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Primeur weekly 2017-12-26

Quantum computing

Using the dark side of excitons for quantum computing ...

Stealth Grid believes world of quantum computing becomes a reality  ...

Focus on Europe

HPC Advisory Council announces the 9th Swiss Annual HPC Conference in collaboration with HPCXXL User Group, April 2018 ...

Tetramax is boosting innovation in customized low-energy computing for HPC ...

BSC Fusion Group Member wins prestigious EUROfusion engineering grant ...

UPC team, sponsored by Mont-Blanc, selected for the 2018 ISC-HPCAC Student Cluster Competition ...

Fourteen new Dutch eScience collaborations to start in 2018 ...

NWO advocates permanent funding for national digital infrastructure in the Netherlands ...

BSC researchers selected for two HiPEAC Tech Transfer Awards for HPC ...

New European project LEGaTO to plug the software-stack support gap for energy-efficient computing ...

Flemish Ministry of Employment, Economy, Innovation and Sports to invest 30 million euro in new supercomputer ...

Middleware

Ace Computers rolls out OpenStack applications for HPC clusters, servers, and workstations ...

HPC Advisory Council and Stanford University announce 8th High-Performance Computing and Artificial Intelligence Conference ...

Hardware

Memristors power quick-learning neural network ...

Hyperion Research HPC analyst team becomes independent company ...

HSA Foundation China Regional Committee wraps up successful 2nd Annual Symposium ...

Applications

NCSA Faculty Fellow makes breakthrough in protein prediction using deep learning ...

Blue Waters supercomputer processes new data for NASA's Terra satellite ...

Silky secrets to make bones ...

Researchers compute their way to the center of the Earth ...

Heat from below Pacific Ocean fuels Yellowstone, study finds ...

Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology will host machine translation hackathon ...

The Spanish Research Network for Cardiac Computational Modelling V-Heart SN kicks off ...

A step forward in Parkinson's disease ...

Agreement between BSC and PIMEC to improve competitiveness of small companies through supercomputing ...

Flow simulation wins Visualization Competition 2017 ...

SURF presents interconnected solutions for health research at 3rd Health RI conference for research infrastructure ...

SONM presents its MVP for Christmas and Mountain View Capital announces investment in blockchain company ...

The Cloud

Oracle buys Aconex ...

New European project LEGaTO to plug the software-stack support gap for energy-efficient computing

14 Dec 2017 Barcelona - Imagine being able to write an application once and have it scheduled from Internet of Things (IoT) sensors to data centres and supercomputers, all while making the most energy-efficient use of the hardware available. This is the main challenge the European project LEGaTO - Low Energy Toolset for Heterogeneous Computing - will tackle over three years of research. The project, which has a budget of over 5 million euro and is coordinated by Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC), kicked off December 14-15, 2017 in Barcelona.

Due to fundamental limitations of scaling at the atomic scale, coupled with the heat density problems associated with packing an ever-increasing number of transistors in a unit area, Moore's Law has slowed down. Heterogeneity aims to solve the problems associated with the end of Moore’s Law by incorporating more specialized compute units in the system hardware and by utilizing the most efficient compute unit for each computation. However, while in the last years a lot of research and advances were made to support heterogeneity for performance; for power- and energy-efficient computing it is severely lacking.

The overall objective of the LEGaTO project is to produce a mature software stack to optimize the energy-efficiency heterogeneous computing. The project will strive to achieve this objective through employing a task-based programming model, coupled to a dataflow runtime while simultaneously ensuring security, resilience and programmability. The LEGaTO project will apply this energy-efficient software stack for heterogeneous hardware to the use cases of health care, smart home/city and machine learning.

Concrete targets of the LEGATO project are:

  • improve one order of magnitude in energy-efficiency for heterogeneous hardware through the use of the energy-optimized programming model and runtime;
  • reduce the size of the trusted computing base by at least an order of magnitude;
  • decrease of 5-fold mean time failure rate while decreasing the energy consumption;
  • increasing 5-fold FPGA programmer productivity leverage on use of novel features of dataflow hardware design.

Osman Unsal and Adrian Cristal, coordinators of LEGaTO project and BSC’s Computer Architecture for Parallel Paradigms group managers, stated: "Moore's Law is slowing down, and as a consequence hardware is becoming more heterogeneous. In the LEGaTO project, we will leverage task-based programming models to provide a software ecosystem for Made-in-Europe heterogeneous hardware composed of CPUs, GPUs, FPGAs and dataflow engines. Our aim is one order of magnitude energy savings from the edge to the converged cloud/HPC."

The LEGaTO project is funded by the European Commission with a budget of more than 5 million euro and will last 3 years from its beginning on 1 December 2017. The partners of the project are Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC, Spain), Universitaet Bielefeld (UNIBI, Germany), Universite de Neuchatel (UNINE, Switzerland), Chalmers Tekniska Hoegskola AB (CHALMERS, Sweden), Data Intelligence Sweden AB (DIS, Sweden), Technische Universität Dresden (TUD, Germany), Christmann Informationstechnik + Medien GmbH & Co. KG (CHR, Germany), Helmholtz-Zentrum für Infektionsforschung GmbH (HZI, Germany), TECHNION - Israel Institute of Technology (TECHNION, Israel), and Maxeler Technologies Limited (MAXELER, United Kingdom).
Source: Barcelona Supercomputing Center - BSC

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Primeur weekly 2017-12-26

Quantum computing

Using the dark side of excitons for quantum computing ...

Stealth Grid believes world of quantum computing becomes a reality  ...

Focus on Europe

HPC Advisory Council announces the 9th Swiss Annual HPC Conference in collaboration with HPCXXL User Group, April 2018 ...

Tetramax is boosting innovation in customized low-energy computing for HPC ...

BSC Fusion Group Member wins prestigious EUROfusion engineering grant ...

UPC team, sponsored by Mont-Blanc, selected for the 2018 ISC-HPCAC Student Cluster Competition ...

Fourteen new Dutch eScience collaborations to start in 2018 ...

NWO advocates permanent funding for national digital infrastructure in the Netherlands ...

BSC researchers selected for two HiPEAC Tech Transfer Awards for HPC ...

New European project LEGaTO to plug the software-stack support gap for energy-efficient computing ...

Flemish Ministry of Employment, Economy, Innovation and Sports to invest 30 million euro in new supercomputer ...

Middleware

Ace Computers rolls out OpenStack applications for HPC clusters, servers, and workstations ...

HPC Advisory Council and Stanford University announce 8th High-Performance Computing and Artificial Intelligence Conference ...

Hardware

Memristors power quick-learning neural network ...

Hyperion Research HPC analyst team becomes independent company ...

HSA Foundation China Regional Committee wraps up successful 2nd Annual Symposium ...

Applications

NCSA Faculty Fellow makes breakthrough in protein prediction using deep learning ...

Blue Waters supercomputer processes new data for NASA's Terra satellite ...

Silky secrets to make bones ...

Researchers compute their way to the center of the Earth ...

Heat from below Pacific Ocean fuels Yellowstone, study finds ...

Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology will host machine translation hackathon ...

The Spanish Research Network for Cardiac Computational Modelling V-Heart SN kicks off ...

A step forward in Parkinson's disease ...

Agreement between BSC and PIMEC to improve competitiveness of small companies through supercomputing ...

Flow simulation wins Visualization Competition 2017 ...

SURF presents interconnected solutions for health research at 3rd Health RI conference for research infrastructure ...

SONM presents its MVP for Christmas and Mountain View Capital announces investment in blockchain company ...

The Cloud

Oracle buys Aconex ...