Newsletter July 2016

Montblanc Newsletter July 2016

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Spanish team receives ISC2016 Student Cluster Competition Fan Favorite award

Thunderstruck, the team from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya · Barcelona Tech (UPC), has been named ‘Fan Favorite’ in the ISC-HPCAC Student Cluster Competition. 

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EMiT conference 2016 in Barcelona

The third edition of the EMiT (EMerging Technology) conference 2016, hosted by the Barcelona Supercomputing Center with the support of the Mont-Blanc project, was held on Thursday 2nd and Friday 3rd June 2016 in Barcelona, Spain.

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Mont-Blanc paper selected as Best Paper Finalist

We are glad to announce that the submitted paper titled “The Mont-Blanc prototype: An Alternative Approach for HPC Systems”, Nikola Rajovic et al. has been selected as Best Paper Finalist for SC16.

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Mont-Blanc collaborates with...

Highlighted project: Performance Optimisation and Productivity Centre of Excellence in Computing Applications (POP)

Logo POPThe Performance Optimisation and Productivity Centre of Excellence in Computing Applications (POP) provides performance optimisation and productivity services for academic and industrial code(s) in all domains!

The idea that drives the centre of excellence called POP is a simple one: to boost productivity of EU research and industry by providing free of charge services that help improve performance of high performance computing (HPC) and parallel software. The aim of POP is to offer our world-class HPC competence to organisations that want to understand software performance issues and to adopt parallel programming best practice.



Welcome to the 8th edition of the Mont-Blanc Newsletter, after a spring dense of European HPC events: the EASC conference in Stockholm, the EMiT conference in Barcelona, the HPC Summit Week in Prague and ISC'16 in Frankfurt. It has been challenging but also rewarding seeing Mont-Blanc participating and contributing to all these events.

However I think the most valuable acknowledgment to the impacting ideas of Mont-Blanc is coming from the announcement, given during ISC by the RIKEN Advanced Institute for Computational Science, that the next Japanese supercomputer, the post-K supercomputer, will be based on ARM technology, developed and integrated by Fujitsu. This is huge step for ARM in HPC, but also an acknowledgment to the Mont-Blanc ideas and experience gained during the last 4 years of research activities.

I tend to see with the same spirit also the great success of the Thunderstruck team that won the Fan Favorite award at the fifth edition of the Student Cluster Competition in Frankfurt. There is great sensitivity by the community to novel architectures in HPC, expecially for ARM, and this generated huge amount of visits at the students booth and votes for supporting them. I am glad and extremely proud to be part of the Thunderstruck team.

For all these reasons I think it will be extremely interesting to be present at the "ARM research summit" in Cambridge, on 15-16 of September, where for the first time researcher from all over the world will gather together to discuss "controversial and visionary" topics related ARM in science and technology.

As usual, after the dissemination efforts of the spring, the technical activities of the project continue, looking forward to deploy and test new ARM-based 64-bit mini-clusters in autumn 2016 and continue the architectural studies for next generation Mont-Blanc architectures.

And with this, I leave to all project’s followers my wishes for a relaxing summer break and an autumn full of fresh and exciting scientific and technological challenges.

Filippo Mantovani, Mont-Blanc Coordinator
© 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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