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Design and implementation of a parallel I/O runtime system for irregular applications

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5 Author(s)
Jaechun No ; Dept. of Electr. Eng. & Comput. Syst., Syracuse Univ., NY, USA ; Sung-Soon Park ; Carretero, J. ; Choudhary, A.
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In this paper we present the design, implementation and evaluation of a runtime system based on collective I/O techniques for irregular applications. We present two models, namely, “Collective I/O” and “Pipelined Collective I/O”. In the first scheme, all processors participate in the I/O simultaneously making scheduling of I/O requests simpler but creating a possibility of contention at the I/O nodes. In the second approach, processors are grouped into several groups, so that only one group performs I/O simultaneously, while the next group performs communication to rearrange data, and this entire process is pipelined to reduce I/O node contention dynamically. Both models have been optimized by using software caching, chunking and on-line compression mechanisms. We demonstrate that we can obtain significantly high-performance for I/O above what has been possible so far. The performance results are presented on an Intel Paragon and on the ASCI/Red teraflops machine at Sandia National Labs

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Parallel Processing Symposium, 1998. IPPS/SPDP 1998. Proceedings of the First Merged International ... and Symposium on Parallel and Distributed Processing 1998

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30 Mar-3 Apr 1998