A distributed computing approach to improve the performance of the Parallel Ocean Program (v2.1)

B.J.C. van Werkhoven, M. Kliphuis, H.A. Dijkstra, S.A. Brunnabend, M.A.J. van Meersbergen, F.J. Seinstra, H.E. Bal

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Abstract

The Parallel Ocean Program (POP) is used in many strongly eddying ocean circulation simulations. Ideally it would be desirable to be able to do thousand-yearlong simulations, but the current performance of POP prohibits these types of simulations. In this work, using a new distributed computing approach, two methods to improve the performance of POP are presented. The first is a blockpartitioning scheme for the optimization of the load balancing of POP such that it can be run efficiently in a multiplatform setting. The second is the implementation of part of the POP model code on graphics processing units (GPUs). We show that the combination of both innovations also leads to a substantial performance increase when running POP simultaneously over multiple computational platforms.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)267-281
JournalGeoscientific Model Development Discussions
Volume7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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