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Renewed Earth Simulator Wins HPC Challenge with Record Global FFT Performance

Some eight or nine years ago, the Earth Simulator in Japan shocked the world by taking the number one spot on the TOP500. In fact, the NEC system held that spot for two years. Now, the renewed Earth Simulator has top-ranked Global FFT (Fast Fourier Transform), one of the measures of the HPC Challenge Awards with the performance number of 11.876TFLOPS.

The HPC Challenge Awards are designed to evaluate four key measures that represent frequently used numerical operation patterns in scientific computing. Among them, the Global FFT is widely utilized in important scientific applications, such as climate modeling, which is critical to tackling environmental issues, and solid-earth geophysics, including seismic analysis, as well as designing of new materials.

The following are the winners of the 2010 HPC Challenge Class 1 Awards:

G-HPL Achieved System Affiliation Submitter
1st place 1,533 Tflop/s Cray XT5 ORNL Buddy Bland
1st runner up 736 Tflop/s Cray XT5 UTK Steve Whalen
2nd runner up 368 Tflop/s IBM BG/P LLNL Tom Spelce
G-RandomAccess Achieved System Affiliation Submitter
1st place 117 GUPS IBM BG/P LLNL Tom Spelce
1st runner up 103 GUPS IBM BG/P ANL Scott Parker
2nd runner up 38 GUPS Cray XT5 ORNL Buddy Bland
G-FFT Achieved System Affiliation Submitter
1st place 11.88 Tflop/s NEC SX-9 JAMSTEC Kenichi Itakura
1st runner up 10.70 Tflop/s Cray XT5 ORNL Buddy Bland
2nd runner up 7.53 Tflop/s Cray XT5 UTK Steve Whalen
EP-STREAM-Triad (system) Achieved System Affiliation Submitter
1st place 398 TB/s Cray XT5 ORNL Buddy Bland
1st runner up 267 TB/s IBM BG/P LLNL Tom Spelce
2nd runner up 233 TB/s NEC SX-9 JAMSTEC Kenichi Itakura

The following are the winners of the 2010 HPC Challenge Class 2 Awards:

Award Recipient Affiliation Language PDF
Most Productive System $1000 George Almási IBM UPC and X10 PDF
Most Productive Language $1000 John Mellor-Crummey Rice CAF 2.0 PDF
Honorable Mention Josep M. Perez Bacelona Supercomputer Center SMPSs
Honorable Mention Jinpil Lee University of Tsukuba XcalableMP PDF

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