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Applying the roofline performance model to the intel xeon phi knights landing processor

  • Author(s): Doerfler, D
  • Deslippe, J
  • Williams, S
  • Oliker, L
  • Cook, B
  • Kurth, T
  • Lobet, M
  • Malas, T
  • Vay, JL
  • Vincenti, H
  • Editor(s): Taufer, Michela
  • Mohr, Bernd
  • Kunkel, Julian M
  • et al.

© Springer International Publishing AG 2016. The Roofline Performance Model is a visually intuitive method used to bound the sustained peak floating-point performance of any given arithmetic kernel on any given processor architecture. In the Roofline, performance is nominally measured in floating-point operations per second as a function of arithmetic intensity (operations per byte of data). In this study we determine the Roofline for the Intel Knights Landing (KNL) processor, determining the sustained peak memory bandwidth and floating-point performance for all levels of the memory hierarchy, in all the different KNL cluster modes.We then determine arithmetic intensity and performance for a suite of application kernels being targeted for the KNL based supercomputer Cori, and make comparisons to current Intel Xeon processors. Cori is the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center’s (NERSC) next generation supercomputer. Scheduled for deployment mid-2016, it will be one of the earliest and largest KNL deployments in the world.

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