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HPC Yearbook 19/20

High-Performance Computing 2019-20

Evolve project aims to tackle big data processing

Te European Commission is planning to tackle the challenges of big data processing with a project launched in July under the Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme. It aims to take concrete steps to bring

big data, high-performance computing and cloud computing technology into a testbed that will increase researchers’ ability to extract value from massive and demanding datasets. Tis could impact big data applications, by enabling researchers to process large amounts of data much faster. Evolve uses an advanced HPC computing

platform [from Atos/Bull], with large memory, accelerated processing, fast communication and high-performance shared storage [based on DDN’s Infinite Memory Engine (IME)]. Evolve designs a versatile soſtware stack that employs existing data processing engines with proven flexibility and wide acceptance in data processing applications. Te computing

Atos and C-DAC

agreement will advance quantum computing

In August the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC), an Indian research organisation, signed a co-operation agreement with Atos to advance quantum computing, AI and exascale computing. Dr Hemant Darbari, founder

member and director general of C-DAC, is spearheading the C-DAC Mission Mode Programs on exascale computing, microprocessor and quantum computing, AI and natural language computing. Pierre Barnabé, head of big data and

security at Atos, said: ‘Building on our position as the leading technology provider globally for supercomputing, AI, quantum computing and others, this agreement is a significant step forward in our strategic relationship. Tis will strengthen the R&D activities between France and India with C-DAC and Atos significantly contributing to technology development and national economic growth.’ In addition to delivering an Atos

Quantum Learning Machine, the partnership will create a quantum computing experience centre at C-DAC’s headquarters in Pune. It aims to bring together users from academic, scientific,


research and industry backgrounds to rapidly acquire skills and develop further expertise in quantum computing with the support of the Indian government. Te centre will enable the advance study of applications of quantum theory, thereby creating new technologies and platforms for information security, connectivity and computing. Together with this high- powered, ultra-compact machine, Atos has supplied a universal programming language (AQASM) and the relevant resources and training. Atos and C-DAC researchers will work closely to experiment with disruptive technologies to better manage the evolution of applications, and to meet the challenges associated with digital simulation, big data, plus AI and machine learning. C-DAC has already started to contribute

to the development and demonstration of a quantum computing platform, quantum communication, build technical infrastructure to advance quantum technologies and produce quantum algorithms, applications addressing programs of national priorities. Te agreement aims to develop a

programme that includes the sharing of experience on exascale computing technical challenges, and collaboration on roadmaps in line with the national objectives and global positioning. C-DAC, a leader in supercomputing, established the first Param supercomputer in 1991, and had a planned roadmap of building and developing

platform is planned to use a combination of technologies FPGAs and GPUs, RDMA- based interconnect and large memory servers. Initially funded and launched in

December 2018, Evolve is a €14m innovation action, comprising 19 organisations from 11 European countries. Evolve’s testbed will be demonstrated

through pilots in seven fields: agri- production, maritime surveillance, sentinel-2 satellite imaging, bus transportation, mobility services, predictive vehicle maintenance and automotive services. In all cases, domain experts are working on models that provide accurate predictions and data processing and validation techniques over massive datasets, in an effort to improve substantially the efficiency of existing services, or introduce new services in the respective domains. Evolve’s consortium has expertise in several technological domains.

supercomputers under a make-in-India initiative, and a complete ecosystem for launching exascale supercomputers soon, with priority for nation-specific applications. C-DAC established the Param Shivay

supercomputer – under the build approach of the National Supercomputing Mission (NSM) programme at IIT, BHU – in February, with Atos India who has been selected as a technology partner through a competitive bidding process under the NSM. A series of Param supercomputers will be deployed across India, enabling the scientific, research and academic user community with a high-performance computational resource. Tis area of the co-operation agreement

outlines the way that Atos and C-DAC could work together to develop AI projects – including using AI to enhance the efficiency of HPC systems; running AI workloads on HPC systems, and creating an ecosystem of AI devices dedicated to accelerating or concentrating inference execution near the edge.

C-DAC has tremendous expertise and

experience in AI and language computing, through its applied pioneering research over last three decades in diverse domains, such as, language and heritage computing, AI/machine learning/deep learning, accessibility, brain computing, digital preservation, robotics, signal/video/image processing and such areas.


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