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Energy efficiency in HPC
A study of the performance of the ARM Marvell ThunderX2 processor
These days, energy efficiency is a basic requirement in HPC systems from an economic, technical and environmental point of view.
In this paper, some professors from the INFN (Italian National Nuclear Physics Istitute) of Ferrara talk about performing a study to evaluate the latest generation Marvell® ThunderX2® processors based on ARM, noted for their widespread use in low energy use applications in the context of large HPC installations.
The ERT benchmark was used, as well as two applications ready for HPC production. We at E4 have contributed to the development of this project, making our ARMIDA (ARM Infrastructure for the Development of Applications) cluster, based on Marvell® ThunderX2® processors, available.