GASPI Forum Meeting in Kaiserslautern

On the 18th-19th of September of 2014, a GASPI Forum Meeting will be held at the Fraunhofer ITWM in Kaiserslautern, Germany.

For more information and registration can be found here.

You can find the full invitation below.

Dear Sir/Madam,

We would like to invite you to the GASPI workshop held at Fraunhofer ITWM in
Kaiserslautern, Germany on September 18th/19th.

The GASPI project sponsored by the german federal ministry of education and
research has finished at the end of May this year. Its main outcome has been the
GASPI specification ( and its reference implemetation GPI2.0
( GASPI and GPI2.0 have been very successful.They have been
introduced at the Germman GAUSS centres and are under consideration as a
building block for the realization of several EU projects. We are trying to
establish a platform, the GASPI forum (GASPIF), which continues the
GASPI project and keeps the GASPI specification alive.

GASPI is a Partitioned Global Address Space API specification. It aims at
scalable, flexible and failure tolerant computing in massively parallel
environments. GASPI targets a paradigm shift from bulk-synchronous two-sided
communication patterns towards an asynchronous communication and execution
model. To that end GASPI leverages one-sided RDMA-driven communication in a
Partitioned Global Address Space. GASPI aims at establishing an interface
standard — the GASPI standard — which is able to accomplish these goals.

The GASPI specification inherits much of its design from the Global address
space Programming Interface (GPI), which has been developed in 2005 at the
Competence Center for High Performance Computing (CC-HPC) at Fraunhofer ITWM.
GPI is implemented as a low-latency communication library and is designed for
scalable, real-time parallel applications running on cluster systems. It
provides a PGAS API and includes communication primitives, environment run-time
checks and synchronization primitives such as fast barriers or global atomic
counters. In 2010 the request for a standardization of the GPI interface
emerged, which ultimately lead to the inception of the GASPI project in 2011.
The GASPI project has finished at the end of May 2014 and the GASPI forum is
going to continue the maintenance and the development of the GASPI

The GASPI Forum is supposed to be an Open Forum which aims at a contiguous
improvement and evolution of the GASPI API. In spirit it follows the approach
of the MPI Forum. The GASPIF is not sanctioned or supported by any official
standards organization.

Initial GASPIF forum members are the GASPI project partners , i.e. the
Technical Universitiy of Dresden (TUD), the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
(KIT), the German National Weather Service (DWD), T-Systems SfR, the Fraunhofer
Gesellschaft (FhG), the national german aeronautics and space research centre
(DLR), the University of Heidelberg, the Forschungszentrum Jülich (FZJ) and the
scapos AG.

The Forum is going to be established in a foundation meeting which is part of a
GASPI workshop held at Fraunhofer ITWM in Kaiserslautern, Germany on September
18th/19th. There, the GASPI Forum statute is discussed and concluded. Please
find attached an initial version which is going to serve as a discussion basis.
In order to put the forum and the specification on a sound base, the GASPI forum
strongly relies on additional external partners and supporters. As a member of
the Forum, you are able to actively participate in the development process of
the GASPI specification. We think that your organization could provide useful
and strong contributions to the improvement of the GASPI specification.

Therefore, we would like to invite you to the GASPI workshop held at Fraunhofer
ITWM in Kaiserslautern, Germany on September 18th/19th. A schedule of the
workshop will be available soon. We would be happy to see you there. Please
send a short notification to whether you
would like to participate. Let’s take the chance and put GASPI onto the next

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