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Joint Workshop on Large-Scale Computer Simulation – Introduction

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Introduction • Agenda • Organization

March 9-11, 2011, Aachen/Jülich (Germany)

This workshop is organized by the Joint Institute for Computational Sciences in Oak Ridge, Tennessee and the German Research School for Simulation Sciences in Aachen/Jülich.

Computer-based simulation is a key technology of the 21st century. Numerous examples ranging from the improved understanding of matter to the discovery of new materials – and from there to the design of complete cars, ships, and aircraft – give evidence of its tremendous potential for science and engineering. Moreover, there is broad consensus that computer simulation is indispensable to address major global challenges of mankind such as climate change and energy supply. As a natural consequence, the demand for computing power needed to solve the numerical equations behind simulation models of rapidly increasing complexity is continuously growing. In their effort to answer this demand, supercomputer vendors work alongside computing centers to find viable compromises between technical requirements, tight procurement and energy budgets, and market forces that dictate the prices of key components. The results are innovative architectures that integrate unprecedented numbers of processor cores.

The workshop is devoted to the mastery of extreme parallelism to conduct state-of-the-art computer simulations in science and engineering, in particular to the challenges and opportunities that arise in the context of this technological evolution for the development of scalable architectures, algorithms, system software, and tools. Sessions are being organized around the following topics:

• Scalability, architecture, and software environment
• Education in high-performance computing
• Materials sciences

Attendance at the workshop is by invitation only.

The workshop is supported by the Virtual Institute - High Productivity Supercomputing.