Scaling Results From the First Generation of Arm-based Supercomputers

Simon McIntosh-Smith, James Price, Andrei Poenaru, Tom Deakin

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In this paper we present the first scaling results from Isambard, the first production supercomputer to be based on Arm CPUs that have been optimised specifically for HPC. Isambard is a Cray XC50 ‘Scout’ system, combining Marvell ThunderX2 Arm-based CPUs with Cray’s Aries interconnect. The full Isambard system was delivered in late 2018 and consists of a full cabinet of 168 dual-socket nodes, for a total of 10,752 heavyweight Arm cores. In this work, we build on the single-node results we presented at CUG 2018, and present scaling results for the full system. We compare Isambard’s scaling results with XC systems based on the Aries interconnect and x86 CPUs, including Intel Skylake and Broadwell. We focus on a range of applications and mini-apps that are important to the UK national HPC service, ARCHER, and to Isambard project partners.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCUG 2019 proceedings
Publication statusPublished - 7 May 2019


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