In 2010, the Heads of the Research Councils of the G8 states (G8-HORCs) have funded 6 multidisciplinary projects through a multinational approach, aiming at providing solutions toward efficient Exascale simulations with very high societal impact. During this workshop, each project will present its early results and the discussion will be open on the G8 tool.
Exascale systems are posing challenging problems for the application and system software communities. The characteristics of envisioned Exascale architectures require unprecedented research efforts in scalability, performance, fault tolerance and power management. These issues have been consistently raised by all known Exascale projections and several research activities have started to really tackle these challenges.
The G8 Exascale initiative, launched and supported by seven national funding agencies (NSF, NSERC, ANR, DFG, JSPS, FRBR, RCUK), has funded 6 multidisciplinary projects after a highly competitive peer review process. This is the first time in history that a coordinated multinational funding supports projects on computer science associating researchers from Europe, America and Asia. The 6 projects aim at providing solutions toward efficient Exascale simulations with very high societal impact: characterization of earthquakes, climate prediction, understanding fusion energy production, etc. These 6 projects have started in 2011 and have already made significant progress.
The objectives of the workshop are the following:
The six G8 projects will first present their initial objectives and goals, retargeting, progress, key milestones, the first remarkable results they obtained and eventual difficulties encountered. A panel discussion will conclude the workshop where the projects and funding agencies will share their views related to the G8 tool : initial expectations, first feedback related to the call, award management, cooperation between partners, consortium management and expectations for the future.
Benefits for the audience
This workshop will respond to three important questions for attendees: A) what are the main issues observed by each project regarding scaling simulations to exascale and what are the early results on the explored mitigation techniques? B) Which advantages a collaboration at international level bring? In other word, what could be accomplished within the G8 projects that could not have been obtained in smaller collaboration? C) What are the lessons learned during this first G8 call and how such multinational funding research tool could be improved.
The workshop is public (no fees) but under registration. The number of attendee is limited, we advise you to register quickly (deadline: 31 october 2012)
Organizing committee: Franck Cappello (INRIA & UIUC), William Tang, (Princeton University), Irene M. Qualters, (NSF), Jean-Yves Berthou (ANR)