Top Intel Executive Talks about Exascale
Lecture "Overcoming the Barriers to Exascale through Innovation" available soon on iTunes University
Jülich, 14 February 2012 – The new series of Jülich Lectures at Forschungszentrum Jülich was inaugurated by Stephen S. Pawlowski, Senior Fellow and General Manager, Datacenter and Connected Systems Pathfinding, Intel. He spoke about the grand technological challenges and long-term strategies involved in developing the next generation of supercomputers.
The “Jülich Lectures” is a new public lecture format devised by Forschungszentrum Jülich, which will soon also be available free of charge on iTunes University. The lectures are aimed at the general public and are intended to provide background information on important research topics at Jülich. The opening speaker was Stephen S. Pawlowski, who talked about the grand challenges that have to be overcome to achieve exascale computing – ranging from creating whole computing networks down to the design of individual circuits.
Today, the fastest supercomputers perform about 10^15 arithmetic operations per second and are thus described as petascale systems. However, developers and scientists from supercomputing centres and industry are already planning the route to exascale systems, which are about one thousand times faster than present supercomputers. In order to achieve this kind of performance, amongst other aspects, several million processor cores have to be synchronized and new storage technologies developed. The reliability of the components must be guaranteed and a key factor is the reduction of energy consumption.
Stephen S. Pawlowski is responsible, amongst other things, for Intel's long-term strategic planning. He came to Jülich to take part in a two-day workshop organized by Intel's European exascale laboratory, in which the company with research establishments in Paris, Jülich, Leuven and Barcelona is paving the way for future exascale systems. Since 2010, Intel has cooperated closely with Forschungszentrum Jülich and the industrial company ParTec in the ExaCluster Laboratory located at Jülich. This laboratory is concerned with developing novel system architectures and software tools for exascale computers.
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