Session Abstract

The Vanguard program looks to expand the potential technology choices for leadership class High Performance Computing (HPC) platforms, not only for the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and the Department of Energy (DOE), but also for the wider HPC community. Specifically, there is a need to expand the supercomputing ecosystem by investing and developing emerging, yet-to-be-proven technologies and address both hardware and software challenges together and prove-out the viability of such novel platforms for production workloads.

The first deployment of Vanguard is Astra, a prototype Petascale ARM supercomputer sited at Sandia National Laboratories. This talk will focus on the architectural details of Astra, as well as the Advanced Tri-Lab Software Environment (ATSE) and significant investments being made towards the ARM software ecosystem. Furthermore, we will share initial performance results, first experiences, and outlay several planned research activities.

Session Speakers

Andrew Younge

Computer Scientist (Sandia National Laboratories)

Andrew Younge is a Computer Scientist at Sandia National Laboratories with the Scalable System Software group. His research interests include High Performance Computing, Virtualization, Distributed Systems, and energy efficient computing. The central focal point of Andrew’s work is to improve the usability and efficiency of supercomputing system software. He has a Ph.D in Computer Science from Indiana University, where he was the Persistent Systems fellow and a member of the FutureGrid project, an NSF-funded experimental Cloud testbed. Over the years, Andrew has held visiting positions at the MITRE Corporation, the University of Southern California / Information Sciences Institute, and the University of Maryland, College Park. He received his Bachelors and Masters of Science from the Computer Science Department at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in 2008 and 2010, respectively.

Kevin Pedretti