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Altair announces collaboration with CANDI Controls

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Altair has announced its collaboration with CANDI Controls to offer a smart building solution that operates with commercial gateways. The new Altair-CANDI solution combines CANDI PowerTools, which handles the complex protocol and networking problems required to securely integrate and manage edge device communications, with Carriots Analytics’ data analytics interface, offering advanced data analytics and visualisation for all types of smart building data.‘Altair is very excited to collaborate with CANDI to offer a comprehensive business intelligence platform for smart buildings,’ said Joe Sorovetz, senior vice president for Enterprise Business at Altair. ‘Carriots Analytics will not only let building operators collect and analyze building data, it also allows them to quickly derive valuable and actionable insight to increase efficiency and reduce operating costs.’Through the integration of Carriots Analytics with PowerTools, Altair and CANDI are bringing to market a new way to acquire…

Microsoft acquires Cycle Computing

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The computing giant Microsoft has announced the acquisition of Cycle Computing to strengthen the company’s HPC and big data cloud infrastructure.Cycle computing, a Connecticut based company that has been in operation since 2005 has built up considerable expertise in the orchestration of big data and HPC workloads in the cloud.Jason Zander - Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Azure stated in a blog post on the Microsoft website: ‘I’m pleased to share that we’ve acquired Cycle Computing, a leader in cloud computing orchestration, to help make it easier than ever for customers to use High-Performance Computing (HPC) and other Big Computing capabilities in the cloud. The cloud is quickly changing the world of Big Compute, giving customers the on-demand power and infrastructure necessary to run massive workloads at scale without the overhead. Your compute power is no longer measured or limited by the square footage of your data centre.’Microsoft stated that this deal will strengthen the A…

Geneformics accelerates the migration of precision medicine to the cloud

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Geneformics, a provider of genomics IT infrastructures designed on advance the accessibility of transfer, storage and archiving of Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) data, has announced Geneformics D, a distributed cloud compression solution for genomics data.The software is based on lossless compression technology co-developed with the, Weizmann Institute of Science, Geneformics D is an enterprise-grade Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) for genomics cloud installations. The software enables NGS researchers can automatically,  precision medicine data from population sequencing, gene banks, hereditary, and rare disease, cancer, and genomics-based pharmaceutical efficacy research can be automatically and transparently compressed, saving time, bandwidth, and significant storage space.‘Precision medicine is making the migration of genomic processes to a cloud infrastructure attractive for healthcare and research organizations, due to scalability, sharing features and ease of use,’ said Raf…

Further expansion for Autoscribe in the US

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Autoscribe Informatics, a provider of Laboratory Information Managements Systems (LIMS) and other database management applications, has moved into larger premises in Lakeville Corporate Park, Lakeville, MA.This expansion of the US operation follows a similar move by the UK headquarters of Autoscribe Informatics into bigger offices in December 2017.Kristine Joyce, Operations Manager for Autoscribe Informatics in the US, explained: ‘With sales, admin, technical services and support functions all on-site, our original office in Falmouth, MA was creaking at the seams. Lakeville is perfectly positioned for our staff between Cape Cod, Providence and Boston, and provides the ideal space for us to expand into. The move went very smoothly and we were up and running very quickly with no disruption to our customers.’In 2016 Autoscribe announced a record order intake for its Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS) in the USA. Results for the six months to April 2016 showed a total increa…

OSC helps researchers map the universe

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The Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC) played a critical role in helping researchers discover new insights in the growth of the universe from its infancy to present day.New results released by the OSC confirm the theory that the present universe is composed of only 4 per cent ordinary matter, 26 per cent mysterious dark matter, and the remaining 70 per cent in the form of mysterious dark energy, which causes the accelerating expansion of the universe.The findings from researchers at The Ohio State University and their colleagues from the Dark Energy Survey (DES) collaboration are based on data collected during the first year of the DES, which covers more than 1,300 square degrees of the sky or about the area of 6,000 full moons. DES uses the Dark Energy Camera mounted on the Blanco 4m telescope at the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory high in the Chilean Andes.According to Klaus Honscheid, PhD, professor of physics and leader of the Ohio State DES group, OSC was critical to getting…

Texas advanced computing centre launches new supercomputer

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Texas Advanced Computing Center at the University of Texas has launched a new supercomputer - Stampede2 - with help from a $30 million award from the US National Science Foundation (NSF).The new systems, the largest at any US university, will support nation's scientists and engineers.‘Stampede2 represents a new horizon for academic researchers in the US,’ said Dan Stanzione, TACC's executive director. ‘It will serve many thousands of our nation's scientists and engineers, allowing them to improve our competitiveness and ensure that UT Austin remains a leader in computational research for the national open science community.’AT the opening ceremony representatives from TACC were joined by leaders from The University of Texas at Austin, The University of Texas System, the National Science Foundation (NSF) and industry partners Dell EMC, Intel and Seagate.‘For 16 years, the Texas Advanced Computing Center has earned its reputation for innovation and technological leadership,’…

UK government funds virtual nuclear research

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UK government has contracted project management firm, Amec Foster Wheeler, to lead a £2.9 million nuclear research program.The £2.9 million contract from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) will focus on the set up of a UK digital Reactor Design Partnership that will focus on the use of virtual engineering and high-performance computing (HPC) to enhance the techniques used to design reactors and optimise their performance.Clive White, President of Amec Foster Wheeler’s Clean Energy business stated: ‘We are delighted to be working with BEIS and our partners to establish a virtual network that will enhance the techniques used in reactor design, in assessing how reactors will perform during their operating life and how this can be optimised.’‘We will be bringing together expertise from industry and academia combining the latest digital techniques, such as virtual engineering, with advanced multi-physics modelling and simulation expertise. The objective is t…

Boeing and Dassault Systèmes extend partnership

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Dassault Systèmes and Boeing have extended their partnership to expand the deployment of Dassault Systèmes’ products across its commercial aviation, space, and defence.The announcement comes after the completion of a competitive process to assess potential software solutions which included rigorous analysis of technical and functional capabilities, cost and business benefits across the value chain. Boeing will deploy the 3DEXPERIENCE platform in phases and rely on Winning ProgramCo-Design to TargetReady for RateBuild to Operate and License to Fly industry solution experiences for aerospace and defence to deepen its end to end digital collaboration, design, engineering, analysis, manufacturing planning and shop floor execution capabilities throughout the enterprise. ‘Dassault Systèmes is proud to collaborate with Boeing as it embarks on another century of innovation with a partner it trusts.  Boeing not only leads the way in its own industry but influences the progress of all ind…

Training and support number one concern for the HPC community

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Initial results of the Scientific Computing World (SCW) HPC readership survey have shown training and support for HPC resources are the number one concern for both those that operate and manage HPC facilities and researchers using HPC resources.The survey has now been live for a week and early results are already presenting new topics which will highlight the greatest challenges to supporting and using HPC.Several themes have emerged as a priority to both HPC managers and users/researchers. Respondents cite that training and support are essential parameters compared to performance, hardware or the availability of HPC resources.HPC operators’ and managers’ top concerns are training, application performance and seeking investment for further upgrades and development. One thing that stood out among the responses was not a desire to attain performance or new hardware but a focus on maintenance, uptime, efficient use of resources, data preservation.These participants also identified challe…

University offers AI education with new MSc

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The University of Aberdeen in the UK has announced that it is launching a new master’s degree in Artificial Intelligence. The degree aims to fill the fast growing need for AI-literate workers in a range of industries.While AI is a broad field, the degree aims to familiarise students with those technologies most sought after in business, covering areas such as big data, analytics, data science, machine learning and AI for decision support. Professor Wamberto Vasconcelos, head of the University’s Department of Computing Science, said:‘This course builds on the department’s world leading research strengths and strong industrial ties. Artificial Intelligence promises to be the next industrial revolution, and such technologies are in great demand worldwide.’ ‘Given the well-recognised skills shortage in the field, this course offers companies a fresh pool of talent from which to recruit, allowing them to shape their workforce in preparation for the new economy. Our close partnership with t…

Analytik Jena sells AJ Blomesystem

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Analytik Jena has announced that it is selling all of its shares in AJ Blomesystem to the GUS Group with the transaction effective as of July 1st. The sale of the previously wholly owned subsidiary and provider of comprehensive laboratory software management and information systems (LIMS) results from the strategic orientation of Analytik Jena, which will focus on its core business of lab analysis in the future.‘We are glad to have found a strategic investor for AJ Blomesystem with the GUS Group, which is pursuing the goal of developing the LIMS business in the coming years, of investing in the company and thus of offering our employees long-term prospects,’ says Ulrich Krauss, CEO of Analytik Jena AG.AJ Blomesystem will operate under the new name of Blomesystem as of July 1, 2017, will be run independently under the umbrella of the GUS Group in the future. Krauss stresses that what is key here is that the GUS Group will take on all of the employees and maintain the locations in Jena …

Elsevier launches showcase for pharma and biotech startup companies

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Elsevier has announced that applications and nominations for The Hive, its innovation hub for biotech and pharmaceutical startups, are now open.The Hive, first launched in 2016, highlights the innovation in the startup biotech and pharma sector. The project offers complimentary access to Elsevier’s suite of research and development solutions for selected biotech and pharma startup companies with each company chosen for its work in early-stage drug discovery and development.‘We created The Hive in 2016 to highlight the trend in the industry that has seen biotech and pharma start-ups become centers of cutting-edge science. This trend is continuing in 2017 – many of the most promising drug candidates and discoveries in R&D pipelines originate from these early stage companies,’ commented Tamas Szarvas, CMO, corporate research and development, Elsevier’s R&D Solutions. ‘In 2017, The Hive will continue to highlight the fresh, innovative and agile world of R&D that is taking plac…

Software to improve UK resilience to extreme events

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A powerful computer system capable of revolutionising the UK’s ability to plan for extreme events, such as flooding and power outages, is being designed as part of a government scheme to increase the nation’s resiliency to extreme weather events. It is estimated that inadequate infrastructure costs the UK £2million a day, and extreme events can cost hundreds of millions more.To make the nation’s vital systems more adaptable to such changing circumstances, the UK Government has invested £138million in a project called UKCRIC (UK Collaboratorium for Research in Infrastructure & Cities),  which will see state-of-the-art new facilities established at 11 universities.These systems provide essential services such as energy, transport, digital communications, water supply, flood protection, and wastewater and solid waste collection, treatment and disposal.As part of UKCRIC, The UK government has invested £8million in the Data and Analytics Facility for National Infrastructure (DAFNI). DA…

PSSC Labs announces collaboration to develop HPC solutions for weather modelling

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PSSC Labs, a developer of custom HPC and Big Data computing solutions, today announced it is working with Atmospheric Data Solutions, (ADS) to provide a new turnkey HPC system aimed at weather modelling applications.PSSC Labs will work with ADS to provide powerful and customised supercomputing solutions for their weather modeling products, maximising performance while staying within the budgetary constraints of each organization utilizing the end product. In addition to deploying PSSC Lab’s PowerWulf Clusters, ADS works with PSSC Labs to ensure the installation of custom modelling software on all HPC solutions - providing a turnkey solution that is delivered ready to use.‘PSSC Labs was accommodating every step of the way, whether it was finding the best hardware configuration within our client’s budget or allowing our engineers on site to work on the clusters before delivery,’ said Scott Capps, principal and founder of ADS. ‘The result is that our clients can now run models four times…

The LHCb experiment announces observation of a new particle

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At the European Physical Society Conference on High Energy Physics (EPS-HEP) in Venice, the LHCb experiment at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider has reported the observation of a new particle with two heavy quarks.The existence of this new particle, Ξcc++  (Xicc++), from the baryon family was predicted by current theories - but physicists have been trying to confirm the existence of baryons with two heavy quarks.The mass of the newly identified particle is about 3621 MeV, which is almost four times heavier than the most familiar baryon, the proton, a property that arises from the presence of two quarks. It is the first time that such a particle has been detected.‘Finding a doubly heavy-quark baryon is of great interest as it will provide a unique tool to further probe quantum chromodynamics, the theory that describes the strong interaction, one of the four fundamental forces,’ said Giovanni Passaleva, new Spokesperson of the LHCb collaboration. ‘Such particles will thus help us improve the…

Continued growth predicted for NGS

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The demand in Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) technology shows no signs of slowing down as market research firm BCC Research predicts that the clinical NGS market will increase to more than $10.5 Billion by 2022. Within a similar time-frame, the Research firm, Frost & Sullivan predict that the European NGS Informatics market will nearly double in value, as the market is expected to reach $508.6 million by 2021.As genome sequencing applications flourish and new initiatives such as personalised medicine begin to take shape, morecompanies are adapting software to make use of NGS data so it can be analysed as part of research initiatives. Some of these projects are even finding their way onto European supercomputers as the scope of the projects increases to take advantage of the potential for NGS.As the capability for NGS matures alongside the falling cost of sequencing, computing power and storage, it is becoming an economically viable option for many different research applications…

Cray awarded $18 million supercomputer contract from New Zealand’s National Institute of Water and atmospheric research

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Cray has today announced that it has been awarded a contract with the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) - valued at more than $18 million - to provide NIWA and its partner, the New Zealand eScience Infrastructure (NeSI), with three Cray supercomputers – two Cray XC50 supercomputers and a Cray CS400 cluster supercomputer.Headquartered in Auckland, NIWA is New Zealand’s largest and preeminent provider of climate and atmospheric research, and freshwater and ocean science. NIWA’s mission is to enhance the economic value and sustainable management of New Zealand’s aquatic resources and environments, to provide understanding of climate and the atmosphere, and increase the resilience to weather and climate hazards to improve safety and wellbeing of New Zealanders. Also hosted in Auckland, NeSI is a collaborative partnership between the University of Auckland, the University of Otago, Landcare Research, and NIWA, which delivers supercomputing services to researchers …

Atos launches the highest-performing quantum simulator in the world

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Atos, has announced a commercially available machine-system capable of simulating up to 40 quantum bits (Qubits). The simulator, named ‘Atos Quantum Learning Machine’ (Atos QLM), is powered by an ultra-compact supercomputer and a universal programming language. Available in 5 power configurations (30 to 40 Qubits) to cover the needs of different organizations, Atos QLM enables researchers, students and engineers to develop and test today the quantum applications and algorithms of tomorrow.The machine, designed by the ‘Atos Quantum’ laboratory - the first major quantum industry program in Europe, launched in November 2016 – has developed several top-class innovations which have resulted in numerous patent applications.At the announcement of the Atos Quantum Learning Machine Thierry Breton, Chairman and CEO of Atos, said: "Today, by unveiling the highest-performing commercial quantum simulator in the world, Atos reaffirms both its ambition to be the industry leader in Europe and it…

European supercomputing centres adopt joint procurement process

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Some of Europe’s leading supercomputing centres have joined forces to create a buyers group that will enable joint public procurement of new HPC systems.The new partnership of four public HPC centres (BSC, CINECA, JSC, and GENCI), located in four different countries (Spain, Italy, Germany, and France) means that new supercomputers can be procured through a market consultation for the purchase of HPC systems. This group will operate under as part of the Public Procurement of Innovative Solutions for High-Performance Computing (PPI4HPC) project.The partnership is intended to give the centres additional buying power so that supercomputing resources can be used more efficiently for science and engineering applications in Europe. It is also hoped that this coordinated approach will lead to a greater impact on the design of HPC solutions. An Open Dialogue Event (ODE) has been set up for HPC vendors and stakeholders on 6 September 2017 in Brussels.In April 2016, a communication from the Euro…

UK AWE awards new contract to Bull

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Atos, the company behind European supercomputer developer Bull, has announced that it was awarded a contract to install a new system for the UK’s Atomic Weapons Establsishment (AWE).The new system will feature a single Bull Sequana x1000 supercomputer with a theoretical peak performance of 4.3 Petaflops. The Bull Sequana system uses the Mellanox EDR interconnect and a Seagate Lustre storage appliance offering around 100 GB per second of I/O performance. The systems also use direct contact liquid cooling to increase compute density.‘High performance computing is a critical aspect of AWE, underpinning the vast majority of our science- based program, so we’re continually looking for ways to enhance and support the work conducted,’ said Andy Herdman, head of high performance computing at AWE.‘Following a successful competitive tendering process, Atos has been chosen as our digital partner to advance our high performance computing capabilities. AWE has had a successful relationship with At…