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Edition: live - Issue: 2013-06-21

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Primeur magazine did report extensively from the major supercomputing conference ISC'13 in Leipzig. A list of the issues we did publish. Read further...

Hardware

In the first BoF session on European exascale research at the ISC'13 event, Erwin Laure from KTH in Stockholm, Sweden, presented the EC-funded CRESTA project. CRESTA fouses on the software challenge in the search for exascale computing. Hardware solutions are being developed to deliver exaflop performance but developers face unprecendented levels of heterogeneous parallelism. CRESTA is trying to put a finger on what the scientific challenges are and on what new modelling and algorithmic methods are needed. Erwin Laure is well aware of the complexity and asked himself how to keep more than 100 million threads busy. His talk made clear that hardware and software are inextricably linked. Read further...
Paul Arts from Eurotech presented the DEEP project at the first BoF session on European exascale research at the ISC'13 event in Leipzig. The EC-funded DEEP project is addressing exascale architecture and monitoring. Paul Arts described how the new hardware architecture is paving way to exascale computing using Xeon Phi processors and the EXTOLL interconnect. He explained how the project tackles the problem of the vast amount of data while monitoring the architecture and he also showed how the DEEP project is using hot-water cooling for its solutions. Read further...
During the first BoF session on European exascale research at the ISC'13 event in Leipzig, Alex Ramirez from the Barcelona Supercomputing Center described the progress within the EC-funded Mont-Blanc project. The Mont-Blanc hardware is due to start being tested in July 2013. The hardware incorporates ARM multicore and an integrated OpenCL accelerator, Ethernet NIC, and high density packaging. Mont-Blanc is based on a hybrid MPI and OmpSs programming model. Full-scale applications are being ported to Mont-Blanc. Read further...

Applications

Not only the sessions but also the exhibition booths at the ISC'13 event in Leipzig, have a lot to offer to the ISC participant. We took a trip across the showfloor and came up with some remarkable highlights, both on the research and the commercial spectrum of the HPC scene. Read further...
The ISC'13 event in Leipzig was hosting a satellite event on supercomputing and the EC-funded Human Brain Project that will run for 10 years. Felix Schürmann from EPFL described the challenges and opportunities within this project from the simulation viewpoint. The project mission consists in building a radically new strategy to understanding the human brain and its dieases and developing brain-like technologies. The ramp-up phase involves 87 European and non-European institutions. In addition, the Human Brain Project is launching a competitive calls programme to enlarge the consortium. The focus is on future neuroscience, future medicine and future computing. Read further...

TOP500

Michael Resch from the High Performance Computing Center in Stuttgart in the opening session at the ISC'13 event in Leipzig discussed the pros and cons of the TOP500 and tackled some critical remarks about the relevance of speed in high performance computing. Which meaning does the Olympic motto "Citius, Altius, Fortius" have in the world of supercomputers? Read further...
Prof. Dr. Hans Meuer officially opened the International Supercomputing Conference which is hosted for the first time in Leipzig. There will be 350 speakers at the ISC'13 event and 160 research organisations and companies are being represented during the sessions and on the exhibition floor. Read further...
Erich Strohmaier from LBNL analysed the new and already 41st TOP500 list at the ISC'13 event in Leipzig. The Top 10 list of fastest supercomputers now is topped by the Chinese Tianhe-2 system, also known as MilkyWay-2. Second comes the Cray system Titan. Third is the Sequoia IBM BlueGene/Q system. In fourth place we see the Japanese K Computer. Fifth is the Mira, also a BlueGene/Q system at Argonne Laboratory. Sixth is ranking the upgraded Stampede, hosted at TACC in Texas. The first European system ranked at seven, is the JuQUEEN, a BlueGene/Q system at the Juelich Spercomputing Center. Vulcan, the BlueGene/Q system at LLNL is ranked at #8, the SuperMUC in Leibniz at #9, and the Chinese Tianje-1A, hosted at Tianjin, closes the Top 10. All Top 10 systems use some form of accelerator and a specialized architecture. Read further...

Company news

Primeur Magazine interviewed Barbara Murphy, Chief Marketing Officer of Panasas, at ISC'13 in Leipzig. Panasas has a competitive parallel file system that is well used in commercial fields. Read further...