CHREC Awarded $2M for Exascale Supercomputing Research
Computers are at the forefront of technologies serving the needs of society, in health, science, commerce, defense, entertainment, and more. In many of these areas, demands for computing are insatiable, with increasingly challenging problems requiring increasingly powerful machines, the pinnacle today being Petascale supercomputers completing quadrillions of complex operations per second. In the coming decade, the next leap forward in supercomputing will be Exascale, a thousand-fold faster than Petascale, but unprecedented difficulties lie ahead with research on new architectures, networks, systems, applications, tools, and services to reach this scale in a reliable and energy-efficient manner. ECE professors Alan George, Herman Lam, and Greg Stitt and their students in the NSF Center for High-Performance Reconfigurable Computing (CHREC, pronounced “shreck”) have developed a new approach for the study of next-generation supercomputers and applications up to Exascale, featuring behavioral emulation on reconfigurable processors, which beginning on October 1 will be funded with $2M from the US Department of Energy. This research will support co-design and predictive science in the Center for Compressible Multiphase Turbulence and will leverage Novo-G, the world’s most powerful reconfigurable computer, which was developed by CHREC over the past several years.