A high-resolution global surface wave simulation MASNUM_WAVE, a 2016 Gordon Bell Prize finalist, has entered into the ASC Student Supercomputer Challenge 2017. In the preliminary contest, all teams are to optimize this numerical model on Sunway TaihuLight, the world’s fastest computer.
In the preliminary contest, the MASNUM workload contains two sets of data: one from the Western Pacific Ocean, the other of all global oceans. Both are actual data yet with different granuality. ASC supplies each team with over 1,000 cores to use on the Sunway TaihuLight.
To maximize MASNUM’s scalability on Sunway TaihuLight will be critical for all teams. The Sunway TaihuLight system uses China’s home-grown manycore processor SW26010. An excellent performance would require a grasp of this unique computing architecture, network between nodes, and utilization efficiency.
Other than optimizing this Gordon Bell Prize application, each team will also work on an AI traffic prediction, conduct an HPL benchmark on a Xeon Phi cluster, and design a supercomputing system under 3000W power consumption. The finalists of the ASC Student Supercomputer Challenge 2017 will be announced on March 13. The final competition will take place at the National Supercomputing Center in Wuxi from April 24 to April 28.
In ASC17, over 230 teams from 15 countries have registered to compete. Details about the ASC17 preliminary contest can be found at http://www.asc-events.org/ASC17/Preliminary.php