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D-Wave raises $50 million

Quantum computing company D-Wave Systems has received new capital in the form of convertible notes from the Public Sector Pension Investment Board. PSP Investments funded $30 million at closing, with an additional $20 million available at D-Wave's option upon the achievement of certain milestones. The latest financing brings D-Wave's total funding to approximately $200 million.

Commercial 50 qubits quantum computing systems coming in few years, says IBM

IBM says it aims at constructing commercial IBM Q quantum computing systems with ~50 qubits in the next few years, delivered via the company's cloud platform. IBM Q systems will be designed to tackle problems that are currently seen as too complex and exponential in nature for classical computing systems to handle. One of the first and most promising applications for quantum computing will be in the area of chemistry, says the company. Scientists have developed techniques to explore the simulation of chemistry problems on quantum processors. For example, this and this are experimental demonstrations of various molecules are in progress. IBM also released the API for its quantum computing services that it says enables developers and programmers to begin building interfaces between its existing five quantum bit (qubit) cloud-based quantum...

IBM, Harrow Council ink 10-year Watson Care Manager deal

IBM Watson Health and the Harrow Council, a local authority for 100,000 households in North-West London, have inked a 10-year agreement to use cognitive technologies to help people with personalized social care needs choose services. The commercial agreement marks the first implementation of Watson Care Manager outside of the USA. As part of the Watson Care Manager system, health and social care providers bid to supply the service and secure the contract, says IBM. Watson Care Manager then automates payments and ensures the service has been delivered to the user.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise to acquire SGI for $275 million

Hewlett Packard Enterprise has signed a definitive agreement to acquire SGI for $7.75 per share in cash, a transaction valued at approximately $275 million.  SGI products and services are used for high-performance computing (HPC) and big data analytics. The company has approximately 1,100 employees worldwide, and had revenues of $533 million in fiscal 2016.  The combined HPE and SGI portfolio, including a services capability, will support private and public sector customers seeking larger supercomputer installations, including U.S. federal agencies as well enterprises looking to leverage high-performance computing, said HPE in a statement. The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of HPE's fiscal year 2017, subject to regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions. You can find a blog post by Antonio Neri, executive vice president and general...

Army Research Laboratory , University of Maryland sign HPC agreement

The University of Maryland (UMD) and the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL), have inked a strategic partnership to provide high performance computing (HPC) resources for use in higher education and research communities. The partnership was formed under ARL's "Open Campus" initiative. Mid-Atlantic Crossroads (MAX), a University of Maryland center that operates a multi-state advanced cyber-infrastructure platform, will connect ARL's high-performance computer Harold to this ecosystem on its 100-Gbps optical network. Harold will become available once the machine is scrubbed, declassified and brought into ARL's demilitarized zone, or perimeter network. Under ARL and UMD's collaborative research development agreement (CRADA), the HPC resource will be allocated to MAX's Internet Protocol (IP) address space, and will be accessible to the collective communities of UMD, MAX and ARL's Open Campus, giving researchers access to supercomputing-caliber...

Supercomputer company Cray announces new customer contracts

Supercomputer company Cray announced new contract awards for its XC40 supercomputer, two CS400 clusters, a Urika-GX agile analytics platform, and its DataWarp applications I/O accelerator. Here are the recent Cray deals: The Academic Center for Computing and Media Studies (ACCMS) at Kyoto University in Kyoto, Japan --  Awarded Cray a contract for a Cray XC40 supercomputer, featuring the Cray DataWarp applications I/O accelerator, and a Cray CS400 cluster supercomputer. The 5.4 petaflop Cray XC40 system at Kyoto University will also include the new Intel Xeon Phi processors, formerly codenamed "Knights Landing". The Centre for Modelling & Simulation (CFMS) in Bristol, United Kingdom --Purchased a Cray CS400 cluster supercomputer. The U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne Leadership Computing Facility at Argonne National Laboratory -- Awarded Cray a contract for the recently launched Cray Urika-GX system.  

Intel HPC Orchestrator will now include SUSE Linux; companies offering joint support

Intel will distribute SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for High Performance Computing as an option for the recently introduced Intel HPC Orchestrator, an Intel-supported HPC system software stack. The companies will also offer joint support for the combined solution. "HPC is no longer just for specialized scientific projects," said Michael Miller, president of strategy, alliances and marketing for SUSE. "Today HPC is converging with big data analytics, IoT, machine learning and robotics to open up a whole new era of computing potential." Intel HPC Orchestrator with SUSE Linux Enterprise Server will be available from Intel in the fourth quarter of 2016.

Dell launches HPC systems for life sciences, manufacturing, research; working on HPC as a...

Dell is launching new high performance computing (HPC) systems. The company announced the global availability of the Dell HPC Systems portfolio, a family of HPC and data analytics solutions, for life sciences, manufacturing, and research, which can be pre-configured, with a a single point of hardware support and additional service options across the solution lifecycle. Dell says it will bring HPC capabilities to mainstream enterprises, through a series of solutions and services designed to deliver a range of HPC-as-a-Service capabilities, giving HPC sites a choice of local or remote management services with deployment on-premise, off-premise or a hybrid of the two. The portfolio includes: Dell HPC System for Life Sciences – Can run bioinformatics and genomics applications. Dell HPC System for Manufacturing – Can run complex design simulations, including structural analysis and...

OpenHPC 1.1 available for download; new members joining the project, says Linux Foundation

OpenHPC, a Linux Foundation project to develop an open source framework for High Performance Computing (HPC) environments, is now available. The Linux Foundation also released the names of the organizations joining the OpenHPC initiative. OpenHPC 1.1 now available OpenHPC is intended to provide a mid-stream building block open source code repository that integrates and tests third-party software available as a distribution. Users can then customize HPC solutions by choosing components based on environment needs. The latest software release, OpenHPC 1.1, is now available for download. This initial software stack includes over 60 packages, including tools and libraries, as well as provisioning, and a job scheduler and more. You can find a complete list on the project GitHub page. New members join the OpenHPC project The following companies are joining as founding...

Cloud HPC simulation company Rescale raises $14 million

Rescale, a cloud platform provider of simulation software and high performance computing (HPC) solutions, has secured $14 million in Series A funding. The investment was led by TransLink Capital, with participation from Microsoft Ventures, Jump Capital, Itochu Technology Ventures, Two Roads Group, and Data Collective.

Supercomputing Company Cray Launches Agile Analytics Platform

Cray has launched an agile analytics platform, the Urika-GX system, that combines supercomputing technologies with a software framework for big data analytics. The Urika-GX system is pre-tested and pre-integrated with the Hortonworks Data Platform providing Hadoop and Apache Spark, as well as the Cray Graph Engine. The system also includes enterprise tools, such as OpenStack for management and Apache Mesos for dynamic configuration. The Cray Urika-GX system features Intel Xeon Broadwell cores, 22 terabytes of memory, 35 terabytes of local SSD storage capacity, and the Aries supercomputing interconnect. Three initial enterprise-accessible configurations featuring 16, 32, or 48 nodes delivered in an industry standard 42U 19-inch rack will be available in Q3 2016, and larger configurations will be available in the second half of 2016. The Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard,...

Cray Awarded $36M Contract By ECMWF To Upgrade Supercomputers

Cray has signed a $36 million contract to upgrade and expand the Cray XC supercomputers and Sonexion storage system at the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF).  ECMWF will also receive additional Cray Sonexion 2000 scale-out Lustre storage, and a 32-node Cray XC40-AC system with the next-generation of the Intel Xeon Phi processor. Consisting of products and multiple years of service, the contract to upgrade and expand the Cray systems at ECMWF is valued at more than $36 million. System deliveries are expected in 2016. Cray was awarded a contract to provide ECMWF with two Cray XC30 supercomputers and a Cray Sonexion storage system in June 2013.   ECMWF is an intergovernmental organisation supported by 34 states. It provides weather services with medium-range forecasts of global weather...

Quantum computing 12 years away says Intel; invests $50 million in R&D

Intel has inked a ten-year quantum computing partnership with the Delft University of Technology and TNO, the Dutch Organisation for Applied Research. The chipmaker says it will invest $50 million towards quantum computing research. Mike Mayberry (Vice president, and managing director, Intel Labs): A fully functioning quantum computer is at least a dozen years away... Intel says its goal is to extend the university's physics and quantum computing research efforts by contributing advanced manufacturing, electronics and architectural expertise. You may also find Intel CEO Brian Krzanich's  blog on the company's strategic interest in quantum computing interesting.

Intel, Cray Working On World’s Most Powerful Supercomputer With DoE

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF) has awarded Intel Federal, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Intel Corporation, a contract to deliver two next-generation supercomputers to Argonne National Laboratory.Intel was selected as the prime contractor and will work with Cray as the system integrator and manufacturer. The contract is part of the DOE’s multimillion dollar initiative to build state-of-the-art supercomputers at Argonne, Lawrence Livermore and Oak Ridge National Laboratories. The largest system, to be called Aurora, is based on Intel’s HPC scalable system framework and will be a next-generation Cray “Shasta” supercomputer. The Aurora system will be delivered in 2018 and have a peak performance of 180 petaflops, making it the world’s most powerful system currently announced to date, says Intel. Aurora...

SGI Awarded $30 Million DoD HPC Contract

The Department of Defense (DoD) has awarded SGI a second $30 million contract as part of its High Performance Computing Modernization Program (HPCMP). The contract is for an SGI ICE X supercomputer with the company's InfiniteStorage solution. The system will be based at the DoD Supercomputing Resource Center (DSRC) at the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio. The AFRL DSRC will receive an ICE X supercomputer with Intel Haswell processors, Intel Xeon Phi, and Nvidia GPGPUs with a InfiniteStorage 5600 storage system based on NetApp E-Series technology, running Intel Enterprise Edition for Lustre file system. The open standards-based system will run SUSE Linux Enterprise Server. The system, Thunder, will deliver theoretical peak performance of 5.6 Petaflops, which is expected to be the fastest unclassified...