Authors: Erich Strohmaier (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (retired)), Jack Dongarra (University of Tennessee, Knoxville; Oak Ridge National Laboratory, University of Manchester), Horst Simon (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory), Martin Meuer (ISC Group)
Abstract: The TOP500 list of supercomputers serves as a “Who’s Who” in the field of high-performance computing (HPC). It started as a list of the most powerful supercomputers in the world and has evolved to a major source of information about trends in HPC. The 56th TOP500 list will be published in November 2020 just in time for SC20.
This BoF will present detailed analyses of the TOP500 and discuss the changes in the HPC marketplace during the past years. The BoF is meant as an open forum for discussion and feedback between the TOP500 authors and the user community.
Long Description: Now in its 27th year, the TOP500 list of supercomputers serves as a “Who’s Who” in the field of High Performance Computing (HPC). The TOP500 list was started in 1993 as a project to compile a list of the most powerful supercomputers in the world. It has evolved from a simple ranking system to a major source of information to analyze trends in HPC. As such it is widely used and cited by numerous speakers and media whenever references to the development of supercomputing abilities are needed. The TOP500 has traditionally been published at the SC in November and at the ISC in June of each year since 1993. The 56th TOP500 list will be published in November 2020 just in time for SC20.
The BoF session serves as the main venue for the presentation of the latest list at SC and represents one of the rare occasions that include a comprehensive presentation and an analysis of new data. The BoF typically includes: highlights about the new largest systems; an in-depth analysis of changes and developments in technologies, the market-place and usage of supercomputers; and short discussions of different related topics, which in the past have included subjects such as benchmarking, power efficiencies and alternative lists.
This year's BoF will follow this traditional format and present detailed analyses of the TOP500, and discuss the changes in the HPC marketplace that have occurred during past years. Results from the Green500 and the HPCG benchmark will also be discussed. The BoF is meant as an open forum for discussion and feedback between the TOP500 authors and the user community.
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