HECToR – The New UK National High Productivity Computing Service
Thursday 3rd July 2008, 6:30 pm
Speaker: Dr Mark Parsons, Commercial Director, EPCC
Venue: The Royal Scots Club Hepburn Suite, 30 Abercromby Place, Edinburgh EH3 6QE - map and direction.
This talk is free of charge and no reservation is required. Non members are most welcome. Refreshments available from 6:10 pm.
Edinburgh now hosts one of the largest supercomputers in the world – the 60 Teraflop Cray XT4 HECToR service. Since 1990, EPCC, the supercomputing centre at The University of Edinburgh, has hosted an ever faster range of HPC systems for UK academia and business. With over 12,000 processor cores, HECToR represents the future of large-scale numerical computing. It also demonstrates the challenges all software applications face as the race to build larger and larger multi-core processors continues.
Few applications today can make full use of multi-core processors. Even when they have been parallelised, few of them scale beyond a few tens of cores. The challenge facing many software companies is how to prepare for the many-core world as the number of cores on processors increases from 2 to 4 to 8 and beyond. The expertise we have in Scotland through HECToR gives Scottish companies the opportunity to parallelise and scale their solutions for the future. At the same time, HECToR can also be used by Scottish companies to model their products and processes using Independent Software Vendor (ISV) applications or bespoke applications on a pay-per-use basis.
This talk will introduce HECToR to the audience with pictures and facts and figures. It will discuss the many challenges facing the software industry in the age of multi- and many-core systems and show how HECToR and EPCC can benefit Scottish companies through provision of access to the capability and skills they represent.
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