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From SC17: Energy Efficiency in the Software Stack — Cross Community Efforts

In this special guest feature, Siddhartha Jana provides an update on cross-community efforts to improve energy efficiency in the software stack. The article covers events at SC17 that focused on energy efficiency and highlights ongoing collaborations across the community to develop advanced software technologies for system energy and power management.

RCE Podcast Looks at PMIx Process Management Interface for Exascale

In this RCE Podcast, Brock Palen and Jeff Squyres discuss PMIx with Ralph Castain from Intel. “The Process Management Interface (PMI) has been used for quite some time as a means of exchanging wireup information needed for interprocess communication. While PMI-2 demonstrates better scaling properties than its PMI-1 predecessor, attaining rapid launch and wireup of the roughly 1M processes executing across 100k nodes expected for exascale operations remains challenging.”

Apply now for Argonne Training Program on Extreme-Scale Computing 2018

Computational scientists now have the opportunity to apply for the upcoming Argonne Training Program on Extreme-Scale Computing (ATPESC). The event takes place from July 29-August 10, 2018 in greater Chicago. “With the challenges posed by the architecture and software environments of today’s most powerful supercomputers, and even greater complexity on the horizon from next-generation and exascale systems, there is a critical need for specialized, in-depth training for the computational scientists poised to facilitate breakthrough science and engineering using these amazing resources.”

UCX and UCF Projects for Exascale Move Forward at SC17

In this video, Jeff Kuehn from LANL, Pavel Shamis from ARM, and Gilad Shainer from Mellanox describe progress on the new UCF consortium, a collaboration between industry, laboratories, and academia to create an open-source production grade communication framework for data centric and high-performance applications.

Pagoda Project Rolls Out First Software Libraries for Exascale

The Pagoda Project—a three-year Exascale Computing Project software development program based at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory—has successfully reached a major milestone: making its open source software libraries publicly available as of September 30, 2017. “Our job is to ensure that the exascale applications reach key performance parameters defined by the DOE,” said Baden.

Designing HPC, Big Data, & Deep Learning Middleware for Exascale

DK Panda from Ohio State University presented this talk at the HPC Advisory Council Spain Conference. “This talk will focus on challenges in designing HPC, Big Data, and Deep Learning middleware for Exascale systems with millions of processors and accelerators. For the HPC domain, we will discuss about the challenges in designing runtime environments for MPI+X (PGAS OpenSHMEM/UPC/CAF/UPC++, OpenMP, and CUDA) programming models. Features and sample performance numbers from MVAPICH2 libraries will be presented.”

Hyperion Research Breakfast Briefing Returns to Denver at SC17

Hyperion Research will host their annual Breakfast Briefing at SC17 in Denver. The event takes place at the Denver Marriott City Center at 7:30am – 9:30am on Tuesday, Nov. 14. “We will be presenting an update on HPC market results, key technology issues & trends, results of new research studies in AI & Big data, new ROI results, and the mapping of HPC centers across the US.”

Video: The Era of Data-Centric Data Centers

Gilad Shainer gave this talk at the HPC Advisory Council Spain Conference. “The latest revolution in HPC is the move to a co-design architecture, a collaborative effort among industry, academia, and manufacturers to reach Exascale performance. By taking a holistic system-level approach to fundamental performance improvements Co-design architectures exploit system efficiency and optimizes performance by creating synergies between the hardware and the software.”

SC17 Session Preview: “Taking the Nanoscale to the Exascale”

Brian Ban continues his series of SC17 Session Previews with a look at an invited talk on nanotechnology. “This talk will focus on the challenges that computational chemistry faces in taking the equations that model the very small (molecules and the reactions they undergo) to efficient and scalable implementations on the very large computers of today and tomorrow.”

Exascale to Enable Smart Cities

Over at Argonne, Charlie Catlett describes how the advent of Exascale computing will enable Smart Cities designed to improve the quality of life for urban dwellers. Catlett will moderate a panel discussion on Smart Cities at the SC17 Plenary session, which kicks off the conference on Monday, Nov. 13 in Denver.