By Topic

Evaluating a High-Level Parallel Language (GpH) for Computational GRIDs

Sign In

Cookies must be enabled to login.After enabling cookies , please use refresh or reload or ctrl+f5 on the browser for the login options.

Formats Non-Member Member
$31 $13
Learn how you can qualify for the best price for this item!
Become an IEEE Member or Subscribe to
IEEE Xplore for exclusive pricing!
close button

puzzle piece

IEEE membership options for an individual and IEEE Xplore subscriptions for an organization offer the most affordable access to essential journal articles, conference papers, standards, eBooks, and eLearning courses.

Learn more about:

IEEE membership

IEEE Xplore subscriptions

4 Author(s)
Al Zain, A.D. ; Heriot-Watt Univ., Edinburgh ; Trinder, P.W. ; Michaelson, G.J. ; Loidl, H.-W.

Computational GRIDs potentially offer low-cost, readily available, and large-scale high-performance platforms. For the parallel execution of programs, however, computational GRIDs pose serious challenges: they are heterogeneous and have hierarchical and often shared interconnects, with high and variable latencies between clusters. This paper investigates whether a programming language with high-level parallel coordination and a distributed shared memory (DSM) model can deliver good and scalable performance on a range of computational GRID configurations. The high-level language Glasgow parallel Haskell (GpH) abstracts over the architectural complexities of the computational GRID, and we have developed GRID-GUM2, a sophisticated grid-specific implementation of GpH, to produce the first high-level DSM parallel language implementation for computational Grids. We report a systematic performance evaluation of GRID-GUM2 on combinations of high/low and homogeneous/heterogeneous computational GRIDS. We measure the performance of a small set of kernel parallel programs representing a variety of application areas, two parallel paradigms, and ranges of communication degree and parallel irregularity. We investigate GRID-GUM2's performance scalability on medium-scale heterogeneous and high-latency computational GRIDs and analyze the performance with respect to the program characteristics of communication frequency and degree of irregular parallelism.

Published in:

Parallel and Distributed Systems, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:19 ,  Issue: 2 )