Novo-G - NovoG:AdaptivelyCustom Dr Alan D George EEL...

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EEL 4930/5934, Fall 09 December 3-4, 2009 Novo-G : Adaptively Custom  Novo-G : Adaptively Custom  Reconfigurable Supercomputer Reconfigurable Supercomputer Dr. Alan D. George Professor of ECE University of Florida Dr. Herman Lam Assoc. Professor of ECE University of Florida Abhijeet Lawande Carlo Pascoe Research Assistants CHREC University of Florida
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High Performance Computing High Performance Computing Uses supercomputers / distributed computers to solve advanced computation problems Where? Computational Fluid Dynamics Astrophysical Simulations Climate Modeling How Big? 100’s of nodes, 1000’s of processors
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3 HPC Marketplace HPC Marketplace HPC practitioners often more reactive than proactive Understandably conservative, risk-averse Looking for quick fixes (not always best approach for long-term) Accelerators (e.g. GPU, Cell) popular @ SC09 But these consume more (energy) to get more (performance) Performance promising for subset of apps (on fixed-logic spectrum) Productivity a significant challenge (common in Age of Parallelism) Sustainability a major concern (single devices approaching 300W!) But better solutions borne from better methods Goal: high performance, productivity, & sustainability Change in paradigm, mindset, approach “Every generation needs a new revolution” – Jefferson Smarter device and system architectures Adaptive hardware parallelism, more (performance) with less (energy) Better models & solutions apply more broadly than only HPC
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Reconfigurable Computing Reconfigurable Computing Why RC? Performance (parallelism) Power Price So what’s the problem? New computing model: revolutionary, potent, complex Adaptive hardware offers many challenges & opportunities Still relatively new and immature field Many open R&D issues, from prog. model to device arch.
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5 Novo-G Concept Novo-G Concept Goals Investigate, develop, evaluate, & showcase: Most powerful RC machine ever fielded for research Innovative suite of productivity tools for app development Impactful set of scalable kernels/apps in key science areas Project & machine name: Novo-G Novo ” is Latin: "to make anew, refresh, revive, change, alter," essence of RC G ” for G enesis (first of a series of Novo machines) or G reen Focus on experimental research challenges of RC spanning HPC to HPEC Motivations Design productivity is foremost need/challenge for widespread use of RC Challenges accentuated as scale increases (devices, systems, apps) Powerful experimental testbed to support R&D addressing these challenges Emphases Performance (system), Productivity (concepts/tools), Impact (apps)
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6 Novo-G Machine Novo-G Machine Cluster of 24+1 servers (compute + head node) 96 Altera Stratix-III E260 FPGAs for app acceleration Each w/ 768 18x18 multipliers, 254K logic elements, 204K registers, power <20W e.g. Per E260: 768 Integer, 192 SPFP, or 85 DPFP multipliers @ ~300MHz (Altera FPC)
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