Accurate modeling of parallel scientific computations

David M. Nicol, James C. Townsend

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Scientific codes are usually parallelized by partitioning a grid among processors. To achieve top performance it is necessary to partition the grid so as to balance workload and minimize communication/synchronization costs. This problem is particularly acute when the grid is irregular, changes over the course of the computation, and is not known until load-time. Critical mapping and remapping decisions rest on our ability to accurately predict performance, given a description of a grid and its partition. This paper discusses one approach to this problem, and illustrates its use on a one-dimensional fluids code. The models we construct are shown empirically to be accurate, and are used to find optimal remapping schedules.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)165-170
Number of pages6
JournalPerformance Evaluation Review
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1989
Externally publishedYes
EventACM Sigmetrics and Performance '89 International Conference on Measurement and Modeling of Computer Systems - Proceedings - Berkeley, CA, USA
Duration: May 23 1989May 26 1989

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Computer Networks and Communications


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