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Multilayered Heterogeneous Parallelism Applied to Atmospheric Constituent Transport Simulation

Linford, John C. and Sandu, Adrian (2008) Multilayered Heterogeneous Parallelism Applied to Atmospheric Constituent Transport Simulation. Technical Report TR-08-21, Computer Science, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

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Heterogeneous multicore chipsets with many levels of parallelism are becoming increasingly common in high-performance computing systems. Effective use of parallelism in these new chipsets constitutes the challenge facing a new generation of large scale scientific computing applications. This study examines methods for improving the performance of two-dimensional and three-dimensional atmospheric constituent transport simulation on the Cell Broadband Engine Architecture (CBEA). A function offloading approach is used in a 2D transport module, and a vector stream processing approach is used in a 3D transport module. Two methods for transferring incontiguous data between main memory and accelerator local storage are compared. By leveraging the heterogeneous parallelism of the CBEA, the 3D transport module achieves performance comparable to two nodes of an IBM BlueGene/P, or eight Intel Xeon cores, on a single PowerXCell 8i chip. Module performance on two CBEA systems, an IBM BlueGene/P, and an eight-core shared-memory Intel Xeon workstation are given.

Item Type:Departmental Technical Report
Keywords:Chemical Transport Modeling, Cell Broadband Engine, Vector Stream Processing, Fixedgrid
Subjects:Computer Science > Parallel Computation
ID Code:1047
Deposited By:Linford, John C.
Deposited On:18 March 2013