SCHEDULE: NOV 10-16, 2012
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Extending the BT NAS Parallel Benchmark to Exascale Computing
SESSION: Performance Optimization
EVENT TYPE: Papers
TIME: 1:30PM - 2:00PM
SESSION CHAIR: Padma Raghavan
AUTHOR(S):Rob F. Van Der Wijngaart, Srinivas Sridharan, Victor W. Lee
The NAS Parallel Benchmarks (NPB) are a well-known suite of benchmarks that proxy scientific computing applications. They specify several problem sizes that represent how such applications may run on different sizes of HPC systems. However, even the largest problem (Class F) is still far too small to exercise properly a Petascale supercomputer. Our work shows how one may scale the Block Tridiagonal (BT) NPB from today’s size to Petascale and Exascale computing systems. In this paper we discuss the pros and cons of various ways of scaling. We discuss how scaling BT would impact computation, memory access and communications, and highlight the expected bottleneck, which turns out to be not memory or communication bandwidth, but latency. Two complementary ways are presented to overcome latency obstacles. We also describe a practical method to gather approximate performance data for BT at exascale on actual hardware, without requiring an exascale system.
Padma Raghavan (Chair) - Pennsylvania State University
Rob F. Van Der Wijngaart - Intel Corporation
Srinivas Sridharan - Intel Corporation
Victor W. Lee - Intel Corporation