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SCHEDULE: NOV 13-19, 2010

Open MPI State of the Union

SESSION: Open MPI State of the Union

EVENT TYPE: Birds of a Feather

TIME: 12:15PM - 1:15PM

SESSION LEADER(S):Jeff Squyres, George Bosilca


MPI implementations are a mixture of many scientific, engineering, and end-user requirements including: message-passing's ever-growing need for lower latency and higher bandwidth, the delicate balance between MPI and application resource consumption, the non-portable adaptations necessary for specific platforms and environments, the rise of usability and tool-oriented features, ...and so on. Software platforms that can fullfill all of these requirements are complicated -- it takes an active community to both maintain and continue to develop a portable MPI implementation such as Open MPI. While the petaflop barrier was broken just two years ago, innovation continues in the form of new end-user features, new hardware platforms, MPI-2.2 and MPI-3.0 functionality, and the long road towards an exaflop. As we've stated previously, we believe that a diverse, open source team representing many different backgrounds, philosophies, and biases (from both industry and academia) is uniquely equipped to meet the challenges of providing a production-quality MPI implementation that is capable of supporting world-class, cutting-edge research. Indeed, advancing the state of computing is not only about the MPI API; MPI implementations tend to be the "public face" of many different pieces of technology. For example, the Open MPI project has spawned multiple sub-projects towards extending the state of the art in parallel computing. One such project is Hardware Locality (hwloc), spearheaded by INRIA; a standalone library that provides platform topology information. In this year's BOF, we would like to hear (more) from the audience: 1. What do you like / dislike about Open MPI? 2. What feature(s) do you want to see in Open MPI? 3. What new environments will be using MPI in your organization? 4. How can you contribute to the Open MPI project? Come hear where Open MPI is going, and how you can (and should!) join our efforts.

Session Leader Details:

Jeff Squyres (Primary Session Leader) - Cisco Systems

George Bosilca (Secondary Session Leader) - University of Tennessee, Knoxville

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