Enhancing Data Locality for Dynamic Simulations through Asynchronous Data Transformations and Adaptive Control
2011 International Conference on Parallel Architectures and Compilation Techniques (2011)
Galveston, Texas USA
Oct. 10, 2011 to Oct. 14, 2011
DOI Bookmark: http://doi.ieeecomputersociety.org/10.1109/PACT.2011.56
Many dynamic simulation programs contain complex, irregular memory reference patterns, and require runtime optimizations to enhance data locality. Current approaches periodically stop the execution of an application to reorder the computation or data based on the current program state to improve the data locality for the next period of execution. In this work, we examine the implications that modern heterogeneous Chip Multiprocessors (CMP) architecture imposes on the optimization paradigm. We develop three techniques to enhance the optimizations. The first is asynchronous data transformation, which moves data reordering off the critical path through dependence circumvention. The second is a novel data transformation algorithm, named TLayout, designed specially to take advantage of modern throughput-oriented processors. Together they provide two complementary ways to attack a benefit-overhead dilemma inherited in traditional techniques. Working with a dynamic adaptation scheme, the techniques produce significant performance improvement for a set of dynamic simulation benchmarks.
X. Shen, B. Wu and E. Z. Zhang, "Enhancing Data Locality for Dynamic Simulations through Asynchronous Data Transformations and Adaptive Control," 2011 International Conference on Parallel Architectures and Compilation Techniques(PACT), Galveston, Texas USA, 2011, pp. 243-252.