April 12, 2011
Freeh Receives Award to Study HPC Runtime
Dr. Vincent Freeh, associate professor of computer science at NC State University, has been awarded $50,000 by Sandia National Laboratory/US Dept. of Energy to support his research proposal titled “An Efficient, Scalable Runtime for High-Performance Computing.”
The award runs from March 31, 2011 to September 30, 2011.
Abstract - Extreme high-performance computing (HPC) systems have needs that are fundamentally different from a desktop computer, or even a typical server. However, the runtime or operating systems used in most HPC deployments is a general purpose OS that is not designed for an HPC environment. This mismatch leads to many inefficiencies and scalability problems. For example, commodity OSs have noise that gets multiplied in HPC to the point that it can contribute a significant slow-down. This research will examine alternatives to a commodity-based OS in HPC computing systems
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