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Primeur weekly 2019-10-07

Quantum computing

Argonne receives more than $1 million for quantum information science ...

Department of Energy announces $21,4 million for quantum information science research ...

Focus on Europe

SHAPE Tenth Call for Applications is open from 1 October 2019 until 1 December 2019 ...

Fifth Call for Expression of Interest for Human Brain Project's final phase opened ...

The new supercomputer in Ostrava is called Barbora ...

Middleware

Solid Sands introduces license-free service to ease compiler qualification ...

Cortical.io collaborates with Xilinx to bring natural language understanding supercomputing to enterprise applications ...

The search for quantum-resistant cryptography: Understanding the future landscape ...

Hardware

Rescale named #39 on Y Combinator’s 2019 list of top 101 companies ...

Mural for Perlmutter system unveiled ...

Supermicro expands European manufacturing facilities to support increased server and storage volume in EMEA markets ...

Applications

New research center for artificial intelligence at Mainz University ...

Modelling the complexity of the world's water ...

RUDN University mathematicians help improve efficiency of data centres using Markov chains ...

Heart from the computer helps physicians ...

Supercomputing and neutrons unite to unravel structures of intrinsically disordered protein ...

ORNL scientists shed light on microbial 'dark matter' with new approach ...

Gaute Hagen: Supercomputing the universe's building blocks ...

ORNL develops and deploys AI capabilities across research portfolio ...

SDSC and UC San Diego awarded two NSF Convergence Accelerator Grants ...

Eurolab4HPC subsidizes Short Term Collaborations and Business Prototyping Projects of a total of 55.000 euro ...

The Cloud

Excelero awarded patent for latency reduction in large-scale private Clouds ...

Mural for Perlmutter system unveiled


The mural that will appear on NERSC's next major high-performance computing system, nick-named Perlmutter, pays tribute to Saul Perlmutter and the team he led to the Nobel-Prize-winning discovery of an accelerating universe.
1 Oct 2019 Berkeley - The National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) has unveiled the mural that will grace the cabinets of its next major high-performance computing system when it is installed at Berkeley Lab in 2020. The mural pays tribute to the system's namesake, Nobel Laureate Saul Perlmutter. The Berkeley Lab physicist led the team whose work at NERSC contributed to the Nobel prize-winning insight that the universe's expansion is speeding up. The resulting efforts to explain this acceleration led to today's model of a universe dominated by dark energy and dark matter.

Saul Perlmutter and his research team - including then post-doctoral researcher Peter Nugent - made the discovery by observing distant, very bright supernovae classified as Type Ia. Working at NERSC, the team used supercomputers to analyze and validate their observational data. This melding of computational science and cosmology sowed the seeds for more projects, establishing Berkeley Lab and NERSC as centers for the new field of computational cosmology and laying the foundations for today's precision cosmology studies. Peter Nugent is now department head for Computational Science in the Computational Research Division (CRD).

The mural alludes to both the team’s research as well as ongoing efforts to understand the dark universe it helped uncover. In the centre, Saul Perlmutter is shown surrounded by students and researchers, a nod to the team science behind the work. At the far right is the Keck observatory used by the team to discover and observe the bright, distant supernovae. Stretching across the background are several colorful views of a contemporary simulation featuring dark matter filaments.

The hydrodynamical simulation in the mural was performed by Berkeley Lab cosmologist Zarija Lukic using the Nyx code. The massively parallel programme was executed on 524.288 processor cores of NERSC's current flagship supercomputer, Cori. By way of comparison, Perlmutter's team was able to use 128 processors at once in what were breakthrough simulations at the time. Andrew Myers of CRD created the visualizations. Susan Brand of IT's Creative Services created the mural, which will stretch across the first row of the Cray system's cabinets.

The Perlmutter system will be a pre-exascale Cray supercomputer code-named "Shasta". The heterogeneous system will have both CPU-only and GPU-accelerated nodes with an expected performance triple that of Cori, NERSC's current flagship supercomputing system.
Source: National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center - NERSC

Back to Table of contents

Primeur weekly 2019-10-07

Quantum computing

Argonne receives more than $1 million for quantum information science ...

Department of Energy announces $21,4 million for quantum information science research ...

Focus on Europe

SHAPE Tenth Call for Applications is open from 1 October 2019 until 1 December 2019 ...

Fifth Call for Expression of Interest for Human Brain Project's final phase opened ...

The new supercomputer in Ostrava is called Barbora ...

Middleware

Solid Sands introduces license-free service to ease compiler qualification ...

Cortical.io collaborates with Xilinx to bring natural language understanding supercomputing to enterprise applications ...

The search for quantum-resistant cryptography: Understanding the future landscape ...

Hardware

Rescale named #39 on Y Combinator’s 2019 list of top 101 companies ...

Mural for Perlmutter system unveiled ...

Supermicro expands European manufacturing facilities to support increased server and storage volume in EMEA markets ...

Applications

New research center for artificial intelligence at Mainz University ...

Modelling the complexity of the world's water ...

RUDN University mathematicians help improve efficiency of data centres using Markov chains ...

Heart from the computer helps physicians ...

Supercomputing and neutrons unite to unravel structures of intrinsically disordered protein ...

ORNL scientists shed light on microbial 'dark matter' with new approach ...

Gaute Hagen: Supercomputing the universe's building blocks ...

ORNL develops and deploys AI capabilities across research portfolio ...

SDSC and UC San Diego awarded two NSF Convergence Accelerator Grants ...

Eurolab4HPC subsidizes Short Term Collaborations and Business Prototyping Projects of a total of 55.000 euro ...

The Cloud

Excelero awarded patent for latency reduction in large-scale private Clouds ...