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Primeur weekly 2018-10-29

Exascale supercomputing

Mind Commerce releases findings from Exascale computing market research ...

China launches third prototype exascale computer ...

Quantum computing

Quantum Technologies Flagship kicks off with first 20 projects ...

Quantum Xchange selects Zayo Group for dark fiber to deploy first quantum network in the United States ...

Shielded quantum bits ...

Quantum network to test unhackable communications ...

Artificial intelligence controls quantum computers ...

Focus on Europe

TETRAMAX launches the largest pan-European technology brokerage network on customized low-energy computing ...

Maestro Consortium addresses the ubiquitous problems of data movement in data-intensive applications and workflows ...

Hardware

Cray and Stradigi AI partner to crack the code on enterprise AI implementation ...

Mellanox ships more than 2.1 million Ethernet adapters in the first three quarters of 2018 ...

Mellanox delivers five consecutive quarters of record results ...

DDN shatters SPEC SFS 2014 benchmark records ...

Lawrence Livermore unveils NNSA's Sierra, world's third fastest supercomputer ...

AI acceleration with NEC's new vector computer ...

Trisymbiotic IP, a small start-up, announces U.S. Patent 10,020,436 which surpasses in facilities efficiency the fastest supercomputers from the U.S. and China ...

Applications

Department of Energy to issue upcoming solicitation for High Performance Computing Initiative ...

Shaheen sets subsurface mapping world record ...

Unprecedented insight into the sun's fusion reactor ...

Dr. David E. Shaw selected to receive 2018 IEEE-CS Seymour Cray Computer Engineering Award ...

HPC-AI Advisory Council and Stanford High Performance Computing Center announce 9th Annual Stanford Conference, February 2019 ...

The Cloud

IBM to acquire Red Hat, completely changing the Cloud landscape and becoming world's first hybrid Cloud provider ...

Altair and Oracle offer faster high-performance computing in the Cloud ...

Oracle Cloud gives easy access to partner solutions ...

NetApp Data Fabric enables businesses to drive competitive advantage with AI ...

EuroFlash

Gauss Centre for Supercomputing supports team deFAUlt at SC18 Student Cluster Competition ...

Shaheen sets subsurface mapping world record


Saber Feki, Maciej Olchowik and Bilel Hadri from KAUST Supercomputing Core Laboratory are pictured here with their TOP500 certificate. The list ranks the 500 most powerful computer systems. File photo.
24 Oct 2018 Thuwal - As the largest peninsula on Earth, the Arabian Peninsula measures over 3.2 million square kilometers. For decades, scientists have sought to map the geologic formations of the area and its surrounding seas for the purposes of resource extraction to within one meter. Thanks to world-record simulations run on the KAUST supercomputer Shaheen, that goal may be within reach.

Shaheen recently completed a set of ultra-resolution subsurface mapping and characterization simulations for the Geophysics Technology Division at the Saudi Aramco EXPEC Advanced Research Center. For the first time, scientists produced a 3D image of the subsurface geologic layers to a 7.5 meter resolution.

"Unlocking ultra-resolution subsurface mapping and characterization at production scale is a major milestone for exploration", stated Ali A. Al-Meshari, manager of EXPEC ARC. "This is a major step toward seamless integration of geophysical, geological and engineering models."

To put the team's accomplishment in perspective, it allows scientists to see underground features half the length of a semi-trailer or lorry; one-third the length of a bowling alley; or about three times longer than a sedan car.

Aramco scientists used integrated GeoDRIVE - Geophysical solution for Dynamic Real-time Image and Velocity Estimation - software to successfully produce a 3D image of subsurface geologic layers at a record resolution of 7.5 meters at production scale. Previous simulations had a resolution of tens of meters.

"The vast computational cost of accurate seismic simulations created a gap between theoretical advancements in the academic world and practical industrial applications", stated Ali Momin, GeoDRIVE project lead. "This provided us with an unique opportunity to build an innovative solution that can satisfy our current needs as well as the future needs of researchers and professionals."

Supercomputers consist of tens of thousands of CPUs, memory chips, kilometers of networking cables, thousands of disks and hundreds of applications and libraries. Shaheen, which is located in the KAUST Supercomputing Core Laboratory (KSL), is one of the largest pure CPU systems in the world with a total of 12,348 Intel Haswell CPUs, 790 TB of memory and 17.6 PB of storage. It is currently the largest supercomputer in the Middle East.

Campaigns like the one conducted by the Aramco team require upward of 54,000 simulations using more than 100,000 cores, or around half of the total capacity of Shaheen. Large scale campaigns - referred to as hero runs - require careful optimization of the system.

One key element of a successful hero run is the readiness of the system. A single underperforming component can jeopardize the performance of the entire run. Maciej Olchowik, the systems administrator team lead, and Bilel Hadri, a computational scientist in the KSL, checked the health of all Shaheen components using a special test suite they developed before handing over the system to Aramco scientists.

KSL scientists also helped to optimize the simulations so that Aramco scientists can explore high-fidelity resolutions and more diverse scenarios.

"My mission is to help scientists use our resource in the most efficient way", stated KSL computational scientist Samuel Kortas. "That is why I developed the software tool Decimate - it makes complex things as simple as possible for end users."

With the Decimate tool, Aramco scientists were able to test all the possible combinations of cache usage patterns by exploring large numbers of parameter values. The optimum pattern found with the tool was used for the final production run.

This is the third world record resulting from the productive collaboration between Saudi Aramco and the KAUST Supercomputing Core Lab. The teams previously collaborated to conduct the largest-ever scale reservoir simulation and the largest-ever scale engineering simulation.

"The KAUST Core Lab maintains world-class state-of-the-art facilities, and I feel that Shaheen, as a national asset, should be further utilized to meet the demands of organisations around the Kingdom", stated Justin Mynar, KAUST associate vice president for research and executive director of the KAUST Core Labs.

Source: King Abdullah University of Science and Technology - KAUST

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Primeur weekly 2018-10-29

Exascale supercomputing

Mind Commerce releases findings from Exascale computing market research ...

China launches third prototype exascale computer ...

Quantum computing

Quantum Technologies Flagship kicks off with first 20 projects ...

Quantum Xchange selects Zayo Group for dark fiber to deploy first quantum network in the United States ...

Shielded quantum bits ...

Quantum network to test unhackable communications ...

Artificial intelligence controls quantum computers ...

Focus on Europe

TETRAMAX launches the largest pan-European technology brokerage network on customized low-energy computing ...

Maestro Consortium addresses the ubiquitous problems of data movement in data-intensive applications and workflows ...

Hardware

Cray and Stradigi AI partner to crack the code on enterprise AI implementation ...

Mellanox ships more than 2.1 million Ethernet adapters in the first three quarters of 2018 ...

Mellanox delivers five consecutive quarters of record results ...

DDN shatters SPEC SFS 2014 benchmark records ...

Lawrence Livermore unveils NNSA's Sierra, world's third fastest supercomputer ...

AI acceleration with NEC's new vector computer ...

Trisymbiotic IP, a small start-up, announces U.S. Patent 10,020,436 which surpasses in facilities efficiency the fastest supercomputers from the U.S. and China ...

Applications

Department of Energy to issue upcoming solicitation for High Performance Computing Initiative ...

Shaheen sets subsurface mapping world record ...

Unprecedented insight into the sun's fusion reactor ...

Dr. David E. Shaw selected to receive 2018 IEEE-CS Seymour Cray Computer Engineering Award ...

HPC-AI Advisory Council and Stanford High Performance Computing Center announce 9th Annual Stanford Conference, February 2019 ...

The Cloud

IBM to acquire Red Hat, completely changing the Cloud landscape and becoming world's first hybrid Cloud provider ...

Altair and Oracle offer faster high-performance computing in the Cloud ...

Oracle Cloud gives easy access to partner solutions ...

NetApp Data Fabric enables businesses to drive competitive advantage with AI ...

EuroFlash

Gauss Centre for Supercomputing supports team deFAUlt at SC18 Student Cluster Competition ...