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A period-processor-time-minimal schedule for cubical mesh algorithms

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2 Author(s)
C. Scheiman ; Dept. of Comput. Sci., California Univ., Santa Barbara, CA, USA ; P. Cappello

Using a directed acyclic graph (dag) model of algorithms, we investigate precedence-constrained multiprocessor schedules for the n×n×n directed mesh. This cubical mesh is fundamental, representing the standard algorithm for square matrix product, as well as many other algorithms. Its completion requires at least 3n-2 multiprocessor steps. Time-minimal multiprocessor schedules that use as few processors as possible are called processor-time-minimal. For the cubical mesh, such a schedule requires at least [3n2/4] processors. Among such schedules, one with the minimum period (i.e., maximum throughput) is referred to as a period-processor-time-minimal schedule. The period of any processor-time-minimal schedule for the cubical mesh is at least 3n/2 steps. This lower bound is shown to be exact by constructing, for n a multiple of 6, a period-processor-time-minimal multiprocessor schedule that can be realized on a systolic array whose topology is a toroidally connected n/2×n/2×3 mesh

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IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems  (Volume:5 ,  Issue: 3 )