SC21 Proceedings

The International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage, and Analysis

Fusion Research Using Azure A100 HPC instances

Authors: Igor Sfiligoi (San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC)); Jeff Candy (General Atomics); and Devarajan Subramanian (Drizti Inc, Toronto)

Abstract: Fusion simulations have in the past required the use of leadership scale HPC resources to produce advances in physics. One such package is CGYRO, a premier multi-scale plasma turbulence simulation code. CGYRO is a typical HPC application that would not fit into a single node, as it requires O(100 GB) of memory and O(100 TFLOPS) worth of compute for relevant simulations. When distributed across multiple nodes, CGYRO requires high-throughput and low-latency networking to effectively use the compute resources. While in the past such compute may have required hundreds, or even thousands of nodes, recent advances in hardware capabilities allow for just a couple of nodes to deliver the necessary compute power. This paper presents our experience running CGYRO on NVIDIA A100 GPUs on InfiniBand-connected HPC resources in the Microsoft Azure Cloud. A comparison to older generation CPU and GPU Azure resources as well as on-prem resources is also provided.

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