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DOE and Japan sign MOU in support of extreme-scale systems software

Leaders in the high-performance computing arena in the United States and Japan have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) establishing a cooperative relationship in support of systems software for extreme-scale computation.

The official signing ceremony took place at the International Supercomputing Conference (ICS14) held in Leipzig, Germany, June 22-26, 2014. ICS is the premier international forum for the presentation of research results in high-performance computing systems.

Signing the MOU were Yoshio Kawaguchi, director, Office for the Promotion of Computing Science, Research Promotion Bureau, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), and William Harrod, research division director in the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Advanced Scientific Computing Research program.

The participants of the MOU agree to work together where it is mutually beneficial to expand the HPC ecosystem and improve system capability. Joint activities include collaborative development of open source software, evaluation and analysis of benchmarks and architectures, and standardization of mature technologies. A key part of the agreement is the exchange of personnel, including scientists, engineers, postdoctoral associates, and graduate students.

Pete Beckman of Argonne and Yutaka Ishikawa of Riken AIC/University of Tokyo will co-chair the Technical Committee on Computer Science and Software, which will facilitate the implementation and coordination of cooperative activities.