Techila Technologies has published an interesting Cloud HPC Benchmark Report. In comparing Amazon, Google, and Microsoft Azure, they come to the conclusion that a successful move to Cloud HPC is all about effective middleware.
“In this paper, we consider a coupled solution in which a multiphase flow simulator is coupled to an analysis approach used to extract the interfacial geometries as the flow evolves. This has been implemented using MPI to target heterogeneous nodes equipped with GPUs. The GPUs evolve the multiphase flow solution using the lattice Boltzmann method while the CPUs compute upscaled measures of the morphology and topology of the phase distributions and their rate of evolution. Our approach is demonstrated to scale to 4,096 GPUs and 65,536 CPU cores to achieve a maximum performance of 244,754 million-lattice-node updates per second (MLUPS) in double precision execution on Titan.”
Colfax Research has published a new white paper entitled “Cluster-Level Tuning of a Shallow Water Equation Solver on the Intel MIC Architecture.” Written by Andrey Vladimirov, the paper demonstrates the optimization of the execution environment of a hybrid OpenMP+MPI computational fluid dynamics code (shallow water equation solver) on a cluster enabled with Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors.
“Our annual ‘Budget Map’ report series looks at the relative spending between all of the products, components, and services that make up the HPC market. With six years of end user data, we get a strong grip on where the money is flowing, whether it’s on big items like clusters and storage, or on topical things like power consumption, programming, or compute cycles in public cloud. We also get a sense of future budget outlook and how the market is likely to evolve.”
“The OpenSFS Benchmarking Working Group (BWG) was created with the intent of defining an I/O benchmark suite to satisfy the requirements of the scalable parallel file system users and facilities. The first step toward this end was identified as characterization of I/O workloads, from small- to very large-scale parallel file systems, deployed at various high-performance and parallel computing (HPC) facilities and institutions. The characterization will then drive the design of the I/O benchmarks that emulate these workloads.”
GPU Boost is a relatively simple way to increase performance by up to 17.5%.