Momentum is Building for ARM in HPC

The Next Platform
Friday, June 30, 2017

2011 marked ARM’s first step into the world of HPC with the European Mont-Blanc project. The premise was simple: leverage the energy efficiency of ARM-based mobile designs for high performance computing applications.

Unfortunately, making the leap from the mobile market to HPC was not an easy feat. Long time players in this space, such as Intel and IBM, hold home field advantage: that of legacy software. HPC-optimized libraries, compilers and applications were already present for these platforms. This was not, however, the case for ARM. Early adopters had to start, largely from scratch, porting and building an ecosystem with a fledgling HPC toolchain. Through partnerships with academic and industrial partners, the Mont-Blanc project tackled the initial work of building test systems and porting software for ARM HPC test systems.