Welcome to the first edition of the Mont-Blanc newsletter. As coordinator of the Mont-Blanc project, I first wish to congratulate all the members of the consortium on achieving what is the first step in building a new European Exascale computing approach, based on embedded power-efficient technology. To non Mont- Blanc members, I am thankful for your interest in our research, and the high expectations generated around the project.
Energy efficiency is already a primary concern for the design of any computer system and it is unanimously recognized that future Exascale systems will be strongly constrained by their power consumption. The Mont-Blanc project aims to design a new type of computer architecture capable of setting future High Performance Computing (HPC) standards that will deliver Exascale performance while using 15 to 30 times less energy than today’s best designs.
Just as in the past two decades, HPC architectures have been based on commodity server platform technology, in this project we anticipate the ubiquity of today’s energy efficient solutions used in embedded and mobile devices as alternate candidates to succeed in the future. The project will define a HPC architecture ex ploiting these and other commodity components together with new programming paradigms capable of supporting future Exascale price, power and performance requirements.
To this end, I hope that this first issue of this Mont-Blanc newsletter is a first step forward to inform about you about the latest news and progresses along this three-year project. Please stay with us as new opportunities for involvement in this research direction will appear in the future.