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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…

Optibrium collaborate on drug metabolism prediction research

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Optibrium is aiming to develop products with improved metabolism prediction capabilities through a new collaborative parternship with the non-profit organisation and educational charity, Lhasa Limited.The development of methods to predict metabolism is an important avenue of research and finds application in the development of drugs, cosmetics, nutritional supplements and agrochemicals. It is necessary to understand a compound’s pharmacokinetics and ensure that it has sufficient exposure at a target to exert its therapeutic effect.This subject is of particular interest to drug developers as the formation of toxic metabolites contribute to the high attrition rates experienced in the development of new chemical entities, the imposition of black-box warnings or even the withdrawal of approved pharmaceuticals. Therefore, the ability to identify potential metabolite issues early is of crucial importance to improving the efficiency and safety of the drug discovery process.Dr Matt Segall, CE…

MachineWorks expands the Polygonica team

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MachineWorks, a provider of component software, has appointed Richard Baxter as the new Sales Manager for Polygonica.Richard has an MA in Physics from Cambridge University and has spent twenty-five years working in CAD middleware development, support, technical consulting, implementation, and sales.He may be a familiar name to some MachineWorks customers due to his time spent working with MachineWorks technology in its early days of its development. He also worked for several years with Tech Soft 3D supporting their product range in the EMEA region. Most recently he has been working as a software developer with DNV GL on design and structural analysis software for ships and offshore structures.Fenqiang Lin, Managing Director of MachineWorks stated, ‘We are pleased to have Richard back in the business, his technical knowledge in geometric modelling and his wealth of experience in the graphics industry over the last twenty-five years make Richard a crucial asset for the Polygonica team.…

The Pistoia Alliance Calls for greater Collaboration to overcome tech challenges in life sciences

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The Pistoia Alliance, a global, not for profit alliance that works to lower barriers to innovation in life sciences research and development, is calling upon the industry to improve collaborative efforts to use patient data to its full effect.The organisation is calling for more collaboration to build and develop machine learning and deep learning systems, and for this data to be incorporated from therapeutic interventions or diagnostics into R&D. This is a difficult task for any organisation to master alone so the Pistoia Alliance wants to drive collaboration as many organisations would benefit significantly from industry-wide pre-competitive collaboration.‘Pharmaceutical companies are capturing and storing more data than ever before. But deriving insights from data which translate into R&D outcomes that benefit patients, is a huge challenge,’ commented Dr Steve Arlington, president of The Pistoia Alliance. ‘At the same time, today’s healthcare environments demand that pharma…

LabNetwork integrates with Reaxys

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Elsevier, a provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, has announced a collaboration with LabNetwork, WuXi AppTec’s global chemistry ecommerce platform.LabNetwork’s nearly four million commercially available discovery, and research compounds will now be directly available to users of Reaxys, Elsevier’s premier chemistry database.‘We are always looking for ways to support our customers to become more efficient and successful in their research,’ commented Dr Thibault Géoui, senior director for chemistry solutions at Elsevier. ‘This integration with LabNetwork streamlines a process that thousands of researchers undertake many times a day. Speeding up these activities helps companies’ commercialise their compounds faster, meaning that customers in rapidly developing markets, such as China, will benefit in particular. Not only because they will have peace of mind about the quality of the product they are investing in, but by boosting exports as well as…

Scientists use HPC to unearth new species in tropical rainforest soils

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An international team of scientists, including researchers fromTU Kaiserslautern, Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS)and theKarlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) have unearthed new species of eukaryotic organisms in tropical rainforest soils using german supercomputer SuperMUC.The researchers examined the presence and diversity of protist organisms in rainforest soils by analysing their DNA using SuperMUC which is housed at the Leibniz Rechenzentrum (LRZ) in Garching, Germany part of the Gauss Centre for Supercomputing. The research findings have recently published in a paper entitled: ‘Parasites dominate hyperdiverse soil protist communities in Neotropical rainforests’ in the journal ‘Nature Ecology and Evolution’.The research project collected soil samples from in lowland rainforests of Costa Rica, Panama, and Ecuador and then isolated and analysed the DNA of the microorganisms in Germany. ‘We analysed a total of over 130 million DNA sequences which posed a grand b…

ARM’s latest chip targets AI

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ARM has taken a step into the artificial intelligence market with the announcement of a new micro-architecture - DynamIQ - specifically designed for artificial intelligence (AI)ARM has stated that this new chip is enabling higher performance ceilings than ever before without compromising on ARM’s well-established energy efficiency.In a blog post, Nandan Nayampally, ARM’s GM of Compute Products Group stated: ‘DynamIQ technology is a monumental shift in multi-core microarchitecture for the industry and the foundation for future ARM Cortex-A processors. The flexibility and versatility of DynamIQ will redefine the multi-core experience across a greater range of devices from edge to cloud across a secure, common platform.’ARM has announced its latest micro-architecture will directly address artificial intelligence applications with dedicated processor instructions for Machine Learning (ML) and AI, Increased multi-core flexibility that SoC designers can use to scale up to eight cores within…

Arthritis Research UK Introduces IBM Watson-Powered ‘Virtual Assistant’

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Arthritis sufferers in the UK will soon have access to a ‘virtual personal assistant’ that will provide information and advice to people living with Arthritis. This new service is powered by IBM Watson, a commercially available cognitive computing service, in partnership with the UK-based charity Arthritis Research UK.Liam O'Toole, Chief Executive Officer at Arthritis Research UK, said: ‘We know that there are millions of people in the UK living with arthritis whose lives are severely limited as they struggle with unanswered questions. We want to ensure that everyone has access to information and support, whenever and wherever they need it. We’re excited to be working with IBM Watson on this innovative new service that will enable us to have conversations with anyone seeking help, that we simply wouldn’t be able to answer so quickly otherwise.’The charity has teamed up with IBM to ensure people seeking help will have access to personalised information from the Arthritis Research U…

Pistoia Alliance launches the Chemical Safety Library Service

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The Pistoia Alliance is aiming to improve laboratory safety with the launch of a newChemical Safety Library (CSL) Service-a collaborative database of hazardous reaction incident data, which allows hazardous reaction information to be captured, stored and shared.It is hoped that this service, which provides tools for scientists to submit their safety data to prevent the repeat of dangerous events.‘Laboratory and personal safety during R&D is paramount. Many commercial and open resources exist that detail hazardous properties of individual reagents. However, we often lack real-life guidance regarding the combining and reacting of such reagents. This is because critical safety incident details typically are stored in internal silos, are undiscoverable, and are not shared between scientists,’ commented Steve Arlington, president of The Pistoia Alliance.The CSL Service includes a collaborative database containing an initial set of hazardous reaction incidents compiled by The Pistoia Al…

Intel invests in Driverless car technology

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Intel has joined the race to develop driverless cars this week as the company has announced the acquisition of Mobileye for £15 billion.Mobileye is a specialist in computer vision, machine learning and mapping for driverless car systems. The Israeli-based company develops proprietary chips and software that interprets datato anticipate possible collisions with other vehicles, pedestrians, cyclists, animals, debris and other obstacles.‘We expect the growth towards autonomous driving to be transformative. It will provide consumers with safer, more flexible, and less costly transportation options, and provide incremental business model opportunities for our automaker customers,’ said Mr Ziv Aviram, Mobileye co-founder, president, and CEO.This is a clear sign that Intel intends to try and grab a piece of the autonomous vehicle market which Intel has valued at approximately $70 billion by 2030.While Intel is acquiring Mobileye the resulting conglomeration of the company’s technologies and …

Fox Chase Cancer Center adopts Bright Cluster Manager

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Bright Computing, a provider of hardware-agnostic cluster and cloud management software, has announced that the Fox Chase Cancer Center is now using Bright Cluster Manager for use in a new high-performance computing (HPC) cluster in operation at the centre.Fox Chase Cancer Center chose Bright Cluster Manager for its easy-to-use graphical user interface (GUI), which gives researchers point and click cluster management, rather than the traditional command line interface. ‘We evaluated many cluster management tools and Bright was the obvious choice, especially since Fox Chase was transitioning from two different Linux systems,’ said Debbie Willbanks, senior partner, at Data in Science Technologies.‘Activities that are difficult in other cluster management tools are easy with Bright, providing a turnkey solution for cluster management. Using a GUI and a few mouse clicks, administrators can easily accomplish tasks that were previously command line driven and requiring numerous ad hoc tools…

Weather simulation moves to the continent

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Weather and climate simulation services could soon be run in Europe rather than the UK as it was announced that the European Centre for Medium-range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) is proposing to move its supercomputing capabilities to a new data centre located in Italy.The ECMWF council comprised of the 22 member states met at the end of last month to consider proposals to host ECMWF’s data centre. This meeting took place at the end of an evaluation process by a panel of international experts and representatives who reviewed bids on criteria ranging from financial and technical aspects and environmental impact to capability to deliver the new data centre.Ultimately the evaluation found that the current data centre could not meet future targets laid out by the ECMWF.ECMWF’s Director-General Florence Rabier stated: ‘It has been clear for a while now that the current data centre facility does not offer the required flexibility for future growth and changes in high-performance computing (HPC)…