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Opening Up the Accelerator Advantage

HPC Wire (11/26/13) Tiffany Trader

The U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a grant of nearly $2 million for a project that seeks to move supercomputing capabilities beyond the domain of elite scientists.  Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology and the University of Southern California will create tools designed to help developers take advantage of hardware accelerators in a cost-effective and power-efficient manner.  They will make use of tablets, smartphones, and other Internet-era devices, says Georgia Tech’s David Bader.  “We want to take science that used to be only available to elite scientists and bring that to everyone around the planet,” Bader says.  “We are bringing supercomputing to the masses.”  Over the next three years, the researchers will work on different types of optimizations for XScala, the software framework for developing efficient accelerator kernels.  The project also will focus on security and social network analysis.  In addition, the team will focus on XBazaar, a public software repository and forum that is similar to an app store.  “XBazaar will serve as a one-stop shop for high-performance algorithms and software for multi-core and many-core processors,” according to the NSF announcement.

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