Benchmarking Performance: Influence of Task Location on Cluster Throughput

  • Manuel Rodríguez-Pascual
  • José Antonio MoríñigoEmail author
  • Rafael Mayo-García
Conference paper
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 796)


A variety of properties characterizes the execution of scientific applications on HPC environments (CPU, I/O or memory-bound, execution time, degree of parallelism, dedicated computational resources, strong- and weak-scaling behaviour, to cite some). This situation causes scheduling decisions to have a great influence on the performance of the applications, making difficult to achieve an optimal exploitation with cost-effective strategies of the HPC resources. In this work the NAS Parallel Benchmarks have been executed in a systematic way in a modern state-of-the-art and an older cluster, to identify dependencies between MPI tasks mapping and the speedup or resource occupation. A full characterization with micro-benchmarks has been performed. Then, an examination on how different task grouping strategies and cluster setups affect the execution time of jobs and infrastructure throughput. As a result, criteria for cluster setup arise linked to maximize performance of individual jobs, total cluster throughput or achieving better scheduling. It is expected that this work will be of interest on the design of scheduling policies and useful to HPC administrators.


MPI application performance Benchmarking Cluster throughput NAS Parallel Benchmarks 



This work was supported by the COST Action NESUS (IC1305) and partially funded by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness project CODEC2 (TIN2015-63562-R) and EU H2020 project HPC4E (grant agreement n 689772).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Manuel Rodríguez-Pascual
    • 1
  • José Antonio Moríñigo
    • 1
    Email author
  • Rafael Mayo-García
    • 1
  1. 1.Centro de Investigaciones Energéticas, Medioambientales y Tecnológicas CIEMATMadridSpain

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