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JAIST gets involved in Global Initiative to Develop Mathematical Library for Petascale Computing Applications.

Research Center for Advanced Computing Infrastructure (Director: Koichiro Ochimizu) of JAIST gets involved in the Open Petascale Libraries (OPL) project, which was launched by Fujitsu Limited and Fujitsu Laboratories of Europe Limited, a global collaboration initiative to develop a mathematical library(1) that will serve as a development platform for applications running on petascale-class supercomputers.

 

The project will make the developed code publicly available in open-source form, thereby contributing to the computational science community as a whole. In addition, the output from the OPL project will be applied to help accelerate the application development for the Next-Generation Supercomputer (the "K computer")(2), which is scheduled to begin operation in fiscal 2012. As a result, this project is expected to make an important contribution to a range of fields, such as the life sciences, development of new materials and sources of energy, disaster prevention and mitigation, manufacturing technologies and basic research into the origins of matter and the universe.

 

The OPL project involves fifteen leading organisations, including universities and research institutions from Europe, the US, Japan, Asia and Oceania such as The Numerical Algorithms Group (NAG) (UK)(3), The Society of Scientific Systems (SS Society) (Japan)(4), RIKEN (Japan) and The National Institute of Informatics (NII) (Japan).

 

For more information:

Press release on the OPL project by Fujitsu Limited
http://www.fujitsu.com/global/news/pr/archives/month/2010/20101109-01.html

 

OPL official website (English)
http://www.openpetascale.org/

 

Notes:

  1. Mathematical library:
    A collection of programs that perform common mathematical tasks associated with numerical computing.

  2. The Next-Generation Supercomputer (the "K computer"):
    Under the Ministry of Culture, Sports, Science and Technology's (MEXT) High Performance Computing Infrastructure initiative, Fujitsu has worked with RIKEN to develop a scalar parallel supercomputer.
    "K" is the nickname for the Next-Generation Supercomputer that was decided upon and announced by RIKEN in July 2010. "K" here draws upon the Japanese word "Kei" for 1016, representing the system's performance goal of 10 petaflops. In its original sense, "Kei" expresses a large gateway in Japanese, and it is hoped that the system will be a new gateway to computational science.

  3. The Numerical Algorithms Group (NAG):
    It is a non-profit company which is world-renowned for mathematical libraries. Corporate Headquarters: Oxford, UK.

  4. The Society of Scientific Systems: (abbreviation: SS Society, President: Kazuaki Murakami, Professor of Kyushu University)
    It is a society mainly composed of organizations which utilize computers including universities and laboratories in the science and technology field. Since 1978, they have worked with the aim of being mutually beneficial through exchange of technical information on computer science and result-creation by research activities.

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