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Exascale Innovation Centre

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The Exascale Innovation Centre (EIC) has been established in March 2010 together with IBM aiming at joint research on hard- and software technologies which are relevant for exascale computing. This and other exascale labs should pave the way of Forschungszentrum Jülich becoming the first European site to operate an exascale system. The work is carried-out by teams consisting of researches and engineers from IBM Research Böblingen and Forschungszentrum Jülich.

Current work focusses on

  • Evaluation of future HPC architectures for scientific applications.
  • Realisation of active storage concepts for Blue Gene/Q.

Completed projects include the

  • Evaluation of Blue Gene/Q prototype hardware and early porting of scientific applications and tools.
  • Analysis of Blue Gene/Q specific features.
  • Development and test of the RDMA over BG/Q (RoQ) interface.
  • Integration of fine-grained power measurements on Power7 in performance tools.

Contact: Dirk Pleiter
                Uwe Fischer (IBM Research & Development) Email Uwe Fischer




  • P. F. Baumeister et al., “Characterizing Performance of Applications on Blue Gene/Q”, September 2013.
  • M. Knobloch et al., "Mapping Fine-Grained Power Measurements to HPC Application Runtime Characteristics on IBM POWER7", September 2013.
  • H. Böttiger et al., “Analysis of Scientific Applications on Blue Gene/Q”, technical report, June 2013.
  • S. El Sayed et al., “Using GPFS to Manage NVRAM-based Storage Cache”, Proceedings of ISC 2013.
  • S.R. Alam et al., “Early experiences with scientific applications on the IBM Blue Gene/Q supercomputer”, IBM Journal of Research and Development 57(1) 14 (2013) .