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Modular Supercomputing, an architecture developed in co-design

Dr. Estela Suarez, Jülich Supercomputing Centre (Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH)

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    When Dec 07, 2020
    from 09:00 to 10:30
    Where Zoom-Session
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    The ‘Modular Supercomputing Architecture’ (MSA) orchestrates heterogeneous compute resources (e.g. general purpose processing units, graphic cards, many-core processors) at system-level, organizing them in compute modules. Its goal is to provide cost-effective computing at extreme performance scales, fitting the needs of a wide range of Computational Sciences that have contributed to its development through a stringent co-design process.
    In a modular supercomputer each application developer can dynamically decide which kinds and how many nodes to use, mapping its intrinsic requirements and concurrency patterns onto the hardware. Codes that perform multi-physics or multi-scale simulations can run across modules thanks to a global system-software and programming environment. Application workflows that execute different actions sequentially or in parallel to each other can run each workflow-component on the best suited hardware, and exchange data either directly via message-passing communication or via the file-system.
    This talk will describe the Modular Supercomputing Architecture including its hardware and software elements, the collaborations with computational scientists that have driven its implementation, and the current and upcoming projects in which its development continues.

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