In this video, Barry Davis from Intel describes the company’s new Omni Scale Fabric, an integrated, high performance interconnect designed for CPU to CPU communications. “”Intel is re-architecting the fundamental building block of HPC systems by integrating the Intel Omni Scale Fabric into Knights Landing, marking a significant inflection and milestone for the HPC industry,” said Charles Wuischpard, vice president and general manager of Workstations and HPC at Intel. “Knights Landing will be the first true many-core processor to address today’s memory and I/O performance challenges. It will allow programmers to leverage existing code and standard programming models to achieve significant performance gains on a wide set of applications. Its platform design, programming model and balanced performance makes it the first viable step towards exascale.”
In this video, Meg Whitman and Martin Fink from discuss The Machine, a computing architecture vision of the future. Currently in development at HP Labs, The Machine uses clusters of special-purpose cores, photonics links, and memristors to implement a unified memory that’s as fast as RAM yet stores data permanently, like a flash drive.
“We really need to re-look at what the requirements are that will lead us all the way up to being able to support Exascale deployments. One of these absolute requirements is CPU fabric integration, because the performance that’s needed, the density, the power, are all areas that have to be vastly improved to support deployments of exascale.”
The central element of the HPC Platform is the HBP Supercomputer, the project’s main production system located at Jülich Supercomputing Centre. Over the next decade, the HBP Supercomputer will be built in stages to arrive at the exascale capability needed for cellular simulations of the complete human brain.