On July 29th 2015, the former US president Barack Obama founded the National Strategic Computing Initiative (NSCI) with an executive order. This national initiative aims to develop a strategic vision across institutional boundaries and a federal investment strategy in collaboration with scientific research institutes and industry partners to maximize the benefits of High Performance Computing (HPC) for the US.
The Exascale Computing Project (ECP) is part of the NSCI and aims to provide powerful Exascale supercomputers and develop a sustainable software ecosystem for scientific simulations. Due to the existing expert knowledge on the development of numerical software libraries and sustainable software development, the Helmholtz Junior Research Group Fixed-Point Methods for Numerics at Exascale (FiNE) headed by Dr. Hartwig Anzt located at the Steinbuch Centre for Computing has been included in the ECP consortium and receives research funding of more than a million Euro until 2022.
The Team headed by Hartwig Anzt (see photo) will especially focus on the development of numerical methods and production-ready codes that can operate in lower arithmetic precision, while still producing results of high precision. These so-called "mixed precision algorithms" can profit from the high performance of modern, AI-focused hardware and thus be used efficiently for numerical methods and scientific simulations.
- Multiprecision Effort (Exascale-Podcast mit Hartwig Anzt): insidehpc.com/2019/12/podcast-developing-multiprecision-algorithms-with-the-ginkgo-library-project/