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Performance Projection of HPC Applications Using SPEC CFP2006 Benchmarks

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Executive Summary

Performance projections of High Performance Computing (HPC) applications onto various hardware platforms are important for hardware vendors and HPC users. The projections aid hardware vendors in the design of future systems, enable them to compare the application performance across different existing and future systems, and help HPC users with system procurement and application refinements. In this paper, the authors present a method for projecting the node level performance of HPC applications using published data of industry standard benchmarks, the SPEC CFP2006, and hardware performance counter data from one base machine. In particular, they project performance of eight HPC applications onto four systems, utilizing processors from different vendors, using data from one base machine, the IBM p575.

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