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Optimizing Data Locality for Fork/Join Programs Using Constrained Work Stealing
International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis (SC) 2014
Publication Type: Talk
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We present an approach to improving data locality across different phases of fork/join programs scheduled using work stealing. The approach consists of: (1) user-specified and automated approaches to constructing a {\em steal tree}, the schedule of steal operations, and (2) constrained work-stealing algorithms that constrain the actions of the scheduler to mirror a given steal tree. These are combined to construct work-stealing schedules that maximize data locality across computation phases while ensuring load balance within each phase. These algorithms are also used to demonstrate dynamic coarsening, an optimization to improve spatial locality and sequential overheads by combining many finer-grained tasks into coarser tasks while ensuring sufficient concurrency for locality-optimized load balance. Implementation and evaluation in Cilk demonstrate performance improvements of up to 2.5x on 80 cores. We also demonstrate that dynamic coarsening can combine the performance benefits of coarse task specification with the adaptability of finer tasks.
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