A European project on high performance computing brings together ICHEC and Intel France
Last September, READEX, a H2020 project on intensive computing, was launched. Intel Franceand the Irish Centre for High-End Computing (ICHEC, the reference centre in Ireland for intensive computing), hosted by the National University of Ireland, Galway and led by the French researcher Jean-Christophe Desplat, are among the partners in this project.
READEX, a project with a 3,5 million € budget, deals with high performance computing which has become a major instrument for many scientific and industrial fields to generate new insights and product developments. There is a continuous demand for growing compute power, leading to a constant increase in system size and complexity. Most HPC applications exhibit a large degree of dynamic behaviour, which can be manually detected and leveraged to improve energy-efficiency, but this is a tedious task. However, using an automatic optimization approach, application dynamism can be detected at design-time and used to generate optimized system configurations. A light-weight run-time system will then detect this dynamic behaviour in production and switch parameter configurations if beneficial for the performance and energy-efficiency of the application. The READEX project will develop a tools-aided methodology to exploit the dynamic behaviour of applications to achieve improved energy-efficiency and performance.
The consortium is composed of European experts from academia, HPC resource providers, and industry, such as Intel France and ICHEC. Founded in 2005, this state-of-art computing centre is hosted in National University of Galway (NUIG) and is a resource, teaching and training centre for researchers and also helps companies to develop themselves thanks to its technology transfer arm.
ICHEC collaborates as well with Meteo France, with Bull and has a good collaborative relationship with Intel : the centre has thus been the 6th centre in the world to be labelled « Intel centre ». ICHEC welcomes engineers and researchers from all around the world – particularly French, who allow new links with French higher education and public research institutions.