Next Generation High Performance Computing - Winter 16

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Winter 2016/17
Emily Mo-Hellenbrand, M.Sc., Alfredo Parra Hinojosa, M.Sc., Alexander Pöppl, M.Sc., Dipl.-Math. Benjamin Uekermann, Roland Wittmann, M.Sc., Nikola Tchipev, M.Sc., Jean-Matthieu Gallard, M.Sc., Carsten Uphoff, M.Sc.
Time and Place
Room MI 02.07.023; Schedule available in Moodle
Computational Science and Engineering (Seminar, module IN2183),
Informatics (Master-Seminar, module IN2107),
Max 12 participants.
Semesterwochenstunden / ECTS Credits
2 SWS (2S) / 4 ECTS (TUM participants)
TUM Online

News & Dates

  • Kick-off: Tuesday, October 25 at 02:00pm in room MI 02.07.023
  • The distribution of the seminar topics is available at the Moodle page of the course
  • pre-course meeting: Friday June 24, 2:00pm, room: 00.08.036
  • Slides of the pre-course meeting are available for download


The first supercomputers of the exascale area are envisaged around the year 2024. These machines will impose major challenges on simulation codes in order to run efficiently. Many challenges arise from the operation at the physical limits of the hardware and severe energy efficiency constraints. In this seminar, we will focus on the main challenges of exascale computing and discuss the approaches and building block for tackling these challenges.

Background: The seminar will (partly) discuss research executed in the collaborative research unit Invasive Computing funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), the German priority programme SPPEXA funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the ExaHyPE Project funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.


  • MIC architecture (Xeon Phi)
  • Actor-based programming model
  • MPI at extreme scales
  • Fault tolerant applications
  • Resource-aware computing concepts
  • Invasive computing
  • High dimensional PDEs on massively parallel systems
  • Large-scale inverse problems on HPC systems
  • Communication-avoiding numerical schemes
  • In-situ visualization
  • Multi-physics and exa-scale
  • Grand challenge simulations


For successful completion of the seminar course you have to fulfil the following tasks:

  • solid understanding of your topic (e.g. by implementation of the underlying algorithm)
  • writing of a paper (IEEE double-column format, 5-10 pages, max 10 pages total)
  • presentation (30 min + discussion)
  • participation in the presentations of all other participants
  • deadlines: t.b.a.