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1. Introduction to High-Performance Computing

Operating System: Linux*

Language: English

Audience: Cluster Users and Developers

Courseware Description:

These modules form an intensive two-day overview, with hands-on lab exercises, basics of high-performance cluster computing, use of cluster resources and application preparation. This courseware also includes an overview of performance analysis and tuning of multi-threaded and parallel applications, as well as application debugging and porting tips.

Course Objectives:

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Be able to understand and run cluster applications;
  • Prepare your own cluster ready application;
  • Basic cluster application optimizations;
  • Diagnose application stability problems;
  • Understand challenges and have basic recipes for application porting.

HPC Course Module Overview:

H.1.a Introduction to High Performance Cluster computing module (1 hour)

H.1.b Preparing applications to run on a cluster module (3 hours)

H.1.c Tuning HPC applications (3 hours)

H.1.e Tips for porting to 64-bit (Intel Processors) (1.5 hours)

 

H.1.a Introduction to High Performance Cluster computing module (1 hour)

ppt; 25 slides; 3.10 MB

 

Objectives:

  • Introduce basic concepts of cluster computing, evolution of parallel processing architectures
  • Describe hardware and software components of a cluster
  • Applications and usage models: Fine-Grained, Coarse-Grained, Embarrassingly Parallel Applications

 

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ppt; 50 slides; 1.11 MB

 

Objectives:

  • Use key compiler optimization switches
  • Link with standard libraries: BLAS, LAPACK, FFTW, etc
  • Link with MPI libraries
  • Creating PBSpro job submission script
    • Running large number of serial (non-MPI) jobs
    • Running MPI jobs
    • Running heterogeneous applications supporting MPI and OpenMP (ppn)

Agenda:

  • Compiler Switches
  • General Fortran & C++ switches
  • Optimized Mathematic Libraries
  • Introduction of OpenMP
  • MPI libraries
  • Job scheduling system
  • Running the jobs HOWTOs
  • Hands-on

 

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ppt; 45 slides; 1.62 MB

 

Objectives:

  • Understand and identify bottlenecks
  • Apply tuning methodologies

Agenda:

  • Application efficiency: scaling and tuning concepts
  • Monitoring application performance (? – Darwin)
  • Overview of parallel algorithms
  • Multithreaded Programming Methodology
  • MPI tuning

 

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ppt; 25 slides; 1.05 MB

 

Objectives:

  • Understand 64-bit porting concepts and issues

Agenda:

  • Port applications to 64-bit
  • Fighting copmpiler compatibility / compliance issues
  • MPI compliance issues

 

  • Preparing applications to run on a cluster module (3 hours)
  • Tuning HPC applications module (3 hours)
  • Debugging HPC applications module (2 hours)
  • Porting tips to 64-bit Intel processors module (1.5 hours)

 

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