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Author Muller, Henk L. ♦ Paul W., A. ♦ Stallard, Paul W. A. ♦ Warren, David H. D.
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Content type Text
File Format PDF
Language English
Subject Domain (in DDC) Computer science, information & general works ♦ Data processing & computer science
Subject Keyword Large Parallel Computer ♦ Virtual Shared Memory Machine ♦ Large Latency ♦ Introduction Virtual ♦ Previous Study ♦ Simple Shared Memory ♦ Parallel Computer ♦ Detailed Emulator ♦ Data Diffusion Machine ♦ Remote Data ♦ Miss Latency ♦ Common Design Goal ♦ Scalable Architecture ♦ Data Migrates
Description Large parallel computers require techniques to tolerate the potentially large latencies of accessing remote data. Multithreading is one such technique. We extend previous studies of multithreading by investigating its use on the Data Diffusion Machine (DDM), a virtual shared memory machine in which data migrates according to its use. We use a detailed emulator to study DDM's with up to 72 nodes, allowing the scalability of multithreading to be tested further than in other studies. The results are promising and show that the applications tested can all benefit from multithreading on the DDM. Most applications however reach the ceiling of their parallelism. We briefly discuss how the results may generalise to other architectures. 1 INTRODUCTION Virtual shared memory (VSM) is an increasingly common design goal for parallel computers, aiming to support a simple shared memory programming model on a scalable architecture. Scalability necessarily implies that memory must be distributed. Th...
Educational Role Student ♦ Teacher
Age Range above 22 year
Educational Use Research
Education Level UG and PG ♦ Career/Technical Study
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 1995-01-01
Publisher Institution In Proceedings of the 1995 International Conference on Parallel Processing, volume I