Adaptive MPI
Workshop on Languages and Compilers for Parallel Computing (LCPC) 2003
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Processor virtualization is a powerful technique that enables the runtime system to carry out intelligent adaptive optimizations like dynamic resource management. Charm++ is an early language/system that supports processor virtualization. This talk describes Adaptive MPI or AMPI, an MPI implementation and extension, that supports processor virtualization. AMPI implements virtual MPI processes (VPs), several of which may be mapped to a single physical processor. AMPI includes a powerful runtime support system that takes advantage of the degree of freedom afforded by allowing it to assign VPs onto processors. With this runtime system, AMPI supports such features as automatic adaptive overlap of communication and computation and automatic load balancing. It can also support other features such as checkpointing without additional user code, and the ability to shrink and expand the set of processors used by a job at runtime. This talk describes AMPI, its features, benchmarks that illustrate performance advantages and tradeoffs offered by AMPI, and application experiences.
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