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UK science debugged

The UK's Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is to work together with Rogue Wave to improve the productivity of its software development for scientific computing.

As part of the agreement, STFC’s Scientific Computing Department will collaborate with the company to develop next-generation HPC software tools to enhance the software development capabilities of its newest supercomputers.

STFC’s Scientific Computing Department and the Hartree Centre provide research scientists and industrial clients around the world with access to supercomputing facilities to support scientific and technology development. Faciliities include the Hartree Centre’s latest IBM Blue Gene/Q – Blue Joule –  which is rated at over one petaflop per second and its IBM iDataPlex – Blue Wonder – as well as the Emerald cluster with NVIDIA GPU accelerators at the STFC's Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxfordshire. All machines have used Rogue Wave’s TotalView debugger in software development.

The new collaboration will focus on 'comparative debugging', to automate the process of tracking down hard-to-find bugs and to increase the productivity of the STFC’s programmers.

Dr Mike Ashworth, head of applications performance engineering at STFC Daresbury Laboratory, said: 'As a publicly funded organisation, it is imperative that we maximise the return on the investments in the Hartree Centre’s world-class systems. This requires access to the best tools to support our work in developing the next generation of large-scale applications. This new collaboration will enable us to take full advantage of the compute power provided at our facilities.'

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