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2012 ACM/IEEE/SCS 26th Workshop on Principles of Advanced and Distributed Simulation (2009)
Lake Placid, New York, USA
June 22, 2009 to June 25, 2009
ISSN: 1087-4097
ISBN: 978-0-7695-3713-9
pp: 145-152
ABSTRACT
The master/worker (MW) paradigm can be used to implement parallel discrete event simulations (PDES) on metacomputing systems. MW PDES applications incur overheads not found in conventional PDES executions executing on tightly coupled machines. We introduce four techniques for reducing these overheads on public resource and desktop grid infrastructures Work unit caching, pipelined state updates, expedited message delivery, and adaptive work unit scheduling mechanisms are described that provide significant reduction in overall overhead when used in tandem. We present performance results showing that an optimized MW PDES system can exhibit performance comparable to a traditional PDES system for a queueing network and a particle physics simulation.
INDEX TERMS
Master/worker, parallel discrete event simulation, PDES, simulation, metacomputing, volunteer computing, desktop grids, grid computing, conservative synchronization, caching
CITATION
Richard M. Fujimoto, Alfred Park, "Efficient Master/Worker Parallel Discrete Event Simulation", 2012 ACM/IEEE/SCS 26th Workshop on Principles of Advanced and Distributed Simulation, vol. 00, no. , pp. 145-152, 2009, doi:10.1109/PADS.2009.9
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