Talk Innovation and Pathfinding with Intel at SC14

Karl Solchenbach is the Director of IPAG Europe, including Intel's Exascale Labs in EMEA

This year the annual HPC and supercomputer conference and exhibition will be back in New Orleans, returning to the city after a four-year absence. From Nov. 16-21, SC14 will host more than 10,000 participants, to exchange the newest results in HPC research, to meet their world-wide peers, and to gain information about new and innovative HPC products. For HPC vendors, SC14 is the biggest forum to present new HPC hardware, software and innovations, and a unique opportunity to meet their global customers.

As usual, Intel will have a large booth with many activities highlighting the pace of discovery and innovation including compelling demos showcasing topics like climate and environmental modeling and airflow simulations from end users, as well as interesting informal Collaboration Hub discussions with Intel and industry experts, and short theater presentations on a variety of topics surrounding code modernization. A schedule of Intel activities can be found here.

Intel‘s Innovation, Architecture and Pathfinding Group (IPAG), led by Curt Aubley (VP and CTO of the Data Center Group and GM of IPAG) will have a strong presence at SC14. This group is looking into the future of HPC and exascale computing, with a focus on low-power processors and interconnects, innovative SW concepts and various technology projects with the U.S. Government and in Europe. Come and meet IPAG engineers and architects to discuss recent developments:

  • IPAG will be holding a BOF session on PGAS APIs. While the PGAS model has been around for some time, widespread adoption of PGAS by HPC developers is light. Advances in PGAS APIs promise to significantly increase PGAS use, avoiding the effort and risk involved in adopting a new language. This BOF (Wed 5:30-7:00pm) gives a concise update on progress on PGAS communication APIs and presents recent experiences in porting applications to these interfaces.
  • One of IPAG’s collaborations in Europe with CERN concerns “Data Intensive HPC”, which is relevant in scenarios like the CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC) or the Square Kilometer Array (SKA). Niko Neufeld from CERN will present details at the Intel theatre (Wed at 5:45). In addition we will host a “Community Hub” discussion at the Intel booth (Wed 10-12am) with Happy Sithole, one of the thought leaders of the SKA project. These are informal discussions, meant to generate interest and thought exchange.
  • Another example of IPAG’s engagements in Europe is the Dynamical Exascale Entry Platform (DEEP) project, funded by the EU 7th framework programme, The goal is to develop a novel, Exascale-enabling supercomputing platform. At SC14 DEEP will present its results at the joint booth of the European Exascale projects booth 1039. Also at booth 1039, project EXA2CT (EXascale Algorithms and Advanced Computational Techniques) will give a status update on modular open source proto-applications, with Intel IPAG as a key partner.
  • Shekhar Borkar (Intel Fellow and Director of Extreme-scale Technologies) will be sitting in on the Future of Memory Technology for Exascale and Beyond II panel on Wednesday at 3:30 in room 383-84-85. The panel will be discussing how memory technology needs to evolve to keep pace with compute technology in the coming exascale era.
  • The IPAG team is also participating in a BOF session on Thursday at 12:15 in room 294 on a future runtime standard for HPC exascale (ExaFLOPS) machines. This is the Open Community Runtime (OCR) work being developed as a new industry standard, supported by the US Dept. of Energy.

Stop by booth 1315 to engage with the IPAG (and the larger Intel HPC team) on any of these topics. We hope to see you in New Orleans!