EPSRC logo

Details of Grant 

EPSRC Reference: EP/K038788/1
Title: libhpc Stage II: A Long-term Solution for the Usability, Maintainability and Sustainability of HPC Software
Principal Investigator: Darlington, Professor J
Other Investigators:
Sherwin, Professor SJ Butcher, Dr SA Aanensen, Professor D
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Dr J Cohen
Project Partners:
Department: Dept of Computing
Organisation: Imperial College London
Scheme: Standard Research
Starts: 01 July 2013 Ends: 31 December 2015 Value (£): 726,567
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Bioinformatics Computer Sys. & Architecture
Fluid Dynamics Software Engineering
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Transport Systems and Vehicles Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology
Related Grants:
EP/K038877/1
Panel History:
Panel DatePanel NameOutcome
18 Feb 2013 EPSRC Software Infrastructure Announced
Summary on Grant Application Form
Libhpc aims to provide a framework for building, running and maintaining future-proof, sustainable HPC applications. Lack of reusability and portability has been a major barrier to adoption in HPC code, leading to significant loss in what is often the most creative output of a research project and one with the greatest potential to benefit the wider research community and the general public. Libhpc gives developers of HPC code a means of capturing and sharing their creativity with the whole HPC community. By providing a means for expressing application structure abstractly, libhpc enables HPC developers to share equivalent implementations for differing architectures via libhpc repositories. The same abstract structure also produces highly re-usable applications, which are easily adapted at and even during runtime to execute on widely different platforms, architectures and resource groups. We believe that libhpc will give the HPC community a "best-practice" reference for navigating the transition to virtual infrastructures which is now one of the principal requirements of both researchers and infrastructure providers, and could play a critical role in the development of an integrated e-infrastructure policy, supporting both HPC and data science, In libhpc2, we propose to create a production-ready environment from the prototype framework developed in libhpc. The libhpc 2 environment will include package-based installs, admin interfaces, a community component repository and DSL support; it will also support internet-scale networking. libhpc2 will also place a strong emphasis on stakeholder engagement, community building and skills development through responsive documentation, workshops and hackdays. We will aim to introduce libhpc 2 to two target domains, fluid dynamics and bioinformatics, through "hands-on" hack-days in which we will componentise domain software and publish it to libhpc repositories. We will also hold a workshop for infrastructure providers to ensure that infrastructure requirements are met and to encourage uptake and deployment on national infrastructures.
Key Findings
This information can now be found on Gateway to Research (GtR) http://gtr.rcuk.ac.uk
Potential use in non-academic contexts
This information can now be found on Gateway to Research (GtR) http://gtr.rcuk.ac.uk
Impacts
Description This information can now be found on Gateway to Research (GtR) http://gtr.rcuk.ac.uk
Summary
Date Materialised
Sectors submitted by the Researcher
This information can now be found on Gateway to Research (GtR) http://gtr.rcuk.ac.uk
Project URL:  
Further Information:  
Organisation Website: http://www.imperial.ac.uk