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Primeur weekly 2020-10-12

Focus

Future of European HPC and TOP500 in the picture at Russian Supercomputing Days ...

Two European approaches for modelling and mapping the COVID-19 pandemic ...

European-Brazilian consortium joins forces in advanced HPC wind turbine simulations for use in on- and offshore wind energy farms ...

Exascale supercomputing

PerMedCoE: Exascale-ready cell-level simulations for European Personalised Medicine ...

Quantum computing

New algorithm could unleash the power of quantum computers ...

Light Rider unveils quantum LiFi technology to create next-generation network security ...

Research and Markets to issue report on Quantum Networking: A Ten-year Forecast and Opportunity Analysis ...

Focus on Europe

Linköping University chooses Atos to build Sweden's largest supercomputer for AI ...

Atos inaugurates BullSequana XH2000 at CSC - the fastest supercomputer in the Nordics ...

Making supercomputers carbon neutral - CSC's data centre will be powered with hydro-electricity supplied by Vattenfall ...

Middleware

Verne Global achieves Dell Technologies Platinum Partner status ...

Altair acquires M-Base Engineering + Software GmbH, leader in plastics material data and technology ...

Hardware

CoolIT Systems launches rack DLC CHx200 CDU ...

NVIDIA introduces new family of BlueField DPUs to bring breakthrough networking, storage and security performance to every data centre ...

CoolIT prevails against Asetek, PTAB determines no challenged claims unpatentable ...

CMKL University implementing DDN and NVIDIA solution for AI-centric supercomputing and research ...

OpenFive and AnalogX to provide optimized Chip-to-Chip interface IP solutions ...

Defense and intelligence executive Melvin Cordova joined Tachyum Government Corp. ...

TrendForce announces tech industry trends for 2021 ...

Cerebras Systems appoints Tony Maslowski as Chief Financial Officer ...

DoD deploys three Liqid composable supercomputing facilities powered by NVIDIA A100 GPU computing and NVIDIA Mellanox HDR 200Gb/s InfiniBand smart networking ...

Panasas ActiveStor data storage supports materials research for dozens of scientists conducting intensive 4D modelling studies at MINES ParisTech University ...

Pavilion expands a US federal deployment, bringing the multi-year relationship to an eight-figure investment, to safeguard American lives ...

C-DAC to commission India's fastest HPC-AI supercomputer PARAM Siddhi - AI with NVIDIA ...

NVIDIA announces partnership with GSK's AI-powered Lab for Discovery of Medicines and Vaccines ...

NVIDIA announces ready-made NVIDIA DGX SuperPODs, offered by global network of certified partners ...

Supermicro expands its portfolio bringing highest density 4U server with NVIDIA HGX A100s 8-GPU and 8U SuperBlade supporting 20 A100 PCI-E GPUs ...

Supermicro to support NVIDIA Bluefield-2 DPU on industry's broadest portfolio of servers optimized for accelerated computational workloads in AI, AR/DR, and data analytics ...

Applications

NVIDIA building large computing system, dedicated to AI research in health care ...

An electrical trigger fires single, identical photons ...

Could megatesla magnetic fields be realized on Earth? ...

Top computer scientists and statisticians launch Foundations of Data Science conference ...

Comet supercomputer calculations boost understanding of immune system ...

Corona supercomputer gets funding for COVID-19 work ...

Steady progress in the battle against COVID-19 at Brookhaven National Laboratory ...

Texascale Days at TACC: Eight research teams test their codes at the largest scale on Frontera ...

Supercomputing helps advance predictive science, exascale computing ...

The Cloud

Inspur unveils Cloud SmartNIC solution based on NVIDIA DPU at GTC 2020 ...

Corona supercomputer gets funding for COVID-19 work


Funding by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act enabled Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and its industry partners AMD and Supermicro to more than double the speed of LLNL's Corona supercomputing cluster from about 4,5 petaFLOPS to in excess of 11 petaFLOPS of peak performance.
7 Oct 2020 Livermore - With funding from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), chipmaker AMD and information technology company Supermicro have upgraded the supercomputing cluster Corona, providing additional resources to scientists for COVID-19 drug discovery and vaccine research.

The recent addition of nearly 1000 AMD Radeon Instinct MI50 GPU accelerators to the National Nuclear Security Administration's Corona system - named for the total solar eclipse of 2017 - more than doubles the speed of the cluster from about 4,5 petaFLOPS to in excess of 11 petaFLOPS of peak performance, increasing the amount of available compute cycles and enabling the system to better handle the complex simulations performed as part of LLNL's research on COVID-19 antibodies and antiviral compounds.

"The Corona system is a major advance in our capability for predictive biomedical modelling for COVID-19", stated LLNL Deputy Associate Director for Programmes Jim Brase, who heads the Lab's COVID-19 research and rapid response effort. "It allows us to develop advanced simulations of the structure and function of virus and to use large-scale machine learning to discover and optimize new therapeutics. This performance boost will help the Corona system lead the way in accelerating pandemic response."

Signed into law in late March, the CARES Act in part provided funding to the Department of Energy national laboratories for COVID-19 research, including the development of disease countermeasures and vaccines.

Delivered to LLNL in 2018, the Corona high performance computing (HPC) system is used for unclassified open science applications. Since the pandemic began, the system has become an essential tool for LLNL's COVID-19 work, particularly for researchers attempting to discover and design antibodies capable of binding to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Antibody candidates showing promise in simulations for blocking the virus from human receptors and preventing infection are being synthesized and tested.

"The expansion of Corona allows us to routinely run the computationally intensive molecular dynamics simulations to obtain the free energy between antibodies-antigens, an important feature in machine learning for narrowing down the mutant antibodies that might bind to the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein", stated LLNL COVID-19 researcher Felice Lightstone. "Additionally, Corona is being used to calculate features and conformations of more than 1 billion chemical compounds to screen against four binding sites in the SARS-CoV-2 proteins by machine learning and molecular docking studies."

Technicians installed an additional 121 AMD EPYC 7002 series-based CPU nodes with 968 of AMD's state-of-the-art Radeon Instinct MI50 GPU accelerators into the Corona system, with each node containing six GPUs. Optimized for large-scale deep learning, the AMD MI50 accelerators deliver up to 26,5 teraFLOPS of native peak theoretical half-precision or up to 13,3 teraFLOPS of single-precision peak theoretical floating-point performance, combined with 32GB of high-bandwidth memory.

"AMD is proud to deploy, along with LLNL and Supermicro, the technology devoted to accelerating this critical COVID-19 research", stated Brad McCredie, corporate vice president, Data Center GPU and Accelerated Processing at AMD. "With the high-performance computing capabilities offered by AMD processors, we aim to help researchers find creative ways to fight or cure COVID-19 much sooner."

San Jose-based IT company Supermicro provided the motherboards, servers and racks necessary for the expansion.

"We are very pleased to be selected by LLNL for the Corona supercomputing cluster expansion, giving industry-leading resources to scientists for COVID-19 drug discovery and vaccine research", stated Charles Liang, president and CEO of Supermicro. "Supermicro delivered a turn-key large-scale cluster of Supermicro 4U GPU servers with 2-socket AMD processors and eight AMD GPUs. It's exciting to support this global initiative and continue our focus on developing industry-leading systems for advanced computational workloads found in HPC environments."

In addition to work by LLNL scientists, the Corona system is being offered to researchers worldwide through the COVID-19 HPC Consortium, which makes free compute cycles available to COVID-19 researchers from outside institutions. The consortium involves more than a dozen member institutions in government, industry and academia and is spearheaded by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the U.S. Department of Energy and IBM.

AMD also will be donating computing cycles on the Corona system to LLNL COVID-19 researchers and projects for approved projects as part of its COVID-19 HPC Fund.

Source: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Back to Table of contents

Primeur weekly 2020-10-12

Focus

Future of European HPC and TOP500 in the picture at Russian Supercomputing Days ...

Two European approaches for modelling and mapping the COVID-19 pandemic ...

European-Brazilian consortium joins forces in advanced HPC wind turbine simulations for use in on- and offshore wind energy farms ...

Exascale supercomputing

PerMedCoE: Exascale-ready cell-level simulations for European Personalised Medicine ...

Quantum computing

New algorithm could unleash the power of quantum computers ...

Light Rider unveils quantum LiFi technology to create next-generation network security ...

Research and Markets to issue report on Quantum Networking: A Ten-year Forecast and Opportunity Analysis ...

Focus on Europe

Linköping University chooses Atos to build Sweden's largest supercomputer for AI ...

Atos inaugurates BullSequana XH2000 at CSC - the fastest supercomputer in the Nordics ...

Making supercomputers carbon neutral - CSC's data centre will be powered with hydro-electricity supplied by Vattenfall ...

Middleware

Verne Global achieves Dell Technologies Platinum Partner status ...

Altair acquires M-Base Engineering + Software GmbH, leader in plastics material data and technology ...

Hardware

CoolIT Systems launches rack DLC CHx200 CDU ...

NVIDIA introduces new family of BlueField DPUs to bring breakthrough networking, storage and security performance to every data centre ...

CoolIT prevails against Asetek, PTAB determines no challenged claims unpatentable ...

CMKL University implementing DDN and NVIDIA solution for AI-centric supercomputing and research ...

OpenFive and AnalogX to provide optimized Chip-to-Chip interface IP solutions ...

Defense and intelligence executive Melvin Cordova joined Tachyum Government Corp. ...

TrendForce announces tech industry trends for 2021 ...

Cerebras Systems appoints Tony Maslowski as Chief Financial Officer ...

DoD deploys three Liqid composable supercomputing facilities powered by NVIDIA A100 GPU computing and NVIDIA Mellanox HDR 200Gb/s InfiniBand smart networking ...

Panasas ActiveStor data storage supports materials research for dozens of scientists conducting intensive 4D modelling studies at MINES ParisTech University ...

Pavilion expands a US federal deployment, bringing the multi-year relationship to an eight-figure investment, to safeguard American lives ...

C-DAC to commission India's fastest HPC-AI supercomputer PARAM Siddhi - AI with NVIDIA ...

NVIDIA announces partnership with GSK's AI-powered Lab for Discovery of Medicines and Vaccines ...

NVIDIA announces ready-made NVIDIA DGX SuperPODs, offered by global network of certified partners ...

Supermicro expands its portfolio bringing highest density 4U server with NVIDIA HGX A100s 8-GPU and 8U SuperBlade supporting 20 A100 PCI-E GPUs ...

Supermicro to support NVIDIA Bluefield-2 DPU on industry's broadest portfolio of servers optimized for accelerated computational workloads in AI, AR/DR, and data analytics ...

Applications

NVIDIA building large computing system, dedicated to AI research in health care ...

An electrical trigger fires single, identical photons ...

Could megatesla magnetic fields be realized on Earth? ...

Top computer scientists and statisticians launch Foundations of Data Science conference ...

Comet supercomputer calculations boost understanding of immune system ...

Corona supercomputer gets funding for COVID-19 work ...

Steady progress in the battle against COVID-19 at Brookhaven National Laboratory ...

Texascale Days at TACC: Eight research teams test their codes at the largest scale on Frontera ...

Supercomputing helps advance predictive science, exascale computing ...

The Cloud

Inspur unveils Cloud SmartNIC solution based on NVIDIA DPU at GTC 2020 ...