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SCHEDULE: NOV 13-19, 2010

The 2010 HPC Challenge Awards

SESSION: The 2010 HPC Challenge Awards

EVENT TYPE: Birds of a Feather

TIME: 12:15PM - 1:15PM

SESSION LEADER(S):Piotr Luszczek, Jeremy Kepner


The 2010 HPC Challenge Awards is a competition with awards in two classes: Class 1 and 2. Class 1: Best Performance awards best run submitted to the HPC Challenge website. Since there are multiple tests, the term "best" is subjective. It has been decided by the committee that winners in four categories will be announced: HPL, Global-RandomAccess, EP-STREAM-Triad per system, and Global-FFT. Class 2: Most Elegant awards implementation of four or more of the HPC Challenge benchmarks with special emphasis being placed on: HPL, Global-RandomAccess, STREAM-Triad and Global-FFT. This award would be weighted 50% on performance and 50% on code elegance/clarity/size. In addition, we allow presentation of additional codes that are critical to scientific applications. Competition in Class 1 offers a rich view of contemporary supercomputers as they compete for supremacy not just in one category but in four. The four categories were chosen carefully to stress variety of components of a modern high-end machine: computational units (multicore processors and accelerators), memory hierarchy (caches and TLBs), as well as the interconnect fabric. The richness of information available from the submitted results allows for comprehensive analysis of the competing systems and results in better understanding of both their strengths and weaknesses. Class 2, on the other hand, offers a glimpse into high end programming technologies and the effectiveness of their implementation. The audience will have a chance to look at new programming environments. The presenters are required to compared themselves against the reference implementation and show advantages of their approach in terms of programmer productivity and achieved performance. By using the existing HPCC kernels we allow for easy-to-follow introduction to new programming languages. And by allowing additional scientific kernels into the contest, we broaden the scope of Class 2 and make it more appealing to wider audience.

Session Leader Details:

Piotr Luszczek (Primary Session Leader) - University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Jeremy Kepner (Secondary Session Leader) - MIT Lincoln Laboratory

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