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GCS sets record for HPC core hours awarded

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The Gauss Centre for Supercomputing (GCS) has set a new record for the number of core hours awarded during the 17th call for large-scale proposals – the combined total for these projects was more than 2.1 billion core hours across the three GCS supercomputers.GCS approved 30 large-scale projects during the 17th call for large-scale proposals, set to run from May 1, 2017 to April 30, 2018. GCS is combined from three high-performance computing centres—the High Performance Computing Center Stuttgart (HLRS), Jülich Supercomputing Centre (JSC), and Leibniz Computing Centre of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities (LRZ).‘As we continue to provide world-class computing resources and user support at our three GCS facilities, our user base continues to expand based on the wide variety of excellent proposals we receive during each successive large-scale call,’ said Dr Dietmar Kröner, professor at the University of Freiburg and chairman of the GCS Scientific Steering Committee. ‘We hav…

IBM builds new quantum computing processor

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IBM has announced it has built and tested its most powerful universal quantum computing processors to date. Two new experimental processors have been announced, one at 16 qubits and another featuring 17 qubits. IBM has stated that these new quantum processors leverage ‘significant materials, device, and architecture improvements to make it the most powerful quantum processor created to date by IBM.’‘The significant engineering improvements announced today will allow IBM to scale future processors to include 50 or more qubits, and demonstrate computational capabilities beyond today’s classical computing systems,’ said Arvind Krishna, senior vice president and director of IBM Research and Hybrid Cloud. ‘These powerful upgrades to our quantum systems, delivered via the IBM Cloud, allow us to imagine new applications and new frontiers for discovery that are virtually unattainable using classical computers alone.’The new systems will allow users more freedom for complex experimentation tha…

NCSA’s Blue Waters Project demonstrates economic importance of HPC

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The importance of supercomputing on local and national economic prosperity has been highlighted by a recent study published by the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign which reported that its Blue Waters project to be worth more than $1.08 billion for the Illinois’ economy.‘My sincerest gratitude goes to the University of Illinois, the State of Illinois, and the National Science Foundationfor supporting this critical project which is enabling us to better understand our world, improve quality of life, and develop the nation’s advanced digital workforce,’ said Dr William ‘Bill’ Gropp, NCSA interim director and co-principal investigator for the Blue Waters Project.The study found that the Blue Waters project—which is a joint investment between the State of Illinois, University of Illinois, National Science Foundation (NSF), and related activities funded by the university, NSF and other federal agencies—has a projected $1.08 bi…

BSC simulate cardiovascular system using GPU accelerated cluster

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NVIDIA and Barcelona Supercomputing Center have presented a real-time interactive visualisation of a cardiac computational model that shows the potential of HPC-based simulation codes and GPU-accelerated clusters to simulate the human cardiovascular system.At the NVIDIA GTC17 conference in San Jose (CA, US), BSC and NVIDIA bring together Alya simulation code and NVIDIA IndeX scalable software to implement an in-situ visualisation solution for of electro mechanical simulations of the BSC cardiac computational model. While Alya simulates the electromechanical cardiac propagation, NVIDIA IndeX is used for an immediate in-situ visualisation. The in-situ visualisation allows researchers to interact with the data on the fly giving a better insight into the simulations.Alya is an HPC-based multiphysics simulation suite developed at the Barcelona Supercomputing Center, which is the core component of a cardiac computational model. In this model, BSC simulates the electromechanical propagation …

Global LIMS market set to rise by almost 10 per cent

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Market research firm Technavio has prepared a report forecasting the global LIMS market growth from the period of 2017-2021. In the report Technavio’s analysts forecast the global LIMS market to grow at a CAGR of 8.94 per cent during the period 2017-2021.The report covers the current global market and the growth prospects of the LIMS market. Estimations on market size are calculated by considering revenue generated from the sales of LIMS, ELN and LIS software. The report also includes a discussion of the key vendors operating in this market.The report cites the integration of traditional LIMS with healthcare systems as a significant market trend but also acknowledges that there will be challenges in data migration from legacy LIMS software into new systems.The primary reasoning for this growth is attributed to rising levels of chronic disease and aging population which require more resources. While this goes some way to explain LIS sales or sales into healthcare markets it remains to …

Optibrium and Goldfinch agree to StarDrop license

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Optibrium, a developer of software for small molecule discovery, and Goldfinch Bio, a company focused on discovering and developing precision therapies to treat patients with kidney disease, today announced that the company has signed a multi-year agreement to license Optibrium’s StarDrop software.Dr Matthew Segall, Optibrium’s CEO, commented: ‘We are delighted to welcome Goldfinch Bio to the family of StarDrop users. We look forward to working with their scientists to support their use of StarDrop in the discovery of new precision therapies for kidney disease.’The agreement will see the deployment of six of StarDrop’s plug-in modules and implementation of StarDrop’s Query Interface for seamless integration with Goldfinch Bio’s chemistry and biology databases.StarDrop is designed to be a complete package of fully integrated software for small molecule design, optimisation and data analysis. With a highly visual and user-friendly interface it enables a seamless flow from the latest dat…

Oxford Gene Technology expands NGS custom cancer panel content

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Oxford Gene Technology has expanded its SureSeq myPanel NGS Custom Cancer Panel content. The expansion comes in response to increasing use of NGS as a tool for research into an increasing number of cancer types allowing researchers to obtain reliable data for difficult-to-sequence genes and mutations.This content is optimised for haematology and solid tumours including breast, colorectal, lung, ovarian and prostate cancer, glioma, melanoma, sarcoma, leukaemia’s, myeloproliferative neoplasms and myelodysplastic syndrome.Dr Anna Skowronska, research and development scientist at West Midlands Regional Genetics Laboratory, has been using the SureSeq Myeloid Panel content. Skowronska commented: ‘We’ve found that the SureSeq Panel performs very well and has detected all known positives with an excellent variant detection of around 1 per cent. We were positively surprised right from the very first analysis by the level of mutation detection achievable.'Targeted gene panels apply next-gen…

Autoscribe strengthens technical marketing and support team

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Autoscribe Informatics has announced that it has strengthened its technical marketing and support team on both sides of the Atlantic. Simon Wood has been appointed as product manager for the Matrix Gemini Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS), while Maria Cortez has joined the company as technical services manager, North America.John Boother, president of Autoscribe said: ‘Autoscribe continues to be committed to ensuring that our existing customers get the best possible technical support and to creating an environment for continued business growth. We are pleased to welcome two such talented individuals, which continues our policy of sustained investment into Autoscribe’s worldwide business and further strengthens our teams in the UK and North America.’Operating from the UK, Simon will utilise his experience of international markets acting as the focal point for the development of the Matrix Gemini product line, including the identification of market requirements and market …

Argonne National Laboratory gets new Cray supercomputer

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Cray has announced it has been awarded a contract to deliver a Cray CS400 cluster supercomputer to the Laboratory Computing Resource Center (LCRC) at Argonne National Laboratory.The new Cray system will serve as the Centre’s flagship cluster, and in continuing with LCRC’s theme of jazz-music inspired computer names, the Cray CS400 system is named ‘Bebop’.Argonne National Laboratory established the LCRC in 2002 to enable and promote the use of high-performance computing (HPC) across the Laboratory in support of its varied research missions. The LCRC is available to the entire Argonne user community and its integrated computing and data resources will include the new 1.5 petaflop Cray CS400 system. These computing systems are stepping stones in the development of petascale codes that will run on systems such as Theta, a Cray XC40 supercomputer at the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF).‘At its core, the mission of the LCRC is to provide Argonne’s users with supercomputing resou…

CFMS appoints new Chairman

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The Centre for Modelling and Simulation (CFMS), has today announced the appointment of Phill Cartwright as Chairman.Cartwright brings a wealth of industry experience into this new position having previously worked as the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for the High-Value Manufacturing (HVM) Catapult, retiring in February 2017. Prior to this, he held senior positions at Laing O’Rourke and Rolls-Royce, and is currently an Associate Director for The Manufacturing Technology Center (MTC), Coventry.‘It is an honour to become Chairman.’ Stated Cartwright. ‘CFMS is an organisation with tremendous potential and I look forward to working with the team in developing its strategy and delivering its next phase of growth.’Recognised throughout industry, academia and government, Phill’s career spans 34 years, where his focus is on helping organisations to become more competitive through access to innovative, new technologies for manufacturing and design.With increased government investment in High-V…

Cray partnership to deliver combined AI and data analytics capabilities

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Supercomputer integrator Cray has announced that it has signed a solutions provider agreement with Mark III Systems to develop, market, and sell products that leverage Cray’s portfolio of supercomputing and big data analytics systems.‘We’re very excited to be partnering with Cray to deliver unique platforms and data-driven solutions to our joint clients, especially around the key opportunities of data analytics, artificial intelligence, cognitive compute, and deep learning,’ said Chris Bogan, Mark III’s director of business development and alliances. Mark III Systems’ BlueChasm digital development unit is focused on building and running open digital, cognitive, and AI platforms in partnership with enterprises, institutions, service providers, and software and cloud partners.Mark III Systems can now combine the design, development, and engineering expertise of its BlueChasm team with the data-intensive computing capabilities of the Cray XC, Cray CS, and Urika-GX systems, and offer ente…

ALCF seeking proposals to advance big data science

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The Argonne Leadership Computing Facility, part of the US Department of Energy (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory is now accepting proposals for large data science projects. The Argonne Leadership Computing Facility Data Science Program (ADSP) is hoping to gain insight into large datasets produced by experimental, simulation, or observational methods in preparation for 200 petaflop system ‘Aurora’ which should begin operations at the Argonne facility in 2018.From April 24 to June 15, ADSP’s open call provides an opportunity for researchers to make significant advances in data science and software technology through allocations of computer time and supporting resources at the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF), a US Department of Energy Office of Science User Facility.The ADSP, now in its second year, is the first program of its kind in the nation, and targets big data science problems that require the scale and performance of leadership computing resources. ALCF’s currently h…

IBM, NVIDIA, Stone Ridge Technology set record in HPC oil and gas simulation

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IBM andStone Ridge Technology have the completion of a new performance milestone in reservoir simulation that will improve efficiency and lower the cost of production. Working withNvidia, the companies reported that they had beat previous results using one-tenth the power and 1/100th of the space by employing GPUs alongside a GPU optimised code from Stone Ridge Technology called ECHELON.The simulation represents a significant milestone for oil and gas simulation as the project demonstrated the ability of Nvidia GPUs to simulate one billion cell models in a fraction of the time while delivering 10x the performance and efficiency of legacy CPU codes. The simulation used 60 processors and 120 accelerators easily beating the previous supercomputer record which was set using 1000s of processors.‘This milestone calculation illuminates the advantages of the Minsky OpenPower GPU architecture.’ said Sumit Gupta, IBM vice president, High-Performance Computing, and Analytics. ‘The bottom line is…

OFC supports deployment of new HPC system at the AWE

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High-Performance Computing (HPC) storage and data analytics integrator, OCF, is supporting scientific research at the UK Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE), with the design, testing and implementation of a new HPC, cluster and separate big data storage system.The new HPC system is built on IBM’s POWER8 architecture and a separate parallel file system, called Cedar 3, built on IBM Spectrum Scale. In early benchmark testing, Cedar 3 is operating 10 times faster than the previous high-performance storage system at AWE. Both server and storage systems use IBM Spectrum Protect for data backup and recovery.'Our work to maintain and support the Trident missile system is undertaken without actual nuclear testing, which has been the case ever since the UK became a signatory to the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT); this creates extraordinary scientific and technical challenges – something we’re tackling head on with OCF,' comments Paul Tomlinson, HPC Operations at AWE. '…

Harnessing the power of simulation in the cloud

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Simulation software provider Computer Simulation Technology (CST), part ofSimulia, a Dassault Systèmes brand, have partnered with Rescale, a HPC and cloud computing provider to enableengineers and scientists running simulations in CST Studio Suite to easily access Rescale’s ScaleX platform.‘We are very excited to be partnering with CST, as a new part of the Simulia brand of Dassault Systèmes,’ said Joris Poort, CEO at Rescale. ‘We believe that CST Studio Suite users will benefit from the fast, flexible, secure, and huge on-demand resources that Rescale can bring to computationally-demanding tools, such as electromagnetic simulation.’CST Studio Suite is a software package specifically for electromagnetic simulation. Customers using this softwae often demand high-performance IT resources for large system-level simulation. Reducing run-times, particularly for multi-parameter optimization, can improve design throughput and the critical time-to-market for a product. Such IT resources are t…

Tegile receives new funding to develop flash storage

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Tegile Systems, a developer of flash-driven storage arrays for databases, virtualised server and virtual desktop environments, has announced $33 million in additional funding.Flash based storage systems could be very useful to future HPC systems because of the reduced latency of flash systems when compared to traditional storage media. However, so far the market has not seen widespread adoption in HPC because of the relatively high cost of flash technology which makes it unsuitable for most large-scale HPC systems.If flash developers can continue to innovate around the cost to design and produce flash based storage it is likely that the technology would be adopted by the HPC industry within a few years.‘The storage market is rapidly being reshaped as the battle continues between incumbents that struggle to innovate and startups that have brought tremendous innovation to data centres. In this highly competitive and turbulent market, Tegile has always been focused on two main goals: dis…

Canadian research boosted by new supercomputer

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Simon Fraser University (SFU), Compute Canada and WestGrid were all part of the major new update to Canad's HPC resources with the recent announcement of the launch of the most powerful academic supercomputer in Canada, Cedar. Housed in the new data centre at SFU’s Burnaby Campus, Cedar will serve Canadian researchers across the country in all scientific disciplines by providing expanded compute, storage and cloud resources.‘We are honoured to be one of the four new national advanced research computing (ARC) systems that will provide Canadian researchers access to the latest technology and expertise they need to make transformative scientific discoveries,’ says Joy Johnson, SFU’s vice-president, research and international. ‘SFU is a distinct leader in ARC and Cedar will place us in the world’s top 100 supercomputer installations.’The SFU was founded almost 50 years ago and now has campuses in British Columbia's three largest cities—Vancouver, Surrey, and Burnaby. SFU has eight…

Mateo Valero named recipient of 2017 IEEE Computer Society Charles Babbage award

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Mateo Valero, professor in the Computer Architecture Department at Polytechnic University of Catalonia and director of the Barcelona Supercomputing Center, has been selected to receive the 2017 IEEE Computer Society (IEEE-CS) Charles Babbage Award.The award, consisting of a certificate and a $1,000 honorarium, will be presented on 31 May 2017 at the annual IEEE-CS International Parallel and Distributed Processing Symposium (IPDPS 2017). Valero will deliver a keynote speech on Runtime-Aware Architectures at the conference on 1 June 2017.The award was established in memory of Charles Babbage in recognition of significant contributions in the field of parallel computation. Charles Babbage was a mathematician, philosopher, inventor and mechanical engineer best known for his work, along with Ada Lovelace, in helping to create the programmable computer.The award is given to individuals that demonstrate an outstanding or innovative contribution to parallel computation. The award covers all a…

Professor Michael Resch named as chairman of GCS board of directors

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The Gauss Centre for Supercomputing (GCS) has announced Professor Michael Resch has been named as the new chairman of the GCS Board of Directors. Resch succeeds Professor Thomas Lippert, director of the Institute for Advanced Simulation at Forschungszentrum Jülich and head of the Jülich Supercomputing Centre.Resch has served as director of the High-Performance Computing Center Stuttgart (HLRS) for more than a decade, and is also director of the Institute for High-Performance Computing (IHR) at the University of Stuttgart.‘Over the coming years, GCS is devoted to keeping its leading European position in HPC,’ said Resch. ‘With all the challenges of architectural diversity and varying user requirements, we strongly believe that GCS will face the challenge and deliver performance not just in terms of flops, but more importantly in terms of best solutions and practices for our scientific and industrial users.’Resch is enthusiastic about leading the next chapter of leading-edge German HPC.…

Cellular Biomedicine Group (CBMG) boosts development of CAR-T and Stem Cell therapies

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Cellular Biomedicine Group(CBMG), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical firm engaged in the development of immunotherapies for cancer and stem cell therapies for degenerative diseases and GE Healthcare Life Sciences-China, have announced that they have established a strategic research collaboration to co-develop certain high-quality industrial control processes in Chimeric Antigen Receptor T-cell (CAR-T) and stem cell manufacturing. As part of the collaboration, a joint laboratory within CBMG’s new Shanghai Zhangjiang GMP-facility will be established and dedicated to the joint research and development of a functionally integrated and automated immunotherapy cell preparation system.CBMG and GE Healthcare Life Sciences China plan to develop state-of-the-art automated CAR-T and stem cell manufacturing capabilities that build upon the accreditation of CBMG’s GMP facilities in Shanghai, Wuxi and Beijing.  The co-development activity will aim to standardise the delivery of cell manufacturing t…