RETHINK news roundup: mainstreaming HPC, quantum computing, optical networking

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Welcome to the first in our series of roundups Big Data news from around the web. Here we'll be bringing you some of the most interesting news from the last couple of weeks related to Big Data, with a focus on hardware and networking. This edition brings you news of a data collaboration between ESA and Indra, new Intel architecture, developments in quantum computing and optical network capacity. Enjoy!

Indra to manage data for twin ESA satellites

The European Space Agency (ESA)'s twin satellites Sentinel-2A and Sentinel 2-B are set to produce up to two petabytes of data annually. Recently, ESA extended its contract with Spanish company Indra to manage the data for the satellites until 2020; the company claims to offer an uninterrupted service level of 99.98%, which meets the requirements set for Tier 3 data centers set by the American National Standards Institute and Telecommunications Industry Association.

Read the full article on the ZDNet website.

Intel aims to make High Performance Computing architecture a mainstay for business

In a new step towards the mainstreaming of HPC, Omni-Path,the new architecture released by Intel, allows clusters to be made available for more workloads. Major companies such as Dell, Fujitsu and Lenovo are already developing systems using Intel’s architecture, meaning that the sort of systems that were once reserved for academia and government tasks are now being incorporated into businesses.

Read the full article on the ZDNet website.

Sending quantum message almost 2km marks step towards quantum networks

A new quantum computing record has been established at Stanford University, USA. This time, photons carried a message between two electrons that were almost 2km apart over a network of optical fibres. This breakthrough is of special interest for governments and banks since quantum information is theoretically immune to hacking.

Read the full article on the ScienceAlert website.

Microsoft leverages community collaboration to further quantum computing aims

Like many leading technology companies, Microsoft is very interested in quantum computing. Microsoft has developed and released quantum computing simulation software called LIQUi|> as open-source software to attract researchers and enthusiasts into the quantum computing field. In the future, Microsoft plans to extend this simulator so that it can be used to ”translate a quantum algorithm written in the form of a high-level program into low-level machine instructions for a quantum device”. There are a number of interesting articles on this development: for example, iProgrammer provides a technical summary, while Fortune considers potential applications.

Alcatel-Lucent Bell prototype technology promises tenfold improvement in optical network capacity

While current technology strives to meet the requirements of current traffic from 5G and the Internet of Things, Bell Labs, the research arm of Alcatel-Lucent, has developed new technology that improves the optical network capacity by more than tenfold. The organization estimates that in the near future businesses will require petabit-per-second capacity. See the full article on