On the performance portability of structured grid codes on many-core computer architectures

Simon McIntosh-Smith, Michael Boulton, Daniel Curran, James Price

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Abstract

With the advent of many-core computer architectures such as GPGPUs from NVIDIA and AMD, and more recently Intel's Xeon Phi, ensuring performance portability of HPC codes is potentially becoming more complex. In this work we have focused on one important application area - structured grid codes - and investigated techniques for ensuring performance portability across a diverse range of different, high-end many-core architectures. We chose three codes to investigate: a 3D lattice Boltzmann code (D3Q19 BGK), the CloverLeaf hydrodynamics mini application from Sandia's Mantevo benchmark suite, and ROTORSIM, a production-quality structured grid, multiblock, compressible finite-volume CFD code. We have developed OpenCL versions of these codes in order to provide cross-platform functional portability, and compared the performance of the OpenCL versions of these structured grid codes to optimized versions on each platform, including hybrid OpenMP/MPI/AVX versions on CPUs and Xeon Phi, and CUDA versions on NVIDIA GPUs. Our results show that, contrary to conventional wisdom, using OpenCL it is possible to achieve a high degree of performance portability, at least for structured grid applications, using a set of straightforward techniques. The performance portable code in OpenCL is also highly competitive with the best performance using the native parallel programming models on each platform.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Pages53-75
Number of pages23
Volume8488 LNCS
ISBN (Print)9783319075174
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014
Event29th International Supercomputing Conference, ISC 2014 - Leipzig, United Kingdom
Duration: 22 Jun 201426 Jun 2014

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume8488 LNCS
ISSN (Print)03029743
ISSN (Electronic)16113349

Conference

Conference29th International Supercomputing Conference, ISC 2014
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityLeipzig
Period22/06/1426/06/14

Bibliographical note

ISC is one of the top HPC conferences world-wide, second only to IEEE/ACM SuperComputing in the US.

This paper is one of the first to demonstrate highly performance portable code by exploiting OpenCL.

Keywords

  • GPU
  • heterogeneous
  • lattice Boltzmann
  • Many-core
  • multi-grid multi-block
  • structured grid
  • Xeon Phi

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