Primeur magazine

Edition: flash - Issue: 2018-05-04

Exascale

In an article on CNN, US Secretary of Energy Rick Perry confirmed the USA plans to have a first exascale system by 2021. This first exascale supercomputer will be located at Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois. An additional two new exascale computers will be deployed between 2021-2023 at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Read further...

Focus on Europe

Currently, several European Union organisations are working on the EuroHPC JU proposal to come eventually to European exascale systems. The current working draft "Proposal for a Council Regulation on establishing the European High Performance Computing Joint Undertaking and Statutes of the EuroHPC Joint Undertaking" will be discussed by the Research working party meeting on 7 May, 2018. So, it is a draft and nothing is final yet. But some remarkable changes have been included since previous drafts. One seems to exclude CSCS in Switzerland from ever hosting a EuroHPC system. Currently, CSCS houses the fastest supercomputer in Europe, so from a technical point of view they are certainly capable of operating such as system. Read further...
The Très Grand Centre de calcul of CEA (Commissariat à l'énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives) has joined the Human Brain Project's High Performance Analytics and Computing (HPAC) Platform. Read further...
The EuroMPI 2018 edition will continue to focus on not just MPI, but also extensions or alternative interfaces for high-performance homogeneous/heterogeneous/hybrid systems, benchmarks, tools, parallel I/O, fault tolerance, and parallel applications using MPI and other interfaces. Read further...