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MILC Staggered Conjugate Gradient Performance on Intel KNL

D. Doerfler, C. DeTar, S. Gottlieb, A. Jha, D. Kalamkar, R. Li, D. Toussaint

in 34th annual International Symposium on Lattice Field Theory

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We review our work done to optimize the staggered conjugate gradient (CG) algorithm in the MILC code for use with the Intel Knights Landing (KNL) architecture. KNL is the second gener- ation Intel Xeon Phi processor. It is capable of massive thread parallelism, data parallelism, and high on-board memory bandwidth and is being adopted in supercomputing centers for scientific research. The CG solver consumes the majority of time in production running, so we have spent most of our effort on it. We compare performance of an MPI+OpenMP baseline version of the MILC code with a version incorporating the QPhiX staggered CG solver, for both one-node and multi-node runs.