Some Essential Techniques for Developing Efficient Petascale Applications
Scientific Discovery through Advanced Computing (SciDAC) 2008
Publication Type: Paper
Repository URL: 2008_06_scidac
Multiple PetaFLOPS class machines will appear during the coming year, and many multi-PetaFLOPS machines are on the anvil. It will be a substantial challenge to make existing parallel CSE applications run efficiently on them, and even more challenging to design new applications that can effectively leverage the large computational power of these machines. Multicore chips and SMP nodes are becoming popular and pose challenges of their own. Further, a new set of challenges in productivity arise, especially if we wish to have a broader set of applications and people to use these machines. I will review a set of techniques that have proved useful in my work on multiple parallel applications that have scaled to tens of thousands of processors, on machines like Blue Gene/L, Blue Gene/P, Cray XT3 and XT4. I will identify new challenges and potential solutions for the performance issues. Issues presented by multicore chips and SMP nodes will also be addressed. Finally, I will review some new and old ideas for increasing productivity in parallel programming substantially.
Laxmikant V. Kale, Some Essential Techniques for Developing Efficient Petascale Applications, Proceedings of SciDAC 2008, July 14-18 2008, Seattle.