[gmx-users] Performance of Gromacs-4.6.1 on BlueGene/Q
x.periole at rug.nl
Tue Jun 4 16:20:11 CEST 2013
BG CPUs are generally much slower (clock whose) but scale better.
You should try to run on 64 CPUs on the Blue gene too for faire comparison.
The number of CPUs per nodes is also an important factor: the more CPUs per nodes the more communications needs to be done. I observed a significant slow down while going from 16 to 32 CPUs nodes (recent intel) but using the same number of CPUs.
On Jun 4, 2013, at 4:02 PM, Jianguo Li <ljggmx at yahoo.com.sg> wrote:
> Dear All,
> Has anyone has Gromacs benchmark on Bluegene/Q?
> I recently installed gromacs-461 on BG/Q using the following command:
> cmake .. -DCMAKE_TOOLCHAIN_FILE=BlueGeneQ-static-XL-C \
> -DGMX_BUILD_OWN_FFTW=ON \
> -DBUILD_SHARED_LIBS=OFF \
> -DGMX_XML=OFF \
> make install
> After that, I did a benchmark simulation using a box of pure water containing 140k atoms.
> The command I used for the above test is:
> srun --ntasks-per-node=32 --overcommit /scratch/home/biilijg/package/gromacs-461/bin/mdrun -s box_md1.tpr -c box_md1.gro -x box_md1.xtc -g md1.log >& job_md1
> And I got the following performance:
> Num. cores hour/ns
> 128 9.860
> 256 4.984
> 512 2.706
> 1024 1.544
> 2048 0.978
> 4092 0.677
> The scaling seems ok, but the performance is far from what I expected. In terms CPU-to-CPU performance, the Bluegene is 8 times slower than other clusters. For comparison, I also did the same simulation using 64 processors in a SGI cluster, and I got 2.8 hour/ns, which is roughly equivalent to using 512 cores in BlueGene/Q.
> I am wondering if the above benchmark results are reasonable or not? Or Am I doing something wrong in compiling?
> Any comments/suggestions are appreciated, thank you very much!
> Have a nice day!
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