BlueGene/L Applications: Parallelism on a Massive Scale

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BlueGene/L (BG/L), developed through a partnership between IBM and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), is currently the world's largest system both in terms of scale with 131,072 processors and absolute performance with a peak rate of 367 TFlop/s. BG/L has led the Top500 list the last four times with a Linpack rate of 280.6 TFlop/s for the full machine installed at LLNL and is expected to remain the fastest computer in the next few editions. However, the real value of a machine like BG/L derives from the scientific breakthroughs that real applications can produce by successfully using its unprecedented scale ... continued below

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de Supinski, B R; Schulz, M; Bulatov, V V; Cabot, W; Chan, B; Cook, A W et al. September 8, 2006.

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BlueGene/L (BG/L), developed through a partnership between IBM and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), is currently the world's largest system both in terms of scale with 131,072 processors and absolute performance with a peak rate of 367 TFlop/s. BG/L has led the Top500 list the last four times with a Linpack rate of 280.6 TFlop/s for the full machine installed at LLNL and is expected to remain the fastest computer in the next few editions. However, the real value of a machine like BG/L derives from the scientific breakthroughs that real applications can produce by successfully using its unprecedented scale and computational power. In this paper, we describe our experiences with eight large scale applications on BG/L from several application domains, ranging from molecular dynamics to dislocation dynamics and turbulence simulations to searches in semantic graphs. We also discuss the challenges we faced when scaling these codes and present several successful optimization techniques. All applications show excellent scaling behavior, even at very large processor counts, with one code even achieving a sustained performance of more than 100 TFlop/s, clearly demonstrating the real success of the BG/L design.

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  • Journal Name: The International Journal of High Performance Computing Applications, vol. 22, no. 1, February 1, 2008, pp. 33-51; Journal Volume: 22; Journal Issue: 1

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  • Report No.: UCRL-JRNL-224370
  • Grant Number: W-7405-ENG-48
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 936971
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc902648

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de Supinski, B R; Schulz, M; Bulatov, V V; Cabot, W; Chan, B; Cook, A W et al. BlueGene/L Applications: Parallelism on a Massive Scale, article, September 8, 2006; Livermore, California. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc902648/: accessed September 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.