Mont-Blanc project: preparing for next generation supercomputing through ARM chips

OpenAcess Government
Thursday, November 30, 2017

Low-power ARM chips dominate the mobile world of smartphones, tablets, and embedded IoT devices, here, Mont-blanc investigates how they could power supercomputers

With data centres consuming ever more power, the idea of using highly energy-efficient ARM chips in servers is enticing, especially for energy-hungry High-Performance Computing (HPC) configurations. As early as 2011, several pioneering European companies and institutions recognised the tremendous potential offered by embedded processor technology and decided to unite into the Mont-Blanc project to investigate the usage of low-power ARM processors for HPC.