PPL at SC15


The Parallel Programming Laboratory (PPL) at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign is a research group that has been creating innovative solutions in HPC for over 25 years. Adaptive runtime systems is the core research focus of PPL. The research results are embodied in the Charm++ parallel programming system and the Adaptive MPI library, which have been used to develop many highly scalable applications, including NAMD (biophysics), OpenAtom (materials), ChaNGa (astronomy), EpiSimdemics (simulation of contagion spread), etc.

Charm++ is a strong contender for an exascale programming model, with all the adaptive features built into Charm++, including dynamic load balancing, power/energy/temperature management, and resilience.


The Supercomputing 2015: 27th Annual International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis (SC15) will be in Austin, Texas November 15-20, 2015.

PPL Director, Professor Kale, and Kathryn Mohror, research scientist at LLNL, will teach a tutorial titled " Practical Fault Tolerance on Today's Supercomputing Systems." This tutorial will present introductory material for developers who wish to learn fault tolerant techniques available on today’s systems. We will give background information on the kinds of faults occurring on today’s systems and trends we expect going forward. Following this, we will give detailed information on several fault tolerant approaches and how to incorporate them into applications. Our focus will be on scalable checkpoint and restart mechanisms and programming model-based approaches. This tutorial will run from 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM on Monday, November 16th.


For the Doctoral Showcase, there were 24 submissions and only 14 were selected. 1 PPL PhD candidate will present:

PPL will host a Birds-of-a-Feather Session on "Charm++: Adaptive and Asynchronous Parallel Programming." This is an ideal opportunity to learn more about how Charm++ is used in practice, see how it's growing, and influence its future direction. The session will take place from 12:15PM – 1:15PM on Thursday, November 19th.

Many PPL members will be in attendance at the conference. We look forward to an exciting week at SC14.