Electrical Engineering
      and Computer Sciences

Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences

COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING

UC Berkeley

Evaluation of Architectural Support for Global Address-Based Communication in Large-Scale Parallel Machines

Arvind Krishnamurthy, Klaus E. Schauser, Chris J. Scheiman, David E. Culler, Katherine Yelick and Randolph Y. Wang

EECS Department
University of California, Berkeley
Technical Report No. UCB/CSD-98-984
January 1998

http://www.eecs.berkeley.edu/Pubs/TechRpts/1998/CSD-98-984.pdf

Large-scale parallel machines are incorporating increasingly sophisticated architectural support for user-level messaging and global memory access. We provide a systematic evaluation of a broad spectrum of current design alternatives based on our implementations of a global address language on the Thinking Machine CM-5, Intel Paragon, Meiko CS-2, Cray T3D, and Berkeley NOW. This evaluation includes a range of compilation strategies that make varying use of the network processor; each is optimized for the target architecture and the particular strategy. We analyze a family of interacting issues that determine the performance tradeoffs in each implementation, quantify the resulting latency, overhead, and bandwidth of the global access operations, and demonstrate the effects on application performance.


BibTeX citation:

@techreport{Krishnamurthy:CSD-98-984,
    Author = {Krishnamurthy, Arvind and Schauser, Klaus E. and Scheiman, Chris J. and Culler, David E. and Yelick, Katherine and Wang, Randolph Y.},
    Title = {Evaluation of Architectural Support for Global Address-Based Communication in Large-Scale Parallel Machines},
    Institution = {EECS Department, University of California, Berkeley},
    Year = {1998},
    Month = {Jan},
    URL = {http://www.eecs.berkeley.edu/Pubs/TechRpts/1998/5427.html},
    Number = {UCB/CSD-98-984},
    Abstract = {Large-scale parallel machines are incorporating increasingly sophisticated architectural support for user-level messaging and global memory access. We provide a systematic evaluation of a broad spectrum of current design alternatives based on our implementations of a global address language on the Thinking Machine CM-5, Intel Paragon, Meiko CS-2, Cray T3D, and Berkeley NOW. This evaluation includes a range of compilation strategies that make varying use of the network processor; each is optimized for the target architecture and the particular strategy. We analyze a family of interacting issues that determine the performance tradeoffs in each implementation, quantify the resulting latency, overhead, and bandwidth of the global access operations, and demonstrate the effects on application performance.}
}

EndNote citation:

%0 Report
%A Krishnamurthy, Arvind
%A Schauser, Klaus E.
%A Scheiman, Chris J.
%A Culler, David E.
%A Yelick, Katherine
%A Wang, Randolph Y.
%T Evaluation of Architectural Support for Global Address-Based Communication in Large-Scale Parallel Machines
%I EECS Department, University of California, Berkeley
%D 1998
%@ UCB/CSD-98-984
%U http://www.eecs.berkeley.edu/Pubs/TechRpts/1998/5427.html
%F Krishnamurthy:CSD-98-984