Sabri Pllana

Computer Science researchers at workshop on tomorrow’s computers

E-MuCoCoS 2016, an international forum for developments and trends in extreme-scale computing systems, was organized by Sabri Pllana at the Department of Computer Science.

In 2008, the first computer capable of doing one quadrillion (10^15) floating point operations per second (FLOPS) was launched. A quadrillion is one million billion calculations and these so-called petascale computers are used for advanced computations, such as climate simulation, cosmology and quantum chemistry.

Since then, work has been in progress to create the world’s first exascale computer. That is a computing system capable of at least one billion billion operations per second, or one exaFLOPS (10^18 FLOPS) as the technical term reads. According to Chinese sources, their plan is to have an exascale computer ready in 2020, but the United States, Europe and Japan are also part of the exascale race.

On 23 June, the Workshop on Exascale Multi/many Core Computing Systems (E-MuCoCoS 2016) was arranged for the eighth time. Organizer of this workshop was Sabri Pllana, Associate Professor at the Department of Computer Science at Linnaeus University. Also participating was Doctoral Student Suejb Memeti, with a seminar entitled “Work Distribution of Data-parallel Applications on Heterogeneous Systems”.

E-MuCoCoS 2016 served as an international forum for discussing recent developments and future trends in extreme-scale computing systems. Major topics of the workshop included: extreme-scale data analysis and visualization, adaptive run-time systems for extreme-scale, and extreme-scale performance evaluation. Workshop speakers were from the Austrian Academy of Sciences, Intel, and from other leading research institutions in Europe and in the US. Papers presented at E-MuCoCoS 2016 will be published by Springer.

E-MuCoCoS was organized in conjunction with the International Supercomputing Conference (ISC) in Frankfurt, Germany. ISC is organized since 1986 and is the world's oldest high-performance computing conference. With some 3,000 attendees, ISC is the largest conference of its kind in Europe.

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