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Imagining the next generation of high-performance computers

Researchers for the intelligence community want ideas on how to improve modeling and simulation of high-performance computing architectures and applications.

As HPC systems advance, they are becoming more exotic, dynamic, complex and vast, potentially overwhelming  traditional methods of designing, testing and optimizing them, according to a June 25 request for information posted by the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity. All that complexity -- from many-core designs to burst buffers, novel networking and parallel computers -- can lead to systems that can be made up of disparate computers, storage systems and other large-scale data sources, it said.

“This additional challenge of heterogeneous data sources make modeling the execution of an application an even more important, but complicated effort,” said the RFI.

IARPA is asking for help with modeling and simulation research that can eventually tackle large-scale computational and data-analytic applications that run on HPC systems. Those models, it said, should be able to act on dynamic information about hardware, power sources, performance, resiliency and other variables and respond accordingly with trade-offs as those variables change.

IARPA also wants input on using machine learning and artificial intelligence to help develop simulations, modeling of dynamic power and resiliency capabilities and other dynamic factors in systems.

Responses are due July 29.

About the Author

Mark Rockwell is a senior staff writer at FCW, whose beat focuses on acquisition, the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Energy.

Before joining FCW, Rockwell was Washington correspondent for Government Security News, where he covered all aspects of homeland security from IT to detection dogs and border security. Over the last 25 years in Washington as a reporter, editor and correspondent, he has covered an increasingly wide array of high-tech issues for publications like Communications Week, Internet Week, Fiber Optics News, tele.com magazine and Wireless Week.

Rockwell received a Jesse H. Neal Award for his work covering telecommunications issues, and is a graduate of James Madison University.

Click here for previous articles by Rockwell. Contact him at mrockwell@fcw.com or follow him on Twitter at @MRockwell4.


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