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HPC News Roundup for February 27, 2015

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As we head into the busy event season we like to call HPC March Madness, the past week has had its share of notable news items that didn’t make it to the Features page.

Optalysys to Power Genomics with Optical Computing

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Today the TGAC Genome Analysis Centre and Optalysys announced a collaboration to develop and implement an energy-efficient optical processing device for large-scale DNA sequence searches.

Usable Exascale and Beyond Moore’s Law

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“Over the last five years HPC performance growth has been slowing measurably, and in this presentation several reasons for this slowdown will be analyzed. To reach usable exascale performance over the next decade, some fundamental changes will have to occur in HPC systems architecture. In particular, a transition from a compute centric to a data movement centric point of view needs to be considered. Alternatives including quantum and neuromorphic computing have also been considered. The prospects of these technologies for post-Moore’s Law supercomputing will be explored.”

How OpenCL Could Open the Gates for FPGAs

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“The silver bullet in HLS is the ability to take a sequential description that has been written in C and then find this parallelism, the concurrencies, without the user having to think. That was a necessary technology before we could do anything. It has been adopted by thousands of users already as a standalone technology, but what we do is embed that technology inside OpenCL compilers so that now it can be utilised in full software mode and it is fully compatible with OpenCL.”

Optalysys to Spark Optical Processing with Series A Funding

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Today UK based startup Optalysys Ltd announced that the company has launched a Series A funding round to support product commercialization activities up to the first product launches in 2017.

Interview: D-Wave Systems Steps Up With Quantum Computing

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“We’ve grown substantially and matured as a company. We’ve expanded our customer base. We’ve hired many talented people who have strengthened our core technical, administrative, legal, and management teams. We’re in the final stages of perfecting the design of our next generation, “Washington”, quantum processor. We’ve cemented new business relationships with companies, including 1QBit, DNA-SEQ, and QxBranch, aiming to develop software for our platform. And we have gained a deeper understanding of the best ways to harness quantum computing resources.”

Radio Free HPC Sorts Through the News Grab Bag

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In this episode, the Radio Free HPC team digs into the Grab Bag for Topics of the Week. Dan attended the Lenovo Analyst Conference, and they have him convinced that the company is Going Big on HPC. Rich notes that D-Wave Systems has just landed an additional $29 Million in financing. Is Quantum Computing ready for Prime Time? Finally, Henry is looking forward to seeing what the President’s science priorities are going to be when his budget comes out this week.

D-Wave Systems Raises $29M for Quantum Computing

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Today D-Wave Systems announced that it has closed $29 million in funding to accelerate development of the company’s quantum hardware and software.

Video: High Performance Quantum Computing

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In this video, Matthias Troyer speaks at Google on the topic of “High Performance Quantum Computing.” The presentation took place on December 2, 2014.

HP to Release Beta OS for The Machine in 2016

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Over at MIT Technology Review, Tom Simonite writes that Hewlett-Packard’s ambitious plan to reinvent computing will begin with the release of a prototype operating system next year.