John Shalf, LBNL
David Donofrio, LBNL
Alex Ramirez, Mt. Blanc Project at Barcelona Supercomputing Center
Eric Van Hensbergen, ARM
The increase in power of supercomputers has historically been achieved by increasing the number of conventional general-purpose microprocessors similar to those used in personal computers. Although this approach is feasible for building systems large enough to solve many current scientific problems, the approach becomes unsustainable when scaling this technology forward.
This BoF has a panel that explores novel new architectures and design techniques that present a radical alternative to conventional systems by borrowing many technologies and techniques from the cost and power sensitive design requirements found in the embedded world. These techniques frequently result in a more power-efficient design driving down the cost of operation and are overall cost-competitive with current approaches. System on Chip (SoC) is an example of such an embedded technology that will be the focus of this BoF. Participants are encouraged to bring experiences and insights in using embedded technologies for supercomputing.