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3/09/2010

Major Franco-Japanese high-performance computing project launched

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ANR-JST FP3C (Framework and Programming for Post Petascale Computing), coordinated in France by the Grand-Large project-team, aims to tackle the challenges of high-performance computing. This exceptional collaboration between France and Japan is one of the four projects selected from the many submissions made as part of a call for projects.

"Current supercomputers can complete in one day a task that would take an ordinary desktop computer 150 years. Their processing capacity in terms of operations per second (flops) doubles virtually every year – in 2010, it stands at around 2 x 1015 flops (or 2 petaflops). Many scientific and technical fields, such as aeronautics, astrophysics, materials, quantum chemistry, health, the environment and nuclear fusion, now depend on supercomputing. "

Supercomputers are therefore a vital strategic weapon in boosting the competitiveness of States and businesses.

ANR-JST FP3C  (Framework and Programming for Post Petascale Computing), coordinated in France by Serge Petiton from the Grand-Large project-team, aims to tackle the challenges of the essential field of high-performance computing. This exceptional collaboration between France and Japan is one of the four projects selected from the many submissions made as part of a call for projects. It aims to help establish software technologies, languages and computer programming models to explore extremely high computing performances, which move beyond the petaflop scale towards exascale computing.

France and Japan plan to welcome some of these systems by the end of the FP3C project, with machines with exceptional computing capacities. To launch this ambitious project, a meeting of the various participants  will be held on September 6th and 7th, 2010 at Inria Saclay – Île-de-France. The first day will begin with a speech by Michel Cosnard, Inria Chairman and CEO.

Keywords: Japon Saclay - Île-de-France High Performance Computing

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