Newsletter July 2012

Montblanc Newsletter July 2012

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EUROPEAN APPROACH TOWARDS ENERGY EFFICIENT HIGH PERFORMANCE COMPUTING

Mont-Blanc highlighted at ISC2012

Mont-Blanc highlighted at ISC2012

During the International Supercomputing Conference 2012 (ISC’12) held from 17th – 21st of June 2012 in Hamburg (Germany), the Mont-Blanc project was successfully highlighted both at the conference or exhibition. The ISC Conference is famous for its world-class discussions, with academia and industry leaders tackling the most important HPC issues.

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Mont-Blanc selected one of the most innovative projects by Ecotendències CosmoCaixa

Mont-Blanc selected one of the most innovative projects by Ecotendències CosmoCaixa

The European Project Mont-Blanc has been selected as one of the most innovative projects under the section “Moure Informació” (Moving Information) of the Ecotendències Cosmocaixa Awards.

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Application kernels to drive ARM innovation in High Performance Computing

Application kernels to drive ARM innovation in High Performance Computing

The MontBlanc project aims at achieving stunning breakthroughs towards the energy-efficiency of HPC systems by combining the ARM architecture with a task based programming model (OmpSs) capable of providing an abstract framework for the programmer to work with.

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Mont-Blanc collaborates with...

PRACEThe Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe (PRACE) is an international non-profit association with its seat in Brussels.

The PRACE Research Infrastructure (RI) provides a persistent world-class High Performance Computing (HPC) service for scientists and researchers from academia and industry. The Implementation Phase of PRACE receives funding from the EU’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under grant agreements n° RI-261557 and n° RI-283493.

www.prace-ri.eu

Alex Ramirez: Welcome

Welcome to the first edition of the Mont-Blanc newsletter. As coordinator of the Mont-Blanc project, I first wish to congratulate all the members of the consortium on achieving what is the first step in building a new European Exascale computing approach, based on embedded power-efficient technology. To non Mont- Blanc members, I am thankful for your interest in our research, and the high expectations generated around the project.

Energy efficiency is already a primary concern for the design of any computer system and it is unanimously recognized that future Exascale systems will be strongly constrained by their power consumption. The Mont-Blanc project aims to design a new type of computer architecture capable of setting future High Performance Computing (HPC) standards that will deliver Exascale performance while using 15 to 30 times less energy than today’s best designs.

Just as in the past two decades, HPC architectures have been based on commodity server platform technology, in this project we anticipate the ubiquity of today’s energy efficient solutions used in embedded and mobile devices as alternate candidates to succeed in the future. The project will define a HPC architecture ex ploiting these and other commodity components together with new programming paradigms capable of supporting future Exascale price, power and performance requirements.

To this end, I hope that this first issue of this Mont-Blanc newsletter is a first step forward to inform about you about the latest news and progresses along this three-year project. Please stay with us as new opportunities for involvement in this research direction will appear in the future.

Alex Ramírez
Mont-Blanc Coordinator

www.montblanc-project.eu
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 Europa Europa Europa The Mont-Blanc project receives funding from the EU’s Seventh
Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under grant agreement n° 288777.

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