[gmx-users] Gromacs on SGI Altix

Erik Lindahl lindahl at sbc.su.se
Tue Jan 3 17:38:11 CET 2006


> Thank you, Florian! I will try d.dppc. I have another question. Is  
> Gromacs specifically optimized for x86 machines, and the power of  
> Itanium2 is not fully used. Because  for Amber8, my Itanium2 is  
> almost two times faster than my opteron, but for Gromacs, opteron  
> is slightly (~1.2 times) faster than Itanium2. Other factors are  
> almost same. Just due to the reason that there is no assembly loops  
> optimization for IA64?

There are certainly assembly loops for IA64 (trust me, I handcoded  
them :-), it is just that the SIMD units of x86 machines enable much  
higher single precision throughput due to 4-fold parallelization,  
which we're happy to take advantage of in our assembly loops.

If you compare double precision performance the difference between  
x86 and ia64 will be much smaller.



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