Welcome! We are the Parallel Programming Laboratory.

Our goal is to develop technology that improves performance of parallel applications while also improving programmer productivity. We aim to reach a point where, with our freely distributed software base, complex irregular and dynamic applications can (a) be developed quickly and (b) perform scalably on machines with thousands of processors.

Processor virtualization is one of our core techniques: the programmer divides the computation into a large number of entities, which are mapped to the available processors by an intelligent runtime system. This separation of concerns between programmers and the system is key to attaining both our goals together.

Scalable Asynchronous Contact Mechanics for Cloth Simulation

Asynchronous Contact Mechanics (ACM) algorithm is a reliable method to simulate flexible material subject to complex collisions and contact geometries. For example, we can apply ACM to perform cloth simulation for animation. The parallelization of ACM is challenging due to its highly irregular communication pattern, its need for dynamic load balancing, and its extremely fine-grained computations. In our recent work, we utilize CHARM++ to address these challenges and show good strong scaling of ACM to 384 cores for problems with...