Numerics of High Performance Computers and Benchmark Evaluation of Distributed Memory Computers

  • H. S. Krishna Aeronautical Development Agency, Bangalore
  • K. P. Singh Aeronautical Development Agency, Bangalore
Keywords: Bandwidth, benchmark, cache, communication link, fast Fourier transformation, granularity, iteration, Linux cluster, latency, multigrid, Mflops, machine parameters, memory, PIM, matrix, refinement, distributed memory computers, high power scientific compu


The internal representation of numerical data, their speed of manipulation to generate the desired result through efficient utilisation of central processing unit, memory, and communication links are essential steps of all high performance scientific computations. Machine parameters, in particular, reveal accuracy and error bounds of computation, required for performance tuning of codes. This paper reports diagnosis of machine parameters, measurement of computing power of several workstations, serial and parallel computers, and a component-wise test procedure for distributed memory computers. Hierarchical memory structure is illustrated by block copying and unrolling techniques. Locality of reference for cache reuse of data is amply demonstrated by fast Fourier transform codes. Cache and register-blocking technique results in their optimum utilisation with consequent gain in throughput during vector-matrix operations. Implementation of these memory management techniques reduces cache inefficiency loss, which is known to be proportional to the number of processors. Of the two Linux clusters-ANUP16, HPC22 and HPC64, it has been found from the measurement of intrinsic parameters and from application benchmark of multi-block Euler code test run that ANUP16 is suitable for problems that exhibit fine-grained parallelism. The delivered performance of ANUP16 is of immense utility for developing high-end PC clusters like HPC64 and customised parallel computers with added advantage of speed and high degree of parallelism.
How to Cite
Krishna, H., & Singh, K. (2004). Numerics of High Performance Computers and Benchmark Evaluation of Distributed Memory Computers. Defence Science Journal, 54(3), 361-377.
Computers & Systems Studies