Exascale. The next big thing. A computing system capable of a quintillion calculations per second. And we are there, at the forefront, exploring the next level of high-performance computing (HPC). With the advent of the exascale era, every day we’re pioneering tools that scale, running on next-generation systems and supporting increasingly complex HPC requirements in areas like machine learning, deep learning, and multiphysics.

The Next Big Thing

At SC19 we announced our partnership with Argonne National Laboratory, in support of exploring exascale with the Cray-designed Aurora system. And that’s just the start. With the advent of the exascale era, we’re pioneering tools that scale, getting them ready to run on next-generation systems and support increasingly complex HPC requirements in areas like machine learning, deep learning, and multi-physics. Supercomputers are so critical to the future and we’re helping shape the U.S. exascale ecosystem as a member of the Department of Energy’s Exascale Computing Project (ECP) Industry Council. We are honored to collaborate, more realistically simulating the processes in precision medicine, additive manufacturing, biofuels, and much more.

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The Road to Exascale

Getting to exascale demands speed and scale to handle millions of operations. It requires extreme resilience and continuous fault recovery. Running an exascale-class system takes significant power, so power management is critical. So is a good user experience. We’ve considered all this and more on our road to exascale and beyond, which includes:

  • Altair Accelerator™ Plus for 6-10x greater throughput
  • PMIx for fast launch of huge MPI jobs
  • Active-active PBS Professional™ server
  • Green Provisioning™
  • Hybrid cloud bursting, ARM64, GPUs, and SSDs
  • Dual-licensed PBS Professional with extensive plugin framework
  • Altair Control™ for monitoring, analytics, and simulation
  • Security focus

Going Big

Altair PBS Works™ runs big — 50,000 nodes in one cluster, 10,000,000 jobs in a queue, and 1,000 concurrent active users. It runs fast — 10,000,000 jobs per hour end-to-end throughput and 10-second end-to-end run for a single 4,000+ node job. Some of the biggest computing systems in the world use PBS Works, including those leading the race to exascale. Exascale will have widespread implications in industries from manufacturing to personalized medicine, and we’re depending on it in order to stay at the forefront of innovation.

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