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NICE Software Releases EnginFrame 2017

“Since the NICE acquisition by Amazon Web Services (AWS), many customers asked us how to make the HPC experience in the Cloud as simple as the one they have on premises, while still leveraging the elasticity and flexibility that it provides. While we stay committed to delivering new and improved capabilities for on-premises deployments, like the new support for Citrix XenDesktop and the new HTML5 file transfer widgets, EnginFrame 2017 is our first step into making HPC easier to deploy and use in AWS, even without an in-depth knowledge of its APIs and rich service offering.”

Quantum Startup Rigetti Computing Raises $64 Million in Funding

Today Rigetti Computing, a leading quantum computing start-up, announced it has raised $64 million in Series A and B funding. “Quantum computing will enable people to tackle a whole new set of problems that were previously unsolvable,” said Chad Rigetti, founder and chief executive officer of Rigetti Computing. “This is the next generation of advanced computing technology. The potential to make a positive impact on humanity is enormous.”

New Univa Grid Engine Release Doubles Performance over Previous Versions

“Grid Engine 8.5’s significant performance improvement for submitting jobs and reduced scheduling times will have a profound impact to our customers’ bottom line as they can now get more work done in the same amount of time. By reducing the wait time for end-users, our customers can save significant costs. Managing the purchase of more servers and getting higher throughput means deadlines can be met with confidence and on budget. Our goal was to increase the value Univa provides over previous versions of Grid Engine, including the popular open source version 6.2U5,” said Bill Bryce, Vice President of Products at Univa.

Valerie Taylor Named Director of Mathematics and Computer Science at Argonne

Today Argonne announced that computer scientist Valerie Taylor has been appointed as the next director of the Mathematics and Computer Science (MCS) division at Argonne National Laboratory, effective July 3, 2017. “Valerie brings with her a wealth of leadership experience, computer science knowledge and future vision,” said Rick Stevens, Argonne Associate Laboratory Director for Computing, Environment and Life Sciences. “We feel strongly that her enthusiasm and drive will serve her well in her new role, and are pleased to have her joining our staff.”

Asetek Liquid Cooling Solution Coming to HPC Center

Today Asetek announced a new order from one of its existing OEM partners for its RackCDU D2C (Direct-to-Chip) liquid cooling solution. The order is part of a new installation for an undisclosed HPC customer. “I am very pleased with the progress we are making in our emerging data center business segment,” said André Sloth Eriksen, CEO and founder of Asetek. “This repeat order, from one of our OEM partners, to a new end customer confirms the trust in our unique liquid cooling solutions and that adoption is growing.”

UK to Launch Six HPC Centers

The UK is launching six HPC centers this month. Funded by £20 million from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) the centres are located around the UK, at the universities of Cambridge, Edinburgh, Exeter, and Oxford, Loughborough University, and UCL. “These centres will enable new discoveries, drive innovation and allow new insights into today’s scientific challenges. They are important because they address an existing gulf in capability between local university systems and the UK National Supercomputing Service ARCHER,” said Professor Philip Nelson, EPSRC’s Chief Executive.

Berkeley Lab Tunes NWChem for Intel Xeon Phi Processor

A team of researchers at Berkeley Lab, PNNL, and Intel are working hard to make sure that computational chemists are prepared to compute efficiently on next-generation exascale machines. Recently, they achieved a milestone, successfully adding thread-level parallelism on top of MPI-level parallelism in the planewave density functional theory method within the popular software suite NWChem. “Planewave codes are useful for solution chemistry and materials science; they allow us to look at the structure, coordination, reactions and thermodynamics of complex dynamical chemical processes in solutions and on surfaces.”

RCE Podcast Looks at Deal.II Finite Element Library

“deal.II — a name that originally meant to indicate that it is the successor to the Differential Equations Analysis Library — is a C++ program library targeted at the computational solution of partial differential equations using adaptive finite elements. It uses state-of-the-art programming techniques to offer you a modern interface to the complex data structures and algorithms required.”

New ARM Architecture Targets AI

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). “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.”

Huawei to Provide HPC Services to Tenerife in Canary Islands

Today Huawei an agreement with the Institute of Technology and Renewable Energy (ITER) to provide HPC services on Tenerife, one of the Spanish-controlled Canary Islands off the west coast of Africa. “The agreement established the collaboration between ITER and Huawei to jointly develop the capacity in super-computation, smart technology, big data applications and analysis applications, in which we have made important progress,” said Carlos Antonio Rodriguez, president of the local Administrative Council that runs ITER.