NHR PerfLab Seminar: A review of processor advances over the past thirty years – an outsider’s perspective (November 7, hybrid)

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Title: A review of processor advances over the past thirty years – an outsider’s perspective (hybrid)

Speaker: Dr. Jan Eitzinger, NHR@FAU

Date and time: Tuesday, November 7, 2023, 2:00-3:00 p.m. CET


This talk provides an overview and analysis of the performance advances in processor architecture over the last thirty years. The focus will be on x86 chips that are used in HPC systems. Technical aspects as well as marketing and economic concerns are discussed. The properties of the CPU cores and the memory hierarchy of these chips are examined from the point of view of HPC workloads. The Apple Silicon Core architecture, a recent development with promising new features, is compared with current x86 designs.

Short Bio:Jan Eitzinger, PhD
Jan Eitzinger [formerly Treibig] studied chemical engineering at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg and holds a PhD in Computer Science from FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg.  He heads the Software & Tools division at the Erlangen National High Performance Computing Center (NHR@FAU). Apart from software and  tool development he is also interested in architecture-specific and low-level optimization for current processor architectures and performance modeling on processor and system levels. He is the creator of LIKWID, a collection of lightweight performance tools, and he contributed the foundations of the ECM model. Jan Eitzinger is also active in teaching and training.


For a list of past and upcoming NHR PerfLab seminar events, see: https://hpc.fau.de/research/nhr-perflab-seminar-series/