CRESTA: Collaborative Research into Exascale Systemware, Tools and Applications

The supercomputing community worldwide has set itself the challenge of delivering an exaflop (or a million million million calculations per second) by the end of this decade.

The Collaborative Research into Exascale Systemware, Tools and Applications project (CRESTA) focused on the use of six applications with exascale potential and uses them as co-design vehicles to develop an integrated suite of technologies required to support the execution of applications at the exascale.

The six co-design vehicles represented an exceptional group of applications used by European academia and industry to solve critical grand challenge issues, including: biomolecular systems, fusion energy, the virtual physiological human, numerical weather prediction and engineering.

CRESTA brought together four of Europe's leading supercomputing centres, with one of the world's major equipment vendors, two of Europe's leading programming tools providers and six application and problem owners to explore how the exaflop challenge can be met. 


EPCC coordinated this major FP7 thirteen-partner project and also provided technical expertise on four of the five technical work packages. Particular areas of interest included: asynchronous algorithms, simulation and modelling tools in the development of exascale systems; compiler technologies and autotuning and novel and hybrid programming models.

For full details, visit the CRESTA project website.