Scientific direction Development of key enabling technologies
Transfer of knowledge to industry

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Unifying Distributed Memories in Heterogeneous Systems

Département Architectures Conception et Logiciels Embarqués (LIST-LETI)

Laboratoire Calcul Embarqué



Future computers in high-performance and embedded systems lead to complex memory hierarchies. Hundreds of computing nodes will have to be connected to tera-bytes of memories. In such systems, both the processing units (CPU, GPU, DSP, FPGA) and the memories (DRAM, NVRAM, FLASH) can be heterogeneous. Several architectures exist (distributed memory, shared memory, NUMA) with different hardware implementations (cache coherence, communication protocols), software implementations (thread parallelism, OpenMP, transactions) and communication technologies between processing units and memory (MPI, RDMA, RoCE, CCIX, GenZ). None of the approaches above offer a simple, unified programming model and memory model for parallel applications. The purpose of this Ph.D. Thesis is to study the possibility of using emerging technologies related to computing units, hybrid memories (persistent or not) and remote communication standards in order to accelerate data sharing onto heterogeneous platforms and provide a convenient programming model.

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