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Experiences readying applications for Exascale

Publication Type
Conference Paper
Book Title
SC '23: Proceedings of the International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis
Publication Date
Page Numbers
1 to 13
Publisher Location
New York, New York, United States of America
Conference Name
SC23: The International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage, and Analysis
Conference Location
Denver, Colorado, United States of America
Conference Sponsor
ACM, SIGHPC, IEEE computer society, TCHPC
Conference Date

The advent of Exascale computing invites an assessment of existing best practices for developing application readiness on the world's largest supercomputers. This work details observations from the last four years in preparing scientific applications to run on the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility's (OLCF) Frontier system. This paper addresses a range of topics in software including programmability, tuning, and portability considerations that are key to moving applications from existing systems to future installations. A set of representative workloads provides case studies for general system and software testing. We evaluate the use of early access systems for development across several generations of hardware. Finally, we discuss how best practices were identified and disseminated to the community through a wide range of activities including user-guides and trainings. We conclude with recommendations for ensuring application readiness on future leadership computing systems.