Argonne National Laboratory

Marc Snir delivers opening keynote address at SBAC-PAD'2012

November 16, 2012

Marc Snir, director of Argonne’s Mathematics and Computer Science Division and an Argonne Distinguished Fellow, presented a keynote address at the 24th International Symposium on Computer Architecture and High-Performance Computing (SBAC-PAD’2012).

Snir opened the symposium Oct. 24 with a talk on “Exascale Computing: Opportunities and Challenges.” The U.S. Department of Energy has initiated a 10-year plan to develop supercomputers with a sustained performance in excess of 1 exaflop per second. Snir described some of the challenges this program faces – including energy, resilience, and scale – and how research in support of exascale computing may be key to the continued increase in computer performance in the post-Moore era.

Launched in 1987, SBAC-PAD is an annual international conference designed to provide a forum for new developments, applications, and trends in parallel and distributed computing technologies. This year’s event took place Oct. 24–26 in New York City and featured sessions in communication, energy, GPUs and the cloud, parallel algorithms, architecture-specific implementations of parallel algorithms, operating and runtime systems, global and shared data, and instruction-level issues.