Innovatives Supercomputing in Deutschland
inSiDE • Vol. 9 No. 1 • Spring 2011
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H4H Project launched

Stepping into the Petaflops Era for Engineering and Industry

The European ITEA2 project “Hybrid Programming for Heterogeneous Architectures” (H4H), partly funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) in Germany, was launched on October 1, 2010. The objective of this project is to provide compute-intensive application developers with a highly efficient hybrid programming environment for heterogeneous computing clusters composed of a mix of classical processors and hardware accelerators such as GPUs.

To meet this challenge, the project will leverage and consistently advance the state of the art in several key software areas: programming models and associated run-time systems, performance measurement and correctness tools, smart translation in particular from OpenMP to CUDA or OpenCL, combined use of MPI and OpenMP, dynamic automatic tuning, and prediction of the execution time of a parallel application on different platforms. To achieve its objective, this project has attracted 25 project partners from France, Germany, Spain and Sweden, including a wide range of HPC users to validate the proposed technology in applications from various domains. For GCS, teams from HLRS and JSC are participating in H4H and contribute their long-term experience in hybrid programming and performance analysis for parallel programs. The project will run for three years and has a total volume of € 15.6 million.


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