CSU engineering team to tackle challenge of green supercomputing

By: Steve Wednesday June 19, 2013 0 comments Tags: CSU, Fort Collins, green supercomputing, H.J. Siegel, HPC systems, Pat Burns, Sudeep Pasricha, Tony Maciejewski

Colorado State University Fort Collins Colorado logoFORT COLLINS - Four Colorado State University engineering professors have received $850,000 from the National Science Foundation to do research that will enable the next generation of green supercomputing, CSU said.

The team includes Sudeep Pasricha, H.J. Siegel, Tony Maciejewski and Pat Burns and graduate and undergraduate students.

Pasricha is principal investigator for the project with Siegel, Maciejewski and Burns serving as co-PIs.

"High-energy consumption in supercomputing is inevitable given the rising complexity of these systems in an attempt to solve some of the most challenging problems in science," Pasricha said.

"The goal is to bring together researchers and practitioners to collectively investigate the problem of energy-efficient computing for massively parallel supercomputers of the future."

The team will design new theoretical foundations, metrics and mathematical optimization techniques for robust, energy-efficient and power-constrained resource management in heterogeneous large-scale parallel computing systems, CSU said.

"HPC systems are the backbone of the worldwide Internet and cloud computing revolution," said Maciejewski, head of CSU's Electrical and Computer Engineering Department.

"As these systems become even more integrated with everyday life, it's very important that we focus on limiting their carbon footprint and reducing their energy costs, which can run into several millions of dollars every year for many HPC systems."

The three-year project involves collaboration with researchers and state-of-the-art HPC systems at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the National Center for Atmospheric Research and Lagrange Systems.

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