XPACC poster recognized at the SIAM CSE conference

By Kim Gudeman, PCI   ::   06/10/2015 - 16:40

A poster submitted by Illinois’ Center for Exascale Simulation of Plasma-Coupled Combustion (XPACC) was among a group of posters that won one of two best “minisymposteriums” at the SIAM Conference on Computational Science and Engineering this spring. The group that included XPACC’s submission focused on software tools for computational science.
The XPACC poster highlighted two tools that were developed though the center to facilitate the understanding of plasmas’ role in combustion.

  • Vector Seeker -- In today’s processors, vector instructions provide much of the total performance, yet many applications don’t make good use of this feature.  Vector Seeker is a tool that helps answer the question of how much potential there is and where to find it.
  • Moya, a Just in Time Compilation Tool -- It is hard to make code both fast and flexible. But with Moya, it’s possible to achieve both qualities. Moya analyzes a code and applies optimizations that depend on the input data as the application is being run, allowing the code to remain flexible yet achieve performance that has been customized for a particular data set.

XPACC, which includes researchers from Illinois and Ohio State University, is funded through the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration. The center’s goal is to advance a new mode of managing combustion using plasmas, with the aim of making breakthroughs at the basic science level.