At the National Institute of Computational Sciences (NICS), a joint venture by the University of Tennessee and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, a joint team set out to learn how to integrate the Intel Xeon Phi coprocessor into cluster configurations.
“As the use of coprocessors increases to speedup HPC applications, it is important to understand how much additional power the coprocessors use. With various measurements and benchmarks arising to calculate the power used during the running of compute and data intensive applications, measuring the power draw from an Intel Xeon Phi coprocessor is important to understanding the best use of resources.”
Designating the appropriate provider for large MPI applications is critical to taking advantage of all of the compute power available. “A modern HPC system with multiple host cpus and multiple coprocessors such as the Intel Xeon Phi coprocessor housed in numerous racks can be optimized for maximum application performance with intelligent thread placement.”
“The combination of using a host cpu such as an Intel Xeon combined with a dedicated coprocessor such as the Intel Xeon Phi coprocessor has been shown in many cases to improve the performance of an application by significant amounts. When the datasets are large enough, it makes sense to offload as much of the workload as possible. But is this the case when the potential offload data sets are not as large?”
Today Advanced Clustering Technologies announced that the University of Central Oklahoma’s Center for Research and Education in Interdisciplinary Computation (CREIC) has selected the company to build their next supercomputer. The 32 Teraflop HPC cluster will be named “Buddy” in honor of the university’s mascot, Buddy Bronco.