About the Center
Effective next-generation scientific, engineering, and data-intensive applications demand communication systems that fully leverage available system resources for transformative scientific insight. The five-year mission of the Center for Understandable, Performant Exascale Comunication Systems (CUP-ECS) is to meet the challenges to providing optimized, performance-transparent communication systems for emerging NNSA exascale applications. The fine-grain approach to achieving this is a closed loop of iterative fundamental research, technical infrastructure innovation, and application/system assessment and evaluation.
Our view is that next-generation communication systems must:
- Fully leverage available system resources such as heterogeneous processors, network offload, abundant parallelism, and complex memory systems;
- Handle the trade-offs between bandwidth, message rate, concurrency, and synchronization inherent in modern highly threaded architectures;
- Support continuous, reproducible evaluation and innovation in application, runtime system, and hardware design; and
- Inform application scientists and system designers of communication system impact on performance.
To achieve this, CUP-ECS center personnel are:
- Revisiting and re-architecting the relationship between exascale communication systems, applications, and hardware to support transformative scientific insights;
- Researching communication system innovations that accurately quantify, predict, abstract, and optimize exascale communication systems;
- Developing and integrating enabling technologies that leverage fundamental research advances in exascale applications and systems; and
- Continuously refining research, development, and system integration based on feedback from NNSA collaborators and stakeholders.