Hardware Evaluation

PathForward and DOE HPC facility hardware efforts achieve significant impact on exascale-class systems and beyond. Hardware Evaluation staff provide independent architectural analysis of ECP PathForward deliverables using a variety of analysis tools and approaches, as well as help to drive system designs, understand opportunities and challenges, and find solutions for porting, faster performance, greater efficiency, etc.

Description: PathForward and DOE computing Facility hardware efforts achieve significant impact on exascale-class systems and beyond. The benefits of relevant hardware artifacts are evaluated and guided by laboratory staff using an open-source set of quantitative architectural analysis tools.

The Hardware Evaluation (HE) project element supports laboratory staff in providing independent architectural analysis of ECP PathForward deliverables using a variety of analysis tools and approaches. One of the lessons learned from DOE’s past portfolios of FastForward and DesignForward projects is that formal support is needed for laboratory staff engagement with industry partners. This element provides funding for national laboratory computer architects, engineers, and scientists to collaborate with PathForward vendors and to engage in ongoing evaluation of hardware options for the Facilities. It is crucial to have application, algorithm, and system software experts at the national laboratories participate and collaborate in these activities in order to provide feedback to the PathForward vendors and Facilities and to help provide tools for any subsequent exascale nonrecurring engineering (NRE). To facilitate independent analysis of the PathForward advanced architecture concepts, HE will support the enhancement of a diverse set of open-source architectural analysis tools.

Lead: Scott Pakin, Los Alamos National Laboratory