Solution Performance

Parallel Ocean Program* (POP) is an ocean circulation model widely used in ocean and climate research. It is also incorporated into First Institute of Oceanography-Earth System Model version 1.0 (FIO-ESM v1.0) as the ocean component.

Hardware at-a-glance: Intel® Xeon® Gold 6148 processor

Software tools/libraries: Intel® C++ Compiler

“High-resolution POP has very high requirement for platform performance. Great to see good performance improvement on the new Intel® Xeon® Gold 6148 processor. This will fasten the simulation process of our application, and it will be one of our preferred platforms after further test.”
– Haixing Liu, Director of HPC Center, FIO, SOA

Product and Performance Information


FIO POP*: POP workload. OS: CentOS  7.3.1611. Testing by Intel May 2017.
Baseline: 2S Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2697 v4, 2.3GHz, 18 cores, turbo and HT on, 128GB total memory, 8 slots / 16GB / 2400 MT/s / DDR4, SATA3 4TB.
New: 2S Intel® Xeon® Platinum processor 6148, 2.4GHz, 20 cores, turbo and HT on, 192GB total memory, 12 slots / 16GB / 2666 MT/s / DDR4, s3700 800G SSD.


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