JUNE 19–23, 2016

Session Details

Name: Form Follows Function – Do Algorithms & Applications Challenge or Drag behind the Hardware Evolution?
Time: Thursday, June 23, 2016
02:00 pm - 06:00 pm
Room:   Volt
Frankfurt Marriott Hotel
Breaks:04:00 pm - 04:30 pm Coffee Break
Organizer:   Michael Bader, TU München
  Tobias Weinzierl, Durham University
Speaker:   Michael Bader, TU München
  Jack Dongarra, University of Tennessee & ORNL
  Erwin Laure, KTH
  Raphaël Léger, INRIA
  Peter Messmer, NVIDIA
  Mark Parsons, EPCC
  Marie-Christine Sawley, Intel
  Xavier Vigouroux, Bull
  Tobias Weinzierl, Durham University
Abstract:   Exascale roadmaps are dominated by predictions on hardware trends. At the same time, hardware-software co-design is a frequently cited phrase. It suggests that software development has an impact on the hardware evolution. Is this assumption valid? If so, what does this interplay of predicted hardware improvements and software development look like? We invite speakers from consortia developing exascale codes designing software for hardware that does not yet exist. The project-driven talks are complemented by vendor-driven provocations. The aim of the workshop is to sketch answers to a couple of questions from an algorithm/application point of view:

  • How do predictions on new hardware features impact the projects' research agenda? Notably, how do the hardware roadmaps shape algorithm development today?
  • What characteristics make some applications exascale candidates? Do these characteristics stem from particular algorithmic ideas, and are there constraints on the type of algorithms and applications that we will see soon on the exascale level?
  • Do statements on hardware-aware algorithm development and hardware-software co-design affect particular machine aspects, or is notably the last term a buzzword?
  • To which degree can simulation codes have an impact on what machines are designed?
Targeted Audience
Developers that engage in algorithm and software development for future/exascale systems; primarily researchers from European (H2020, e.g.) projects with an emphasis on simulation codes from computational science and engineering.

For more details, please visit the workshop webpage at https://community.dur.ac.uk/tobias.weinzierl/workshops.html#isc2016