Characterizing MPI matching via trace-based simulation

KB Ferreira and S Levy and K Pedretti and RE Grant, PARALLEL COMPUTING, 77, 57-83 (2018).

DOI: 10.1016/j.parco.2018.05.005

With the increased scale expected on future leadership-class systems, detailed information about the resource usage and performance of MPI message matching provides important insights into how to maintain application performance on next-generation systems. However, obtaining MPI message matching performance data is often not possible without significant effort. A common approach is to instrument an MPI implementation to collect relevant statistics. While this approach can provide important data, collecting matching data at runtime perturbs the application's execution, including its matching performance, and is highly dependent on the MPI library's matchlist implementation. In this paper, we introduce a trace-based simulation approach to obtain detailed MPI message matching performance data for MP1 applications without perturbing their execution. Using a number of key parallel workloads and microbenchmarks, we demonstrate that this simulator approach can rapidly and accurately characterize matching behavior. Specifically, we use our simulator to collect several important statistics about the operation of the MPI posted and unexpected queues. For example, we present data about search lengths and the duration that messages spend in the queues waiting to be matched. Data gathered using this simulation-based approach have significant potential to aid hardware designers in determining resource allocation for MPI matching functions and provide application and middleware developers with insight into the scalability issues associated with MPI message matching. (C) 2018 Published by Elsevier B.V.

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