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If you would like to join the Open Petascale Libraries, then please email us here, indicating your area of research and giving a brief outline of how you or your organisation could contribute to the project. Membership requests are processed via the project’s Steering Committee, who will respond to your request as soon as possible.
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The Open Petascale Libraries project has been established by a consortium of commercial and academic institutions, with the common aim of accelerating the development of numerical software for the emerging generation of massively parallel computers.
Initiated by Fujitsu Limited and Fujitsu Laboratories of Europe, our list of member organisations is growing steadily, with the consortium currently including some of the world’s leading players in the field of supercomputing and related software development:
- Australian National University
The Australian National University (ANU), established by an Act of Federal Parliament in 1946, has over 60 years of history and four Nobel Prizes have been awarded in recognition of the achievements of its academics. ANU’s contributions to high-performance computing includes an extensive research program in partnership with Fujitsu Ltd involving the development of systems and application software which has an enduring influence on Fujitsu’s Scientific Software Library SSL II.
Fujitsu is a leading provider of ICT-based business solutions for the global marketplace. With approximately 170,000 employees supporting customers in 70 countries, Fujitsu combines a worldwide corps of systems and services experts with highly reliable computing and communications products and advanced microelectronics to deliver added value to customers. Headquartered in Tokyo, Fujitsu Limited (TSE:6702) reported consolidated revenues of 4.6 trillion yen (US$50 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2010.
- Fujitsu Laboratories of Europe (Hayes, London)
A leading research organisation, Fujitsu Laboratories of Europe is part of Fujitsu’s global R&D network, with a dedicated division focused on high performance computing. It acts as an important portal between technology and business, working to shorten the overall R&D cycle, en route to transforming future technologies into business realities. Fujitsu’s technology roadmap is based on consistent R&D activity, in areas ranging from materials and devices to networks, IT systems and solutions, encompassing a new generation of supercomputers. As a global organisation, Fujitsu Laboratories’ guiding principles are to help create a safer and more secure intelligent society, underpinned by the core values of corporate social responsibility, protection of the global environment, and a sustainable, reliable social infrastructure.
- Imperial College
Imperial College, founded in 1907, has over 100 years of history; 14 former members of staff are Nobel Laureates and there have been two Fields Medallists. Imperial College’s history with high-performance computing includes the opening of the Imperial College – Fujitsu Parallel Computing Research Centre by HRH Princess Anne in 1994 – a project that ran for over half a decade.
- Innovative Computing Laboratory, University of Tennessee
The Innovative Computing Laboratory (ICL), established in 1989 by Professor Jack Dongarra, has been researching enabling technologies and software for scientific computing for over 20 years and is an internationally well-respected academic research centre. Projects at ICL include the High-Performance Linpack (HPL) benchmark used to rank supercomputers on the TOP500 List, and the HPC Challenge (HPCC) benchmark to examine the performance of supercomputers in greater detail than using HPL.
- Institute of High Performance Computing
Established in April 1998, the Institute of High Performance Computing (IHPC) is a Research Institute under Singapore’s Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR). IHPC promotes and spearheads scientific advances and technological innovations through computational modelling, simulation and visualisation methodologies and tools.
- Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology
The Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (JAIST) was founded in October 1990 as the first independent national graduate school, to carry out graduate education based on research at the highest level in advanced science and technology, and was incorporated as a National University in April 2004. JAIST is a leading research institution in Japan, with the aim of creating a new model of graduate education and with the goal of making significant contributions to the development of the global society through an educational and research environment for future leaders, who will advance science and technology for future society.
- Manchester University
Manchester University, established in 1824, is a major influence in science and engineering, with 25 Nobel Laureates counted amongst its alumni, current and former academics. Manchester University contributed to the emergence of computing with the world’s first stored-program computer, the Baby, developed by Tom Kilburn and Sir Frederic C. Williams in 1948. Alan Turing joined the Department of Mathematics as a Reader in 1948 and worked on the successor to Baby, the Manchester Mark 1, researching Mersenne Primes and the generation of random numbers. Of the many computers developed at Manchester University, the instruction-pipelined, associative-memory MU5 was significant for being developed in collaboration with International Computers Limited, which went on to become Fujitsu UK and Ireland, a leading systems and services provider. Radio astronomy is one of the university’s research areas, encompassing the Jodrell Bank Observatory, together with the e-MERLIN/VLBI National Facility. http://www.manchester.ac.uk
The Numerical Algorithms Group (NAG) is dedicated to applying its expertise in numerical engineering to delivering high-quality computational software and high performance computing services. For four decades NAG experts have worked closely with world-leading researchers in academia and industry to create powerful, reliable and flexible software which today is relied on by tens of thousands of individual users, as well as numerous independent software vendors. As a not for profit company, NAG reinvests any surpluses on the research and development of its products and services, its staff and fostering new numerical and scientific talent. NAG provides the Computational Science and Engineering (CSE) support service for the UK’s High-End Computing Terascale Resource (HECToR).
- NII (National Institute of Informatics)
The National Institute of Informatics (NII) was founded in 2000, conducting integrated research and development across academic disciplines in information-related fields. These specifically include consideration of networking, software and content. NII has helped to provide information service infrastructures for universities and research institutions in Japan, and is engaged in the Cyber Science Infrastructure initiative to provide the next generation of networks and information resources for research and education. http://www.nii.ac.jp/en/
- Oxford e-Research Centre, University of Oxford
The Oxford e-Research Centre (OERC) works with research units in Oxford University to develop and apply innovative computer and information technologies. OERC’s research on high-performance computing includes developing an HPC/Numerical Analysis Roadmap for the provision of high-quality, high-performance, reusable algorithms and software; and a community environment enabling the sharing of expertise and software.
RIKEN (Rikagaku Kenkyusho) was founded as a private research foundation in 1917, and has a long history of scientific achievement. This includes the recognition of two of its former scientists with Japan’s first ever Nobel Prize in 1949, followed by a second Nobel Prize in Physics in 1965. The Next-Generation Supercomputer R&D Center was created by RIKEN in 2006 to build the fastest supercomputer in the world, and the Advanced Institute for Computational Science was established in 2010 to maximise use of the K computer in computational science and technology. http://www.riken.go.jp/engn/
- Scientific & Technology Facilities Council
The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) was established as a Research Council by Royal Charter in 2007 to promote and support high-quality scientific and engineering research and training. Staff at STFC assist with the provision of the United Kingdom’s High-End Terascale Resource (HECToR) and provide access to world-class international facilities, for example through the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN).
- The Society of Scientific Systems (SS-Ken, Japan)
The Society of Scientific Systems (SS-Ken for short, with Chairman Professor Kazuaki Murakami, Kyushu University) is a society for scientific study which is led by members from research institutes in Japanese scientific technology areas, e.g. universities and research institutes. It was formed in 1978 and is designed for members to benefit through technical information exchange about computer science and achievements generated from research activities.
http://www.ssken.gr.jp/MAINSITE/index.html (Japanese only)
- University College London
University College London (UCL), established in 1826, is one of the oldest universities in England and has 21 Nobel Laureates among its alumni and staff. One notable alumnus is Charles K. Kao whose doctoral advisor at UCL was the Father of Microwaves, Professor Harold Barlow. Professor Kao’s work on the transmission of light through glass fibres at Standard Telecommunications Laboratories was recognized with the shared 2009 Nobel Prize in Physics, and this technology now facilitates the global reach of the Internet and is vital within the largest supercomputers.
- University of Illinois
The University of Illinois is a world leader in research and discovery, with its internationally renowned faculty winning more federal research dollars than all other public Illinois universities and colleges combined. Researchers at the University have produced revolutionary innovations and advances such as Illini Super Sweet corn, the Mosaic web browser, robotic transplant surgery, and the discovery of archaea, a third domain of life. More than 77,000 students are enrolled at our campuses and thousands more take classes off campus and online. Link: http://www.uillinois.edu/about/research.cfm
- University of Tokyo
Established in 1877, The University of Tokyo is Japan's most prestigious and Asia's highest-ranking research university. It has ten faculties with a total of around 30,000 students, 2,100 of whom are foreign. Its five campuses are in Hongo, Komaba, Kashiwa, Shirokane and Nakano. http://www.u-tokyo.ac.jp/en/index.html
- University of Tsukuba
Established in 1973 and now comprising an extensive campus in the quiet outskirts of Tokyo, the University of Tsukuba is based on a new educational concept, aiming to be an open university in every sense. Regarded as a frontrunner in Japanese university reform, the University encompasses a wide range of academic fields, and has an international reputation as a leading base for research and education. Its Centre for Computational Science carries out research in natural, life, and environmental sciences using large-scale numerical simulations and data analyses. To advance these researches, the center carries out R&D in high performance computing and networking systems, and applications of novel information technologies. Link: http://www.tsukuba.ac.jp/english
Our member organisations are co-operating on a number of concurrent projects, to ensure our libraries – and their development – address the spectrum of technical and practical requirements.
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A well-attended Open Petascale Libraries meeting was held in Salt Lake City on 11th November to coincide with the SC12 conference.
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OPL - Impact of partial differential equations on unstructured finite element/volume-based solution.
The University of Tokyo has become the eighteenth member of Open Petascale Libraries.