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 will last for 42 months. 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 will develop 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, will complement a conventional HPC system and increase its compute performance. Together with a software stack focused on meeting Exascale requirements - comprising adapted programming models, libraries and performance tools - the DEEP architecture will enable unprecedented scalability. The Cluster-level heterogeneity of DEEP will attenuate 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.
|Project acronym:||DEEP (Dynamical Exascale Entry Platform)|
|Start date:||1 December 2011|
|Total budget:||18 500 000 €|
|Funding from the EC:||8 300 000 €|