June 17, 2009
Agreement with French Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) anticipates the enhancement of Allinea's DDT software for HPC platforms
WARWICK, England, June 17 -- Allinea Software, a leading provider of innovative products for large-scale scalar and parallel high performance computing applications, has signed a collaboration agreement with CEA, (the French Atomic Energy Commission), to develop enhancements to Allinea's Distributed Debugging Tool (DDT) for next generation hybrid and "many-core" computer systems. Once developed, this technology will be made available to Allinea's customers.
Allinea and CEA will focus their collaboration on two primary projects. The first project is to enhance DDT to be able to debug hybrid GPGPU (general purpose computing on graphics processing units) systems, that transfer most of the intensive computational tasks from standard CPU servers to powerful multicore, parallel-processing graphics boards to make processing much faster and cost-efficient. The project will begin with NVIDIA's Tesla GPGPU board, and a fully-functional early demonstration is expected to be shown at ISC09 in Hamburg, Germany in June, 2009.
"To take full advantage of the speed and computing capacity of these innovative GPU computing systems, and to help wide scale adoption in the market, developers need an easy-to-use tool to debug programs for NVIDIA's latest line of Tesla computing solutions," says Andy Keane, general manager of the Tesla business at NVIDIA. "Allinea's DDT product fills a critical gap for developers and is an ideal tool to support parallel computing with GPUs."
The focus of the second project is to make debugging tools both portable and easy to use for large scale debugging up to 32,000 cores. "DDT's interface is intuitive at every scale of parallelism, and the DDT architecture has already been shown to scale well to existing large systems," said Dr. David Lecomber, CTO of Allinea Software. "As multicore systems inevitably become 'many-core' systems, the performance and resource consumption of common tools could become significant. It is important to address the growing numbers of cores in clusters and within individual nodes to take advantage of optimizations that are feasible for these systems. This will ensure that developers can use a tool that scales well on large many-core clusters both in terms of performance and in ease of use. We look forward to working with CEA and other HPC sites to develop the right tools for the next generation of computing technology, and to sharing these applications with our customers worldwide."
"CEA has been using Allinea's DDT and OPT (Optimization and Profiling Tool) products successfully on our large supercomputers, including Bull, Hewlett Packard and NEC systems," says Hervé Lozach, computing center operational manager at CEA. "We chose Allinea's products because they are an ideal complement to other software development tools. Collaborating with key technology vendors for HPC allows us to enhance and asses the components we need for leading edge computing systems. Another goal is to promote and develop the mastering of HPC technologies in Europe and Allinea's expertise on parallel performance tools allow us to foster these products, critical for both the large scale and small scale computing market."
Allinea Software will be an exhibitor at the International Supercomputing Conference (ISC2009) in Hamburg, Germany, from June 23-26, 2009.
The French nuclear energy authority, or Commissariat à l'Energie Atomique (CEA) is a major player in research, development and innovation, and a contributor to three key sectors: energy, information technology and healthcare, and defense and security; building on its excellence in fundamental research. With 15,000 researchers and staff, the CEA is an important resource for the public sector, offering a wealth of expertise and consultancy services. A driving force for industrial innovation, the CEA has developed a number of partnerships with French and European businesses. For more information, visit www.cea.fr.
NVIDIA is the world leader in visual computing technologies and the inventor of the GPU, a high-performance processor which generates breathtaking, interactive graphics on workstations, personal computers, game consoles, and mobile devices. NVIDIA serves the entertainment and consumer market with its GeForce products, the professional design and visualization market with its Quadro products, and the high-performance computing market with its Tesla products. NVIDIA is headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif., with offices throughout Asia, Europe, and the Americas. For more information, visit www.nvidia.com.
About Allinea Software
Based in Warwick, England, with subsidiaries in the U.S and Germany, Allinea Software, a trading division of Concurrent Thinking Ltd., is a leading supplier of tools for multicore and high performance computing (HPC). The company was founded by computer scientists from Warwick and Oxford Universities, giving them unrivalled expertise in large-scale parallel computing. Allinea's products are used at commercial, government and academic sites worldwide, and set new standards for affordability and ease-of-use in parallel and multicore programming. With new product features aimed at multi-threaded applications and novel computing architectures, including the release of DDTLite for Visual Studio 2008, Allinea is bringing its wealth of experience in parallel tools to the rapidly-expanding arena of multicore processing. For more information, visit www.allinea.com.
Source: Allinea Software
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