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IU leads the international HPC community to develop state-of-the-art benchmarking tools

IU is a leading university in HPC and an important member in the world-renowned SPEC community.

On Jun 15, 2017, the High Performance Group (HPG) in Standard Performance Evaluation Cooperation (SPEC), a world reorganized organization dedicated to developing standard computer benchmarks for high performance computing (HPC), released v1.2 update to the Accelerator benchmark suite (https://www.spec.org/accel), adding support to the latest OpenMP 4.5 parallel programming model. The SPEC HPG team is chaired by Robert Henschel, Director of Science Community Tools (SCT) in the Research Technologies Division of UITS at IU.  HPG group members include Junjie Li from the Advanced Parallel Application team within SCT, along with industry experts from Nvidia, Intel, AMD, Oracle, IBM, HP, as well as researchers from Argonne National Lab, Oak Ridge National Lab, RWTH Aachen University, Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf, Technische Universitat Dresden and University of Delaware.

OpenMP Fork Join

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OpenMP is a hot topic in the HPC community and popular scientific computing software, such as VASP, Quantum Espresso, etc, are adopting this programming model. A standard benchmark will help HPC program developers to understand the performance of different platforms and the best way to code.

SPEC Results

SPEC Accel 1.2 OpenMP 4.5 results: https://www.spec.org/accel/results/accel_omp.html

IU is a leading university in HPC and an important member in the world-renowned SPEC community. This work will help individuals, universities, and businesses compare different machines and make the purchasing choice that is most beneficial.