Linux Foundation Announces the Launch of the High-Performance Software Foundation

By Doug Eadline

May 14, 2024

The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization enabling mass innovation through open source, is excited to announce the launch of the High-Performance Software Foundation (HPSF). The announcement was made at the ISC 2024 conference in Hamburg. Through a series of technical projects, HPSF aims to build, promote, and advance a portable core software stack for high-performance computing (HPC) by increasing adoption, lowering barriers to contribution, and supporting development efforts.

As HPC becomes ubiquitous in scientific computing and digital engineering and AI use cases multiply, more and more data centers deploy GPUs and other compute accelerators. HPSF will provide a neutral space for pivotal projects in the high-performance computing ecosystem, enabling industry, academia, and government entities to collaborate on the scientific software stack.

According to Rick Stevens, Associate Laboratory Director for Computing, Environment, and Life Sciences at Argonne National Laboratory, “Argonne has a long history of developing widely used open-source software, and we are honored to join HPSF as a founding member. The collaborative environment and access to resources that HPSF will provide will enable the HPC community to collectively develop the software needed for future-generation HPC systems.”

HPSF benefits from strong support across the HPC landscape, including Premier Members Amazon Web Services (AWS), Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), and Sandia National Laboratories (SNL); General Members AMD, Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), Intel, Kitware, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), NVIDIA, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL); and Associate Members University of Maryland, University of Oregon, and Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC). HPSF will set up a technical advisory committee (TAC) to manage working groups tackling various HPC topics. Drawing from member organizations and community participants, the TAC will follow a governance model based on the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF). 

The HPSF is launching the following initial open-source technical projects:

  •  Spack: the HPC package manager.  
  •  Kokkos: a performance-portable programming model for writing modern C++ applications in a hardware-agnostic way.  
  •  Viskores (formerly VTK-m):  a toolkit of scientific visualization algorithms for accelerator architectures.  
  •  HPCToolkit: performance measurement and analysis tools for computers ranging from desktop systems to GPU-accelerated supercomputers.  
  •  Apptainer: Formerly known as Singularity, Apptainer is a Linux Foundation project that provides a high-performance, full-featured HPC and computing-optimized container subsystem.  
  •  E4S: a curated, hardened distribution of scientific software packages.  

HPSF aims to make life easier for high-performance software developers through several focused initiatives, including:

  •  Continuous integration resources tailored for HPC projects  
  •  Continuously built, turn-key software stacks  
  •  Architecture support  
  •  Performance regression testing and benchmarking  
  •  Collaborations with other LF projects, such as OpenSSF, UEC, UXL Foundation, and CNCF

The HPSF welcomes organizations from across the HPC ecosystem to get involved and help drive innovation in open-source HPC solutions. To learn more about the HPSF, including how to get involved, contribute, and become a member, please visit hpsf.io.

On the web page, the HPSF has the stated goals.

  1.  Serve as a neutral home for key projects in the high-performance software ecosystem;
  2.  Promote the use of HPSF projects in many open-source communities and organizations;
  3.  Provide a transparent governance model that allows stakeholders from government, industry, and academia to steward the ecosystem together;
  4.  Provide a clear path to incubate and onboard promising new projects;
  5.  Ensure that HPC software is accessible and reliable by providing CI and turn-key builds;
  6.  Ensure that HPC software is secure and ready for the cloud through collaborations with CNCF and OpenSSF and
  7.  Sponsor events and training to grow a diverse, skilled workforce for software in the HPSF ecosystem.

There is no mention of project funding as part of the project goals. 

About the Linux Foundation

The Linux Foundation is the world’s leading home for collaboration on open-source software, hardware, standards, and data. Linux Foundation projects are critical to the world’s infrastructure, including Linux, Kubernetes, Node.js, ONAP, OpenChain, OpenSSF, PyTorch, RISC-V, SPDX, and more. The Linux Foundation focuses on leveraging best practices and addressing the needs of contributors, users, and solution providers to create sustainable models for open collaboration. For more information, please visit us at linuxfoundation.org.

 

 

 

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