RIKEN Center for Computational Science


The 168th R-CCS Cafe -part IV

The 168th R-CCS Cafe -part IV
Date and Time: Mon. May 20, 2019, 15:05 - 15:40
Place: Seminar Room (1st floor) at R-CCS

Invited Talk 5: How open source designs will drive the next generation of HPC Systems
Speaker: David Daniel Donofrio (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)

Presentation Language: English
Presentation Material: English

Abstract: Detail

As we approach the end of Moore’s law modern, complex, HPC systems are increasingly relying upon specialized accelerators in order to deliver continued performance increases for specific computational workloads. Developers of these accelerators, especially in in many low volume scientific applications, face a stark choice: spend millions on a commercial license for processors and other IP, or face the significant risk and of developing custom hardware. Rapid prototyping methods need to be explored in order to make the design, verification and programming tools for these new accelerators more accessible to the broader scientific community. To increase access and innovation while reducing cost there has been a consistent march towards open source solutions for each of these components including Facebook’s Open Compute Project and Intel’s OpenHPC effort, as well as a burgeoning community surrounding RISC-V based processors.
Looking beyond accelerators that may be tightly integrated with HPC systems we see opportunities for open source hardware to include programmable logic embedded within high performance sensors and detectors for aggressive data reduction or being used in conjunction with FPGA and other reconfigurable computing based platforms. This talk will explore the emerging open source hardware effort as well as showcase new platforms for the rapid generation of future HPC accelerators.