IEEE-ACM International Conference on Green Computing and Communications and International Conference on Cyber, Physical and Social Computing (2010)
Hangshou, Zhejiang Province, China
Dec. 18, 2010 to Dec. 20, 2010
The insatiable demand of high performance computing is being driven by the most computationally intensive applications such as computational chemistry, climate modeling, nuclear physics, etc. The last couple of decades have observed a tremendous rise in supercomputers with architectures ranging from traditional clusters to system-on-a-chip in order to achieve the petaflop computing barrier. However, with advent of petaflop-plus computing, we have ushered in an era where power efficient system software stack is imperative for execution on exascale systems and beyond. At the same time, computationally intensive applications are exploring programming models beyond traditional message passing, as a combination of Partitioned Global Address Space (PGAS) languages and libraries, providing one-sided communication paradigm with put, get and accumulate primitives. To support the PGAS models, it is critical to design power efficient and high performance one-sided communication runtime systems. In this paper, we design and implement PASCoL, a high performance power aware one-sided communication library using Aggregate Remote Memory Copy Interface (ARMCI), the communication runtime system of Global Arrays. For various communication primitives provided by ARMCI, we study the impact of Dynamic Voltage/Frequency Scaling (DVFS) and a combination of interrupt (blocking)/polling based mechanisms provided by most modern interconnects. We implement our design and evaluate it with synthetic benchmarks using an Infini Band cluster. Our results indicate that PASCoL can achieve significant reduction in energy consumed per byte transfer without additional penalty for various one-sided communication primitives and various message sizes and data transfer patterns.
PGAS, Communication Runtime Systems, Energy Efficiency
K. Cameron et al., "Designing Energy Efficient Communication Runtime Systems for Data Centric Programming Models," IEEE-ACM International Conference on Green Computing and Communications and International Conference on Cyber, Physical and Social Computing(GREENCOM-CPSCOM), Hangshou, Zhejiang Province, China, 2010, pp. 229-236.