Bell Awards to Highlight Unprecedented HPC Accomplishments
BALTIMORE, November 7, 2002 -Winners of the Gordon Bell Awards, one of
high performance computing's most prestigious honors, will be announced
at SC2002 in Baltimore on Nov. 21. The Gordon Bell Prizes are awarded
each year at the annual SC conference to recognize outstanding achievement
in the field.
"This year is
simply one of the most dramatic in the history of the prize," said
Gordon Bell Awards Committee Chair Thomas Sterling of Caltech. "The
Gordon Bell Awards reflect and encourage progress in the field. They are
unique in that they recognize-in a broad sense-how quickly the field changes
from year to year."
Established in 1988,
the $5,000 prize is donated by Gordon Bell, a pioneer in computer architecture,
parallel processing, and high performance computing. The goal of the awards
are to stimulate future advances of parallel computing applications by
identifying major accomplishments and tracking progress over time.
Gordon Bell Awards
can be made in three categories: special accomplishment based on innovation;
peak performance based on operations per second; and a price per performance
ratio measured in megaflops per dollar. Winners depend on the entries
received; in some years a prize is not awarded in a given category.
Two technical paper
sessions will be devoted to this year's finalists. Gordon Bell I will
be Wednesday, Nov. 20, at 8:30 a.m. and Gordon Bell Earth Simulator will
be Thursday, Nov. 21, at 10:30 a.m. For details on these sessions, see
and click on "Technical Papers."
This year's finalists,
selected by a five-person committee from more than 30 entries, are:
- NAMD: Biomolecular
Simulation on Thousands of Processors
Authors: James C. Phillips, Gengbin Zheng, Sameer Kumar, Laxmikant
V. Kale, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Researchers achieved
unprecedented scaling of NAMD, a code that renders an atom-by-atom blueprint
of large biomolecules and biomolecular systems.
- A 29.5 Tflops
Simulation of Planetesimals in Uranus-Neptune Region on GRAPE-6
Authors: Junichiro Makino, Toshiyuki Fukushige, Hiroshi Daisaka,
University of Tokyo; Eiichiro Kokubo, National Astronomical Observatory
of Japan. A massive 29.5 Tflops simulation of the early evolution of
the Uranus-Neptune region demonstrated the potential of GRAPE-6, a system
capable of 63.4 Tflops that was specifically designed for astrophysics
A Scalable Software for High-Performance Structural and Solid Mechanics
Authors: Manoj Bhardwaj, Kendall Pierson, Garth Reese, Tim Walsh,
David Day, Ken Alvin, James Peery, Sandia National Laboratories; Charbel
Farhat, Michel Lesoinne, University of Colorado. The structural mechanics
community has embraced Salinas, engineering software over 100,000 lines
long that has run on a number of advanced systems, including a sustained
1.16 Tflops performance on 3,375 ASCI White processors.
- A 26.58
Tflops Global Atmospheric Simulation with the Spectral Transform Method
on the Earth Simulator
Authors: Satoru Shingu, Yoshinori Tsuda,Wataru Ohfuchi, Kiyoshi
Otsuka, Earth Simulator Center, Japan Marine Science and Technology
Center; Hiroshi Takahara, Takashi Hagiwara, Shin-ichi Habata, NEC Corporation;
Hiromitsu Fuchigami, Masayuki Yamada, Yuji Sasaki, Kazuo Kobayashi,
NEC Informatec Systems; Mitsuo Yokokawa, National Institute of Advanced
Industrial Science and Technology; Hiroyuki Itoh, National Space Development
Agency of Japan. In a breakthrough predictive of the Earth Simulator's
effect on climate research, scientists ran an extremely efficient 26.58
Tflops simulation of a complex climate system using an atmospheric circulation
model called AFES.
Direct Numerical Simulation of Turbulence by a Fourier Spectral Method
on the Earth Simulator
Authors: Mitsuo Yokokawa, Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute;
Ken'ichi Itakura, Atsuya Uno, Earth Simulator Center, Japan Marine Science
and Technology Center; Takashi Ishihara, Yukio Kaneda, Nagoya University.
New methods for handling the extremely data-intensive calculation of
a three-dimensional Fast Fourier Transform on the Earth Simulator have
allowed researchers to overcome a major hurdle for high performance
simulations of turbulence.
- 14.9 TFLOPS
Three-dimensional Fluid Simulation for Fusion Science with HPF on the
Authors: Hitoshi Sakagami, Himeji Institute of Technology; Hitoshi
Murai, Earth Simulator Center, Japan Marine Science and Technology Center;
Yoshiki Seo, NEC Corporation; Mitsuo Yokokawa, Japan Atomic Energy Research
Institute. Researchers successfully completed a 14.9 Tflops run of a
parallelized version of IMPACT-3D, an application written in High Performance
Fortran that simulates the instability in an imploding system, such
as the ignition of a nuclear device.
More about the Gordon
Bell Awards can be found at
SC2002, the annual
high performance networking and computing conference, brings together
scientists, engineers, educators, visualization artists, programmers,
and business leaders to share ideas and glimpse the future of high performance
networking and computing, data analysis and management, visualization,
and computational modeling. SC2002 is sponsored by the Institute of Electrical
and Electronics Engineers Computer Society and by the Association for
Computing Machinery's Special Interest Group on Computer Architecture.
For more information, please see .
Karen Green, email@example.com
National Center for Supercomputing Applications