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Dynamic partitioning of non-uniform structured workloads with spacefilling curves

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2 Author(s)
Pilkington, J.R. ; Dept. of Comput. Sci. & Eng., California Univ., San Diego, La Jolla, CA, USA ; Baden, S.B.

We discuss inverse spacefilling partitioning (ISP), a partitioning strategy for non-uniform scientific computations running on distributed memory MIMD parallel computers. We consider the case of a dynamic workload distributed on a uniform mesh, and compare ISP against orthogonal recursive bisection (ORE) and a median of medians variant of ORE, ORB-MM. We present two results. First, ISP and ORB-MM are superior to ORE in rendering balanced workloads-because they are more fine-grained-and incur communication overheads that are comparable to ORE. Second, ISP is more attractive than ORB-MM from a software engineering standpoint because it avoids elaborate bookkeeping. Whereas ISP partitionings can be described succinctly as logically contiguous segments of the line, ORB-MM's partitionings are inherently unstructured. We describe the general d-dimensional ISP algorithm and report empirical results with two- and three-dimensional, non-hierarchical particle methods

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Parallel and Distributed Systems, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:7 ,  Issue: 3 )