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Distributing a climate model across gigabit networks

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9 Author(s)
Mechoso, C.R. ; Dept. of Atmos. Sci., California Univ., Los Angeles, CA, USA ; Ma, C.C. ; Farrara, J.D. ; Spahr, J.A.
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The authors investigate the distribution of a climate model across homogeneous and heterogeneous computer environments with nodes that can reside at geographically different locations. The application consists of an atmospheric general circulation model (AGCM) coupled to an oceanic general circulation model (OGCM). Three levels of code decomposition are considered to achieve a high degree of parallelism and to mask communication with computation. First, the domains of both the grid-point AGCM and OGCM are divided into sub-domains for which calculations are carried out concurrently (domain decomposition). Second, the model is decomposed based on the diversity of tasks performed by its major components (task decomposition). Last, computation and communication are organized in such a way that the exchange of data between different tasks is carried out in subdomains of the model domain (I/O decomposition). In a dedicated computer/network environment, the wall-clock time required by the resulting distributed application is reduced to that for the AGCM/Physics, with the other two model components and interprocessor communications running in parallel

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High-Performance Distributed Computing, 1992. (HPDC-1), Proceedings of the First International Symposium on

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9-11 Sep 1992