Mapping how Big Data will impact exascale computing at BDEC 2015

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Osman Ünsal presenting the RETHINK big project at BDEC for Europe 2015

Over 100 international experts in exascale computing and Big Data gathered in Barcelona from 29-30 January 2015 for the Big Data and Extreme-scale Computing (BDEC), the major conference for reporting ground-breaking research at the intersection of big compute and Big Data. Their overarching goal was to create a worldwide collaborative process focused on the co-design of software infrastructure for extreme-scale science, addressing the challenges of both extreme-scale computing and Big Data, and supporting a broad spectrum of major research domains.

Prior to the BDEC workshop, a BDEC for Europe workshop was organized, featuring presentations from the European Commission on strategic lines in Big Data and exascale computing, as well as talks on EU-funded activities in this area. RETHINK big was represented by Barcelona Supercomputing Center's Osman Ünsal, who set out the Big Data hardware and networking landscape in Europe and emphasized the importance of taking hardware into account when designing software and vice versa. He also presented the progress made in the RETHINK big project so far, including the outcomes of the Working Group Meeting in September 2014 and Synthesis Workshop in December 2014, as well as the project’s collaboration in the European Union’s Big Data Value Public Private Partnership.