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Code: 21/2020
Title: Resilience and fault-tolerance in high-performance computing for numerical weather and climate prediction
Date: Thursday 16th April 2020
Author(s) : Benacchio, T.; Bonaventura, L.; Altenbernd, M.; Cantwell, C.d.; Düben, P.d.; Gillard, M.; Giraud, L.; Göddeke, D.; Raffin, E.; Teranishi, K.; Wedi, N.
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Abstract: Numerical weather and climate prediction rates as one of the scientific applications whose accuracy improvements greatly depend on the growth of the available computing power. As the number of cores in top computing facilities pushes into the millions, increasing average frequency of hardware and software failures forces users to review their algorithms and systems in order to protect simulations from breakdown. This report surveys approaches for fault-tolerance in numerical algorithms and system resilience in parallel simulations from the perspective of numerical weather and climate prediction systems. A selection of existing strategies is analyzed, featuring interpolation-restart and compressed checkpointing for the numerics, in-memory checkpointing, ULFM- and backup-based methods for the systems. Numerical examples showcase the performance of the techniques in addressing faults, with particular emphasis on iterative solvers for linear systems, a staple of atmospheric fluid flow solvers. The potential impact of these strategies is discussed in relation to current development of numerical weather prediction algorithms and systems towards the exascale. Trade-offs between performance, efficiency and effectiveness of resiliency strategies are analyzed and some recommendations outlined for future developments.

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The International Journal of High Performance Computing Applications