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The DEEP Project

Europe on Exascale

DEEP is one of the Exascale projects funded by the EU 7th framework programme. The DEEP project started in December 2011 and will last three and a half years. 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 DEEP consortium will develop a novel, Exascale-enabling supercomputing architecture with a matching SW 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.

DEEP Facts

Project acronym:DEEP (Dynamical Exascale Entry Platform)
Contract no.:ICT-287530
Project type:IP/STREP
Start date: 1 December 2011
Duration: 42 months
Total budget:18 500 000 €
Funding from the EC:8 300 000 €