June 22–26, 2014
Leipzig, Germany

Presentation Details

Name: SNAP: Strong Scaling High Fidelity Molecular Dynamics Simulations on Leadership-Class Computing Platforms
Time: Tuesday, June 24, 2014
09:00 am - 09:30 am
Room:   Hall 3
CCL - Congress Center Leipzig
Breaks:07:30 am - 11:00 am Welcome Coffee
Speaker:   Christian R. Trott, Sandia National Laboratories
Abstract:   The rapidly improving compute capability of contemporary processors and accelerators is providing the opportunity for significant increases in the accuracy and fidelity of scientific calculations. In this paper we present performance studies of a new molecular dynamics (MD) potential called SNAP.
The SNAP potential has shown great promise in accurately reproducing physics and chemistry not described by simpler potentials. We have developed new algorithms to exploit high single-node concurrency provided by three different classes of machine: the Titan GPU-based system operated by Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the combined Sequoia and Vulcan BlueGene/Q machines located at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and the large-scale Intel Sandy Bridge system, Chama, located at Sandia.
Our analysis focuses on strong scaling experiments with approximately 246,000 atoms over the range 1-122,880 nodes on Sequoia/Vulcan and 40-18,630 nodes on Titan. We compare these machine in terms of both runtime and power efficiency. We find that node performance correlates with power consumption across the range of machines, except for the case of extreme strong scaling, where more powerful compute nodes show greater efficiency.
This study is a unique assessment of a challenging, scientifically relevant calculation running on several of the world's leading contemporary production supercomputing platforms.

Christian R. Trott, Simon D. Hammond & Aidan Thompson, Sandia National Laboratories