May 18, 2021 — Arm and the Jülich Supercomputing Centre (JSC) today signed a multi-year cooperation agreement. Its goal is to strengthen their joint effort in identifying the requirements of High Performance Computing (HPC) applications and advancing their porting and optimization on Arm-based architectures.
The collaboration focuses on the analysis and optimization of strategic HPC applications on Arm-based HPC systems, including Arm accelerated platforms (for example, Arm+GPU). The joint team carries on performance analysis and code engineering, taking advantage of specific features of Arm-based hardware to further advance application performance. The code requirements identified in this effort will help in the design of future HPC technologies and systems.
“Arm is developing very attractive technology for HPC, which is not only populating the fastest computer in the world (Fugaku), but is also key in the European Exascale strategy. Arm’s core design and architecture are the basis of the first European processor tailored to HPC (EPI project). Our co-design partnership with Arm will give us access to their latest technology developments and expertise, and help us to prepare our key applications to exploit the latest features. We are also excited to see how Arm-based processors can help us to reach Exascale performance at an affordable price, combined with acceleration devices and high-speed networks in our Modular Supercomputing architecture.” -Thomas Lippert – Director of the Jülich Supercomputing Centre
JSC deep understanding of key scientific codes and decades of HPC experience, together with Arm knowledge of architecture, tools and best practices will accelerate code optimization and benefit the whole scientific community. The collaboration will also investigate impact of future Arm designs on HPC applications, exploring co-design opportunities. These may go from chip-level feature analysis, up to exploration of system-level integration on heterogeneous systems.
Arm understands the crucial role that HPC has in scientific advancement and industrial innovation, particularly in Europe as strategic asset and driver of European indigenous silicon strategy (for example, EPI). The contribution of European academia and research institutes, and JSC in particular, in pioneering new technologies is unquestioned. This agreement underlines once again Arm commitment in Europe.