MPICH2: A new start for MPI implementations

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This talk will describe MPICH2, an all-new implementation of MPI designed to support both MPI-1 and MPI-2 and to enable further research into MPI implementation technology. To achieve high-performance and scalability and to encourage experimentation, the design of MPICH2 is strongly modular. For example, the MPI topology routines can easily be replaced by implementations tuned to a specific environment, such as a geographically dispersed computational grid. The interface to the communication layers has been designed to exploit modern interconnects that are capable of remote memory access but can be implemented on older networks. An initial, TCP-based implementation, will be described in detail, illustrating the use of a simple, communication-channel interface. A multi-method device that provides TCP, VIA, and shared memory communication will also be discussed. Performance results for point-to-point and collective communication will be presented. These illustrate the advantages of the new design: the point-to-point TCP performance is close to the raw achievable latency and bandwidth, and the collective routines are significantly faster than the “classic” MPICH versions (more than a factor of two in some cases). Performance issues that arise in supporting MPI THREAD MULTIPLE will be discussed, and the role of a proper choice of implementation abstraction in achieving low-overhead will be illustrated with results from the MPICH2 implementation. Scalability to tens or hundreds of thousands of processors is another goal of the MPICH2 design. This talk will describe some of the features of MPICH2 that address scalability issues and current research targeting a system with 64K processing elements.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationRecent Advances in Parallel Virtual Machine and Message Passing Interface - 9th European PVM/MPI Users' Group Meeting, Proceedings
EditorsPeter Kacsuk, Jack Dongarra, Dieter Kranzlmüller, Jens Volkert
Number of pages1
ISBN (Print)3540442960, 9783540442967, 9783540442967
StatePublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes
Event9th European Parallel Virtual Machine and Message Passing Interface Users’ Group Meeting, PVM/MPI 2002 - Linz, Austria
Duration: Sep 29 2002Oct 2 2002

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Other9th European Parallel Virtual Machine and Message Passing Interface Users’ Group Meeting, PVM/MPI 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)


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