Marc Boris Dombrowa

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This paper gives an overview of the BlueGene/L Supercomputer. This is a jointly funded research partnership between IBM and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory as part of the United States Department of Energy ASCI Advanced Architecture Research Program. Application performance and scaling studies have recently been initiated with partners at a(More)
The Blue Genet/L compute chip contains two PowerPCt 440 processor cores, private L2 prefetch caches, a shared L3 cache and double-data-rate synchronous dynamic random access memory (DDR SDRAM) memory controller, a collective network interface, a torus network interface, a physical network interface, an interrupt controller, and a bridge interface to slower(More)
This paper describes the Blue Genet/L advanced diagnostics environment (ADE) used throughout all aspects of the Blue Gene/L project, including design, logic verification, bring-up, diagnostics, and manufacturing test. The Blue Gene/L ADE consists of a lightweight multithreaded coherence-managed kernel, runtime libraries, device drivers, system programming(More)
The Blue Genet/L compute (BLC) and Blue Gene/L link (BLL) chips have extensive facilities for control, bring-up, self-test, debug, and nonintrusive performance monitoring built on a serial interface compliant with IEEE Standard 1149.1. Both the BLL and the BLC chips contain a standard eServere chip JTAG controller called the access macro. For BLC, the(More)
As one of the most highly integrated system-on-a-chip application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs) to date, the Blue Genet/L compute chip presented unique challenges that required extensions of the standard ASIC synthesis, timing, and physical design methodologies. We describe the design flow from floorplanning through synthesis and timing closure to(More)
Large powerful networks coupled to state-of-the-art processors have traditionally dominated supercomputing. As technology advances, this approach is likely to be challenged by a more cost-effective System-On-A-Chip approach, with higher levels of system integration. The scalability of applications to architectures with tens to hundreds of thousands of(More)
Soft Error Resiliency (SER) is a major concern for Petascale high performance computing (HPC) systems. In designing Blue Gene/Q (BG/Q) [8], many mechanisms were deployed to target SER including extensive use of Silicon-On-Insulator (SOI), radiation-hardened latches [7,13], detection and correction in on-chip arrays, and very low radiation packaging(More)
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