EASC2013: Day 2

Author: Lorna Smith
Posted: 10 Apr 2013 | 16:40

Day 2 of the EASC2013 conference in Edinburgh.

There has been a series of interesting and diverse talks today, with parallel sessions covering topics such as tools for exascale, preparing applications for exascale and the I/O challenges. Disruptive technologies has been a theme in many talks and discussions, a theme started yesterday with Iain Duff's talk on disruptive technologies within the EESI-2 project.

There have been two excellent keynote talks. The first was from Professor Jack Dongarra, who looked at future trends in HPC and how these changes will impact future software. The second keynote was given by Professor Peter Coveney, who described the challenges for computer modelling and simulation at the Exascale before introducing a range of potentially disruptive simulation techniques that allow effective use of exascale resources.

The last part of the day is a panel session with a distinguished panel from Europe, Japan, Russia and the US. These include Boris Chetverushkin, Satoshi Matsuoka, Jack Dongarra, Barbara Chapman, Sudip Dosanjh and Per Oster. Current topics range from how many of the challenges at exascale have actually been solved at the tera and peta scale levels; the future of MPI; solving the challenges for memory bound applications; political and funding issues.

The day will finish with a meal at the HUB, an iconic building situated close to Edinburgh castle on Edinburgh's royal mile.The spire is the highest point in central Edinburgh!


Lorna Smith, EPCC