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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 ...

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

10 Nov 2016 Beijing, Armonk, Yokneam - Tencent Cloud has been named the Winner of the Sort Benchmark annual global computing competition for 2016. Tencent Cloud and the Big Data Collaboration team spent less than 99 seconds (98.8 seconds) finishing sorting 100 terabytes of data in the Indy GraySort category, improving on 2015's best result, 329 seconds, by a factor of 3.3.

Each year, top global companies and academic institutions participate in the contest to evaluate the capability of their software and hardware system architectures, as well as their research results. Tencent Cloud participated in two of the four competition categories, GraySort and MinuteSort, to benchmark the architecture capabilities and computing efficiencies of large distributed computing systems and real time data analytics.

The GraySort and MinuteSort benchmarks are each measured in two sub categories:

  • Indy (special purpose sort)
  • Daytona (general purpose sort)

Tencent Cloud Data Intelligence - the distributed computing platform of Tencent Cloud - won each category in both the GraySort and MinuteSort benchmarks, establishing four new world records with its performance, outperforming 2015's best speeds by two to five times.

"In the future, the ability to manage Big Data will be the foundation of successful Internet businesses", stated Zeus Jiang, Vice President of Tencent Cloud and General manager of Tencent's Data Platform Department. "Tencent Cloud can provide precise high performance computing to enterprises using minimal time and resources. We will continue to improve the back end technology for our Cloud service by optimizing architecture, software and hardware to help global enterprises solve complex business challenges by leveraging hyper-scale computing platforms."

As a non-profit organisation, sortbenchmark.org uses the basic sort computing method to evaluate distributed system software architectural capabilities such as storage, task scheduling, node communication, and data exchange. It also evaluates hardware architectural capabilities, including server selection and match, network architecture optimization, and the ability to build Internet Data Centers. The ultimate test is on the comprehensive capabilities of large scale computing of a company or an organisation. In this sort contest, Tencent Cloud used 512 IBM OpenPOWER servers and Mellanox's 100Gb interconnect technology, improving the performance of Tencent Cloud Big Data products with the infrastructure.

"Industry leaders like Tencent are helping IBM and our OpenPOWER partners push performance boundaries for a cognitive era defined by Big Data and advanced analytics", stated Tom Rosamilia, Senior Vice President, IBM Systems. "The computing record achieved by Tencent Cloud on OpenPOWER is an important milestone for the industry."

"Real-time-analytics and Big Data environments are extremely demanding and the network is critical in linking together the extra high performance IBM POWER based servers and Tencent Cloud's massive amounts of data", stated Amir Prescher, Sr. Vice President, Business Development, at Mellanox Technologies. "Tencent Cloud developed an optimized hardware/software platform to achieve new computing records, showing that Mellanox’s 100Gb/s Ethernet technology can deliver total infrastructure efficiency and improves application performance, making them ideal for Big Data applications."

Source: IBM

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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 ...