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Keynote I: "An Overview of High Performance computing and Using Mixed Precision in Numerical Computations to Speedup Linear Algebra Solvers"

Jack Dongarra; University of Tennessee, USA and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA, and University of Manchester


Low-precision floating-point arithmetic is a powerful tool for accelerating scientific computing applications, especially those in artificial intelligence. Here, we present an investigation showing that other high-performance computing (HPC) applications can also harness this power. Specifically, we use the general HPC problem, Ax=b, where A is a large dense matrix, and a double precision (FP64) solution is needed for accuracy. Our approach is based on mixed-precision (FP16 and FP64) iterative refinement, and we generalize and extend prior advances into a framework, for which we develop architecture-specific algorithms and highly tuned implementations. These new methods show how using half-precision Tensor Cores (FP16-TC) for the arithmetic can provide up to 4×speedup. This is due to the performance boost that the FP16-TC provide as well as to the improved accuracy over the classical FP16 arithmetic that is obtained because the GEMM accumulation occurs in FP32 arithmetic.
Jack Dongarra holds an appointment at the University of Tennessee, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and the University of Manchester. He specializes in numerical algorithms in linear algebra, parallel computing, use of advanced-computer architectures, programming methodology, and tools for parallel computers. He was awarded the IEEE Sid Fernbach Award in 2004; in 2008 he was the recipient of the first IEEE Medal of Excellence in Scalable Computing; in 2010 he was the first recipient of the SIAM Special Interest Group on Supercomputing's award for Career Achievement; in 2011 he was the recipient of the IEEE Charles Babbage Award; in 2013 he received the ACM/IEEE Ken Kennedy Award; in 2019 he received the ACM/SIAM Computational Science and Engineering Prize, and in 2020 he received the IEEE Computer Pioneer Award. He is a Fellow of the AAAS, ACM, IEEE, and SIAM and a foreign member of the Russian Academy of Science, a foreign member of the British Royal Society, and a member of the US National Academy of Engineering.



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