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Bulk Synchronous Parallel: practical experience with a model for parallel computing

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2 Author(s)
R. Krizanc ; Sch. of Comput. Sci., Carleton Univ., Ottawa, Ont., Canada ; A. Saarimaki

Valiant proposed the Bulk Synchronous Parallel (BSP) model as a possible model for parallel computing. He refers to BSP as a “bridging” model, being applicable to both system and algorithm design. The model allows hardware and software design to proceed independently but ensures compatibility between parallel computers and parallel programs. This paper explores the practical use of BSP, focusing on the portability and predictability it offers, without incurring any significant loss in efficiency. A BSP algorithm for sorting proposed by Gerbessiotis and Valiant is implemented in a portable fashion on three different parallel computers, specifically an Intel iPSC/860, a Transtech Parastation and an Alex AVX Series 2. The program uses a standard library of functions designed and implemented for each machine to support the BSP model. The measured performance of the program is compared to the BSP predictions and to other sorting results on similar machines to provide evidence for the utility of the BSP model

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Parallel Architectures and Compilation Techniques, 1996., Proceedings of the 1996 Conference on

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Oct 1996