Another New Linux HPC Benchmark To Run
Written by Michael Larabel in Hardware on 27 December 2013 at 12:45 AM EST. Add A Comment
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.
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