Tag: Michael Wolfe
In his third column on programming for exascale systems, Michael Wolfe shares his views on what programming at the exascale level is likely to require, and how we can get there from where we are today. He explains that it will take some work, but it’s not a wholesale rewrite of 50 years of high performance expertise.
NVIDIA’s CUDA is easily the most popular programming language for general-purpose GPU computing. But one of the more interesting developments in the CUDA-verse doesn’t really involve GPUs at all. In September, HPC compiler vendor PGI (The Portland Group Inc.) announced its intent to build a CUDA compiler for x86 platforms. The technology will be demonstrated for the first time in public at SC10 this week in New Orleans.
There is a growing feeling that merely taking the latest processor offerings from Intel, AMD or IBM will not get us to exascale in a reasonable time frame, cost budget, and power constraint. One avenue to explore is designing and building more specialized systems, aimed at the types of problems seen in HPC, or at least at the problems seen in some important subset of HPC. Of course, such a strategy loses the advantages we’ve enjoyed over the past two decades of commoditization in HPC; however, a more special purpose design may be wise, or necessary.