Challenges towards Exascale Computing

HPC seminar in Ghent, Belgium

May 16, 2011

Venue: Het Pand, Onderbergen 1, 9000 Gent, Belgium

Supercomputers are the crowning glory of the computer era. Today's most powerful petascale supercomputers can execute 1015 floating-point operations per second and are being used for a variety of applications ranging from weather prediction, climate modeling, finance modeling, drug design, mechanical design, video rendering, etc. While supercomputers were traditionally used for scientific computing, more recently, supercomputers and data centers are affecting our daily lives more directly. We rely on this type of computers whenever we do a Google search, or when interacting with friends and colleagues through social networking services such as Facebook or Twitter.
Looking forward, the road towards exascale supercomputers is paved with grand challenges in power consumption, reliability and programmability. This seminar  will focus on these challenges, and will discuss viewpoints on how to address them. Leading experts from both industry (Intel, NVIDIA and ARM) and academia will discuss a broad variety of topics related to exascale computing covering applications, programming models, and hardware platforms (CPUs, GPUs, FPGAs).

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8:45 Welcome
9:15 Opening L. Moens, vice-rector Ghent University
9:30 Overcoming the Barriers to Exascale through Innovation Stephen S. Pawlowski (Intel)
10:30 Coffee break
11:00 GPU Computing and the Road to Extreme-Scale Parallel Systems Steve Keckler (NVIDIA)
11:45 Scaling cubic millimeters to cubic kilometers: computing challenges over the next decade Kris Flautner (ARM)
12:30 Lunch break -- provided
13:30 Performance, Productivity and Programmability: The Coming of Age of FPGA Code Accelerators Walid A. Najjar (University of California, Riverside)
14:15 The Berkeley Parallel Computing Laboratory Krste Asanovic (University of California, Berkeley)
15:00 Coffee break
15:30 Opportunities in the multiscale-multiphysics modeling of space weather Giovanni Lapenta (K.U.Leuven)
16:00 Towards Scalable and Accurate Architectural Simulation of Multi/Many-Core Systems Lieven Eeckhout (Ghent University)
16:30 End