Design and Implementation of a Parallel I/O Runtime System for Irregular Applications

Authors: No, J.1; Park, S-s.2; Carretero Perez, J.3; Choudhary, A.4

Source: Journal of Parallel and Distributed Computing, Volume 62, Number 2, February 2002 , pp. 193-220(28)

Publisher: Academic Press

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Abstract:

We present the design, implementation, and evaluation of a runtime system based on collective I/O techniques for irregular applications. The design is motivated by the requirements of a large number of science and engineering applications including teraflops applications, where the data must be reorganized into a canonical form for further processing or restarts. We present two designs: “collective I/O” and “pipelined collective I/O.” In the first design, all processors participate in I/O simultaneously, making scheduling of I/O requests simpler but creating possible contention at the I/O nodes. In the second design, processors are organized into several groups so that only one group performs I/O while the next group performs the communication to rearrange data and this entire process is dynamically pipelined to reduce I/O node contention. In other words, the design provides support for dynamic contention management. We also present a software caching method using collective I/O to reduce I/O cost by reusing the data already present in the memory of other nodes. Chunking and on-line compression mechanisms are included in both models. We present performance results on the Intel Paragon at Caltech and on the ASCI/Red teraflops machine at Sandia National Laboratories. © 2002 Elsevier Science (USA).

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.0000/036012799267675

Affiliations: 1: Mathematics and Computer Science Division, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, Illinois, 60440 2: Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Anyang University, Republic of Korea 3: Departamento de Informatica, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Leganes, 28911, Spain 4: Electrical and Computer Engineering, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, 60208

Publication date: February 1, 2002

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