EPCC at ISC'14: come and say hello!

Author: Nick Brown
Posted: 13 Jun 2014 | 12:06

EPCC will be exhibiting in Booth 920.

International Supercomputing Conference (ISC) is one of the main events in the field of high performance computing, networking and storage. It has a diverse programme of keynote talks, research presentations, tutorials, BoFs and satellite events provided by 300 expert speakers along with over 170 exhibitors and 3,000 attendees. As usual, there will be a significant EPCC representation.

EPCC’s exhibition will focus on a few specific projects and areas. 

Adept, a 3-year EU-funded project, is addressing energy use in parallel software and hardware. This is a rapidly expanding area, with energy consumption now a key priority for many system operators and users. EPCC is developing measurement and modelling techniques which will allow users to explore the trade-offs between runtime performance and power usage across a range of hardware, from embedded to HPC-class systems. Not only will representatives from Adept be available at the EPCC exhibition booth, we are also hosting a BoF entitled “Measuring Energy Usage in Parallel Software/Hardware” on the Tuesday morning.

Fortissimo will also be represented on our booth. This project looks to enable European manufacturing, particularly SMEs, to benefit from simulation services running on cloud infrastructure making use of HPC systems.  EPCC’s booth will also hold promotional material from a variety of other projects and partners such as the Software Sustainability Institute, Journal of Open Research Software and Women in HPC network. 

Dr Michele Weiland will give a talk entitled “Is PGAS Ready for Prime Time?”. EPCC is at the forefront of PGAS language research and this talk will start with an introduction to the PGAS programming model and then discuss the different PGAS implementations; programming languages (eg Chapel), language extensions (eg UPC) and libraries (eg OpenSHMEM.) Michele will highlight recent developments and consider whether PGAS languages are becoming a viable alternative to mainstream parallel programming models. Using her own practical experiences of this programming model she will outline where PGAS tends to be a good or poor fit. 

EPCC also features in the research paper programme, where I will present my work on programming languages targeted at data-intensive workloads. These have become a popular use of HPC, raising the question of how data scientists, who might not be HPC experts, can effectively program such machines. I will consider encoding all aspects of parallelism via types and the type system, which allows a programmer to write simple PGAS data-intensive HPC codes using the Mesham programming language.

Team EPCC takes on ISC Student Cluster Competition 

Four of our MSc in HPC students will compete against 10 other teams in the third ISC Student Cluster Competition (SCC). Teams compete to achieve maximum performance within the power limit of 3kW by running the selected benchmarks and applications on their own self-designed cluster. Team EPCC’s industrial partner, Boston Ltd, will provide hardware, training and support. 

You can find Team EPCC, the only UK team in the SCC this year, at booth 293 of the competition.

The photo above shows Team EPCC: (left to right): Chenhui Quan, Georgios Iniatis, Xu Guo (team mentor) Emmanouil Farsarakis, Konstantinos Mouzakitis. 

Adept project BoF

Measuring Energy Usage in Parallel Software/Hardware: BoF 06, Tuesday, June 24: 9–10am, Hall 5


Nick Brown, EPCC

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