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ISC announces winner of the Hans Meuer award

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A paper which focuses on the area of in-memory architecture will be the recipient of the first Hans Meuer award, to be presented at this year’s European Supercomputing Conference, ISC High Performance, in July. The award is in memory of one of the pioneers of European supercomputing, Hans Meuer, the charismatic founder of the ISC conference series and co-developer of the Top500 list of the world’s fastest machines, who died last year.

The paper ‘Accelerating LBM & LQCD Application Kernels by In-Memory Processing’ was submitted jointly by a team of seven researchers representing the Juelich Supercomputing Centre (JSC), IBM Germany, and the IBM Watson Research Center in the USA. It was selected by the research paper committee out of the three papers with the highest review scores.

The team examined the run-time performance of Lattice Boltzmann Method (LBM) and Lattice Quantum Chromodynamics (LQCD) kernels that can be achieved when using Active Memory Cube technology, an in-memory architecture aimed at exascale computing.

The architecture uses 3D memory technology and is designed to significantly reduce energy consumption by performing computation within the memory module. Performance results were obtained by using cycle-accurate simulations.

Thorsten Hater of JSC will present a keynote during the research paper session 1 on Monday afternoon. Thorsten will be representing his colleagues, Paul F Baumeister, Andrea Nobile, and Dirk Pleiter of JSC; Hans Boettiger and Thilo Mauer of IBM Germany (Research & Development); and Jose R Brunheroto from the IBM Watson Research Center.

The winners will also receive a cash prize of €3,000, an award certificate, and a free conference pass for ISC 2016.