Application-specific topology-aware mapping for three dimensional topologies

Abhinav Bhatelé, Laxmikant V Kale

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Abstract

The fastest supercomputers today such as Blue Gene/L and XT3 are connected by a 3-dimensional torus/mesh interconnect. Applications running on these machines can benefit from topology-awareness while mapping tasks to processors at runtime. By co-locating communicating tasks on nearby processors, the distance traveled by messages and hence the communication traffic can be minimized, thereby reducing communication latency and contention on the network. This paper describes preliminary work utilizing this technique and performance improvements resulting from it in the context of a n-dimensional k-point stencil program. It shows that for a fine-grained application with a high communication to computation ratio, topology-aware mapping has a significant impact on performance. Automated topology-aware mapping by the runtime using similar ideas can relieve the application writer from this burden and result in better performance. Preliminary work towards achieving this for a molecular dynamics application, NAMD, is also presented. Results on up to 32,768 processors of IBM's Blue Gene/L and 2,048 processors of Cray's XT3 support the ideas discussed in the paper.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationIPDPS Miami 2008 - Proceedings of the 22nd IEEE International Parallel and Distributed Processing Symposium, Program and CD-ROM
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 10 2008
EventIPDPS 2008 - 22nd IEEE International Parallel and Distributed Processing Symposium - Miami, FL, United States
Duration: Apr 14 2008Apr 18 2008

Publication series

NameIPDPS Miami 2008 - Proceedings of the 22nd IEEE International Parallel and Distributed Processing Symposium, Program and CD-ROM

Other

OtherIPDPS 2008 - 22nd IEEE International Parallel and Distributed Processing Symposium
CountryUnited States
CityMiami, FL
Period4/14/084/18/08

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Software
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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