Scalability and some optimization of the Finite-volumE Sea ice-Ocean Model, Version 2.0 (FESOM2)

Nikolay V. Koldunov, Vadym Aizinger, Natalja Rakowsky, Patrick Scholz, Dmitry Sidorenko, Sergey Danilov, Thomas Jung
2019 Geoscientific Model Development Discussions  
<p><strong>Abstract.</strong> A study of the scalability of the Finite-volumE Sea ice-Ocean circulation Model, Version 2.0 (FESOM2), the first mature global model of its kind formulated on unstructured meshes, is presented. This study includes an analysis of main computational kernels with a special focus on bottlenecks in parallel scalability. Several model enhancements, improving this scalability for large numbers of processes, are described and tested. Model grids at different resolutions
more » ... used on four HPC systems with differing computation and communication hardware to demonstrate model's scalability and throughput. Furthermore, strategies for improvements in parallel performance are presented and assessed. We show that in terms of throughput FESOM2.0 is on par with the state-of-the-art structured ocean models and in realistic eddy resolving configuration (1/10&amp;deg; resolution) can produce about 16 years per day on 14&amp;thinsp;000 cores. This suggests that unstructured-mesh models are becoming extremely competitive tools in high-resolution climate modelling. It is shown that main bottlenecks of FESOM parallel scalability are the two-dimensional components of the model, namely the computations of external (barotropic) mode and the sea-ice model. It is argued that these bottlenecks are shared with other general ocean circulation models.</p>
doi:10.5194/gmd-2018-334 fatcat:vq27gmw63fartpyovb5gb4vno4