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Design alternatives for implementing fence synchronization in MPI-2 one-sided communication for InfiniBand clusters

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Design alternatives for implementing fence synchronization in MPI-2 one-sided communication for InfiniBand clusters
Scientific computing has seen an immense growth in recent years. The Message Passing Interface (MPI) has become the de-facto standard for parallel programming model for distributed memory systems. As the system scale increases, application writers often try to increase the overlap of computation and communication. The MPI-2 standard expanded MPI to include one-sided communication semantics that has the potential for overlapping computation with communication. In this model synchronization between processes needs to be done explicitly to ensure completion before using the data. Fence is one of the mechanisms of providing such synchronization in the one-sided model. In this paper, we study a set of different alternatives for designing the fence synchronization mechanisms. We analyze the various trade-offs of these designs on networks like InfiniBand that provide Remote Direct Memory Access (RDMA) capabilities. We propose a novel design for implementing fence synchronization that uses RD...
Gopalakrishnan Santhanaraman, Tejus Gangadharappa,
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Type Journal
Year 2009
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Authors Gopalakrishnan Santhanaraman, Tejus Gangadharappa, Sundeep Narravula, Amith R. Mamidala, Dhabaleswar K. Panda
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