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MontBlanc @ SC12

November 16, 2012

Mont-Blanc was present at the SC12 conference held in Salt Lake City (USA) and as usual participated actively not only in the technical programme but also on the exhibition floor. On Tuesday 13th November the Mont-Blanc coordinator, Alex Ramirez, participated at the Birds-of-a-Feather (BoF) session “Exascale Research – The European Approach” with almost 50 participants in the room. During the session, Prof. Ramirez announced the selection of the Samsung Exynos platform as the building block for powering Mont-Blanc’s first integrated low power High Performance Computing (HPC) prototype. This session was organized in collaboration with other EU- funded Exascale initiatives such as DEEP and CRESTA.
In parallel, Mont-Blanc also presented a session entitled “Energy Efficient HPC” at the BoF with more than 60 participants in the room, headed by Simon McIntosh-Smith from the Univ. Bristol. This second edition of EEHPC session included 5 minute talks from the experts in this field, followed by an open panel session where the audience put questions to the speakers. In the exhibition hall, the project was represented in different partner booths such as the ones from the Barcelona Supercomputing Center, Bull, ARM, Gnodal and Juelich Forschungszentrum. A lot of visitors got interested about the announcement during the conference about the selection of the processor for the future prototype. Another highlight was the presentation of a short video about the project that gives an overview about the project and why energy efficiency is already a primary concern for the design of any computer system. It is unanimously recognized that future Exascale systems will be strongly constrained by their power consumption.