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2016 45th International Conference on Parallel Processing (ICPP) (2016)
Philadelphia, PA, USA
Aug. 16, 2016 to Aug. 19, 2016
ISSN: 2332-5690
ISBN: 978-1-5090-2824-5
pp: 258-267
In HPC applications, one of the major overhead compared to sequential code, is communication cost. Application programmers often amortize this cost by overlapping communications with computation. To do so, they post a non-blocking MPI request, perform computation, and wait for communication completion, assuming MPI communication will progress in background. In this paper, we propose to measure what really happens when trying to overlap non-blocking point-to-point communications with computation. We explain how background progression works, we describe relevant test cases, we identify challenges for a benchmark, then we propose a benchmark suite to measure how much overlap happen in various cases. We exhibit overlap benchmark results on a wide panel of MPI libraries and hardware platforms. Finally, we classify, analyze, and explain the results using low-level traces to reveal the internal behavior of the MPI library.
application program interfaces, message passing, parallel processing

A. Denis and F. Trahay, "MPI Overlap: Benchmark and Analysis," 2016 45th International Conference on Parallel Processing (ICPP), Philadelphia, PA, USA, 2016, pp. 258-267.
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