2013 Asia Student Supercomputer Challenge [ASC13] Technical regulation and evaluation standards

A、Restrictions

  1. Linpack、Gromacs、OpenCFD、WRF:

The power consumption of the entire cluster should be less than 3000W. Otherwise, no result will be accepted.

  1. BSDE equipment specification:

The test shall be conducted in one MIC server ( 2 CPU + 1 Xeon Phi).

B、Performance test (90 points)

1、Linpack test (18 points)

  • Goal: to achieve the highest float point performance, with the appropriate correctness check.
  • Codes download: http://www.netlib.org/benchmark/hpl/
  • Evaluation criteria: If the performance of team 1 reaches the maximum performance A, the score is 18 points. If the team 2 reaches the performance B, then the score is 18*B/A.

2、Gromacs (18 points)

  • Goal: The committee will announce several workloads on the finals. Every team can only modify the option relating to the parallel setting. Other modification of the workloads will be prohibited. The application optimization test is required to pass the correctness checking to achieve the shortest runtime.
  • Codes download: http://www.gromacs.org/
  • Evaluation criteria: Given that the workloads’ quantity is N, and the score for one workload is SN. When the team 1 uses the shortest runtime A to obtain the correct results, it will get the score SN. If the runtime of team 2 is B, it will get the score SN *A/B. Summary of all SN will be the total Gromacs score for your team. The full score is 18 points.

3、OpenCFD (18 points)

  • Goal: The committee will announce several workloads on the finals. Every team can only modify the option relating to the parallel setting. Other modification of the workloads will be prohibited. The application optimization test is required to pass the correctness checking and to achieve the shortest runtime.
  • Codes download: www.asc-events.org right column.
  • Evaluation criteria: Given that the workloads’ quantity is N, and the score for one workload is SN. When the team 1 uses the shortest runtime A to obtain the correct results, it will get the score SN. If the runtime of team 2 is B, it will get the score SN *A/B. Summary of all SN will be the total OpenCFD score for your team. The full score is 18 points.

4、WRF (18 points)

  • Goal: The committee will announce several workloads on the finals. Every team can only modify the option relating to the parallel setting. Other modification of the workloads will be prohibited. The application optimization test is required to pass the correctness checking and to achieve the shortest runtime.
  • Codes download: http://www.mmm.ucar.edu/wrf/users/download/get_sources.html#V341
  • Evaluation criteria: Given that the workloads’ quantity is N, and the score for one workload is SN. When the team 1 uses the shortest runtime A to obtain the correct results, it will get the score SN. If the runtime of team 2 is B, it will get the score SN *A/B. Summary of all SN will be the total WRF score for your team. The full score is 18 points.

5、BSDE (18 points)

  • Goal: The committee will announce several workloads on the finals. The application optimization test is required to pass the correctness checking, contrast to the results from the serial codes. The precision level is 0.1. The score will be given according to the shortest runtime after the correctness checking.
  • Mode options: You can choose any of the modes below to porting and run the program.
  • CPU logical computing and parallel computing + MIC parallel computing
  • CPU logical computing + MIC parallel computing
  • No CPU computing + MIC all computing
  • Other mode
  • Codes download: www.asc-events.org right column. There some improvements in the current version compared to those used in preliminary contest.
    • Codes. In BSDE.c, k<=num is changed to k< num
    • Time record. The entire running time will be recorded in the finals. While the preliminary contest only recorded the Kernel computing time.
    • Parameters. Two parameters will be used in the finals.
  • Evaluation criteria: Given that the parameter combination quantity is N, and the score for one combination is SN. When the team 1 uses the shortest runtime A to obtain the correct results, it will get the score is SN. If the runtime of team 2 is B, it will get the score SN *A/B. Summary of all SN will be the total WRF score for your team. The full score is 18 points.

* The previous MIC cluster will be renewed soon.

C、Presentation (10 points)

1. Every team should show the final contest presentation by the order of the cast lots. The presentation should be given in English with up to two student speakers.

2. The presentation should be given within 10 minutes; time-out will lower your score. The judges will ask questions for about 3-5 minutes.

3. The evaluation committee will evaluate the presentation of every team, the full score is 10 points.

4. The team advisors and student members can observe the team’s presentation session.

2013 Asia Student Supercomputer Challenge (ASC13)
-Preliminary Contest Questions

Q/A

Q: It is not completely clear for us what kind of hardware proposal is required

A:

  • In appendix 2, part III of the Preliminary contest notification, several hardware items are listed. Each team can chose which and how many items to compose the proposal. For example, you could use 2 servers +1 GbE switch +2 Gigabit cables for the proposal.
  • Only the listed hardware items will be accepted. But, if you want to use the CPU and accelerator models other than those listed, please prepare the models yourselves in the final contest.
  • The total power consumption should not exceed 3,000 W.

Supercomputer Technology level and Competition organization situation of your department(s)

Introduction of the Supercomputer environment, education and scientific research of the Supercomputer;

Competition organization and participation

System platform construction proposal

The total power consumption of the system is limited to 3,000 W. The system proposal includes cluster software and hardware configuration, interconnection proposal, power consumption and performance evaluation and analysis on the advantages and disadvantages of the proposal, etc.

HPL

HPL is a software package that solves a (random) dense linear system in double precision (64 bits) arithmetic on distributed-memory computers. It can thus be regarded as a portable as well as freely available implementation of the High Performance Computing Linpack Benchmark. Through the correctness check, take the highest floating point arithmetic performance as the target.

Software downloading:http://www.netlib.org/benchmark/hpl/

It is necessary to conduct the verification on own platform and provide the verification platform details, parameter setting and test results.

Gromacs

GROMACS is a versatile package to perform molecular dynamics, i.e. simulate the Newtonian equations of motion for systems with hundreds to millions of particles. It is primarily designed for biochemical molecules like proteins, lipids and nucleic acids that have a lot of complicated bonded interactions, and non-biological systems, e.g. polymers. Through the correctness check, take the highest floating point arithmetic performance as the target.

Software downloading: http://www.gromacs.org/

Gromacs workloads downloading: http://www.hpcchina.org/doc/gromacs_workload.tar.gz

It is necessary to conduct the verification on own platform and provide the verification platform details, input files and test results.

BSDE option pricing(MIC application transplant optimization)

Application background: based on the option pricing application of the Backward Stochastic Differential Equations (BSDE), the core ides is regarded as the Monte-Carlo calculation.

The Committee provides the Telnet MIC platform environment, and this topic must be transplanted and optimized on the single XEON PHI-5110P accelerator card, and CPU is only required to take charge the logical operations.

Source code store location: ~/BSDE_serial

The performance shall be compared with the single core serial program of the test platform as the standard. Please provide the verification platform details, input files and test results in the proposal.

 

 

Key date

Jan 25, 2013 registration due

Mar 7, 2013, proposal submission due (preliminary challenge)

Apr 14-19, 2013, final challenge

 

 

Download

Preliminary Contest
Notifications

The Finals Notice

BSDE.serial

OpenCFD

Gromacs Workload

Visa Guildance

Finals Program

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