Solving some of the biggest challenges in society, industry and sciences requires dramatic increases in computing efficiency. Many HPC customers are sitting on incredible untapped compute reserves and they don’t even know it. The very people who are focused on solving the world’s biggest problems with high-performance computing are often only using a small fraction of the compute capability their systems provide. Why? Their software doesn’t take advantage of the parallelism offered in modern processors and coprocessors.
Robert Geva, Intel Principal Engineer, discusses this in a recent interview with Tabb Forum. While Geva focuses on the untapped potential of financial services applications, the same potential is there across fields ranging from manufacturing companies designing products, to energy companies attempting to unlock hidden pockets of oil and gas, to pharmaceutical companies driving for next breakthrough drug, to scientists working to better understand our universe or cure disease, and to many other domains.
It’s frustrating to think that antiquated software is hampering discovery and innovation across the board. This is one of the driving reasons why Intel launched the Intel Parallel Computing Center (IPCC) program last October with an initial five collaborators and an open call for additional collaborators.
The response to open call was outstanding with compelling high-quality responses across a wide variety of geographies and domains. As a result, there are now 30 IPCCs worldwide, many of them have already announced their participation, and most of them are currently listed on our program website. The program seems to have hit a sweet spot. While industry and academia have well-understood methods for funding research and hardware purchases, methods for funding software modernization are limited. When it does get funded, the money is well spent. Scientists, researchers, and engineers using faster software accelerates discovery.
We’re now looking for more collaborators to join us in modernizing and delivering open, portable, and scalable applications that provide the greatest long-term return on investment for multiple industries and markets. Today we’re announcing a new call for IPCC proposals. Download the request for proposal and respond with a proposal of your own. Our goal is to fund proposals that broadly deliver the benefits of modernized parallel software globally. While we can’t fund every proposal, it’s our hope that this program acts as a catalyst to spur you and others to act and take advantage of the untapped compute reserve enabled by software modernization. Consider joining us on this journey and responding with a proposal of your own.
Target applications for this program should be open, portable, and scalable so they provide the greatest long-term return on investment.