Topology aware task mapping techniques: An API and case study

Abhinav Bhatelé, Eric Bohm, Laxmikant V Kale

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Optimal network performance is critical to efficient parallel scaling for communication-bound applications on large machines.With wormhole routing, no-load latencies do not increase significantly with number of hops traveled. Yet, we, and others have recently shown that in presence of contention, message latencies can grow substantially large. Hence task mapping strategies should take the topology of the machine into account on large machines. This poster presents a uniform API which provides topology information on 3D tori like IBM Blue Gene and Cray XT machines. We present techniques to use this API to improve performance. The API can be used by user-level codes to obtain information about allocated partitions at runtime which is essential for mapping. We motivate why it is important to consider network topology, using a simple 3D Stencil kernel. We then present mapping strategies for a production code, OpenAtom, running on threedimensional torus and mesh topologies. OpenAtom presents complex communication scenarios of interaction between multiple groups of objects. Results are presented in the context of 3D Stencil and OpenAtom on up to 16,384 processors of Blue Gene/L, 8,192 processors of Blue Gene/P and 2,048 processors of Cray XT3.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)301-302
Number of pages2
JournalACM SIGPLAN Notices
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2009


  • Communication
  • Mapping
  • Performance
  • Topology
  • Torus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)


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