SC16 Salt Lake City, UT

European Exascale Projects and Their International Collaboration Potential


Authors: Mr. Jean-François Lavignon (European Technology Platform for High Performance Computing)

BP Abstract: The European HPC technology and application projects will showcase their work, aiming to seed new collaborations with international partners, to accelerate progress in exascale R&D. Within the European HPC effort, a number of projects are running plus funding has been guaranteed for further investments in a variety of areas covering the entire HPC system stack and application expertise (see http://www.etp4hpc.eu/en/euexascale.html for a full description). We will highlight the most important areas of these projects, discuss opportunities for international collaboration, and identify key mechanisms required to facilitate this process. Project representatives will be present to facilitate networking.

Long Description: The European HPC technology projects will showcase their work, aiming to seed new collaborations with international partners, to accelerate progress in Exascale research and development. The European strategy for supercomputing is built around a Strategic Research Agenda (www.etp4hpc.eu/sra), created by ETP4HPC (an industry-led think tank whose objective is to build a world-class HPC technology value chain in Europe and to increase the global market share of European HPC vendors). The strategy has been set out within the European Commission's Framework 7 program by a portfolio of now familiar collaborative projects (CRESTA, DEEP/ DEEPER, EXA2CT, EPiGRAM, Mont Blanc, and NUMEXAS), which have together built a vibrant technology community characterised by a strong understanding of the needs of end-users and application developers. These projects were presented at Birds of a Feather sessions in previous conferences. Within Horizon 2020, 700M Euros has been allocated to continue the pursuit of this strategy, with an initial wave of 19 projects commencing in the second half of 2015, addressing the topics of: - HPC core technologies and architectures; - Programming methodologies, environments, languages and tools; - APIs and system software for future, extreme-scale systems; and - New mathematical and algorithmic approaches to computing at extreme-scale. Subsequent Horizon 2020 calls will focus on co-design, extreme-scale demonstrators (prototypes) and the continuation of basic technology development. This BoF will highlight topical and significant results of the European HPC Technology program and explore opportunities for and benefits of international collaboration in the context of European investment in extreme-scale computing. The goals of the session are: - To showcase key successes from the first wave of R&D projects to the wider community. - To publicise the areas in which European HPC projects seek international collaboration to those interested in cooperating with European HPC projects and organisations. - To identify the mechanisms needed to stimulate and sustain collaboration (e.g. networking opportunities in Europe and elsewhere, focused joint workshops, funded actions, research visits), with the objective to formulate a proposal for relevant funding agencies (published in a post-BOF report). Material, including a European Technology Handbook, will be available prior to the meeting at http://www.etp4hpc.eu/en/euexascale.html, providing background reading on the European HPC Technology Ecosystem and more detailed information about the projects that make up the ecosystem. Project members will be present at the BoF to provide additional information. The target audiences are: Organisations and project teams that are interested in cooperating with European projects/ organisations; funding agencies; technology providers; ISVs facing multi-core/ new-architectures disruption; HPC service providers interested in technology development; and research or industrial users of advanced HPC systems. This BOF session is a follow-up on the SC’15 BOF, which was a huge success (> 120 attendees – we would need double the size of a room this time). Similar BOF sessions, presenting the European Exascale projects, were held at SC’11, 12 and 13 and also the SC’14 ETP4HPC BoF, in which the landscape of the European HPC Eco-system was outlined and a discussion was initiated on the areas of international collaboration.

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