Champaign, Illinois — June 19, 2012 — Convey Computer has joined the OpenMP ARB, a group of leading hardware and software vendors and research organizations creating the standard for the most popular shared-memory parallel programming model in use today.
“We’re excited to begin collaborating and pushing the boundaries of programmable accelerator technology,” said John Leidel, Convey Software Architect. “Convey’s current and future platform development is exactly in line with the OpenMP ARB’s vision of supporting heterogeneous architectures using a standard parallel programming model specification.”
Based in Richardson, Texas, Convey Computer breaks power, performance and programmability barriers with the world’s first hybrid-core computer—a system that marries the low cost and simple programming model of a commodity system with the performance of a customized hardware architecture.
“Strong OpenMP membership and continued growth help us in expanding the OpenMP programming model into new fields” said Michael Wong, OpenMP CEO. “We are excited to welcome Convey Computer as an OpenMP member.”
The OpenMP Architecture Review Board (ARB) now has 14 permanent members and 9 auxiliary members. Permanent members are vendors who have a long-term interest in creating products for OpenMP. These are AMD, CAPS-Enterprise, Convey Computer, Cray, Fujitsu, HP, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, NEC, NVIDIA, Oracle Corporation, The Portland Group, Inc., and Texas Instruments. Auxiliary members are organizations with an interest in the standard but that do not create or sell OpenMP products. They are ANL, ASC/LLNL, cOMPunity, EPCC, LANL, NASA, ORNL, RWTH Aachen University, and the Texas Advanced Computing Center.
The OpenMP ARB is represented on the International Supercomputing Conference ISC’12
June 18-20 in Hamburg, Germany by JARA, the research collaboration of the Jülich Research Center and the RWTH Aachen University.
Get an OpenMP reference card and meet members of the HPC team of the RWTH Aachen University’s Center for Computing and Communication at booth #152.
There’s a new feature on the OpenMP website:
Let the world-wide OpenMP community know about how your organization or project is using OpenMP in your multithreaded parallel applications. »Who’s Using OpenMP
8th International Workshop on OpenMP
June 11-13 :: Rome, Italy
Registration for the International Workshop on OpenMP - IWOMP 2012 is now open!
- Early registration deadline: May 18th, 2012
- A limited number of hotel rooms are available during the tutorial and workshop dates.
The deadline for room booking and reservation is: May 10th 2012
- Registration and preliminary workshop program are available at: http://www.iwomp.org
OpenMP aims to provide parallel language support for automotive, aeronautics, biotech, and financial applications.
- CHAMPAIGN, Illinois, March 27, 2012 - OpenMP, the de-facto standard for parallel programming on shared memory systems, continues to extend its reach beyond pure HPC to include embedded systems, multicore and real time systems. A new version is being developed that will include support for accelerators, error handling, thread affinity, tasking extensions and Fortran 2003. The OpenMP consortium welcomes feedback from all interested parties and will use this feedback to improve the next version of OpenMP.
OpenMP aims to provide high-level parallel language support for a wide range of applications, from automotive and aeronautics to biotech, automation, robotics and financial analysis.
The key features that the OpenMP consortium is working on include:
- Support for accelerators. A mechanism will be provided to describe regions of code where data and/or computation should be moved to any of a wide variety of computing devices. User experiences with the OpenACC directives will provide important information to the OpenMP effort. The minimum feature core required for an initial release has been defined.
- Error handling. Error handling capabilities of OpenMP will be defined to improve the resiliency and stability of OpenMP applications in the presence of system-level, runtime-level, and user-defined errors. Features to cleanly abort parallel OpenMP execution have been defined, based on conditional cancellation and user-defined cancellation points.
- Thread affinity. Users will be given a way to define where to execute OpenMP threads. Platform-specific data and algorithm-specific properties are separated, offering a deterministic behavior and simplicity in use. The advantages for the user are better locality, less false sharing and more memory bandwidth.
- Tasking extensions. The new tasking extensions being considered are task deep synchronization, dependent tasks, reduction support for tasks, and task-only threads. Task-only threads are threads that do not take part in worksharing constructs, but just wait for tasks to be executed.
- Support for Fortran 2003. The Fortran 2003 standard adds many modern computer language features. Having these features in the specification allows users to take advantage of using OpenMP directives to parallelize Fortran 2003 complying programs. This includes interoperability of Fortran and C, which is one of the most popular features in Fortran 2003.
“OpenACC contributes to OpenMP by providing real-world exposure to programming concepts embraced by both groups,” said Duncan Poole, President of the OpenACC standards group. “The founding OpenACC members are all members of the OpenMP Working Group on Accelerators. Even now as OpenACC compilers are released to the market, we look forward to a time when our experiences bring additional validation to the standard we are all developing within the OpenMP process. Developers will benefit from early access to OpenACC tools, and can be assured that these same companies are working to support OpenMP in a future version.”
“This year will be the fifteenth anniversary of OpenMP. Not many parallel languages can say that and we are still growing”, said Michael Wong, CEO of the OpenMP ARB, “OpenMP will be made more robust, and will cover more types of systems.”
OpenMP is exhibiting at the Multicore Developers Conference, March 27-29 at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California in booth #2046.
Co-located with the Design West Conference, the agenda for this event promises to be interesting, with tracks on Multicore Software Design Strategies, Applied Multicore Technology, and Multicore Executive Strategies.
Visit us in our booth talk about the latest in OpenMP, get answers to your questions, learn about release 3.1 of the OpenMP API, and pick up the latest OpenMP reference card!
For registration and other information visit http://www.multicoredevcon.com/
HPC Seminar and Workshop
Monday, March 19 - Friday, March 23, 2012
Center for Computing and Communication RWTH Aachen University, Germany
This event will continue the tradition of previous annual week-long events taking place in Aachen every spring since 2001. Throughout the week, we will cover serial (Monday) and parallel programming using MPI (Tuesday) and OpenMP (Wednesday) in Fortran and C / C++ as well as performance tuning addressing both Linux and Windows platforms. Furthermore, we will introduce the participants to GPGPU programming (Thursday) and provide ample opportunities for hands-on exercises including a “bring-your-own-code” session on Friday. These topics are presented in a modular way, so that you can choose, pick and register for single days in order to let you invest your time as efficiently as possible.
Attendees should be comfortable with C/C++ or Fortran programming and interested in learning more about the technical details of application tuning and parallelization on their favored platform (Windows or Linux). The presentations will be given in English.
The seminar is free. Allocation is on a first come, first served basis, as we are limited in capacity. Please register separately for any session you intend to participate. Go to: http://www.rz.rwth-aachen.de/ppces for more information. The event is sponsored by the company Bull
Bjarne Stroustrup is known for the creation and the development of the widely used C++ programming language. He will talk about aspects of the new C++ standard named C++11, which was ratified in 2011.
The International Workshop on OpenMP (IWOMP) is an annual workshop dedicated to the promotion and advancement of all aspects of parallel programming with OpenMP. IWOMP 2012 will be a three-day event. It will be held from June 11 to 13, 2012 in Rome, Italy. The deadline for paper submission is January 31, 2012. Further information can be found at http://www.iwomp.org.
IWOMP is the premier forum to present and discuss issues, trends, recent research ideas and results related to parallel programming with OpenMP. The international workshop affords an opportunity for OpenMP users as well as developers to come together for discussions and sharing new ideas and information on this topic.
“We are honored to have Bjarne Stroustrup join IWOMP,” said Organizing and Program Chair Federico Massaioli of CASPUR, Italy. ”He will give us valuable insights into C++11 and how it will influence the world of multithreading.”