This has been a really exiting week for ARM and partners at the Supercomputing 2014 in New Orleans this week. The ARM ecosystem for HPC is gaining momentum and we have several partners announcing exciting collaborations and partnerships at the show.
ARM has been working with PathScale on ARMv8-A support with their EKOPath compiler that supports our supports SIMD and AES instructions in addition to C99, C++ 2003, C++11, Fortran 90/95, and partial support for Fortran 2003 and 2008. The BLAS libraries have also been ported and optimized for the ARMv8-A architecture to provide developers with the framework to create ARM-based solutions for HPC applications.
ARM has also been working with Allinea to enable the Allinea DDT parallel debugger product on ARMv8-A which is a key ecosystem component for the HPC community of developers. The momentum has been building beyond the critical ecosystem components to key industry leaders in this space.
Cray and ARM have been working together as they explore alternative architectures to achieve the challenge demands that next generation HPC systems will demand by exploring power efficient and scalable architectures like ARMv8-A 64bit architectures for Supercomputers and Data Analytics systems. As a part of this exploration, Cray was awarded an R&D contract from the US Department of Energy’s Office of Science and the National Nuclear Security Administration with a program called Fast Forward 2.
As part of this effort, Cray was recently awarded a research and development contract from the United States Department of Energy's Office of Science and the National Nuclear Security Administration under a program called FastForward 2.
Our partner Applied Micro announced that they are working with Laurence Livermore National Labs to deliver a test platform for HPC and Big Data Analytics systems using a solution from innovative HPC OEM Cirrascale. ARM partner RedHat is providing the software for this solution with their Partner Early Access Program for ARMv8-A.
The partner momentum continues with Cavium demonstrating their 48 core Thunder-X silicon running key operating systems RedHat and Ubuntu and applications running on Java and applications like Apache Web Server. Great proof point on availability of additional innovative ARMv8-A architectures and platforms becoming available to developers and end users.
The momentum and the excitement that the ARM ecosystem is bringing to the HPC community was perhaps best exemplified by HPCwire readers and editors awarding the ARMv8-A 64-bit Cortex-A57 and Cortex-A53 processors.
My colleague Darren Cepulis wrote a great blog (ARM Partnering for effect in HPC: SC14) that highlights all the partners that will be with us at the Super Computing Show this week. We hope you will stop by and visit us at Booth#3458 at the show.