As a result of the dissolution of DARPA’s UHPC program, the driving force behind exascale research in the US now resides with the Department of Energy, which has embarked upon a program to help develop this technology. To get a lab-centric view of the path to exascale, HPCwire asked a three of the top directors at Argonne National Laboratory — Rick Stevens, Michael Papka, and Marc Snir — to provide some context for the challenges and benefits of developing these extreme scale systems.
<img style=”float: left;” src=”http://media2.hpcwire.com/hpcwire/spirit_of_st_louis_small.jpg” alt=”” width=”75″ height=”75″ />Every year, as the International Supercomputing Conference in Germany approaches, our good friends here at HPCwire invite me to reflect on the trends of the past 12 months, not so much to provide a potentially tedious list of specific events, product deliveries, and TOP500 mantras but rather to convey a personal sense of what it all adds up to and possibly means for the future of HPC.
<img style=”float: left;” src=”http://media2.hpcwire.com/hpcwire/future_datacenter_small.jpg” alt=”” width=”99″ height=”88″ />While much attention has focused on China’s rising supercomputing prospects lately, a number of other countries, including Russia, are also quickly muscling up their HPC resources. With their eyes set on exascale, Russia is planning to invest over a billion dollars this decade to field at least one such system by 2020.
The race to exaflops could be one that the US is destined to lose.
China and Europe are already planning for the next supercomputing era.
It’s not just about the megawatts.
With exascale predictions all the rage, here’s a more sobering look at the next big thing in supercomputing.
With petascale systems now deployed on three continents, the HPC industry is already looking toward the next milestone in supercomputing: exascale computing. In Europe, this activity is centered on the European Exascale Software Initiative (EESI), a project that brings together industry and government organizations committed to helping usher in the transition from petascale to exascale systems over the next decade.
Applications embarrassingly not parallel.
Even as we gain a footing in the era of petaflops computing, we have set in motion the exploration of the undiscovered domain of exaflops computing. This year has seen the launching of multiple programs to develop the concepts, architectures, software stack, programming models, and new families of parallel algorithms necessary to enable the practical realization of exaflops capability prior to the end of this decade.