to jointly develop global Cloud business ...

EuroFlash

Altera Programmable Logic inspires innovation at 2014 Maker Faire Europe ...

Human Brain Project (HBP) Pre-Commercial Procurement under way ...

UberCloud to host NICE software solutions in the UberCloud marketplace ...

Quantum environmentalism ...

Atos to initiate buyout offer followed by a squeeze-out on Bull's shares ...

USFlash

CoolIT Systems liquid cools Intel 'Cherry Creek' supercomputer for UNLV deployment at SUPERNAP to boost scientific research ...

Altera and ARM expand strategic partnership for SoC development tools ...

New report explores the value of government leadership in supercomputing for industrial competitiveness ...

Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology to roll out supercomputer ...

Iowa State physicists among teams preparing for new Energy Department supercomputer ...

Four projects headed by University of Wyoming researchers selected for supercomputer use ...

ICL becomes the newest Intel Parallel Computing Center (IPCC) ...

Laying the groundwork for data-driven science ...

Cray launches next-generation supercomputer and cluster systems ...

DataDirect Networks introduces industry's first enterprise-class scale-out parallel file system appliance, making customers’ Big Data deployments effortless and infinitely scalable ...

Indiana University boots up new supercomputer ...

SDSC granted $1.3 million award for 'SeedMe.org' data sharing infrastructure ...

Brain cell linker dependence shown by XSEDE/TACC supercomputer simulations ...

A deep dive into plasma ...

University of Virginia's new $2.4 million computing cluster to enhance and facilitate Big Data research ...

Carnegie Mellon leads new NSF project mining educational data to improve learning ...

A new approach to on-chip quantum computing ...

Princeton scientists observe elusive particle that is its own antiparticle ...

HP extends benefits of ARM architecture into the data centre with new servers ...

IBM provides clients superior alternative to x86-based commodity servers ...

Oracle announces Exalytics In-Memory Machine X4-4 ...

Oracle introduces Oracle Virtual Networking support for OpenStack ...

National Institute of Biomedical Genomics (NIBMG) deploys DataDirect networks storage to achieve significant oerformance improvement in world-class genomics research and collaboration for oral cancer ...