ETP4HPC has two New Working Groups

ETP4HPC Two New Working Groups
ETP4HPC Two New Working Groups


ETP4HPC has two new working groups, which are in the process of kicking off. These two new groups are: the HPC Software working group which will be led by Michele Weiland and Mark Parsons, both from EPCC, and the Energy Efficiency working group which will be led by Michael Ott of LRZ.

These two new groups will compliment ETP4HPC existing SRA working groups*, which focus on the upfront definition of R&D&I HPC topics and priorities. Here the objective is to support and foster: the dissemination and strengthen the impact of R&D outcomes – making the results of projects that have been funded by EU programmes more visible, effective and used.

The motivation in setting-up the HPC Software group is the following: Scalable software key to Exascale success - If scientific software does not scale, how can we exploit Exascale systems?; the need to increase long-term impact of software - Many projects, national or H2020, produce software and need to increase software reuse and improve quality; and, Software engineering for extreme scale parallelism must be better understood - How many scientific software developers are also trained in software engineering?.

The topics that will be addressed are: Scalability - Collating information on scalability of HPC software (including applications, system level software and libraries) and, which domains do well and which are lagging behind?; defining best practice in software engineering and software design for HPC - What should the software development process entail?; and, Sustainability - Making software outputs more easily ‘discoverable’, Introduce an Open Source HPC software repository?, and to increase the quality and introduce a software quality seal.

The Energy Efficiency working group has the intention of working with potential members such as: HPC Centres, Hardware vendors, System Software providers, and end-users. Its focus will be based on the promotion of energy-efficient design and use of HPC systems and infrastructures, with the following tasks: Liaise with the FET HPC project on topics relevant to energy efficiency; Establish and promote methods and metrics to assess energy efficiency at the infrastructure, system, and node level; Define tools and means to monitor and optimize energy efficient operation; and, Establish dialogue with SRA Energy & Resiliency WG to bring extra value or insight.

* SRA working groups are: HPC System Architecture and Components; System Software and Management, Programming Environment; Energy and Resilience; Balance Compute; I/O and Storage Performance; Big Data and HPC usage Models; Mathematics and algorithms; and, Extreme-scale Demonstrators. ETP4HPC also has a SME WG.

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