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An integrated hardware-software approach to task graph management

Engelhardt, Nina; Dallou, Tamer; Elhossini, Ahmed; Juurlink, Ben

Task-based parallel programming models with explicit data dependencies, such as OmpSs, are gaining popularity, due to the ease of describing parallel algorithms with complex and irregular dependency patterns. These advantages, however, come at a steep cost of runtime overhead incurred by dynamic dependency resolution. Hardware support for task management has been proposed in previous work as a possible solution. We present VSs, a runtime library for the OmpSs programming model that integrates the Nexus++ hardware task manager, and evaluate the performance of the VSs-Nexus++ system. Experimental results show that applications with fine-grain tasks can achieve speedups of up to 3.4×, while applications optimized for current runtimes attain 1.3×. Providing support for hardware task managers in runtime libraries is therefore a viable approach to improve the performance of OmpSs applications.
Published in: 2014 IEEE Intl Conf on High Performance Computing and Communications, 2014 IEEE 6th Intl Symp on Cyberspace Safety and Security, 2014 IEEE 11th Intl Conf on Embedded Software and Syst (HPCC,CSS,ICESS), 10.1109/HPCC.2014.66, IEEE