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L2 Cache Performance Analysis and Optimizations for Processing HDF5 Data on Multi-core Nodes

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2 Author(s)
Bhowmik, R. ; Dept. of Comput. Sci., SUNY Binghamton, Binghamton, NY, USA ; Govindaraju, M.

It is important to design and develop scientific middleware libraries to harness the opportunities presented by emerging multi-core processors that are available on grid and cloud environments. Scientific middleware libraries not adhering or adapting to this programming paradigm can suffer from severe performance limitations while executing on emerging multi-core processors. In this paper, we focus on the utilization of a critical shared resource on chip multiprocessors (CMPs), the L2 cache. The way in which an application schedules and assigns processing work to each thread determines the access pattern of the shared L2 cache, which may result in either enhancing or diminishing the effects of memory latency on a multi-core processor. Therefore, while processing scientific datasets such as HDF5, it is essential to conduct fine-grained analysis of cache utilization, to make informed processing and scheduling decisions in multi-threaded programming. In this paper, using the TAU toolkit for performance feedback from dual- and quad-core machines, we analyze and recommend methods for effective scheduling of threads on multi-core nodes to augment the performance of scientific applications processing HDF5 data. We discuss the benefits that can be achieved by using L2 Cache-Affinity and L2 Balanced-Set based scheduling algorithms for improving L2 cache performance and effectively the overall execution time.

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Parallel and Distributed Processing with Applications (ISPA), 2012 IEEE 10th International Symposium on

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10-13 July 2012