Optimizing MPI Communication within Large Multicore Nodes with Kernel Assistance

TitleOptimizing MPI Communication within Large Multicore Nodes with Kernel Assistance
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsMoreaud, S, Goglin, B, Namyst, R, Goodell, D
Conference NameProc. Parallel & Distributed Processing, Workshops and PhD Forum
Date Published04/2010
PublisherIEEE
Abstract

<p>As the number of cores per node increases in modern clusters, intranode communication efficiency becomes critical to application performance. We present a study of the traditional double-copy model in MPICH2 and a kernel-assisted single-copy strategy with KNEM on different shared-memory hosts with up to 96 cores. We show that KNEM suffers less from process placement on these complex architectures. It improves throughput up to a factor of 2 for large messages for both point-to-point and collective operations, and significantly improves NPB execution time. We detail when to switch from one strategy to the other depending on the communication pattern and we show that I/OAT copy offload only appears to be an interesting solution for older architectures.</p>

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