November 12, 2008
AUSTIN, Texas, Nov. 12 -- Over the past 40 years, gains in supercomputing performance have tracked progress in integrated circuit scaling, resulting in exponential improvements in system-level performance. However, changes in device physics now seriously threaten further sustained progress toward exaflops HPC systems.
At the upcoming SC08 Conference in Austin, a one-day workshop on Sunday, Nov. 16, will look at the challenges to achieving exascale performance. Entitled "Power Efficiency and the Path to Exascale Computing," the workshop will feature invited talks by many of the leading experts in computer architecture, programming and software, and the design of datacenters. The workshop will be held in Room 16A/B of the Austin Convention Center.
The workshop is open to all SC08 attendees with Technical Program registration, as well as to attendees opting for a workshops-only registration. Details about registering for SC08, to be held Nov. 15-21, can be found at http://sc08.supercomputing.org/?pg=registration.html.
The workshop, organized by John Shalf of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Stephen Elbert of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and Thomas Sterling of Louisiana State University's Center for Computation and Technology, will begin with a summary of a recent DARPA study highlighting issues associated with exaflops computing architecture. This will be followed by a series of invited talks covering a wide range of approaches to mitigating the exaflops computing roadblocks, including novel computer architectures, energy-aware algorithm design, energy efficiency metrics, and energy efficient facility design.
Presentation highlights include:
More information about the workshop can be found at http://www.lbl.gov/CS/html/SC08ExascalePowerWorkshop/index.html.
SC08, sponsored by the ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) and the IEEE Computer Society Technical Committee on Scalable Computing and the IEEE Computer Society Technical Committee on Computer Architecture, will showcase how high performance computing, networking, storage and analysis lead to advances in research, education and commerce. This premiere international conference includes technical and education programs, workshops, tutorials, an exhibit area, demonstrations and hands-on learning. For more information, visit http://sc08.supercomputing.org/.
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