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Sustainable and Reliable Computing with Tools: Analyzing Precision Appetites of CFD Applications with VerifiCarlo

June 27 @ 4:30 pm - 5:00 pm

The energy consumption constraint for large-scale computing encourages scientists to revise the architecture design of hardware but also applications, algorithms, as well as the underlying working/ storage precision. The main aim is to make the computing cost sustainable and apply the lagom principle (”not too much, not too little, the right amount”), especially when it comes to working/ storage precision. Thus, I will introduce an approach to address the issue of sustainable, but still reliable, computations from the perspective of computer arithmetic tools. Before lowering precision, one needs to ensure that the simulation is numerically correct, e.g. by relying on alternative floating-point models/ rounding to pinpoint numerical bugs and to estimate the accuracy. We employ VerifiCarlo and its variable precision backend to identify the parts of the code that benefit from smaller floating-point formats. Finally, we show preliminary results on proxies of CFD applications.