JUNE 18–22, 2017

Presentation Details

Name: A New Parallel Research Kernel to Expand Research on Dynamic Load-Balancing Capabilities
Time: Tuesday, June 20, 2017
11:00 am - 11:30 am
Room:   Panorama 3
Messe Frankfurt
Breaks:10:00 am - 11:00 am Coffee Break
Speaker:   Evangelos Georganas, Intel
Abstract:   The Parallel Research Kernels (PRK) are a tool to study parallel architectures and runtime systems from an application perspective. They provide paper and pencil specifications and reference implementations of elementary operations covering a broad range of parallel application patterns. Most of the current PRK are trivially statically load-balanced. In a prior study we described a novel PRK that requires dynamic load balancing, and demonstrated its effectiveness to assess automatic dynamic load balancing capabilities of runtimes. While useful, it did not fully represent the problem of greatest interest to researchers of extreme scale computing systems, namely the occurrence of localized, transient disturbances (system noise). For that purpose we introduce a new PRK, inspired by Adaptive Mesh Refinement (AMR) applications. We give a detailed specification of the new PRK, highlighting the challenges and corresponding design choices that make it compact, arbitrarily scalable and self-verifying. We also present an implementation of the AMR PRK in MPI, with application-specific load balancing, as well as one in Adaptive MPI that leverages the MPI version, but adds runtime orchestrated dynamic load balancing, along with a set of performance results. These show that for applications that can be load balanced statically, but that experience occasional localized changes in computational load, automatic dynamic load balancing typically does not offer an advantage.