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ECOSCALE (Energy-efficient Heterogeneous COmputing at exaSCALE)

ECOSCALE proposes a scalable programming environment and hardware architecture tailored to the characteristics and trends of current and future HPC applications, reducing significantly the data traffic as well as the energy consumption and delays. We first propose a novel heterogeneous energy-efficient hierarchical architecture and a hybrid MPI+OpenCL programming environment and runtime system. The proposed architecture, programming model and runtime system follows a hierarchical approach where the system is partitioned into multiple autonomous Workers (i.e. compute nodes). Workers are interconnected in a tree-like structure in order to form larger Partitioned Global Address Space (PGAS) partitions, which are further hierarchically interconnected via an MPI protocol. Secondly, to further increase the energy efficiency of the system as well as its resilience, the Workers will employ reconfigurable accelerators that can perform coherent memory accesses in the virtual address space utilizing an IOMMU.

The ECOSCALE architecture will support shared partitioned reconfigurable resources accessed by any Worker in a PGAS partition, and, more importantly, automated hardware synthesis of these resources from an OpenCL-based programming model. We follow a co-design approach that spans a scalable HPC hardware platform, a middleware layer, a programming and a runtime environment as well as a high-level design environment for mapping applications onto the system.

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Project info

Coordinator : Telecommunication Systems Institute
Call & reference : H2020-FETHPC- 671632
Starting date : 1/10/2015
Duration : 36 Months
Status : Completed

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