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2017 GTC San Jose

S7535 - Potential Field Solutions of the Solar Corona: Converting a PCG Solver from MPI to MPI+OpenACC

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We'll describe a real-world example of adding OpenACC to a legacy MPI FORTRAN Preconditioned Conjugate Gradient code, and show timing results for multi-node, multi-GPU runs. The code's application is obtaining 3D spherical potential field (PF) solutions of the solar corona using observational boundary conditions. PF solutions yield approximations of the coronal magnetic field structure and can be used as initial/boundary conditions for MHD simulations with applications to space weather prediction. We highlight key tips and strategies used when converting the MPI code to MPI+OpenACC, including linking Fortran code to the cuSparse library, using CUDA-aware MPI, maintaining performance portability, and dealing with multi-node, multi-GPU run-time environments. We'll show timing results for three increasing-sized problems for running the code with MPI-only (up to 1728 CPU cores), and with MPI+GPU (up to 60 GPUs) using NVIDIA K80 and P100 GPUs.


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Intermediate
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Astronomy and Astrophysics HPC and Supercomputing
Higher Education / Research
25 minutes
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