Newsletter December 2016

Montblanc Newsletter December 2016

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Mont-Blanc at SC16 in Salt Lake City

From 13th- 18 th November, 2016, a large part of the HPC community was gathered in Salt Lake City, Utah for the 29th edition of the SC Conference. This year, 11,000-plus visitors, participants and volunteers from 65 countries took part in the four-day expo and the six-day technical program.

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Since its early beginning, the Mont-Blanc project has paved the way for enabling ARM in HPC. For this reason, the Mont-Blanc team will host an event titled “ARM: On the road to HPC” from 16th - 17th January 2017 in Barcelona, Spain.

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The Spanish team selected at the ISC-HPCAC Student Cluster Competition 2017

The Spanish team from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalaunya. Barcelona Tech (UPC) will compete for the third time at the sixth ISC-HPCAC Student Cluster Competition, that will be organized during the ISC17 conference from June 19– 21, 2017 in Frankfurt.Germany.

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Mont-Blanc collaborates with...

Highlighted project: SAGE (StorAGe for Exascale data centric computing)

Logo SAGEThe SAGE project tasks itself with building a data centric infrastructure for handling extreme data in the Exascale/Exabyte era centred on a storage-oriented solution, ‘Percipient Storage’.

Percipient Storage is an advanced object based storage solution, with a very flexible new API enabling applications to achieve Exascale I/O loads exploiting deep I/O hierarchies. The solution will have the capability to run computations on data from any tier – with a homogenous view of data throughout the stack. The SAGE Project incorporates co-design, with Extreme Computing I/O and Data Intensive Science use cases, in a variety of domains including physics, space sciences, meteorology, genetics and biology. The ultimate ambition of the SAGE platform is to lead to more efficient science and HPDA (High Per-formance Data Analytics) for industry and commercial applications. SAGE recently published a substantive White Paper – Data Storage for Extreme Scale. It outlines technical details of progress to date and architectural plans moving forward.



Welcome to the 9th edition of the Mont-Blanc newsletter, shortly after the Supercomputing Conference in the US, always a challenging and inspiring experience for all of us.

Besides the activities related to the project, we had an extremely positive impression by the second ARM HPC User Group Meeting, held on Mon 14th November 2016 in conjunction to SC16 conference. Compared to the first edition, this year’s edition had a larger audience and a much broader coverage of topics ranging from ARM based hardware platforms for HPC, to professional development tools announced by ARM. User experiences have also been greatly taken into account including contributions from datacentres (RIKEN, Hartree and JSC) and educational institutions (BSC and MIT).

It has been a reinvigorating confirmation of the exciting feelings also present at the ARM Research Summit in September in Cambridge,UK, the first edition of an event dedicated to the academic research enabled by ARM technology where our project has also been represented with two contributions.

Following the same spirit, we remind readers that registration is open for the event “ARM: On the road to HPC” that will take place in Barcelona, Spain on 16th- 17th January 2017 (see article) and we would like to take this occasion to invite all scientists and technicians following our project to our next tutorial “Scientific Computing on ARM-based Platforms” that will take place on 24th January 2017 within the HiPEAC Conference in Stockholm, Sweden. It will be a fantastic opportunity to test your codes on real ARM-based platforms, using professional productivity tools assisted by project’s experts in the room sitting side-by-side with you. We see this as a valuable opportunity for us to show the results of our project translated into reality. Check out the programme and register here.

We hope to meet all of you in one of our upcoming events, and we wish you all a relaxing Christmas break and happy holidays.

Filippo Mantovani & Etienne Walter,
Mont-Blanc Coordinators
© BSC-CNS, 2016
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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