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PSyclone Software Eases Weather and Climate Forecasting

“PSyclone was developed for the UK Met Office and is now a part of the build system for Dynamo, the dynamical core currently in development for the Met Office’s ‘next generation’ weather and climate model software. By generating the complex code needed to make use of thousands of processors, PSyclone leaves the Met Office scientists free to concentrate on the science aspects of the model. This means that they will not have to change their code from something that works on a single processing unit (or core) to something that runs on many thousands of cores.”

NERSC Dungeon Session Speeds Code for Cori Supercomputer

Six application development teams from NERSC gathered at Intel in early August for a marathon “dungeon session” designed to help tweak their codes for the next-generation Intel Xeon Phi Knight’s Landing manycore architecture and NERSC’s new Cori supercomputer. “We try to prepare ahead of time to bring the types of problems that can only be solved with the experts at Intel and Cray present—deep questions about the architecture and how applications use the Xeon Phi processor. It’s all geared toward optimizing the codes to run on the new manycore architecture and on Cori.”

Inria Joins OpenMP ARB

“Inria teams have been developing runtime systems and compiler techniques for parallel programming over several decades.” says Olivier Aumage, researcher at Inria’s team STORM, “By joining the OpenMP ARB today, Inria looks forward to contribute this expertise in making OpenMP meet the challenges of the Exascale era”.

Video: Speeding Up Code with the Intel Distribution for Python

David Bolton from Slashdot shows how ‘embarrassingly parallel’ code can be sped up over 2000x (not percent) by utilizing Intel tools including the Intel Python compiler and OpenMP. “The Intel Distribution for Python* 2017 Beta program is now available. The Beta product adds new Python packages like scikit-learn, mpi4py, numba, conda, tbb (Python interfaces to Intel Threading Building Blocks) and pyDAAL (Python interfaces to Intel Data Analytics Acceleration Library). “

Video: UPC++ Parallel Programming Extension

In this video from the 2016 OpenFabrics Workshop, Zili Zheng from LBNL presents: UPC++. “UPC++ is a parallel programming extension for developing C++ applications with the partitioned global address space (PGAS) model. UPC++ has demonstrated excellent performance and scalability with applications and benchmarks such as global seismic tomography, Hartree-Fock, BoxLib AMR framework and more. In this talk, we will give an overview of UPC++ and discuss the opportunities and challenges of leveraging modern network features.”

Application Performance & Power Consumption on Intel Xeon Phi

“While new technology will be developed that reduces the power per operation needed, in today’s environments it is important to understand how an application affects power usage. For modern applications that have been optimized to take advantage of both the Intel Xeon CPU and the Intel Xeon Phi coprocessor, the hardware mentioned does include various power states, which can minimize the power consumption when idle.”

FlyElephant Platform Adds Private Repositories

flyelephantToday the FlyElephant announced a number of upgrades that allow users to work with private repositories with an improved system security and good task functionality. “FlyElephant is a platform for scientists, providing a computing infrastructure for calculations, helping to find partners for the collaboration on projects, and managing all data from one place. FlyElephant automates routine tasks and helps to focus on core research issues.”

OpenMP and SIMD Instructions on Intel Xeon Phi

“Vector instruction sets have progressed over time, and it important to use the most appropriate vector instruction set when running on specific hardware. The OpenMP SIMD directive allows the developer to explicitly tell the compiler to vectorize a loop. In this case, human intervention will override the compilers sense of dependencies, but that is OK if the developer knows their application well.”

OpenMP and OpenCL on Intel Xeon Phi

“In a heterogeneous system that combines both the Intel Xeon CPU and the Intel Xeon Phi coprocessor, there are various options available to optimize applications. Whether one has an advantage over another is somewhat dependent on the application that is being run. Comparisons can be made comparing the two methods, as long as the algorithm lends itself to run and take advantage of either OpenMP or OpenCL.”

MultiLevel Parallelism with Intel Xeon Phi

“The combination of using both MPI and OpenMP is a topic that has been explored by many developers in order to determine the most optimum solution. Whether to use OpenMP for outer loops and MPI within, or by creating separate MPI processes and using OpenMP within can lead to various levels of performance. In most cases of determining which method will yield the best results will involve a deep understanding of the application, and not just rearranging directives.”