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Primeur weekly 2018-03-19

Exascale supercomputing

BSC and Fujitsu to build up an ecosystem for a future exascale supercomputer ...

Quantum computing

New quantum spin liquid predicted by Nobel Laureate prepared for the first time ...

Focus on Europe

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

North German scientists receive new supercomputer in the HLRN network ...

Hardware

Cray tapped to deliver largest supercomputer dedicated to fusion science in Japan by National Institutes for Quantum and Radiological Science and Technology ...

Keeping GPUs young ...

Asetek announces ongoing collaboration with Intel on liquid cooling for servers and data centres ...

UC San Diego Center for Microbiome Innovation announces Panasas as Corporate Member ...

Cavium expands industry partnerships to drive OCP NIC 3.0 ...

Applications

How much snow accumulates in North America each year? More than scientists thought. ...

Green light for Galaxy Europe ...

Supercomputer simulation opens prospects for obtaining ultra-dense electron-positron plasmas ...

The complex journey of red bloods cells through microvascular networks ...

The view from inside supersonic combustion ...

A game changer: Metagenomic clustering powered by supercomputers ...

ORNL researchers design novel method for energy-efficient deep neural networks ...

University of Texas researchers develop new visualization tools to explore fusion physics ...

Fishing with simulations for two-dimensional materials ...

The Cloud

IBM helps accelerate AI with fast new data platform and elite team ...

European Commission to adopt Implementation Roadmap for the European Open Science Cloud ...

Univa announces a global partnership and reseller agreement with UberCloud ...

Univa open sources Project Tortuga to accelerate the migration of enterprise HPC workloads to the Cloud ...

USFlash

Xilinx unveils revolutionary adaptable computing product category ...

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


13 Mar 2018 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 recent years significant advances have been 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 software stack to support energy-efficient heterogeneous computing. The project will strive to achieve this objective by employing a task-based programming model which is energy efficient by design coupled to a dataflow runtime, while simultaneously ensuring security, resilience and programmability.

Specifically, the LEGATO project aims to:

  • improve the energy efficiency of heterogeneous hardware by an order of magnitude 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;
  • reduce meantime failure rate fivefold while decreasing the energy consumption;
  • improve FPGA programmer productivity fivefold by leveraging novel features of dataflow hardware design.

As stated by Osman Unsal and Adrian Cristal, coordinators of the LEGaTO project: "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/high-performance computing (HPC)."

The energy-efficient software toolset for heterogeneous hardware developed within the LEGaTO project will be applied in three use cases:

  • Health care: a decrease in energy consumption in the health care sector and an increase in health care application resilience and security, both critical requirements in this area.
  • Smart homes and smart cities: the project will demonstrate how programming can be simplified and energy savings made through the use of the LEGaTO project software–hardware framework for the Internet of Things (IoT), smart homes and smart cities applications. Sensitive sensor information and actuator instructions can be received and sent via the developed secure IoT gateway.
  • Machine learning (ML): improve energy efficiency by employing accelerators and tuning the model architecture at runtime.

The LEGaTO - Low Energy Toolset for Heterogeneous Computing - 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; Universität Bielefeld (UNIBI), Germany; Université de Neuchatel (UNINE), Switzerland; Chalmers Tekniska Högskola AB (CHALMERS), Sweden; Machine Intelligence Sweden AB (MIS), 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.

More information can be found at the LEGaTO project website.
Source: Barcelona Supercomputing Center - BSC

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Primeur weekly 2018-03-19

Exascale supercomputing

BSC and Fujitsu to build up an ecosystem for a future exascale supercomputer ...

Quantum computing

New quantum spin liquid predicted by Nobel Laureate prepared for the first time ...

Focus on Europe

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

North German scientists receive new supercomputer in the HLRN network ...

Hardware

Cray tapped to deliver largest supercomputer dedicated to fusion science in Japan by National Institutes for Quantum and Radiological Science and Technology ...

Keeping GPUs young ...

Asetek announces ongoing collaboration with Intel on liquid cooling for servers and data centres ...

UC San Diego Center for Microbiome Innovation announces Panasas as Corporate Member ...

Cavium expands industry partnerships to drive OCP NIC 3.0 ...

Applications

How much snow accumulates in North America each year? More than scientists thought. ...

Green light for Galaxy Europe ...

Supercomputer simulation opens prospects for obtaining ultra-dense electron-positron plasmas ...

The complex journey of red bloods cells through microvascular networks ...

The view from inside supersonic combustion ...

A game changer: Metagenomic clustering powered by supercomputers ...

ORNL researchers design novel method for energy-efficient deep neural networks ...

University of Texas researchers develop new visualization tools to explore fusion physics ...

Fishing with simulations for two-dimensional materials ...

The Cloud

IBM helps accelerate AI with fast new data platform and elite team ...

European Commission to adopt Implementation Roadmap for the European Open Science Cloud ...

Univa announces a global partnership and reseller agreement with UberCloud ...

Univa open sources Project Tortuga to accelerate the migration of enterprise HPC workloads to the Cloud ...

USFlash

Xilinx unveils revolutionary adaptable computing product category ...