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Fortune 500 Firms Join IBM Q Network for Quantum Computing Research

Today IBM announced the first clients to tap into its IBM Q early-access commercial quantum computing systems to explore practical applications important to business and science. In all, twelve initial organizations joined to foster a growing quantum computing ecosystem based on IBM’s open source quantum software and developer tools.

Lenovo to Build 26.7 Petaflop SuperMUC-NG Cluster for LRZ in Germany

“Upon its completion in late 2018, the new Lenovo supercomputer (called SuperMUC-NG) will support LRZ in its groundbreaking research across a variety of complex scientific disciplines, such as astrophysics, fluid dynamics and life sciences, by offering highly available, secure and energy-efficient high-performance computing services that leverage industry-leading technology optimized to address the a broad range of scientific computing applications. The LRZ installation will also feature the 20-millionth server shipped by Lenovo, a significant milestone in the company’s data center history.”

Quantum Launches Scale-out NAS for High-Value and Data-Intensive Workloads

There is a gap in the market between NAS systems designed for enterprise data management and HPC solutions designed for data-intensive workloads,” said Molly Presley, vice president, Global Marketing, Quantum. “Xcellis Scale-out NAS fills this gap with the features needed by enterprises and the performance required by HPC in a single solution. Xcellis uniquely delivers capacity with the economics of tape and cloud and integrated AI for advanced data insights and can even support traditional block storage demands within the same platform.”

Baidu Deploys AMD EPYC Single Socket Platforms for ‘ABC’ Datacenters

“Baidu’s mission is to make a complex world simpler through technology, and we are constantly looking to discover and apply the latest cutting-edge technologies, innovations, and solutions to business. AMD EPYC processors provide Baidu with a new level of energy efficient and powerful computing capability.”

Speeding Data Transfer with ESnet’s Petascale DTN Project

Researchers at the DOE are looking to dramatically increase their data transfer capabilities with the Petascale DTN project. “The collaboration, named the Petascale DTN project, also includes the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, a leading center funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). Together, the collaboration aims to achieve regular disk-to-disk, end-to-end transfer rates of one petabyte per week between major facilities, which translates to achievable throughput rates of about 15 Gbps on real world science data sets.”

From SC17: Energy Efficiency in the Software Stack — Cross Community Efforts

In this special guest feature, Siddhartha Jana provides an update on cross-community efforts to improve energy efficiency in the software stack. The article covers events at SC17 that focused on energy efficiency and highlights ongoing collaborations across the community to develop advanced software technologies for system energy and power management.

New Avere FXT Edge Filer Doubles Performance, Capacity, and Bandwidth for Challenging Workloads

Today Avere Systems introduced the top-of-the-line FXT Edge filer, the FXT 5850. Designed for high data-growth industries, the new FXT enables customers to speed time to market, produce higher quality output and modernize the IT infrastructure with both cloud and advanced networking technologies.

“Our customers in the fields of scientific research, financial services, media and entertainment and others are nearing the limits of the modern data center with ever-increasing workload demands,” said Jeff Tabor, Senior Director of Product Management and Marketing at Avere Systems. “Built on Avere’s enterprise-proven file system technology, FXT 5850 delivers unparalleled performance and capacity to support the most compute-intensive environments and help our customers accelerate their businesses.”

MareNostrum 4 Named Most Beautiful Datacenter in the World

The MareNostrum 4 supercomputer at the Barcelona Supercomputing Centre has been named the winner of the Most Beautiful Data Center in the world Prize, hosted by the Datacenter Dynamics Company. “Aside from being the most beautiful, MareNostrum has been dubbed the most interesting supercomputer in the world due to the heterogeneity of the architecture it will include once installation of the supercomputer is complete. Its total speed will be 13.7 Petaflops. Its main memory is of 390 Terabytes and it has the capacity to store 14 Petabytes (14 million Gigabytes) of data. A high-speed network connects all the components in the supercomputer to one another.”

Innovate UK Award to Confirm Business Case for Quantum-enhanced Optimization Algorithms

Today D-Wave Systems announced its involvement in a grant-funded UK project to improve logistics and planning operations using quantum computing algorithms. “Advancing AI planning techniques could significantly improve operational efficiency across major industries, from law enforcement to transportation and beyond,” said Robert “Bo” Ewald, president of D-Wave International. “Advancing real-world applications for quantum computing takes dedicated collaboration from scientists and experts in a wide variety of fields. This project is an example of that work and will hopefully lead to faster, better solutions for critical problems.”

Accelerating HPC with Intel FPGAs

FPGAs can improve performance per watt, bandwidth and latency. In this guest post, Intel explores how Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) can be used to accelerate high performance computing. “Tightly coupled programmable multi-function accelerator platforms, such as FPGAs from Intel, offer a single hardware platform that enables servers to address many different workloads needs—from HPC needs for the highest capacity and performance through data center requirements for load balancing capabilities to address different workload profiles.”