The survey on ARM processors for HPC


The ongoing effort to reach the exascale computing barrier has led to a myriad of research and publications in the topic of alternative energy-efficient architectures, such as ARM, for HPC systems. The staggering pace at which ARM architectures have evolved has increased the volume of publications on this topic even more. A complex subject as the race to exascale touches on several aspects such as floating-point performance, scalability issues in coupled workloads, net energy consumption and ratio of energy to performance. In this context, we see the opportunity to contribute to this subject by: (1) analyzing the state of the art to identify essential papers; (2) highlighting important developments of ARM architecture in support to HPC; (3) discussing both positive and negative trends observed regarding the use of ARM for HPC; and (4) listing key topics concerning the use of ARM for exascale computing, along with distinguished references for each one.

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The authors would like to acknowledge the National Laboratory for Scientific Computing Postgraduate program, CAPES (Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior) Ph.D. fellowship, the Atos Company through the cooperation project of Research, Development and Training of Human Resources in Computational Modeling and High-Performance Computing (conditioned to the receipt of resources by the Fundação de Apoio ao Desenvolvimento da Computação Científica-FACC) and CNPq (Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico) Grant Number 309873/2013-4.

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Yokoyama, D., Schulze, B., Borges, F. et al. The survey on ARM processors for HPC. J Supercomput 75, 7003–7036 (2019).

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  • Exascale
  • ARM
  • High-performance computing
  • Energy efficiency
  • Heterogeneous computing