“Systems like Argonne’s Mira, an IBM Blue Gene/Q system with nearly a million cores, can enable breakthroughs in science, but to use them productively requires expertise in computer architectures, parallel programming, mathematical software, data management and analysis, performance analysis tools, software engineering, and so on. Our training program exposes the participants to all those topics and provides hands-on exercises for experimenting with most of them.”
Ramesh Balakrishnan from Argonne presented this talk at the Stanford HPC Conference. “The main scientific challenge in fluid dynamics remains that of gaining better insight into the physics of turbulence and its role in the transfer of momentum, heat, and mass in engineering applications which include the aerodynamics of high lift devices, chemically reacting flows in combustion systems, such as combustors of jet engines, and the aeroacoustics of low and high speed flows.”
“The INCITE and PRACE programs give access to increasing resources allowing these technologies to be applied to industrial scale systems. From past and ongoing research examples performed at CERFACS, this presentation highlights the scientific breakthroughs allowed by HPC on exascale machines for reacting flows for gas turbines and explosions in buildings.”
In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team discusses the recent acquisition of The Exascale Report by insideHPC. “Exascale-level computing remains a daunting challenge that is still years away, and Rich is excited to take it on as an editorial focus. The good news is that he’ll be moving the publication away from its subscription model to make it free for all to read.”
Over at TechRadar, Julian Fielden from OCF writes that the users faced with almost insurmountable energy and cooling challenges will likely avoid owning and housing their own Exascale computing facilities and look to the “cloud” and on-demand services provided by much larger international suppliers.
In this episode of This Week in HPC, Addison Snell and Michael Feldman from Intersect360 Research discuss a recent presentation on Exascale by Jack Dongarra from the University of Tennessee. After that, Addison and Michael preview Karlheinz Meier’s ISC’14 keynote on the topic of “Brain-derived computing beyond Von Neumann – achievements and challenges.”
Philippe Ricoux from Total presented this talk at the Stanford HPC Conference. “The objective of this Support Action, co-funded by the European Commission is to build a european vision and roadmap to address the challenges of the new generation of massively parallel systems composed of millions of heterogeneous cores which will provide multi-Petaflop performances in the next few years and Exaflop performances in 2020.”