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1 1 Council on Competitiveness High Performance Computing Project

2 2 2 Council Background Founded 1986 by John Young (CEO Hewlett-Packard) Non-profit, non-partisan Mission –Set a public policy action agenda that drives economic growth and raises the standard of living for all Americans Membership –Only national organization whose membership is comprised exclusively of CEOs, university presidents and labor leaders

3 3 3 Changing Competitive Environment U.S. is facing more serious global competitive challenges than in the past We can no longer compete on traditional cost and quality terms The ability to create new value will determine competitive advantage

4 4 4 High performance computing is a key ingredient in America’s innovation capacity High Performance Computing and Innovation

5 5 5 High Performance Computing Project A program of the Council’s National Innovation Initiative Objective: Stimulate and facilitate wider usage of HPC across the private sector to propel productivity, innovation and competitiveness Approach Determine whether the private sector is using HPC as aggressively as it could and should –If not…why not: business & technical barriers Explore the role of public-private sector partnerships to address barriers Leverage government investment in HPC R&D, systems and expertise to advance industrial and national competitiveness

6 6 6 Project Participants Private sector HPC users U.S. Government agencies and laboratories HPC manufacturers and software developers

7 7 7 Advisory Committee

8 8 8 Advisory Committee

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10 10 Grand Challenges Barriers Solutions Case Studies Workshops User Conferences HPC User Surveys Advisory Committee

11 11 FINDINGS

12 12 HPC Is Essential to Business Survival Data from Council-sponsored survey conducted by IDC

13 13 HPC Drives Business Competitiveness Reducing design costs through virtual prototyping Reducing physical tests for faster time to market Image courtesy of Pratt & Whitney

14 14 HPC Drives Business Competitiveness Breakthrough insights for manufacturers –Procter & Gamble uses HPC to model production of Pringles ® and Pampers ® Image courtesy of The Proctor & Gamble Company

15 15 HPC Drives Business Competitiveness Shortened product development cycles –U.S. entertainment industry must compete with foreign animation studios that have much cheaper wage rates Image courtesy DreamWorks Animation SKG

16 16 Companies are not Using HPC as Aggressively as Possible –Lack of computational scientists (internal or external) –Not enough people in the pipeline –Poor match between skills taught and skills needed Education and Training Barriers

17 17 Companies are not Using HPC as Aggressively as Possible Business Culture Barriers: –Is HPC an investment, or a cost? –What is the return on investment (ROI)?

18 18 Companies are not Using HPC as Aggressively as Possible Technical Barriers –Legacy applications software inhibits usage –Codes are often not scalable for broader industrial use –Software licensing costs are growing, becoming a barrier for some sites

19 19 HPC Independent Software Vendor (ISV) study

20 20 HPC Independent Software Vendor (ISV) Study First of its kind Independent, extensive assessment of the landscape and market dynamics surrounding ISVs that serve HPC users.

21 21 HPC Independent Software Vendor (ISV) Study Interviews Completed –110 completed interviews (by application) –From 54 different suppliers/companies Notes –There are many small university codes that we did not focus on –Government ISV codes received second priority –We surveyed for codes that are used in the U.S. or worldwide. Codes that are only used in their foreign country of origin (e.g., India, Japan) were not included in this study.

22 22 HPC Independent Software Vendor (ISV) Study Primary Goals –Assess the ISV landscape for HPC –Identify ISVs’ readiness for petascale computing –Identify barriers to future development –Create an ISV directory

23 23 HPC Independent Software Vendor (ISV) study Study captures information on: –Demographics; company profile; history of code –Scalability –Willingness to form partnerships and improve code –Breakdowns by industry

24 24 HPC Independent Software Vendor (ISV) study ISV applications only exploit a fraction of the performance potential of today’s systems In practice, 82% of applications are run at 32 CPUs or below. About one in four applications is single-CPU. In practice, 82% of applications are run at 32 CPUs or below. About one in four applications is single-CPU. Data from Council-sponsored survey conducted by IDC

25 25 HPC Independent Software Vendor (ISV) study For many applications, the ISVs know how to improve scalability but have no plans to do so. Already does, or in progress 26% Yes, but no immediate plans 60% 14% No, not possible We need to understand the motivations of this group. Data from Council-sponsored survey conducted by IDC

26 26 HPC Independent Software Vendor (ISV) study Competitiveness Implications: Many companies have important computational problems that they cannot solve

27 27 July 13 th in Washington, DC Registration: hpcusersconference.com HPC Users Conference Accelerating Innovation for Prosperity

28 28 Software Workshop The Need for HPC Application Software Solutions July 14 th in Washington, DC Registration –http://www.osc.edu

29 29 Council Contacts Suzy Tichenor, VP/HPC Project Director – Melyssa Fratkin, Policy Director, HPC –


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