OpenMP ARB Announces Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory as New Member

27 vendors and research organizations now collaborating on developing parallel programming model

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) has joined the OpenMP Architecture Review Board (ARB), a group of leading hardware and software vendors and research organizations creating the standard for the most popular shared-memory parallel programming model in use today.

“We expect users will need to increase application thread parallelism to run efficiently on next-generation computing architectures, including the Cori, the Cray XC system which will be installed at NERSC in mid-2016”, said Katie Antypas, head of the Services Department at the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) at Berkeley Lab. “Our participation in the OpenMP ARB will assure we have a voice in the development strategy of this important computing language standard.”

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory addresses the world’s most urgent scientific challenges by advancing sustainable energy, protecting human health, creating new materials, and revealing the origin and fate of the universe. Founded in 1931, Berkeley Lab’s scientific expertise has been recognized with 13 Nobel prizes. The University of California manages Berkeley Lab for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science. Berkeley Lab is also home to NERSC, the primary high-performance computing facility for scientific research sponsored by DOE's Office of Science.

“We welcome the addition of Berkeley Lab and NERSC to the OpenMP family”, said Michael Wong, OpenMP CEO. “As one of the earliest national laboratories, they have a history of innovation and inventiveness that will benefit the evolution of OpenMP.”

The OpenMP ARB now has 14 permanent members and 13 auxiliary members. Permanent members are vendors who have a long-term interest in creating products for OpenMP, and include AMD, ARM, Convey Computer, Cray, Fujitsu, HP, IBM, Intel, NEC, NVIDIA, Oracle Corporation, Red Hat, ST Microelectronics and Texas Instruments. Auxiliary members are organizations with an interest in the standard but that do not create or sell OpenMP products, and include the Argonne, Lawrence Livermore, Lawrence Berkeley, Oak Ridge and Sandia National Laboratories, Barcelona Supercomputing Centre, cOMPunity, EPCC, NASA, RWTH Aachen University, TACC, and the University of Houston.

About OpenMP

The OpenMP ARB has as mission to standardize directive-based multi-language high-level parallelism that is performant, productive and portable. Jointly defined by a group of major computer hardware and software vendors and major parallel computing user facilities, the OpenMP API is a portable, scalable model that gives parallel programmers a simple and flexible interface for developing parallel applications for platforms ranging from embedded systems and accelerator devices to multicore systems and shared-memory systems. The OpenMP ARB owns the OpenMP brand, oversees the OpenMP specification and produces and approves new versions of the specification.