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High-performance computing special In addition to traditional compute-intensive HPC applications,

weather, the data analytics module is ideal for analysing high-

the DEEP-EST DAM includes leading-edge memory and storage

resolution satellite images, Estela explains, while other parts of

technology tailored to the needs of data-intensive workloads,

the application workflow – such as the interaction of particles

which occur in data analytics and ML. ‘Based on general-

emitted by the Sun with the Earth’s magnetic field, are distributed

purpose processors with a huge amount of memory per core,

between the cluster module and the booster.

this module is boosted by powerful general-purpose graphics processing units (GPGPU) and field-programmable gate array

Through the DEEP projects, researchers have shown that

(FPGA) accelerators,’ says Estela. In the example of space

combining resources in compute modules efficiently serves appli­ cations from multi-physics simulations to simulations integrating HPC with HPDA, to complex heterogeneous workflows such as those in artificial intelligence applications. ‘One of our most significant achievements was delivering a software environment which allows the “module farm” to work as a single machine,’ says Estela. ‘Now we have tangible results in the form of JURECA, the first modular computing system at production level.’ deep-projects.eu The DEEP projects DEEP, DEEP-ER and DEEP-EST have received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no ICT-610476 and no ICT-287530 as well as the Horion2020 funding framework under grand agreement no. 754304.

SOLVING GLOBAL CHALLENGES WITH HIGH-PERFORMANCE COMPUTING AND DATA ANALYTICS As noted in the HiPEAC Vision 2019, humanity is facing a

To tame this complexity and channel new technologies towards

number of unprecedented challenges which will require the full

solving global challenges, the European Union Centre of

might of our collective knowledge and computational resources

Excellence HiDALGO harnesses the power of high-performance

to solve. ‘From healthcare and climate change to stresses on

computing (HPC) in combination with high-performance big

the financial sector, these challenges involve highly complex

data analytics (HPDA). ‘Bringing together stakeholders from

systems and require an interdisciplinary, as well as international,

different technology and application areas, HiDALGO focuses

response,’ says Konstantinos Nikas, a senior researcher at the

on coupled, multiscale simulations, highly dynamic workflows

Institute of Communication and Computer Systems, National

and, in particular, the integration of intelligent composition and

Technical University of Athens. ‘Indeed, building evidence and

adaptation methodologies,’ explains Konstantinos.

understanding around global challenges is becoming vital to ensure the continuing (co)existence of humankind.’

HiDALGO workflow Image © 2019 Know-Center GmbH, Széchenyi István University, University of Stuttgart, and other members of the HiDALGO Consortium

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This issue of the HiPEAC magazine focuses on high-performance computing (HPC) and innovation. It includes a special feature on HPC, with art...

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