CfP: 7th Workshop on UnConventional High Performance Computing 2014 (UCHPC 2014)

March 10th, 2014

The 7th UCHPC workshop will beheld in conjunction with Euro-Par 2014, August 25 – August 29, in Porto, Portugal.

Recent issues with the power consumption of conventional HPC hardware results in both new interest in accelerator hardware and in usage of mass-market hardware originally not designed for HPC. The most prominent examples are GPUs, but FPGAs, DSPs and embedded designs are also possible candidates to provide higher power efficiency, as they are used in energy-restriced environments, such as smartphones or tablets. The so-called “dark silicon” forecast, i.e. not all transistors may be active at the same time, may lead to even more specialized hardware in future mass-market products. Exploiting this hardware for HPC can be a worthwhile challenge.

As the word “UnConventional” in the title suggests, the workshop focuses on hardware or platforms used for HPC, which were not intended for HPC in the first place. Reasons could be raw computing power, good performance per watt, or low cost in general. To address this unconventional hardware, often, new programming approaches and paradigms are required to make best use of it. A second focus of
the workshop is on innovative, (yet) unconventional new programming models.

To this end, UCHPC tries to capture solutions for HPC which are unconventional today but could become conventional and significant tomorrow, and thus provide a glimpse into the eventual future of HPC.

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