ALCF Computational Performance Workshop

ALCF Computational Performance Workshop

 

Work with staff experts to boost your performance on our resources

Held at the ALCF from May 15–17, our intensive three-day workshop is intended to help you achieve computational readiness on current and future HPC architectures.

  • Get 10+ full hours of dedicated hands-on time with ALCF and industry professionals 
  • Learn advanced techniques and tools to enhance code performance and increase your data science skills
  • Test and debug as you go with exclusive full-system reservations on Theta and Mira
  • Prepare for an allocation

The ALCF Computational Performance Workshop is intended for experienced HPC users with near-term goals of applying for a major allocation award. Registrants will be reviewed for experience level and will be asked to provide both a research summary and goals for attending.

Workshop has ended. Please view the agenda to see the slide presentations.

 

REGISTRATION DEADLINES:

  • Foreign Nationals: April 23, 2018
  • U.S. Citizen: April 30, 2018

* Please note: It is difficult for limousine and taxi drivers who are not U.S. citizens to enter the lab. Due to Argonne's strict entry restrictions, we strongly recommend that you contact United Limousine for your ground transportation needs. Be sure to notify United Limousine that you are traveling to Argonne National Laboratory.
United Limousine Reservations: 1-630-969-3865 
Airport Arrivals: 1-800-331-9037 or 1-630-969-3865

 

 

Agenda

Day 1 (Tues, May 15)

8:30 Shuttle from Guest House to TCS, Bldg. 240
9:00-9:10 Welcome to the Computational Performance Workshop - Mike Papka, ALCF
9:10-9:15 Introduction and Safety Review - Ray Loy, ALCF
9:15-10:00 ALCF System Architectures: Software and Job Submission - Chris Knight, ALCF
10:00-11:15

ALCF System Architectures: Hardware and Single-Core/Node Vectorization, Memory

 

Part 1: Overview and BG/Q - Scott Parker, ALCF

 

Part 2: KNL - John Pennycook, Intel

11:15-12:00 Hands-on: Performance Design Collaboration
12:00-1:00 ALCF Allocation Programs - Katherine Riley, ALCF
1:00-2:00 Performance Optimization II: Multi-Node Communication/Network Topology and Libraries
  Part 1: Overview and BG/Q - William Scullin, ALCF
  Part 2: Optimizing MPI on Theta - Sudheer Chunduri, ALCF
2:00-3:30 ALCF Performance Tools
 

Part 1: Profiling with HPCToolkit - Mark Krentel, Rice University

 

Part 2: TAU Performance Analysis - Sameer Shende, Paratools

3:30-5:00

Hands-on Session

5:15

Shuttle from TCS to Guest House

Day 2 (Wed, May 16)

8:30 Shuttle from Guest House to TCS, Bldg. 240
9:00-10:15 ALCF Theta Performance Tools
  Part 1: VTune Quick Start and Roofline Analysis - John Pennycook, Intel and Paulius Velesko, Intel
  Part 2: Cray Performance Tools - Colleen Bertoni, ALCF
10:15-10:30 Break
10:30-11:00 Debugging on ALCF Systems - Ray Loy, ALCF
11:00-11:50 Hands-on: Performance Benchmarking Collaboration
11:50-12:00 Group Photo
12:00-1:00 Single-node optimization towards more efficient and productive quantum Monte Carlo simulations - Ye Luo, ANL
1:00-1:45 ALCF Data and Learning Frameworks - Taylor Childers, ALCF
1:45-2:30 Optimizing I/O - Rick Zamora, ALCF
2:30-5:00 Hands-on Session
5:15 Shuttle from TCS to Guest House

Day 3 (Thurs, May 17)

8:30 Shuttle from Guest House to TCS, Bldg. 240
9:00-9:45 OpenMP on KNL - John Pennycook, Intel
9:45-10:30 Math Libraries - Michael D'Mello, Intel
10:30-10:35 ALCF Next Steps - Ray Loy, ALCF
10:35-10:45 Break
10:45-12:00 Hands-on: Performance Enhancements Collaboration
12:00-1:00 Visualization at ALCF - Joe Insley, ALCF and Silvio Rizzi, ALCF
1:00-1:45

Ensemble Jobs and Workflows - Tom Uram, ALCF

1:45-5:00

Hands-on Session

 

NOTE: No shuttle to Guest House. For assistance visit registration desk.

Lodging

A block of rooms has been reserved at ANL's on-site hotel, the Argonne Guest House (https://www.anlgh.org).

If you would like to stay there, please make a reservation through their web page or by calling 1(800) 632-8990 or 1(630) 739-6000.

Room Block: ALCF Computational Performance Workshop

   Rate: $88.40 plus 6% tax

   Block Dates: 5/14-5/18

   Block expires: 5/1

Your Required Gate Pass/Badge

Argonne is a badged facility. A gate pass (issued as a clip-on ID badge) is required to enter Argonne the lab. Once you are approved to attend this event, we will arrange for a gate pass to be ready for you to pick up at the Argonne Information Center, building 224, located outside the main Argonne gate ("Northgate") on Northgate Road off Cass Avenue. The Argonne Information Center is open from 6:30 a.m. to 4:55 p.m. central. If you arrive after hours, your gate pass will be available from the guards at the guardhouse. If you have not arranged in advance for your driver to receive a gate pass, he/she will not be allowed to drive you into the laboratory. See the Getting to Argonne tab for instructions.

Visitors who have been issued a gate pass may enter the site for Laboratory-approved activities subject to the time and date restrictions on their gate pass. All visitors are required to present photo identification, such as a driver’s license or passport, to receive a gate pass. Non-U.S. citizens must also provide INS documents (visa, passports, I-20, I-797A and/or DS2019). In addition, all those operating a motor vehicle on site must have a valid driver’s license. Passes must be worn in plain view, on the upper part of the body, at all times while on site. Gate passes may be used only to gain site access for the person to whom the pass was issued. Visitors, except Argonne Guest House or Lodging residents, may not authorize site access or issuance of a gate pass for any other person.

Getting to Argonne

If you are not traveling to Argonne via private or rental car, please note that limousine and taxi drivers who are not US citizens may be unable to enter the lab. We strongly recommend you contact United Limousine for your ground transportation needs. As a contracted provider, United Limousine is familiar with Argonne security processes and will assure your driver meets the requirements to enter the laboratory.

  • United Limousine Reservations: 1-630-969-3865 (IMPORTANT: Be sure to notify United Limousine that you are traveling to Argonne National Laboratory.)
  • Airport Arrivals: 1-800-331-9037 or 1-630-969-3865

Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF)
Building 240
9700 S. Cass Avenue
Argonne, IL  60439
North Entrance to Argonne in Google Maps

To Argonne coming from O'Hare International Airport: Take I-294 south to I-55. Exit west on I-55 (toward St. Louis) and continue for about four miles to Cass Avenue. Exit south on Cass and turn right at the Argonne sign on Northgate Road, immediately south of I-55. Follow Northgate Road to the Argonne Information Center.

To Argonne coming from Midway Airport: Take Cicero Avenue north to I-55. Enter I-55 south and continue for about 14 miles to Cass Avenue. Exit south on Cass and turn right at the Argonne sign on Northgate Road, immediately south of I-55. Follow Northgate Road to the Argonne Information Center.

Quick Reference

  • Project name
    • qsub -A Comp_Perf_Workshop

 

  • theta.alcf.anl.gov (11.69 petaflops KNL XC-40)
    • 9AM-6PM Queue: training (1K nodes) 
    • 6PM-12AM Queue: training (2K nodes - larger by request)
  • mira.alcf.anl.gov (10 petaflops Blue Gene/Q)
    • 9AM-6PM Queue: training (8K nodes)
    • 6PM-12AM Queue: training_pm (16K nodes - larger by request)
  • cooley.alcf.anl.gov (x86+GPU viz/analysis cluster)
    • 9AM-6PM Queue: R.training