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  • Pagoda Project The Pagoda Project researches and develops cutting-edge software for implementing high-performance applications and software infrastructure under the Partitioned Global Address Space (PGAS) model. The project is primarily funded by the Exascale Computing Project, and interacts with partner projects in industry, government and academia.
    The Pagoda software stack consists of a communication portability layer, GASNet, and productivity layers: UPC++ and Berkeley UPC.
  • GASNet GASNet is a language-independent, networking middleware layer that provides network-independent, high-performance communication primitives including Remote Memory Access (RMA) and Active Messages (AM). It has been used to implement parallel programming models and libraries such as UPC, UPC++, Co-Array Fortran, Legion, Chapel, and many others. The interface is primarily intended as a compilation target and for use by runtime library writers (as opposed to end users), and the primary goals are high performance, interface portability, and expressiveness.
  • UPC++ UPC++ is a C++ library that supports Partitioned Global Address Space (PGAS) programming, and is designed to interoperate smoothly and efficiently with MPI, OpenMP, CUDA and AMTs. It leverages GASNet-EX to deliver low-overhead, fine-grained communication, including Remote Memory Access (RMA) and Remote Procedure Call (RPC).
  • Berkeley UPC Unified Parallel C (UPC) is a PGAS extension of the C programming language designed for high performance computing on large-scale parallel machines. The language provides a uniform programming model for both shared and distributed memory hardware. Berkeley UPC is a portable, high-performance implementation of the UPC language using GASNet for communication.
  • ExaBiome The ExaBiome project is developing HipMer, the first high-quality end-to-end de novo genome assembler designed for extreme scale analysis. HipMer is a PGAS application, and the main software dependencies are the UPC language and UPC++ library, both of which use GASNet-EX for communication. HipMer’s high performance is based on several novel algorithmic advancements attained by leveraging the efficiency and programmability of the one-sided communication capabilities of the Unified Parallel C (UPC), and RPC calls from the UPC++ Library, including optimized high-frequency k-mer analysis, communication avoiding de Bruijn graph traversal, advanced I/O optimization, and extensive parallelization across the numerous and complex application phases.
  • SIMCoV Spatial Immune Model of Coronavirus (SIMCoV) is a scalable computational model written in UPC++ that simulates hundreds of millions of lung cells, including respiratory epithelial cells and T cells. SIMCoV replicates viral growth dynamics observed in patients and shows that spatially dispersed infections lead to increased viral loads. The model shows how the timing and strength of the T cell response can affect viral persistence, oscillations, and control. By incorporating spatial interactions, SIMCoV provides a parsimonious explanation for the dramatically different viral load trajectories among patients by varying only the number of initial sites of infection, and the magnitude and timing of the T cell immune response.
  • Berkeley Container Library The Berkeley Container Library (BCL) is a set of generic, cross-platform, high-performance data structures for irregular applications, including queues, hash tables, Bloom filters and more. BCL is written in C++ using an internal DSL called the BCL Core that provides one-sided communication primitives such as remote get and remote put operations. The BCL Core has backends for MPI, OpenSHMEM, GASNet-EX, and UPC++, allowing BCL data structures to be used natively in programs written using any of these programming environments.
  • TOP500 TOP500 Supercomputing Sites The TOP500 project was started in 1993 to provide a reliable basis for tracking and detecting trends in high-performance computing. Twice a year, a list of the sites operating the 500 most powerful computer systems is assembled and released. The best performance on the Linpack benchmark is used as performance measure for ranking the computer systems. The list contains a variety of information including the system specifications and its major application…
  • Caffeine Caffeine is a parallel runtime library that aims to support Fortran compilers with a programming-model-agnostic application binary interface (ABI) to various communication libraries. Current work is on supporting the ABI with the GASNet-EX or with POSIX processes. Future plans include support for an alternative MPI back end.
  • BQSKit The Berkeley Quantum Synthesis Toolkit (BQSKit) is a superoptimizing quantum compiler and research vehicle that combines ideas from several projects at LBNL into an easily accessible and quickly extensible software suite.
  • Past Projects Projects from current and former CLaSS members that have been replaced by follow-on work or are no longer actively being…