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NAMD benchmarks and scaling-up

The tests were performed with a 59428-atom system, identical with the one used for the Molecular dynamics studies of HrcQb. A short (1000 steps) MD run was performed with varying number of processors and the benchmark times reported by NAMD were noted. The cluster during these tests was otherwise idle.


1,2,4,6,8 and 9 processors (that is, server plus newest nodes). Note that the 1-processor benchmark was obtained on one of the compute nodes (pc10, not the server). This explains the value of 2.18 for the 2-processor case. Also note that the 9th processor is a node located outside the cluster room which is connected with the cluster via an additional hub. The result is that for this node the network latency is higher (see Raw TCP performance).

Number of processorsDays per nanosecond of simulationScale-up
117.4641.00
28.0132.18
44.7553.67
63.7994.60
82.7946.25
92.6166.67

Graphical comparison with the ideal (linear) scaling-up :

NAMD scale-up for 1,2,4,6,8,9 procs.


Extending the test to include the slower nodes as well gives the following table :

Number of processorsDays per nanosecond of simulationScale-up
117.4641.00
28.0132.18
44.7553.67
63.7994.60
82.7946.25
92.6166.67
102.5816.76
122.5526.84
142.4127.24
162.3277.50
182.1708.05

Graphical comparison with the ideal (linear) scaling-up :

NAMD scale-up for all processors