June 17-21, 2012

Hamburg, Germany

Contribution Details

Name: The Challenges of Developing Software for Anton, an Application-Specific Machine for Molecular Dynamics
Time: Tuesday, June 19, 2012
11:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Room:   Hall 4
CCH - Congress Center Hamburg
Speakers:   Ken Mackenzie, D. E. Shaw Research
Abstract:   Software development for Anton, a special-purpose machine for molecular dynamics simulation, faces all the well-known issues inherent to a massively parallel machine (a 512-node Anton has over 6,000 programmable cores). Additional challenges are presented by features of the Anton ASIC, which include dedicated pipelines for particle interactions, heterogeneous core types, fixed-point arithmetic, custom communication mechanisms, and small, on-chip memories. We describe some of these development challenges, the solutions we chose, and the lessons we learned.  
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