A Holistic Scalable Implementation Approach of the Lattice Boltzmann Method for CPU/GPU Heterogeneous Clusters
AbstractHeterogeneous clusters are a widely utilized class of supercomputers assembled from different types of computing devices, for instance CPUs and GPUs, providing a huge computational potential. Programming them in a scalable way exploiting the maximal performance introduces numerous challenges such as optimizations for different computing devices, dealing with multiple levels of parallelism, the application of different programming models, work distribution, and hiding of communication with computation. We utilize the lattice Boltzmann method for fluid flow as a representative of a scientific computing application and develop a holistic implementation for large-scale CPU/GPU heterogeneous clusters. We review and combine a set of best practices and techniques ranging from optimizations for the particular computing devices to the orchestration of tens of thousands of CPU cores and thousands of GPUs. Eventually, we come up with an implementation using all the available computational resources for the lattice Boltzmann method operators. Our approach shows excellent scalability behavior making it future-proof for heterogeneous clusters of the upcoming architectures on the exaFLOPS scale. Parallel efficiencies of more than
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Riesinger, C.; Bakhtiari, A.; Schreiber, M.; Neumann, P.; Bungartz, H.-J. A Holistic Scalable Implementation Approach of the Lattice Boltzmann Method for CPU/GPU Heterogeneous Clusters. Computation 2017, 5, 48.
Riesinger C, Bakhtiari A, Schreiber M, Neumann P, Bungartz H-J. A Holistic Scalable Implementation Approach of the Lattice Boltzmann Method for CPU/GPU Heterogeneous Clusters. Computation. 2017; 5(4):48.Chicago/Turabian Style
Riesinger, Christoph; Bakhtiari, Arash; Schreiber, Martin; Neumann, Philipp; Bungartz, Hans-Joachim. 2017. "A Holistic Scalable Implementation Approach of the Lattice Boltzmann Method for CPU/GPU Heterogeneous Clusters." Computation 5, no. 4: 48.
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