Torsten Hoefler writes that the Scalable Parallel Computing Lab at ETH Zurich is now an Intel Parallel Computing Center (IPCC). The goal is to tackle the challenges of growing parallelism in HPC through code modernization.
The parallel computing center will demonstrate the applicability of the developed modeling techniques in the context of the real-world regional climate and weather model COSMO. MeteoSwiss – the Swiss national weather service – has been working together with the Scalable Parallel Computing Lab for nearly two years. COSMO is the main working horse for operational weather prediction at ten national weather services and is intensively used on supercomputers worldwide for climate research. Ensuring high throughput, efficiency and scalability of COSMO on the current and emerging hardware architectures is of key importance and will have a high impact on the daily lives of researchers.
“Exciting results both in the efficient implementation of stencils on multi-core and many-core architectures as well as in achieving bit-reproduciblity without paying a price in performance across different hardware architectures have already been achieved,” said Oliver Fuhrer, senior scientist at MeteoSwiss. Fuhrer is convinced that the collaboration between the Scalable Parallel Computing Lab and MeteoSwiss will be significantly expanded through this center.
According to Hoefler, the center will also benefit students and researchers in that practical many-core computing will be added to the curriculum.