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Design and evaluation of a submesh allocation scheme for two-dimensional mesh-connected parallel computers

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Chang, J.M. ; Dept. of Comput. Sci., Illinois Inst. of Technol., Chicago, IL, USA

This paper presents the design and evaluation of a novel submesh allocation algorithm called the Optimized Buddy System which is derived from conventional binary buddy system. Our scheme is made feasible by using a bit-map to represent the status of the processors. The proposed scheme can be mapped into hardware directly to take the advantage of the speed of a pure combinational-logic implementation. Although the buddy system may allocate a submesh that is much larger than the requested size, the logic that finds a free submesh can be augmented by a “bit-flipper” to relinquish the unused portion at the end of the submesh. This effectively eliminates internal fragmentation. The hardware complexity of proposed scheme (i.e. and-gate tree, or-gate tree and bit-flipper) is O(m×n), where m×n is the total number of the processors. The unique blind spot issue of proposed system is also investigated. Simulation results show that the allocation efficiency of the proposed scheme is similar to the one that uses best-fit approach

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Parallel Architectures, Algorithms, and Networks, 1997. (I-SPAN '97) Proceedings., Third International Symposium on

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18-20 Dec 1997