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Next Generation I/O for Exascale

Objective

The overall objective of the Next Generation I/O Project (NEXTGenIO) is to design and prototype a new, scalable, high-performance, energy efficient computing platform designed to address the challenge of delivering scalable I/O performance to applications at the Exascale. It will achieve this using highly innovative, non-volatile, dual in-line memory modules (NV-DIMMs). These hardware and systemware developments will be coupled to a co-design approach driven by the needs of some of today’s most demanding HPC applications. By meeting this overall objective, NEXTGenIO will solve a key part of the Exascale challenge and enable HPC and Big Data applications to overcome the limitations of today’s HPC I/O subsystems.

Today most high-end HPC systems employ data storage separate from the main system and the I/O subsystem often struggles to deal with the degree of parallelism present. As we move into the domain of extreme parallelism at the Exascale we need to address I/O if such systems are to deliver appropriate performance and efficiency for their application user communities.

The NEXTGenIO project will explore the use of NV-DIMMs and associated systemware developments through a co-design process with three ‘end-user’ partners: a high-end academic HPC service provider, a numerical weather forecasting service provider and a commercial on-demand HPC service provider. These partners will develop a set of I/O workload simulators to allow quantitative improvements in I/O performance to be directly measured on the new system in a variety of research configurations. Systemware software developed in the project will include performance analysis tools, improved job schedulers that take into account data locality and energy efficiency, optimised programming models, and APIs and drivers for optimal use of the new I/O hierarchy.

The project will deliver immediately exploitable hardware and software results and show how to deliver high performance I/O at the Exascale.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/software
  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/data science/big data
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/waste management/energy efficiency

Call for proposal

H2020-FETHPC-2014
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH
Address
Old College, South Bridge
EH8 9YL Edinburgh
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 1 534 957,75

Participants (8)

INTEL DEUTSCHLAND GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 1 218 750
Address
Am Campeon 10-12
85579 Neubiberg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
FUJITSU TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 2 785 000
Address
Mies Van Der Rohe Strasse 8
80807 Munchen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
BARCELONA SUPERCOMPUTING CENTER - CENTRO NACIONAL DE SUPERCOMPUTACION
Spain
EU contribution
€ 424 625
Address
Calle Jordi Girona 31
08034 Barcelona
Activity type
Research Organisations
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET DRESDEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 550 000
Address
Helmholtzstrasse 10
01069 Dresden
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
ALLINEA SOFTWARE LIMITED

Participation ended

United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 178 846,25
Address
Warwick Technology Park The Innovation Centre
CV34 6UW Warwick
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EUROPEAN CENTRE FOR MEDIUM-RANGE WEATHER FORECASTS
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 1 016 075
Address
Shinfield Park
RG2 9AX Reading
Activity type
Research Organisations
ARCTUR RACUNALNISKI INZENIRING DOO
Slovenia
EU contribution
€ 195 000
Address
Industrijska Cesta 1A
5000 Nova Gorica
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ARM LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 211 250
Address
110 Fulbourn Road
CB1 9NJ Cambridge
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)