SCC-News 1/2022

The new SCC News is online, including these topics: With “Future Technologies” to the HPC systems of tomorrow; Of Crowned Letters and Metaphorical Words; First AI-HERO Hackathon on Energy Efficient AI.

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Dear reader,

What our ancestors developed and worked on together, is also essential for our success and the success of those who come after us. The English language makes this impressively clear because the word “successor” contains “success”. The evolution of hardware and software technologies over 50 years shows how developments successfully built on each other and are possibly opening the door for subsequent technical revolutions. Inspired by this, SCC’s National high-performance computing centre, NHR@KIT, offers a hardware and software test-bed equipped with future technologies. Researchers can test and apply the innovative and disruptive components of the NHR@KIT at an early succession stage (p. 19).

In June, computer science professor and Turing Award winner Jack Dongarra visited us to talk about his research on software and hardware in high-performance computing (HPC) over the past 50 years. Building on this work of his mentor, Hartwig Anzt is conducting research with his research group on software concepts for future supercomputers. After five years at SCC, he has accepted the offer to succeed Jack Dongarra at the University of Tennessee (centre cover and p. 28).

Centuries-old religious scrolls of our ancestors are being studied by an interdisciplinary collaboration of humanities and computer science experts in the Project “Materialisierte Heiligkeit”. The SCC is contributing expertise in research data management to this project with focus on building a research data repository, adding state-of-the-art annotation, analysis, and visualization tools (p. 23).

Speaking of young talent. Guided by our AI team, young scientists studied the energy efficiency of AI algorithms on HPC computers and came up with particularly energy-efficient computing solutions at a Helmholtz programming competition in February (p. 32).

Enjoy reading the new SCC-News

Martin Frank, Martin Nußbaumer, Bernhard Neumair, Achim Streit

Achim Grindler