HPC Challenge Awards
The HPC Challenge benchmarks are benchmark programs designed to evaluate the overall performance of supercomputers in terms of processing performance in 28 tests derived from frequently used computational patterns in the field of scientific computation. The HPC Challenge Awards are evaluated based on the HPC Challenge benchmarks. There are two classes of awards: Class 1, which measures benchmark performance values, and Class 2, which measures the productivity of programming language implementations. The Class 1 awards consist of the following four benchmarks, each of which evaluates the performance of key system components (CPU computational performance, memory access performance, network transmission performance).- Global HPL: operating speed in solving large-scale simultaneous linear equations- Global RandomAccess: random memory access performance in parallel processing- EP STREAM (Triad) per system: memory access speed under multiple loads- Global FFT: total performance of Fast Fourier TransformHPC Challenge Class 2 Awards are given to programming languages used for developing HPC applications. Three benchmarks are selected from the four used in the Class 1 category, and both the productivity of the programming language and benchmark performance are evaluated for the implementation of these benchmarks. In addition, participants can also choose to include up to two additional benchmarks besides the HPC Challenge benchmarks for consideration, and the award is determined based on the total score for the implementations including the additional benchmarks.
 K computer
The K computer, which was jointly developed by RIKEN and Fujitsu, is part of the High-Performance Computing Infrastructure (HPCI) initiative led by Japan's Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT). The K computer's availability for shared use began in September 2012. The "K" in K computer comes from the Japanese Kanji character "Kei" which means ten peta or 10 to the 16th power. In its original sense, "Kei" expresses a large gateway, and it is hoped that the system will be a new gateway to computational science.
A programming language that facilitates the development of parallel applications that run on supercomputers and other large-scale computational environments. With XcalableMP, it is possible to develop parallel applications that can achieve the same computational speeds as existing methods while using comparatively shorter code. http://www.xcalablemp.org/
A standard used to evaluate the operation speed of computer hardware and software.
 Himeno benchmark
A benchmark program to evaluate the performance of incompressible fluid analysis code. Developed by Dr. Ryutaro Himeno, Director of RIKEN's Advanced Center for Computing and Communication.
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Date: 22 November, 2013
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