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2008 IEEE Fourth International Conference on eScience (2008)
Indianapolis, IN
Dec. 7, 2008 to Dec. 12, 2008
ISBN: 978-1-4244-3380-3
pp: 309-316
We present a novel rails approach so that future e-Science applications can effectively exploit future system architectures, including multi-core and many-core architectures, multiple network cards, multiple graphical processing units and hybrid hierarchical memory architectures. We define "rail" as the co-scheduling of two or more of these resources. This approach enables creation of parallel multi-rails through every aspect of an end system: from processing on the multi- and many cores, to generation of multiple data flows and streaming over multi-lane network interface card (NIC) connected via a parallel interconnect. We describe a novel open-source multi-rail toolkit and the evaluation of end-system parameters that impact the efficiency of such multi-rail systems, including Interrupt, Memory, Thread and Core Affinities -- key properties for achieving scalable performance.
High-performance computing, topology-aware resource allocation, high-level abstractions, multi-core computing

V. Vishwanath et al., "The Rails Toolkit ," 2008 IEEE Fourth International Conference on eScience(ESCIENCE), Indianapolis, IN, 2008, pp. 309-316.
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