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High Performance Benchmarking Tutorial at SC15

Project Leads: Robert Henschel, Huian Li

Divisions/Groups who enabled highlight:  UITS Research Technologies' High Performance Systems (HPS) and Scientific Applications and Performance Tuning (SciAPT)

HPB at SC15
Figure 1. Ongoing tutorial session at SC15 (Austin convention center, Texas).

IU's Pervasive Technology Institute, jointly with the SPEC High Performance Group, organized the tutorial "Towards Comprehensive System Comparison: Using the SPEC HPG Benchmarks for Better Analysis, Evaluation, and Procurement of next-generation HPC systems" at the International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis conference (SC15). Together with other members of the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation's (SPEC) High Performance Group (HPG), PTI's Robert Henschel and Huian Li introduced the SPEC HPG benchmarks to an audience of 55 people from all around the world.

The tutorial first provided an overview of the SPEC HPG benchmark suites and their philosophy, and then focused in-depth on how to use the benchmarks and how to interpret the results. In a mix of presentations and hands-on exercises, participants were guided through the process of obtaining, installing and using the benchmarks as well as how to submit results to SPEC for publication. Indiana University's Karst and Big Red II systems were used as the platform for the hands-on exercises. Initial feedback from the participants was very positive and PTI is looking forward to offering the tutorial again at the conference next year.

The High Performance Systems (HPS) group implements, operates, and supports some of the fastest supercomputers in the world, IU's Big Red II, the Quarry cluster, Karst, and the large memory Mason system, in order to advance Indiana University's mission in research, training, and engagement in the state. HPS also supports databases and database engines used by the IU community.

The mission of the Scientific Applications and Performance Tuning (SciAPT) group is to deliver and support software tools that promote effective and efficient use of IU's advanced cyberinfrastructure which, in turn, improves research and enables discoveries.

For information about the Pervasive Technology Institute, the Research Technologies Division of UITS, and IU’s advanced cyberinfrastructure see