Session: HPC Productivity
  Title: HPC Productivity
  Chair: Jeremy Kepner (MIT Lincoln Laboratory)
  Time: Friday, November 21, 8:30AM - 10:00AM
  Rm #: 38-39
  Chair: Jeremy Kepner (MIT Lincoln Laboratory); Panelists: Charles Koelbel (Rice University), David Kuck (Intel), Mark Snir (University of Illinois), Thomas Sterling (CalTech/NASA JPL), Bob Numrich (University of Minnesota), John Gustafson (Sun)
  The value of a HPC system to a user includes many factors, such as: execution time on a particular problem, software development time, direct and indirect costs. The DARPA High Productivity Computing Systems is focused on providing a new generation of economically viable high productivity computing systems for the national security and industrial user community in the 2007-2010 timeframe. The goal is to provide systems that double in productivity (or value) every 18 months.

This program has initiated a fundamental reassessment of how we define and measure performance, programmability, portability, robustness and ultimately productivity in the HPC domain. The panelists will present their (new) views on two fundamental questions:
Q1: How should we define and measure productivity in HPC?
Q2: What are the implications for HPC designers and users?
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