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Experiences with Atmospheric Dynamics on The Intel Phi

ALCF Seminar
Kareem Sorathia, NASA
February 20, 2014 3:00PM to 4:00PM
Building 240, Room 4301
I will present work on porting the cubed-sphere dynamical core used by NASA/Goddard and NOAA/GFDL to the Intel Phi multi-core architecture. The dynamical core is a finite-volume method implemented on a cubed-sphere grid and represents a significant portion of the computational time used in simulations run at both organizations.

We find that performance on the Phi requires: large-scale OpenMP concurrency, strong single-core performance utilizing vectorization and data alignment, and efficient MPI communication. Addition ally, for our work to result in a useful code-base for scientific production runs we require that we are able to maintain a single code-base for both the Intel Phi and conventional architecture that is maintainable and readable. Given these requirements and constraints, I will discuss our choices and work to satisfy these criteria. I will report our performance results and identify the limitations we've encountered.