Exascale Computing Will (Won't) Be Used by Scientists by the End of This Decade
SESSION: Exascale Computing Will (Won't) Be Used by Scientists by the End of This Decade
EVENT TYPE: Panel
TIME: 3:30PM - 5:00PM
Panelists:Marc Snir, William Gropp, Peter Kogge, Burton Smith, Horst Simon, Bob Lucas, Allan Snavely, Steve Wallach
ABSTRACT: DOE has set a goal of Exascale performance by 2018. While not impossible, this will require radical innovations. A contrarian view may hold that technical obstacles, cost, limited need, and inadequate policies will delay exascale well beyond 2018. The magnitude of the required investments will lead to a public discussion for which we need to be well prepared.
We propose to have a public debate on the proposition "Exascale computing will be used by the end of the decade", with one team arguing in favor and another team arguing against. The arguments should consider technical and non-technical obstacles and use cases.
The proposed format is: (a) introductory statements by each team (b) Q&A's where each team can put questions to other team (c) Q&A's from the public to either teams. We shall push to have a lively debate that is not only informative, but also entertaining.
Marc Snir (Moderator) - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
William Gropp - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Peter Kogge - University of Notre Dame
Burton Smith - Microsoft Corporation
Horst Simon - Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Bob Lucas - ISI
Allan Snavely - University of California, San Diego