Integration of Intel Xeon Phi Servers into the HLRN-III Complex: Experiences, Performance and Lessons Learned
- The third generation of the North German Supercomputing Alliance (HLRN) compute and storage facilities comprises a Cray XC30 architecture with exclusively Intel Ivy Bridge compute nodes. In the second phase, scheduled for November 2014, the HLRN-III configuration will undergo a
substantial upgrade together with the option of integrating
accelerator nodes into the system. To support the decision-making process, a four-node Intel Xeon Phi cluster is integrated into the present HLRN-III infrastructure at ZIB. This integration includes user/project management, file system access and job management via the HLRN-III batch system. For selected workloads, in-depth analysis, migration and optimization work on Xeon Phi is in progress. We will report our experiences and lessons learned within the Xeon Phi installation and integration
process. For selected examples, initial results of the application evaluation on the Xeon Phi cluster platform will be discussed.