September 2012

The U.S. Presidential Election - What’s at stake for HPC and Exascale?


by Mike Bernhardt and Doug Black
As the arrival date of the first U.S. - developed exascale system slips from 2018 to possibly 2022, frustration is mounting among thousands of HPC community stakeholders. The frustration however is not exclusively due to the delayed timeframe. Much of the frustration comes from the widespread belief that the U.S. is allowing the nation’s technology leadership to slip away.

While there are tens of thousands of people working within the HPC and emerging exascale ecosystem who have a lot at stake here, these discussions often lose sight of the millions of people who benefit from applied research and breakthroughs in areas such as drug design, automobile and aircraft design and testing, weather forecasting and disaster prediction, military and defense, and finance and economics – the areas that rely heavily on high performance computing. There truly is so much at stake. The impact of HPC and exascale affects millions of people on a daily basis.

While a number of countries are outpacing the U.S. in both HPC and exascale research investments, the U.S. commitment to exascale as a national imperative remains unclear and unstated.

Is there a reason to believe this will change following the presidential election?

In this issue, we hear from a number of our readers on what’s really at stake for HPC and Exascale.
 

The U.S. presidential election has left HPC research an orphan

by admin
The immediate impact of the US presidential election is not about which party will win but rather that the system of responsible government is out to lunch.
 

An Appeal to the Office of Science and Technology Policy

by admin
Imagine the SC conference without the National Labs being present. Kind of hard to do, isn’t it? Four cornerstone organizations of the HPC community have sent a formal appeal to OSTP to reconsider the recent travel and conference participation restrictions implemented at the U.S. Department of Energy.
 

An Interview with AMD’s John Gustafson

by Mike Bernhardt
Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) is a keystone company for the HPC community. No one can deny AMD’s role in continuing to push the HPC community forward over the many years of playing technology leapfrog with Intel. Recently, well known HPC visionary, John Gustafson, left his position as a Director in Intel’s Labs to join AMD as Senior Fellow and Chief Product Architect for AMD’s Graphics Business Unit.
 

A Shining Star Lights Up the Road to Exascale

by Mike Bernhardt
While we have more than our share of stories talking about frustration and politics negatively impacting the race to exascale, there are several bright spots that deserve a round of applause. One such shining star, the DEEP project, comes from the Jülich Research Centre, nestled in the heart of the Stetternich Forest in Jülich.
 

John Barr Joins The Exascale Report Editorial Team

by admin
We are pleased to inform our readers that John Barr has joined The Exascale Report™ editorial team as our European correspondent.

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The Exascale Timeframe: 2020 – 2022

Time to update your Powerpoint Slides The Exascale Timeframe: 2020 – 2022

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