Our research and development is built around our flagship NEXTGenIO project and has a focus around new memory technologies.
EPCC leads the NEXTGenIO project, a European Commission's H2020 funded project to design and build a prototype system that uses a new form of non-volatile technology, Intel and Micron’s 3D XPointTM memory. This includes the design and development of the software and systemware required to enable applications to use this new form of memory hardware. While this new memory technology promises great performance benefits for applications there are many technical challenges to be addressed to enable such memory to be integrated into large HPC or HPDA systems. We are focusing on integrating awareness of non-volatile memory into resource management: designing and developing data-aware schedulers; investigating check-pointing software; and looking at I/O and communication libraries, to identify necessary modifications and optimisation to support this new method of working.