Intel extended it’s research collaboration with the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) – one of four Intel exascale labs in Europe. Begun in 2011 and now extended to September 2017, the Intel-BSC work focuses on scalability issues as parallel applications move towards the exascale. BSC has been making HPC tools such as an instrumentation package (Extrae), a performance data browser (Paraver), and a simulator (Dimemas). Charlie Wuischpard, VP & GM High Performance Computing at Intel said, “A major part of what we’re proposing going forward is work on many core architecture. Our roadmap is to continue to add more and more cores all the time.”
Two key priorities for the new phase of the collaboration include:
- Many Core: The Intel-BSC Exascale Lab will continue to work with BSC programming models within a single node, with an emphasis on their application on Intel Xeon Phi processor based architectures as well as in field-programmable gate array (FPGA) architectures.
- Big Data: In the area of programming, one of the Intel-BSC objectives is to use the BSC parallel Python development (PyCOMPs) to improve the efficiency of big data applications. One example of the latter is planned work with Repsol, a Spanish oil company, on new algorithms for full waveform inversion, optimized for the next generation Intel Xeon Phi processor (Knights Landing). (Source HPCwire)