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EPSRC Reference: EP/C007832/1
Title: Performance Engineering for High End Computing Applications
Principal Investigator: Walker, Professor D
Other Investigators:
Guest, Professor MF Knowles, Professor PJ Sherwood, Dr P
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Department: Computer Science
Organisation: Cardiff University
Scheme: Standard Research (Pre-FEC)
Starts: 01 October 2005 Ends: 30 September 2009 Value (£): 128,609
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Computer Sys. & Architecture High Performance Computing
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Chemicals
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The past decade has seen a rapid transition in high-end computing (HEC) systems from predominantly vector computers based on prorietary hardware and software technologies to computing clusters and massively parallel systems based on commodity CMOS processors and the Linux operating system. Recently 64-bit processors have become more widely available, and future HEC systems will feature on-chip memory and multiple levels of cache. In contrast, algorithms and applications for HEC systems have evolved less rapidly, if at all, with the result that they are often ill-suited to exploit the architectural and operating system features of current and emerging HEC systems. the proposed research, therefore, will investigate performance engineering issues for scientific computations on HEC systems, with particular application to computational chemistry. Among the approaches investigated will be block-structured algorithms to efficiently use hierarchical memory, and multi-threading techniques to exploit parallelism.
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