Intel® Parallel Computing Center at the University of Bristol

Principal Investigators:

Simon McIntosh-Smith
Head of the Microelectronics Research Group
Department of Computer Science
University of Bristol


The University of Bristol Intel® Parallel Computing Center (Intel® PCC) will focus on the optimisation of several codes for the Intel Xeon Phi™ coprocessor  many-core architecture. These codes include: BUDE, an in silico molecular docking code for use in virtual drug screening, ligand binding site identification and protein-protein interactions; ROTORSIM, a multi-block, multi-grid compressible finite-volume fluid simulation code; lattice Boltzmann 2D and 3D structured grid codes; and CloverLeaf/TeaLeaf, two hydrodynamics mini-apps from Sandia’s Mantevo benchmark suite. The CloverLeaf and TeaLeaf work involves the development of efficient, iterative, implicit sparse matrix solvers. Matrix-free Conjugate Gradient and Jacobi solvers will be explored as part of this work.

Bristol will also focus on the use of OpenCL, a parallel programming language in which Bristol is a world-expert, although other approaches such as OpenMP4 and MPI will also be used. The Bristol Intel® PCC use of OpenCL will also enable it to develop solutions to the performance portability problem that challenges parallel software development for many-core architectures.


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