Under the research programm "IKT 2020 - Research for Innovations" the Federal Government Department for Education and Research (BMBF) has published the Call "HPC-Software for scalable Parallel Computers" in 2007.
The sponsorship contains the development of a software infrastructure, that keep step with the continuous growing demand to the methods of modelling and simulation, with the rapid development of multicore processor architectures and with the increase of efficiency, quality and reliability. An addition focus is the reduction of energy.
The development of the information and communication technologies has been the driving force for major new developments in production and services in recent years. Under the 2nd call for proposals in 2010, the Federal Government Department for Education and Research (BMBF) is funding collaborative projects between science and industry, that addresses current and future challenges for extreme scale computing.
The Senate of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) has announced the establishment of a new Priority Programme entitled “Software for Exascale Computing” (SPP 1648). The programme is scheduled to run for six years; the present call invites project sketches for proposals for the first three-year funding period. It addresses fundamental research on the various aspects of HPC software, which is particularly urgent against the background that we are currently entering the era of ubiquitous massive parallelism. This massive parallelism only, subsumed to the notion of many-core processors and their assembly to systems beyond 107 processing units, will smooth the way for extreme computing up to exascale, i.e. computations with 1018 floating point operations per second and beyond, and the insight resulting from those simulations. SPPEXA provides an ideal framework for bundling research activities nation-wide and enabling the participating groups to significantly advance the state of the art in HPC software technology at an international scale.
Meeting the challenges that computing at the exascale poses requires research and development on a global scale. The European Union announced the start of its exascale research programme in October 2011 with the funding of three complementary Framework 7 research projects. The CRESTA, DEEP and Mont-Blanc projects, with a combined funding of 25 million, will each study different aspects of the exascale challenge using a co-design model spanning hardware, systemware and software applications. This funding represents the first tranche in a sustained investment in exascale research by Europe.