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Primeur weekly 2017-10-09

Special

2017 - Another year on the Road to Exascale: The Post-Moore era ...

Focus

Outsourcing your data centre to Verne Global in Iceland reduces costs and benefits climate ...

Draft work programme for 2018 - 2020 of the European Horizon 2020 funding programme shows strong commitment to HPC and exascale with over 450 million euro funding available ...

Exascale supercomputing

IDEAS goes big: Fostering better software development for exascale ...

Assessing regional earthquake risk and hazards in the age of exascale ...

Quantum computing

Bristol scientists pinpoint the singularity for quantum computers ...

New 'building material' points toward quantum computers ...

Focus on Europe

Call now open for ISC 2018 research papers: Submission ends December 22, 2017 ...

Project TopWing published top innovative results in Nature ...

PRACE 15th Call continues to award outstanding research in HPC ...

PRACE met future scientists at EUCYS 2017 ...

Dutch National Big Data Infrastructure will boost pre-competitive research ...

Middleware

Bright Computing rolls out tiered partner programme for resellers in North and South America ...

Hardware

CENATE names new director ...

University of South Dakota gets HPC cluster for research computing ...

Mellanox enables the next generation of software-defined data centre networks with BlueField SmartNIC network adapters ...

Discovery and innovation to quicken with supercomputer's $1-million upgrade ...

Applications

Cell modelling tool makes complex calculations user-friendly ...

Purdue professor wins Department of Defense computing award ...

Columbia researchers observe exotic quantum particle in bilayer graphene ...

MareNostrum supercomputer has allocated 20 million hours of calculation to the Nobel Prize for Physics winning project ...

The world-record 53.3 Tb/s optical switching capacity for data-centre networks ...

Chemists teach computer programme to model forces between atoms accurately ...

The Cloud

New Oracle Exadata X7 delivers in-memory performance from shared storage ...

Oracle unveils world's first autonomous database Cloud ...

CENATE names new director

CENATE Director Kevin Barker (left) and PNNL Lab Director Steven Ashby25 Sep 2017 Richmond - Two years ago, the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory established a proving ground in Richland for the next step in supercomputing development. Called the Center for Advanced Technology Evaluation, CENATE's participating researchers have been deploying testbeds and methods that can analyze and verify new technologies such as processors, types of memory, and networks. CENATE will provide insight into the impact this next generation of high-performing computers will have on DOE's research community.

Now, CENATE has announced a new director, computer scientist Kevin Barker. Kevin Barker has extensive experience developing tools and techniques to model performance of extreme scale hardware and software. He has also developed applications for parallel computing. Kevin Barker came to PNNL seven years ago from Los Alamos National Laboratory.

"The goal of CENATE is to evaluate innovative and transformational technologies that will enable future DOE leadership class computing systems to accelerate scientific discovery", stated PNNL's Laboratory Director Steven Ashby. "We will partner with major computing companies and leading researchers to co-design and test the leading-edge components and systems that will ultimately be used in future supercomputing platforms."

Those leadership class supercomputers now, such as Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Titan, are petascale systems that can perform a quadrillion - or a million billion - operations per second and handle petabytes of data. The next step is exascale, or machines that can perform one quintillion - or a billion billion - calculations per second. These exascale systems represent a one-hundred to one-thousand times increase in performance and data handling capability over today's largest systems.

"With CENATE, its opportunities are also its challenges", Kevin Barker stated. "We want to look further out at the evolution of computers, beyond technologies that are already widely available in the marketplace. We want prototypes, systems that aren't commercially available yet, as well as promising emerging technologies, to evaluate and guide their development."

In its first two years, CENATE has already worked with advanced systems in close collaborations with IBM, Micron, Data Vortex, and NVIDIA, providing design, measurement, instrumentation, and analysis. In one effort, CENATE's work with Data Vortex helped shape the third version of Data Vortex's computer, which has an internal network designed in such a way as to make it congestion-free.

CENATE is taking the opportunity that bringing in new leadership affords to refine its processes at the same time.

"We want to have more strategic interaction with the research community at large", stated Kevin Barker. "Up to now, we've procured systems and then invited researchers to come test them. Now we want to solicit input and foster collaborations from the community. 'Is there something you want to do but can't because you don't have the right machine?'"

Kevin Barker replaces former PNNL computer scientist Adolfy Hoisie.

This work is supported by the Department of Energy Office of Science.
Source: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory - PNNL

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Primeur weekly 2017-10-09

Special

2017 - Another year on the Road to Exascale: The Post-Moore era ...

Focus

Outsourcing your data centre to Verne Global in Iceland reduces costs and benefits climate ...

Draft work programme for 2018 - 2020 of the European Horizon 2020 funding programme shows strong commitment to HPC and exascale with over 450 million euro funding available ...

Exascale supercomputing

IDEAS goes big: Fostering better software development for exascale ...

Assessing regional earthquake risk and hazards in the age of exascale ...

Quantum computing

Bristol scientists pinpoint the singularity for quantum computers ...

New 'building material' points toward quantum computers ...

Focus on Europe

Call now open for ISC 2018 research papers: Submission ends December 22, 2017 ...

Project TopWing published top innovative results in Nature ...

PRACE 15th Call continues to award outstanding research in HPC ...

PRACE met future scientists at EUCYS 2017 ...

Dutch National Big Data Infrastructure will boost pre-competitive research ...

Middleware

Bright Computing rolls out tiered partner programme for resellers in North and South America ...

Hardware

CENATE names new director ...

University of South Dakota gets HPC cluster for research computing ...

Mellanox enables the next generation of software-defined data centre networks with BlueField SmartNIC network adapters ...

Discovery and innovation to quicken with supercomputer's $1-million upgrade ...

Applications

Cell modelling tool makes complex calculations user-friendly ...

Purdue professor wins Department of Defense computing award ...

Columbia researchers observe exotic quantum particle in bilayer graphene ...

MareNostrum supercomputer has allocated 20 million hours of calculation to the Nobel Prize for Physics winning project ...

The world-record 53.3 Tb/s optical switching capacity for data-centre networks ...

Chemists teach computer programme to model forces between atoms accurately ...

The Cloud

New Oracle Exadata X7 delivers in-memory performance from shared storage ...

Oracle unveils world's first autonomous database Cloud ...