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SUMMARY The design of the Parallel Ocean Program (POP) is described with an emphasis on portability. Performance of POP is presented on a wide variety of computational architectures, including vector architectures and commodity clusters. Analysis of POP performance across machines is used to characterize performance and identify improvements while(More)
Fairness is an important issue when benchmarking parallel computers using application codes. The best parallel algorithm on one platform may not be the best on another. While it is not feasible to reevaluate parallel algorithms and reimplement large codes whenever new machines become available, it is possible to embed algorithmic options into codes that(More)
The scientific simulation capabilities of next generation high-end computing technology will depend on striking a balance among memory, processor, I/O, and local and global network performance across the breadth of the scientific simulation space. The Cray XT4 combines commodity AMD dual core Opteron processor technology with the second generation of Cray's(More)
The last decade has witnessed a rapid proliferation of superscalar cache-based microprocessors to build high-end computing (HEC) platforms, primarily because of their generality, scalability, and cost effectiveness. However, the growing gap between sustained and peak performance for full-scale scientific applications on conventional supercomputers has(More)
The spectral transform method is a standard numerical technique for solving partial diierential equations on a sphere and is widely used in atmospheric circulation models. Recent research has identiied several promising algorithms for implementing this method on massively parallel computers; however, no detailed comparison of the diierent algorithms has(More)
Oak Ridge National Laboratory recently received delivery of a 5,294 processor Cray XT3. The XT3 is Cray's third-generation massively parallel processing system. The system builds on a single processor node - built around the AMD Opteron - and uses a custom chip - called SeaStar - to provide interprocess or communication. In addition, the system uses a(More)
The Community Atmosphere Model (CAM) version 5 includes a spectral element dynamical core option from NCAR's High-Order Method Modeling Environment. It is a continuous Galerkin spectral finite element method designed for fully unstructured quadrilateral meshes. The current configurations in CAM are based on the cubed-sphere grid. The main motivation for(More)