HPC Challenge

HPC Challenge (HPCC) is a cluster-focused benchmark consisting of the HPL Linpack TPP benchmark, DGEMM, STREAM, PTRANS, RandomAccess, FFT, and communication bandwidth and latency. This HPC Challenge test profile attempts to ship with standard yet versatile configuration/input files though they can be modified.

Supported install-time optional variables include $MPI_PATH, $MPI_INCLUDE, $MPI_CC, $MPI_LIBS, $LA_PATH, $LA_INCLUDE, $LA_LIBS, $CFLAGS, $LD_FLAGS, and $MPI_LD

To run this test with the Phoronix Test Suite, the basic command is: phoronix-test-suite benchmark hpcc.

Project Site


Test Created

2 November 2013

Last Updated

19 November 2020

Test Maintainer

Michael Larabel 

Test Type


Test Dependencies

C/C++ Compiler Toolchain + Fortran + OpenMPI + BLAS (Basic Linear Algebra Sub-Routine) + Linear Algebra Pack + LAPACK (Linear Algebra Pack)


300k+ Downloads

Supported Platforms

Public Result Uploads *Reported Installs **Reported Test Completions **Test Profile Page Views ***OpenBenchmarking.orgEventsHPC Challenge Popularity Statisticspts/hpcc2013.112014.032014.072014.112015.032015.072015.112016.032016.072016.112017.032017.072017.112018.032018.072018.112019.032019.072019.112020.032020.072020.112021.032021.072021.112022.032022.072022.112023.032023.072023.115K10K15K20K25K
* Uploading of benchmark result data to OpenBenchmarking.org is always optional (opt-in) via the Phoronix Test Suite for users wishing to share their results publicly.
** Data based on those opting to upload their test results to OpenBenchmarking.org and users enabling the opt-in anonymous statistics reporting while running benchmarks from an Internet-connected platform.
*** Test profile page view reporting began March 2021.
Data updated weekly as of 27 November 2023.
Random Ring Latency26.8%G-Random Access26.7%G-HPL46.5%Test / Class Option PopularityOpenBenchmarking.org

Revision History

pts/hpcc-1.2.8   [View Source]   Thu, 19 Nov 2020 18:15:58 GMT
Fix for building on AArch64 Ubuntu.

pts/hpcc-1.2.7   [View Source]   Sat, 19 Oct 2019 20:41:59 GMT
Add --allow-run-as-root option.

pts/hpcc-1.2.6   [View Source]   Fri, 14 Jun 2019 10:51:22 GMT
Build fixes for latest Ubuntu, also use NUM_CPU_PHYSICAL_CORES over NUM_CPU_CORES to avoid issue running on many SMT/HT systems from being oversubscribed.

pts/hpcc-1.2.5   [View Source]   Tue, 15 Jan 2019 11:26:27 GMT
Minor fixes to HPCC build script contributed by Daniel Blueman.

pts/hpcc-1.2.4   [View Source]   Sat, 28 Jul 2018 13:36:05 GMT
Fix for Ubuntu 18.04 building.

pts/hpcc-1.2.3   [View Source]   Sun, 17 Jun 2018 14:59:58 GMT
Fix for build script on Ubuntu 18.04.

pts/hpcc-1.2.2   [View Source]   Tue, 21 Nov 2017 09:36:15 GMT
Fix build on Debian

pts/hpcc-1.2.1   [View Source]   Fri, 29 Sep 2017 16:04:42 GMT
Fix HPCC build on distributions like Clear Linux

pts/hpcc-1.2.0   [View Source]   Tue, 08 Aug 2017 13:31:12 GMT
Rebase against HPCC 1.5.0 upstream

pts/hpcc-1.1.8   [View Source]   Tue, 08 Aug 2017 13:23:14 GMT
Fix build against Ubuntu 17.04

pts/hpcc-1.1.7   [View Source]   Mon, 10 Apr 2017 10:05:06 GMT
Be explicit about the hpcc location for mpirun

pts/hpcc-1.1.6   [View Source]   Thu, 25 Aug 2016 13:54:15 GMT
Update CFLAGS handling

pts/hpcc-1.1.5   [View Source]   Wed, 03 Dec 2014 12:18:19 GMT
Fix for building HPCC on Fedora

pts/hpcc-1.1.4   [View Source]   Sun, 08 Dec 2013 18:59:40 GMT
Add modified PATH and LD_PRELOAD to hpcc so the test profile can work out-of-the-box on Fedora 20.

pts/hpcc-1.1.3   [View Source]   Fri, 15 Nov 2013 09:35:33 GMT
Environment variable fix.

pts/hpcc-1.1.2   [View Source]   Thu, 14 Nov 2013 19:10:19 GMT
Still tweaking input file. Also add PreInstall and PostInstall messages.

pts/hpcc-1.1.1   [View Source]   Thu, 14 Nov 2013 18:59:07 GMT
Fix operand issue.

pts/hpcc-1.1.0   [View Source]   Thu, 14 Nov 2013 18:51:31 GMT
Readjust N and NB input file calculation for HPCC and also allow values to be overrode through N and NB environment variables.

pts/hpcc-1.0.5   [View Source]   Wed, 13 Nov 2013 22:58:38 GMT
Updates for customer.

pts/hpcc-1.0.4   [View Source]   Wed, 13 Nov 2013 08:48:14 GMT
Latest version.

pts/hpcc-1.0.3   [View Source]   Thu, 07 Nov 2013 12:35:40 GMT
More RHEL work for the Amazon EC2 cloud.

pts/hpcc-1.0.2   [View Source]   Thu, 07 Nov 2013 12:26:04 GMT
RHEL typo update.

pts/hpcc-1.0.1   [View Source]   Thu, 07 Nov 2013 12:23:03 GMT
Update HPCC with some stock locations for libraries on RHEL6.

pts/hpcc-1.0.0   [View Source]   Thu, 07 Nov 2013 09:59:19 GMT
HPC Challenge 1.0. Test profile should be in good shape. Also captures some new output test values.

pts/hpcc-0.4.0   [View Source]   Thu, 07 Nov 2013 07:37:37 GMT
Update to use MPI_NUM_THREADS and overall seems mostly in good shape now for verified test state.

pts/hpcc-0.3.2   [View Source]   Wed, 06 Nov 2013 09:45:45 GMT
Set LIB on latency, LA reporting.

pts/hpcc-0.3.1   [View Source]   Wed, 06 Nov 2013 08:47:41 GMT
Report linear algebra library name. Add in random ring bandwidth and latency result options.

pts/hpcc-0.3.0   [View Source]   Tue, 05 Nov 2013 14:26:03 GMT
Calculate NBs based off multiple of Pqs for input file to HPC challenge and other small work.

pts/hpcc-0.2.1   [View Source]   Tue, 05 Nov 2013 11:09:06 GMT
Add support for install-footnote and other minor changes.

pts/hpcc-0.2.0   [View Source]   Tue, 05 Nov 2013 09:48:57 GMT
Adjust CFLAGS, add support for new ResultPrecision parser XML tag.

pts/hpcc-0.1.7   [View Source]   Mon, 04 Nov 2013 23:03:23 GMT
With pts-core changes, reupload to OpenBenchmarking.org with ResultScale support.

pts/hpcc-0.1.6   [View Source]   Mon, 04 Nov 2013 22:48:24 GMT
HPC Challenge should now be working. Adds in use of new pts-core interfaces for result scale, plus other changes. Appears to be in good shape based upon local runs.

pts/hpcc-0.1.5   [View Source]   Mon, 04 Nov 2013 18:43:42 GMT
Allow HOSTFILE to be passed to MPI, allow overriding OMP_NUM_THREADS, and remove disabling of certain BLAS path checks. Almost ready for HPC Challenge benchmarking...

pts/hpcc-0.1.4   [View Source]   Mon, 04 Nov 2013 18:24:25 GMT
Support finding different linear algebra packages. Also support setting different MPI and LA packages via environment variables.

pts/hpcc-0.1.3   [View Source]   Sun, 03 Nov 2013 21:34:06 GMT
Simplify MPI_INCLUDE handling.

pts/hpcc-0.1.2   [View Source]   Sat, 02 Nov 2013 21:50:02 GMT
Add dynmic detection of OpenMPI, MPICH, and MPICH2 when generating HPCC Makefile.. Still WIP in getting HPC Challenge working on PTS>

pts/hpcc-0.1.1   [View Source]   Sat, 02 Nov 2013 18:16:00 GMT
Add initial HPL.dat generation script provided for HPCC. Not yet hooked up, etc. Still WIP.

pts/hpcc-0.1.0   [View Source]   Sat, 02 Nov 2013 16:08:47 GMT
Initial commit of HPC Challenge (HPCC) test profile as part of contracted work. This test profile is still early work in progress and not yet complete or operational. Uploading for reference and to work from other system.

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Performance Metrics

Analyze Test Configuration:

HPC Challenge 1.5.0

Test / Class: G-HPL

OpenBenchmarking.org metrics for this test profile configuration based on 545 public results since 8 August 2017 with the latest data as of 6 October 2023.

Below is an overview of the generalized performance for components where there is sufficient statistically significant data based upon user-uploaded results. It is important to keep in mind particularly in the Linux/open-source space there can be vastly different OS configurations, with this overview intended to offer just general guidance as to the performance expectations.

OpenBenchmarking.orgDistribution Of Public Results - Test / Class: G-HPL545 Results Range From 0 To 418 GFLOPS2040608010012014016018020022024026028030032034036038040042020406080100

Based on OpenBenchmarking.org data, the selected test / test configuration (HPC Challenge 1.5.0 - Test / Class: G-HPL) has an average run-time of 2 hours, 45 minutes. By default this test profile is set to run at least 3 times but may increase if the standard deviation exceeds pre-defined defaults or other calculations deem additional runs necessary for greater statistical accuracy of the result.

OpenBenchmarking.orgMinutesTime Required To Complete BenchmarkTest / Class: G-HPLRun-Time2004006008001000Min: 12 / Avg: 164.87 / Max: 1228

Based on public OpenBenchmarking.org results, the selected test / test configuration has an average standard deviation of 0.6%.

OpenBenchmarking.orgPercent, Fewer Is BetterAverage Deviation Between RunsTest / Class: G-HPLDeviation246810Min: 0 / Avg: 0.56 / Max: 4

Tested CPU Architectures

This benchmark has been successfully tested on the below mentioned architectures. The CPU architectures listed is where successful OpenBenchmarking.org result uploads occurred, namely for helping to determine if a given test is compatible with various alternative CPU architectures.

CPU Architecture
Kernel Identifier
Verified On
Intel / AMD x86 64-bit
(Many Processors)
ARMv8 64-bit
ARMv8 Neoverse-N1, ARMv8 Neoverse-V1, ARMv8 rev 3 6-Core, Apple M1 Pro

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