Sep 24 – 27, 2019
Europe/Zurich timezone

Cost-efficiency of Large-scale Electronic Structure Simulations with Intel Xeon Phi Processors

Sep 25, 2019, 9:15 AM
80/1-001 - Globe of Science and Innovation - 1st Floor (CERN)

80/1-001 - Globe of Science and Innovation - 1st Floor


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Hoon Ryu (Korea Institute of Science and Technology Information)


Benefits of Intel Xeon Phi Knights Landing (KNL) systems in computing cost are examined with tight-binding simulations of large-scale electronic structures that involve sparse system matrices whose dimensions normally reach several tens of millions. Speed and energy usage of our in-house Schroedinger equation solver are benchmarked in KNL systems for realistic modelling tasks, and are discussed against the cost required by offload computing with P100 GPU devices. Superiority in speed and energy-efficiency observed in KNL systems justify the practicality of bootable manycore processors that are adopted by nearly 30% of largest supercomputers in the world. With a demonstration of the strong scalability up to 2,500 nodes, this work serves as an useful case study that supports the utility of KNL systems for handling memory-bound applications including ours and other numerical problems that involve large-scale sparse matrix-vector multiplications, particularly compared to GPU-based systems.

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