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<p><b>Abstract</b>—We investigate the Message Passing Interface Input/Output (MPI I/O) implementation issues for two overlapping access patterns: the overlaps among processes within a single I/O operation and the overlaps across a sequence of I/O operations. The former case considers whether I/O atomicity can be obtained in the overlapping regions. The latter focuses on the file consistency problem on parallel machines with client-side file caching enabled. Traditional solutions for both overlapping I/O problems use whole file or byte-range file locking to ensure exclusive access to the overlapping regions and bypass the file system cache. Unfortunately, not only can file locking serialize I/O, but it can also increase the aggregate communication overhead between clients and I/O servers. For atomicity, we first differentiate MPI's requirements from the Portable Operating System Interface (POSIX) standard and propose two scalable approaches, graph coloring and process-rank ordering, which can resolve access conflicts and maintain I/O parallelism. For solving the file consistency problem across multiple I/O operations, we propose a method called Persistent File Domains, which tackles cache coherency with additional information and coordination to guarantee safe cache access without using file locks. </p>
MPI, MPI I/O, atomic I/O, file atomicity, file consistency, cache coherence, overlapping I/O.

N. Pundit, A. Choudhary, K. Coloma, L. Ward, W. Liao and E. Russell, "Scalable Design and Implementations for MPI Parallel Overlapping I/O," in IEEE Transactions on Parallel & Distributed Systems, vol. 17, no. , pp. 1264-1276, 2006.
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