Partners

The APOS-EU consortium has five partners, described in turn below. The peer APOS-RU project has four partners - click here for details.

EPCC

EPCC is the supercomputing centre at the University of Edinburgh. It has over 15 years of experience in successful collaborative projects with academia, industry and commerce based on novel and high-performance computing. With 80 staff, EPCC’s three key activities comprise: the management and hosting of powerful supercomputers; training and support for the Centre’s large base of UK and European scientific researchers; and consultancy-based software projects with industry and commerce. EPCC provides the UK National HPC service, HECToR, a ~45,000 core Cray XE6, system through a six-year contract with the UK Research Councils worth in total £115 million.

EPCC has an extensive record of technology transfer and collaborative projects. It participated in the highly successful EUROPORT cluster of projects to port industrial applications to parallel computers. It managed the Technology Transfer Node, ENTICE, which took forward the success of EUROPORT on a larger scale. It was the lead partner in the EUTIST-IMV cluster of machine-vision technology-transfer projects. It was the coordinating partner of the recently completed NextGRID Integrated project which developed the architecture of the next generation Grid. All four of these initiatives were funded by the European Commission. At a local level, EPCC has had a long-standing relationship with Scottish Enterprise and through this has pioneered the use of novel, parallel and high-performance computing by both large and small Scottish companies. EPCC has significant expertise in the development, porting and optimisation of codes for large-scale and massively parallel systems in collaboration both with industry and academe.

ICM

Warsaw University was founded in 1816, and is the largest university in Poland with about 2,900 academic staff and over 50,000 students. The University is recognised in Poland and throughout the world as a leading centre in a variety of academic disciplines. The Interdisciplinary Centre for Mathematical and Computational Modelling (ICM) at Warsaw University was founded in June 29, 1993 as a research centre in computational sciences, with a multidisciplinary profile. The research of the centre focuses in the area of mathematical, natural and computational sciences, as well as networking and information technology.

ICM operates the leading scientific supercomputing centre in Poland and has significant experience in providing HPC resources to users. It has been involved in software development and parallelisation as well as porting and optimisation of scientific application to high-end supercomputing environments and systems. Most importantly, ICM is actively involved in the EU project Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe (PRACE). ICM has long standing experience in the Grid technology. For the past few years it has been involved in software development, parallelisation and adaptation to the Grid middleware. It has been involved in EU projects such as EUROGRID, GRIP, CROSSGRID, EGEE, UniGrids and Chemomentum.

HLRS

The High Performance Computing Center, Stuttgart (HLRS) is a research and service institution affiliated to the University of Stuttgart. It is one of the three national supercomputing centres in Germany and offers services to academic users and industry. HLRS research and operation focus is oriented towards the operation of supercomputers owned by HWW GmbH, a public-private partnership consortium comprising among others T-Systems, SfR and the Porsche AG, services and consultancy for scientific and industrial users, research in the area of supercomputer architectures, simulation software, software engineering and Grid computing, teaching and training in distributed systems, software engineering and programming models, as well as cooperation with international partners from industry and research. HLRS has significant experience in collaborative research projects on national, European and international level.

Most relevant expertise for APOS-EU are the experiences gained in cooperation with industrial and academic end users for delivering Teraflop applications through the Teraflop workbench and the knowledge in multi-physics and coupled simulations. Furthermore, the expertise in supporting end users in particular of the engineering domain and the link to the automotive and aerospace industry will be beneficial for the project. HLRS is a member of the MPI standardization body (MPI-2 and MPI-3 Forum) and has a long history of teaching hybrid MPI & OpenMP programming at supercomputing conferences (tutorials at SC’01-SC’08). Additionally, HLRS is a key player in various National and European Research projects in the field of High Performance Computing.

CAPS enterprise

Founded in 2002 by members of an INRIA/University of Rennes 1 research team, CAPS enterprise develops and commercializes innovative software for high performance application tuning in the domains of HPC and embedded systems. CAPS offer a whole range of development tools and services enabling its customers’ applications to optimise the performance of multicore processors used by the last generation hardware.

CAPS’ mission is in keeping with the innovative and fast-moving multicore market and helps industries with high-level HPC issues such as oil and gas, defence, finance and life sciences to allow their software developers to take the most of multicore processors while preserving their legacy source. Built on over five years of advanced research and development, CAPS provides high quality and cost effective programming tools that leverage the computing power of state-of-the-art many-core hybrid platforms. Among these environments: HMPP Workbench, a complete hybrid compiler with powerful data-parallel code generators based on OpenMP-like directives that simplifies the use of hardware accelerators in conventional general purpose applications. Leading innovator in parallel programming tools, CAPS is also actively involved in many French and European Research and Development projects around the development of multicore compiling technologies and optimisation methods.

Total

As the fifth largest publicly-traded integrated oil and gas company in the world and a major actor in the chemicals business, Total has operations in more than 130 countries on five continents with approximately 97,000 employees. To meet growing energy needs on a long-term basis, Total’s strategy involves deploying a sustainable growth model combining the acceptability of its activities with a sustained programme of profitable investments. TOTAL’s ambitions are:

  • Preparing for future sources of energy, i.e. innovating and pursuing research efforts to support the development of new energies and to contribute to moderating demand:
  • Developing corporate policy based on responsibility, diversity, mobility and fairness in every country in which TOTAL operates;
  • Meeting sustainable development challenges by placing greater value on natural resources, protecting the environment, adapting TOTAL activities to the culture of the host country and engaging in dialogue with local communities; and
  • Cultivating and strengthening the relationships with TOTAL shareholders by providing regular and transparent information and communication.

TOTAL engages in all aspects of the petroleum industry, including Upstream operations (oil and gas exploration, development and production, LNG), Downstream operations (refining, marketing and the trading and shipping of crude oil and petroleum products) and chemicals operations (petrochemicals, fertilizers, rubber processing, adhesives, resins and electroplating). TOTAL’s R&D activities aim to continuously improve energy-related processes. They focus on knowledge of energy resources to optimize their development, operational reliability and energy efficiency, competitive products, and environmental issues. With an R&D budget of €770 million in 2009, TOTAL has 22 R&D centres and more than 4,000 researchers worldwide. The TOTAL Group also has more than 600 partnership agreements with dedicated research organizations, universities and leading manufacturers. The implementation of seismic processing and reservoir modelling applications on future Exascale systems are among the most important challenges facing the oil and gas industry.

 

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