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The DEEP Project

Europe on Exascale

DEEP is one of six Exascale projects funded by the EU 7th framework programme. The project started in December 2011 and lasted for 45 months until August 2015. 16 partners from 8 different countries collaborate in this project, which is coordinated by the Jülich Supercomputing Centre at Forschungszentrum Jülich.

DEEP is an innovative European response to the Exascale challenge. The consortium develops a novel, Exascale-enabling supercomputing architecture with a matching software stack and a set of optimized grand-challenge simulation applications. DEEP takes the concept of compute acceleration to a new level: instead of adding accelerator cards to Cluster nodes, an accelerator Cluster, called Booster, complements a conventional HPC system and increases its compute performance. Together with a software stack focused on meeting Exascale requirements - comprising adapted programming models, libraries and performance tools - the DEEP architecture enables unprecedented scalability. The Cluster-level heterogeneity of DEEP attenuates the consequences of Amdahl’s law allowing users to run applications with kernels of high scalability alongside kernels of low scalability concurrently on different sides of the system, avoiding at the same time over and under subscription. An extrapolation to millions of cores would take the DEEP concept to an Exascale level.

The aforementioned applications play a crucial part in the project: They are used to test the Cluster-Booster architecture and to fine-tune the concept to actual scientific computing needs. The division of scientific code between Cluster and Booster is carefully studied to maximize the use of the system: It enables efficient scaling and provides valuable feedback to improve the middleware.

DEEP Facts

Project acronym:DEEP (Dynamical Exascale Entry Platform)
Contract no.:ICT-287530
Project type:IP/STREP
Start date: 1 December 2011
Duration: 45 months
End date:31 August 2015
Total budget:18 500 000 €
Funding from the EC:8 300 000 €

Additional Information

Other EU-funded Exascale projects within the 7th Framework Programme: