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Subject: [OMPI users] Roadrunner blasts past the petaflop mark with Open MPI
From: Brad Benton (bradford.benton_at_[hidden])
Date: 2008-06-16 22:12:28


Greetings Open MPI users; we thought you'd be interested in the
following announcement...

A new supercomputer, powered by Open MPI, has broken the petaflop
barrier to become the world's fastest supercomputer. The
"Roadrunner" system was jointly developed by Los Alamos National
Laboratories and IBM. Roadrunner's design uses a cluster of AMD
dual-core processors coupled with computational accelerators based
on the IBM Cell Broadband Engine. The cluster consists of 3,060
nodes, each of which has 2 dual-core AMD processors and associated
Cell accelerators. The AMD nodes are connected with 4x DDR
InfiniBand links.

Open MPI was used as the communications library for the 12,240
processes comprising the Linpack run which broke the Petaflop
barrier at 1.026 Petaflop/s. The version of Open MPI used in the
run-for-record was a pre-release version of the upcoming 1.3
release. Enhancements in this release include modifications for
efficient, scalable process launch. As such, Open MPI was run
unmodified from a snapshot of the pre-1.3 source base (meaning:
there are no Roadrunner-specific enhancements that are unportable to
other environments -- all Open MPI users benefit from the
scalability and performance improvements contributed by the
Roadrunner project).

--Brad Benton
Open MPI/Roadrunner Team