Mapping application performance to HPC architecture

Alan Gray, Iain Bethune, Richard Kenway, Lorna Smith, Christine Kitchen, Martin Guest, Paul Calleja, Aleksander Korzynski, Stuart Rankin, Mike Ashworth, Andrew Porter, Illian Todorov, Martin Plummer, Emma Jones, Lois Steenman-Clark, Ben Ralston, Charles Laughton

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A suite of application benchmarks, designed to be broadly representative of UK HPC usage, has been developed to stress a broad range of architectural features of large scale parallel HPC resources. A generic methodology to investigate application performance and scaling characteristics has been defined, resulting in a detailed understanding of the performance of these applications. This methodology is transferable to other applications and systems: it is of practical value to developers and users who are aiming for optimal utilisation of HPC resources. An understanding of the performance characteristics of a range of large-scale HPC resources has been obtained using low-level synthetic benchmarks. A relatively simple, qualitative mechanism to assess and predict application performance on current and future architectures using synthetic benchmark results together with application performance analysis results is explored.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)520-529
Number of pages10
JournalComputer Physics Communications
Issue number3
Early online date15 Nov 2011
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2012


  • Performance analysis
  • Benchmarking
  • High performance computing


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