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Another New Linux HPC Benchmark To Run

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Published on 27 December 2013 12:45 AM EST
Written by Michael Larabel in Hardware
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For those with some spare CPU cycles this holiday season, there's a new high-performance computing benchmark available via the Phoronix Test Suite and OpenBenchmarking.org. The latest workload that can be run via our fully-streamlined, automated, and reproducible benchmarking platform is the up and coming HPCG test.

As of last month it's been possible to run HPC Challenge with the Phoronix Test Suite. HPCC is very popular with the Top/Green 500 lists and outside of there it's also commonly used as a metric for measuring super-computer performance and clusters. That test profile is doing great and you can easily run it by simply typing phoronix-test-suite benchmark hpcc.

While in Russia for a few weeks and focusing upon the Phoronix Test Suite 5.0 GUI during this time, I took a break on Christmas to work on a new test profile covering High Performance Conjugate Gradient, HPCG. The HPCG test profile is based loosely on the HPCC test profile and is the latest high performance computing test generating interest within the industry.

High Performance Conjugate Gradient is a new HPC benchmark developed by Sandia National Labs that's designed to be a more relevant metric for HPC system ranking than HP LinkPack (HPL). HPCG is designed to be a more modern solution and it's currently being looked towards as a new complementary metric for future TOP500 testing.

High Performance Conjugate Gradient is written in C++ with MPI and OpenMP support. Those wishing to learn more about the test can visit the Sandia project page.

Running High Performance Conjugate Gradient can now be done in a similar way to HPCC with the Phoronix Test Suite by simply running phoronix-test-suite benchmark hpcg on any modern version of the Phoronix Test Suite! It's that easy!

The test profile with additional details can be found via HPCG on OpenBenchmarking.org. This test will be used in future CPU and system reviews on Phoronix.com as well with its arrival in our PTS/OpenBenchmarking.org portfolio.

About The Author
Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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