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The Workshop on Petaflops Software Models, held January 28 and 29 in San Diego, was the latest in a series of meetings addressing key technical issues in developing petaflops systems that will make ultra-high performance computers usable. The workshop focused on identifying critical software problems and evaluating a "layered" approach to software development that could enable the co-development of hardware and software, achieve code reuse across petaflops computers, and reduce software development costs.

The workshop was attended by 25 researchers in the high performance computing community, including Ian Foster (chair), Geoffrey Fox, Ken Kennedy, Paul Messina, Dan Reed, and Rick Stevens, all of the CRPC. The workshop built on the findings of a June 1996 PetaSoft meeting that identified deep memory hierarchies, high degrees of concurrency, and scalable operating system services as key technical challenges. The January workshop included four diverse white papers that presented new perspectives on the petaflops software problem.

The participants identified three key areas in which substantial progress is required: management of parallelism and latency, operating systems scalability, and performance and debugging tools. They determined that advances in any or all of these areas would have an immediate impact on the usability of today's highly parallel computer systems. They established quantitative measures for both required capabilities and the current state of the art in each area, providing concrete goals for future research and development activities.

For more information, see http://www.hq.nasa.gov/hpcc/petaflops/ .

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