The US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Exascale Computing Project (ECP) has published a project overview and update report focused on the 2019 ECP Application Development efforts. The report is the first in a series of three documents to provide an in-depth update on activities related to ECP’s three technical focus areas: application development, software technology, and hardware and integration.
ECP’s Application Development group is delivering specific exascale-ready applications critical to DOE’s mission. These applications are being integrated with exascale-capable software products and hardware technologies necessary to ensure the success of forthcoming exascale systems from day one.
ECP is pursuing 24 applications projects, each of which addresses an exascale challenge problem characterized as high-priority relative to national interest but out of reach, or intractable, without at least 50 times more computational power than was available on leading systems at the time of ECP’s inception in 2016. These applications span chemistry, materials, energy, earth and space science, data analytics and optimization, and national security.
Applications experts within ECP are creating and enhancing the predictive capability of these targeted applications through software advances and targeted development of requirements-based models, algorithms, and methods, often in close collaboration with ECP’s six co-design centers also included in this report.
To be effective, the applications require the exascale software stack and software development kits being developed by ECP and the coordinated integration of specifically designed hardware components necessary to push the limits of future exascale systems.
The remaining ECP update documents—Software Technology and Hardware and Integration—will be released before the end of the 2019 calendar year.