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Accelerating Computational Fluid Dynamics on the IBM Blue Gene/P Supercomputer

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Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) is an increasingly important application domain for computational scientists. In this paper, we propose and analyze optimizations necessary to run CFD simulations consisting of multi-billion-cell mesh models on large processor systems. Our investigation leverages the general industrial Navier-Stokes open-source CFD application, Code_Saturne, developed by Electricité de France (EDF). Our work considers emerging processor features such as many-core, Symmetric Multi-threading (SMT), Single Instruction Multiple Data (SIMD), Transactional Memory, and Thread Level Speculation. Initially, we have targeted per-node performance improvements by reconstructing the code and data layouts to optimally use multiple threads. We present a general loop transformation that will enable the compiler to generate OpenMP threads effectively with minimal impact to overall code structure. A renumbering scheme for mesh faces is proposed to enhance thread-level parallelism and generally improve data locality. Performance results on IBM Blue Gene/P supercomputer and Intel Xeon Westmere cluster are included.

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Computer Architecture and High Performance Computing (SBAC-PAD), 2010 22nd International Symposium on

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27-30 Oct. 2010