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A European, Distributed Memory, Parallel Supercomputer for Numerical Applications

Objective

The objective of GENESIS was to develop a highly parallel architecture for very-high-performance numerical computing as the basis for a family of supercomputers meeting the following goals:

- highest possible performance, obtained through a highly parallel MIMD-SIMD architecture with distributed memory
- optimum cost-effectiveness, achieved by exploiting the latest advances of VLSI technology
- wide-range scalability and extensibility of the system
- long product life, ensured by defining the abstract machine independently of the current state of technology
- high reliability, ensured by an optimal degree of fault tolerance
- the exploitation of highly parallel architecture by the provision of a programming environment.

The goals of the definition phase were to define all aspects of GENESIS, and specifically to:

- specify a complete architecture, covering node architecture, interconnection, operating system, languages and compilers, user interface, peripherals, etc
- make a preliminary specification of the consequential system requirements
- specify performance goals, and to demonstrate their feasibility of achievement
- plan and specify the development of application software
- define the organisational structure for the main phase
- initiate the development of the next generation of components
- refine the marketing options and define the appropriate organisation structure for best exploiting the project's results.

Coordinator

Bull SA
Address
Tour Bull 1 Place Carpeaux
92800 Puteaux
France

Participants (13)

CPV-Stollmann Vertiebs GmbH
Germany
Address
Gasstraße 18
22761 Hamburg
Chorus Systèmes SA
France
Address
6 Avenue Gustave Eiffel
78182 Saint-quentin-en-yvelines
Gesellschaft für Mathematik und Datenverarbeitung mbH
Germany
Address
Hardenbergplatz 2
10623 Berlin
Inmos Ltd
United Kingdom
Address
1,000 Aztec West
BS12 4SQ Almondsbury
Krupp GmbH
Germany
Address
Altendorfer Straße 103
45143 Essen
Office National d'Études et de Recherches Aérospatiales (ONERA)
France
Address
29 Avenue De La Division Leclerc
92322 Châtillon
SUPRENUM GMBH
Germany
Address
Hohe Straße 73
53119 Bonn
Siemens AG
Germany
Address
Otto-hahn-ring 6
81739 München
Simulog SA
France
Address
3 Avenue Du Centre
78182 Saint-quentin-en-yvelines
Syseca SA
France
Address
4 Square René Cassin
35100 Rennes
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON
United Kingdom
Address
Southampton Ocenagraphic Centre, European Way
SO14 3ZH Southampton
University of Liverpool
United Kingdom
Address
Brownlow Hill
L69 3BX Liverpool
University of Oxford
United Kingdom
Address
11 Keble Road
OX1 3QD Oxford