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Primeur weekly 2016-11-21

Exascale supercomputing

Brookhaven Lab to lead and partner on DOE exascale computing projects ...

Quantum computing

World's fastest quantum simulator operating at the atomic level ...

Tracking the flow of quantum information ...

Tyndall technology lights the way for quantum computing ...

New attacks on location-based quantum cryptography ...

Focus on Europe

Fall 2016 edition of the e-IRG newsletter available ...

Fujitsu in joint intercontinental data centre coordination field trial using cold data storage ...

Asetek announces first installation using InRackCDU technology ...

Middleware

Altair PBS Cloud is Altair's latest technology to further HPC appliance solutions ...

Intel HPC Orchestrator to include PBS Pro for workload management ...

Altair expands the availability of PBS Professional ...

Adaptive Computing launches new Reporting & Analytics solution ...

Adaptive Computing opens up platform of products ...

Adaptive Computing improves ease-of-use & cost efficiency in Moab HPC Suite 9.1 release ...

Hardware

PGI accelerator compilers for POWER architecture enable easy on-ramp to GPU acceleration with POWER8 and NIVIDA NVLink ...

Liquid silicon: Computer chips could bridge the gap between computation and storage ...

Cray expands customer base for Cray Urika-GX system and previews upcoming software release ...

Fujitsu develops analysis technology to improve communication performance of virtual networks ...

Applications

NVIDIA teams with National Cancer Institute, U.S. Department of Energy to create AI platform for accelerating cancer research ...

Supercomputer simulations help develop new approach to fight antibiotic resistance ...

Earlham Institute receives supercomputing award for wheat research ...

Chinese research team that employs high performance computing to understand weather patterns wins 2016 ACM Gordon Bell Prize ...

Cray systems power deep learning in supercomputing at scale ...

IBM and Topcoder bring Watson to more than one million developers ...

IBM Watson Health and Broad Institute launch major research initiative to study why cancers become drug resistant ...

Julia for Astronomy: Parallel computing with Julia on NERSC supercomputer increases speed of image analysis 225x ...

Julia Computing and IBM present Julia for Deep Learning at SC16 ...

TOP500

Jefferson Lab's newest cluster makes TOP500 list of fastest supercomputers ...

Hewlett Packard Enterprise/SGI Cheyenne and Pleiades systems named on TOP500 list ...

The Cloud

Fujitsu and SUSE expand strategic alliance to develop and support open source products ...

IBM closes acquisition of Sanovi Technologies ...

Tencent Cloud joins IBM and Mellanox to break data sorting world records ...

Cray expands customer base for Cray Urika-GX system and previews upcoming software release

15 Nov 2016 Seattle, Salt Lake City - Cray Inc. has received new customers for the Cray Urika-GX system at the 2016 Supercomputing Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, and highlighted expanded capabilities for the agile analytics platform coming in December. Cray continues to build momentum for the Cray Urika-GX system, which fuses supercomputing technologies with an open, enterprise-ready software framework for Big Data analytics.

Cray was recently awarded contracts for Cray Urika-GX system from customers specializing in manufacturing, and customer engagement. These new customers include the High Performance Computing Center of the University of Stuttgart (HLRS), and Phizzle - a customer engagement marketing and Internet of Things (IoT) company that enables the ingestion, analysis and reaction to Big Data in real time. The new contracts follow a previously announced collaboration with Deloitte Advisory Cyber Risk Services to offer threat analytics services powered by the Cray Urika-GX system.

"Cray has a long history of partnering with customers as they face complex and evolving analytics challenges", stated Ryan Waite, Cray's senior vice president of products. "The steady adoption of Urika-GX from a broader set of customers validates the benefits from integrating supercomputing hardware with powerful, open source analytics software like Apache Spark, to face those challenges. Our December update will provide additional support for enterprise customers with broader storage connectivity and broader data visualization support."

At HLRS, a project is underway to combine high performance computing and high performance data analytics to expand the Center's capabilities in automotive manufacturing. HLRS, which works in close collaboration with its industrial partners in the aerospace and automotive industries, will acquire two Urika-GX systems to help drive more predictive maintenance by implementing IoT style analytics with complex, large-scale modeling workloads.

"In the automotive industry, high performance computing and data analytics play an important role in product development, and with the progress of digitization, even larger and more complex data sets are generated that cannot be analyzed using conventional methods", stated Prof. Dr. Michael Resch, director of HLRS. "In cooperation with Cray and industrial users in the region, we are testing the possible applications of hardware in industrial environments, and the Urika-GX system will play an important role for us as we work to find a practical solution."

The collaboration between Cray and Phizzle will allow software developers on its phz.io platform to support customers at greater scale and speeds by achieving a 16x performance increase over their existing infrastructure. Developers will be able to leverage Phizzle's phz.io platform on its Cray Urika-GX system to gain supercomputing speeds that have previously been too complex or expensive to access.

"Powered by the Cray Urika-GX, phz.io will change the way everyday developers interact with their consumers", stated Stephen Goldberg, CTO of Phizzle. "By putting supercomputing and analytics in the hands of mobile, enterprise, and application developers who traditionally would not have access to Cray, phz.io allows developers to interact and react at speeds never seen before."

Cray is also introducing new software features to further enable enterprise customers. With the upcoming software release in December, Cray Urika-GX customers will be able to take advantage of a broader range of enterprise storage, including General Parallel File System (GPFS) and Network File System (NFS). Additionally, the Cray Urika-GX system will enable customers to leverage Tableau visualization tools and the latest version of Spark 2.0.

The Cray Urika-GX system features Intel® Xeon® E5 v4 processors, up to 22 terabytes of DRAM memory, up to 176 terabytes of local SSD storage capacity, and the high speed Aries network interconnect, which together provide the unmatched in-memory compute and network performance necessary to solve the most demanding big data problems. An exclusive feature of the Cray Urika-GX system is the Cray Graph Engine for fast, complex pattern matching and iterative discovery. With the Cray Graph Engine, customers can tackle multi-terabyte datasets comprised of billions of objects to uncover hidden relationships in even the nosiest of data. The Cray Graph Engine can run in conjunction with open analytics tools such as Hadoop and Spark, enabling customers to build complete end-to-end analytics workflows and avoid unnecessary data movement.
Source: Cray

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Primeur weekly 2016-11-21

Exascale supercomputing

Brookhaven Lab to lead and partner on DOE exascale computing projects ...

Quantum computing

World's fastest quantum simulator operating at the atomic level ...

Tracking the flow of quantum information ...

Tyndall technology lights the way for quantum computing ...

New attacks on location-based quantum cryptography ...

Focus on Europe

Fall 2016 edition of the e-IRG newsletter available ...

Fujitsu in joint intercontinental data centre coordination field trial using cold data storage ...

Asetek announces first installation using InRackCDU technology ...

Middleware

Altair PBS Cloud is Altair's latest technology to further HPC appliance solutions ...

Intel HPC Orchestrator to include PBS Pro for workload management ...

Altair expands the availability of PBS Professional ...

Adaptive Computing launches new Reporting & Analytics solution ...

Adaptive Computing opens up platform of products ...

Adaptive Computing improves ease-of-use & cost efficiency in Moab HPC Suite 9.1 release ...

Hardware

PGI accelerator compilers for POWER architecture enable easy on-ramp to GPU acceleration with POWER8 and NIVIDA NVLink ...

Liquid silicon: Computer chips could bridge the gap between computation and storage ...

Cray expands customer base for Cray Urika-GX system and previews upcoming software release ...

Fujitsu develops analysis technology to improve communication performance of virtual networks ...

Applications

NVIDIA teams with National Cancer Institute, U.S. Department of Energy to create AI platform for accelerating cancer research ...

Supercomputer simulations help develop new approach to fight antibiotic resistance ...

Earlham Institute receives supercomputing award for wheat research ...

Chinese research team that employs high performance computing to understand weather patterns wins 2016 ACM Gordon Bell Prize ...

Cray systems power deep learning in supercomputing at scale ...

IBM and Topcoder bring Watson to more than one million developers ...

IBM Watson Health and Broad Institute launch major research initiative to study why cancers become drug resistant ...

Julia for Astronomy: Parallel computing with Julia on NERSC supercomputer increases speed of image analysis 225x ...

Julia Computing and IBM present Julia for Deep Learning at SC16 ...

TOP500

Jefferson Lab's newest cluster makes TOP500 list of fastest supercomputers ...

Hewlett Packard Enterprise/SGI Cheyenne and Pleiades systems named on TOP500 list ...

The Cloud

Fujitsu and SUSE expand strategic alliance to develop and support open source products ...

IBM closes acquisition of Sanovi Technologies ...

Tencent Cloud joins IBM and Mellanox to break data sorting world records ...