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Parallel and Distributed Processing Symposium, International (2011)
Anchorage, Alaska USA
May 16, 2011 to May 20, 2011
ISSN: 1530-2075
ISBN: 978-0-7695-4385-7
pp: 664-675
Simulation is a popular approach for predicting the performance of MPI applications for platforms that are not at one's disposal. It is also a way to teach the principles of parallel programming and high-performance computing to students without access to a parallel computer. In this work we present SMPI, a simulator for MPI applications that uses on-line simulation, i.e., the application is executed but part of the execution takes place within a simulation component. SMPI simulations account for network contention in a fast and scalable manner. SMPI also implements an original and validated piece-wise linear model for data transfer times between cluster nodes. Finally SMPI simulations of large-scale applications on large-scale platforms can be executed on a single node thanks to techniques to reduce the simulation's compute time and memory footprint. These contributions are validated via a large set of experiments in which SMPI is compared to popular MPI implementations with a view to assess its accuracy, scalability, and speed.

M. Quinson, S. Genaud, H. Casanova, P. Clauss, F. Suter and M. Stillwell, "Single Node On-Line Simulation of MPI Applications with SMPI," 25th IEEE International Parallel & Distributed Processing Symposium (IPDPS 2011)(IPDPS), Anchorage, AK, 2011, pp. 664-675.
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