Newsletter December 2014

Montblanc Newsletter December 2014

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Mont-Blanc at the SC14

Mont-Blanc at the SC14, New Orleans

For more than two decades, the SC Conference has been the place to build and share the innovations that are making life-changing discoveries possible. During this year’s conference, held in New Orleans from 16-22 November 2014, the Mont-Blanc project shared its booth space with the other European Exascale projects.

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Mont-Blanc is taking part in the HPCAC-ISC 2015 Student Cluster Challenge

Mont-Blanc is taking part in the HPCAC-ISC 2015 Student Cluster Challenge

A group of six undergraduate students from Barcelona School of Informatics (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya - Barcelona Tech) involved in the Mont-Blanc project has been selected to take part in the 4th HPCAC-ISC Student Cluster Competition.

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Some Mont-Blanc prototype nodes available

Some Mont-Blanc prototype nodes available

In November, a selection of Mont-Blanc prototype nodes arrived at BSC, which are now available now.

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Mont-Blanc collaborates with...

EXascale Algorithms and Advanced Computational Techniques

Logo Exact2The EXA2CT European project brings together experts at the cutting edge of the development of solvers, related algorithmic techniques, and HPC software architects for programming models and communication.

EXA2CT will

  • Discover solver algorithms that can scale to the huge numbers of nodes at exascale.
  •  Develop an exascale programming model that is usable by application developers.
  • Offer these developments to the wider community in open-source proto-applications, to enable exascale machine/software co-design and a basis for exascale applications.

These proto applications will be disseminated to the reference application owners through a scientific and industrial board (SIB) to help generate momentum behind our approach.  Do you have a scientific application and want to be involved? Contact us via



Welcome to the sixth edition of the Mont-Blanc Newsletter, which we bring you full of inspiration following the Supercomputing 2014 (SC14) conference in New Orleans.

The SC14 exhibition featured at least five mini-clusters composed of development kits based on commodity embedded technology, in "Mont-Blanc style". A not insignificant number of companies, among the crème de la crème of high-performance computing (HPC), announced forthcoming products integrating ARM IPs. It was a great feeling to walk round the exhibition area and see Mont-Blanc ideas germinating in so many different ways.

Mont-Blanc was represented at SC14 at the European Exascale booth, the area shared by the EU projects taking on Exascale challenges: CRESTA, DEEP/DEEP-ER, Exa2CT and Epigram. This was the setting for our presentation of project results: as well as the loyal Mont-Blanc blade with 15 node-cards, we displayed a mini-cluster of seven NVIDIA Jetson boards demonstrating Mont-Blanc and BSC application demos. As it turned out, our small stack of boards aroused the curiosity of many visitors and I would like to thank them once again for stopping by our booth.

In the meantime, on the other side of the ocean, project activities progressed successfully. I am proud to announce that during the first week of November the first 135 Mont-Blanc prototype nodes were deployed at BSC. This is the first step towards the final installation of the Mont-Blanc prototype which will take place during the first weeks of 2015 and which will include more than 1000 computational nodes.

I am pleased to announce that six young UPC/BSC students have been selected to participate in the upcoming Student Cluster Competition at the ISC15 conference with Mont-Blanc hardware equipment. This is the first time that a Spanish team has been selected to compete at the ISC conference, which next year will be held in July 2015 in Frankfurt (Germany). They will try to solve the competition’s challenges using our prototype, with the sponsorship of ARM, Bull, BSC and UPC and, of course, all our support. As three of these students are based at BSC and members of my working group, I would like to take this occasion to thank them for their hard work, commitment and belief in this adventure. We’ll be looking forward to see the team at work in Frankfurt – best of luck!

It just remains for me to thank you for your continued support, as well as to wish you a happy, relaxing holiday and an exciting start to 2015.

Filippo Mantovani, Mont-Blanc Coordinator
© BSC-CNS, 2014
Europa   This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research,
technological development and demonstration under grant agreement n° 288777 and 610402.

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