Summit, a high-performance computing system set to be delivered to Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in 2017 with availability in 2018, will support DOE's Office of Science in its broad science and energy mission, advancing knowledge in critical areas of government, academia and industry.
The CAAR programme is focused on optimizing application codes for Summit's hybrid architecture comprised of IBM POWER CPUs, NVIDIA GPU accelerators and the NVLink high-speed interconnect technology, which is expected to provide at least five times the performance of the OLCF's current leadership system, Titan. Leading up to the delivery of Summit, the CAAR application teams, with technical support from the IBM/NVIDIA Center of Excellence at ORNL, will redesign, port and optimize their software to Summit's architecture, and demonstrate the effectiveness of their application on Summit through a scientific grand-challenge project.
"We know that improved software is just as important as improved hardware to supercomputer performance and our facility's mission", stated Dr. Tjerk Straatsma, ORNL's Scientific Computing group leader. "CAAR brings together the people who know the science, the people who know the code, and the people who know the machine, so that cutting-edge science can be conducted on Summit."
In addition to resources at the OLCF, including Titan and early software development systems for Summit, the CAAR teams will have access to computational resources at the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF) and the National Energy Research Supercomputing Center (NERSC) to enable architecture and performance portability across different computing architectures.
These projects were chosen based on a computational and scientific review conducted by the OLCF in consultation with the ALCF, NERSC, IBM and NVIDIA. The application teams represent a broad range of computational algorithms and programming approaches in a diverse range of scientific disciplines including astrophysics, biophysics, chemistry, climate modelling, combustion engineering, materials science, nuclear physics, plasma physics and seismology.
"We had a tremendous response to our call for proposals, receiving a large number of strong entries", Tjerk Straatsma stated. "The diversity of the selected applications gives us the opportunity to develop highly scalable, highly efficient applications for Summit that many of our users can take advantage of when the machine comes into production."
The modelling and simulation applications selected for the CAAR programme and their principal investigators include: