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IDEAS Program Fostering Better Software Development for Exascale

Scalability of scientific applications is a major focus of the Department of Energy’s Exascale Computing Project (ECP) and in that vein, a project known as IDEAS-ECP, or Interoperable Design of Extreme-scale Application Software, is also being scaled up to deliver insight on software development to the research community.

Kathy Yelick Presents: Breakthrough Science at the Exascale

UC Berkeley professor Kathy Yelick presented this talk at the 2017 ACM Europe Conference. “Yelick’s keynote lecture focused on the exciting opportunities that High Performance Computing presents, the need for advanced in algorithms and mathematics to advance along with the system performance, and how the variety of workloads will stress the different aspects of exascale hardware and software systems.”

Radio Free HPC Looks at China’s 95 Petaflop Tianhe-2A Supercomputer

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at China’s massive upgrade of the Tianhe-2A supercomputer to 95 Petaflops peak performance. “As detailed in a new 21-page report by Jack Dongarra from the University of Tennessee, the upgrade should nearly double the performance of the system, which is currently ranked at #2 on TOP500.”

Exascale Computing Project Names Doug Kothe as Director

The Department of Energy’s Exascale Computing Project (ECP) has named Doug Kothe as its new director effective October 1. “Doug’s credentials in this area and familiarity with every aspect of the ECP make him the ideal person to build on the project’s strong momentum,” said Bill Goldstein, director of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and chairman of the ECP Board of Directors, which hired Kothe.”

Development Trends of Next-Generation Supercomputers

Bob Sorensen from Hyperion Research describes an ongoing study on the Development Trends of Next-Generation Supercomputers. The project will gather information on pre-exascale and exascale systems today and through 2028 and build a database of technical information on the research and development efforts on these next-generation machines.

Panel Looks at ARM’s Advance towards HPC

In this video from the ARM Research Summit, industry thought leaders discuss the challenges, opportunities, and technical hurdles for the ARM architecture to thrive in the HPC market. “The panel will focus on Arm in HPC, Software & Hardware differentiation and direction for exascale and beyond, thoughts on accelerators, and more!”

Video: The DOE Exascale Computing Project

Doug Koethe from ORNL gave this talk at the HPC User Forum in Milwaukee. “The Exascale Computing Project (ECP) was established with the goals of maximizing the benefits of high-performance computing (HPC) for the United States and accelerating the development of a capable exascale computing ecosystem.”

Video: Europe’s HPC Strategy

Leonardo Flores from the European Commission gave this talk at the HPC User Forum in Milwaukee. “High-Performance Computing is a strategic resource for Europe’s future as it allows researchers to study and understand complex phenomena while allowing policy makers to make better decisions and enabling industry to innovate in products and services. The European Commission funds projects to address these needs.”

Announcing the EuroEXA Project for Exascale

Today, 16 organizations met at the Barcelona Supercomputer Centre to mark the start of the EuroEXA project and the commencement of the execution in the next stage of EU investment towards realizing Exa-Scale computing in Europe. “In EuroEXA, we have taken a holistic approach to break-down the inefficiencies of the historic abstractions and bring significant innovation and co-design across the entire computing stack.”

Argonne Steps up to the Exascale Computing Project

The Exascale Computing Project (ECP) is working with a number of National Labs on the development of supercomputers with 50x better performance than today’s systems. In this special guest feature, ECP describes how Argonne is stepping up to the challenge. “Given the complexity and importance of exascale, it is not anything a single lab can do,” said Argonne’s Rick Stevens.