Jul 20, 2023

High Performance Computing Linpack Benchmark

HPL is a software package that solves a random dense linear system in double precision 64 bits arithmetic on distributed-memory computers. It can thus be regarded as aportable as well as freely available implementation of the High Performance Computing Linpack Benchmark.

The algorithm used by HPL can be summarized by the following keywords Two-dimensional block-cyclic data distribution - Right-looking variant of the LU factorization with row partial pivoting featuring multiple look-ahead depths - Recursive panel factorization with pivot search and column broadcast combined - Various virtual panel broadcast topologies - bandwidth reducing swap-broadcast algorithm - backward substitution with look-ahead of depth 1.

The HPL package provides a testing and timing program to quantify the accuracy of the obtained solution as well as the time it took to compute it. The best performance achievable by this software on your system depends on a large variety of factors. Nonetheless, with some restrictive assumptions on the interconnection network, the algorithm described here and its attached implementation are scalable in the sense that their parallel efficiency is maintained constant with respect to the per processor memory usage.

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