Computational Fluid Dynamics in Solid Earth Sciences–a HPC challenge

Vlad Constantin Manea, Marina Manea, Mihai Pomeran, Lucian Besutiu, Luminita Zlagnean
2012 Acta Universitaria  
Presently, the Solid Earth Sciences started to move towards implementing High Performance Computational (HPC) research facilities. One of the key tenants of HPC is performance, which strongly depends on the interaction between software and hardware. In this paper, they are presented benchmark results from two HPC systems. Testing a Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) code specific for Solid Earth Sciences, the HPC system Horus, based on Gigabit Ethernet, performed reasonably well compared with
more » ... s counterpart CyberDyn, based on Infiniband QDR fabric. However, the HPCC CyberDyn based on low-latency high-speed QDR network dedicated to MPI traffic outperformed the HPCC Horus. Due to the high-resolution simulations involved in geodynamic research studies, HPC facilities used in Earth Sciences should benefit from larger up-front investment in future systems that are based on high-speed interconnects.
doi:10.15174/au.2012.357 fatcat:3et3bc43kncsbibyh6elgv436m