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NLAFET – a high-profile computing research project funded with nearly €4 million

[2015-11-19] Alpines, Inria Rocquencourt, together with three international partners, have been funded with nearly 4 million euros (3,907,375) for a front-line research project, named NLAFET, focusing on novel methods and software for the future supercomputer systems.NLAFET is coordinated by Umeå University (UMU), Sweden, with international partners from University of Manchester (UNIMAN), United Kingdom, Institut National de Recherche en Informatique et Automatique (INRIA Rocquencourt, Alpines), France, and The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), United Kingdom.

Today's most powerful supercomputers are composed of hundreds of thousands computing cores (CPUs and accelerators) connected in high speed networks that make up a massively parallel high performance computing (HPC) system. To effectively utilize this capacity, access to efficient and scalable parallel algorithms and software is necessary.

The future supercomputers will be even more extremely parallel; the goal is to deliver HPC systems with a capacity of 1,000,000,000,000,000,000 (10 raised to the power 18) operations per second (one exaflop) by the year 2020. Such an exa-scale HPC system will also be heterogeneous and consist of millions of compute cores. This dramatic development in turn places new and challenging demands on effective scalable numerical algorithms and software libraries. 

The purpose of NLAFET is to tackle these challenges with the goal to minimizing the gap between the peak capabilities of the hardware and the performance realized by HPC applications. Achieving this requires a co-design effort including developing novel parallel algorithms, exploration of advanced scheduling strategies and runtime systems, offline and online autotuning, as well as avoiding communication and synchronization bottlenecks. (...)

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Photo : Scientific principal investigators (PIs) of the NLAFET partners. From lef to right: Professor Iain Duff (STFC), Professor Bo Kågström (UmU, NLAFET Coordinator), Dr Laura Grigori (director of research (DR2) at INRIA), Professor Jack Dongarra (UNIMAN).

Keywords: NLAFET High-profile Computing research project €4 million Laura Grigori ALPINES