IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems

TPDS Seeks Editor-in-Chief for 2018-2020 Term

The IEEE Computer Society seeks applicants for the position of editor-in-chief of the IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems, serving a three-year term starting 1 January 2018. Prospective candidates are asked to provide a complete curriculum vitae, a brief plan for the publication's future, and a letter of support from their institution or employer (as PDF files) by 1 March 2017. For more information on the search process and to submit application materials, click here or please contact: Kimberly Sperka, ksperka@computer.org.


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From the January 2017 Issue

Enabling Parallel Simulation of Large-Scale HPC Network Systems

By Misbah Mubarak, Christopher D. Carothers, Robert B. Ross, and Philip Carns

Free Featured ArticleWith the increasing complexity of today’s high-performance computing (HPC) architectures, simulation has become an indispensable tool for exploring the design space of HPC systems—in particular, networks. In order to make effective design decisions, simulations of these systems must possess the following properties: (1) have high accuracy and fidelity, (2) produce results in a timely manner, and (3) be able to analyze a broad range of network workloads. Most state-of-the-art HPC network simulation frameworks, however, are constrained in one or more of these areas. In this work, we present a simulation framework for modeling two important classes of networks used in today’s IBM and Cray supercomputers: torus and dragonfly networks. We use the Co-Design of Multi-layer Exascale Storage Architecture (CODES) simulation framework to simulate these network topologies at a flit-level detail using the Rensselaer Optimistic Simulation System (ROSS) for parallel discrete-event simulation. Our simulation framework meets all the requirements of a practical network simulation and can assist network designers in design space exploration. First, it uses validated and detailed flit-level network models to provide an accurate and high-fidelity network simulation. Second, instead of relying on serial time-stepped or traditional conservative discrete-event simulations that limit simulation scalability and efficiency, we use the optimistic event-scheduling capability of ROSS to achieve efficient and scalable HPC network simulations on today’s high-performance cluster systems. Third, our models give network designers a choice in simulating a broad range of network workloads, including HPC application workloads using detailed network traces, an ability that is rarely offered in parallel with high-fidelity network simulations.

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