PRACE Prototypes evaluation in ISC´12 BOF session


The Partnership for Advance Computing in Europe (PRACE) explores a set of prototypes to test and evaluate promising new technologies for future multi-Petaflop/s systems. These include GPUs, ARM processors, DSPs and FPGAs as well as novel I/O solutions and hot water cooling. A common goal of all prototypes is to evaluate energy-consumption in terms of “energy-to-solution” to be able to estimate the suitability of those components for future high-end systems. The “Future Technologies” work package has developed an energy-to-solution benchmark suite. A synopsis of the assessments and selected results will be presented in a short series of presentations and discussions ISC BOF session on Tuesday 19.6. 2012, at 9:00 – 9:45, Hall C2.1 – Congress Center Hamburg

Next Six PRACE-2IP Prototypes selected
The latest six PRACE prototypes address three main focus areas, namely, Resilience, Node Accelerators, and Low-Power Alternatives to current HPC architecture. They also have different influence and impact on HPC systems. Some results are directly applicable to current systems, others will affect the next generation of supercomputers, and some are looking to evaluate technologies that will need multiple iterations to become viable HPC alternatives to current hardware paradigms.

This article was first published on on Tuesday 19 June 2012.


The mission of PRACE (Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe) is to enable high-impact scientific discovery and engineering research and development across all disciplines to enhance European competitiveness for the benefit of society. 

PRACE seeks to realise this mission by offering world class computing and data management resources and services through a peer review process. 

PRACE aisbl is funded by the PRACE Members The Implementation Phase of PRACE receives funding from the EU’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme (2014-2020).

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