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DOE Workshop Begins Mapping the Future of Quantum Communications

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science, under the leadership of Under Secretary of Energy Paul Dabbar, sponsored around 70 representatives from multiple government agencies and universities at the first Quantum Internet Blueprint Workshop, held in New York City Feb. 5-6. The primary goal of the workshop was to begin laying the groundwork for a nationwide entangled quantum Internet.

Using sound and light for ultra-fast data transfer

A research team of academics from the University of Leeds and University of Nottingham believes its has found a way of delivering ultra- fast modulation, by combining the power of acoustic and light waves. The findings were published in Nature Communications. “This result opens a new area for physics and engineering to come together in the exploration of the interaction of terahertz sound and light waves, which could have real technological applications.”

Job of the Week: Systems Administrator at D.E. Shaw Research

D.E. Shaw Research is seeking Systems Administrators for Servers, Clusters and Supercomputers in our Job of the Week. “Our research effort is aimed at achieving major scientific advances in the field of biochemistry and fundamentally transforming the process of drug discovery. Exceptional sysadmins sought to manage systems, storage, and network infrastructure for a New York–based interdisciplinary research group.”

CENIC 2020 Conference to showcase Growing Contributions of Women in Computer Networking

Studies have found that men tend to drastically outnumber women at technology conferences, limiting female viewpoints, minimizing women’s contributions to leadership, and exhibiting fewer female role models. At CENIC’s 2020 Conference: The Right Connection, more than one-third of the speakers will be female. “Diversity is good for technology, and CENIC is committed to supporting programs that increase diversity, inclusion, and equity for underrepresented populations in the field of computer networking.”

vScaler Launches AI Reference Architecture

A new AI reference architecture from vScaler describes how to simplify the configuration and management of software and storage in a cost-effective and easy to use environment. “vScaler – an optimized cloud platform built with AI and Deep Learning workloads in mind – provides you with a production ready environment with integrated Deep Learning application stacks, RDMA accelerated fabric and optimized NVMe storage, eliminating the administrative burden of setting up these complex AI environments manually.”

Researchers transmit genome sequence using quantum cryptography

Tohoku University Medical Megabank Organisation (ToMMo) has demonstrated the world’s first quantum cryptography transmission of whole-genome sequence data in collaboration with Toshiba. The transmission exceeded several hundred gigabytes demonstrating that quantum encryption technology is now capable of large-capacity data transmission, opening up practical applications in genomic medicine and research.

New FLAIR Protocol to Speed Computer Networks

Computer scientists at the University of Waterloo have found a novel approach that significantly improves the storage efficiency and output speed of computer systems. “Since the invention of computers, networks that connect storage servers in any system were rigid and inflexible. FLAIR leverages a new cutting-edge networking technology to build a smart network layer that can find the fastest way to fulfil information retrieval requests. Our evaluation shows that this approach can fulfil requests up to 2.5 times faster, compared to classical designs.”

Call for Papers: HPC Saudi Conference

The HPC Saudi Conference has issued its Call for Papers. Taking place March 17-19 in Riyadh, HPC Saudi enables participants from academia, industry, and government come together to share ideas and experiences, and discuss cooperation and collaboration, to advance the cutting edge in HPC, nationally and beyond. “This is the 10th HPC Saudi event and this year it will focus on the themes related to the convergence of HPC with big data, artificial intelligence (AI), and IoT. A particular focus is to explore the future HPC technologies in the era of ubiquitous smart computing, such as big data analytics leveraging edge, fog, cloud, and distributed computing for low-latency smart sensing and actor applications.”

Simula Research Lab to Manage Heterogeneous HPC Platform with Bright Computing

Today, Bright Computing announced that Simula Research Laboratory has chosen Bright Cluster Manager to manage its multi-architecture, multi-OS HPC environment. “After a careful evaluation, Simula chose Bright Cluster Manager to provide comprehensive management of eX³, enabling the organization to administer its HPC platform as a single entity; provisioning the hardware, operating systems, and workload managers from a unified interface. Further, the intuitive Bright management console will allow Simula to see and respond to what’s happening in their cluster anywhere, at any time.”

OpenFabrics Alliance to Expand Hands-On Tutorial Offerings at Its 2020 Workshop

In this special guest feature, Paul Grun from the OpenFabrics Alliance provides a preview of the upcoming OFA Workshop. “We are especially excited about how this year’s program is coming together. At the OFA Workshop 2019, we introduced a hands-on tutorial allowing participants to install an RDMA-enabled cluster directly on their laptop. In response to the overwhelmingly positive feedback, we are thrilled to be building on last year’s success by expanding the tutorials being offered this year.”