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GADGET is a freely available code for cosmological N-body/SPH simulations on massively parallel computers with distributed memory. GADGET uses an explicit communication model that is implemented with the standardized MPI communication interface. The code can be run on essentially all supercomputer systems presently in use, including clusters of workstations or individual PCs. source

The benchmark constructed contains 256 ^3 (~ 16.7 million) dark matter particles in 128 Mpc^3 volume. The initial conditions were generated using the MUSIC utility. The simulation is run from a scale factor of 0.2 (z=4) to a scale factor of 0.5 (z=1), in order to reduce total run time. Only a few output snapshots are generated to minimize IO overheads.

The runtime for this benchmark on the Dell C4130 (24 Haswell cores) is 60 minutes.

Installation Guide

mkdir GADGET
mkdir tars
mkdir libs
vim bashrc


source /opt/intel/bin/ intel64
source /opt/intel/mkl/bin/ intel64
export PATH=/opt/openmpi-1.8.7-intel/bin:$PATH
export LD_LIBRARY_PATH=/opt/openmpi-1.8.7-intel/lib:$LD_LIBRARY_PATH
export CC=icc
export CXX=icpc
export CFLAGS='-O3 -xHost'
export CXXFLAGS='-O3 -xHost'
export F77=ifort
export FC=ifort
export F90=ifort
export FFLAGS='-O3 -xHost'
export CPP='icc -E'
export CXXCPP='icpc -E'
source bashrc
cd ~/GADGET/tars
tar -xf gsl-1.16.tar.gz
cd gsl-1.16
./configure --prefix=/home/$USER/GADGET/libs/gsl
make -j4
make install
cd ~/GADGET/tars
tar -xf fftw-2.1.5.tar.gz
cd fftw-2.1.5
./configure --prefix=/home/$USER/GADGET/libs/fftw CC=mpicc FC=mpifort --enable-type-prefix --enable-mpi
make -j4
make install
make distclean
./configure --prefix=/home/$USER/GADGET/libs/fftw CC=mpicc FC=mpifort --enable-type-prefix --enable-mpi --enable-float
make -j4
make install

Download the pre-configured code source gadget-2.0.7.tar.gz

tar -xf Gadget-2.0.7.tar.gz
cd Gadget2 


Check that the dynamic libraries (Intel, GCC and GSL) are sourced (they should be from the bashrc file sourced previously).

ldd Gadget2
cd ~/GADGET/tars

Download the benchmark here: dm_128n256.tar.gz

tar -xf dm_256n128.tar.gz
mv dm_256n128 ..
cd ../dm_256n128
cp ../Gadget2/Gadget2 .

Run the benchmark using the script provided, after editing the number of MPI ranks


The script reports the total runtime (and dumps to time.log). The number of simulation time steps is available from the timings.txt file in the output directory.

tail output/timings.txt

From here, the metric 'timesteps per hour' can be determined.

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