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Accelerating Messages by Avoiding Copies in an Asynchronous Task-based Programming Model
Workshop on Extreme Scale Programming Models and Middleware (ESPM2) 2021
Publication Type: Paper
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Task-based programming models promise improved communication performance for irregular, fine-grained, and load imbalanced applications. They do so by relaxing some of the messaging semantics of stricter models and taking advantage of those at the lower-levels of the software stack. For example, while MPI’s two-sided communication model guarantees inorder delivery, requires matching sends to receives, and has the user schedule communication, task-based models generally favor the runtime system scheduling all execution based on the dependencies and message deliveries as they happen. The messaging semantics are critical to enabling high performance. In this paper, we build on previous work that added zero copy semantics to Converse/LRTS. We examine the messaging semantics of Charm++ as it relates to large message buffers, identify shortcomings, and define new communication APIs to address them. Our work enables in-place communication semantics in the context of point-to-point messaging, broadcasts, transmission of read-only variables at program startup, and for migration of chares. We showcase the performance of our new communication APIs using benchmarks for Charm++ and Adaptive MPI, which result in nearly
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