The ExaCluster Laboratory will initially employ about a dozen researchers and is expected to approximately triple its employment over time.
"The Forschungszentrum Jülich has taken a leading role in driving high-performance computing research in Europe", stated Kirk Skaugen, Vice President and General Manager of Intel's Data Centre Group. "We have chosen to work with Forschungszentrum Jülich and the ParTec Cluster Competence GmbH, because of their strong history of innovation in the area of high-performance computing."
The ExaCluster Laboratory will conduct research into current challenges in systems management software for large heterogeneous super computer systems, with a view to scaling this software to reach exaFLOPS performance. This will include research on open exascale runtime system software, software tools and simulation software. The term exaFLOPS describes the processing of 1 trillion - or 1 million million million - instructions per second. Supercomputers working at that speed are referred to as "exascale" systems.
An example of a "grand challenge" problem for exascale systems is understanding extremely complex health care and biochemical phenomena such as detailed whole organ modelling or precise prediction of tumour behaviour. Performing such complex simulations requires the analysis of very large data sets. These computations will need multi-petaFLOP and exaFLOP compute performance if they are to be completed in reasonable time-frames. The value of solving such grand challenge problems and the need for exascale computing power is widely recognized by the scientific computing community. The ExaCluster Laboratory's will closely work with the European HPC community and it is expected to push the boundaries of computing to deliver exaFLOPS capable supercomputers.
"Science and industry increasingly rely and profit from simulations on computers of the highest
performance class", explained Prof. Dr. Thomas Lippert, Director of the Jülich Supercomputing
Centre. "We are proud that ParTec GmbH was chosen by Intel and the Forschungszentrum Jülich to
contribute to the ExaCluster Laboratory", stated Hugo R. Falter, Chief Operating Officer of ParTec
Cluster Competence Center, GmbH.