October 18-20, 2010
National Center for Supercomputing Applications
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
This workshop will provide details about the Blue Waters system and how to prepare applications to take best advantage of IBM's POWER7 multicore chips and the innovative interconnection network linking them. Tools will be described and demoed for software development and workflow, performance data collection, debugging, visualization, data movement and storage, application performance simulation, and dynamic load balancing. Additional topics include scientific libraries, advanced programming models, and fault tolerance.
This workshop is intended primarily for PRAC awardees, but with additional participants from Illinois, NCSA, and the Great Lakes Consortium for Petascale Computation. No non-disclosure agreements are required for any of the workshop sessions. The first day of the workshop is aimed at getting members of newly announced PRAC teams up to speed on the overall architecture and tuning codes for the POWER7 chip. Significant hands-on time will be allotted each day on the 48-core Power 780 system (called Blue Drop) at NCSA.