Initial Explorations of ARM Processors for Scientific Computing

David Abdurachmanov, Peter Elmer, Giulio Eulisse, Shahzad Muzaffar
Digital Science and Computing Center, Faculty of Mathematics and Informatics, Vilnius University, Vilnius, Lithuania
arXiv:1311.0269 [physics.comp-ph], (1 Nov 2013)


   author={Abdurachmanov}, D. and {Elmer}, P. and {Eulisse}, G. and {Muzaffar}, S.},

   title={"{Initial Explorations of ARM Processors for Scientific Computing}"},

   journal={ArXiv e-prints},




   keywords={Physics – Computational Physics, Computer Science – Distributed, Parallel, and Cluster Computing, Computer Science – Numerical Analysis, High Energy Physics – Experiment},




   adsnote={Provided by the SAO/NASA Astrophysics Data System}


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Power efficiency is becoming an ever more important metric for both high performance and high throughput computing. Over the course of next decade it is expected that flops/watt will be a major driver for the evolution of computer architecture. Servers with large numbers of ARM processors, already ubiquitous in mobile computing, are a promising alternative to traditional x86-64 computing. We present the results of our initial investigations into the use of ARM processors for scientific computing applications. In particular we report the results from our work with a current generation ARMv7 development board to explore ARM-specific issues regarding the software development environment, operating system, performance benchmarks and issues for porting High Energy Physics software.
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