An integrated suite of open-source computer codes for electronic-structure calculations and materials modeling at the nanoscale

Speedup Increased 1.4X1

Quantum ESPRESSO* is coordinated by the Quantum ESPRESSO Foundation of which the CINECA National Supercomputing Centre (Bologna) is a member. Quantum ESPRESSO has a growing worldwide user community in academic and industrial research. ESPRESSO is an acronym for opEn-Source Package for Research in Electronic Structure, Simulation, and Optimization*. Its intensive use of dense mathematical routines makes it an ideal candidate for manycore architectures, such as the Intel® Xeon Phi™ coprocessor. 

Quantum ESPRESSO is based on density-functional theory, plane waves, and pseudopotentials. It has evolved into a distribution of independent and interoperable codes in the spirit of an open-source project.

Running Quantum ESPRESSO code version 5.0.2+ on the Intel Xeon Phi coprocessor requires minimal modifications in the Quantum ESPRESSO build process and no Quantum ESPRESSO source modifications.

GRIR443 is a public PRACE benchmark suited for multi-node execution. AUSURF112 is a publicly available DEISA benchmark suited for single-node execution.

Performance Results

Quantum ESPRESSO* 5.0.3 GRIR443 performed up to 1.4X faster with the Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2697 v2 and the Intel® Xeon Phi™ coprocessor compared to the Intel Xeon processor E5-2697 v2 baseline.

Quantum ESPRESSO* 5.0.3 AUSURF112 performed up to 1.2X faster with the Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2697 v2 and the Intel® Xeon Phi™ coprocessor compared to the Intel Xeon processor E5-2697 v2 baseline.


Configuration Table

System Overview Intel® Xeon® Processor E5-2697 v2 with Intel® Xeon Phi™ Coprocessor 7120A
Platform Intel® R2208GZ4GC platform, 2U chassis, hot-swap drives, 24 DIMMs, 1 750W redundant power supply
CPU/Stepping Intel Xeon processor E5-2697 v2, 2.7 GHz , 12 core, 8 GT/s dual Intel® QuickPath Interconnect (Intel® QPI) links, 130 W, 3.5 GHz max turbo frequency, 768kB instr L1 / 3072kB L2 / 30MB L3 cache
Coprocessor Intel Xeon Phi coprocessor 7110 and 7120; 61 cores, 1.1 and 1.238 GHz, error-correcting code (ECC) enabled, Intel® Turbo Boost Technology disabled. Software details: Intel® Manycore Platform Software Stack (Intel® MPSS) version - 2.1.6720-13/16/19, Flash* version -
Memory Hynix HMT31GR7BFR-PB*, 64 GB total 8*8 GB 1600 MHz Reg ECC DDR3
Chipset Rev 4.6, SE5C600.86B.99.99.x069.071520130923
BIOS BIOS Configuration: default except: Intel Turbo Boost Technology enabled, Enhanced Intel SpeedStep® Technology enabled, surface-mount technology (SMT) enabled, non-uniform memory access (NUMA) enabled, memory speed 1600 MHz, Note: all prefetchers enabled (this is default)
GigE node adapter Intel® Ethernet Controller I350 (rev 01), 4 Gigabit network connections, only one connection in use
IB switch 36-port switch/rack Mellanox FDR* (model MSX6025F-1BFR), Firmware version:9_2_4002
IB adapters 36-port switch/rack Mellanox FDR (model MSX6025F-1BFR), Firmware version:9_2_4002
HDD specs SEAGATE ST9600205SS* (scsi), 1x600 GB SAS HDD 10kRPM
Operating system Red Hat Enterprise Linux* 6.4

Product and Performance Information


Benchmark results were obtained prior to implementation of recent software patches and firmware updates intended to address exploits referred to as "Spectre" and "Meltdown". Implementation of these updates may make these results inapplicable to your device or system.

Software and workloads used in performance tests may have been optimized for performance only on Intel® microprocessors. Performance tests, such as SYSmark* and MobileMark*, are measured using specific computer systems, components, software, operations and functions. Any change to any of those factors may cause the results to vary. You should consult other information and performance tests to assist you in fully evaluating your contemplated purchases, including the performance of that product when combined with other products. For more complete information visit https://www.intel.com/benchmarks.

Intel is a sponsor and member of the BenchmarkXPRT Development Community, and was the major developer of the XPRT family of benchmarks. Principled Technologies is the publisher of the XPRT family of benchmarks.