Blue Waters Plus – A Super System to Solve Super Challenges

Dec 5, 2011, 12:30 pm1:30 pm
Room 347, Visualization Lab
Event Description
Blue Waters is the NSF Track 1 system being deployed in the fall of 2012 for a diverse range of unique science and engineering challenges that require huge amounts of sustained performance. The Blue Waters project has used a number of principles, now frequently referred to as “co-design”, to improve the impact of the technology. Recently, the entire project was refocused to the new Cray XE/XK/Gemini/Sonexion technologies. This talk will explain the goals and expectations of the Blue Waters Project and how the new Cray XE/XK/Gemini/Sonexion technologies will fulfill these expectations. To ensure the ongoing success of the Blue Waters science teams, the talk will cover how NCSA will meet its requirements for more than a sustained petaflop/s of computing for a diverse set of science application. The next part of the talk will discuss a significant ideas on creating new methods and algorithms to improve application codes to take full advantage of systems like Blue Waters, with particular attention for the areas of scalability, use of accelerators, simultaneous use of x86 and accelerated nodes within single codes and application resiliency. The final part of the talk will discuss some lessons learned from the co-design efforts.
Lunch will be provided at 11:45 am in the PICSciE Reception area.