This week Allinea announced that NICS is using the company’s development tools to tune code for Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors on the Beacon supercomputer. As the top system on the Green500, the 210 Teraflop Beacon has four Xeon Phi’s per node and a whopping total of 11,520 processor cores.
NSF funded the project to port and optimize scientific codes to the Intel Xeon Phi coprocessor. Codes already identified for early attention include OMEN, ENZO, MADNESS, NWChem, Amber, MILC, and MAGMA – covering a broad spectrum of applications in nano-electronics, astrophysics, chemistry, biochemistry, subatomic physics, and applied mathematics.
Our mission is to optimize scientific applications. Our users want to get substantial gains in performance and energy efficiency, in a straightforward manner, as they port and optimize their codes to Beacon,” said Dr. Glenn Brook, Chief Technology Officer at NICS. “The clean, scalable tools provided by Allinea help make that possible. Allinea MAP enables our users to carefully study application performance and to easily identify critical sections of code for optimization, while Allinea DDT provides the parallel debugging capabilities necessary to track down the sources of any problems that arise during the optimization work. Together in a unified environment, Allinea’s tools are expected to significantly reduce the development burden on our users, thereby freeing them to focus more completely on their science.”