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SC11 Video Preview: Scaling Lattice QCD beyond 100 GPUs

In this video, Guochun Shi of NCSA’s Innovative Systems Laboratory previews his session at SC11: Scaling Lattice QCD beyond 100 GPUs.

Over the past five years, graphics processing units (GPUs) have had a transformational effect on numerical lattice quantum chromodynamics (LQCD) calculations in nuclear and particle physics. While GPUs have been applied with great success to the post-Monte Carlo “analysis” phase which accounts for a substantial fraction of the workload in a typical LQCD calculation, the initial Monte Carlo “gauge field generation” phase requires capability-level supercomputing, corresponding to O(100) GPUs or more. Such strong scaling has not been previously achieved. In this contribution we demonstrate that using a multi-dimensional parallelization strategy and a domain-decomposed preconditioner allows us to scale into this regime. We present results for two popular discretizations of the Dirac operator, Wilson-clover and improved staggered, employing up to 256 GPUs on the Edge cluster at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

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