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SCHEDULE: NOV 16-22, 2013

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The Mont-Blanc Project: Building HPC out of Mobile Phone Processors

SESSION: Emerging Technologies

EVENT TYPE: Emerging Technologies

TIME: 10:00AM - 5:30PM

ROOM:Booth 3547

ABSTRACT:
High Performance Computing was initially built on vector processors and data level parallelism. During the 1990's, processors targeted at personal computers and workstations integrated the floating point unit, which made them capable of running HPC workloads. These commodity processors were 10 times slower, but they were 50 times cheaper. That fact, coupled with the transition from DLP and shared memory programming to message passing programming models, changed HPC replacing vector systems for more cost-efficient distributed systems built on commodity processors. Smartphone processors now have integrated floating point units. They are still 10 times slower than todays HPC commodity processors, but they are also 50 times cheaper, and they do not require a fundamental change in the parallel programming model to use. We may be about to see another step in HPC evolution, when a new class of super-commodity processor replaces the current established technology for a more cost-efficient alternative.

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