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Technology watch methodology

Introduction

The task of the Technology Watch is to observe, track, filter out and assess potential technologies from a very wide field extending beyond the normal confines of the sector. A Technology Watch process can be broken down into four main phases: a needs audit, data collection, processing of the data collected and integration and dissemination of the results. The Technology Watch process must be capable of identifying any scientific or technical innovation with potential to create opportunities or avoid threats.

Objectives of technology watch

Study and follow the latest trends and advances in technology both in terms of software and programming as well as in terms of hardware and procurement. On the one hand, new architectures and system designs are constantly released by the vendors of top systems, some more suited for particular user communities than others. On the other hand, new software technologies and paradigms, like cloud computing, general purpose GPU computing, etc. emerge from research or industrial efforts. This leads to a naturally heterogeneous distributed HPC infrastructure, and WP8 will establish permanent technology watch to cater for regional user needs. To facilitate this, the project will develop links with PRACE, the industry, and follow the advances in research and developments of HPC systems via scientific conferences and journals.

Methodology

  • Organize meetings with vendors

Since the beginning of the project several 1 hour meetings have been organized with vendors and appended to the regular PSC meetings of the consortium. This is to continue in the remaining of the project.

  • Ask vendors to fill our survey

This questionnaire is intended to help polling HPC hardware vendors to determine the most important technical trends that they sense in the HPC area. These trends are accumulated, analyzed and then synthesized into an uniform report. The polls will be repeated periodically in order to follow up the most relevant novelties that might impact the near future of HPC.

Vendor survey URL: http://survey.ipb.ac.rs/index.php?sid=82412&lang=en

  • Collect know-hows from other projects

The public deliverables of relevant projects (DEISA, PRACE, EGI, EMI, etc.) may content useful information for our work packages.

  • Participate on SC/ISC conferences and write digest about the new technical solutions which has been discovered. These summaries should be created about those technological areas which have been defined above
  • The evaluation and dissemination of the new technologies can be done by using the hp-see-tech@lists.hp-see.eu mailing list and http://hpseewiki.ipb.ac.rs/index.php/Technology_Watch wiki page
  • Liaise with PRACE AISBL (Association International Sans But Lucratif) and include in the related MoU the possibility access the technology watch information that is generated within PRACE

Implementation plan

Involved in this work

  • IICT-BAS
  • IPB
  • GRNET
  • NIIFI (Gabor Roczei coordinates this task)
  • IFIN-HH

Action plan

ID Task Responsible partner State Deadline
1 Participate on SC 2012 conference (10-16 November 2012, Salt Lake City, Utah) and create technical digest Gabor Roczei (NIIFI) DONE M27 (November 2012)
2 Participate on ISC 2012 conference (17-21 June 2012, Hamburg, Germany) and create technical digest Dusan Vudragovic (IPB) DONE M22 (June 2012)
3 Participate on the PRACE WP9 Future Technologies Workshop and create technical digest Vladimir Slavnic (IPB) DONE M20 (April 2012)
4 Technology watch in this area: Tools and libraries Branko Marovic (IPB, RCUB), Emanouil Atanassov (IICT-BAS), Mihnea Dulea (IFIN-HH) DONE M35 (July 2013)
5 Technology watch in this area: New programming languages and models Mihnea Dulea (IFIN-HH), Ioannis Liabotis (GRNET), Branko Marovic (IPB, RCUB) DONE M35 (July 2013)
6 Technology watch in this area: System software, middleware and programming environments Gabor Roczei (NIIFI), Emanouil Atanassov (IICT-BAS) DONE M35 (July 2013)
7 Technology watch in this area: Green HPC (energy efficiency, cooling) Emanouil Atanassov (IICT-BAS) DONE M35 (July 2013)
8 Technology watch in this area: Processor architectures Ioannis Liabotis (GRNET), Mihnea Dulea (IFIN-HH), Branko Marovic (IPB, RCUB) DONE M35 (July 2013)
9 Technology watch in this area: Interconnect technologies Emanouil Atanassov (IICT-BAS), Branko Marovic (IPB, RCUB) DONE M35 (July 2013)
10 Technology watch in this area: Memory and storage units Mihnea Dulea (IFIN-HH), Gabor Roczei (NIIFI) DONE M35 (July 2013)
11 Participate on the 7th International Workshop on Parallel Matrix Algorithms and Applications and create technical digest Todor Gurov (IICT-BAS) DONE M22(June 2012)
12 Finalize the MoU with PRACE which include the PRACE technology watch access Ioannis Liabotis (GRNET) DONE M22 (June 2012)
13 Participate on the 11th International Symposium on Parallel and Distributed Computing - ISPDC 2012, in conjunction with MAC Summer Workshop and create technical digest Todor Gurov (IICT-BAS) DONE M22 (June 2012)

Time plan until the end of the project

  • Plans for 2012
    • Organize meetings with vendors ask them to fill our survey
    • Creation of technical digests about the visited conferences
    • Finalize PRACE MoU and trying to include the technology watch task
  • Plans for 2013
    • Organize meetings with vendors ask them to fill our survey
    • Creation of technical digests about the visited conferences
    • D8.3 Permanent technology watch report (delivery date: M35, July 2013)
      • Responsible: Emanouil Atanassov (IICT-BAS)

Information expansion and dissemination

The technology watch is a complex task where we need to follow up several technological areas. If somebody participate on SC/ISC conferences then he needs to write a technical digest about the new technical solutions which have been discovered and these summaries should be created about those technological areas which have been defined by this section. The dissemination can be done by using the hp-see-tech mailing list and HP-SEE wiki. The new HPC trends will be collected from the vendors over that survey which has been created for this purpose.

Technology watch areas

Software

Tools and libraries

New programming languages and models

System software, middleware and programming environments

Hardware

Green HPC (energy efficiency, cooling)

Processor architectures

Interconnect technologies

Memory and storage units

Other projects

Technical digests from visited conferences

RSS feeds

HPC journals

HPC wire

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insideHPC

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European projects

EMI

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    EGI

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    PRACE

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    HPC vendors

    Share statistics of HPC vendors

    HPC vendors

    Source: http://i.top500.org/overtime

    Vendor responses about technical trends

    Other useful links

    Personal tools