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Exascale computing conference begins in Providence

BROWN University’s Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics is hosting an exascale computer workshop this week.
Posted 1/9/12

PROVIDENCE – Brown University’s Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics is hosting an exascale computer workshop this week.

“This workshop attempts to outline evolution of simulation codes from today’s infra-petascale to the ultra-exascale and to encourage importation of ideas from other areas of computer science into numerical algorithms, new invention and programming model generalization,” ICERM said on its website.

The conference comes as the U.S. Department of Energy is seeking proposals to develop an exascale computing system that uses less than 20 megawatts of power by 2020, a news release said.

People from academia, industry and laboratories are gathered to “take one of the first stabs at developing computation methods for the next generation of supercomputer to be built later this decade,” it added.

Participants include HP, IBM, and laboratory representatives from Argonne, Berkeley, Livermore, among others.

Exascale computing involves supercomputers that will be 1,000 more powerful than current systems and will be used to discover new ways to address human health, national security, energy generation and storage, and global climate.

ICERM, established last year by the National Science Foundation, is one of eight mathematics institutes in the country, and the only one in New England. It is located at 121 South Main St., 11th floor; the conference will continue through Friday.

For more information, including the list of speakers and participants, click here.

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