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Mont-Blanc at ISC14 in Leipzig

July 1, 2014

Mont-Blanc actively participated in the latest edition of the International Supercomputing Conference (ISC) held in Leipzig, Germany, from 23th-26th of June, with researchers sharing their exascale knowledge both in the main conference sessions and side events.

Alex Ramirez, Team Leader at Barcelona Supercomputing Center and coordinator of the Mont-Blanc project, was one of the panellists in the session “Future Supercomputing Directions”.

Meanwhile, Mont-Blanc participated in the Birds-of-Feather (BoF) session titled “The European Approach to Exascale”, organized in collaboration with the European exascale projects DEEP/DEEP-ER, CRESTA, EPiGRAM, EXA2CT and NUMEXAS. The session started with a short presentation of each project, followed by an open discussion about exascale challenges and open issues.

Alex Ramirez was also a panellist in the “Embedded Technologies for Supercomputers” BoF session, where different exponents of embedded computing environments presented their perspectives about the influence and impact of embedded technology on HPC.

On the 25th of June a BoF session titled “Energy Efficiency Benchmarks & Metrics at Exascale: The Application Perspective” took place at the ISC conference in Leipzig. Simon McIntosh-Smith, head of the Microelectronics Group at University of Bristol, presented in the context of Energy Efficient HPC Working Group about the techniques and the tools available to software developers to profile, understand and optimise the energy efficiency of their codes running at exascale. The session was also run by Natalie Bates from the Energy Efficient HPC working group, and Marie-Christine Sawley, from Intel’s Exascale lab in Paris.

Mont-Blanc also featured in the ISC14 exhibition, both at the exascale booth in partnership with related projects funded by the European Commission (EC) (number 833) and at booths run by project partners (Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH -940-, LRZ -940-, Barcelona Supercomputing Center -825-, HLRS -940-, Cineca -921-, Bull -340-, Allinea -763-, CEA -725-). The prototype displayed at the exascale booth generated a great deal of interest and attracted many visitors wishing to find out more about the project.