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Performance evaluation of a communication optimization model in network-based parallel computing

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3 Author(s)
Ming Zhu ; Sch. of Comput. Eng., Nanyang Technol. Univ., Singapore ; Wentong Cai ; Bu-Sung Lee

Network based distributed computing has been gaining popularity over the past decade. Many parallel programming languages and related parallel programming modes are becoming widely accepted. However, the execution of parallel applications on distributed systems has been hampered by the high communication overhead. To reduce the communication overhead and the completion time of a parallel application, we propose a key message model for parallel computing on network of workstations (NOWs). In the key message model, all messages generated in a key message path are prioritized. A key message path in a task graph is defined as the path that is optimized by the key message algorithm. All messages generated in a key message path are prioritized. Besides, the key message algorithm automatically finds the key message paths. In this paper, we first describe the algorithm that identifies the key messages to be prioritized in a parallel application, then analyze the cost of the algorithm, and finally evaluate the performance of the algorithm in a simulation. Our preliminary analysis of the algorithm shows improvement over the system which does not use prioritization scheme

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Parallel Processing, 2000. Proceedings. 2000 International Workshops on

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