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Primeur weekly 2013-02-25

Exascale supercomputing

Indiana University receives grant for supercomputer work ...

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Indiana University receives grant for supercomputer work

20 Feb 2013 Bloomington - Indiana University's Center for Research in Extreme Scale Technologies (CREST) is the recipient of a three-year, $1.1 million grant from the Department of Energy (DOE) to develop software that improves the speed and programmability of supercomputers. This funding is part of a $7.05 million grant for the XPRESS (eXascale PRogramming Environment and System Software) project, led by Sandia National Laboratories as part of the DOE Office of Science Advanced Scientific Computing Research X-Stack programme.

Indiana University (IU) created CREST in 2011 as part of the Pervasive Technology Institute to pioneer research at the frontiers of exascale computing. Two of supercomputing's foremost thinkers, Andrew Lumsdaine and Thomas Sterling, both professors in the School of Informatics and Computing at IU Bloomington, lead CREST as director and associate director, respectively. Thomas Sterling also serves as CREST chief scientist.

The grant will fund CREST researchers to create a class of software that enables supercomputers to run intelligently. "We're writing software that moves execution from static to dynamic, allowing supercomputers to use new information as it is being revealed", stated Thomas Sterling. "By doing so, supercomputers will 'think' about how they use their resources, as well as where and when they schedule various concurrent tasks."

As an analogy, Thomas Sterling noted the difference between a cannon and guided missile - the missile makes minute adjustments during flight in order to more accurately hit the target. "Essentially, we're building a guided computer", stated Thomas Sterling. "Our goal is to completely redesign the system software in order to produce a revolutionary class of supercomputers. It is exciting that IU will be at the forefront of such research, setting future directions for exascale computing and programming."

How fast is this next generation of supercomputers? Consider this: Today's fastest supercomputers perform about 10 quadrillion (one million billion) operations per second. By 2020, experts predict that exascale computers will perform one quintillion (one billion billion) calculations per second. However, it is not just speed that interests IU researchers - they are ultimately seeking to change how supercomputing works.

"This grant allows us to help scientists and engineers run their software across millions of processors", stated Andrew Lumsdaine. "It's exciting to be able to advance next-generation supercomputing while supporting research into solutions for civilization's biggest issues."

Led by Sandia in partnership with IU, the XPRESS project involves eight academic and government institutions. Thomas Sterling is the project's chief scientist, while Andrew Lumsdaine is principal investigator on IU's portion of the grant.
Source: Indiana University

Back to Table of contents

Primeur weekly 2013-02-25

Exascale supercomputing

Indiana University receives grant for supercomputer work ...

The Cloud

Rackspace announces new data centre for expanding UK base ...

HP enables partners to accelerate Cloud Services delivery ...

Red Hat unveils Big Data and open hybrid Cloud direction ...

Cloud9 IDE builds on-line development environment with Red Hat OpenShift ...

EuroFlash

Modern museum techniques: projectiondesign helps visitors better comprehend the stories of First World War ...

Bern computer simulation helps to better understand the origin of our solar system ...

Advancing research collaboration with GÉANT's high-speed infrastructure ...

Partnership puts computational science at the heart of Unilever's R&D ...

USFlash

New Emerson Network Power media processing accelerator offers performance breakthrough in server applications ...

HP extends Converged Infrastructure leadership ...

HP delivers simplicity, profitability and consistency for partners ...

Introducing Intel Cache Acceleration Software for use with Intel SSD data centre family ...

ManTech announces financial results for fourth quarter and fiscal year 2012 ...

Mellanox FDR 56Gb/s InfiniBand accelerates the fastest supercomputer in India ...

Enterprises perform faster and operations run more efficiently on new NetApp high-end, Flash-optimized storage systems ...

NetApp expands Flash portfolio, extending leadership in enterprise Flash storage ...

NVIDIA introduces GeForce GTX TITAN: DNA of the world's fastest supercomputer, powered by world's fastest GPU ...

NREL and partners demonstrate quantum dots that assemble themselves ...

New supercomputer to aid genomics research ...

Supercomputers used to supercharge antioxidants ...

Supercomputer Titan could advance progress in development of solar energy at West Virginia University ...