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Developing Next-gen HPC Architectures – A Hardware Prototyping Workshop

June 23, 2016 2:00 pm to June 23, 2016 6:00 pm

The evolution curve of the computational power of supercomputers is getting flat and after hitting the frequency wall, we are facing a critical point for Moore’s law. For these reasons experimenting with novel architectures is a must. While the trend towards heterogeneous computing in the form of coprocessors, accelerators or on-chip helper cores is more evolutionary, revolutionary approaches like neuromorphic computing are in the limelight, as well. Their common goal is to increase performance while being energy efficienct. And they all strikingly demonstrate the drive for innovation in HPC – that needs to be demonstrated and proven with prototypes. We will cover a wide spectrum of architectural concepts, using various technologies, and addressing the requirements of user communities, either with general-purpose or domain specific approaches. The workshop will be held in conjunction with ISC’16. A mix of invited talks and open discussion will deal in-depth with the conferences’ focus topic on Exascale Architectures: Revolution vs. Evolution.

Preliminary Agenda

09:00-09:15am    Welcome
09:15-10:00am    Keynote: Prof Dr. Thomas Lippert

Session 1: Latest ARM developments in HPC

10:00-10:20am    Mont-Blanc Project
10:20-10:40am    SpiNNaker Project

Session 2: Innovative Prototyping based on Xeon Phi

10:40-11:00am    DEEP-ER Project

Coffee break

Session 2 – continued

11:30-11:50am    QPACE II Project
11:50-12:10pm    tbd

Session 3: Hardware Prototyping for Exascale – What’s up next?

12:15-12:55pm    Panel Discussion
12:55-13:00pm    Conclusion & Farewell

Lunch break


Keynote: Prof Dr Dr Thomas Lippert
Thomas Lippert received his diploma in Theoretical Physics in 1987 from the University of Würzburg. He completed his PhD theses in theoretical physics at Wuppertal University on simulations of lattice quantum chromodynamics and at Groningen University in the field of parallel computing with systolic algorithms. He is director of the Jülich Supercomputing Centre at Forschungzentrum Jülich, member of the board of directors of the John von Neumann Institute for Computing (NIC), and he holds the chair for Computational Theoretical Physics at the University of Wuppertal. His research interests include lattice gauge theories, quantum computing, numerical and parallel algorithms, and cluster computing.

Mont-Blanc Project: Dr Filippo Mantovani
Filippo Mantovani is a postdoctoral research associate of the Heterogeneous Architectures group at the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC). He graduated in mathematics and holds a PhD in Computer Science from University of Ferrara, Italy. He has been a scientific associate at the DESY laboratory in Zeuthen, Germany, and at the University of Regensburg, Germany. He spent most of his scientific career in computational physics, computer architecture and high-performance computing, contributing to the Janus, QPACE and QPACE2 projects. He joined BSC’s Mont-Blanc project in 2013, becoming recently technical coordinator of the project.

SpiNNaker Project: Prof Dr Steve Furber
Steve Furber CBE FRS FREng is ICL Professor of Computer Engineering in the School of Computer Science at the University of Manchester, UK. After completing a BA in mathematics and a PhD in aerodynamics at the University of Cambridge, UK, he spent the 1980s at Acorn Computers, where he was a principal designer of the BBC Microcomputer and the ARM 32-bit RISC microprocessor. Over 75 billion variants of the ARM processor have since been manufactured, powering much of the world’s mobile and embedded computing. He moved to the ICL Chair at Manchester in 1990 where he leads research into asynchronous and low-power systems and, more recently, neural systems engineering, where the SpiNNaker project is delivering a computer incorporating a million ARM processors optimised for brain modelling applications.

DEEP/-ER Project: Prof Dr Norbert Eicker
Norbert Eicker is Professor for Parallel Hardware and Software Systems at Bergische Universität Wuppertal and head of the research group Cluster Computing at Jülich Supercomputing Centre. Before joining JSC in 2004, Norbert was with ParTec from 2001 on working on the Cluster Middleware ParaStation. During his career he was involved in several research and development projects including the ALiCE-cluster in Wuppertal, JULI and JSC’s general purpose supercomputer JuRoPA. Currently he is acting as the chief architect for the DEEP and DEEP-ER projects. Norbert holds a PhD in Theoretical Particle Physics from Wuppertal University.

QPACE II Project: Prof Dr Tilo Wettig
Tilo Wettig is a professor in the Department of Physics at the University of Regensburg. He is the Principal Investigator of the QPACE and iDataCool projects. Prior to this he played a leading role in the development of the QCDOC supercomputer, which served as a prototype for IBM’s BlueGene/L. His research interests include Lattice Quantum Chromodynamics, efficient algorithms for massively parallel architectures, and the development of energy-efficient supercomputers.  He has published over 120 scientific articles.

Workshop Organizers

Dr. Estela Suarez, Project Manager DEEP & DEEP-ER, Jülich Supercomputing Centre

Dr. Filippo Mantovani, Technical Coordinator Mont-Blanc Project, Barcelona Supercomputing Center