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Timo Schneider, Sven Eckelmann, Torsten Hoefler, and Wolfgang Rehm:

 Kernel-Based Offload of Collective Operations - Implementation, Evaluation and Lessons Learned

(In Proceedings of the 17th international conference on Parallel processing - Volume Part II, presented in Bordeaux, France, pages 264--275, Springer-Verlag, ISBN: 978-3-642-23396-8, Aug. 2011)


Optimized implementations of blocking and nonblocking collective operations are most important for scalable high-performance applications. Offloading such collective operations into the communication layer can improve performance and asynchronous progression of the operations. However, it is most important that such offloading schemes remain flexible in order to support user-defined (sparse neighbor) collective communications. In this work, we describe an operating system kernel-based architecture for implementing an interpreter for the flexible Group Operation Assembly Language (GOAL) framework to offload collective communications. We describe an optimized scheme to store the schedules that define the collective operations and show an extension to profile the performance of the kernel layer. Our microbenchmarks demonstrate the effectiveness of the approach and we show performance improvements over traditional progression in user-space. We also discuss complications with the design and offloading strategies in general.


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  author={Timo Schneider and Sven Eckelmann and Torsten Hoefler and and Wolfgang Rehm},
  title={{Kernel-Based Offload of Collective Operations - Implementation, Evaluation and Lessons Learned}},
  booktitle={Proceedings of the 17th international conference on Parallel processing - Volume Part II},
  location={Bordeaux, France},

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