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2013 IEEE International Conference on Cluster Computing (CLUSTER) (2013)
Indianapolis, IN, USA
Sept. 23, 2013 to Sept. 27, 2013
ISBN: 978-1-4799-0898-1
pp: 1-8
Oreste Villa , NVIDIA, Santa Clara, CA, USA, 95051
Nitin Gawande , Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA, USA, 99352
Antonino Tumeo , Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA, USA, 99352
Reactive transport numerical models simulate chemical and microbiological reactions that occur along a flow-path. These models have to compute reactions for a large number of locations. They solve the set of ordinary differential equations (ODEs) that describes the reaction for each location through the Newton-Raphson technique. This technique involves computing a Jacobian matrix and a residual vector for each set of equations, and then solving iteratively the linearized system by performing Gaussian Elimination and LU decomposition until convergence. STOMP, a well known subsurface flow simulation tool, employs matrices with sizes in the order of 100×100 elements and, for numerical accuracy, LU factorization with full pivoting instead of the faster partial pivoting. Modern high performance computing systems are heterogeneous machines, whose nodes integrate both CPUs and GPUs, and expose unprecedented amounts of parallelism. To exploit all their computational power, applications must use both the types of processing elements. For the case of subsurface flow simulation, this mainly requires implementing efficient batched LU-based solvers and identifying efficient solutions for enabling load balancing among the different processors of the system. In this paper we discuss two approaches that allow scaling STOMP's performance on heterogeneous clusters. We initially identify the challenges in implementing batched LU-based solvers for small matrices on GPUs, and propose an implementation that fulfills STOMP's requirements. We compare this implementation to other existing solutions. Then, we combine the batched GPU solver with an OpenMP-based CPU solver, and present an adaptive load balancer that dynamically distributes the linear systems to solve between the two components inside a node. We show how these approaches, integrated into the full application, provide speed ups from 6 to 7 times on large problems, executed on up to 16 nodes of a cluster with two AMD Opteron 6272 and a Tesla M2090 per node.

O. Villa, N. Gawande and A. Tumeo, "Accelerating subsurface transport simulation on heterogeneous clusters," 2013 IEEE International Conference on Cluster Computing (CLUSTER), Indianapolis, IN, USA USA, 2014, pp. 1-8.
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