Exascale High Performance Computing
Computer-based simulations drive scientific progress. In addition to theory and experiments, simulations have long since been crucial for acquiring knowledge and insight. Supercomputers continue to allow the computation of increasingly complex and precise models. However, programming such supercomputers is a key challenge.
The ExaHyPE project seeks to address the software aspect of supercomputer development. The project integrates well into Europe‘s strategy for developing a supercomputer that is capable of performing a billion billion (1018) computer operations per second (1 exaflop/s) by 2020. In order to leverage this incredible processing power for correspondingly comprehensive simulations, the entire supercomputing infrastructure – including system software and simulation applications – must be prepared for such exascale systems.
ExaHyPE focuses on the development of new mathematical and algorithmic approaches to exascale systems – initially for simulations in geophysics and astrophysics. During this four-year project, researchers from seven institutions in Germany, Italy, United Kingdom, and Russia will develop novel software for performing simulations on exascale supercomputers. In October of 2015, the European Union began support of the ExaHyPE project with EUR 2.8 million.