Sun Blade X6275 cluster delivers leading results for Fluent truck_111m benchmark

A Sun Blade 6048 Modular System with 16 Sun Blade X6275 Server Modules configured with QDR InfiniBand cluster interconnect delivered outstanding performance running the FLUENT benchmark test suite truck_111m case.

  • A cluster of Sun Blade X6275 server modules with 2.93 GHz Intel X5570 processors achieved leading 32-node performance for the largest truck test case, truck_111m.
  • The Sun Blade X6275 cluster delivered the best performance for the 64-core/8-node, 128-core/16-node, and 256-core/32-node configurations, outperforming the SGI Altix result by as much as 8%.
  • NOTE: These results are will not be published on the Fluent website as Fluent has stopped accepting results for this version.

Performance Landscape

FLUENT 12 Benchmark Test Suite - truck_111m
  Results are "Ratings" (bigger is better)
  Rating = No. of sequential runs of test case possible in 1 day = 86,400 sec/(Total Elapsed Run Time in seconds)

System (1)
cores Benchmark Test Case

Sun Blade X6275, 32 nodes 256 240.0
SGI Altix ICE 8200 IP95, 32 nodes 256 238.9
Intel Whitebox, 32 nodes 256 219.8

Sun Blade X6275, 16 nodes 128 129.6
SGI Altix ICE 8200 IP95, 16 nodes 128 120.8
Intel Whitebox, 16 nodes 128 116.9

Sun Blade X6275, 8 nodes 64 64.6
SGI Altix ICE 8200 IP95, 8 nodes 64 59.8
Intel Whitebox, 8 nodes 64 57.4

(1) Sun Blade X6275, X5570 QC 2.93GHz, QDR
Intel Whitebox, X5560 QC 2.8GHz, DDR
SGI Altix ICE 8200, X5570 QC 2.93GHz, DDR

Results and Configuration Summary

Hardware Configuration:

    16 x Sun Blade X6275 Server Module ( Dual-Node Blade, 32 nodes ) each node with
      2 x 2.93GHz Intel X5570 QC processors
      24 GB (6 x 4GB, 1333 MHz DDR3 dimms)
      On-board QDR InfiniBand Host Channel Adapters, QNEM

Software Configuration:

    OS: 64-bit SUSE Linux Enterprise Server SLES 10 SP 2
    Interconnect Software: OFED ver 1.4.1
    Shared File System: Lustre ver 1.8.1
    Application: FLUENT V12.0.16
    Benchmark: FLUENT 12 Benchmark Test Suite

Benchmark Description

The benchmark test are representative of typical user large CFD models intended for execution in distributed memory processor (DMP) mode over a cluster of multi-processor platforms.

Key Points and Best Practices

Observations About the Results

The Sun Blade X6275 cluster delivered excellent performance on the largest Fluent benchmark problem, truck_111m.

The Intel X5570 processors include a turbo boost feature coupled with a speedstep option in the CPU section of the advanced BIOS settings. This, under specific circumstances, can provide a cpu upclocking, temporarily increasing the processor frequency from 2.93GHz to 3.2GHz.

Memory placement is a very significant factor with Nehalem processors. Current Nehalem platforms have two sockets. Each socket has three memory channels and each channel has 3 bays for DIMMs. For example if one DIMM is placed in the 1st bay of each of the 3 channels the DIMM speed will be 1333 MHz with the X5570's altering the DIMM arrangement to an off balance configuration by say adding just one more DIMM into the 2nd bay of one channel will cause the DIMM frequency to drop from 1333 MHz to 1067 MHz.

About the FLUENT 12 Benchmark Test Suite

The FLUENT application performs computational fluid dynamic analysis on a variety of different types of flow and allows for chemically reacting species. transient dynamic and can be linear or nonlinear as far

  • CFD models tend to be very large where grid refinement is required to capture with accuracy conditions in the boundary layer region adjacent to the body over which flow is occurring. Fine grids are required to also determine accurate turbulence conditions. As such these models can run for many hours or even days as well using a large number of processors.
  • CFD models typically scale very well and are very suited for execution on clusters. The FLUENT 12 benchmark test cases scale well.
  • The memory requirements for the test cases in the FLUENT 12 benchmark test suite range from a few hundred megabytes to about 25 GB. As the job is distributed over multiple nodes the memory requirements per node correspondingly are reduced.
  • The benchmark test cases for the FLUENT module do not have a substantial I/O component. component. However performance will be enhanced very substantially by using high performance interconnects such as InfiniBand for inter node cluster message passing. This nodal message passing data can be stored locally on each node or on a shared file system.

See Also

Current FLUENT 12 Benchmark:

Disclosure Statement

All information on the Fluent website is Copyrighted 1995-2009 by Fluent Inc. Results from as of November 12, 2009 and this presentation.


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