Toward asynchronous and MPI-interoperable active messages

Xin Zhao, Darius Buntinas, Judicael Zounmevo, James Dinan, David Goodell, Pavan Balaji, Rajeev Thakur, Ahmad Afsahi, William Gropp

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Many new large-scale applications have emerged recently and become important in areas such as bioinformatics and social networks. These applications are often data-intensive and involve irregular communication patterns and complex operations on remote processes. Active messages have proven effective for parallelizing such nontraditional applications. However, most current active messages frameworks are low-level and systemspecific, do not efficiently support asynchronous progress, and are not interoperable with two-sided and collective communications. In this paper, we present the design and implementation of an active messages framework inside MPI to provide portability and programmability, and we explore challenges when asynchronously handling active messages and other messages from the network as well as from shared memory. We test our implementation with a set of comprehensive benchmarks. Evaluation results show that our framework has the advantages of overlapping and interoperability, while introducing only a modest overhead.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages8
StatePublished - Aug 14 2013
Event13th IEEE/ACM International Symposium on Cluster, Cloud, and Grid Computing, CCGrid 2013 - Delft, Netherlands
Duration: May 13 2013May 16 2013


Other13th IEEE/ACM International Symposium on Cluster, Cloud, and Grid Computing, CCGrid 2013


  • Active messages
  • Asynchronous progress
  • Data-intensive applications
  • Interoperable
  • MPI

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software


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