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SCHEDULE: NOV 16-21, 2014

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Performance Optimization and Evaluation of a Global Climate Application Using a 440m Horizontal Mesh on the K Computer

SESSION: Poster Reception


TIME: 5:15PM - 7:00PM

AUTHOR(S):Masaaki Terai, Hisashi Yashiro, Kiyotaka Sakamoto, Shin-ichi Iga, Hirofumi Tomita, Masaki Satoh, Kazuo Minami

ROOM:New Orleans Theater Lobby


Using almost all the compute nodes on the K computer, we evaluated the performance of NICAM, a climate application for a high-resolution global atmospheric simulation study. First, based on profiling results, we improved single node performance using kernel programs extracted from the application, resulting in increases in the peak performance ratio of the kernel programs. Thereafter, we applied the optimization results to the application, and evaluated the performance by weak scaling. In the evaluation, to retain the same problem size per node, we reduced the horizontal mesh size as the number of nodes increased, decreasing it to 0.44km with 81,920 nodes. Although we achieved good scalability of the dynamical step, the elapsed time of the physical step increased with the number of nodes owing to inter-node load imbalances in the cloud microphysics. Finally, the peak performance ratio of the main loop of NICAM reached 8.3% with 81,920 nodes.

Chair/Author Details:

Masaaki Terai - RIKEN

Hisashi Yashiro - RIKEN

Kiyotaka Sakamoto - Fujitsu

Shin-ichi Iga - RIKEN

Hirofumi Tomita - RIKEN

Masaki Satoh - University of Tokyo

Kazuo Minami - RIKEN

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