Seminars at the Faculty of Informatics

Exploring Emerging Technologies in the HPC Extreme Scale Co-Design Spa

The Faculty of Informatics is pleased to announce a seminar given by Jeffrey S. Vetter

DATE: Friday, October 3rd 2014
PLACE: USI Lugano campus, room A24, Red building (Via G. Buffi 13)
TIME: 09:30

Concerns about energy-efficiency and reliability have forced our community to reexamine the full spectrum of architectures, software, and algorithms that constitute our ecosystem. While architectures and programming models have remained relatively stable for almost two decades, new architectural features, such as heterogeneous processing, nonvolatile memory, and optical interconnection networks, will demand that software systems and applications be redesigned so that they expose massive amounts of hierarchical parallelism, carefully orchestrate data movement, and balance concerns over performance, power, resiliency, and productivity. In what DOE has termed 'co-design,' teams of architects, software designers, and applications scientists, are working collectively to realize an integrated solution to these challenges. In this talk, I will sample these emerging technologies and discuss how we are preparing for these upcoming systems using tools like Aspen, our new performance modeling language.

Jeffrey Vetter, Ph.D., holds a joint appointment between Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and the Georgia Institute of Technology (GT). At ORNL, Vetter is a Distinguished R&D Staff Member, and the founding group leader of the Future Technologies Group in the Computer Science and Mathematics Division. At GT, Vetter is a Joint Professor in the Computational Science and Engineering School, the Principal Investigator for the NSF-funded Keeneland Project that brings large scale GPU resources to NSF users through XSEDE, and the Director of the NVIDIA CUDA Center of Excellence. His papers have won awards at the International Parallel and Distributed Processing Symposium and EuroPar; he was awarded the ACM Gordon Bell Prize in 2010. His recent book "Contemporary High Performance Computing" surveys the international landscape of HPC. See his website for more information:

HOSTS: Dr. Sadaf Alam (CSCS), Prof. Olaf Schenk