Mont Blanc, European Scalable and Power Efficient HPC Platform based on low-power embedded technology

Mont Blanc is a three-year collaborative project (stated in October 2011 under the grant agreeement n°288777) partially funded (8 €millions) by the 7th Framework Program (FP7) of the European Union. It is lead by the Spanish Super Computing Center BSC (Barcelona Super Computing Centre).

 

The Mont Blanc project is incorporated within the framework of continuous need for higher computing performance (in the fields of engineering, geophysics, bioinformatics...) where energy has increasingly became one of the most expensive resources and is now a dominant cost item for running a large supercomputing facility.

In such a background, the Mont Blanc project, whose aim is to design a new type of computer architecture capable of setting future global HPC standards, has three objectives:

- To develop a fully functional neergy-efficient HPC prototype using low power commercially available embedded technology;

- To design a next generation of HPC systems together with a range of embedded technologies in order to overcome the limitations identified in the prototype system;

- To develop a portfolio of Exascale applications to be executed on this new generation of HPC systems.

This will produce a new type of computer architecture capable of setting futureglobal HPC standards that will provide Exascale performance using 15 to 30 times less energy.

 

Mont Blanc gathers European leading technology companies such as ARM, Bull and Gnodal, and the most important European supercomputing centers: JSC and LRZ (Germany), CNRS and GENCI (France), CINECA (Italy) and BSC (Spain).