Key Date

Dec 20th, 2013 registration due

Feb 27th, 2014, proposal submission due (preliminary challenge)

Apr. 21 - 25, 2014, final challenge




Preliminary Contest

Quantum Espresso

source code

3D-EW result
verification code

3D-EW testing

LICOM source code
and workload




Preliminary ContestProposal Requirements
(full requirements for ASC14 teams only)


I. A brief background description of the university`s or the department`s supercomputing activities

II. Introduction of the Team

III. Technical proposal requirements
1. Proposed design of the system architecture
The total power consumption of the system should be less than 3,000 W. Within the limit of the power consumption, the team should design the system to achieve the best performance of HPL and the Quantum Espresso application.
The design of the system architecture should include cluster software and hardware configuration, interconnection, power consumption and performance evaluation, and the analysis on the advantages and disadvantages of the proposed design.

2. HPL Test
The proposal should include descriptions of the software environment (operating system, complier, math library, MPI software and HPL version, etc.), the testing method, performance optimization methods and performance estimation, problem and solution analysis, etc. In-depth analysis into HPL’s algorithm and code is highly encouraged.
The HPL software can be downloaded from:

3. The Quantum Espresso (QE) Test
The proposal document shall include the description of the testing software environment (operating systems, compliers, math libraries, MPI software and application software, etc. with version information), the testing methods, performance optimization methods and performance estimation, problem and solution analysis, etc. In-depth analysis into QE’s algorithm and code is highly encouraged.
The QE software can be downloaded from:

4. Design and Optimization of 3D-EW on CPU+MIC platform
In this test, we require the teams to perform a design and performance optimization of the 3D Elastic Wave Modeling (3D-EW) code on the CPU+MIC hybrid platform.
3D-EW method is a kind of wave field extrapolation method to simulate the propagation of elastic wave in isotropic elastic medium. In this code, the P-wave and S-wave are simulated separately, so as to achieve a better understanding of the P-wave and S-wave propagation in the elastic medium. This method simulates the propagation of elastic waves through high-order finite difference methods.
The proposal should include a section to describe the design and optimization of the 3D-EW code on the CPU+MIC platform. The section should include description of the software and hardware environment, parallelization design methods, performance optimization methods, testing process and results, etc. In-depth analysis regarding principles, parallel algorithm and codes are recommended.

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