Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation Releases SPEChpc 2021 Reference Suites for High Performance Computing Systems



GAINESVILLE, Va., October 28, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – The Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation (SPEC) today announced a set of new application test suites designed to provide a comprehensive measure of actual performance for the state of the -art of high performance computing (HPC) systems. The SPEChpc 2021 Reference Suites provide researchers, developers, hardware and software vendors, compiler vendors, data center operators, and end users with fair comparisons of the performance of different HPC systems.

Modern HPC systems are built using many different accelerators which add considerable computing power but also make it difficult to assess and characterize performance. Even more complexity arises from the use of multiple parallel programming models and accelerators, each supporting only a subset of computing devices. The SPEChpc 2021 Reference Suites offer a wide selection of scientific and engineering code that represents actual HPC workloads and is portable between processors and accelerators. The suites also include vendor-independent benchmarking performance measures.

With the SPEChpc 2021 Reference Suites, developers and researchers can evaluate different programming models to determine which model would be best suited for their application or system configuration. Hardware and software vendors can use it to test their solutions under stress. And compiler vendors can use it to improve overall code performance and their support for directive-based programming models. The new suites can also be used by data center operators and other end users to make procurement decisions.

“Drawing on our experience in developing the SPEC MPI 2007 benchmark, the SPEC OMP 2012 benchmark and the SPEC ACCEL benchmark suites, SPEC has designed a new set of benchmark suites that keep pace with the rapidly evolving industry. HPC market, ”said Ron Lieberman, SPEC President of the High Performance Group (GPH). “The high portability of the SPEChpc 2021 reference suites, along with a strict results review process and a rich SPEC results benchmark, allow us to provide vendor-independent performance comparisons to assess and study HPC platforms.” modern. “

Sunita Chandrasekaran, Associate Professor at the University of Delaware and Principal Investigator of the SOLLVE Project in the US Department of Energy’s Exascale Computing Project, notes that “The SPEChpc 2021 reference suites are of critical importance to the research community because suites offer a variety of research opportunities. Students can learn a lot by using performance analysis tools to study how an application maps to the target architecture, how to use profilers, and how to perform code optimizations based on profiler information, thereby closing the gap. between the theoretical and obtained performances of an architecture. In addition to these benefits, the suites provide a great opportunity to learn about parallel programming models – a topic of the utmost importance to the next generation workforce in the computing / computing field.

Characteristics of the SPEChpc 2021 reference suites

  • A set of tested references with performance measurement and validation integrated into the test harness.

  • References include full and mini applications covering a wide range of scientific fields and Fortran / C / C ++ programming languages.

  • Full support for multiple programming models including MPI, MPI + OpenACC, MPI + OpenMP and MPI + OpenMP with target offload.

  • Support for most major compilers, MPI libraries and various versions of Linux operating systems.

  • Four suites, Tiny, Small, Medium, and Large, with increasing workloads, enable proper evaluation of HPC systems of varying sizes, ranging from a single node to several thousand nodes.

The SPEChpc 2021 Reference Suites are developed and maintained by the SPEC HPG Committee, which includes representatives from AMD, Argonne National Lab, Bull Atos Technology, Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR), Hewlett Packard Enterprise, IBM, Indiana University , Intel, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Lenovo Global Technology, NVIDIA, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, RWTH Aachen University Germany, Stony Brook University USA, Technische Universität Dresden, Texas Advanced Computing Center, University of Texas at Austin, University of Basel Switzerland and University of Delaware.

Available now for download
The SPEChpc 2021 Reference Suites are available for immediate download from the SPEC website under a two-tier pricing structure: free for nonprofits and educational organizations and $ 2,500 for vendors of IT products and services. SPEC HPG members receive referral licenses as a membership benefit.

About SPEC
SPEC is a non-profit organization that establishes, maintains and approves benchmarks and standardized tools for evaluating the performance of the latest generation of computer systems. Its members include more than 120 leading hardware and software vendors, educational institutions, research organizations, and government agencies around the world.

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