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Amitabh B. Sinha, Klaus Schulten, and Helmut Heller. Performance analysis of a parallel molecular dynamics program. Computational Physics Communications, 78:265-278, 1994.

SINH94 EGO is a parallel molecular dynamics program running on Transputers. We conducted a performance analysis of the EGO program in order to determine whether it was effectively using the computational resources of Transputers. Our first concern was whether communication was overlapped with computation, so that the overheads due to communication not overlapped with computation were less. With the assistance of performance tools such as UPSHOT, and with instrumentation of the EGO program itself, we were able to determine that only 8% of the execution time of the EGO program was spent in non-overlapping communications. Our next concern was that the MFLOPS rating of the EGO program was 0.25 MFLOPS, while the Transputers have a sustained rating of 1.5 MFLOPS. We measured MFLOPS ratings of small blocks of OCCAM code and determined that they matched the performance of the EGO code.

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