Newsletter July 2014

Montblanc Newsletter July 2014

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Mont-Blanc at ISC14

Mont-Blanc at ISC14

Mont-Blanc actively participated in the latest edition of the International Supercomputing Conference (ISC) held in Leipzig, Germany, from 23th-26th of June, with researchers sharing their exascale knowledge both in the main conference sessions and side events.

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First Mont-Blanc Compute Cards: 3.5 Times Higher Performance for Half the Energy

Lesson learned from EU supercomputer prototypes

The "Workshop on exascale and PRACE prototypes" took place on the 19 and 20 May in Barcelona. Almost 60 attendees came together to discuss five different prototypes, alternative cooling technologies and heat re-use.

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Mont-Blanc industrial end-user group

Mont-Blanc industrial end-user group

The aim of the Industrial End-User Group (EUG) is to involve industrial end-users in the validation of the novel HPC technologies and solutions produced by the project. This synergy generates valuable feedback that is then used to align the project's objectives and deliverables with the needs of industrial users.

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Mont-Blanc collaborates with...

The specific goal of NUMEXAS is the development of numerical methods for multiphysics problems in engineering based on validated models that enable scaling to millions of cores along the complete simulation pipeline:

  • parallel pre-processing and grid generation
  • new numerical methods for parallel structured/unstructured multidisciplinary field solvers of high order
  • optimum design of parallel solvers considering uncertainties
  • parallel in-solver visualization and feature extraction

The major challenge in NUMEXAS will be the development of a new set of numerical methods and computer codes that will allow industries, governments and academia to routinely solve multidisciplinary large-scale class problems in applied sciences and engineering with high efficiency and simplicity. NUMEXAS strives to demonstrate good scalability of up to several tens of thousands of cores in practice and to predict the theoretical capability of significant further performance gains with even higher orders of numbers of cores.

Alex Ramirez and Filippo Mantovani

Message from the coordinator

Welcome to the fifth edition of the Mont-Blanc Newsletter, published shortly after the 2014 edition of the International Supercomputing Conference (ISC14) in Leipzig.

As you may have heard already, I will soon be leaving Barcelona Supercomputing Center to continue my research career in Silicon Valley, California. It has been a great pleasure to be a part of the Mont-Blanc project; it has been an amazing project so far, and I have enjoyed it greatly. We have done a lot more than anyone could have expected in a mere FP7 project, and there is still a lot more that Mont-Blanc can do. I firmly expect to keep hearing great things about Mont-Blanc.

The project coordinator role will be transferred to Filippo Mantovani, who has been working by my side on Mont-Blanc for the past eight months. I hope you’ll join us in welcoming Filippo, who will now introduce the latest Mont-Blanc developments. 

My sincere thanks to Alex for his kind introduction. It is a great honour for me to work on the Mont-Blanc project and I have learned from every single moment that I have spent with Alex. When I first joined the project I had responsibility for the Mont-Blanc prototype ecosystem, before increasingly becoming involved in all of the project’s challenges. I will do my best to promote, advance and coordinate our “crazy but great ideas”.

At the ISC14 exhibition, Mont-Blanc  was featured in a joint booth with the other European projects responding to the challenges of the approaching exascale era: Deep/DeepER, Cresta, Numexas, Exa2CT and Epigram. Representing Mont-Blanc at the booth was a great experience: as it was the first time we had unveiled our current prototype, a huge number of people visited the booth. The interest of the visitors was consistently genuine, positive and enthusiastic, so I would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone who stopped by.

A second but far from negligible factor in the booth’s success, in my opinion, was the strengthened collaboration between the European Exascale Projects: both in the booth and in the joint BoF session “The European Approach to Exascale”, the projects demonstrated how they could join forces while taking different approaches in order to tackle the most important future computational challenges. Here I would like to stress... Read full article

Alex Ramirez & Filippo Mantovani
Mont-Blanc Coordinators
© 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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