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Petascale Computing

Algorithms and Applications, 1st Edition

Edited by David A. Bader

Chapman and Hall/CRC

620 pages | 157 B/W Illus.

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Although the highly anticipated petascale computers of the near future will perform at an order of magnitude faster than today’s quickest supercomputer, the scaling up of algorithms and applications for this class of computers remains a tough challenge. From scalable algorithm design for massive concurrency toperformance analyses and scientific visualization, Petascale Computing: Algorithms and Applications captures the state of the art in high-performance computing algorithms and applications. Featuring contributions from the world’s leading experts in computational science, this edited collection explores the use of petascale computers for solving the most difficult scientific and engineering problems of the current century.

Covering a wide range of important topics, the book illustrates how petascale computing can be applied to space and Earth science missions, biological systems, weather prediction, climate science, disasters, black holes, and gamma ray bursts. It details the simulation of multiphysics, cosmological evolution, molecular dynamics, and biomolecules. The book also discusses computational aspects that include the Uintah framework, Enzo code, multithreaded algorithms, petaflops, performance analysis tools, multilevel finite element solvers, finite element code development, Charm++, and the Cactus framework.

Supplying petascale tools, programming methodologies, and an eight-page color insert, this volume addresses the challenging problems of developing application codes that can take advantage of the architectural features of the new petascale systems in advance of their first deployment.


"…Bader has done an excellent job of creating a collection that holds together and covers a broad topic very well. At the same time, Petascale Computing remains accessible to anyone with HPC or scientific application experience. … The end result educates and informs our journey through petascale and into exascale, while serving to motivate us to travel as fast as we can toward the goal."

—John West, HPCwire

"This is an exciting period for HPC and a period which promises unprecedented discoveries ‘at scale’, which can provide tangible benefits for both science and society. This book provides a glimpse into the challenging work of petascale’s first wave of application and algorithm pioneers, and as such, provides an important context for both the present and the future."

—Francine Berman, Director, San Diego Supercomputer Center, La Jolla, California, USA

"This book provides a quick introduction on how the next generation of supercomputers will be used and a look into the future of large-scale scientific computing. The authors present many of the issues and challenges that face computational scientists in the effective use of the fastest computers."

—Jack Dongarra, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, USA

"The collection of articles in this book provides an excellent introduction to the state of the art in high-performance computing. Written by some of the best practitioners in the field and focused on real applications, it clearly illustrates the complex interplay between application characteristics, programming languages and libraries, and machine characteristics. Any person involved in the development of high-performance computing software will benefit from reading this timely book."

—Marc Snir, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA

"A milestone book on petascale computing."

—Guojie Li, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing

"There is a need for this book. Petascale systems are arriving in 2008 or so, and there will be a strong demand to demonstrate that these systems are useful. David Bader has collected an impressive list of topics and contributors. The content will be very relevant to the pursuit of effective petascale system use."

—Michael A. Heroux, Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA

"A timely textbook for Japan’s next-generation supercomputer users in nanophysics, bioscience, and technology."

—Yoshio Oyanagi, Kogakuin University, Japan

"…this collection represents an academic milestone in the high-performance computing industry…"


Table of Contents



Performance Characteristics of Potential Petascale Scientific Applications

John Shalf, Leonid Oliker, Michael Lijewski, Shoaib Kamil, Jonathan Carter, Andrew Canning, and Stéphane Ethier

Petascale Computing: Impact on Future NASA Missions

Rupak Biswas, Michael Aftosmis, Cetin Kiris, and Bo-Wen Shen

Multiphysics Simulations and Petascale Computing

Steven F. Ashby and John M. May

Scalable Parallel AMR for the Uintah Multi-Physics Code

Justin Luitjens, Bryan Worthen, Martin Berzins, and Thomas C. Henderson

Simulating Cosmological Evolution with Enzo

Michael L. Norman, James Bordner, Daniel Reynolds, Rick Wagner, Greg L. Bryan, Robert Harkness, and Brian O’Shea

Numerical Prediction of High-Impact Local Weather: A Driver for Petascale Computing

Ming Xue, Kelvin K. Droegemeier, and Daniel Weber

Software Design for Petascale Climate Science

John B. Drake, Philip W. Jones, Mariana Vertenstein, James B. White III, and Patrick H. Worley

Toward Distributed Petascale Computing

Alfons G. Hoekstra, Simon Portegies Zwart, Marian Bubak, and Peter M.A. Sloot

Biomolecular Modeling in the Era of Petascale Computing

Klaus Schulten, James C. Phillips, Laxmikant V. Kalé, and Abhinav Bhatele

Petascale Special-Purpose Computer for Molecular Dynamics Simulations

Makoto Taiji, Tetsu Narumi, and Yousuke Ohno

Simulating Biomolecules on the Petascale Supercomputers

Pratul K. Agarwal, Sadaf R. Alam, and Al Geist

Multithreaded Algorithms for Processing Massive Graphs

Kamesh Madduri, David A. Bader, Jonathan W. Berry, Joseph R. Crobak, and Bruce A. Hendrickson

Disaster Survival Guide in Petascale Computing: An Algorithmic Approach

Jack J. Dongarra, Zizhong Chen, George Bosilca, and Julien Langou

The Road to TSUBAME and Beyond

Satoshi Matsuoka

Petaflops Basics—Performance from SMP Building Blocks

Christian Bischof, Dieter an Mey, Christian Terboven, and Samuel Sarholz

Performance and Its Complexity on Petascale Systems

Erich Strohmaier

Highly Scalable Performance Analysis Tools

Michael Gerndt and Karl Fürlinger

Toward Petascale Multilevel Finite Element Solvers

Christoph Freundl, Tobias Gradl, Ulrich Rüde, and Benjamin Bergen

A Hybrid Approach to Efficient Finite Element Code Development

Anders Logg, Kent-Andre Mardal, Martin Sandve Alnæs, Hans Petter Langtangen, and Ola Skavhaug

Programming Petascale Applications with Charm++

Laxmikant V. Kalé, Eric Bohm, Celso L. Mendes, Terry Wilmarth, and Gengbin Zheng

Annotations for Productivity and Performance Portability

Boyana Norris, Albert Hartono, and William Gropp

Locality Awareness in a High-Productivity Programming Language

Roxana E. Diaconescu and Hans P. Zima

Architectural and Programming Issues for Sustained Petaflop Performance

Uwe Küster and Michael Resch

Cactus Framework: Black Holes to Gamma Ray Bursts

Erik Schnetter, Christian D. Ott, Gabrielle Allen, Peter Diener, Tom Goodale, Thomas Radke, Edward Seidel, and John Shalf


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