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Dyn-MPI: Supporting MPI on Non Dedicated Clusters

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4 Author(s)
Weatherly, D.B. ; The University of Georgia, Athens ; Lowenthal, D.K. ; Nakazawa, M. ; Lowenthal, F.

Distributing data is a fundamental problem in implementing efficient distributed-memory parallel programs. The problem becomes more difficult in environments where the participating nodes are not dedicated to a parallel application. We are investigating the data distribution problem in non dedicated environments in the context of explicit message-passing programs. To address this problem, we have designed and implemented an extension to MPI called Dynamic MPI (Dyn-MPI). The key component of Dyn-MPI is its run-time system, which efficiently and automatically redistributes data on the fly when there are changes in the application or the underlying environment. Dyn-MPI supports efficient memory allocation, precise measurement of system load and computation time, and node removal. Performance results show that programs that use Dyn-MPI execute efficiently in non dedicated environments, including up to almost a three-fold improvement compared to programs that do not redistribute data and a 25% improvement over standard adaptive load balancing techniques.

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Supercomputing, 2003 ACM/IEEE Conference

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15-21 Nov. 2003