Petaflops Summer Study on System Software
June 17 - 21, 1996
Bodega Bay, California
Advanced Research Projects Agency
Department Of Energy
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
National Security Agency
National Science Foundation
The Petaflops Summer Study on System Software (PetaSoft'96) is the next in a series of community led forums to focus on key aspects of computing technology concepts that will pave the way towards petaflops scale computing capability.
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Design/Author: Larry Picha
Authorizing Official: Ian Foster, Program Chair
Last Revised: 17 JUNE 96 (ldp)
Building on the results of previous Petaflops applications and architecture workshops, PetaSoft'96 is intended to identify critical technical challenges, promising technology directions, and evaluation metrics for the software component of future Petaflops systems.
The five day workshop will conduct a detailed examination and evaluation of the systems software concepts and techniques required to meet the requirements of proposed petaflops applications and architectures. A major driver for these meetings will be the results of the Petaflops Architecture Workshop (PAWS'96) and input from participants in NSF-sponsored point-design studies of very high performance systems. A small group of experts in key aspects of high performance and scalable programming models, libraries, and system software, architecture, and applications will be convened to investigate these issues. The workshop will include the following activities:
- A review of the findings of PAWS'96 and subsequent developments within the NSF sponsored point-design studies, with the goal of further elucidating application and architecture characteristics.
- Intense working group discussions intended to identify both an expected mainstream development path and novel alternatives in the areas of programming models, scalable libraries, and systems software.
- A critical review of the proposed candidate approaches in each area, with respect to the point-design study architectures and applications.
- Documentation of the findings, open issues, and recommendations of the workshop. A preliminary report and set of recommendations will be released quickly, followed by a more substantial report integrating both PAWS'96 material and the reports from the point design studies.
Participation will be by invitation. These will include Investigators of the NSF point-design studies, experts in the broad field of high performance computing, and representatives of the sponsoring agencies. Approximately 50 participants are anticipated at PetaSoft'96 including facilitating staff. Non-government employees attending PetaSoft'96 will be reimbursed for travel expenses. NSF Investigators costs will be covered as part of their grants.
Ian Foster, Argonne National Laboratory
David Bailey, NASA
Geoffrey Fox, Syracuse University
Bill Gropp, ANL
Fred Johnson, NIST
Peter Kogge, University of Notre Dame
Paul Messina, Caltech
Thomas Sterling, NASA
Rick Stevens, ANL
Steering Committee Chair:
Paul Smith, Department of Energy
George Cotter, NSA
Bill Feiereisen, NASA Ames Research Center
Bob Lucas, ARPA
John Van Rosendale, NSF
Gil Weigand, DOE
Please contact Larry Picha if you have any questions or comments about PetaSoft or this WWW page.