Intel Responds to Community Feedback

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A Letter from:

Raj Hazra
General Manager
High Performance Computing
Intel Corporation

As the General Manager of the High Performance Computing (HPC) segment at Intel and having the primary responsibility to lead Intel’s efforts to achieve Exascale performance, I want to take the opportunity to respond to this article and reiterate Intel’s key messages from our ISC press briefing on Intel’s Exascale initiative.

First, we clearly see the daunting societal issues that drive the requirement for Exascale-capable predictive modeling, simulation and computing by the end of this decade. We recognize that requirement and growing urgency for compute capability is beyond where business as usual will take us on current product roadmaps. Achieving Exascale performance is a challenge that drives right to the heart of Intel’s corporate mission over the next decade: ‘To create and extend computing technology to connect and enrich the lives of every person on earth as part of our commitment to being “Sponsors of Tomorrow”’.

This leads to the second point I want to reiterate – Exascale performance has very big challenges that have to be overcome collectively. These include power constraints, extreme software and hardware parallelism, reliability and resiliency, memory and storage capacity and bandwidth. Intel is embarking on solutions to these issues and more with many different industry, academia and government partners across multiple geographies as we play the leadership role that Intel has played for decades. However, a challenge this large can only be met by large scale R&D investments from many entities. No one company or government can expect to solve this challenge alone in a way that is economically feasible.

Lastly, we are not claiming we have these challenges solved, but rather we are reiterating our commitment and shared investments to find and develop these solutions with industry, academia and government partnerships. I look forward to going on this journey with the HPC community and likely other communities we are not even thinking about yet.

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