Application scaling under shared virtual memory on a cluster of SMPs

Dongming Jiang, Brian O'Kelley, Xiang Yu, Sanjeev Kumar, Angelos Bilas, Jaswinder Pal Singh

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Abstract

In this paper we examine how application performance scales on a state-of-the-art shared virtual memory (SVM) system on a cluster with 64 processors, comprising 4-way SMPs connected with a fast system area network. The protocol we use is home-based and takes advantage of general-purpose data movement and mutual exclusion support provided by a programmable network interface. We find that while the level of application restructuring needed is quite high compared to applications that perform well on a hardware-coherent system of this scale, and larger problem sizes are needed for good performance, SVM, surprisingly, performs quite well at the 64-processor scale for a fairly wide range of applications, achieving at least half the parallel efficiency of a high-end hardware-coherent system and often much more. We explore further application restructurings than those developed earlier for smaller-scale SVM systems, examine the main remaining system and application bottlenecks, and point out directions for future research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages165-174
Number of pages10
DOIs
StatePublished - 1999
EventProceedings of the 1999 13th ACM International Conference on Supercomputing, ICS'99 - Rhodes, Greece
Duration: Jun 20 1999Jun 25 1999

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OtherProceedings of the 1999 13th ACM International Conference on Supercomputing, ICS'99
CityRhodes, Greece
Period6/20/996/25/99

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Science(all)

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