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Simon McIntosh-Smith

Head of the Microelectronics Group and Bristol University Business Fellow

Senior Lecturer in High Performance Computing and Architectures

Email: simonm@cs.bris.ac.uk

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Recent News

OpenCL IEEE/ACM SuperComputing 2013 (SC'13)

To find all the OpenCL-related material from SC'13, including the slides and examples from the tutorial, and the slides from the birds of a feather session, take a look here.

New EPSRC project to develop next generation CFD libraries for many-core platforms

I'm delighted to announce that I have recently won a new EPSRC project with Prof. Mike Giles of Oxford University. This new project, called OPS, will run for three years, and will develop future-proof, massively-parallel libraries for multi-block applications. This project also includes Prof. Christian Allen, University of Bristol, Prof. Neil Sandham, University of Southampton, and Prof. David Emerson, STFC. I am recruiting now, with project start in October 2013. The job ad with further details about the project is online here.

Heterogeneous Computing keynote and tutorial at HiPEAC 2013

I'm giving the opening keynote as part of the LPGPU workshop on Power-Efficient GPU and Many-core Computing (PEGPUM) workshop at HiPEAC 2013 in Berlin (Jan 22-25).

UK Many Core developer conference (UKMAC) in Bristol, December 2012

I chaired the 4th UK many-core developer conference (UKMAC 2012) here in Bristol on Dec 5th 2012. All of the talks are now available online as both slides and high quality video.

The Micro group runs two Birds of a Feather sessions at IEEE/ACM SuperComputing 2012

Micro group staff are running two BOFs at SC'12 in Salt Lake City during November 2012. The first is on Energy Efficient Computing

National HPC resource procurements: Archer

I've been working with EPSRC and NERC as a member of the four person project working group to support the £43m Archer procurement. Archer will be the next national supercomputer resource, replacing HECToR towards the end of 2013. Archer will be several PetaFLOPS in performance and be by far the largest supercomputer in the UK when it is installed. It has recently been announced that Cray won this procurement, and the new system will be sited at the Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre (EPCC).

BBSRC project to fund development of many-core accelerated molecular docking code

Along with Dr Richard Sessions in Bristol's Biochemistry, we have won a BBSRC grant of ~£150K [BB/K004050/1] to further develop the BUDE molecular docking code. This code already scales across hundreds of GPUs, and is starting early trials with academic and industrial partners. Dr Amaurys Ibarra is the PDRA on this project, starting September 2012.

UoBristol shared infrastructure funding supports new many-core porting role

In a recent internal competition we won 9 months funding to support the porting of HPC codes developed within the e-Infrastructure South consortium to the Emerald GPU supercomputer. Dan Curran, a recent CS graduate and GPU porting expert, was appointed in July 2012 and is currently working with Prof. Chris Allen to enhance his CFD code so that it can exploit heterogeneous many-core systems, such as GPU accelerated servers.

e-Infrastructure South consortium wins £3.8m to fund HPC Centre of Innovation

Bristol along with Oxford, Southampton and UCL as formed the e-Infrastructure South consortium. This group won £3.8m in early 2012 to establish a new shared HPC resource. As part of this we have commissioned Emerald, a £1.1m GPU supercomputer, the largest in the UK. For more information on Emerald and other consortium infrastructure, visit the consortium webpages. We plan on making some time on Emerald available to other serious GPU users who'd like to try testing their codes at scale - Emerald has 372 Nvidia M2090 GPUs, along with two high speed interconnects, one using Infiniband, and the other a Gnodal 10GbE network.

Heterogeneous Computing keynote and tutorial at HiPEAC 2012

I'm giving the opening keynote as part of the MULTIPROG track at HiPEAC 2012 in Paris (Jan 23-25), as well as co-running a 1-day tutorial on Heterogeneous Computing at the same event (with AMD).

Knowledge Transfer Partnership with Cresset Ltd

This project is taking the technologies developed at the University of Bristol for exploiting many-core architectures such as GPUs for molecular (drug) docking and apply them to Cresset's molecular similarity software, FieldScreen. For a brief description of the project, see this blog.

Energy Efficient High Performance Computing website launched with ARM at SC'11 Birds of a Feather session

The University of Bristol's Microelectronics Research Group, in partnership with ARM, launched a new community initiative for Energy Efficient HPC with the creation of EEHPC.com. EEHPC.com was announced at an Energy Efficient HPC birds of a feather session at IEEE/ACM SuperComputing 2011 (Nov 15th, Seattle), the first time ARM has officially taken part in the SuperComputing conference. All the talks from the BoF are available from the EEHPC downloads section. Researchers in energy efficient HPC are encouraged to promote their research using this site.

OpenCL Tutorial at SC'11

"OpenCL: a hands-on introduction" all-day workshop at IEEE/ACM SuperComputing 2011 (Nov 13th, Seattle) with Tim Mattson (Intel) and Benedict Gaster (AMD). We had roughly 85 particpiants join us for this tutorial.

HPC Software Project: making HPC easy to use for computational chemistry

At the end of 2011 we started a new EPSRC-funded HPC software development project (EP/I030395/1). This project is in collaboration with Adrian Mulholland in the School of Chemistry, and includes two RAs: Dr Christopher Woods and Dr Ben Long. This team is developing a new software library to support massively scalable computational chemistry codes across very large scale systems in a fault-tolerant and energy-aware fashion. The library will be applied to several grand challenge problems in biomolecular simulation. For more information on this project, which is now entering the beta testing stage with early partners, please see the project website.


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