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Primeur weekly 2012-08-13

Exascale supercomputing

Department of Energy awards $62 million in contracts to accelerate development of 'extreme scale' supercomputers ...

The Cloud

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Department of Energy awards $62 million in contracts to accelerate development of 'extreme scale' supercomputers

6 Aug 2012 Washington D.C. - Under an initiative called FastForward, the US Department of Energy (DOE), Office of Science and the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) have awarded $62 million in research and development (R&D) contracts to five leading companies in high performance computing to accelerate the development of next-generation supercomputers vital to national defense, scientific research, energy security, and the nation's economic competitiveness.

AMD, IBM, Intel, Nvidia and Whamcloud received awards to advance "extreme scale" computing technology with the goal of funding innovative R&D of critical technologies needed to deliver next generation capabilities within a reasonable energy footprint. DOE missions require exascale systems that operate at quintillions of floating point operations per second. Such systems would be 1,000 times faster than a 1-petaflop (quadrillion floating point operations per second) supercomputer. Currently, the world's fastest supercomputer - the IBM BlueGene/Q Sequoia system at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) - clocks in at 16.3 petaflops.

"The challenge is to deliver 1,000 times the performance of today's computers with only a fraction more of the system's energy consumption and space requirements", stated William Harrod, division director of research in DOE Office of Science's Advanced Scientific Computing Research programme.

Contract awards were in three high performance computing (HPC) technology areas: processors, memory, and storage and input/output (I/O) - the communication between computer processing systems and outside networks. The total value of the contracts is $62.5 million and covers a two-year period of performance.

The FastForward programme, funded by DOE's Office of Science and NNSA, is managed by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory on behalf of seven national laboratories including Lawrence Berkeley, Los Alamos, Sandia, Oak Ridge, Argonne and Pacific Northwest. Technical experts from the participating national laboratories evaluated and helped select the proposals and will work with selected vendors on co-design.

"Exascale computing will be required to fully assess the performance of our nation's nuclear stockpile in all foreseeable situations without returning to nuclear testing", stated Bob Meisner, head of NNSA's Advanced Simulation and Computing (ASC) programme. "The insight that comes from simulations is also vital to addressing non-proliferation and counterterrorism issues, as well as informing other national security decisions."

The FastForward initiative is intended to speed up and influence the development of technologies companies are pursuing for commercialization to ensure these products include features DOE Science and NNSA laboratories require for research.

"Recognizing that the broader computing market will drive innovation in a direction that may not meet DOE mission needs in national security and science, we need to ensure that exascale systems will meet the extreme requirements in computation, data movement and reliability that DOE applications require", William Harrod stated.

Under the contract awards, AMD is working on processors and memory for extreme systems, IBM also is working on memory for extreme systems, Intel Federal is working on energy efficient processors and memory architectures, Nvidia is working on processor architecture for exascale computing at low power and Whamcloud is leading a group working on storage and I/O.

In an era of increasing global competition in HPC, the development of exascale computing capabilities is widely seen as a key to sustaining the innovation edge in the science and technology that underpin national and economic security.
Source: DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Back to Table of contents

Primeur weekly 2012-08-13

Exascale supercomputing

Department of Energy awards $62 million in contracts to accelerate development of 'extreme scale' supercomputers ...

The Cloud

DreamWorks Animation drives innovation with HP Cloud Services ...

DDN and Alliance Technology Group enable data-intensive intelligence & surveillance organisations to economically harness the power of Big Data and Cloud collaboration ...

Applied Math Modeling releases Cloud-based, next-generation data centre design software ...

EuroFlash

Altair RADIOSS structural solver achieves unmatched performance using NVIDIA GPUs ...

UK’s Atomic Weapons Establishment selects Rogue Wave's ThreadSpotter ...

Future Internet PPP - Information Day on Call 2, Objectives 1.8 & 1.9 ...

What makes Paris look like Paris? Carnegie Mellon software finds stylistic core ...

USFlash

UC San Diego team aims to broaden researcher access to protein simulation ...

UC San Diego and Yale awarded collaborative NSF grant for Neuroscience Gateway ...

GPU acceleration of top genomics application with OpenACC promises to help speed delivery of life-saving drugs ...

DataDirect Networks debuts comprehensive management suite to simplify Big Data infrastructure scale up and scale out ...

DataDirect Networks announces rapid uptake of award-winning SFA technology across Australia's research computing community ...

EMC DLm8000 first mainframe virtual tape library to deliver synchronous replication ...

Swinburne to unveil the hidden universe ...

AMD launches first-ever AMD FirePro APU providing a powerful integrated visual computing platform for CAD and media and entertainment work flows ...

SGI reports fourth quarter and fiscal year 2012 financial results ...

Dell helps to power NASA's latest mission to Mars ...

Large private donation launches Institute for Advanced Computational Science at Stony Brook University ...

Computer models calculate systems-wide costs of gene expression ...

XSEDE brings in NCSA's Alan Craig as Digital Humanities Specialist ...